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

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Signing of technical cooperation agreement

Decimating LTTE false propaganda – accepting LTTE as a Terrorist & not a Liberator

By Shenali Waduge

If the LTTE was representative of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka taking up arms against Sri Lanka’s Government because of Sinhala discrimination why should thirty three (33) countries list the LTTE as a terrorist group? If the LTTE is listed as a terrorist group why should the Sri Lankan Government not have the right to eliminate this terrorist movement & why was it forced to engage in negotiations? The negotiations led nowhere because the LTTE had no legitimate “discriminations” to put on the negotiating table! – what legitimate right does the LTTE have to declare itself “sole representative” of the Tamil people having annihilated the respected & potential Tamil leaders of Sri Lanka? It is finally time to separate fact from fiction.

Ambassador traced the historical contribution of the Muslims towards the wellbeing and development of Sri Lanka

In keeping with the tradition of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C of commemorating the important festivals of all four world religions practiced in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya hosted a grand Ifthar ceremony (breaking of the fast) at the Embassy. A large number of Sri Lankan Muslims and members of all Sri Lankan communities from the Greater Washington area participated in a great spirit of solidarity and fellowship. The Ambassador in his address traced the historical contribution of the Muslims towards the wellbeing and development of Sri Lanka, while referring to them as bridge builders of peace and match makers of diverse interests.

U.S. Embassy Supports Project to Preserve Sri Lankan Film Heritage

In a ceremony held at the Ministry of Information, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake and Honorable Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Mass Media & Information, exchanged documents to launch a year-long project to preserve Sri Lanka's documentary film heritage, financed by the 2008 U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation. The US$20,000 project will provide for the research, cataloging and safeguarding of films produced by the Government Film Unit in the years following Sri Lanka's independence. The collection, housed at the Ministry of Information, includes over 1000 of Sri Lanka’s finest historical documentary films and newsreels.

Post-Delhi Blast Musings

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

A chorus demanding creation of a special central anti-terror force followed the deadly terrorist attack in Delhi just two days after the US remembered the victims of the 9/11 attacks eight years ago. Along with it voices, muted within the ruling dispensation and loud and clear in the opposition camp, have been raised for sacking the home minister, Shivraj Patil, not only for incompetence but also for his misplaced sartorial love that saw him changing his suits three times within a matter of four hours on the day more than 20 lives were lost in Delhi, and his banal observations after each terrorist attack--in 12 different cities so far.

Sri Lanka signs Technical Cooperation Agreement with Brazil

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, undertaking the first ever foreign ministerial visit to Brazil on the invitation of his counterpart, held bilateral talks with the Minister of External Relations of Brazil Celso Amorim, and signed the Framework Agreement on Technical Cooperation, which aims at fostering close cooperation in areas such as agriculture, livestock and energy.

Passing of Ambassador W. Howard Wriggins

The Embassy of the United States in Colombo announced the death of Ambassador William Howard Wriggins on August 30, 2008, in Hannover, New Hampshire. The US Embassy also expressed its regret over the death of Dr. Wriggins, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from 1977-1979. Born in 1918, Ambassador Wriggins studied at Darmouth College, the University of Chicago, and Yale University. During World War II, he interrupted his studies for four years to assist the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) with relief activities in Portugal, North Africa, Spain and France. He later continued service with AFSC, providing support in Gaza.

EU Human Rights Commissioner criticized British authorities over the deportation of ethnic Tamils to Sri Lanka

While commenting on the ethnic Tamils subject to deportation to Sri Lanka, Thomas Hammarberg, Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, expressed regret that British authorities has failed to resolve these at the national level, thus encumbering the over-burdened docket of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Thomas Hammarberg further said "It is unfortunate that the Home Office has not accepted certain security-related assessments and guidelines on asylum seekers drawn up by UNHCR. The UK authorities should provide refuge to ethnic Tamils from Sri Lanka, as long as there are real risks for their life in case of forced return."

Manel Mal Movement to help IDPs from Wanni

By Janaka Perera

Members of the Manel Mal Movement will travel to Vavuniya on Saturday September 20 in a road convoy to hand over to displaced Tamils from the Wanni goods collected during the recent 'Jana Udaya Ranagosha' campaign. The MMM made this announcement at a media briefing held at the National Library Services Council Board on Tuesday September 16. The participants included the Ven Bengamuwe Nalaka, Dr Gunadasa Amarasekera, S.L. Gunasekara, Lt. Col Anil Amerasekera and Dimuth Gunawardena.

CARE to support estate workers in poverty reduction

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

CARE International was established in Sri Lanka in 1956 first focusing on providing food, and working on issues related to maternal and child health, Gradually in respect to the changing needs of the country, in the early nineties they began to increasingly shift its focus to not only addressing basic needs but to also try and address the root causes of poverty ad marginalization.

Signing of technical cooperation agreement

Wall Street’s Downward Spiral Provides Break for Obama as Harbinger of Change

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

A whirlwind that shook Wall Street as AIG, Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual Bank stood exposed to insolvency, send Barrack Obama past John McCain in the polls for the first time since the Republican Convention. Economic woes took the top spot as analysts were blaming the George administration for the debacle. McCain called greed and unbridled profit making bad for the country. With George Bush now pushing for a robust expansion of government's role and giving bailouts to many in distress, McCain campaign may be seriously impaired’ Ultimately the cash-strapped banks and institutions would see the largest bailout in American history increasing the budget deficit by three or four hundred billion dollars.