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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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United States Terrorist Prisoner Torture Revealed in newly released Official Documents

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) July 24 obtained three redacted documents related to the Bush administration's brutal interrogation policies, including a previously withheld Justice Department memo authorizing the CIA's use of torture. The government was ordered to turn over the documents in response to an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought in 2004 by the ACLU and other organizations seeking records on the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas.

Mr. Bernard Goonatilake, New Chairman for Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management

Bernard GoonatilakeBernard Goonatilake, Sri Lanka's former Ambassador to the United States of America succeeds Mr. H.M.G.S. Pallihakkara as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM). Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism, has made this appointment with effect from 1 August 2008.

Pakistan to help Sri Lanka – Pakistan Foreign Minister

By Walter Jayawardhana

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Quereshi declared in London that Pakistan is maintaining "excellent” relations with Sri Lanka and the Indian Ocean island republic will continue to receive all help to crush terrorism from his country. Speaking to a packed house in the larger hall of the International Istitute of Strategic Studies in London the Pakistan Foreign Minister said Sri Lanka will receive all help the country’s government need to eradicate the terrorist menace.

Candlelit Vigils for the Victims of LTTE Terrorism: Liberation Tigers in London are planning to hold a ‘Candle Light Vigil’

By Dr. Edward Perera

The "Asian Tribune" wrote on 22.07.08 that the "British Tamil Forum" is planning to mark Black July ‘83 by lighting candles at Parliament Square. This vigil is another event in a series of protest actions launched by the pro-LTTE Tamil Diaspora in several western countries. By intensifying such campaigns, and by enlisting the help of the Tamil Diaspora, the LTTE is striving for a decisive victory in its thirty year long battle with the government of Sri Lanka. In the process of doing so, the LTTE will exploit every possible means to minimize their current, desperate situation after suffering successive defeats on the war front during last few weeks. It is a clear indication of the present state of the LTTE’s current military strength.

Issue of Enhanced US Military Assistance to Pakistan raised in US State Department media briefing

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

"Pakistan is a key partner in the war on terror. It plays a critical role in our long-term efforts to build a stable and prosperous South Asia. Shifting Foreign Military Financing that was already allocated to Pakistan for other military equipment allows Pakistan’s F-16 program, a tangible symbol of the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, to continue on track” is what Gonzalo R. Gallegos, Acting Deputy Spokesman for the United States Department of State told the media here Thursday July 24 in the daily briefing.

JHU's stance and the 13th Amendment

By L. Jayasooriya

Minister Rajitha Senaratne's vow to vest, police, land and educational powers in the Provincial Councils raises several questions. What is the stance of the Jaatika Hela Urumaya and the newly-formed National Freedom Front on this? Some months back JHU member Udaya Gammanpila said his party was strongly opposed to police powers and powers to allocate land being granted to the Provinces. Minister Douglas Devananda has reportedly told government members that they are all subject to the provisions of the 13th amendment which will deliver those powers. According to him those powers will only be an interim measure until substantial devolution is given in the future under APRC proposals.

LTTE Involved In Credit Card Fraud In Keniya

By Walter Jayawardhana

‘The Daily Nation’ in Kenya revealed that the 40 million Shilling annual credit frauds in the country is shared by Sri Lanka’s liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam terrorists with other fraudsters. Reporting about a Norwegian Passport holding LTTE member the newspaper said, “Early this year, a suspected operative of the Sri Lankan separatist terror group — Liberation Tamil Tigers of Elam (LTTE) — Balakumar Ponnuthurai was arrested at 680 Hotel after he attempted to pay his bills using different fake credit cards. He is also believed to have withdrawn an unknown amount of cash using the cards.”

Cancellation drama - MEPs aborted visit to Trincomalee at the last moment

Ministry of Foreign Affairs blamed the visiting Members of the European Parliament for aborting their visit to Trincomalee at the last minute, by changing their plan and returning to their hotel from the Ratmalana airport. Reasons for the cancelation was not given by the parliamentarians, instead they blamed the Sri Lanka Government and alleged that they were ‘turned back’ from the Ratmalana airport to their hotel. In a statement released to the press, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified the last minute cancellation drama of the MEPs and categorically said that it was incorrect to state that the parliamentarians were ‘turned back from the Ratmalana airport.

