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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007 documents Burmese ruling junta’s atrocities

As the first anniversary of Burma's September 2007 Saffron Revolution approaches, the Human Rights Documentation Unit (HRDU) has released a 964 pages Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007. Burma Human Rights Yearbook 2007 is revealed to be the largest and most comprehensive report ever published by the HRDU, but is also quite likely the single largest report ever produced on the human rights situation in Burma. Twenty years since the brutal suppression of the 1988 uprising, the Burmese military junta continues to exert tight control over the country's population, while executing a litany of human rights abuses against its citizens.

Thai Constitution Court Strips PM And Entire Cabinet From Office

Samak SundaravejThe cookery show has caused t removal of the Prime Minister and his entire government in Thailand. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was found in violation of the Constitution due to his having hosted cooking shows on commercial television stations and that he must leave office together with his entire cabinet, becoming the first Thai prime minister to be thrown out by a court. All nine judges of the Constitution Court voted unanimously that Mr. Samak Sundaravej, who took office on February 6 this year, was guilty because he had violated Article 267 of the Constitution, written by coup maker-appointed legal and constitutional experts.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama highlights Sri Lanka's people-centric Foreign Policy

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama has emphasized the need for diplomats who are posted abroad to represent Sri Lanka, to have a thorough knowledge of the country's system of local administration and the day to day problems confronting the people. Hence, he has decided that all Heads of Mission and Foreign Service officers should serve a period of orientation attached to a District Secretariat, prior to their departure, in order to gain an understanding of the range of services provided by the Government to the people at the grassroots level including Samurdhi welfare, and various development programmes initiated by the Government.

UN Secretary emphasizes the importance of a negotiated settlement to the political problems confronting Sri Lanka.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern over the increased hostilities in northern Sri Lanka, and the grave humanitarian consequences for civilians. A press statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General said that he has emphasized strongly the importance of a negotiated settlement to the political problems facing Sri Lanka. In the light of the Government's request for the relocation of UN humanitarian staff in affected areas, he reminds all concerned of their responsibility to take active steps to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of civilians, allowing humanitarian organizations to do their work in safety, as well as to reach persons affected by the fighting who need humanitarian assistance.

Development of New Export Culture

By T.K.Premadasa

The Business Community in Sri Lanka was highly pleased to witness the presentation of prestigious Presidential Export Award of the 17th Presidential Export Award Celebration held on September 09, 2008 at the Presidential Secretariat under the patronage of His Excellency the President Mahinda Rajapaksha and Hon. Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake. It was a highly deserved tribute to the exporters for their exemplary record of performance displayed during the period over last few years.

Contradictory claims: by LTTE of causing heavy damage; Government anounce of LTTE attacked repulsed

Government of Sri Lanka said the security forces have successfully repulsed the LTTE attack made on the Air Force camp in Vavuniya on Tuesday. The Air Force e has managed to destroy the LTTE’s light air craft that came to carry out the attack. Their aim was to destroy the air force radar network established in Vavuniya by attacking both by land and air. However, their mission was fruitless, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, Media spokesman for National Security said. But on the other hand Rasiah Marshall, MIlitary Spokesperson for Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in a press release claimed tha LTTE pre-dawn attack has caused great destruction to the Government Air Force camp in Vavuniya.

Afghanistan: Civilian Deaths from U.S. Airstrikes cause Public Backlash

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Civilian deaths in Afghanistan from US and NATO airstrikes nearly tripled from 2006 to 2007, with recent deadly airstrikes exacerbating the problem and fuelling a public backlash, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released September 8. The report also condemns the Taliban’s use of “human shields” in violation of the laws of war. Human Rights Watch criticized the poor response by US officials when civilian deaths occur. Prior to conducting investigations into airstrikes causing civilian loss, US officials often immediately deny responsibility for civilian deaths or place all blame on the Taliban

Sri Lanka makes flood relief donation to Nepal

The Government of Sri Lanka as a mark of a solidarity with the people of Nepal has donated a sum of US$ 25,000 as relief assistance for victims of the recent floods. A cheque for this amount was handed over to Rt.Hon.Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal by Mr. Ranawaeera Banda, Charge d’ Affaires of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kathmandu last Saturday.

India’ Olympic Feat

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The Olympic Games in Beijing showed the contrasting attitudes of China and India. China with the world’s biggest population was boasting was boasting of its tremendous leap in the sports arena and with some justification too while with a population of over 100 crores India too was boasting but for just two or three medals. The euphoria in China was understandable. The country had worked hard to excel in sport and had produced results that far exceeded all expectations.

Basil Rajapakse

Human Rights Year Book of Burma

Samak Sundaravej

At the BMICH

Tamil Tigers’ connotation: Attack on the Security Forces Headquarters in Vavuniya revealed

Basil RajapakseTo create another appalling humanitarian crisis in the Vanni region, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, made use of the entry – exit point at Omanthai, to attack the Security Forces Headquarters and the Air Force Base located in Vavuniya early on Tuesday morning. Basil Rajapakse MP and a senior advisor to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse said that Omanthai entry – exit point was kept open for the goods and essential food items to move into the Vanni region and the people in Vanni to enter into the Government area to go to hospitals, banks, to travel abroad and to attend to their needs. Making use of this situation, the Tamil Tigers moved their heavy guns very close to the entry – exit point to attack the Security Forces Headquarters in Vavuniya, he pointed out.