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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1070

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Government to crack down on those responsible for attacking state TV employees

Sri Lanka Government has yesterday vowed to crack down on those mysterious assailants attacking the employees of the Rupavahini Corporation, the Government owned television. The Government expressed its grave concern about the recent repeated brutal attacks directed at the employees of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed to take speedy action and bring to book those responsible for attacks on employees of Rupavahini. Also President has called for a plan of action to protect them.

Enforced Disappearances in the United States: Amnesty International Reveals ‘chilling’ new case

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Human rights violations, torture, disappearances, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorist prisoners and enemy combatants are dominating the Washington atmosphere these days. Last week ended with President Bush vetoing an intelligence bill sent by the Congress because it contained prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of terrorist prisoners such as waterboarding. The Congress wanted the U.S. administration to adhere to the U.S. Miltary Manual on interrogation to which the Bush administration refused.

STF guardst SLRC: staff stops live programmes

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Anurasiri Hettige, an employee of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation [SLRC] was asssulated by an unknown thugs using an iron rod this morning. The victim was admitted to the Colombo National hospital. Our sources said the Special Task Force (STF) has been deployed to Rupavahini to provide security as some staff members boycotted work in protest over the continuing assault on employees of the state television.

United States Practices Torture to Combat Terrorism - While Accusing Sri Lanka of the practice in 2007 Human Rights Report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

United States President George W. Bush vetoed legislation last week sent by the Congress on intelligence funding because the bill specifically confined interrogation methods to be limited to techniques outlined in the US military manual. That would have excluded waterboarding, a method of simulated drowning widely seen as a form of torture. The Bush administration has repeatedly refused to declare waterboarding a form of torture. In vetoing the bill March 8, Bush called hardcore interrogation methods "one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror," and praised them for preventing another attack on the United States, such as those on September 11, 2001.

TMVP Leader Castigates US State Department and Opposition Leader for Portraying Them As an Armed Group

Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias PillaiyanBy K.T.Rajasingham

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal leader Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan, denounced as completely false the reports by the US State Department as well as Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, that they are an armed group, involved in child conscription. He said, “Today we are a recognized political Party” He added, “Please note that we entered the democratic mainstream of politics because we wanted to work with the people and for the people. We are no lovers of lethal weapons. We are not war mongers. But we are compelled to hold on to some arms to safeguard us.” He emphasized, “We are afraid that we will not be in a position to give up our arms as long as LTTE hold on to their arms. Do those who berate about us wanted us to be sacrificial lambs? A soft target of the LTTE?”

Business Delegation from Jilin Province, China

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A strong business delegation from the Department of Commerce - Jilin Province is scheduled to visit Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). The two parties are supposed to discuss business promotions between the two countries’ bilateral trade and other pertinent trade matters. The business delegation from Dept of Commerce, Jilin Province, China would include:Cheng Ke, Xu Dechen, Wang Ying, Zhu Yujie, Feng Tiejun, Pang Haoran and from Aidier Co., Ltd, China: Zhang Jianhua, Cao Yinan and Guan Dawei.

Sri Lanka President reassures that the democratic rights are granted to the people in the East

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

President Mahinda Rajapakse reassures that the democratic rights granted to the people in the east will be granted to the people in the north as well. He noted that after the eastern province was liberated from the LTTE certain groups were of the view that an election cannot be held in the east. The President observed that with the successful completion of the Batticaloa district local government election it has been proven that the east has been truly liberated.

FCISL organizes seminars

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Department of Human Resources Development and Industrial Relations has organized three seminars on such topics as: Termination of Employment ( Disciplinary and Non-Disciplinary); Employment of Women and Children and Leadership and Teamwork. The course content of the seminar on Termination of Employment would include: Non-disciplinary termination, disciplinary terminations, vacation of post, frustration of contract and constructive termination and termination of probationary contract.

U.S. Ability to Lead Protection of Human Rights Hampered by Own Human Rights Record and Policies, says Human Rights First

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Reacting to the United States Department of State March 11 released Annual 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in 190 countries America’s foremost rights organization ‘Human Rights First’ says that the U.S. ability to lead the protection of human rights in other countries has greatly hampered because of its own checkered human rights practices, records and policies. Human Rights First was founded in 1978 as the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights to promote laws and policies that advance universal rights and freedoms.

Malaysian Government Concerned about Non-reciprocity by Sri Lanka in Diplomatic Affairs

Malaysia is dismayed that Sri Lanka has not thought it fit to have a full-fledged diplomat appointed as High Commissioner there even though Malaysia has done so for years. For the last one and half years Shanika Dissanayaka, Charge d' Affaires has acted as High Commissioner. She is a relatively a junior career diplomat and her role in a multi-racial country like Malaysia, which is one of the leading economic Tigers of Asia, was considered not only an affront to Malaysia, but also a disadvantage to Sri Lanka. Malaysia has expressed its concern over Sri Lanka’s failure to take lively interest and be diplomatically active in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is one of the topmost South East Asian countries and it is actively involved with Sri Lanka in numerous diplomatic, investment and trade related activities.

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