Sri Lanka Mission conducted successful reaching out program with the Tamils in Italy

For the first time Tamils have managed to organise successfully a day of dialogue and cooperation with the Government of Sri Lanka and it was said that this was the first step of a long journey towards peace in the country. It all started in the Reggio Emilia, one of the two provinces in Italy where there is a large concentration of Tamils. The largest concentration is in Palermo. The Sri Lankan Embassy in the past had continuously neglected these two provinces for unexplained reasons, said of the members of the Tamil community when they met Sri Lanka’s Amabassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya in Modena

EU Delegation condemns the LTTE but asks to protect human rights in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The Visiting EU delegation said the EU condemned LTTE activities and said the EU would not protect the terrorism. Speaking to media in Colombo on Friday Leader of the delegation Robert Evans said the EU parliamentarians are fully aware that Sri Lanka is involved in the fight against terrorism but still believe that more must be done to defend human rights and put an end to the frightening number of abductions .The EU parliamentarian were hoping to see for themselves the new situation in the Eastern Province and to discuss matters directly with the Chief Minister.

EU Delegation condemns the LTTE but asks to protect human rights in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The Visiting EU delegation said the EU condemned LTTE activities and said the EU would not protect the terrorism. Speaking to media in Colombo on Friday Leader of the delegation Robert Evans said the EU parliamentarians are fully aware that Sri Lanka is involved in the fight against terrorism but still believe that more must be done to defend human rights and put an end to the frightening number of abductions .The EU parliamentarian were hoping to see for themselves the new situation in the Eastern Province and to discuss matters directly with the Chief Minister.

Cries for justice fall on deaf ears

By Kamal Rajapakse

Asian Centre for Human Rights issued a damning indictment of human rights violations in the Chittagong Hill Tracts by Bangladesh government. It says "This deliberate act of arson, looting, assault and rape, leading to the destruction of seven Jumma villages is reminiscent of similar attacks which forced over 70,000 indigenous Jumma peoples to cross the international border and seek refuge in India in 1985-1986." Human rights violations in the CHTs is nothing new to the international community. Almost every big player who monitors human rights had produced reports after reports during the past twenty years. Foreign missions in Dhaka visit CHTs on fact finding missions. Their missions have not had any impact on Islamization of Chittagong Hill Tracts by Bangladesh government.

Bernard Goonatilake

Protest against LTTE terrorists in Finland

In Finland

In Finland

Is India’s Benign Role In Afghanistan Anti-Pakistan?

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is a global curse. The massive and callous July 7 bomb blast outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, claiming over 45 lives, including a senior diplomat and the Defence Attaché, has exposed Pakistan’s hollowness and its duplicity for orchestrating the nefarious act. Notwithstanding the denial of the charge by Pakistan, it pretends to be friendly, but behaves like a foe. The Government of India was well aware about ISI’s deceitful manoeuvrings some months ago. No less a person than Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai had cautioned India about what was going to befall and mar Indian interests in Afghanistan. His assessment has proved correct.

Somali Section: The Ascendancy of the VOA under a New Leadership

By Mohamed Hassan

Despite the Voice of America’s abundant resources and political power, the Somali section has been struggling ever since its re-instatement in terms of quality and popularity. Of course, at first, VOA attracted some well-known radio personalities but whether or not they were able to produce good, insightful and challenging media pieces is everyone’s question or matter of a discussion/debate. However, with its current new leadership, indications are that the VOA has a good promise to not only become a reliable and trustworthy source of information in a highly saturated market, but in remaking the Service’s less than stellar performance.

Janashakthi Shares Trade

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

On 21st July 363 million ordinary shares of Janashakthi Insurance Co Ltd (JICL) commenced trading on the Colombo Stock Exchange. The highly successful JICL IPO which was launched on 16 June 2008, was the first IPO in Sri Lanka in two years, and went on record as being oversubscribed four times over, within hours of its opening. The company initially sold 16.5 million shares at Rs. 12 each, while the Board of Directors decided to exercise the option to issue a further tranche of 16.5 million shares, thus doubling the offering.


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