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

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Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillayan

Journalist Association Protests Attack on IPS Reporter

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed "alarm" over the harsh treatment meted out to award-winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer who was said to have been abused by Israeli Shin Bet agents at the Allenby Bridge border crossing between Israel and Jordan late last month. The 24-year-old journalist was a reporter for Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and for Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said that Omer was stopped by men he identified as Shin Bet agents at the Allenby crossing and held for a number of hours after entering Israel en route to his home in the Gaza Strip, the journalist told CPJ.

Mangalan Master – a TMVP candidate in the election fray

Mangalan Master, one of the former commanders of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal is contesting as a ruling party candidate in the Provincial Council election held for the North Central Province. He is contesting in the Polonaruwa district as one of the United Peoples Alliance candidates. Speaking to "Asian Tribune," Azad Moulana, the Coordianating Secretary to the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province said that Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan will participate in the election campaigns in the North Central as well in the Subragamuwa Provinces.

JVP-UNP-TNA strike was unsuccessful says the government

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that the Thursday‘s strike was unsuccessful and it shows utter failure of the JVP and the UNP. Addressing a press conference held in Colombo on Thursday, he said government is ready to face any type of challenges in future. He said government did not block the Thursday’s strike and not appealed to the masses not to attend the strike. “Entire transport sector and other essential services were normal, he said. He also reiterated that the JVP shows fake data about the failed strike action strike.

Cakes and shakes at Hilton Colombo

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

On a promotional drive of cakes and shakes, Hilton Colombo has set aside the month of July for people with a sweet tooth, where Hilton invites sweet lovers to come and taste a delicious array of cakes and shakes available at the Cakes and Shakes at the Thorana Lounge from the 1st to the 31st of July. The scrumptious delights on offer are made by an award winning team of pastry chefs from Hilton.

More actions against the Government envisaged - Ramalingham Chandraseger MP

Ramalingham Chandraseger, claimed that the token strike that was organized yesterday by the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna was a great success and said that in the near future they are planning further trade union action to bring the government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse to its knees. He said more political actions against the government are envisaged in the future.

Chief Minister of the Eastern Province: Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan

ChanthirakanthanWhen forcefully recruited as a child soldier, by the Liberation Tigers for Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the tender age of 14, Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillayan, never had the assistance of previous Governments, I/NGOs or International Organizations to set him free from a world of bloody violence and gruesome death, to take him back to his family, back to a civilized society to gain an education and lead a normal life.

Japan funds nearly two million dollars on a North East livelihood project

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A massive rural empowerment and sustainable livelihood programme among the conflict affected people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces is organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industrial Development. The funding for this empowerment programme is by the Japanese Government and the value of the funding would be US $ 1.732 million and the apportionment would in the proportion of 2/3rds for the Eastern Province and 1/3rd for the Northern Province.

Embassy Medical Centre at US $ 124 million will be the pioneer of Sri Lanka’s next generation of healthcare

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Silvermere Hospitals signed an agreement with the BOI to establish a state of the art medical centre. Mr. Tariq Rauf, Chairman of Silvermere Hospitals Limited signed the agreement on behalf of the Hospital. Mr Dhammika Perera, Chairman / Director General signed the Agreement for the BOI. Dr Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion formally handed over the BOI Certificate of Registrations to the investor.

Policy of appeasement and our so-called nuclear deterrence

By Asif Haroon Raja

The two gruesome incidents in Karachi wherein the robbers were subjected to “mob justice” stunned all and sundry. On each occasion the culprits were caught red handed by the people and before the police arrived, they were lynched and torched to death. The wardens of law and order were shocked and condemned the incidents in severest words. They termed the incidents as dangerous and barbaric which in their view must be arrested.

Cakes and shakes festival at Hilton Colombo

Plantation workers demonstration

Sri Lanka President Air-dashed to New Delhi on special invitation by the beleaguered Indian Prime Minister

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has left for New Delhi yesterday. Sources revealed he suddenly left for New Delhi on the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The invitation coming from the beleaguered Indian Prime Minister whose future has suddenly become unpredictable after the withdrawal of the support by the Left parties, has set media frenzy over the purpose behind such a sudden visit.