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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 725

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The Sunday Leader printing press burned

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The printing press of the Leader Publication was destroyed early Wednesday by an armed gang who stormed the building on the outskirts of Colombo and set the machines on fire, police said. At least 12 masked men carrying T-56 automatic weapons threatened the staff at the building located in Ratmalana and set it on fire. "The printing press is located within a high-security zone adjoining an Air Force airport, and this raises the question how could the attackers escape without being detected," said the managing director of the group, Lal Wickrematunga.

We will vote against the third reading of the budget unless.........---- Somawansa Amarasinghe

Highligting corruption and mismanagement as the main causes for the JVP's decision to vote against the budget Somawansa Amarasinghe, leader of the JVP, told the Asian Tribune that the government can;t defeat the LTTE with rampant corruption. He told “As far as the budget is concerned the 'first part of the drama is over.' These words are not mine. These words belong to one of the pro-government national newspaper.” Somawansa Amarasinghe warned “ The final moment of this drama is yet to come. In the scenario that is yet to unfold at the third reading of the budget if six to eight people decide to change their votes then it would be a very sad ending.“

Palestine Protests Biased U.N. Reporting

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations has lodged a formal protest against the continued "misrepresentation" of facts in recent U.N. reports on the Israeli-occupied territories. "There has been a tendency in several reports to portray the prevailing situation (in the occupied territories) as more of a conflict between two equal sides -- the Israeli and Palestinian -- rather than actually one of occupation," says Ambassador Riyad Mansour, in a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Infringing Civil Liberties in the Interest of National Security a Familiar Feature in the United States

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

”Since September 11, President Bush has taken several steps through executive orders and the U.S. Congress has passed laws, notably the NSA warrant-less surveillance program and Military Commission Act of 2006, which infringe on civil liberties in the interest of national security. In addition, U.S. presidents historically have resorted to extra constitutional measures by issuing Signing Statements when enacting laws in an attempt to nullify parts of the legislation passed by the Congress”, says Raza Bokhari, President of the Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee in a statement defending Pakistani President Musharraf’s imposition of emergency measures.

Revolutionary motor insurance by Ceylinco

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

When we introduced the Ceylinco VIP Motor Insurance scheme in 2003 that not only stunned the world of motor insurance but it also revolutionized the motor insurance said Ajith Gunewardena, Chief Executive director, Ceylinco Insurance, while introducing another such revolutionary motor insurance scheme – Ceylinco VIP On The Spot 3 IN ONE at the Hilton Hotel last week. The new 3 IN ONE revolutionary innovative scheme entails the triple benefits viz No Claim Bonus, regardless of any claims; insured value of the vehicle is enhanced by 10 percent every year and in the event of a repair of a vehicle exceeds 30 days, up to two leasing instalments will be paid by Ceylinco Insurance.

22,000 persons have been forced to flee their homes in the past month - reports Sri Lanka –ICRC

A situation report released by Sri Lanka - International Committee of the Red Cross reveals that hostilities between the Sri Lanka Security Forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were concentrated over the past month in the Mannar and Jaffna districts in the north of the country. According to the report the fighting was restricted to the uninhabited area of Muhamalai, south of the Jaffna peninsula and the sparsely populated area of Madhu, to the north-west of Vavuniya. It further adds that as a result, 22,000 persons have been forced to flee their homes since the beginning of September, according to the local authorities who, together with humanitarian organizations, are assisting the displaced.

MTD Malaysia joins Kapila - Walker Sons in Sri Lanka Engineering work

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

At the 21st Annual General Meeting of the Kapila Hevy Equipments PLC held last week at the Trans Asia Hotel resolved to change its name to MDT Walkers Investments PLC. Walker Sons & Co Ltd also a subsidiary of the Kapila Heavy Equipment now MDT Walkers and in the share market the company is a pubic quoted company. Shares were purchased in the share market by a Malaysian Company – MTD Capital BHD and their purchased share component has been 90 percent amounting to Rs 198 million and automatically the controlling shares went to the Malaysian Company.

Budget - 2008: We will vote against even on the third reading – JVP Leader

The leader of JVP Somawansa Amarasinghe says that his party will vote against the Budget even on its third reading scheduled for December 14. "We will maintain the same stand of yesterday's second reading. But we will observe political developments in the next few weeks" Mr. Amarasinghe said speaking to the press today. Yesterday's Budget debate and voting has been one of the most closely watched one ever in the Sri Lanka's 225 members Parliament. Sri Lanka's ruling party managed to pass its crucial vote on the Budget with a majority of 16 votes - 118 votes in favor and 102 votes against.

United States Takes the Lead to Help Bangladesh Emerge from Cyclone Disaster

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Henrietta H. Fore arrives today (November 20) in Bangladesh for a 24-hour visit. During her stay, Fore will observe first-hand the devastation caused by Cyclone Sidr and inspect USAID-funded relief assistance. She will meet with senior government officials to discuss how the United States can continue to assist Bangladesh in this time of need. She will also present an airlift of USAID emergency relief supplies including 300 rolls of plastic sheeting for constructing temporary shelters, 5,000 blankets, 2,500 10-liter water jugs and 2,500 family hygiene kits. The commodities will benefit an estimated 15,000 people. The value of all USAID assistance to date is more than $2.35 million.

Anandasangaree urges Leaders and people of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate against Prabaharan

AnandasangareeIn an emotive appeal V. Anandasangaree has urged the Leaders and the People of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate against Mr. Prabaharan demanding him to cry halt to his meaningless war. He had pointed out that Tamil Nadu not to make a historical blunder by supporting the LTTE. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front told categorically the counter productiveness of the support presently extended by Tamil Nadu and its Leaders to solve the ethnic problem. “Hence I make a strong plea that all concerned parties in Tamil Nadu should forget their differences and work united towards finding a reasonable solution within a United Sri Lanka,” he said.

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