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FCCISL delegation at Jilin Trade Fair

US Elections: The Race Card, Alive and Kicking

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for Asian Tribune

Race peddlers are dime a dozen during election season. All it took were comments from a pastor, and hell broke loose. Pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the one who baptized Barrack Obama’s children and whose church in Chicago became the center of racial gravity caused a month of unstoppable racial vitriol in the US. It is now the central issue in the campaign. Obama’s analysis of race in America, repeated over a million times on TV channels, blog sites and newspapers, helped a little to tone down the rhetoric. It is still raging as I write. This is what most people were hoping that things will not come down to.

Human rights a key issue in Swedish foreign policy

Swedish Government prioritizes human rights in foreign policy, in its capacity as a member of the European Union and the UN, in Nordic consultations and as an individual country. That was the message of the Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson today at a press conference where the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' reports on human rights in 197 countries was made public. "Human rights are indivisible and universal. This year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and I want to underline the importance that the Government attaches to a coherent policy for freedom and against oppression," says Gunilla Carlsson.

Film Director Thushara Peiris starts a fast unto death demanding back his robbed ‘Prabakaran’

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lankan film director Thushara Peiris , who has been brutally attacked by pro-Tamil Tiger elements at Chennai’s Gemini Colour Laboratories and stripped of copies of his new film “Prabhakaran” which he processed at the studios said from a hospital bed in Colombo that he is starting a “fast unto death” 'sathyagraha' from his sick bed demanding the Indian and Sri Lankan governments to intervene in getting back his robbed copies of the film. “I have stopped taking food, water and medicine until the Indian and Sri Lanka governments intervenes and get back my copies of the film,” he said from a bed of Colombo’s Nawaloka Hospital where he was admitted for treatment caused in the mob attack in Chennai.

An Obituary - B.H.S. Jayawaradane, a News Hawk with a Flair for Superlative

B. H. S. Jayawardane, “Bassa” as he was affectionately known is no more. He started journalism in the Times Group working for the 'Mirror' and the 'Times.' Those who knew him remember a news hawk with the impulses of a warrior who feared nothing when it came to getting to chasing a story. He did things in style and was never at wits to get the most out of life. His days at the 'Times of Ceylon' and the 'Daily News' were memorable for what he ventured to write, mostly high class inquisitive journalism. We were covering Parliamentary affairs and I had completely forgotten that the Government Parliamentary group was meeting one day. I received a called from Bassa who said “where the hell were you” and he filled me in on the details and I was able to write the story as if I had been there. Only I made a few calls to ensure that he had not pulled my leg, as he wont to do many a time.

Indian fishermen warned not to stray into Sri Lankan waters

By Walter Jayawardhana

Vice Admiral Ram Prem Suthan , Vice Chief of Naval Staff designate of the Indian Navy sternly warned all Indian fishermen not to enter the territorial waters of Sri Lanka. Vice Admiral Suthan said the Sri Lankan Navy has never fired at Indian fishermen inside the Indian territorial waters, referring to allegations that some fishermen have been fired at by the Sri Lanka navy. He said due to the military conflict going on between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lanka Navy such incidents cannot be avoided inside Sri Lanka’s territorial waters.

FCCISL leads a trade delegation to Jilin Province, China Trade Fair

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

Set up an industrial zone in Sri Lanka to cater to Indian and Pakistan Markets was the earnest plea made by Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) when a high powered trade delegation from Julin Province, China visited the FCCISL. Rajabdeen said that as Sri Lanka has signed Free Trade Agreements with India and Pakistan and as such all what is manufactured in Sri Lanka with 35 percent value addition could be exported to these two countries with zero tariff charges. He said that, but if those products are exported to those countries direct from China a heavy export duty will have to be paid when crossing the products to India or Pakistan.

Chinese Embassy in United States Clarifies Situation in it Autonomous Region Tibet

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune US Bureau

Following the international cries condemning the Chinese government from NGO’s and other organizations, and many governments around the world, the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in the United States issued the following statement clarifying the emergence of the situation in its autonomous province of Tibet

Director of ‘Prabakaran’ film assaulted in Chennai for portraying the ruthless LTTE leader in a bad light

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lankan Director of the new film ,’Prabhakaran’ has been physically assaulted at Chennai’s Gemini Studios as the attackers thought Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has been very poorly depicted in the film. The film Director Thushara Peiris was attacked at the Gemini Studios Chennai where he went to collect the copies of his film where it was printed, eyewitnesses said. The 'Times of India' newspaper identified the attackers as S.P. Veerapandian, who happened to be the General Secretary of the ultra nationalist Dravida Iyakka Tamilar Peravai, S. Vanniyarasu Viduthalai Chirunthaikal and film director Seeman.

Vulgar Display Of Money Power

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is rightly overjoyed at the performance of the cricket teams to the Junior World Cup and the tour of Australia respectively. The Juniors (under-19s) won the World Cup title in the tournament held in Kuala Lumpur with a very impressive showing while the seniors played beyond expectations in both the Test Series and the One-Day tri-series, climaxing the tour with a back-to-back win in the finals. The Board expressed itself rather elaborately, announcing Rs 15 lakh each for the members of the victorious junior World Cup team and an enormous sum of Rs 10 crores for the team that did the trip down under.

United States Opposes New Pakistani Government Opening Talks with Terrorists

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

United States Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte, Bush Administration’s second highest diplomat, expressed to the new Pakistani government that just came aboard, the U.S. displeasure of its expressed policy to establish a dialogue with terrorists operating on Pakistani soil. Negroponte made this U.S. opposition to talks with terrorists when he addressed a press conference speaking to reporters in Karachi at the end on his three-day visit to Pakistan Thursday, March 27. He was accompanied by Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.