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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1013

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Another LTTE Stunt Suffered Colossal Fiasco in Australian

From an Asian Tribune Reader in Australia

Wearing red T-shirts, a miniscule protest group of brain-washed Eelam sycophants displaying maps that deceived the world that the Eastern province was still controlled by LTTE were escorted out of the Manuka Oval grounds in Australia. Crest-fallen and disgustingly out of touch with the inhuman activities of their terrorist renegades now escaping from their Wanni hideouts cum-shattered bunkers destroyed by the Sri Lankan air force jets, they did a hasty retreat being ridiculed by the cricket loving Australian crowds. Their attempt to be the voice of humanity could not hide the shame of the pitiful Tiger cadres hiding in Wanni jungles awaiting the illusive Elam.

Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu open up bank accounts in the Bank of Ceylon branch

Reports revealed that history was made when 15 Sri Lankan refugees living in Tamil Nadu opened bank accounts at the Bank of Ceylon branch in Chennai on 25th February 2008. Apart from encouraging savings and protecting the earnings of the refugees who are either employed or working with Self Help Groups (SHG), the focus was also to explore options of transferring their savings to Sri Lanka with minimum inconvenience and financial implications to the refugees when they eventually return to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu and the Government of Sri Lanka share a unique relationship with each other which has resulted in the fruitful efforts in the past which have been mutually fulfilling and rewarding.

ICC-SCCI Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation for Custom and Business Community

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

International Chamber of Commerce and SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry organizes Regional Workshop on Trade Facilitation and Challenges for Custom and Business Community in Colombo on May 8 & 9, 2008, on the theme “Why Must SAARC Provide Trade Facilitation”. “Make SAARC an attractive regional hub for investment / business". International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is the world business organization located in Paris, France, the only representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world on trade. ICC promotes open international trade and investment system and market economy. ICC was founded in 1919 in Europe by a group of farsighted business leaders who called themselves “the merchants of peace” Its objective was to promote free trade among countries.

Burma – New report details deprivation and abuse facing Burmese refugees in Malaysia

Burmese refugees in Malaysia are living in "severe and desperate poverty and deprivation", and face exploitation, abuse and "the widespread risk of arrest, detention, severe mistreatment including caning, and subsequent deportation by the Malaysian authorities", according to a new report released by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today. CSW representatives returned last week from a fact-finding visit to Malaysia and the Thailand-Burma border with first-hand testimonies of forced labor, rape, torture, land confiscation and religious persecution. The delegation met Burmese refugees from several ethnic groups in Malaysia, and visited Internally Displaced People inside Burma and Karen refugees in Thailand. CSW interviewed Kachin civil society groups and Burmese Buddhist monks who had fled the regime’s crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September last year. The delegation also met with Padoh Mahn Sha Hla Phan, General Secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), three days before he was assassinated by gunmen believed to be acting under orders from Burma’s military regime.

Terrorism is the biggest challenge - Mahinda Rajapakse

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

President Mahinda Rajapakse says biggest challenge faced by the Trade Union movement in present days is terrorism. Terrorists have hindered the blooming of trade union leaders in areas controlled by them. The president stressed that it is the responsibility of trade unions to join forces against terrorism. He made this observation at a felicitation ceremony held at the presidential secretariat yesterday to honor ten trade unionists involved in the trade union movement Sri Lanka. Speaking further, President Rajapakse said that the present government has ensured the rights of workers. It has never harassed workers under the shield of emergency regulations.

"Ranaviru Sandyawa," in LA: A Grand Success and All Objectives Achieved

Dr. Mohan Kumararatne president of the Rnaviru Foundation USA thanked the Sri Lankan expatriate community for making the “Ranaviru Sandyawa” a cultural performance by the Sri Lanka Defense Forces Cultural Troupe held on February 16, 2008 at the Bovard Auditorium of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles a grand success. Dr. Kumararatne added that the show exceeded all expectations and achieved its objectives. The dances, drum performances and vocals were of a very high quality and perfectly executed. The interview of Warrant Officer Upali, a disabled war hero, was especially emotional and brought tears to the audience. The skit by Bhadraji was a perfect introduction to WO Upali. The elegant Bovard Auditorium was tastefully decorated, with a military theme being the background.

Phoenix Ogilvy Sri Lanka Tourism media partner

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has selected Phoenix Ogilvy as its communications partner to promote Sri Lanka Tourism. Six advertising agencies have participated in the competition to win the communication partnership. The evaluation process entailed analysis of both, technical and financial proposals by a committee consisting of a group of senior marketing and financial experts.

One more attempt in London to raise funds for banned LTTE

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam activists who are licking their wounds following their great failure of the "Mega Star show" that became a flop at London’s Alexandra Palace few weeks ago are organizing a smaller show this time, to raise money for Velupillai Prabhakaran’s tottering army in the Wanni jungles of Sri Lanka. Backed by the same activists, the new show baptized as 'Ilam Kaatru' (or Wind of Eelam) is to be staged in The Great Hall in Hatch End in the London suburb of Harrow by the other front of the LTTE , the Tamil Youth Organization (TYO),organizers said. The former show was organized by the LTTE’s purpoted charity, White Dove.

Sri Lanka Confident of UN Sanctions Against LTTE

The Sri Lanka government is confident that the Security Council will eventually impose targeted sanctions on the LTTE, Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona told Asian Tribune. He admitted it is not easy to impose sanctions on such a shadowy group as the LTTE and its leadership. As an example, he cited the bans and sanctions imposed by the US, Canada and the European Union. "But the LTTE and its front organizations still operate with impunity," said Kohona, who was in New York last week to meet with several senior UN officials. Kohona, the former chief of the UN Treaty Section and a onetime Australian diplomat, said: "We are confident that the Security Council will adopt a practical way to impose sanctions on the LTTE, including restrictions on fund-raising and money transfers."

Sri Lanka – Russia Business Council

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Fifth AGM of the Sri Lanka – Russia Business Council (SLRBC) was held at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce with Alexey Shebarshin, Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka as Chief Guest. SLRBC functions under the aegis of CCC with the objective of promoting trade, investment, joint ventures, services and tourism between the two countries. At the AGM the following office bearers were elected for the year 2007/2008: President -.Nimal Cooke (Maharajah Org.); Vice Presidents: Mohammed Shabbir (Delta Shipping); W. P Hapuarachchi (George Steuart)

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