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Protest 1 - Denmark

Sri Lankan Navy arrested 62 Tamil Nadu fishermen who were poaching in the Sri Lankan waters

Sri Lanka Navy arrested 6 Indian Fishing travelers and 62 Indian fishermen poaching in to Sri Lankan waters at location 09 NM West of Thalawila 10.00 hrs on 07th March 2008. According to Sri Lanka Navy the six Indian trawlers and the fishermen were brought to Kalpitiya lagoon and arrangements being made to hand over them to Kalpitiya police for further investigation. According to reports, the arrested Sixty-two fishermen, set sailed from Chinnathurai and Thoothoor villages in Kanyakumari district in six fishing boats and were detained by the Sri Lankan Navy on Friday morning for allegedly crossing over the International Maritime Border Line (IBML), according to officials in the Fisheries Department.

Markets end in the green for 8th week

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In their weekly review HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the week, market ended high continuing its positive trend for the continuous 8th week in a row. Speculative trading on few selective stocks mainly drove the market indices up this week. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) moved 34.9 points higher, or 1.38 percent to 2565.8 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) edged up 43.1 points or 1.36 percent to 3215.3 points to close the week on a positive note. The telecom counter SLT, subjected to speculation, witnessed 6.45 million shares changing hands accounting for the largest turnover by a single stock of Rs.232.8 million for the week.

Aung San Suu Kyi debarred from contesting in the 2010 polls

United Nations special envoy Ibrahim Gambari met with detained Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday, after the military junta to make it clear that they would not allow her to contest polls scheduled for 2010. Gambari arrived on Thursday on a mission to persuade the ruling regime to include Suu Kyi more in the reconciliation process. According to state media reports, Information Minister Brigadier General Kyaw Hsan told Gambari on Friday that Burmese regime had rejected a request by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the regime amends the new constitution to "ensure inclusiveness. The constitution has already been drafted and it should not be amended again," Kyaw Hsan said.

Denmark: CASTIS demonstrates against terrorism in Sri Lanka

BY Paul Sommer - Denmark

Sri Lankan friends of C A S T I S, (Campaign Against Separatist Terrorism In Sri Lanka) organized a demonstration against the terrorism in Sri Lanka in front of the city hall of the capital of Denmark, on Saturday the 8th of March, 2008. CASTIS-Denmark started up activities in the Capital of Denmark on the 8th of March 2008 in order to make the people aware of the LTTE atrocities in Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans living in Denmark together with Danish friends of Sri Lanka, displayed photographs of the incidents of atrocities of the LTTE during the past years and demonstrated against terrorism in general.

Karunanidhi Wanted Indian P M to Curb Sri Lankan Navy Arresting Poaching Fishermen in Sri Lankan Waters

M.KarunanidhiTamil Nadu Chief Minister, Muthuvelu Karunanidhi has urged the Indian Prime Minister to contain, what he described as the arbitrary activities of the Sri Lankan Navy in the midst sea. He alleged that the frequent firing incidents by the Sri Lankan Navy in the midst sea have created a sense of insecurity and unrest among the fisherman in Tamil Nadu and are causing lot of concern. He added that even yesterday (March 7th), the Sri Lankan Navy has arrested 62 fisherman of Tamil Nadu in the midst sea causing anxiety and tension among the fisherman. He has alleged that repeated instructions by the Tamil Nadu Government, Tamil Nadu fishermen continue to cross the international Maritime Borderline (IMBL)and fishermen stray into Sri Lankan waters for poaching.

Jaliya Wickramasuriya, New Sri Lankan Ambassador Designate in Washington D.C.

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Jaliya WickramasuriyaJaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lankan Consular General in Los Angeles has been selected as the new Ambassador to United States of America. He is expected to take up the new assignment in Washington D.C. once the formal appointment procedures are finalized. He had a brief but highly successful spell as Consular General in LA where he brought a sense of unity to over 60,000 expatriates who reside there now. He won them over with his unassuming ways and communications skills, according to most observers. A highly successful businessman by his own merit, a trailblazer and people person, he had great success in promoting Ceylon Royal in a fiercely competitive market where coffee was considered king prior to his coming to LA. His Atlanta, Georgia based company promoted a range of teas.

