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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Save Journalists from Terrorists!

By S. Akurugoda

As reported in 'Irida Divaina' dated 29 June 2008, 42 Sri Lankan Journalists are seeking asylum in UK, Italy and Norway claiming that they have death threats in Sri Lanka. Out of them 31 are said to be Tamils. According to the news item the so-called journalists have obtained identity cards issued by the government information department after working very short periods of time for some websites operating from Sri Lanka. The above media report is an indication of a new avenue opened for those who called themselves as 'journalists' and have linked with the LTTE to leave the country and settle down in wealthy foreign countries in order to strengthen the propaganda machinery and other activities, exploiting the current alleged 'assault on journalist' situation.

OPA Chief ousted but remains in office

By Janaka Perera

The Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka has split sharply over the highly controversial role of its President Elmore Perera against whom a motion of no-confidence was passed by a large majority at an OPA special general meeting held on Friday July 4. While the majority maintains that Perera no longer has any right to remain the association's president a few others want him to continue as before. And Perera himself remains defiant claiming that he is still the OPA head.

Major trade unions remain undecided of participating in the token strike

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Major trade unions in Sri Lanka remain undecided whether to participate in the token strike, being organized by the oppositions - Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna and United National Party. Majority of the trade union memberships are of the view that the token strike call, a politically motivated ploy to threaten and disrupt the Government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse. Latest reports revealed that most of the trade unions have expressed their opposition for the token strike action, and said they would not be involved in this strike due to number of reasons, but a few trade unions said they would participate in the trade union action as planned to bring down the government on its knees.

Indian Psychological Warfare Threat

By Asif Haroon Raja

India’s RAW strictly abides by tactics taught by Chanakya 2500 years ago. ‘Arthashastra’ gives copious lessons how Chanakya used to overcome his foes through deceit, guile and hypocrisy. Soon after birth of Pakistan, Indian propaganda spearheaded through internal subversive forces within Pakistan and its foreign allies was unfolded to sow the seeds of dissension and disruption in Pakistani society and to weaken its foundation based on religion. East Pakistan was chosen as the primary target for subversion and eventual absorption. It provided a fertile ground to achieve its ends since lot of groundwork had already been done prior to 1947. They took 24 years to wean away the people of East Pakistan from the concept of united Pakistan and to make them look towards India – their erstwhile tormentors – to help them gain independence.

Four Tamil gang members were sentenced to jail for the murder of an innocent Tamil in the street of London

By Walter Jayawardhana

Three Sri LankanTamil gangsters of London were sentenced to 17 years in jail for murder and another of the same gang was sentenced to 14 years in jail for the same offense by a criminal court of the Old Bailey for murdering another Tamil man by stabbing him 31 times. In this case six members of the Tamil gang were sentenced for offences like murder of Pirabakaran Kannan in Upper Tooting Road and lesser crimes of grievous bodily harm(GBH) and actual bodily harm(ABH) , which is lesser than GBH, to members of a Tamil Gang to which the murder victim did not even belong.

Open day at Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin

For the eighth consecutive year the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin participated in the ‘ All National Festival ’ held in Berlin on 5th July 2008 from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in the Chancery premises. The doors of the Embassy were opened to the German Public to have a glimpse of the country. The Open Day in summer is one of the regular calendar events of the Embassy’s promotional activities. The Festival show-case the diversity and the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka and promote it as a destination for tourism, trade and investment. The Chancery and its garden were turned into a mini Sri Lankan bazaar showcasing artifacts, handicraft, culinary delights, ayurveda products, fresh fruits and vegetables, art and live music.

Rameswaram fishermen protest to have poaching rights in Sri Lanka waters?

Are Tamil Nadu politician knowingly aiding and abetting fishermen to poach in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka by encouraging Indian fishermen to stray almost into Sri Lankan waters, just a few miles away from Sri Lank shores? Is this a ploy to disrupt the friendly relationship that exists between Sri Lanka and India? It is not unclear as to what type mischief major political parties in Tamil Nadu are up to, while agitation by the Rameshwaram fishermen continues? They are agitating for poaching rights extended to them in the Sri Lankan territorial waters. In the meantime, do the major political parties in Tamil Nadu are attempting to capitalise on the issue, by trading allegations and exploiting the fishermen as another pre-election stunt.

Government of Sri Lanka signs an agreement with Cairn India for oil exploration

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The Sri Lankan government today (July 07th) signed an agreement with Cairn India Ltd.for oil excavation and production in the offshore areas of Mannar. According to the Agreement, Cairn India will explore oil in a 3,400 square kilometre area in Mannar and from 200 to 1,800 meters deep. Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum Resources A.H.M. Fowzie and Cairn India's Chief Financial Officer Indrajith Benerijee signed the agreement on behalf of the two parties, in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Ambassador designate Jaliya Wickremasuriya - ' A doer and has the knack for getting things done '

Jaliya WickremasuriyaJaliya Wickremasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador designate to Washington told ‘Asian Tribune’ that he will be reporting at the Duty Station by the 12th and said that he is expected to present his credentials to US President George Bush by the end of this month. He was in Sri Lanka to face the High Post Committee grilling, as well as for an orientation session at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new Ambassador designate to USA is not a new comer to America. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 10 years and he is a very successful businessman.

Jaliya Wickremasuriya

Vabeesan Sivarajah

Mayuran Srivinayagam

Koththu-Roddi Stall

Sri Lanka Fruit Stall

Sri Lankan Children Participation

Map shows boundary violations by fishing boats

Aziz Miah

Asif Kumbay