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

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TN fishermen issue: DMK plans state wide fasts today, drama says PMK

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Picking up the fishermen issue, DMK, the ruling party of Tamil Nadu has decided to stage a state-wide day long protest fast in Chennai and urge Delhi to take up with Colombo the frequent killing of Indian fishermen allegedly by Sri Lankan navy. But the plan has been debunked by its friend turned foe PMK as a 'mere drama'. Fishermen of Tamil Nadu fishermen could not be deceived by the gesture, PMK founder S Ramadoss, who is keen to forge a new political front that sans the two main Dravidian parties, said in Chennai on Friday.

One day token fast led by DMK today in Tamil Nadu to protest against killings of fisherman by Sri Lanka Navy

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi who miserably failed to stop the Indian Fishermen poaching in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters, has come up with the blame game. In a press conference he blamed the Sri Lankan Navy of attacking and mercilessly killing the Indian fishermen. Karunanidhi holding a responsible public office has made unsubstantiated allegations against a sovereign government’s Navy. In the meantime it was alleged that he continues to have a soft corner for LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran and for his terrorists outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam

Government of Sri Lanka plans conducts another discussion on CEPA

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The government of Sri Lanka and its cabinet of ministers plan to conduct another discussion on Sri Lanka India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement [CEPA Agreement] which would be signed during the forth-coming SAARC Summit. Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the Cabinet has already discussed the CEPA agreement and the agreement would be strengthen trade between India and Sri Lanka. He said the Cabinet is yet to approve the proposed (CEPA) between the two countries.

Kariyawasam completes assignment as UN Representative

Kariyawasam with Ban Ki-moonAmbassador Prasad Kariyawasam, who completes his assignment as Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN, is one of the most senior and distinguished diplomats in the country’s foreign service. During his career in Sri Lanka’s overseas missions, he acquitted himself handling a variety of political and socio-economic issues, including human rights, disarmament, migration, small arms and international trade.

Joining the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1981, he held diplomatic assignments in Geneva (1983-1987, 2001-2004), Riyadh (1989-1992), Washington (1995-1998), New Delhi (1998-2001) and New York (2005-2008).

Landmark achievements by Ceylon Glass

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Board of Directors of Ceylon Glass Company Limited (CGCL) declared the Company’s results for the year ended 31st March 2008. The company has reported a sales value of Lankan Rupees 2,014 million and a Pre Tax Profit of Lankan Rupees 49 million, against last year results of Lankan Rupees 1,857 million and 184 million respectively, whilst ensuring a 23 percent GP margin as against 25 percent of the previous year.

Marxists change their tune on foreign leaders’ security

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Sri Lanka Marxists earlier lament of the SAARC leaders large security contingents especially on the Indian leader, but now they are playing another tune to support the forthcoming SAARC summit. Addressing a press briefing on Friday JVP Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake said foreign leaders could travel with their security to other country. "It is usual thing," he said. Explaining SAARC leaders' security, he said they could bring their security staff. President Mahindha Rajapaksha also visits with his security staffs when he travels to a foreign country. However the JVP could not accept if any leader comes with a large security contingent, he said.

EU Parliamentary delegation visiting Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the European Union Ravinatha Aryasinha has welcomed the decision by the European Parliamentary delegation visiting Sri Lanka from 20-26 July to undertake a visit to the Eastern Province to witness the political transformation taking place and to meet with the new Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan. Noting that this would be the first official contact between the EU and the new provincial administration, since last month a delegation of the European Commission shied away from doing so, he said it was fitting that it takes place between elected representatives of the European people and the elected representatives of the Eastern Province.

Delmege Distributors felicitate sales team

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Delmege Distributors, a subsidiary of the Delmege Forsyth Group of Companies and one of Sri Lanka’s leaders in the marketing of branded packaged food products, felicitated their entire sales team at the Trans Asia Hotel. A total of 9 Awards were given out including the coveted Chairman’s Trophy for the most outstanding sales representative of the year.was won by J.A. Upul Sampath of Hingurakgoda. The Most Outstanding Nominated Dealer for 2007/2008 was Keerthi Stores, Ja-Ela, while the award for the Best Team went to the Team from the South.

USAID continues to boost Sri Lanka’s fishing industry

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Wednesday marked the completion of another of its large-scale tsunami reconstruction activities - the revitalization of Mirissa fishing harbor – which provides livelihoods for 7,500 families in this tsunami-affected area. The project is a key element of USAID’s Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program and was developed in partnership with the Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation under the aegis of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Government troops could take back all territory occupied by Tamil Tigers at year’s end – The Vancouver Sun

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Vancouver Sun in a news feature said, that the Sri Lankan government at the year’s end can achieve its goal of capturing all territory occupied by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam( LTTE). The newspaper said since 2006 the government troops have had "a steady succession of victories" aiming at this target. The news feature by Jonathan Manthorpe said, "The offensive launched two years ago by Sri Lankan government forces against Tamil Tiger rebels took on new momentum in the past few days with the capture of a key rebel naval base."

Communalizing Deal

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Blame it on the civilian nuclear cooperation deal with the United States or anything else but one thing that looks quite certain is that communalism will occupy centre stage in all the forthcoming elections. The blame for this disturbing development may have to be shared by all the so-called major national parties but the surprising part is that the tone has been set not by the usual suspects with their Hindutva agenda but an unlikely quarter—the Leftists.

Kariyawasam with Ban Ki-moon

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya meets US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte

Jaliya Wickramasuriya meets John NegroponteAmbassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya met with Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and presented him with a copy of his Credentials that accredited him as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America on 18th July 2008. During the meeting with Deputy Secretary of State, issues of mutual interests to the United States of America and Sri Lanka such as US-Sri Lanka bilateral relations, current situation in Sri Lanka and ‘re-awakening of the East’ were discussed.