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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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Sri Lanka bans Tamil Rehabilitation Organization

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Government has banned the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) a rehabilitation arm of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist outfit fighting for a separate Tamil state of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka since the latter part of 1970s. According to Media minister Anura Yapa, "The cabinet decided yesterday to ban the TRO and also ask other governments to do the same," Anura Yapa when contacted further said that ministers met on Wednesday and decided to proscribe the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) whose bank accounts were frozen by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka last year.”

Wake Up Call

By Gomin Dayasri

Need for a wake up call is imminent before the alarm bell sounds. While the military machine marches forward regaining lost Sri Lanka, heart and mind operation must commence to satisfy the Tamil speaking people by attending to their prime grievances. It's a shame this has been neglected for so long when such aspirations can be assuaged; instead of permitting it to remain unattended due to the apathetic attitude of the political leaders of the majority community while the leaders of the minority communities have concentrated in making political demands that are of a fissiparous nature.

A total of 31 LTTE cadres killed in the last 3 days

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army’s Special Infantry Orients trained troops and Army’s special forces infiltrated into LTTE territory and destroyed LTTE bunkers and killed 31 LTTE cadres in Vavuniya District west of Omanthi in the past 3 days, meanwhile one army soldier died and six soldiers were wounded. Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka after assuming duties as army commander, he had given specific instructions to his officers to train soldiers in strategy and tactics. After completion of training, soldiers are mobilized to the battle front. Well-trained officers and soldiers can combat with LTTE minimizing death and casualties to the army.

USAID Partners with Microsoft to Unleash Lanka’s ‘Unlimited Potential’ in IT

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with Microsoft to introduce a new training curriculum developed with the assistance of the American information technology giant for four key sectors of the Sri Lankan economy. USAID and Microsoft are co-financing the $236,000 project, which will be implemented by InfoShare, a nonprofit firm that develops IT solutions to nonprofit development organizations. Microsoft specially tailored the worldwide curriculum, known as Unlimited Potential, to boost Sri Lanka’s agricultural, apparel, tourism, and media/journalism sectors using IT.

Emerging Situation in Pakistan: Indian Perceptions

By Gurmeet Kanwal

The Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), an autonomous New Delhi-based national security think tank, held a day-long seminar on the "Emerging Situation in Pakistan: Implications for Indo-Pak Rapprochement" on November 16, 2007. General V P Malik, former Indian Army Chief, Lt Gen R K Sawhney, former Director General Military Intelligence and Prof Kalim Bahadur, formerly of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, took stock of the rapidly evolving political and security situation in Pakistan and its likely impact on Pakistan's integrity as a nation state. Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi, former Army Vice Chief, noted security analyst Maj Gen Ashok K Mehta and former ambassador to Pakistan Mr G Parthasarthy analysed the implications of the emerging situation in Pakistan and the impact it could have on the ongoing peace process and composite dialogue between the two countries.

Hewitt study reveals key trends in salary increases across the region

According to the 8th annual Asia-Pacific Salary Increase Survey conducted by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources services company, external inequity of pay was cited as the top reason for employees leaving jobs. The Asia Pacific region witnessed the highest salary increase in the world with Sri Lanka reporting the highest release within the region. Asia was followed by Latin America with Venezuela leading with 18.8 percent. Europe reported the third highest salary increase globally with Hungary leading the region with an increase of 7.5 percent. Nishchae Suri, head of Hewitt’s Talent and Organization Consulting Analytics practice in Asia, says: “The pull is on the side of the people today. With more opportunities and avenues, organizations are increasingly at the mercy of employees making a choice. A salary increase is the most perceptible way of enhancing the employment deal but, of course, not the complete deal itself.”

Rebel UNP MP sworn in as Minister of Textile Development

Rebel U.N.P Member of Parliament Mr. Mahinda Rathnathilaka was sworn in yesterday as Minister of Textile Development before President Mahinda Rajapakse at Temple Trees. Mahinda Rathnatilake, crossed over from the UNP and supported the government, has been offered the non-cabinet Textile Development portfolio. Rathnatilake defected two days before the budget vote, claiming that he wanted to support the president who was waging war in the correct manner. His admission to government ranks has met with some opposition, with Justice Minister resigning from the Centre Committee of the SLFP in protest.

Sri Lanka: Mahahalmillawewa farmers receive water to continue their farming

Sunil C. Perera in Mahahalmillawewa, Polonnaruwa

The government of Sri Lanka has assisted farmers of the Mahahalmilawewa of Medirigiriya to continue their farming activities without facing a long prolonged water crisis in their area. The Ministry of Irrigation together with the JBIC have jointly granted rupees 61 million to reconstruct the abandoned Mahahalmillawewa tank. At present the tank has 900 acre storage water capacity to serve 350 acre paddy lands and also provide indirect employment for fishing families of the area. Minister Jayatissa Ranaweera has commissioned the renovated tank on last Sunday at a simple ceremony and said the President wants to assist rural masses to become self sufficient.

US unfolds ‘democracy’ plan for Pakistan

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Throughout the Cold War era the ‘free’ West used to warn the world about the pernicious effects of the Soviet ‘bear hug’ that choked the air of ‘freedom’. In the post-Cold War world what is becoming apparent is that the American hug—bearish or bullish—is equally perilous. As proof, look no further than our western neighbour now groaning under Emergency rule. Democracy has always had a short life in Pakistan. Its patron-in-chief, the United States, has propped up a succession of military dictators.

Swearing in

Pradeseeya sabha Member Saman

Minister Jayatissa Ranweera opens the plaque

United States Announces Annapolis Conference on Middle East Scheduled for November 26-28

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Forty-nine nations, organizations and individuals have been invited to attend the U.S.-sponsored international Middle East conference November 26-28 in Annapolis, Maryland in the U.S., State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. "The Annapolis Conference will signal broad international support for the Israeli and Palestinian leaders' courageous efforts and will be a launching point for negotiations leading to the establishment of a Palestinian state and the realization of Israeli-Palestinian peace," McCormack said at a State Department briefing November 20.