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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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New comers may receive ministerial portfolios

Elected members of the Sabaragamuwa and the North Central Provincial councils will sworn in as Provincial Councilors within this week and the General Secretary of the SLFP Maithreepala Sirisena said former Chief Ministers namely Berty Premalal Dissanayake and Maheepala Herath would be appointed as the Chief Ministers of the respective provincial councils. However UNP is still on discussions to select their Opposition Leaders. In Sabaragamuwa former Opposition Leader A.A.Wijetunga has shown his interest to hold the post of the Opposition Leader, but Ranjan Ramanayake also shown his interest to hold the similar position. Major General Janaka Perera who obtained highest votes at the North Central Provincial Council’s election shows his willingness to represent the Opposition Leadership.

Marooned Dondra Fishermen Given Stale Food By Thai Prison alleged Victims

By Walter Jayawardhana

Five marooned fisherman from Dondra Head of Southern Sri Lanka charged that they were kept in a Bangkok prison for 20 days and given “stale food.” One of the fishermen, P.G.Dharshana said ,
“all five men during five days were fed with stale food, until the Sri Lankan Embassy in Bangkok flew them back to Sri Lanka by providing them with air tickets.” According to what they told, the Thai authorities, the Five men from the Southern coast went on a fishing trip in the boat entitled Samanala , June 26 and stranded in the deep seas when their engine broke down After listening to their story of plight the men were handed over to the Police who took five days to produce them in the court.

UNICEF’s Tsunami Affected School Rebuilding Programme - Fourth School Completed in Ampara District

Today 130 children and staff of Al- Badhur Vidyalam will at last move into a brand new school, having being compelled to pursue their learning activities in temporary shelter following the 2004 tsunami. AL-Badhur is the fourth school completed by UNICEF in the Ampara District this year and cost Rs44.5million.

Is the LTTE losing its propaganda war in Italy?

Rev. Ignazio Romesh SeimonRecently, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Italy, had the occasion to meet Rev.Ignazio Romesh Seimon, who is a member of the Benedictine Monastic Community in the Papal Basilica of St. Paul's out side the Walls (Vatican extra territory) in Rome, Italy. He had paid a visit to the Embassy to personally meet the Ambassador and to appeal to him about certain misconceptions that most visitors mainly from all parts of Italy and the rest of the world had expressed about Tamils.Rev. Ignazio Romesh Seimon, incumbent of the St. Paul’s Basilica, faced this difficulty when giving explanations to some visitors who questioned his nationality and the reaction these people expressed when he said he was a Sri Lankan.

The Hilton Colombo’s Big 21 – Revealed

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

As we reach the end of a spectacular year filled with unique and wonderful events, the Hilton Colombo today announced their biggest, most anticipated celebration yet – their 21st Birthday bash. This extravaganza, to be held on Sunday the 21st of September, from 6 p.m. onwards, will undoubtedly be the biggest event of the year, said William Costley, General Managr, Hilton Colombo at the press briefing to announce the gala celebrations planned out for the conclusion of their 21st anniversary celebrations.

The vicious agenda of BBC Sinhala service

Ranjith Soysa-Melbourne

From the time the BBC Sinhala service came under Vasantharajah in 80s to date, the contents of its reports on political and war related issues have been supportive of separatist agenda of the racists. In fact, bankrupt leftists, LTTE spokespersons and members of the NGO mafia in Sri Lanka prominently figure in the program even though the vast majority of the Sinhala speaking listeners do not condone separatism. Latest false report filed in BBC Sinhala service announcing that a letter had been submitted to the Secretary General of the UNO by the Catholic Church on the subject of IDPs in the North is a serious matter which merits investigation by all Sri Lankans.

SLBC re-launches English Commercial Service

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The veteran broadcaster and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Hudson Samarasinghe has directed to re-launch English Commercial Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation to provide additional valuable hours for their listeners. According to Mr.Samarasinghe the re launching of the English service would commence from 1st of September.

Abans partners with Lumen Technologies

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Lumen Technologies Ltd, authorised distributor for Xerox in Sri Lanka recently appointed Abans Ltd as a partner for Xerox products. Abans will henceforth showcase a range of Xerox products throughout its strong branch network island wide. Lumen Technologies currently markets Xerox products and services including copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines, document management software and related supplies throughout Sri Lanka.

Remove Jammu-Valley Disparities

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Jammu and Kashmir is on a precipice. The situation in the valley is fraught with dangerous consequences. The month-long sloganeering of “bum-bum bhole” by the votaries of the Amarnath Shrine Board in Jammu had an adverse fall-out across the Pirpanjal range of mountains dividing the two volatile regions of Jammu and Kashmir. The agitation in Jammu, spearheaded by the Shri Amarnath Sangharsh Samiti, has stirred up a hornets’ nest in the beleaguered valley, where separatists, supported by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), resorted to a long march towards Muzaffarabad (PoK) on August 11.

Rev. Ignazio Romesh Seimon

SAARC-BIMSTEC Link Could Help Realise Pious Goals

Neville de Silva, Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

If Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama had the time he might have expanded on a brief remark he made at the just concluded 10th ministerial session of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi- Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) in New Delhi, In the course of his address to BIMSTEC which he was attending for the first time, Minister Bogollagama dealt with technical cooperation between member states, the scourge of terrorism and ‘connectivity’ among the people of the region particularly through improved transport, tourism and culture.