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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Jubillant W K H Wegapitiya, Chairman

Everyone has a part to play in this planetary crisis which affects the survival of humanity,” Justice Weeramantry

Justice WeeramantryThe planet is being polluted most irresponsibly, and human beings are polluting it irreparably and polluting it for thousands of years to come warns, Justice Christopher Weeramantry. He said that the problem is that people do not have the necessary information and they do not have the necessary sensitivity to these problems. If they did have this information and sensitivity they would do what they could to save the future for their children and their children’s children, cautioned the recipient of The Right Livelihood award for 2007 in Stockholm last Friday. Justice Christopher Weeramantry was speaking to “Asian Tribune” in Stockholm, after receiving The Right Livelihood award for 2007.

SL cricketers to be featured in U.S. charity event

By Janaka Perera

Helping Hands – a non-profit organization working for the welfare of destitute and orphaned children worldwide – will hold a benefit dinner dance to celebrate the New Year. The grand event will feature internationally renowned Sri Lankan cricketers, Chaminda Vass and Sanath Jayasooriya. The function will be held at Plano Center , 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway on Saturday, January 5, 2008 from 7.00 p.m. to 12 midnight.

Sri Lankans to taste natural orange pulp as a fruit juice drink

By Quintus Perera - ASian Tribune

Coca-Cola at a function held at Colombo Hilton launched “Minute Maid”, the world’s leading juice and juice drink brand in Sri Lanka. For the launch of this orange drink to the Sri Lankan market Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd invested US $ 5 million. This orange juice drink offers an unmatched taste due to the presence of real ‘orange pulp’ Basil Godzios, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd speaking at the launch said that the launch of Minute Maid Orange created history for not only Coca-Cola Sri Lanka but the country as a whole as it introduced as the first juice drink with real fruit pulp.

National Integrity Award winners to become sources of inspiration for Anti Corruption

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) commemorates, for the 4th consecutive year, UN World Anti-Corruption Day on 09th December 2007 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Chief Guest of the event was Dr.Kiaran Bedi; crystal clear illustration of integrity. Justice Amir Ismail; Chairperson of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption was Honored Guest. The Guest of Honour Ms.Ranmenike Adikari is an outstanding student from Polonnaruwa who is a mirror image of a respectable citizenship at a time where everyone searches prestigious offers. The main objective of the National Integrity Awards (NIA) was to recognize the courage and determination of the many individuals fighting corruption and to make such people a source of inspiration to the Anti Corruption movement. Such individuals play an important role despite the enormous threats to both their official standing and their personal lives.

German owned Sport Hotel attacked by a criminal gang for the second time within one week.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Hotel “Aquarius Sports Resort, Beach Road, Marawila” had been attacked for the second time within a week. " Last night a gang of approx 15 to 20 “unmasked” men gutted down 12 rooms. The estimated damage goes in multi million SLR. At the time of the incident German and American guests were residing in the hotel, fearing for their lives. The incident happened at 01.10h on Wednesday 05th Dec 2007 – The Police was informed with 119 at 1.18h – the Marawila Police came at 1.35h together with our security who went to the Police Station to bring two Police officers to the site, since they were unable to come on their own, “ said Dr. Dietmar Doering, Chairman of the Aquarius Hotel.

Studying diversity, conflict and internationalizing Burma

By Nehginpao Kipgen

The Union of Burma consists of 7 states and 7 administrative divisions. States are predominantly inhabited by minority ethnic groups while divisions are largely dominated by majority ethnic Burmans. Burma gained independence with adopted name ‘Union of Burma’ in 1948 and later changed to Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma on 23rd September 1974, but reverted to the Union of Burma on 23rd September 1988. On 18th June 1989, the State Law and Order Restoration Council adopted a new name called ‘Union of Myanmar’ with which the country is now officially known at the United Nations.

Wegapitiya clinches the National Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 award

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The highest national level recognition for the local entrepreneurship talent, The Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year Awards, organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka was concluded at the BMICH last week with W K H Wegapitiya, Chairman Laughfs Holdings Ltd Clinching the Sri Lankan National Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 – Platinum Award. The National Gold award for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 was won by Samantha Kumarasinghe, Chairman, Multichemi Group of Companies.

Justice Christopher Weeramantry

Aquarius Hotel

Hindu Rights Action Force of Malaysia totally denies of any truck with LTTE

P.Uthyakumar, legal adviser, Hindu Rights Action Force of Malaysia (HINDRAF) denied of having any truck with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist Tamil outfit from Sri Lanka. He said that the terrorism allegation was leveled against them to lay a foundation to detain without trial of the HANDIRAF leaders under the Draconian Internal Security Act to charges for other criminal offenses and deny us bail like the 31 because we are suppose to be terrorists and a threat to National Security. Leaders of Malaysian rights group HINDRAF, which last month organized mass anti-discrimination protests that were broken up with tear gas and water cannons have already been slapped with sedition charges. The Malaysian authorities have accused these ethnic Indian activists of having links with Sri Lanka's Tigers; a charge the campaigners said could see them detained under internal security laws.


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