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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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LTTE takes French ACTC for a ride

In recent weeks the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo and the Sri Lanka Embassy in France received dozens of letters signed by different individuals with Tamil and French names. Though they were posted from different localities in Paris, all the letters had the same content accusing the government of Sri Lanka of alleged human rights violations and alleging that soldiers torture Tamil citizens. The most intriguing part is that all these letters have been initiated by an appeal in the monthly newsletter of the ACAT France, which is affiliated to the International Christian Federation Against Torture and has a consultative capacity at the UN, at the European council, and at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

Bangladesh invites investors to invest in man power training field

Bangladesh High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Shahdat Hossain invites Sri Lankan investors to invest in manpower training in Bangladesh. "At present Bangladesh needs man power training to train the unemployed masses in various fields, specially in the tourism field and hotel related services. He said the Bangladesh High Commission in Colombo plans to meet local investors and the business community shortly to discuss business and investment opportunities in both countries. According to the government sources the real GDP growth of 5.6 per cent was achieved in 2007, although higher rates of growth will be needed to meet the millennium target of halving the number of people below the poverty line by 2015.

July 83- Propaganda Hype: A ‘Carte Blanche’ for the LTTE.

BY Palitha Senanayke

A number of articles appeared in the public press commemorating the events of July 83, where riots broke out in Colombo over the death of 13 soldiers on an ambush at Thinneveli, in Jaffna. Some writers, as usual, dubbed these events the ‘Black July’ inferring these as the darkest events ever to have happened in the country, while some reasoned out the hackneyed theory of July 83 being the cause of Ealam wars that have cost the country a few thousand lives. What ever the points these writers were trying to propel the fact remains that they all thought that the event should be commemorated in a fitting manner giving the maximum possible coverage to those unfortunate events. Organizations like the ‘National’ Peace Council go a step further as they make it a point to commemorate these events every year by pasting posters at public places and organizing other commemorative events to give maximum possible publicity.

Biography of N.U. Jayawardena Presented to Indian Prime Minister

TBook wrapperhe first copy of the biography, "N.U. Jayawardena – The First Five Decades," was presented to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when he visited Colombo for the SAARC Conference. Prime Minister Singh first met N.U. Jayawardena in the early 1950s, when the Prime Minister was a student of Economics at Cambridge University with NU’s eldest son Lal. The authors of the book, Kumari Jayawardena (NU’s daughter-in-law) and Jennifer Moragoda (his granddaughter-in-law); the wife of the Prime Minister, Gurshran Kaur; and other members of the Jayawardena family were also present.

Blessings Invoked in LA for Sprint Champion Susanthika Jayasinghe

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan sprinter Susanthika JayasingheThe fans of Sri Lankan sprint champion Susanthika Jayasinghe in Los Angeles gave her a rousing send off and also participated in a religious ceremony invoking blessings for her success at the Olympic games in Beijing. Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles in association with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, conducted a special blessing ceremony for Susanthika the Beijing Olympic Gold Medal hopeful at the Shrine Room of the Buddhist Vihara. Ven. Dr. Walpola Piyananda Maha Nayake Thero accompanied by the Sangha members of the temples in Southern California chanted the pirith including the Jaya Piritha extending blessings to Susanthika Jayasinghe as she is about to leave Los Angeles, for Beijing, to participate in the Opening Ceremony of the forthcoming Olympic Games.

NEM-IHR commences its operations in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Network for Election Monitoring of the Intellectuals for Human Rights (NEM-IHR) commenced its operations from beginning of this month to monitor the forth coming provincial council elections. NEM-IHR believes that the present situation does not ensure a free and fair election. Therefore, NEM-IHR monitoring personnel have already deployed at Divisional Secretariat level to monitor the election process in the North-Central and Sabaragamuwa provincial councils.

"Abductions and Disappearances" – Truth or Fantasy?

By Stephen Long - Los Angeles

I read so much about the numerous abductions and disappearances happening all the time in Sri Lanka that it makes me wonder. Are they for real? Not only has this issue become the favorite weapon of choice for criticism against the Government of Sri Lanka by the EU Commission, the American observer at the SAARC Conference, Amnesty International, and various other NGO’s and international human rights organizations, but it has also given many private citizens on several continents, great cause for concern, and in many cases justification for doubt.

Opposition Parties Oppose CEPA Agreement

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Major opposition political parties have shown opposition to the proposed Comprehensive Economic partnership Agreement – CEPA and said it will affects local services sector. Addressing a three hour debate in parliament on Tuesday UNP, JVP and NFF said this agreement would provide more opportunities for India. However TNA parliamentarian R.Sampanthan pointed out that almost every country in the world aims to enhance economic ties with India. "India is a major industrial country in this region and Sri Lanka must enter this agreement to develop the country, he said.

Glynn Lowth is new CIMA President

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a news release by the CIMA Sri Lanka Division indicated that the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) elected a new President, Deputy President, and Vice President at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held at the Café Royal, London, recently.

Dalai Lama: Is the Cessation of suffering delayed?

By Dr. Edward Perera

One of the acute problems in the Buddhist world is that there are so many Pundits with extensive Dhamma knowledge but their conduct is extremely contradictory to what they preach. In the past, the pious monks travelled from village to village, state to state, on some occasions also from country to country to carry the Dhamma message. So-called Buddhist scholars talk on Buddhism to make themselves popular or if possible to have more money in their pockets. It is quite interesting to listen to the speech delivered by the white gentleman on Four Noble Truths and I am pleased to hear this sermon from someone brought up in the West.

Adieu Pesky Calls

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Unwanted and unsolicited calls have reached menacing proportions despite Supreme Court’s order against them. For almost a year there has been a national ‘do not call’ (DNC) registry, which prohibits telemarketers from calling those who opt for this facility that bars ‘pesky’ calls. So it was somewhat of a relief when the apex court took note of this menace again and asked the government to seriously consider replacing the banal DNC registry with a more sensible ‘do call’ one that will have the list of those subscribers who are brave enough to subject themselves to unwanted calls at all hours.

Nallur Kandasamy Kovil

N.U. Jayawardena – The First Five Decades

Nallur Kandasamy annual festival commences today with ‘Kodi Etram’

Nallur Kandasamy KovilThe annual festival of Nallur Kanthasamy Kovil (Temple) in Jaffna commences today with Kodi Etram - the ceremony of flag hoisting to mark the beginning of the temple festival. The festival will commence at 10 AM, in the morning. According to tradition, Nallur Kanthasamy Temple is said to be one of the few temples in the peninsula that practices rites and observances according to Saiva agama traditions, and reflected with regularity, splendor and pageantry