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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 824


Lanka opposition Tamil MP Maheswaran shot dead

The former Sri Lankan Tamil cabinet minister and opposition UNP MP T.Maheshwaran was shot dead this morning in the capital city of Colombo. He was shot near Sri Ponnambala Vaneswara Hindu Temple in Kotahena, and died upon admission to the Colombo General Hospital. Six persons were injured. Mr. Maheshwaran's bodyguard too died in the incident.

Unkown gunman kills Tamil Parliammentarian T. Maheshwaran

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

UNP parliamentarian T.Maheshwaran was killed due to a shooting held at a Hindu Temple , Kotahena this morning.

LTTE ordered several INGOs to leave Vanni

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Reports reaching Colombo reveals that LTTE has ordered some of INGO"s located on Kilinochi and Mulathivu to vacate. It is said that LTTE believes that vital information's are leaked to Sri Lanka Air Force by INGO"s located in Kilinochi. Intelligence reports and information provided by civilians in the area confirm that the misery brought upon the Tamil community by the LTTE living in the Visvamadhu area in Wanni has made them physically retaliate against them.

Second Construction Trade Mission will visit Qatar in Feb 2008

By Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka (CCI) will facilitate the visit of the second trade mission to the State of Qatar during the second week of February 2008 consequent to the satisfactory results in terms of Business Leads acquired by members of the delegation who visited Qatar during the period 2nd to 5th November 2007 and in view of the prevailing high demand for professional services and contracting capacities from Sri Lanka. Since CCI has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Qatar Chamber of Proposed Commerce and Industry mission will seek the collaboration of the Qatar Chamber.

APRC turned down the constitutional proposal submitted by EPDP

Prof. T. Vitarana, Chairman, All Party Representative Committee, has turned down the interim solution presented by Minister and Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party. On 24 September, Minister Doglas Devananda presented a memorandum submitted by the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), on the document submitted by the then government to the Parliamentary Select Committee on constitutional reform dated 14th October 1997, to the APRC Committee for necessary perusal and adoption. In a statement released yesterday by the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) informed “The APRC discussed a proposal regarding the implementation of an interim solution to the situation in the North and East presented by the EPDP leader, Douglas Devananda, at its meeting on 17th December 2007."

Issue of granting citizenship to 28,500 Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu to be completed soon – R.Chandrasekaran MP

Ramalinggham ChandrasekeranA consensus is expected to be reached during the next Parliamentary Select Committee meeting schedule for January 2008, on the issue of granting citizenship to persons who are in the refugee camps for Sri Lankans in Tamil Nadu, South India. Reports revealed that in the refugee camps for Sri Lankans, situated in Tamil Nadu, there are at present nearly 28,500 persons, who though entitled to their Sri Lankan citizenship, have not so far been granted such status. Ramalinggham Chandrasekeran, Deputy Chairman of Committees and Member of Parliament representing Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna, when talking to Asian Tribune, expressed confidence that Act, No. 35 of 2003 would be amended in order to grant Sri Lankan citizenship to persons who are in refugee camps, for Sri Lankans in Tamil Nadu and to provide other facilities to them soon.

Tigers showcase for public viewing the bombed Voice of Tiger building

As another propaganda ploy, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has begun showcasing bombed and damaged buildings for public viewing in Vanni. Without destruction there is no benefit. Those who have willpower to convert the destruction into benefit only would emerge victorious said V.Balakumar, a top leader of the Tiger hierarchy. Voice of Tigers Radio building located in Kilinochchi, which was hit by Sri Lanka Air Force aerial bombing on 27 November and severely damaged has been opened up for public viewing on Saturday.

Gas Cylinder prices to be upped in the new year

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A leading gas distributor - Shell Gas Lanka Limited says the price of gas has to be increased due to the unprecedented rise of LP Gas prices in the world market. Gas prices in the global market increased by 30 percent during the period of September to November this year. The price of 12.5-kilogram domestic Shell Gas cylinder will be 1,488 rupees in Colombo with effect from midnight on the 1st of January.

Sri Lanka’s United National Party reveals its Position on National Issues: To Asian Tribune: “We are for Maximum Devolution”

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has dropped the label “federalism” but supports maximum devolution of power to the periphery. The party is reluctant to identify a unit of devolution. The party has its doubt whether the Rajapaksa administration broke the back bone of the Tamil Tigers in recent military offensives. The UNP believes that problems faced by the Sinhalese villages are a result of the unresolved National Question and that is why, the visiting party stalwarts say, the plight of the Sinhalese is not taken much seriously by the international community. The General Secretary of the UNP parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake and Assistant Secretary of the party Dr. Jayalath Jayawadana met with "Asian Tribune" in Las Vegas, Nevada to engage in a dialogue about pressing national issues facing Sri Lanka and to express the stand their party has adopted on many pressing problems in their South Asian nation.

Anandasangaree condemns the slaying of Benazir Bhutto

The Tamil United Front has expressed its strongest condemnation on the brutal assassination of Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan. In a statement released to the press, V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Front said, “The Tamil United Liberation Front very strongly condemns the brutal assassination of Madam Banazir Bhutto. The hopes of the people of Pakistan to return to democracy have been shattered.” He added that there are a few blood thirsty men in every country who want to keep their people under their subjugation without any justification.

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