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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

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Bernard Goonetilleke,

Stranded Two Sri Lankan Housemaids Leave Gaza

Laila Habash in Gaza for Asian Tribune

After the exposure by ‘Asian Tribune’ on 11th December 2008 about the Sri Lankans stranded in Gaza, Sri Lankan missions in Israel, Palestine and Jordan went into action and managed to get two of them out on day- before yesterday. When inquired about the other three employees it was revealed that papers are being processed to get the third one out. She surfaced late and as such there is a delay. The fourth one cannot leave as her employer is out in Egypt and cannot come back to Gaza now. The fifth one had contacted the Representative office in Ramallah once and cannot be traced,

IOM Provides Application Imaging Technology to Sri Lanka’s Immigration

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing a USD 750,000 grant to the Department of Immigration and Emigration to improve document management systems. The Front-End image and application electronic technology is a significant milestone in a series of efforts to make migration safer under the IOM – Government of Sri Lanka Technical Cooperation on Migration (TCM) framework. It does so by introducing electronic document management systems and photo matching technology (Front Desk digital scanning of image matching End Desk document processing product) therefore reducing the space for fraudulent activities in the passport issuance service chain.

Conversion craze vs. Anti-Conversion Bill

By Janaka Perera

For the past several years the Catholic Bishops Conference and other Christian organizations have been resisting the introduction of legal measures to prevent proselytizing and unethical conversions. With the presentation of the Anti-Conversion Bill in Parliament by the Jaathika Hela Urumaya on January 6, the issue has surfaced again. Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera has requested for two debates on the Bill since in his view "it affects all religions, various organizations, political parties and specially the religious harmony in the country."

EU Heads of Mission in Colombo urges for a political solution

European Union Heads of Mission in Colombo have called for a sustainable and equitable peace in Sri Lanka. EU Heads of Mission have called upon all parties to work vigorously towards a political solution which addresses the legitimate concerns of all communities in Sri Lanka. "Only this will provide a foundation on which the people of Sri Lanka can live in peace and prosperity." The EU Heads of Mission have also strongly condemn the repeated attacks on and intimidation of the media that have occurred over recent months, including the armed attack on the MTV TV-station and the brutal assassination of the Sunday Leader’s Chief Editor, and urge the Sri Lankan authorities to take all necessary steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.

What if LTTE were Hamas & the GOSL were Israel with powerful friends?

By Shenali Waduge

The high cost of international favoritism has been perfectly depicted in the state of chaos that is presently taking place in the State of Palestine, now under siege by Israel forces in almost 2 weeks of air and ground onslaughts that has left over 780 dead, 3500 wounded, 1.5million in darkness, no water, shortage of food and lack of and inaccessibility to proper health care. The powers behind Israel has ensured that even after two weeks the United Nations, the custodian of world peace cannot even agree on a joint statement condemning the actions of Israel.

Come On Prabhakaran-Why This Hypocrisy?

By Darmitha-Kotte

According to all news reports we see & hear, LTTE leader Prabhakaran is the most loyal person in his quest for a "Traditional Homeland" in Sri Lanka and the sole representative of the Tamil People in this country. The understanding people have of such leaders is that they will stick to their guns come hell or high water and lead their followers to freedom. Prabhakaran, the man who through nearly 30 years of terrorist warfare in Sri Lanka, has wreaked untold mayhem in this country ....

Opening of the Treasury bill and Treasury bond Market for Sri Lankan Diaspora and Migrant Workforce

The Government has decided to open the Rupee denominated Treasury bill and Treasury bond market for the Sri Lankan Diaspora and Migrant Workforce with effect from 6th January, 2009. This new initiative was announced in the Central Bank 'Road Map: Monetary and Financial Sector Policies for 2009 and beyond'. Through this scheme, it is expected to widen the investor base, diversify the Government Securities market, make it more convenient for Sri Lankans living abroad to access Government Securities, and to create a more stable Government securities market. This scheme will also provide a safe and highly liquid investment opportunity for Sri Lankans living abroad, while providing them with an attractive return on their investments.

Citing Increasing Attacks, UN Urges Sri Lanka To Ensure Safety For Returnees

The United Nations refugee agency has called on the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure security for civilians in the eastern part of the strife-torn nation, citing a significant increase in the number of killings, abductions and injuries in areas of return, including 24 civilian deaths recorded in November alone in the Batticaloa district. "We're also worried about the negative impact these security incidents may have on the sustainability of the return process," Ron Redmond, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters in Geneva. Most of the more than 200,000 people displaced during fighting between Government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the eastern districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa have returned home over the past two years.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Poland passes away

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Poland has suddenly passed away due to a sudden heart attack. Ministry of Foreign Affairs anounced yesterday that Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Poland Clarence Felician Chinniah has died in Warsaw on 08 January following a cardiac arrest. He was 58 years old at the time of his untimely demise. Ambassador Chinniah, a career Foreign Service officer joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1985, prior to which he had served with distinction as a member of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service since 1977. During this period, he had served as Assistant Government Agent in the Trincomalee District.

Sherry Rehman's futile address to the parliament

By Asif Haroon Raja

After wasting six months the government tardily thought of calling an in-camera briefing of all the parliamentarians in September 2008 to apprise them with the internal security situation which had become alarming. This meeting may still have not taken place had the suicide bombers not started targeting the parliamentarians and hitting targets inside the most protected Red Zone. The real purpose behind the briefings spread over more than a week was not to initiate an open debate and arrive at a consensus action plan but to bulldoze the American tutored theme that it is not American war but our own war.

Many Promotional Activities Scheduled for Sri Lanka Tourism

Bernard Goonetilleke Bernard Goonetilleke explained measures the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, have taken to cushon off the adverse effects of the global economic meltdown to make Sri Lanka continues remain internationally a much sought ourist destination in Asia. He also said in an interview that the Tourism Bureau has decided to promote not only tourism internationally but also to promote domestic tourism in the country. Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, discussed at length, the development activities planned for the tourism sector, in the New Year.