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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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US Cannot Just ‘Disappear’ People and Not Account for its Actions, says America’s foremost Human Rights Groups

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"Our government cannot just 'disappear' people and on top of that, not be forced to account for its actions. That is the stuff of the most brutal dictatorships and it should not be the legacy that this country creates," was the opinion expressed by America’s most respected Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) yesterday when that organization along with two other rights groups wanted the CIA to disclose of illegal detention, torture and prisoner rendition program in a court case under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

On the population statistics – a clarification by Washington S.L.Embassy

Counselor for Information of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington confirms the accuracy of the statistics used by Ambassador Bernard Goonatilake in his interview with WCCATV13. According to the statement of the Counselor Information, "The comments elicited from Asian Tribune readers to the article titled, 'LTTE demand for 30% landmass for 6% of a population is utterly impracticable - Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke,' published on June 19, 2008, indicate that some readers believe Ambassador Goonetilleke has used inaccurate statistics with regard to population figures, in his interview with WCCATV13." It went on to add, "We wish to clarify the statistics provided by the Ambassador in the course of his analysis."

NFF decided to hold public rallies in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

National Freedom Front [NFF] plans to hold a series of public rallies to educate masses on the prevailing challenges of Sri Lanka. Its spokesman said that these rallies would not criticize the JVP or its activities, but educate the public on present challenges, which are before the country. Leaders of the NFF Wimal Weerawansa, Nandana Gunathilaka and other leading members of the Party will address these rallies.

Pakistan thanked for preserving Buddhist sites

By Janaka Perera on Colombo

Sri Lanka's Central Cultural Fund Chairman Professor Sudarshan Seneviratne this week lauded Pakistan for her immense contribution towards the protection and preservation of Gandhara's ancient Buddhist cultural heritage. He said this on the occasion of the distribution of copies of two Sinhala translations of Pakistani publications on Gandhara civilization, among researchers and academics at the International Information Centre, Kandy on June 22.

Coalition at the brink of breakup

By Asif Haroon Raja

A huge turbulence occurred on the political scene when the Lahore High Court bench disqualified Nawaz Sharif from contesting by-polls scheduled on 26 June on the plea that he was a convict. The case of Shahbaz Sharif was referred to Election Commission for further disposal. His future also hangs in the balance. Disqualification of Nawaz has lain to rest the farce of so-called national reconciliation about which lot of drum beating has been done.

Government of Sri Lanka approves to enter into a financing agreement with the IDA

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Sri Lanka government plans to implement a Public Sector Capacity Building Project. Cabinet has granted approval to enter into a financing agreement with the International Development Association of the World Bank for this project. The aim of this project is to enhance the effectiveness, effectiveness and output of the Department of Census and Statistics and the Department of the Auditor General.

UPA has no leadership to take decision: MC Konyak

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

State Minister for Forest and Environment MC Konyak described as "threatening" the country’s inflation rate touching a 13-year high of 11.05. "This does not augur well for the nation and it is threatening the economy of the nation," he told AT here at his official chamber today. The Minister quoted the National BJP Executive’s recent resolution as saying that the UPA government had rather benefitted from the rise in the internal crude oil prices through more tax collections.

Ceylon Glass handy with Superbrand status

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ceyon Glass Company (CGC) is awarded Business Superbrand status by Superbrands Lanka. Superbrands programme operates in over 55 countries and acknowledges a variety of categories of brands. The latest programme being rolled out in Sri Lanka, recognizes those products and services which are directly marketed to other businesses through Business Superbrand. CGC encompasses the entire local market demand while a negligible percentage of glasses are imported into Sri Lanka.

IOM trains law enforcement officers on counter-trafficking

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a series of training workshops on counter-trafficking for law enforcement officers under a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen national efforts in addressing trafficking issues. To date over 300 law enforcement officers have been trained in identifying, tracking and prosecuting cases of trafficking in Sri Lanka during workshops held in Colombo, Kalutara, Galle, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Ampara and Kurunegala.

Hindu Suicide Squad: What An Idea Sirji

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

The aging Shiv Sena tiger Bal Thackeray can be called the country’s uncrowned king of hate-politics. It is part of his ‘duty’ to excel in incendiary, irresponsible and unacceptable rhetoric either through utterances before crowds of fawning Sainiks or his edits and columns in the party organ, Saamna. His latest farman is for Hindus to form suicide squads to counter ‘Islamic terrorism’. What he says amounts to a call to Hindus to raise an Al Qaeda type of terrorist organisation.

Federico Mayor

Appoint a commission to investigate into the killings of 37 members of Sri Lanka Parliament

Pressure is mounting on the Government of Sri Lanka to appoint a commission to investigate into the killings of 37 elected members of Parliament of Sri Lanka, starting from the murder of Alfred Duraiyappah on 27 July 1975, up to that of the slaying of Minister Jeayaraj Fernandopulle on 06 April 2008, in a bomb blast in Welliweriya. Alfred Duaraiyappah, who was a Member of Sri Lanka Parliament and Mayor of Jaffna was the first MP to be killed by the suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Though the case regarding the killing of Alfred Duraiyappah was taken up for hearing and judgment was delivered, it is suspected that the actual killer was not brought before any court of law in Sri Lanka.


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