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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Dammika Kodituwakku

Batticaloa Elections Cannot be Stopped: Supreme Court of Sri Lanka

Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva, Justices Nihal Jayasinghe and Saleem Marsoof of the Supreme Court ruled that elections are a part of democracy and hence, the Court cannot stop Local bodies’ elections in Batticoloa. Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva noted that the Court could not interfere with the democratic process. He added that the Court could however assist the petitioner in their security concerns. At the outset Senior State Counsel N. Pulle raising several objections argued that cases should be dismissed since there are no provisions to postpone the elections, and the Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister and the relevant returning officers had not been made parties.

London based LTTE front organizations intensifying extortions in the city and in India

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

Emboldened by the political support forthcoming from British politicians, front organizations of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in London have started extorting funds for terrorist activities in Sri Lanka, not only from the British capital, but also from Tamil Nadu. London based terrorist fund raisers were trying to extort money from the new mayor of Tirupur, a town of the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu located near Coimbatore, according to a complaint made to the Tamil Nadu police authorities.

SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A communiqué issued by the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sri Lankan Secretariat attached to the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka indicated that the 41st & 42nd Executive Committee Meetings of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) were held in New Delhi, India on 13th January, 2008. SCCI established in 1993 is an apex regional organization representing the private sector aims at creating regional economic cooperation in the SEARCH region. It remains committed to playing a vibrant role in enhancing trade and regional economic cooperation and creates capacity building in the SAARC region.

Terrorism will be wiped out from the country this year

Dr. Sarath Amunugama“This is a decisive year for the country in which our war heroes will achieve success in their operations to defeat terrorism and safeguard the unity and territorial integrity of the country” said Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama. He was addressing a meeting at the Galagedara Agrarian Service Office to mark the distribution of plants and agricultural equipment for home garden cultivation. Dr. Amunugama said the Cabinet recently decided to abrogate the CFA because both parties to the agreement had not accepted it. It was mostly violated by the LTTE.

INEXPRO 2008 is in the offing

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) organizers of INEXPRO 2008 a popular event in the trade calendar of Sri Lanka are finalizing the arrangements which is organized in association with the Ministries of Foreign Affairs; Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services; Export Development and International Trade, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, Export Development Board and Srilankan Airlines Ltd.

Small and medium scale businessmen ask a national awards scheme to felicitate them

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Small and medium scale traders who closely serve the masses ask a national honor for their long social service and said even the government must look them into request to recognize them as national assets. Speaking to media, Joint Secretary of the United Traders and Industrialists Association –Dehiwala Dammika Kodituwakku explained current social recognition on traders and said most of masses called the traders as black marketers or corrupted businessmen. "Even government officials and other politicians also follow this version on us," he said.

Bush in the Middle East

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The optimism expressed by President George W. Bush can take one’s breath away. During his visit to West Asia he declared with a straight face that he expects a free Palestinian state to be established before he demits office in January 2009. His words were something like a quack claiming that he can cure a chronic patient of a terminal disease within a few weeks. Bush will be lucky if he leaves his office with even a semblance of an agreement on some of the core issues that divide the Israelis and the Palestinians; for instance, the borders of the Palestinian state.

In the midst of a wake up call from India and UK for credible devolution, APRC to hand over final proposal tomorrow

The All Party Representatives Committee is to submit its final constitutional proposal to President Mahinda Rajapakse tomorrow, in the midst of a wake up call by the United Kingdom and India to produce an acceptable and credible package on devolving power to regions, as the way to settle the issue of Tamil separatism in Sri Lanka. "There is no military solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka," Gordon Brown and Dr. Manmohan Singh, U.K. and Indian prime ministers, said in a statement after talks in New Delhi, yesterday. The government needs to “put forward a credible devolution package as a key contribution to finding a political settlement acceptable to all communities within the framework of united Sri Lanka," Singh and Brown said in a statement at the end of yesterday's India-U.K. summit.