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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Sri Lankans in California get rare opportunity to confront alleged LTTE acolyte US Congressman Brad Sherman

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Brad ShermanUnited States Congressman Brad Sherman from California has been hoisting the Sri Lanka separatist/terrorist LTTE banner for a quite a long time in the US Congress. Sherman, on behalf of the Tamil Tiger lobby, front organizations and professionals operating in the United States, is occupying a very pivotal position in the US Congress: he sits on the US House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and Pacific, and the chairman of the subcommittee on terrorism.

Pakistan to assist Sri Lanka in its final battle against Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Pakistan’s website revealed that Pakistan has decided to bolster what Sri Lanka military says its final push to defeat Tamil Tiger rebels and end their war for a separate state in the country’s north-east. In a news report entitled "Pakistan to help in Colombo's final battle against Tigers," the website said the country has pledged to send a large quantity of ammunition to help the Sri Lankan government finish off the rebels in the final phase of Elam War IV quoting a newspaper.

Burmese Dissidents Call United Nations for Openness and Accountability

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

While US Campaign for Burma (USCB), a Washington-based dissident group, accuses United Nations of "misrepresenting" its recent mission to Burma (Myanmar), the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) called for UN Special Envoy to Burma Ibrahim Gambari to call for tripartite talks with opposition groups, the release of political prisoners and to deliver frank accounts of his meetings with opposition groups and Burmese officials.

Sri Lankans in France condemn killing of French soldiers by terrorists

Several Sri Lankan associations in France vehemently condemned the killing of 10 French soldiers by Taliban fighters and expressed fullest support to President Sarkozy’s fight against global terrorism. They pointed out that no country is safe from the global menace of terrorism and it is essential to eliminate all forms of terrorism at their roots. “Al Queda may carry out terrorist acts in New York, Paris, Madrid or London, but it has its roots in Afghanistan and it has to be wiped out at the roots,” said Ranjith Fernando, President of the Association Des Negombians de Paris. “Similarly, French should support the fight against Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka”.

Voters will cast their votes to elect their representatives on Saturday

By Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Voters of the Sabaragamuwa and the North Central Provincial Council will cast their votes to elect their respective representatives on Saturday. Election Commisioner said provincial election of the Sabaragamuwa and the North Central Provincial Council will be held on 23rd of this month i.e. on Saturday. However UPFA, JVP and the UNP would face a severe situation due to the present political environment in the country. However all parties have expressed confidence that they would be able win in the elections of these provincial councils.

Dr. Abeywardena to Ayurveda workshop in Thailand

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ayurvcedic Dr. Ranjith Abeaywardena, convenor, Sub Committee on Ayurveda, Ministry of Tourism will attend the 2nd International Conference on Ayurveda and Complementary System of Medicine’ organized by the Thathagat Ayurveda Research Foundation, India that will be held on 23rd August in Pattaya, Thailand. Next Ayurveda Conference is expected to be held in Sri Lanka. This will open gateways for Sri Lankan indigenous medical practitioners to connect with International ayureveda sector.

The Menace of Terrorism and Its Early Origins

Professor Laksiri Fernando - University of Colombo

The menace of terrorism threatening the very existence of the civilized world and its ramifications on democracy and human rights are matters that are not understood properly by very many people both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. There are those who obliquely defend or justify terrorism for various reasons some of which being their own inclinations for terrorist or violent activities. Perhaps for them, the end justifies any means and this is obviously very dangerous thinking by all means.

Kumar Sangakkara- Brand Ambassador for DIMO

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC –DIMO which commenced its business since 1939 plans to celebrate its 70 year celebration in next year by associating with Sri Lanka’s valued left-hand batsman and wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara with the view to promote DIMO’s products. DIMO’s Chairman Ranjith Pandithage said the DIMO has decided to appoint Mr.Sangakkara as their Brand Ambassador. Speaking to media on Thursday Mr.Pandithage said Kumar Sangakkara’s commitment to technique and his perseverance to achieve perfection has seen him top world rankings. He is an unparalleled batsman.

"Real grievances of the Tamil People vs. Perceived grievances of the Tamil Politicians"

By Shenali Waduge

Grievances are not confined to one community – the Tamils, the Muslims as well as the Sinhalese all have their share of grievances. It has suited politicians well to use these “grievances” to their own political advantage & we are in agreement that very few politicians of all communities have worked to realistically address these grievances. The present predicament in Sri Lanka bewails a situation where all the communities have grievances but the Tamil leadership feels their grievances supersede that of all others so much so that they have attached an “ethnic” dimension to it & generated a need for a separate homeland over the years. This notion was first propagated by the TULF later to be turned into an obsessive dream of a psychopath despot.

Combat Terrorism : Faces of Terrorism in India

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

According to sociologists and experts on terrorism the French Revolution provided the first uses of the words terrorist and terrorism. The use of the word terrorism began in 1795 in reference to the ‘Reign of Terror’ initiated by the Revolutionary government in France during the French Revolution. The agents of the Committee of Public Safety and the National Convention that enforced the policies of "The Terror" were referred to as 'terrorists’.

CIMA deliberates on Islamic finance and banking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The growing demand internationally for Islamic finance has made CIMA to be the first professional accountancy body globally to offer a ‘Certificate in Islamic Finance’ that covers Islamic commercial law, Islamic banking and Takaful, Islamic capital markets and instruments and Accounting for Islamic financial institutions. Mr Faizal Salieh, Managing Director/CEO of Amana Investments Ltd, spoke to a cross section of members and passed finalists of the Chartered Management Accountants body (CIMA) on Islamic finance and banking: the First Principles‘at a programme organised by the Management Information and Resource Centre of the CIMA Sri Lanka Division.

Mayawati Fears

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Even those who do not subscribe to her brand of politics that they find opaque, brash and frenzied, probably admire her for the single-mindedness with which the Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati has been pursing her ever-rising ambitions. The ‘Dalit ki Beti’ has now re-christened and promoted herself as the ‘Bharat ki Beti’ after laying claim to the job of prime minister of India.

US Congressman Brad Sherman

Ayurv. Dr. Ranjith Abeaywardena

Garrison Town of Thunukkai falls - Where is Prabakaran?

The LTTE’s garrison town of Thunukkai falls. After a lapse of more than 20 years, Thunukkai has been finally brought under the control of the Government forces. Thunukkai about 20 KM of west of Mankulam and also Uyilankulam located Southern edge of Akkarayankulam tank located about 12 km to the southwest of Kilionochchi town centre were recaptured today by the Sri Lankan forces. Sources in Vanni told that LTTE is in disarray. In the meantime Tamil diapora in the West are frantically making inquiries about the plight of the LTTE leader Prabakaran.