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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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New Year Celebrations in Paris

World Tamil Movement offices in Canada shut down

By Walter Jayawardhana

During the last week end, the Canadian offices of the World Tamil Movement- a front organization of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been shut down under a warrant issued by a Federal judge. The week end shut down of the World Tamil Movement offices in Ontario and Quebec for alleged fundraising for the designated terrorist group has been highly praised by the editorial of the "National Post" newspaper. “The raids -- which proceeded after police acquired a warrant from a Federal Court of Canada judge -- demonstrate just how much has changed on the national security front in the nearly two-and-a-half years since the Conservatives were elected”, the editorial said.

Memorial Service for late Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, at St. Elizabeth's Church, Dandenong

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle SPUR (Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc) is organizing a memorial service in Australia to Late Jeyraj Fernandopulle, who was fell down on 06 April, by a suicide bomber of the Tamil separatist organization - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Highways & Road Development and the elected Member of Sri Lanka’s Parliament for the Kandana constituency was brutally assassinated by the Tamil Tiger Terrorist’s suicide bomber on 6 April 2008.

LTTE protested outside Slovakian Embassy in London

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) otherwise known as the BTF (British Tamil Forum) in the United Kingdom organized a protest outside the Slovakian Embassy in London yesterday, sources informed Asian Tribune. The protest took place in front of the Slovakian Embassy based at Kensington Palace Gardens, Central London. A letter was handed over to Slovakian Diplomatic staff by Mr. Ivan Pedropillai a senior figure within the LTTE hierarchy in the UK and one of the LTTE's main fundraisers who has generously funded if not all of the meetings organized by the British Tamil Forum (BTF).

Burma's Referendum: A Fruitless Attempt of the Military Junta

By Zin Linn

People of Burma have been disappointed with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, with SG because he has failed to call for the Security Council action on Burma and with Gambari because he has been misleading the world body in support of the undisciplined military regime. On 31 March, Members of Parliament elected in the 1990 General Elections but prevented from taking office by the country's junta issued an appeal to lawmakers all over the world. Their message was: reject the military-ordained new constitution of Burma.

Hussein Bhaila on the importance of developing countries formulating own national strategies to combat poverty and terrorism

Hussein Bhaila at the Doha ForumIn his address at the 8th Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade 2008, Hussein A. Bhaila, Sri Lanka Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, emphasized on the importance of developing countries formulating their own national strategies to combat poverty and terrorism. Hussein A. Bhaila in his address at the 8th Doha Forum emphasized that violent conflicts all over the world have diverted finances from essential development projects to conflict management. He pinpointed that governments should pay due attention in providing a stable environment in which economic and social development issues can be adequately addressed. He pointed out that in particular, eliminating the scourge of terrorism has proved to be costly for many developing countries including my own. He urged for the need of collective action by the world community in eliminating terrorism as a subject which is very important in ensuring security and peace in the world.

Bernard Kouchner to inaugurate new Council of Europe building

Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, will officially inaugurate the Council of Europe's new general building at 1.15pm on Thursday 17 April, together with Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, Secretary General, Emil Kuchár, Chairman of the Ministers' Deputies, and Roland Ries, the Mayor of Strasbourg. Mr Kouchner will unveil a plaque bearing the name of the new building: "Agora". The name was chosen by a Council of Europe staff vote from a list of three names suggested by Council employees. In ancient Greece, the agora was the square where democratic institutions stood.

Celebrate New Year in unity, Ambassador urges Tamil and Sinhala communities

New Year Celebrations in ParisSri Lankan Ambassador Chitranganee Wagiswara called upon the Sinhala and Tamil communities in France to celebrate national events like the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and the Independence anniversary in unity. Addressing the community leaders and the heads of Sri Lankan associations in France at a function held at the Embassy to mark the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, she urged the community leader and Sri Lankan associations to use their influence over the respective communities to strengthen racial harmony and unity.

Pakistan‘s Lingering Crisis!

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

One feels like looking back: a bitter poll campaign was fought by the PPP-PMK (N) and removal of President Pervez Musharraf was on the top of opposition campaign agenda once polls were announced by President Musharraf. But less than two-thirds majority obtained by the opposition combine against their bigger expectations and the follow-up government formation strategies have shifted the focus of the opposition leaders from anti-Musharrafism to more important issues concerning Pakistan’s security, economic strength and common problems faced by Pakistanis.

Bribery and corruption threatens the foundation of any civil society

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Bribery is an evil practice that threatens the foundation of any civilized society and the Privy Council in a recent case, speaking of corruption in the same breath as drug-trafficking characterized both as “cancerous activities”. Many world leaders have castigated corruption as a cancer and one such leader has commented that “It is the greatest threat to national security as well as to reconstruction efforts. This was said by Justice Ameer Ismail, Chairman, Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and he was speaking at the Third Key Person’s Forum jointly organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED) at Trans Asia Hotel.

RAW : An Instrument of Indian Imperialism

By Isha Khan - Bangladesh

The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), created in 1968, has assumed a significant status in the formulation of India's domestic and foreign policies, particularly the later. Working directly under the Prime Minister, it has over the years become and effective instrument of India's national power. In consonance with Kautilya's precepts, RAW's doctrine is based on the principle of waging a continuous series of battles of intrigues and secret wars. RAW, ever since its creation, has always been a vital, though unobtrusive, actor in Indian policy-making apparatus. But it is the massive international dimensions of RAW operations that merit a closer examination. To the credit of this organization, it has in very short span of time mastered the art of spy warfare.

At the Doha Forum

Hussein Bhaila at the Doha Forum

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In Paris 4

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New Year In Paris

Sri Lankan tea exports to soar past one billion dollar mark this year

The rise in demand for Sri Lankan black tea from Russia, Iran and Libya is likely to push tea exports from the island country to well over one billion dollars in value terms this year once again. Sri Lanka's tea exports is likely to grow by a further 15 per cent for 2008, against the landmark billion dollar mark in 2007, Colombo Tea Traders' Association (CTTA) Chairman Tyeab Akberally said. He said the estimation follows increased demand for Sri Lanka's orthodox tea from Libya, Iran, Russia and the CIS States. Akberally is also a director of premium family tea exporting company Akbar Brothers Ltd, which accounts for 14 per cent of the national tea exports, according to latest reports.