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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1772


Tamil Nadu too in terror fear

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

As more and more bombs are being found – Wednesday's tally was 20 – in Gujarat and blast trail has taken sleuths to Mumbai and its suburbs, terror fear is spreading in Tamil Nadu too. The police have unearthed what they call a plot to target key installations like Anna flyover and DMK headquarters in Chennai and Tirunelveli collectorate on the Independence Day with the recovery of one kg of improvised explosive devices in Madurai and elsewhere. Three persons were arrested.

More than 1200 protesters marched against LTTE Tamil Tigers in Berlin

Now it is the turn of the Sri Lankan diaspora to protest against the reclusive Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran and his terror outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam throughout Europe. The latest successful protest march against the Tamil Tiger terrorists’ atrocities was staged in Berlin, Germany. These type of marches against the Tamil Tigers were something unthinkable a couple of years ago, but today Sri Lankan diaspora in Europe are determined to expose the terrorists atrocities to the world by protesting in all the European capitals. On 26 July, "Sri Lankans against LTTE Terror – Germany", successfully organized a demonstration against the Sri Lankan terrorist group, the LTTE also known as Tamil Tigers.

Resignation of Judge Navanethem Pillay

Judge PillayJudge Navanethem Pillay has resigned from the International Criminal Court (ICC) effective 31 August 2008. In her letter tendering her resignation to the President of the ICC, Judge Philippe Kirsch, Judge Pillay indicated that her appointment by the UN Secretary-General to the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was endorsed and approved by the UN General Assembly on 28 July 2008.

Arthur C. Clarke Center, Web Cast live Solar Eclipse of 01 August

By Leel Pathirana

The Solar Eclipse that takes place on August 1, 2008, will be a total eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.039 that will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia.

Sri Lanka government has taken positive steps to look after media personnel - Anura Priyadarshana Yapa

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Anura Priyadarshana YapaMedia minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa inaugurated the IV SAARC Journalist Summit of the South Asian Free Media Association –SAFMA in Colombo on Wednesday. Around 130 local and foreign Journalists attended the media summit and highlighted grievances on media men in the Asian region and said most of Journalists were killed and harassed by the paramilitary forces and separatists. Speaking at this occasion Sri Lankan Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the government has taken positive steps to look after local media men and already appointed a special committee made up of ministers to look into the complaints of journalists. This is an additional body set up as institutional safeguards against rights violations.

Amirthalingham remembered in Canada

A.AmirthalinghamMr. A. Amithalingam, the great Tamil leader and former opposition leader in Sri Lankan parliament, who was brutally murdered by LTTE, was remembered by the Tamil Community in Toronto. This commemoration meeting was organized by the Canadian Branch of the Tamil United Liberation Front, in Toronto, Canada on 27 July,where all Tamil political parties were in attendance. Mrs. Rajakulasuriyar lit the lamp and inaugurated the function. Mr. M. Nadarajah of TULF chaired the function. He elaborated the noble work of late Mr. Amirthalingam and the strong leadership he gave to the Tamil community. He insisted that TULF or its leadership never, ever believed in violence but showed a clear political path under its late leader Mr. Amirthalingam.

Iran to expedite development projects in Sri Lanka

Ahmadinejad with Bogollagama Iran to expedite the implementations of all development projects it has undertaken in Sri Lanka. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President assured that projects Iran has undertaken in Sri Lanka would be speedily concluded, as a manifestation of Iran's goodwill towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. This assurance was given to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Rohitha Bogollagama, when he called on the Iranian President during his brief visit to Tehran to attend the 15th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Conference.

CPI asks PM Singh to take up Katchateevu issue with Rajapakse during SAARC

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Katchateevu is back in the political discourse of Tamil Nadu. Communist Party of India is the latest to join the striding demand for a reopening of the 1983 pact that recognized the mostly uninhabited island as a part of Sri Lanka. While a section of the Tamil Nadu parties are never really reconciled to the pact, the recent firing incidents the Indian fishermen had been subjected to, and the forth coming visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Colombo to attend the SAARC summit gave a fresh lease of life to the dormant issue. Like Jayalalithaa Jayaram of All India Anna DMK, DMK patriarch and Chief Minister Muthavel Karunanidhi has asked Delhi to take over Katchateevu from Sri Lanka.

End of a Man hunt: Radovan Karadzic landed in The Hague

By Leel Pathirana

Radovan KaradzicAfter spending 13 years as a fugitive following his arrest on 21st July last week Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic was brought to Hague today 30th (Wednesday) to face the charges for the said war crimes including genocide against Bosnian Muslim and Bosnian Croat during the Bosnian War 1992 to 995 as president of the Bosnian Serb republic. Mr. Karadzic was escorted by masked Serbian security officers and taken from the Belgrade war crimes court yesterday a motorcade carrying Mr. Karadzic to the airport left hours after stone-hurling nationalists clashed with the police in central Belgrade at a rally to protest his arrest last week on war crimes charges.

NPA in Oslo fails to substantiate Sri Lanka media allegations of gunrunning in Sudan

By Walter Jayawardhana

Norwegian People’s Aid, in a statement issued in Oslo, Norway said, that the current allegations in the Sri Lanka media that it was involved in arms smuggling in Sudan "has no basis in facts" and called the allegations "contentious reporting." Referring to a Norwegian television documentary that originally alleged the group of taking part in gunrunning for a Sudanese terrorist group that was involved in some of the worst human rights violations in Africa the statement said, "Allegations made in this documentary were proven false shortly after they were first made, and are as groundless today as they were then."

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