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'Katchativu' starring Jayalalitha, Nedumaran

BY Janaka Perera for Asian Tribune

India is duty-bound to take action against the Tamil Nadu publication 'Kumudam' for violating the immigration laws of a friendly country and SAARC member state by getting its reporter Pushkin Rajkumar to enter Katchativu islet on the sly and escape before being detected. An official of an important Sri Lankan state agency expressed this view when the 'Asian Tribune' contacted him. What would be India's reaction if a Sri Lankan journalist resorted to a similar act in Indian territory, he asked, stressing that Delhi should not allow itself to be swayed by Tamil Nadu politics over the Katchativu issue.

Sri Lanka construction industry provides 61 percent of GDFCF

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sr Lanka's largest ever building and construction industry related exhibiting -"Construct 2008" was declared open by the Minister of Construction and Engineering services, Dr Rajitha Senaratne and the guests of honor at the opening ceremony were Piyasena Gamage, Minister of Vocational and Technical Training, Jacques Villemain, Deputy Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka; Richard Vokes, Country Director, Asian Development Bank and Mohamed Ali Janah, President, Maldives Association of Construction Industry. Dr Senaratne as the Chief Guest said that with the ground breaking construction projects at national level such as power plants, water supply projects, ports, airport, flyovers, bridges, expressways have been commissioned

A political solution is the need of the hour, emphasizes Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole

Prof. Ratnajeevan HooleBombing the LTTE into extinction is no solution to the ethnic problems the country faces today. LTTE may be obliterated but without a political solution, the reasons that caused the LTTE will still be there and give rise to another version of the LTTE, warns Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole. The erudite Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole was addressing in a seminar on ‘Peace in Sri Lanka’ held inheld in the Scarborough Village Community Center, Toronto, last Sunday, organized by ‘Canadians for Peace.’ The other speaker was John Argue of Amnesty International. In his address, Professor Hoole pointed out that “Indeed, a government that claims to bomb us to save us from the LTTE and give us democracy, cannot bomb the very people it claims to want to save into refugee camps, if not into total annihilation.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Announces Resignation:

Daya Gamage: U.S. National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Pervez MusharrafPakistani President Pervez Musharraf announced Monday, August 18 he will resign as his country’s president rather than face the impeachment charges that have been leveled against him by the coalition government. I am announcing my resignation,"a somber-looking Musharraf, clad in a dark suit and tie, said in a nationally televised address only hours before Parliament was set to convene in a prelude to taking up impeachment charges. "All my well-wishers should accept my decision ... for the good of the nation." On the streets of the capital, the wild honking of car horns broke out in celebration.

Sri Lanka construction industry provides 61 percent of GDFCF

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sr Lanka's largest ever building and construction industry related exhibiting -"Construct 2008" was declared open by the Minister of Construction and Engineering services, Dr Rajitha Senaratne and the guests of honor at the opening ceremony were Piyasena Gamage, Minister of Vocational and Technical Training, Jacques Villemain, Deputy Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka; Richard Vokes, Country Director, Asian Development Bank and Mohamed Ali Janah, President, Maldives Association of Construction Industry.

Empower people to sustain a vibrant democracy : Minister Bogollagama in Iceland

Rohitha Bogollagama in IcelandIn an environment where terrorism is a threat worldwide, Sri Lanka, to oppose this challenge, has positioned by empowering the people to sustain a vibrant democracy considering, especially the absence of democratic rule for over two decades in the Eastern Province, stated Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, when he addressed the Sri Lankan Diaspora yesterday, 18th August, 2008 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul for Iceland Mr.Agust Jonsson, yesterday hosted a reception, at Radisson SAS Hotel in Reykjavik to the first ever official visit of a Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister to Iceland.

Are the Sri Lankan Tamils of recent Indian origin Tamils or some other ethnic group?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The TNA Leader Mr R Sampanthan has said in an interview the 'Nation' newspaper on Sunday that Sri Lanka is a multilingual, multiethnic, plural society, comprising of the Sinhalese people, the Tamil people, the Muslim people and others, and that there was a need to nurture the linguistic and cultural identity of all these peoples. He says the Indo - Lanka Accord of 1987 recognised this, and that the 13th Amendment should not be confused with the Indo - Lanka Accord. Mr Sampanthan states further that the Accord recognized the Northern and Eastern provinces as areas of historical habitation of the Tamil speaking people. In Mr Sampanthan’s entire interview, he did not mention the Sri Lankan Tamils of recent Indian origin even once.

Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole

Water Progresses, Sanitation Regresses

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The world's poorest nations are making halting progress in water, but little or no tangible improvement in sanitation -- two of the basic necessities of life. As far as the global state of sanitation is concerned, says Anders Berntell, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), "It's one of the world's greatest scandals." Addressing the 18th international water conference in the Swedish capital Monday, Berntell said that 2.5 billion people still lack access to adequate sanitation, resulting in some 1.4 million preventable child deaths due to diarrhoeal diseases each year.


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