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

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US House Resolution calls for Lasting Peace, Dialogue and Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Three leading Members of the US House of Representatives have moved a Resolution calling the United States Government to intervene to bring peace, stability, dialogue and conflict resolution in Sri Lanka. The Asian Tribune carries the full text of the resolution here. The US Bureau of the Asian Tribune reserves its comments, analysis and a comprehensive investigation of the contents of the resolution and, most importantly, the credentials of its sponsors for a later date.

Sri Lanka: Progress in democracy and Human Rights will continue - President Mahinda

Mahinda welcomes Lord Malloch BrownAs President Mahinda Rajapaksa has achieved something remarkable and impressive in establishing a process for the resolution of Human Rights issues, the International Community would like to help Sri Lanka as she makes progress along the lines of action initiated by the President. This was the view expressed by Britain’s Lord Malloch Brown when he met President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this morning. President Rajapaksa told the British Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the United Nations, of the success in defeating terrorism and establishing democracy in the East, and of the emphasis on development there which would send a salutary message to the people in the North.

No hands in the killing of two Indian fishermen - Sri Lanka Navy denies

The recent incident on the death of two fishermen and the injury of another fisherman of all from Nagapattinam allegedly by the Sri Lanka Navy while they were fishing off Point Calimere (Kodiakarai), has once again brought the problems of fishermen to the fore. Politicians, cutting across party lines have all condemned the attack and have called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi to make representations to the Prime Minister. The DMk, which is yet to make an official statement, is expected to come out with a strong one after the party’s High Level Policy Implementation Committee meeting on 17th July 2008. The incident involving the Nagapattinam fishermen, where the injured fisherman has claimed that the attack occurred off Point Calimere (Kodiakarai), which is in Indian waters.

SAARC media delegates to hold an international conference in Colombo

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

South Asia Free Media Association has decided to organize their international Conference in Colombo to discuss Media Freedom in Conflict Situation. Chairman of the Sri Lanka Branch Laxman Gunasekara said over 130 leading journalists from the SAARC region would attend the conference, which is to be held from 30th July to 1st August. “We organize this conference parallel to the SAARC conference, he said.

Iceland ready to assist Sri Lanka in any peace negotiation with LTTE

Iceland has expressed its readiness to assist Sri Lanka in any future peace negotiation with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Olafu Ragnar Grimsson, President of the Republic of Iceland inquired about the possibility of recommencement of peace negotiations with the LTTE and expressed the Icelandic Government’s willingness to assist Sri Lanka in any future peace negotiation as they previously did through the ‘Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission’. Finland President was speaking after receiving credentoals from Ambassador Ranjith Jayasooriya, resident in Sweden who is also concurrently accredited to Iceland, presented his Credentials on 16th June, 2008, at the Presidential Palace in Reykjavik.

Sri Lankan professional form a new election monitoring body in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Sri Lankan professionals have gathered to monitor the forthcoming provincial council election under a banner of National Polls Observation Center. Spokesman of the center Attorney at Law Sagara Kariyawasam said Sri Lankan professionals such as doctors, lawyers; University Academics are rally round with this effort. First time in the local election history, local professionals who need fair and free polls planned to monitor the election, he said.

Techniques of Quality Assurance in Technical Vocational and Adult Education

By Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera

During the 20th century many countries have been focused on new dimensions of education with the influences of changes in social and economic systems that redefined the conditions for employment, investment, education and many other things under the deregulation or other inventions such as competitiveness, productivity, market demand etc. Many educators, parents and students did not expect rapid changes in educational goals as they naturally believed that education will serve for cognitive development of people. Since the beginning of 20th century, new way of thinking or new ideas based on social philosophies emerged and activated new views on the purpose of education and the way of education delivery at schools or in the community.

First time FCCISL recognizes and felicitates Trade and Industry Chamber activities

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The first ever Inaugural Chamber Competition and Service Recognition Awards Ceremony organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) held at Hilton Hotel has been a tremendous success and this unique competition would become a part of the annual agenda of FCCISL in future. The Chief Guest for this unique event was Tariq Sayeed, President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Amnesty International lambaste UK Authorities over the deportation of Karuna to Colombo

Amnesty International, said to be a human rights watchdog from London, has expressed its utter disappointment over the deportation of Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, known as Karuna, who is alleged to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sri Lanka. He was deported following his conviction on immigration charges. Amnesty International in its press release has called on the UK authorities to establish effective witness protection programmes for investigations into allegations such as these, modeled on the witness protection programmes of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Court.

Commuting in Delhi

By Tukoji Pandit - Syndicate Features

Delhi’s rickety, rattling, marauding road beast called Blue line is to be replaced by a fleet of sleek, low-floor, bright green and even brighter cherry red air-conditioned buses. Time to rejoice for users of public transport or whatever passes for it on crater-sized pothole-ridden roads, which become more dangerous when monsoon rains lash the city. Past experience encourages nothing more than a cautious optimism about a Delhi that can boast of a good, clean and efficient public transport system, one year or five years from now. Things have gone wrong repeatedly in the past for reasons that could have been foreseen. All these years it has been assumed that bus passengers require no comfort and discourtesy and abusive behaviour has to be accepted as a natural instinct of the bus staff.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Mahinda welcomes Lord Malloch Brown

Education chart

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrested

Anwar IbrahimPolice arrested Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday, less than an hour before a deadline for him to appear at police headquarters to answer allegations that he sodomised a male aide. About a dozen policemen, some of them wearing balaclavas, cordoned off the road leading to Anwar's house and stopped his car, said his lawyer Sankara Nair. The policemen informed Anwar that they had orders to arrest him, said Nair. He said Anwar was bundled into a police car and taken to the police headquarters. No one else from Anwar's entourage was allowed to get into the car with him, he said. There was no trouble or violence.