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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Heroes winners at Alpha Asia

Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger Fundraiser in Canada Thwarted

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Following the crackdown of fundraising and arms procurement for Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tigers (LTTE) on the American soil late last year and billing the arrested group of Tiger operatives before justice, the Canadian authorities brought before their justice system Monday, March 17 an apprehended man who was collecting funds taking cover behind a socio-cultural organization of the Tamil Diaspora living in Canada.

U.S. Congress Introduces Resolution Rejecting Burmese Junta Made Constitution

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The U.S. Campaign for Burma, a Washington DC-based organization mobilizing international support for freedom and democracy in Burma, March 17 welcomes and supports the introducing of Congressional resolution, House Res. 317, calling for the President to call for the United Nations Security Council to not accept or recognize the state constitution, unilaterally written by the Burmese military junta, and the outcome of the upcoming referendum, scheduled for May this year.

Now all eyes on the new political Eastern identity - TMVP

Chanthirakanthan alias PillaiyanAlthough quite a few parties decided to boycott the local government elections in the east, there seems to be hectic political activities in the province as most of the political parties are interested in entering the fray this time to wrest power in the Eastern Provincial Council. Nomination for the Eastern Provincial Council is to be accepted from 27 March to April 3rd and polling is to be held on 10 May. Early reports from the province indicate that many political parties have shown interest in this election. In the meantime the people in the East are beginning to show a keen interest in this election as for the first time ever, they have indicated their willingness to accept a political party completely led by Easterners by voting to the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by S. Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan in the last local body election held on march 10.

Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya Thwarts LTTE TV Channel from Broadcasting Vicious Propaganda

Hemantha WarnakulasuriyaSri Lanka's Ambassador to Italy stopped the LTTE in their tracks trying to spread false information. Ambassador to Italy Hemantha Warnakulasuriya met with Italy’s Ministry of the Interior officials, Dr. Daniela Mengoni, Deputy Head of Department, Dr. Massimo Mastroianni, Director of III Division and Dr. Marco Monteleone, Head of the Department of Public Security of the Office of Police Prevention, and the Head of the Office of Police Prevention Dept Dr. Carlo De Stefano, and urged them to prevent the up linking of LTTE video material from its base stationed in Milan to the Eurobird Satellite. Ambassador Warnakulasuriya was assisted by the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Rome C. A. H. M. Wijeratne. Ambassador Warnakulasuriya impressed upon the authorities the fact that the LTTE is banned by the European Union and the U.S., and was no longer a ragtag band of terrorists trying to carve out a separate state in Sri Lanka.

Singer introduces Whirlpool Mastermind – automatic refrigerator to Sri Lankan Market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Singer Sri Lanka a name synonymous with durable home appliances introduces the first automatic refrigerator - the new Whirlpool Mastermind to the Sri Lankan Market and the launch took place at Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla. At the launch Hemaka Amarasuriya, Chairman Singer Sri Lanka said that he is happy that the Product is introduced in the opportune time at the beginning of the selling season. He said that the association between Singer Sir Lanka and Whirlpool spans to 10 years. He said that they have introduced this automatic refrigerator to the Sri Lankan market and it is not just gimmicks, but a real product and its versatility could put the rival brands out of the market.

OIC Meet in Senegal: Focus on Islamophobia

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the second largest inter-governmental organization after the UN which has membership of 57 states spread over four continents, has slammed the trend of Islamophobia prevailing the world over at its 11th Session of the Islamic Summit held in the Senegalese capital Dakar on March 13-14. The Organization called on Europe and America to take stronger measures against 'Islamophobia' in a report prepared for a summit of the group's 57 members in Dakar and warned that an "alarming" rise in anti-Islamic insults and attacks in the West has become a threat to international security. This monitoring group expects that Europe and North America to do more, through laws and social action, to protect Muslims from threats and discrimination and prevent insults against Islam's religious symbols.

U.S. State Department Donates Anti-Terrorism Equipment to Sri Lanka National Police

The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Office of Antiterrorism Assistance will donate approximately $220,000 worth of equipment to the Sri Lanka National Police (SLNP) in a brief ceremony Tuesday, March 18, at the American Embassy. The purpose of the equipment is to sustain and enhance the critical capabilities of the security forces of Sri Lanka in their efforts to fight terrorism. The donation consists of three Explosives Incident Countermeasures kits, two Post-Blast Investigation kits and two Hostage Negotiations kits, which will be divided between the SLNP and the Special Task Force.

Public faith in democracy vindicates Government's approach to hold free elections - Peace Secretariate

Free elections in the East just two months after the abrogation of the Cease Fire Agreement (CFA) augured well for democracy. The area, a hot bed of entrenched terrorism practised by the LTTE saw democracy functioning with minor flaws. It is a good omen for things to come in the North as well. Public faith in democracy vindicated government's approach to hold free elections so soon after the demise of the CFA. Former armed groups are now bent on entering the main stream of politics and work for the common good.

India to participate in constructing Weerawilla Airport

By Walter Jayawardhana

The governments of Sri Lanka and India are discussing the construction of the Weerawila Airport in Sri Lanka with public and private sector participation, the proposed constructor of the Airport, The Cochin International Airport Ltd.(CIAL), has announced. The Kerala state government of India and several NRI’s hold stake in the CIAL and it is reputed to have built India’s first airport with public and private participation. S.Bharath, Managing Director of the Company said that the Sri Lankan government has agreed to give the contraction of the airport to the Indian Company while the Company is also willing to take over the construction.

Alpha Asia Heroes 2008

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Patrick Gregory, Key Accounts Manager, Labels voted for and felicitated as theThe big winner of the night – overall Asia hero at the Finals of the Alpha Asia Heroes Awards held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel last week. He was chosen by the members of the staff number 400 by their own vote. This is the third time Alpha Asia Heroes was held during the last 4 years. Alpha Asia Heroes is an employee incentive and awards scheme. This scheme was aimed at providing reward and recognition to staff across the Sri Lankan business who has shown consistently outstanding performance to promote them as examples for all of Alpha Orient Lanka Limited (AOLL).

S. Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan

Hemantha Warnakulasuriya

Burmese Military Intelligence arrested Kyaw Ko Ko, Leader of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions

Burmese Military Inteligence Unit arrested on 17 March Kyaw Ko Ko, the leader of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, taken away from his hiding place. Earlier, with the help of supporters, Kyaw Ko Ko twice had escaped arrest. Nyan Linn Aung, another ABFSU leader, was also arrested together with Kyaw Ko Ko. It is not known where they were taken. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has expressed concern over the arrest of Kyaw Ko Ko and Nyan Lin Aung. Military authorities are notorious for torturing political prisoners, and often the most severe treatment occurs during the interrogation stage following the arrest.