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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

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Suicides in the Army

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

The latest from Jammu and Kashmir is that another soldier, a Naik of the Territorial Army, has committed suicide in Bhadarwah area of Doda District. He shot himself dead. Only days before, a Jawan, also of the Territorial Army, shot himself dead, in Pattan area of Baramulla. Devinder Singh reportedly committed suicide inside an Army camp by using his service rifle. As recently as August 2, a CRPF Jawan Gajender Singh killed himself inside another camp in Karan Nagar in Srinagar. Around the same time, an Army Jawan was shot dead by his senior colleague in Bhimber Gali sector of Rajouri District near the LOC.

Exporters delighted on reduction of economic charges on exports

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Lakshman De Silva, Acting Chairman of the Exporters Association of Sri Lanka indicated that the reduction of Economic Service Charge (ESC) from 0.5% to 0.25% on all exports is most welcome as it is a step in the right direction through the Budget 2008. His statement further indicated that the tax and other benefits to the Gems and Jewelry Industry are positive signals as they will stimulate more exports in this sector.

Torture under U.S. Custody to be Examined by the Judiciary, Judge Rules

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

In a key victory in the war against torture, a federal court November 06 ruled that the lawsuit against a private military contractor in Iraq should be heard by a jury of Americans. The action was filed in 2004 against CACI and Titan, both private security firms of which were named in the military investigation of the Abu Ghraib scandal. The Abu Ghraib detention center in Iraq which is under the control of the U.S. military command used private US security firms to undertake interrogation of ‘enemy combatants’ taken into custody in the Middle East region. Two years ago the scandal on torture of terrorist suspects in this detention facility was revealed embarrassing the United States in the eyes of the world.

Leave chauvinism to achieve peace

Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

It was a damning indictment against the (organized) private sector when Edgar Gunathunga, Chairman, Sampath Bank said they were a lot of cowards and most of their leaders were shy to be forceful fearing they would be in bad books of this minister or that minister or the president. Dr Keheliya Rambukwella, Minister of Foreign Employment, Promotion and Welfare and the State Defence Spokesman was the Guest Speaker and along with Gunathunga, Kumar Mallimarachi, Past President, THASL and Managing Director, Associated Hotels PLC was the other panelist while Viran Corea was the moderator.

US Sets an Example

By Jaya Rohana

The US Government handed over Radar based maritime surveillance system and several Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to the Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday (08 November) during a brief function at Trincomalee. The US Government's assistance to enhance the maritime surveillance capabilities of the Sri Lanka Navy came at a time when the Sri Lanka Navy has shown that she is very much capable of not only destructing Tiger attack crafts in close quarter battles, but is also capable in destroying the Tiger international maritime network. Destruction of ten such tiger vessels which termed as floating warehouses is the best example one can quote.

Reading camps for Sri Lankan school children

The American Center will hold a series of reading camps for Sri Lankan children with the objective of improving their reading, listening and writing skills. Children from local schools including those, who participated in a previous story telling session with the U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake, will take part in these sessions. These reading camps are organized in collaboration with Sadeepa Publishers, Colombo.

Hilary Clinton gives terrorists a boost

From Mallika Wanigasundara

According to Ms Hilary Clinton frontrunner in the US Presidential election there are obviously good and bad terrorists, just as over the years the West has persisted in the view that there are ‘our’ terrorists and ‘your’ terrorists. This has enabled `Sri Lankan Tamil supporters of the LTTE to carry on huge criminal and illegal operations in the US, Canada, Britain and other EU countries the Nordic countries and Australia. Not much help was ever been extended to Sri Lanka to rid the country of this menace. Her recent statement to Guardian Unlimited gave a huge boost to terrorists everywhere who would hope that they could fall into the same Tiger pet pool. If she does win the election and persists in this view it would let some terrorists off the leash and Sri Lanka has real reason to think that this is a danger signal.

SC cries halt to loudspeaker 'terrorism'

By Janaka Perera

Sri Lanka 's Supreme Court in a groundbreaking judgment delivered on Friday (Nov. 9) banned the use of loudspeakers and amplifiers after 10 p.m. and before 6 a.m. bringing this country closer to modern standards in the developed world. A three judge-bench led by Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva made the interim order on a petition filed by the trustees of a mosque in Weligama alleging breach of fundamental rights because of the refusal of a senior Muslim police officer to extend the times for call to prayer from three minutes to seven minutes. The refusal followed numerous complaints from residents in the area.