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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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UN discovers lethal weapons in its office in Mannar

The UN has discovered two pistols and 48 rounds of ammunition hidden in one of its premises in Mannar. These lethal weapons were discovered this morning secreted under an outdoor wood pile in the Mannar IOM office. A UN press release from Colombo revealed that it was discovered at 10 AM this morning by a United Nations security officer during a regular security sweep.

TULF leader Sangaree rebuked Bharadhirajah for wrongly proclaiming “Prabaharan as Valliant leader of Tamils the world over."

In a public rebuttal, TULF President V.Anandasangaree, has recalled the heinous and ruthless crimes committed by Velupillai Prabakaran, the leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the name of his freedom and liberation struggle on behalf of the Tamils and Tamil speaking people in Sri Lanka. Anandasangaree in a letter addressed to Tamil Film Director Bharadhirajah,has publicly rebuked him for wrongly ‘proclaiming the LTTE leader Prabakaran as "Valliant leader of Tamils, the world over." The TULF leader has pointed out the gruesome killings and inhumane acts orchestrated by Prabakaran and his acts of ethnic cleansing of the Tamil speaking Muslims.

Burma: US Consumers Should Avoid Banned Gems US Measure Tightening Sanctions Has Gone Into Effect

Consumers should support a new US law banning Burmese gems by refusing to buy from jewelers unless they ensure their gems are not from Burma, Human Rights Watch said today. The US government began enforcement on October 27, 2008, of a law that strictly bans the import of rubies and jade from Burma. The Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2008 was approved unanimously by both houses of Congress, and on July 29, 2008 was signed into law by President George W. Bush. "For years many American jewelry retailers have bought Burmese rubies and jade that help finance the military junta’s brutality," said Arvind Ganesan, director of the Business and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. "Now it is illegal to support that trade."

USAID offers practical education to Southern youth

Mahinda Rajapaksa.The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today marked the completion of the new vocational training center in Tangalle, in the presence of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa and U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Robert Blake. The school was built with funds provided by the American people as part of USAID’s Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program. "Through education, young people gain skills that will provide them with good paying jobs, which will help boost both their family income and the economic opportunities available to them for many years to come," Ambassador Blake said at the opening ceremony.

Dialog Enterprise provides ICT for CleanCo Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

CleanCo Lanka’s drive green programme recently connected to a total voice and data communications solution provided by Dialog Enterprise. The solution facilitates inter-branch connectivity between CleanCo’s island wide fixed and mobile vehicle emission testing centres. Dialog Enterprise, an integrated business division of Dialog Telekom PLC, has installed its connectivity solutions at 16 CleanCo testing stations, deploying an IP VPN (Internet Protocol - Virtual Private Network) based on MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) technology, enabling users to access corporate and customer information over a secure private communication network.

Does India - U.S. alliance threaten South Asia?

By Dimuth Gunawardena

Sri Lanka is on the verge of destroying the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world. Even the most extreme elements in the South of Sri Lanka accept that upon completion of this task certain genuine grievances of the Tamil people and a certain degree of devolution envisaged in the current constitution should be implemented in the Northern Province as it is now being done successfully done in the Island’s East. India knows all this too well. Nevertheless New Delhi and explicitly its South Indian clique is again attempting to repeat their attempts of 1987 save LTTE which is on the verge of defeat.

Incredible India

By Dr. Edward Perera

Whenever I switched the BBC World Service TV channel, I was impressed with a soothing music forming it as apart of the advertisement for Mother India. A beautiful female voice ends the last part of the song by singing "incredible India". Not because of the magic spell attributed to the acoustic and lyrical attraction of this beautiful song but the strong message it conveys to the audience made me think that I should go deep into this message and explain my feelings. India has been always an incredible part of the human history in many aspects. Amongst those unique features, for me personally, the most fascinating factor is that India had the first University the world ever to operate.

Country’s state is bleak and dismal due to bribery and corruption

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

It is bad and disheartening to note that "little or no noise has been made by the different Chambers with regard to bribery and corruption." So much so that corrupt officials openly solicit a bribe, said Anver Dole, President, Institute of Management of Sri Lanka (IMSL) addressing a press briefing to announce the launch of a membership benefit scheme at Galle Face Hotel. He said bribery and corruption is the order of the day and since the last three decades ethical standards, integrity and transparency in public and private sector and among parliamentarians and ministers have rapidly deteriorated said Anver Dole, President, Institute of Management of Sri Lanka(IMSL), addressing the media at the launch of the IMSL membership benefits scheme, at Galle Face Hotel.

Somalia after the Ethiopian Occupation

By Abukar Arman

In light of the development of several critical issues that include U.S. economic volatility and the new political direction it’s likely to turn towards, it’s not farfetched to predict that Washington-supported Ethiopian occupation of Somalia will soon come to an end. However, what ensues might not provide comfort to some who erroneously bought into the mindset that politics and Islam cannot and should not mix. But, unfortunately, their reaction would be the element that would tip the scale. Evidently, Ethiopia is unable to feed her own people and thus could not feasibly sustain this occupation without Washington’s financial, political and technical support.


Ongoing ethnic war in Sr I Lanka

By Asif Haroon Raja

Sri Lanka is suffering the pangs of civil war for a long time and there are no prospects of a peace process resuming soon. On 2 January 2008, the government announced its withdrawal from a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. This formalised a return to conflict that has been underway since 2006 but has also presaged worse to come. The humanitarian crisis is deepening, abuses of human rights by both sides are increasing, and those calling for peace are being silenced. There is no present chance of a new ceasefire or negotiations since the government, despite pro forma statements in favour of a political solution, is dependent on hardliners and appears intent on a military decision.