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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

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Tigers killed onboard "MV Kiyoyi"

JVP urges government to come up with positive economic measures to safeguard the country

Somawansa AmerasingheJanatha Vimukthi Perumuna, the second biggest opposition party in Sri Lanka has indicated its willingness to support the government to defeat terrorism in the country, but said that they are not in a position to support the government’s budget - 2008. The government must have a solution for the people and not take steps to please the terrorists, said Somawansa Amerasinghe, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP), When speaking to Asian Tribune, Somawansa Amerasinghe said, “At present, the government must say what it is going to do for the people. We need to see their future plan of actions. They can make a statement explaining their proposals and unfortunately, they have so far not made such a proposal and it is their turn to respond positively.

Anandasangaree appeals to shun violence and to promote tolerance

V.Anandasangaree, scorned the comparison of V. Prabakaran with Late S.J.V.Chelvanayakam. He said that the great Tamil Leader committed to non-violence, should not be compared with a Leader of the most ruthless organization in the world. In a statement, Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front pointed out with disdain that a politician had compared a leader of the same Terrorist outfit with the late Chelvanayagam who is affectionately called as Eelathu Gandhi and much loved by the Tamil people, because of his tolerance and non-violence that prompted the people to call him Gandhi of Lanka.

U.S. Government Targets Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger Fundraising Support Network TRO: Assets Frozen-Activities Proscribed

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S. Department of the Treasury 15 November targeted the support network of the designated terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) or widely known as Tamil Tigers by designating a charitable organization that acts as a front to facilitate fundraising and procurement for the LTTE. Tamils Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) was designated November 15 under Presidential Executive Order 13224, which is aimed at financially isolating terrorist groups and their support networks. TRO also has facilitated LTTE procurement operations in the United States. Those operations included the purchase of munitions, equipment, communication devices, and other technology for the LTTE, according to the Treasury Department.

CEA noise pollution laws on the way

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

Central Environmental Authority Chairman and JHU Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said today (Nov. 15) that the Supreme Court's interim order banning loudspeakers will be in force until the relevant CEA regulations are framed. Noting the criticism and complaints heard from certain quarters over the ban on the use of loudspeakers and electronic amplifiers between 10 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. without permission from the courts, he said that no body had the right to force on others what they did not want to listen regardless of whether it is music, religion or anything else.

The Asia Foundation: Study Ranks Local Governments In Terms of Business Friendliness

Good governance in Horana makes it the easiest place to do business followed by Nawalapitiya, Embilipitiya, Haputale, and Hatton-Dickoya. These are among the results of a new study of economic governance across local authorities in Sri Lanka conducted by The Asia Foundation. The study covers all 15 municipal and 33 urban council localities in seven of the nine provinces and 5000 firms in total. The Northern and Eastern Provinces were left out in the study due to the difficulties in carrying out the survey in those areas.

Ceylinco launches most innovative motor insurance policy

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Ceylinco Insurance has launched its second most innovative Motor Insurance Policy “On the Spot Three in One” at a simple ceremony held on Wednesday morning to attract local Motor vehicle owners. Chief Executive Director of the Ceylinco Insurance Ajith Gunawardana says this insurance policy includes three unique benefits such as the No Claim Bonus , regardless of any claims , while the insured value of the vehicle is enhanced by 10 % every year and in the event of a repair exceeding 30 days , up to leasing installments will be paid.

Tigers Killed Onboard "MV Kiyoyi" Announced

By Jaya Rohana

Tigers declared names of thirteen (13) sea tiger cadres who were killed as a result of a successful deep sea operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Navy's deep sea surveillance fleet 187 nautical miles off Dondra Head on 28th February this year. These thirteen names announced by the tiger's IBC, includes (self styled) 05 Lieutenant Colonels, 03 Majors and 05 Captains who were killed onboard a vessel named "Kiyoyi".

Sri Lanka gem exporters plan to earn US$ One Billion annual target with in next two years

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association has planned to achieve a US$ one billion dollar foreign earning annual target within next two years through their value added gem and jewellery exports using this year's government budget concessions on the local Gem and the Jewellery industry. Chairman of the Association Shanaka Ellawala says this target is not an easy one to achieve but follows well planned business strategies to fulfill the mission.

United States Policy toward Sri Lanka: A Combination of Political and Military

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

When the United States ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake formally handed over a radar-based maritime surveillance system and several Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) to the Sri Lankan Navy on November 8 at the Naval Dock Yard in Trincomalee the envoy declared two major planks in Washington’s policy toward Sri Lanka: “the U.S. Government’s hope that the radar system and the inflatable boats would help the Sri Lankan Navy to interdict arms shipments to the LTTE” and the “Government of Sri Lanka to pursue a negotiated settlement to Sri Lanka’s conflict.”

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United Nations Security Council Issues Statement on Burma

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The members of the Security Council welcome the recent positive developments in Myanmar, including the release of some detainees, the contacts between Minister Aung Kyi as liaison officer and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the decision to allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with key members of her National League for Democracy Party, says a statement issued by the United Nations Security Council.