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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 830

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Issue of granting citizenship to 28,500 Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu to be completed soon – R.Chandrasekaran MP

Ramalinggham ChandrasekeranA consensus is expected to be reached during the next Parliamentary Select Committee meeting schedule for January 2008, on the issue of granting citizenship to persons who are in the refugee camps for Sri Lankans in Tamil Nadu, South India. Reports revealed that in the refugee camps for Sri Lankans, situated in Tamil Nadu, there are at present nearly 28,500 persons, who though entitled to their Sri Lankan citizenship, have not so far been granted such status. Ramalinggham Chandrasekeran, Deputy Chairman of Committees and Member of Parliament representing Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna, when talking to Asian Tribune, expressed confidence that Act, No. 35 of 2003 would be amended in order to grant Sri Lankan citizenship to persons who are in refugee camps, for Sri Lankans in Tamil Nadu and to provide other facilities to them soon.

Tigers showcase for public viewing the bombed Voice of Tiger building

As another propaganda ploy, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has begun showcasing bombed and damaged buildings for public viewing in Vanni. Without destruction there is no benefit. Those who have willpower to convert the destruction into benefit only would emerge victorious said V.Balakumar, a top leader of the Tiger hierarchy. Voice of Tigers Radio building located in Kilinochchi, which was hit by Sri Lanka Air Force aerial bombing on 27 November and severely damaged has been opened up for public viewing on Saturday.

Gas Cylinder prices to be upped in the new year

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A leading gas distributor - Shell Gas Lanka Limited says the price of gas has to be increased due to the unprecedented rise of LP Gas prices in the world market. Gas prices in the global market increased by 30 percent during the period of September to November this year. The price of 12.5-kilogram domestic Shell Gas cylinder will be 1,488 rupees in Colombo with effect from midnight on the 1st of January.

Sri Lanka’s United National Party reveals its Position on National Issues: To Asian Tribune: “We are for Maximum Devolution”

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s main opposition United National Party (UNP) has dropped the label “federalism” but supports maximum devolution of power to the periphery. The party is reluctant to identify a unit of devolution. The party has its doubt whether the Rajapaksa administration broke the back bone of the Tamil Tigers in recent military offensives. The UNP believes that problems faced by the Sinhalese villages are a result of the unresolved National Question and that is why, the visiting party stalwarts say, the plight of the Sinhalese is not taken much seriously by the international community. The General Secretary of the UNP parliamentarian Tissa Attanayake and Assistant Secretary of the party Dr. Jayalath Jayawadana met with "Asian Tribune" in Las Vegas, Nevada to engage in a dialogue about pressing national issues facing Sri Lanka and to express the stand their party has adopted on many pressing problems in their South Asian nation.

Anandasangaree condemns the slaying of Benazir Bhutto

The Tamil United Front has expressed its strongest condemnation on the brutal assassination of Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan. In a statement released to the press, V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Front said, “The Tamil United Liberation Front very strongly condemns the brutal assassination of Madam Banazir Bhutto. The hopes of the people of Pakistan to return to democracy have been shattered.” He added that there are a few blood thirsty men in every country who want to keep their people under their subjugation without any justification.

Like father Bhutto Benazir too was removed by hidden hands opposed to Pakistan – Dr. Qadri

Chairman PAT Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri says his heart is filled with grief and sorrow over the brutal murder of PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto. May Allah bless her with forgiveness and peace. Expressing solidarity with the family members of the late Benazir Bhutto, PPP workers, leaders and the nation at large, Dr Qadri strongly condemned her assassination saying: It is the murder of democracy and political freedom and a heinous conspiracy and a dangerous maneuver of hidden hands to dismember Pakistan. Paying tributes to the dynamic leadership of Banazir Bhutto Dr Qadri called her a gallant daughter of a dauntless father whom the unforeseen forces have removed from the scene. She was a political leader of high stature. Dr Qadri was addressing a press conference at Lahore Press Club telephonically from Canada. Nazim-e-Aala MQI Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi, Naib Nazim-e-Aala Shaikh Zahid Fayyaz, Anwar Akhtar Advocate, GM Malik and Director Media MQI Dr Shahid Mahmud were also present on the occasion.

Mano Ganesan is not fleeing but leaving the country for a brief period

Mano Ganesan Mano Ganesan says that he will be leaving the country soon briefly until his security situation is sorted out. Leaving the country does not mean fleeing the country as reported by some media he pointed out. He said, “According to the decision of the politburo of the Western People’s Front, I have decided to leave the country temporarily due to the prevailing security situation. Specifically due to the life threat I am faced with.” Earlier, when Nadarajah Raviraj, TNA parliamentarian and a co-founder of the Civil Monitoring Mission was shot and killed on 10 November 2006, Mano Ganeshan went overseas, somewhere by 20 November 2006, to Tamil Nadu, India, for a brief spell, after receiving intense death threats. He returned back after his security was enhanced.

Sri Lanka: Two legged human species in Foreign Mail Parcel section relieve of valuables sent from abroad

Foreign Mail Parcels Office located in the Darley Road, in Fort, Colombo is a world by itself. There are two legged human cats and rats all over the place, relieving valuables and eatables such as candies, biscuits, cakes etc., in the parcels sent by relatives and friends from abroad to their loved ones in Sri Lanka - abominable species that carry on despicable acts of squalidness. Whenever someone from abroad sends a parcel either by air or sea mail, it goes to Foreign Parcel section of the General Post Office, manned by the officers of the Department of Customs.

Bush Administration Destined to Go out Not with a Bang but a Whimper

Sunday Discourse - by Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Bush administration is heading into its final year not with a bang but a whimper as events in Pakistan clearly make his presidency a geographic divide. His deviousness in inventing a rationale for going to war in Iraq will stand out as an eye sore. One saving grace: he was not presumptuous enough to mould American foreign policy like Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan. He brought a new slant deemed the 9/11 international drift. Nations fighting terrorism may have benefited from that outlook, as Bush never hesitated to call a terrorist by any other name unlike the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton who is dividing terrorist into good and bad ones. Bush presidency transformed the American electorate by creating an unmitigated Republican majority from 2002 to 2006. That majority has evaporated and Republicans are now distancing themselves from their president.

US Aid and Hellenic Aid Join Together to Help Tsunami-Affected Trincomalee

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and HELLENIC AID, the Development Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece, have recently agreed to jointly undertake the reconstruction of the Anuradhapura Junction Market in the tsunami- and conflict-affected eastern seaport of Trincomalee. The joint $700,000 project will see the former market rebuilt and expanded, while also providing training to vendors and local authorities on market management and maintenance and hygiene promotion. Construction has already begun and should be completed by next spring.

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