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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2615

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A Tamil arrested for security breach just prior to Queen Elizabeth declare opens new terminal at the Heathrow airport

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mystery surrounds why the twenty seven year old Sri Lankan Tamil Ketheeswara Uthayakumar has committed one of the worst security breaches at London’s main Heathrow Airport. He was scheduled to appear at Uxbridge Magistrate court in West London to face a charge of aircraft endangerment after being arrested by police near the Northern runway last Thursday. The security breach came less than 24 hours before Queen Elizabeth II declared open a 4.3 billion new terminal, named as ‘terminal 5’ for England’s busiest airport.

Sri Lanka at Lions Club Anniversary at the UN

Sri Lanka took a leading role in the 30th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations held on 14th March at the UN Headquarters in New York, as this year’s event was presided by a Sri Lankan, Mahendra Amarasuriya, President of the International Association of Lions Clubs for 2007-2008, with the patronage of the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations. Welcoming over 700 Lions on behalf of the member States of the UN, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations thanked the Lions for electing a Sri Lankan as President of the 1.3 million strong Lions Clubs International.

The Elections in the East: USA Ambassador Robert Blake has had to eat his own words

By Garvin Karunaratne - former SLAS, G.A.Matara

Recently, US Envoy Robert Blake voiced himself that the local elections to be held in the liberated East could not be free and fair. In fact I wrote a Paper which was published in The Asian Tribune of February 7, : “Our US Ambassador expressing doubts of forthcoming elections in Batticaloa” where I assured him that our Elections Service was far superior to that of the USA and that he could be assured of a free and fair election. Now the elections to the nine local government councils in Batticaloa are history. Though the polling stations were manned to the hilt with soldiers guarding the precincts, there was not a single incident where anyone was marched to a polling precinct with a revolver held to one’s head. There was not a single incident reported where anyone threatened a polling precinct presiding officer with a gun and stuffed ballots into the ballot boxes as happened many a time during elections held in the Eighties, under the UNP rule!

Don’t blame the underdog UN envoy Gambari!

By Nehginpao Kipgen

A seasoned Nigerian diplomat, who is tasked a mission to the Union of Burma as the UN special envoy, wrapped up his latest visit on March 10. The mission’s outcome was not lesser than the expectation. In the absence of a UN Security Council’s mandate, UN missions are thinning in the air. Gambari’s third visit since the September 2007 uprising was by and large a foregone conclusion. The UN Security Council’s refusal to pass a resolution on January 12th of this year was a precedent to the futility of UN missions. Prior to his visit to Burma, the UN special envoy was headed to wooing neighboring countries as anticipated by many, including Burmese opposition groups and members of the United Nations.

FCCISL Machinery Exhibition to facilitate SME industrial development

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Planning and other arrangement are on top gear for the third consecutive Machinery Exhibition - SME 2008 – The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) which has developed a particular interest towards SME Sector will be holding their Machinery Exhibition this year to be held from 15 – 18 May 2008 at the BMICH and all aspects of holding the Exhibition are now being finalized. The Machinery Exhibition is organized by the Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED) of FCCISL and SMED is a project of the FCCISL and Friedrich Noumann Stiftung (FNSt). Major focus of the Exhibition is to promote “Technology for Rural, Micro and SME Development”. This SME Show consists of Machinery, Ancillary Equipment, Processes, Method and New Technology covering 200 stalls.

Business Opportunities Increased with a Nordic Collaborating Proxy in Sweden

Ronald Cedervaldh, CEO of Swedish company nSpike acting as a “proxy” towards a Sri-Lankan Company presented a success story in speedy facilitation of business collaboration between Sri Lanka and Sweden. “The most important targets in this strategy was that we shared our common business goals and mind set to define our mutual business targets”, he added while revealing the collaboration experiences with the Sri Lankan offshore company Mazarin Ltd. It is possible now to operate as if we are near-shore to Sri Lanka even though we are off-shore. So, instead of thinking as an offshore business, our strategy was to optimize our business operations as a Sri-Lankan Company near-shore to Sweden, he said.

U.S. report: China abusing human rights - China: Adhere to high principles before preaching to others

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The Peoples Republic of China on Thursday, March 13 strongly reacted to the United States 2007 Human Rights Practices in which China was branded as one of the worst offenders of human rights in releasing a report scrutinizing the “dismal human rights practices in the United States.” The report says the United States reigns over other countries and makes arrogant and malicious attacks on their human rights issues, but mentions nothing about its own human rights problems.

Anandasangaree snubs TNA Parliamentarian Sri Kantha for unsolicited advice

Anandasangaree reaffirms that K.Sivanesan the TNA parliamentarian was slain by LTTE and not by the Deep penetrating Force of the Sri Lanka Army. He categorically rejected the allegation that the Deep penetrating Force of the Sri Lanka Army was responsible for the slaying of Kiddnar Sivanesan, MP who was killed 20 kilometers inside Vanni when he travelled in a car on 6th March. The President of the Tamil United Liberation Front said that he stand by his statement that K.Sivanesan, the slain TNA Parliamentarian had travelled about 170 miles from Colombo in areas under the full control of the army before entering the LTTE zone and why should the army take such a big risk and penetrate into the area under the control of the LTTE to target this Member who is an absolutely non-controversial person.

Government to crack down on those responsible for attacking state TV employees

Sri Lanka Government has yesterday vowed to crack down on those mysterious assailants attacking the employees of the Rupavahini Corporation, the Government owned television. The Government expressed its grave concern about the recent repeated brutal attacks directed at the employees of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed to take speedy action and bring to book those responsible for attacks on employees of Rupavahini. Also President has called for a plan of action to protect them.

Enforced Disappearances in the United States: Amnesty International Reveals ‘chilling’ new case

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Human rights violations, torture, disappearances, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorist prisoners and enemy combatants are dominating the Washington atmosphere these days. Last week ended with President Bush vetoing an intelligence bill sent by the Congress because it contained prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorist prisoners such as waterboarding. The Congress wanted the U.S. administration to adhere to the U.S. Miltary Manual on interrogation to which the Bush administration refused.

FM radio to go newsy

By Atul Cowshish & M Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

There is no denying that the press in India enjoys as much freedom as in most democracies, even though all governments, past and present, have tried to introduce through the backdoor some curbs on press freedom in the name ‘national’ or ‘public’ interest. In the case of radio, a kind of hidden censorship on news broadcast has always existed. First, there was a complete monopoly of the government over broadcast of news. When private players, in the shape of frequency modulation (FM) stations, sprouted as a result of ‘liberalisation’, they were not allowed to broadcast news and current affairs programmes.

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United States Becomes a Life Line to Sri Lanka’s Separatist LTTE, Charges Sri Lanka Government

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Government of Sri Lanka has made a serious charge against the United States saying that the latter is throwing a life line to separatist Tamil Tigers “at a time when it is struggling to maintain its position both militarily on the (domestic) ground and internationally.” This is a serious charge by Sri Lanka when the U.S. was one of the first countries ten years ago to designate the LTTE a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization’. Reacting to the U.S. 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Sri Lanka in which the U.S. brought a near impeachment on this South Asian nation’s human rights practices, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a scathing attack on the U.S. motives using “a litany of unsubstantiated allegations, innuendos and vituperative exaggerations” in the State Department released report on Sri Lanka’s human rights practices.