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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

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Nonconformity of the LTTE to lay down arms, the cause for the misery of the people in Vanni - Minister Dr. Keheliya Rembukwella

Sri Lanka Government spokesperson on National Security alleges that the misery the people in Vanni experiencing at present is due to the nonconformity of the LTTE to lay down their arms and come forward for talks with the Sri Lanka Government. He responded to a statement released by the Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam which alleged that Mullaitivu Government Agent and the wife of the Chief Doctor of the hospital were few of the injured in the midnight shelling by the Sri Lanka Army.

Annual Madhu Feast Cancelled - Mannar Bishop Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph

Our Lady of MadhuThe annual feast at of Our Lady of Madhu scheduled to be celebrated on August 15, has been canceled. This was disclosed yesterday by Mannar Bishop Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph in a statement. He added, the statue of Our Lady of Madhu will be taken to the Madhu Church and enthroned after a penitential and purification service and any feast would be celebrated after that. The Bishop said the church staff took charge of Madhu only last Wednesday (06 of August), after a four-month long absence and would require time for the return of normalcy.

888 has a darker significance

By Dr Thaung Htun

We can all appreciate the cute symmetry of 888. But, today's Olympic opening ceremony is poorly timed. August 8, 1988 is also the date of a brutal crackdown in Burma, which killed some 3,000 people, mostly students and monks, and is a deep notch marking Burma's descent into hell since the military coup in 1962. On this day then, it's worth considering some truly extraordinary numbers. Let's look first at the economy. The economy is indeed important because it was the devaluation of the Burmese kyat which led to the 1988 protests and also because an increase in fuel prices led to the Saffron Revolution demonstrations from September last year. In most places economics is important, but in Burma, it's a matter of life and death.

20th Anniversary of 8.8.88 – Two decades of ASEAN failing the people of Burma

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) in solidarity with the people of Myanmar / Burma reminded all ASEAN leaders that the bloody events of the 1988 uprising in Burma has yet to be addressed by ASEAN till this day. ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus in a statement said, "ASEAN has further ignored the plight of the Burmese people who again in 2007, demonstrated against the injustices perpetrated against them.

Sri Lanka Ambassador in Germany on a reaching out program

Sri Kamadchi Ambaal TempleT. B. Maduwegedara, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Germany met the Tamil community in one his ‘Reaching out Programs.’ Ambassador visited Bielefeld and Hamm in the North Rhein Westphalia State in the West Germany on 06th August 2008. North Rhein Westphalia is one of the largest German. During his reaching out program in Bielefeld, Ambassador Maduwegedara met the Sri Lankan Tamil community and appraised them of the present developments in Sri Lanka and of the massive development program by the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the Eastern province.

Browns and Havells agreed to introduce world-class electrical equipment

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

World’s sixth largest Electrical equipment manufacture Havells India Ltd signed an agreement with the Brown and Company Ltd Sri Lanka, to introduce world-class electrical goods to the local market. Brown’s Director Ajith Devasurendra said this joint alliance will help them immensely in entering new markets while satisfying customers. Havells Vice President Vijay Malik said the company would introduce an impressive range of electrical products ranging from cables to sophisticated switch gear, lighting systems and fans laying an emphasis on the environment and energy efficiency. He said Havells India Ltd has over 200 staff for research and product development.

Sri Lanka urged Palestine National Authority to assist stranded Sri Lankans in Gaza strip to go back home

Sri Lanka’s Representative in Palestine has urged the Palestine National Authority to intervene and help the stranded Sri Lankan citizens in the Gaza Strip and help them to get out of Gaza and also to go back to Sri Lanka. Dr. T. Jayasinghe, Representative of Sri Lanka to Palestinian National Authority, recently met the Palestinian Minister of Interior Abdel Razaq Al Yehyah at his office in Ramallah.

Two HIV/TB global leaders announce merger talks at world's largest AIDS conference

By Bobby Ramakant

"In terms of maximizing impact and joining forces to control the epidemic, this merger is an innovative and bold move," said Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director. "This is the sort of consolidation I believe we will see more of in the future across the AIDS sector." Formal merger negotiations were announced between Health & Development Networks (HDN) and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance at the XVII International AIDS Conference being held in Mexico (3-8 August 2008). The merger will create a new joint organization with a global mandate, which will be part of the Alliance family.

Ronali Wins CIMA Spellmaster in a Thriller

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Spellings competitions can be nerve wrecking, fun and entertaining as proved by the 20 spellers who had worked their way through 1,200 students island wide and participating in the inaugural CIMA Spell-master competition finals sponsored by the Bank of Ceylon and organized by the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division. In a competition worked off for the first time at national level Ronali Perera of Holy Family convent emerged as the Spell-master, but it was no easy path as the competition was tense and it took a tie breaker to decide between Ronali and Asmara the young student from Crescent International School.

Team spirit contributed to the success of the 15th SAARC Summit - Rohitha Bogollagama

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has attributed the resounding success of the 15th SAARC Summit held in Colombo last week to the collective contribution of numerous organisations, agencies and individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty and worked with commitment, dedication and team spirit. Minister Bogollagama highlighted the success of the Colombo Summit as a clear endorsement of the dynamic leadership provided by President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has assumed the Chair of this important regional organisation, representing 1/5th of humanity.

Researcher Calls Black Tigers the Most Prolific Suicide Terrorists Group in the World

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam terrorist group with over 150 walking bomb attacks is the world’s most prolific adopter of suicide terrorism said University of Pennsylvania researcher Professor Michael Horowitz. Michael Horowitz, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania writing on the history and future of suicide terrorism in the Foreign Policy Research Institute magazine said it has become customary for varied suicide terrorist groups to keep connections to adopt ideas like Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who invented the suicide vest being modeled by Hamas and other Middle Eastern groups.

Los Angeles Medical Fraud

At Sri Kamadchi Ampel Temple in Hamm

The renovated appearance of the Madhu church

Our Lady of Madhu

Federal Grand Jury Indict Sri Lanka Born CEO of a Hospital for Defrauding Health Care System in Los Angeles

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka born Dr. Rudra Sabaratnam, an owner and the chief executive of City of Angels Medical Center, and Estill Mitts, an alleged patient recruiter, were indicted by a federal grand jury last week on 21 counts of healthcare fraud, money laundering and income tax evasion, a team of news writers of the 'los Angeles Times', reported. The men were arrested Agust 6 as part of the federal government's criminal investigation, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller, the newspaper said.