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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1090

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One Third of Sri Lanka will go under Water once India completes Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

Sethusamuthram ship canal projectOne third of Sri Lanka is to go under water once India completes cutting the Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project. So far Sri Lankan Government has not protested to India for making arrangements to cut this Ship Canal Project, a catastrophic land subsidence program which would immerse one third of Sri Lanka under water? The geological survey reveals that dredging the floor bed of the Gulf of Mannar, there is a grave danger of land subsidence and likelihood of sea overcoming several islands belonging to Sri Lanka in the western coast and Jaffna peninsula along with several areas in the Western portion of the mainland up to Anuradhapura getting inundated and gradually sinking into the ocean in the future.

Sri Lanka Tamil man left with his hand hanging from his arm exposing the bone – A London Court Told

By Walter Jayawardhana

A Sri Lankan Tamil man was left with his hand hanging from his arm exposing the bone in a Tamil Gang attack that ravaged London Streets two years ago , the city’s Old Bailey courts was told in a criminal case heard last week. The Tamil from Jaffna, in a short period later was to take part in a local cricket match, was left profusely bleeding with his hand nearly severed from his arm but still hanging, cut by a razor sharp Samurai sword by another Tamil man in one of the worst gang warfare that ever took place on London streets, the jury was told.

Anura no more

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Anura BandaranaikeParliamentarian Anura Solomon Dias Bandaranaike passed away a short while ago after a prolonged illeness. He died of heart attack on Sunday. His body is still laying at his Colombo's residence [Visumpaya ].Meanwhile President Mahindha Rajapaksha has instructed his officials to make arrangements for late Parliamentarian's final rites.He was former Parliament Speaker and the younger brother of Sri Lanka's former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Anura Priyadarshi Solomon Dias Bandaranaike (born February 15, 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician, last served as the minister of national heritage in the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Anura Bandaranayaka passed away

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

AnuraAnura Bandaranayaka passed away a shortwhile ago at his Colombo residence.

Crackdown on Tibet Protests Merits Independent UN Probe – Amnesty International says

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Chinese authorities should allow an independent U.N. investigation into the situation in Tibet, particularly the sealing off of the region in recent days and the long-term restrictions on human rights monitoring, said Amnesty International (AI), adding that the situation demands attention by the Human Rights Council at its current session. A U.S. spokesperson for the organization also called on President Bush to speak forcefully on the issue.

Did LTTE Misled the State Department: Latest Country Report Hard to Comprehend ?

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Good friends are different from covert enemies in that friends help each other to stay away from danger by giving prior advises. I know that US State Department had been a good friend of Sri Lanka. I am a loss to comprehend why State department's latest report sounded so different. When I saw the State Department country report on Sri Lanka, I was socked and scared to believe my suspicion that this great institute may have been misled by terrorists to achieve several heinous objectives. I hope that LTTE's vicious propaganda to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka has not succeeded ultimately. They often worked in devious ways. Maybe a lot of Sri Lankans do not know that the US Department of State is a silent but genuine friend of Sri Lanka.

Respect the political aspirations of our people - TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

It is the duty of those believes in Democracy to respect the political aspirations of our people - TMVP Leader Pillaiyan. Eastern people hitherto without proper Leadership and now they have spoken clearly and everyone should respect that decision: urges TMVP Leader S. Chantirakanthan alias Pillaiyan. “Our people have very clearly expressed their deep-felt aspirations in the recent elections for the nine Local Government bodies. These were the very people languishing for several decades without proper political leadership, but they have now chosen their political leadership by making use of this electoral opportunity. “Therefore it is the bounden duty of those who believe in democracy to come forward and support the reasonable aspirations of our people said Pillaiyan, Leader of the TMVP in a statement issued today.

Sri Lanka misses opportunity to establish firm economic base

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Prof A D V de S Indraratne, President, Sri Lanka Economic Association was the guest speaker as the Key Person at the monthly forum for Public-private Policy Dialogue of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and it was held at Trans Asia Hotel. Prof Indraratne spoke on “The Economy: Opportunities and Challenges and Outlook for 2008 and Beyond.

Urgent Need to Protect Tropical Forests as Strategy for Preservation of Global Climate: Dr. Palitha Kohona

Dr. Palith KohonaDr. Palith Kohona Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressing a major major discussion on climate changed stressed the need for immediate action. He pointed out that Sri Lanka had proposed a number of initiatives to the world, particularly during the Climate Change Convention in Bali. He said that we proposed that the developed world owes a carbon debt to those countries of the world that have not progressed at the expense of the environment and which are today carbon neutral or carbon negative.

United States Becomes a Life Line to Sri Lanka’s Separatist LTTE, Charges Sri Lanka Government

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Government of Sri Lanka has made a serious charge against the United States saying that the latter is throwing a life line to separatist Tamil Tigers “at a time when it is struggling to maintain its position both militarily on the (domestic) ground and internationally.” This is a serious charge by Sri Lanka when the U.S. was one of the first countries ten years ago to designate the LTTE a ‘Foreign Terrorist Organization’. Reacting to the U.S. 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices on Sri Lanka in which the U.S. brought a near impeachment on this South Asian nation’s human rights practices, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a scathing attack on the U.S. motives using “a litany of unsubstantiated allegations, innuendos and vituperative exaggerations” in the State Department released report on Sri Lanka’s human rights practices.

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