Obama Wins Wyoming Slowing Down Clinton Momentum

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Barak ObamaObama won Wyoming handily beating Clinton by 23 points.The percentage was 61% to 38%. He appeared to have to won eight new delegates, while she will probably gain four or it might be 7 to 5 in the final tally. While both Clinton and Obama pushed hard to win the state, the Obama campaign’s early organizing here appeared to have paid off. His campaign set up shop two weeks before Clinton did, opening five offices in the state to two for Clinton. Obama went on the air with television and radio commercials this week. Clinton had two radio advertisements running. She had Bill and Chelsea Clinton campaigning there. This is a Caucus state which seemed to favor Obama's campaigning style. He had won all but one of the caucuses so far.

Anandasangaree demands LTTE to take full responsibility for the killing of MP Sivanesan and his driver

In a strongly worded statement V.Anandasangaree, demanded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam led by Velupillai Prabakaran to take complete responsibility for the killing of Kiddinan Sivanesan the Tamil Nation Alliance member of parliament of the Jaffna district and his driver Maheswararajah, in Vanni on 06 March. While condemning the killing of Sivanesan and his driver Maheswararajah, Anandasangaree has posed pertinent question to the LTTE to response regarding these killings. According to the statement of the TULF President, the said incident had taken place about 2 miles from Mankulam on the A9 road and about 190 miles from Colombo. Of these 190 miles he points out that about 170 miles fall within the Government controlled areas and therefore under the army’s control.

Escalating Food Prices: Moral Dilemma Confronting the World

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Seattle

There are few signs that the world will ever come to grips with the problem of escalating food prices. While we are witnessing the rise of mega-entrepreneurs in Asia, the threat of soaring food prices dwarfing such a scenario is real. The average middle class family in Asia, Middle East and Latin America ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence today. The cost of living is the most prevalent phenomenon in many parts of the world. Reports indicate that the rising food prices have hit Asia’s poor so hard that many have taken to the streets in protest. No near term respite from the growing problem is evident.

Ambassador Blake’s Urges Continued Vigilance in Combating Human Trafficking

U S Ambassador William Blake urged continued vigilance while applauding the hard work of so many groups in Sri Lanka, such as the National Child Protection Authority, Department of Probation and Child Care, Child and Women Desks of Sri Lanka Police Department, and Department of Labor who are striving protect the rights of women and children in Sri Lanka currently working abroad. He commended the numerous local and international non-governmental organizations now collaborating with the government to inform civil society about human trafficking and rehabilitate its victims. He also warned that more needs to be done about the one million workers who are overwhelmingly women employed overseas from abuse and exploitation. He noted that private industry programs, such as Garments without Guilt, are working to create cruelty-free working conditions across the country.

Burmese Army Regime Attacks Ethnic Minority Villages While UN Envoy Enters Burma

The US Campaign for Burma condemned two attacks on ethnic nationality villages carried out by Burma's military regime just two days before the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari entered the country. The attacks took place on March 4th, 2008 in the jungles of eastern Burma. Since 1996, Burma's regime has destroyed 3,200 villages in eastern Burma and forced 1.5 million civilians to flee their homes as internal and external refugees. For context purposes, the number of civilian villages destroyed in eastern Burma is nearly twice the number destroyed in Darfur, Sudan.

Protest 2 - Denmark

Protest 3 - Denmark


Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Barak Obama

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to launch a HR Leaders’ Forum

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants has initiated an HR Leaders forum inviting a group of leading HR professionals in a bid to network and develop a synergy, mutually beneficial to CIMA students, CIMA members and HR professionals. Speaking on the H R Leaders’ Forum, Aruna Fernando, President, CIMA Sri Lanka Division, said that CIMA believes that more and more HR professionals should understand the scope of the CIMA qualification and what it offers in relation to the changing environment and how the curriculum is updated to meet international standards.

Our system of education must be reshaped to suit the times - Minister Sarath Amunugama

“Those with beards shouting slogans and crying ‘Bhangawewa’ at roundabouts are incapable of making use of their degrees to do any jobs. The majority of them are unable to do any sort of thing. Education must be employment oriented. Our system of education must be reshaped to suit the times, said Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion at the awarding of certificates to youth who completed the training course in gem cutting at the Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institution at Barigama in Harispattuwa.A batch of 28 young men and women completed the four-month course and received their certificates. They were the first batch to follow the course of training and at the completion of the course, were assured of employment by a gem industrialist in Galagedera who would be paying them a monthly salary of Rs. 8000/=.

New York students donate toys to children at Maharagama Cancer Hospital

A group of American elementary school students, ages 11 to 14, at the St. Joseph Hill Academy on Staten Island in New York City dedicated a major annual social event – the Halloween school dance – to the cause, and in partnership with the North American Women’s Association and today children at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital now have more toys to play with and books to read while they await treatment.