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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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South African Jurist Takes Office As New Human Rights Czar

Navanethem PIllayNavanethem PIllay, an internationally renowned South African jurist, has assumed duties as the UN's new High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ranked as an Under-Secretary-General, PIllay will hold the highest UN job overseeing human rights worldwide. She was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July this year, and her appointment was later endorsed by the 192-member General Assembly. She took office on September 1.

Confidence Building "Policies and Practices"

By Dayani Panagoda

The Government of Sri Lanka in its great endeavor to eradicate terrorism and ending a three decade old protracted conflict, has made many policies and practices in order to build confidence among all communities in Sri Lanka. However with the intense humanitarian intervention by the present regime in its policy decision on eradicating terrorism, the people of the conflict affected areas have had to face many difficulties. The Ministry of Human Rights has taken a step forward in establishing a steering committee on Confidence Building and Stabilization Measures (CBSM) as a policy decision which is fully supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Colombo.

War and conflict in Sri Lanka would not fetch foreign aid

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

People of Germany and for that matter even the international community though are willing to help Sri Lanka, they ask the question as to why should support countries that spend more on arms than on schools and hospitals. This was stated by Jurgen Weert, Ambassador of Germany in Sri Lanka while addressing the 15th Business for Peace Forum of the Business for Peace Initiative of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sri Lanka (FCCISL) on the theme "Maintaining the Balance of Peace Building and Economic Growth in Sri Lanka: The German Perspective", held at JAIC Hilton Hotel.

Study sustainable energy engineering and serve Sri Lanka - Prof. Trosten Fransson’s appeal to Sri Lankan students

Prof Trosten FranssonA leading Swedish institution has offered 30 places in its two-year Master Degree program for the academic year 2008 – 2009, on sustainable energy engineering to the graduate students of Colombo Open University, Sri Lanka. However, Prof Trosten Fransson, Head of KTH Department of Energy Technology, at The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, is keen that Sri Lankan students impart their gained knowledge to their mother country rather than seeking lucrative employment in the Western countries. The new masters degree course is available under the distance education programme of the KTH Energy Center in Sweden.

Canada delays issuing agrement to Sri Lanka’s high commissioner designate

Canadian Government so far has not decided on the issue of agrement for Daya Perera PC, who is Sri Lanka High Commissioner designate to Canada. Earlier, Foreign Ministry sources said it has already taken care of the issues that delayed Daya Perera leaving for Canada. Unfortunately still the Canadian Government has not indicated reasons behind delaying the agrement. Daya Perera is a veteran lawyer and his appointment to represent Sri Lanka’s President in Canada has been already approved by Sri Lanka Parliament High Post Committee. He is to succeed W.S.Karunaratne, who was the Secretary to former Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

LFSBL partners with Suntel for secure foreign currency transactions

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Suntel and Lanka Financial Services Bureau Ltd (LFSBL) partnered to create the first ever ‘Society for Worldwide inter-bank Financial Telecommunication’ (SWIFT) to facilitate the inter-bank transactions through a highly secure financial telecommunications hub which is a critical application and a integral part of National Payment System of Sri Lanka. LFSBL is formed with 22 users including Central Bank, two key state banks, Central Depository System Colombo, leading commercial banks and key primary dealers in Sr Lanka. The formation of Suntel – LFSBL alliance was announced at a function held for this purpose at JAIC Hilton Hotel, last week.

Sri Lanka Forces Capture Mallavi – LTTE’s administrative centre

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka Security forces in the midst of heavy fighting entered and captured one of Tamil Tigers’ most strategic garrison towns, Mallavi also called Yogapuram Unit 3, considered an LTTE administrative centre and key to take over Kilinochchi, the de-facto LTTE capital, the state owned Independent Television Network reported. Mallavi town located 13 kilometers West of Maankulam has been a stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The capture has completely blocked Thunukkai - Mallavi supply route used by the LTTE, the TV station further said. It is also the nearest route to enter Kilinochchi from the Wanni and a strategically important LTTE garrison.

McCain Forced to Restrict Republican Convention due to Hurricane Gustav

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

John McCain has decided to alter the Republican Convention radically. President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney canceled their prime time speeches on Monday as hurricane Gustav was about to landfall today. It was reported that Republican speakers have been told to "refrain from political rhetoric" as organizers announced a severely truncated convention that would meet for a brief business-only session, cut from seven hours to just two and a half.

An educational stalwart of Mumbai is no more

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Mumbai’s famous social and educational stalwart Dr. Mohammad Ishaq Jamkhanawala has expired Sunday night at his Bandra located residence. The news of his demise was a shockwave to many who know about his contributions in the field of education in Maharashtra. He did an unparallel contribution for Muslims’ social upliftment especially in Mumbai.

Unravelling Gujarat terrorism mystery

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

August 17 arrest of Mufti Abu Bashir, and eight others in connection with the string of 17 explosions that rocked Ahmedabad on July 26, and the August 19 detention of 13 persons allegedly involved with the May 13 blasts in Jaipur leave as many questions as they answer. Gujarat police claim that the so called Indian Mujahideen is the good old SIMI - Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). ‘Remove the first letter and the last letter. You get IM which is really a pseudonym’, the state police chief says. But some experts believe that Indian Mujahideen is a breakaway militant faction of SIMI.

Navanethem PIllay

Prof Trosten Fransson

Asia Sat Terminates Transmission of TCP TV Channel

The Hong Kong based management office of Asia Sat Telecommunication Company has informed the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing that they have terminated the transmission of Tamil Cultural Program TV Channel through their Asia SAT 3S Satellite. The Tamil Cultural Program TV Channel beam toward Asia, Middle East and some of the Central European countries broadcast LTTE propaganda programs in Tamil language for the benefit of the Tamil speaking people as well as the LTTE sympathizers.