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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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LTTE Terrorists "Like a Cat on Hot Bricks"

By Darmitha-Kotte

For 30 years, LTTE terrorists enjoyed all the VIP treatment possible from western powers & INGOs and NGOs who all opted to believe the sob stories about how the Sinhalese were ill-treating & harassing Tamils in Sri Lanka, as a result that the LTTE was fighting for a "Tamil Homeland" in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Governments & our so called leaders of the times never made any constructive efforts to get the correct story told to the outside world which resulted in LTTE succeeding in deceiving the western world.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister reiterates government’s concern for the safety of aid workers

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama chaired yesterday, the second interactive session with the UN and its specialized agencies to review the action being taken to support the efforts of the government in providing emergency humanitarian assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Wanni, at the Foreign Ministry. One of the two main issues taken up at this meeting was ensuring continuous and adequate supplies of food, medicine and essential items to the IDPs in the Wanni, in line with President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s directive to look after the welfare of civilians in the Wanni. The other aspect was to ensure the safety and security of all humanitarian personnel in the region.

U.S. takes hard-line on military forces, armed groups recruiting child soldiers

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Co-authored by Senator Barack Obama and authored and sponsored by his senior senator from Illinois, the United States has been forced to enact laws to arrest and prosecute foreign leaders of military forces and rebel armed groups in the U.S. soil who have recruited child soldiers in armed conflict regions in foreign countries. The law went into effect on October 04 when President George W. Bush placed his signature. Another law, Child Soldier Prevention Act is now in the pipeline of the U.S. Congress that will deny military assistance to governments that are aiding and abetting para-military groups involved in the recruitment of child soldiers.

Palestine to support entry of Sri Lanka to the OIC as an Observer

Palestinian Foreign Minister, Dr Riad al Malki met his Sri Lankan counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday (10th October 2008) at the Foreign Ministry for official talks. During the discussions, he conveyed the readiness of the Palestinian President, Dr. Mahmoud Abbas to support Sri Lanka's application for entry into the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as an Observer. Dr. Malki thanked Minister Bogollagama for the warm welcome and excellent hospitality that has been extended to the Palestinian delegation during the current official visit of President, Dr. Mahmoud Abbas to Sri Lanka.

Former Finnish Presidents wins 2008 Nobel Prize for Peace

Martti AhtisaariNorwegian Nobel Committee has anounced former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, as the winner of the 2008 Nobel peace prize, "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts" Martti Ahtisaari has helped bring peace to trouble spots the world over, including Aceh, Kosovo and Namibia. Before his involvement in the Aceh talks, Mr Ahtisaari was unfamiliar with Asian geopolitics but was widely respected as a gifted diplomat and an outstanding negotiator. The 71-year-old Finn is credited with overseeing the 2005 reconciliation of the Indonesian Government and Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels, bringing an end to a 30-year-old conflict in which about 15,000 people died.

Dixon Dela Bandara the new Governor of Northern Province

Dixon Dela Bandara former Governor Sabaragamuwa Province was yesterday (10) sworn in as the Governor of the Northern Province by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Preidential Advisor and MP Basil Rajapakse, Diyawadana Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa Durandara Nilanga Dela, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and IGP Jayantha Wicremaratne. Dixon Sarathchandra Dela is the father of Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandaran is a well known businessman and a social worker from Ratnapura.

Karunanidhi will only roar in public meetings, but will stop with that - Jayalaitha,

JayalalithaThe General Secretary of AIDMK, has rejected the invitation by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi to participate in the All Party Conference scheduled to be held on 14 October, to discuss the plight of the Sri Lanka Tamils living in the war ravaged regions in the country. Flamboyant Jayalaitha, who held the Chief Ministership of the state of Tamil Nadu for two terms, rejected the invitation and said the proposed all party “meeting will not serve any purpose. Karunanidhi will only roar in public meetings and ask everyone to send telegrams but will stop with that as he cares for them only up to that extent," Jayalalitha said.

Cheliyan – Deputy Sea Tiger Leader killed

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Cheliyan, the Deputy Leader of the Sea Tigers' was killed in Kilinochchi yesterday evening, by Special Force Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol ( SF LRRP) team. Cheliyan is a commando type leader in the Sea Tiger Wing and came to prominence after the death of Manglaesh. He also led the Sea Tiger operations following its leader Soosai sustaining injuries in an explosion in Nandikadal in Puthukuduiruppu last year.

Dr. Amunugama Briefed on Present Economic Crisis and US Assistance to Sri Lankan Deevelopment

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Robert Dohner with Dr. Sarath AmunugamaUnited States and Sri Lanaka discussed the present fincnail crisis in many parts of the world and steps taken to avert further damage to the economies of the world. Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion had talks with Robert Dohner Deputy Assistant Secretary to the US TReasury in Washisngton DC yesterday. He was accompanied by Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya.

Commonwealth Finance Ministers Want Meritocracy In Selecting Heads Of IMF And World Bank

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

With the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank starting this week in Washington, the 53-nation Commonwealth has said that the heads of the Bretton Woods institutions should be selected on merit and without regard to their nationalities. This call from the Commonwealth Finance Ministers who met in St Lucia in the Caribbean early this week eats at the very heart of the current selection process by which the United States and Europe who hold the major shares in the two institutions, appoint the two heads. The President of the World Bank is inevitably from the United States while the Managing Director of the IMF comes from Europe.

USAID and VTA go green in southern Sri Lanka

With the opening of Ahangama Vocational Training Center, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is promoting a high standard for green design in Sri Lanka as part of its Tsunami Reconstruction Program. Built to be a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building, the Ahangama Vocational Training Center meets international green building standards and is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka to receive a silver level LEED certification. Established by the US-based Green Building Council, LEED is the certification of record for sound environmental design worldwide.

Colombo: Old Peterites Tag Rugby 7s organized by the 1995-2000 Batch Group

On behalf of the Old Boys’ Union of St. Peter’s College, Colombo, the 1995-2000 batch group presents the Old Peterites tag Rugby 7s that will be worked off at the CR&FC grounds on 19th October. The event was first organized last year in lieu of St. Peter’s College commemorating 75 years of a glorious Rugby legacy. This is its 2nd successive year and the event is scheduled to be an annual event in the Old Boys’ activity calendar. Each batch will provide at least one team to vie for the Cup, Plate or Bowl Championship. In addition to the inter batch matches, invitations have also been extended to teams from the Old Boys Unions of brother school St. Joseph’s College and also St. Benedict’s and St. Anthony’s Colleges to participate in invitation schools matches to be worked out. The event will also feature an exhibition match between the current Peterite first XV and the All Star Team comprising Peterite Rugby Stars of yesteryear.

Launch of the Democracy Video Challenge

The U.S. Embassy on Colombo announced of a "Democracy is…" video competition. Sri Lankans, age 18 and over, are invited to submit self-made videos less than three minutes in length that complete the phrase "Democracy is…" According to a press release by the USeEmbassy, when making the videos, one may use any story telling style including, fiction, documentary, comedy, music video or animation. The Press release further said the Embassy and a committee of local filmmakers and film aficionados will select the top three films from Sri Lanka, subsequently, selected films will then be submitted for a worldwide competition.

Martti Ahtisaari