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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2957

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Monkey Menace

By Tukojir. Pandit - Syndicate Features

There is an element of irony in the death of the deputy mayor of Delhi, S.S. Bajwa, after he hurt himself when he fell off his terrace while chasing monkeys. After all the courts have been pressing the Delhi Municipal Corporation (as also the Delhi government) for some years now to do something to end the monkey menace in the city. The untimely death of Bajwa is a sad reminder that the problem remains. Harassed citizens have little alternative but to fight the menace all by themselves, sometimes with disastrous consequences as Bajwa’s death has shown.

FCCISL successfully launches their second SME Machine Exhibition

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED) the SME arm of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) launched their second SME Machinery Exhibition Friday morning at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition Centre, which will be continued for four days. SMED jointly established by FCCISL and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNSt), Germany and Ministry of Industrial Development also collaborated with the organization of the Exhibition.

Corruption and Crime Lawfully Legalised

By A. H. Raja

Since September lot of events have taken place in quick succession and each event has further muddied the water and caused more ripples in the already uncertain political scenario. On one hand is the worsening security situation in FATA and in Swat. On the other, judiciary is loaded with high profile cases and is finding itself in a difficult situation because of pressure exerted on it. The Executive is continuing with its policy of carrot and stick while the politicians are busy playing their own chess game and employing skills to defeat their rivals. Military-civilian divide, secular-Islamist divide and the rich and poor divide have sharpened and none out of the lot of mini-mind leaders has the ability to narrow down these divides. They have least interest in such critical matters since they are too busy in devising strategies how to prolong their stay in power. Those who are not in power are vying to get into the corridors of power.

Karuna’s paramilitary cadres ambushed: 1 died , 7 injured

One paramilitary cadre belonging to the Karuna group died and seven others injured when they were ambushed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam while riding in a motor van at Naavaladi located in Oaddamaavadi around 3:30 p.m on Sunday. Wounded include Sinnathamby, a Karuna loyalist and the Treasurer of the group. According to available report Sinnathamby is seriously injured and admitted to the hospital at Polonnaruwa.

The 125 year old Colombo Tea Auction to be automated

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The first Tea Auction in Colombo was held on 30th July 1883 in the offices of Somerville & Co., down Queen Street now renamed Janadhipathi Mawatha. At that time there was much criticism and opposition to this attempt by Somerville & Co. to create a new avenue for the marketing of Ceylon Tea. Prior to this, many tea plantation people shipped Ceylon teas to the London Tea Auction or sometimes directly to overseas buyers. The Auction itself was only modestly successful with only one lot of Kabaragala un-assorted tea selling for cents 45 a pound whereas the other 4 lots remained unsold due to either lack of bids or due to bids received not meeting the Broker’s expectations.

Sri Lanka President ordered the release of 99 Indian fisherman and 17 trawlers

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, responded favorably to an appeal made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister through India’s Ministry of External Affairs and ordered the immediate release of 99 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu and their 17 fishing trawlers. According to a press release by the Deputy Sri Lanka High Commission in Chennai, “The release has been ordered following the request made to the Government of Sri Lanka by Central and State Government authorities and Tamil Nadu fishermen associations, considering the long and friendly relations enjoyed by Sri Lanka and India.”

Prabhkaran pulls out Pullidevan to make way for loyal Nadesan

By Jaya Rohana

The unexpected appointment of P. Nadesan as the head of the Political Division of the LTTE in addition to the current job of being the head of the Police, is causing further dissension within the Tiger leadership. Tiger ranks are questioning his quallifications to wear two hats, particularly that of the Political Head. Sinhala-speaking Nadesan was a cop in the Sri Lankan Police Force. He is also married to a Sinhala girl. But his qualification to handle political affairs at national and internaitonal levels is causing concern among the Tiger leadership.

Ven. Dr. Walpola Piyananda Commends ‘Asian Tribune’ For Its Service to Build Sri Lanka’s Image Abroad

Daya Gamage- US Bureau Asian Tribune

The Chief Sangha Nayaka of the United States, Most Venerable Dr. Walpola Piyananda Maha Thero was full of praise for ‘Asian Tribune’. Attending the completion of the confinement of Buddhist monks to the temple during the rainy season which culminated in a colorful ceremony, an important annual ritual of the Buddhist World, Venerable Piyanada, in his main sermon, was advising the Sri Lankans gathered in the Las Vegas Buddhist temple their sacred duty toward their motherland in many ways.

LTTE attempts to portray ‘Brigadier’ Tamilselvan a Messenger of Peace

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Spokesman for National Security Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said, although the LTTE attempted to portray ‘Brigadier’ Tamilselvan a ‘Messenger of Peace,’ but there are enough records available to prove to the contrary. In fact he was engaged in terrorist activities alleged the Minister. “He was mainly instrumental for the sabotaging of the peace process,” said Minister Keheliya Rambukwella