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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2789

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President Mahinda Rajapakse

Canada gives $12 million more for relief efforts in Burma

Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) welcomes an announcement of the Government of Canada, committing 12 million dollars more for the cyclone relief efforts in Burma. Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, makes the announcement this morning May 23, 2008, which brings Canada into the top group donors with 14 million dollars, along with UK: $27 million, Australia: 25 million and USA: $13 million, respectively. “The additional support announced today means that up to $12 million will be added to Canada's initial $2 million contribution for immediate relief efforts made on May 8, 2008 and to funds that will be raised through the Burma Cyclone Relief Fund announced last week,” said the minister in the statement.

Palestine – SL tourism to receive boost through trade promotion

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dr. Anwar Al-Agha, Ambassador of the State of Palestine paid a courtesy call to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) last week, where he met with the Chamber’s Secretary General/CEO Prema Cooray, Chief Operating Officer, Harin Malwatte and Chairman Mahen Dayananda. The Ambassador, who was keen on strengthening bilateral trade ties spoke at length on the Palestine Investment Conference, at Bethlehem. Organized by IMF and World Bank, over 700 participants are expected to take part from the International Business Community representing the Middle East, Africa and Europe. According to the Ambassador, this is the first business conference to be organized in Palestine.

Chingwang dismisses Imchen’s statement

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Senior Congress leader and MLA Chingwang Konyak dismissed the statement of state home minister Imkong L Imchen that state political leaders had never ventured in a “realistic way” to help solve the Naga issue along with the Naga underground leaders. Talking to 'Asian Tribune' here today, the veteran Congressman expressed wonder as to how Imchen could state that state political leaders irrespective of their party affiliations were responsible for present state of affairs in the state.

Terrorism causes impact for politics and culture – President

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapakse said terrorism has caused a harmful impact not only for politics, but also to the culture as well. He further points out there are no differences based on race, religion or cast lines for artistic taste. Language, nation and culture do not develop when you evict thousands of people belonging to another race from your region. You cannot develop or nurture language or a nation with communalism. Hence defeating terrorism in a country means defeating communalism, said President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Minister Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen on the importance of Tamils and Muslim communities stay united

Minister Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen, President of the All Ceylon Muslim Congress has condemned the recent upsurge of violence in Kathankudy in the Eastern Sri Lanka. In his statement he said that the pressing need at present is urgent need for the Tamils and Muslims to co-exist as two brotherly communities. This is the pragmatic need of the hour, he sad. Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen while speaking to "Asian Tribune" said, We Muslims and our Tamil brethrens should not easily fall prey to such vicious traps hatched by the divisive forces who are planning to create tension and division in the country.

Tamil Tigers in Paris commemorate Balraj

BalarajThe Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) put up posters urging the Tamil community to defy the ban on LTTE activities and participate in the meeting to commemorate the late military leader self styled ‘Brigadier’ Balraj. While the LTTE activists pasted posters in Tamil owned shops at La Chapelle in the French Capital, the police did not take any action as the traders were too scared to lodge complaints with the police. Some moderate Tamils said that although, the police prevented the pasting of posters of EPDP social worker Ms Maheswary Velautham who was killed by the LTTE earlier this month, there was no action against the posters of Balraj.

Food Security Requires New Approach to Water

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The ongoing food crisis, characterized by growing shortages and rising prices of staple commodities, has far reaching implications for the world's scarce water resources, says a new study released here. "More food is likely to come at a cost of more water use in agriculture," according to the report titled "Saving Water: From Field to Fork". The emerging challenges facing the food sector include growing water scarcity; unacceptably high levels of under-nourishment; the proliferation of people who are overweight or obese; and of food that is lost or wasted in society.

Tamil Tigers report the death of 16 civilians in a roadside claymore attack in Vanni

Claymore attack in VanniTamil Tigers report the killing of 16 civilians inside Vanni, but Sri Lanka Army denies of any involvement. Tigers have continuously blamed the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka Military as responsible for numerous such roadside bomb attacks inside areas controlled by them, which however now raises the credibility of such allegations. Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam a separatist outfit alleged that 16 civilians were killed in a roadside claymore attack by the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka military at 2.00 pm yesterday, at Akkarayan – Murukandy Road in Kilinochchi, an area coming under their control within the Vanni region, located in the Northern province of Sri Lanka.

A vigilant bus conductor averted a bomb explosion

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

A vigilant bus conductor averted today evening a bomb explosion which would have caused death to dozens of bus passengers. According to reports, the conductor of the public transport bus recovered the bomb parcel when the bus stopped at Parakandeniya. It is said that he detected a deserted parcel under the bus seat, took it out, left it in a playground and informed the police of the suspicious parcel.

Sri Lankan trade delegation to Trinidad and Tobago

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The High Commissioner for Trinidad and Tobago , Pundit Maniedeo Persad paid courtesy call on the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) this week, the first ever visit of an emissary from this Caribbean island to the Chamber. Consequent to a courtesy call by the High Commissioner, Pundit Maniedeo Persad to the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce had discussions with CCC Secretary General/CEO Prema Cooray: Chairman, Mahen Dayananda and Vice Chairman, Jayampathi Bandaranayake which centred on the key benefits that could be obtained by investing in Trinidad and Tobago.

Police starts extensive investigations on Keith Noyahr case

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

N.K. Illangakoon, Senior Deputy Inspector of Police said that extensive investigations are being conducted regarding the abduction and assault incident faced by Keith Noyahr, the Deputy Editor of the Nation Newspaper. He said that three special police teams have been deployed in this regard. The team is led by the Senior Superintendent of Police of the Colombo Crime Division Anura Senanayake and Superintendent of Police Lesley Gunawardena. According to DIG Illangakoon, the Police have begun their investigations immediately after receiving a complaint lodged at the Dehiwala police by the wife Keeth Noyar yesterday early morning around 2.00 AM.

U.S. ‘Net Gain’ of Third World ‘Brain’ has no Monetary Value: The Issue of Foreign Students in U.S.

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Lobbying groups frequently claim that foreign students are a benefit to America's balance of payments, comparable to a booming export sector. That is what the most influential Institute for International Education (IIE) said all these years, and even at testimonies before the United States Congress following the restrictions imposed after the 9/11 attack on the U.S. soil. But a recent study by the Center for Immigration Studies, an independent research institute which examines the impact of immigration on the United States, does not agree with the IIE and other lobbying groups’ contentions.

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Poster showing Balaraj

Claymore attack in Vanni