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

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Crisis in US Public Diplomacy affects State Department’s Misreading of Sri Lanka’s current Political Situation

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune – An Analysis

The island-nation of Sri Lanka off the southern tip of India which is militarily battling the separatist/terrorist Tamil Tigers (LTTE) to protect the nation’s territorial integrity, sovereignty and democracy while on a slow but steady and calculated political path to bring devolution of political, economic and administrative power to the peripheral provinces reducing the centralized role of the government to fulfill the aspirations of the three main ethnic communities is fighting a different battle with influential Western nations to make them understand the ground situation in its struggle in different fronts.

Government of Sri Lanka and the AI condemn Friday LTTE attack in Buttala

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The Government of Sri Lanka and the Amnesty International expressed their condolence to the families of the bus attack victims who lost their lives in the terrorist attack at Buttala. Issuing a statement Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said it is barbaric attack targeting civilians. The Amnesty International condemned the targeting of civilians in the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka and urged the concerned parties to abide by the international laws.

UN Predicts 12 Billion if Family Planning Falters

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations commemorated World Population Day Friday in the shadow of a staggering array of grim statistics: an estimated 200 million women worldwide want to delay or avoid pregnancy but are not using safe and effective family planning. The world's current population of 6.4 billion people is expected to rise to over 7.0 billion by 2012 -- and could reach 12 billion by 2050, if contraceptive use does not increase. The U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) points out that 190 million women become pregnant every year, and nearly 50 million resort to abortion. Meanwhile, unsafe abortions kill an estimated 68,000 women every year, and millions more suffer from long-term disability.

India opposition gets more ammunition as the IAEA draft Security Agreement becomes public

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Indian opposition in a combinative mood got more ammunition Friday when it became clear that Manmohan Singh government had initialed the security draft agreement with IAEA on July 8 minutes after the Left parties announced their divorce with ruling the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by the Congress. The draft was unveiled inviting criticism that the government lacked transparency in the whole affairs.

'SAARC Village' in Sri Lanka for Business people of SAARC countries

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Tariq Sayeed, President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) he had high praise for the FCCISL on the excellent way FCCISL conducted the Chamber Competition 2008 the first ever such competition in Sri Lanka. He said that it was a tremendous effort and the spirit of team work that proved excellent in conducting this inaugural Chamber Competition. He said that it was not an easy task to conduct an event with such magnitude.

No Foreign Troops during the SAARC summit in Colombo

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Government of Sri Lanka denies JVP criticism on security of the SAARC and said no foreign troops would be in Sri Lanka during the period. Replying a question made by JVP Parliamentarian Bimal Ratnayake, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said the propaganda carried out by the JVP regarding a battalion of 1,500 soldiers accompany the Indian Prime Minister visiting Sri Lanka for the SAARC summit is totally false and misleading. The Minister pointed out however, it is customary for foreign heads of states to bring specified number of security officials along with them.

Bus carrying pilgrims attacked by LTTE : 4 civilians killed and 25 others injured

LTTE cadres hiding in the jungles located in the Pottuvil South, inthe Amaparai district has one more time attacked pilgrims travelling in a bus to worship Lord Muruga, at KaKataragama Temple, located in the down south of Sri Lanka. The attack took place on Friday (July 11), at around 10:15 a.m., in the morning. LTTE terrorist cadres opened fire at a passenger bus plying from Monaragala towards Kataragama, at the 49th mile post, along the Buttala -Kataragama main road. Reports from the defense sources revealed that initially, at least 4 civilians were killed and 25 others reported wounded.

Sanasa Development Bank to train rural masses on economically viable projects.

Asian Tribune- Sri Lanka Bureau

The Sanasa Development Bank plans to launch a ten year project to develop rural community and assist them to obtain technological know-how to develop their economy. Chairman of the bank P.A.Kirivandeniya said that this project would cover over 1000 Sanasa societies, 5000 villages and one million people. Under the project the bank will provide infrastructure to train the masses on IT, Marketing, Finance Control, Budgetary plans, Money Saving schemes and other vocational areas.

Foreign Minister invites Maldivian President to attend SAARC Summit

The Maldives decided to concede its turn to Sri Lanka to host the 15th SAARC Summit as a symbol of its longstanding and close friendship with Sri Lanka, during the country’s 60th anniversary of independence this year. This was disclosed by the President of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom when Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama called on him on Thursday 10 July, to hand over the formal invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the forthcoming Summit meeting in Colombo. The Maldivian President warmly accepted the invitation.

SLT Rainbow Pages turns a new page

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Global telecom market has become competitive, driving telecom operators to look at new business models, innovative services and technology to differentiate themselves from each other, said Ms Leisha De S Chandrasena, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Telecom at a press briefing in connection with the formation of its new subsidiary SLT Publications (Pvt) Ltd at Hilton Hotel, Colombo. She said that all operators are also refocusing their core businesses. The related support services, supply chain and complementary business were separated in order to gain operational advantages and productivity gains.

Indonesian General sent to jail for 30 months for attempting to sell weapons to LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Indonesian Marine Corps General, Eric Wotulo (61) who was charged for being the mastermind behind an attempt to smuggle hundreds of thousand dollars worth of weapons for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment by US District Judge Catherine C. Blake. The man charged for the orchestrating of smuggling of high tech weapons for the US banned terrorist group in Baltimore USA will be deported back to his country after serving the federal jail term according to the judgment, FBI sources said.

Mahinda in Thulaparam in Tirupathi (File Photo)


President Rajapakse in Tirupati, offers special prayers

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Making an unscheduled visit to Tirupati President Mahinda Rajapaksa offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara on Friday night. He was received on arrival at the main entrance with full temple honours, a privilege generally reserved to the heads of states and governments. President's India visit itinerary remains shrouded in secrecy. And hence it is unclear. The visit is being described here as a private visit. It is also said President Mahinda Rajapakse wanted his sojourn through the temple town be kept on a low key. He and his entourage stayed at the high-security Sri Padmavathi Guest House on the Tirumala hills.