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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1131


Visa rejected to pro-Tiger activist Pala Nedumaran to enter United Kingdom

NedumaranLTTE Terrorist Campaigner and President of the World Tamil Movement Pala Nedumaran's visa to enter into the United Kingdom have been rejected by the UK Home Office. Nedumaran was due to arrive in London on 28th March 2008 in order to give a speech at the Muthu Mari Amman Temple in Tooting London, run by the Siva Yogam Trust which was investigated by the UK's Charity Commission and Scotland Yards Anti-Terrorism branch recently over its links with the LTTE.

India Must Stop LTTE's Sinister Attempt to Threaten Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity of Sri Lanka

LTTE in the Eyes of Tamil NaduLetting the disruptive pro-LTTE forces in Tamil Nadu get away with impunity the outrageous acts against the existing Indo-Lanka friendship and cordial relations has been disappointing for citizens of both countries. It will sow the seeds of dissent that will ultimately threaten the territorial integrity even of India, according to most observers who are shocked beyond belief that the Indian central government and Tamil Nadu government have not reprimanded Dr. S.Ramadoss, Thol. Thirumavalavan and others who were involved threatening the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai from functioning peacefully.

Opportunities open for Sri Lankan student fashion designers to compete in international fashion designing

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Fashion and design students from more than 26 countries around the world including Sri Lanka will compete in the first ever “Triumph Inspiration Award” (TIA). The Award challenges students from prestigious international design schools to create a conceptual showpiece set, comprising an under-wired bra and brief, dedicated to a special design motto ‘Female Fascination’ in its inaugural year.

World Bank approved USD 65. 33 million to Sri Lanka to fortify aging dams and to manage water resources

By Walter Jayawardhana

The World Bank has announced that it has approved US Dollars 65.33 million for Sri Lanka to ensure public safety from the risk of ageing water dams and to manage its water resources. The money will be spent for the island nation’s dam safety and water resources planning projects, the World Bank said. The money is projected to be spent to improve the operational efficiency of 80 dams of which extraordinary attention will be paid to 32 dams classified as at high risk, the World Bank said.

Burma: UK Government backs universal arms embargo

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) welcomed the British Government’s decision to support a UN arms embargo on Burma. On 25 March the Foreign Office Minister Meg Munn MP, in response to a question in the House of Commons, said: “We are concerned about the lack of progress [in Burma] and, indeed, in some respects, matters have gone backwards. We would certainly consider pushing for the issue to be discussed further at the UN, and we would support a UN call for an arms embargo.” In a report following a visit to the Thai-Burmese border last month, CSW called for a universal arms embargo to be introduced at the UN Security Council. The European Union currently has a ban on arms sales to Burma, but there is no universal embargo in place.

World Needs a Global Culture of Human Rights"

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As the United Nations commemorates the 60th anniversary of its landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights this year, the Tokyo-based Soka Gakkai International (SGI) has called for an international conference on human rights education. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) with over 12 million members in some 190 countries, SGI says the proposed conference should be centred on civil society groups. SGI President Daisaku Ikeda admits that traditionally human rights issues have been -- and should be --addressed primarily by governments. "But efforts cannot stop there," he said.

United States Opposes New Pakistani Government Opening Talks with Terrorists

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

United States Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte, Bush Administration’s second highest diplomat, expressed to the new Pakistani government that just came aboard, the U.S. displeasure of its expressed policy to establish a dialogue with terrorists operating on Pakistani soil. Negroponte made this U.S. opposition to talks with terrorists when he addressed a press conference speaking to reporters in Karachi at the end on his three-day visit to Pakistan Thursday, March 27. He was accompanied by Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia.

US Elections: The Race Card, Alive and Kicking

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for Asian Tribune

Race peddlers are dime a dozen during election season. All it took were comments from a pastor, and hell broke loose. Pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the one who baptized Barrack Obama’s children and whose church in Chicago became the center of racial gravity caused a month of unstoppable racial vitriol in the US. It is now the central issue in the campaign. Obama’s analysis of race in America, repeated over a million times on TV channels, blog sites and newspapers, helped a little to tone down the rhetoric. It is still raging as I write. This is what most people were hoping that things will not come down to.

Human rights a key issue in Swedish foreign policy

Swedish Government prioritizes human rights in foreign policy, in its capacity as a member of the European Union and the UN, in Nordic consultations and as an individual country. That was the message of the Minister for International Development Cooperation Gunilla Carlsson today at a press conference where the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' reports on human rights in 197 countries was made public. "Human rights are indivisible and universal. This year we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and I want to underline the importance that the Government attaches to a coherent policy for freedom and against oppression," says Gunilla Carlsson.

Film Director Thushara Peiris starts a fast unto death demanding back his robbed ‘Prabakaran’

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lankan film director Thushara Peiris , who has been brutally attacked by pro-Tamil Tiger elements at Chennai’s Gemini Colour Laboratories and stripped of copies of his new film “Prabhakaran” which he processed at the studios said from a hospital bed in Colombo that he is starting a “fast unto death” 'sathyagraha' from his sick bed demanding the Indian and Sri Lankan governments to intervene in getting back his robbed copies of the film. “I have stopped taking food, water and medicine until the Indian and Sri Lanka governments intervenes and get back my copies of the film,” he said from a bed of Colombo’s Nawaloka Hospital where he was admitted for treatment caused in the mob attack in Chennai.

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