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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2346

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Sri Lanka Navy Repatriates 32 Indian Fishermen along with 06 minors

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Sri Lanka Navy took swift action to repatriate 38 Indian Nationals to the Indian Coast Guard vessel “Kittu Chennamma” at the International Maritime Boundry Line (IMBL) North-West of Delft on the 14th September around 11.00 am. These Indian fishermen were detected when they were well with in the Sri Lankan waters in the Northern seas. Naval fleet units which are on high alert in the northern seas with the aim of detecting possible LTTE smuggling attempts across the Palk Strait detected these fishing boats when they were trespassing into Sri Lanka territorial waters.

Thai court to issue arrest warrants against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman

Thailand's Supreme Court Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions postponed its verdict on ousted fugitive prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojaman on purchasing a plot of prime Bangkok land which violated the country's Constitution, and anounced of issuing new arrest warrants for the couple. Chief Justice Thonglor Chom-ngarm told the court on Wednesday that the two defendants had failed to appear in court to hear the verdict and the court, therefore, must issue arrest warrants for the couple so that they could be present to hear the verdict read at a later date.

Metropolitans to introduce mobile telephones that repel mosquitoes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The people who introduced mobile telephones to Sri Lanka - The Metropolitan Group of Companies at the 50 year Anniversary celebrations press conference indicated that their Communications arm would introduce shortly, a technology into the mobile telephones that would repel mosquitoes in a five metros radius. Rohan Tissera, CEO, Metropolitan Communications said that they are working on the system and it would be introduced soon. There is a slight delay as they are still trying to penetrate to the frequency of the Dengue mosquitoes, as these mosquitoes operate on different frequencies.

Virtusa Corporation Selected as 2008 Finalist for the U.S. Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence

Virtusa Corporation has been selected as one of eleven finalists for the United States Secretary of State’s prestigious 2008 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The Award recognizes the important role U.S. businesses play abroad as good corporate citizens. Since 1999 the U.S. Secretary of State has awarded the ACE to deserving American businesses operating overseas for advancing good corporate citizenship, innovation and democratic principles. The Department of State is committed to working with businesses to further these best practices worldwide, and to recognize efforts to improve lives at home and abroad.

Victim of terrorism - the common man

By Shobha Shukla

Recently I had the privilege to hear Mr. Ajit Sahi, the Editor-at-large of Tehelka, speak on the 'Myth Of Terrorist Organisations----SIMI fictions'. His painstakingly collected and carefully analyzed information speaks of scores of innocent Indian Muslims languishing in the countries' prisons on false police accusations. He feels that it is a premeditated government (read Hindu) campaign to implicate and harass Muslim youth and demonise the Muslim community----all in the name of curbing terrorist activities.

Sri Lanka Culture and Heritage Exhibition in the JATA Travel Fair in Japan

Rathnasirai Wickaramanayake, Sivanesathurai ChandrakanthanPrime Minister of Sri Lanka Rathnasirai Wickaramanayake participated in the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), Travel Fair on Tuesday and declared open the Sri Lanka Culture and Heritage Exhibition at the Tokyo Museum. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Cultural Affairs Minister Mahinda Yapa Abewardana. In the meantime, Sri Lanka delegation representing the Tourism Ministry, comprising of Deputy Minister of Tourism, Faiszer Mustapha and Chief Minister and the Minister of Tourism of Eastern Province, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, who are in Japan also participated in the Japan Association of Travel Agents Travel Mart (JATA), one of the largest international travel fairs in Asia.

Baby Zaid Nazreen suffering from hearing impediment needs your help for Cochlear implant

Asian Tribune : Sri Lanka Bureau

Baby Zaid NazreenOne year old baby Zaid Nazreen is having hearing impediment in both his ears from his birth. On a referral made by Consultant ENT of the Durdans Hospital Surgeon, Dr.A.D.K.S.N. Yasawardana, Consultant at the Apollo Hospitals, Colombo, Dr.Devanand Jha has advised Cochlear implant surgery which is estimated to cost between Rs.1,800,000 to Rs.2,800,000 depending upon the model of implant to be used.

Eighteenth successful annual FECETS 2008 – Gem and Jewellery Show

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dr Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprises Development and Investment Promotion speaking as Chief Guest at the inauguration of 18th Facets 2008 – the Premier Gem and Jewellery Exhibition at the BMICH said that Myanmar with sanctions on and in a difficult condition tries to improve the Gem Industry and Sri Lanka is prepared to assist them in the same manner Sri Lanka exported tea when Iraq was under strict sanctions.

RABS Boats

Sri Lanka Navy Crush Sea Tiger Flotilla: 10 Sea Tiger Boats Destroyed, 30 Cadres Killed

Ravin Edirisinghe in Colombo

RABS Boats Sri Lanka Navy’s Special Boats Squadron (SBS) and the Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) went in to action in the Iranathivu seas (northern waters) today (18) around 11.00 am after successfully confronting a sea tiger fleet. The confrontation lasted till 3.30 pm and the naval special units marked a remarkable victory by destroying seven (07) small sea tiger boats and three (03) LTTE armed craft. The returning naval fleet units indicated that at least 25-30 LTTE sea cadres along with some of the leaders have been killed during the confrontation and they further indicated that sea tigers towed about four of their damaged craft.


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