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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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U.S. Pacific Command Law Exchange Program to enhances military justice institutions and to promote accountablity in military

Military law professionals from the U.S. Pacific Command Judge Advocate Office, in partnership with the American Embassy in Colombo, hosted a Military Law Exchange Program to share methods of investigating and reporting human rights abuses. This is the second such program conducted by the US Pacific Command with legal officers, law enforcement officers, operational commanders, investigators and academics from the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs, Attorney General's Department, Armed Services of Sri Lanka, Police, National Human Rights Commission, and Kotalawela Defense University.

Okaya Electric Industries of Japan to invests in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Okaya Electric Industries Company, a public listed company from Japan and the global leader in manufacture of electronic components for noise suppression and surge suppression has made a firm commitment to invest in a high-tech manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka. The state of the art plant to be located at Katunayake Export Processing Zone, with an initial investment of US$ 30 million and will employ 1200 skilled workers and the company is already planning to send a batch of workers for training to Japan.

Rent-A-Car Association launched

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Rent-A-Car Association is a collective body representing the Rent-A-Car service providers in Sri Lanka who are committed to offer a variety of services to the public including fleet management packages for the corporate and public sector and provision of personalized transport facilities for any event or occasion in the country. The launch of the Rent-A-Car Association took place at the Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla.

JHU opposes Provincial Council system, but supports Gram-raj

Minister Champika RanawakaThe 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and the introduction of the provincial Council system was done with the brute force of the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF). When those amendments were introduced in the constitution, the referendum was not there. We need some referendum to ratify these kinds of things. That is why we are totally against the provincial council system, because this has not been approved by the people of the country in a referendum. The Minister Champika Ranawaka said that JHU opposes the present Provincial Council system and wishes to introduce Gram-raj system in the country to decentralize and devolve the power and administration to the grassroots level. This is similar to the ‘Panchayat system,’ being practiced in India.

Vijay Eeswaran case against Asian Tribune dismissed by a court in Sweden with compensation

Norrralje District Court, a court in Sweden, dismissed the case filed by Vijay Eeswaran of Menara Amcorp Trade Centre, 18 Jalan Perssiaran Barat, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia, demanding to immediately delete certain statements from the report that appeared in the Asian Tribune. - 'Asian Tribune' in one of its news report said, "He is alleged to be a strong LTTE operative." Norrtalje District Court in Sweden dismissed the case filed against K.T.Rajasingham, Chief Editior of 'Asian Tribune,' based in Sweden by Vijay Eeswaran, a Malaysian National and the Managing Director of Hong Kong based QI Group and QuestNet Founder. The court has decided that Vijay Eswaran must pay defendant Rajasingham’s costs and lawyers fees.

Unity Amidst Diversity, Sri Lanka’s Strength, Recognized in Washington

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Recognition of Sri Lanka’s strength is an underlying trend beginning to take hold among all segments of people in the United States. Many I interviewed expressed their longing for strengthening of our common values rather than any negative aspects of division. It is quite visible judging by the comments of those in many of parts of the US. The beauty of togetherness is now being talked of among all sections of the people.

Memorial Service for Dr. A.T.S. Paul on 5th September in Colombo

By Walter Jayawardhana

A memorial service for the late Dr. A.T.S. Paul , one of Sri Lanka’s most eminent cardiothoracic surgeons will be held in Colombo on September 5, on the late surgeon’s 93rd birth anniversary, his son Dr. Suren Paul said in London. Dr. Suren Paul, who is practicing in London said, "It is intended to hold a memorial service in Colombo on the 5th of September which was his birthday at the Colpetty Methodist Church at 7 p.m." "The London Times," August 5 published the obituary on the late Dr. A.T.S.Paul . He died on April 28 2008 in Colombo: “Dr A. T. S. Paul, cardiothoracic surgeon, was born on September 15 1915. He died on April 28, 2008, aged 92.

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers preventing people moving to safety – Amnesty International

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

In the LTTE-controlled areas of the Wanni, the Tigers have hindered thousands of families from moving to safer places by imposing a strict pass system. Some individuals have been forced to stay behind as guarantors, to ensure the return of other family members, says Amnesty International in a statement released on Tuesday. "These people are running out of places to go and basic necessities," said Yolanda Foster, Amnesty International’s Sri Lanka researcher. “The Tigers are keeping them in harm’s way and the government is not doing enough to ensure they receive essential assistance.”

A Sri Lanka Rice Cargo Ship Sinks Near Chittagong Harbor – 16 Crew Men Rescued, One Missing

By Walter Jayawardhana

A Sri Lankan cargo vessel carrying 3609 tons of rice was sunk off Banglades’s Chiitagong harbor after colliding with a Panamanian empty tanker, the harbor authorities said. Radio Controller of Chittagong Port Authoritiy,Wahidur Rahman said, "After receiving an SOS from the vessel rescue boats of the harbor authorities saved 16 Sri Lankan and Myanmar crew men but one Myanmar man was still missing." The rice laden Sri Lankan vessel, "Badulu Valley" collided with the unloaded Panamanian oil Tanker, Hung Geu in the rough weather August 20 at 11.45 Chittagon time and capsized by the rough sea.

A reply to Prof. Hoole’s "Peace in Sri Lanka" speech

By Shenali Waduge

If anyone is to take serious note of the speech made by Prof. Hoole on the invitation of "Canadians for Peace" on 17 August 2008 in Canada, it should be the underlying seriousness with which he was steering Tamil thought towards an "Indian intervention" in Sri Lanka. Essentially the crux of Prof. Hoole’s speech was predominately to "invite foreign intervention". The backdrop to this obviously is the looming question of the fate of the LTTE with the facile military successes of the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Foreign Minister says Economic Diplomacy vital to connectivity

Connectivity of the world economies is of utmost importance for sustainable development, with economic diplomacy being the cornerstone, observed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama when he met with members of Iceland’s business community yesterday (19th August) in Reykjavik, Iceland. The participants represented businesses related to clothing, software, high-tech food processing equipment, renewable energy including geo-thermal power, banks with interest in the food, fisheries and airline software sectors.

Salvaging Sri lanka’s Media Freedom from the jaws of …...

By Palitha M Senanayake.

The Sri Lanka Press Institute distributed a missive among the South Asian Leaders, who attended the recently concluded SARC conference in Colombo, in a bid to influence them about the repressive nature of the current Sri lankan Governments media policy. The signatories to this brochure were Ranil Wickremesinghe, Wickremebahu Karunaratne, R Sampanthan, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Somawansa Amerasinghe and V. Chandrasekaran.

Religious and ethnic amity are essential forerunners for lasting peace

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

There are a few fanatics persistently spit anti-religious venom and perpetrate ethnic disharmony and even incite people to involve in violence by setting against religions and ethnic groups. In fact there are instances of attacking and burning of places of worship and preventing religious activities. In the sphere of ethnic disharmony the activities taking place are enormous and too much a number to explain.

Minister Champika Ranawaka

Dr. Greg Fernandopulle