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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1585


U.S. Treatment of Apprehended Child Soldiers in Iraq Dismal: Sets Bad Example to Others – HRW & UN

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"The US has been a leader in changing its military deployment policies to keep soldiers out of combat until age 18," said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocate for Human Rights Watch. "However, its treatment of children apprehended on the battlefield sets a bad example for the rest of the world and violates children’s rights." The United States is currently detaining more than 500 Iraqi children as "imperative security risks" in Iraq, where they are subject to interrogations, have no access to lawyers, and sometimes are held for more than a year without charge, in violation of the United States’ own regulations.

Impartial investigation on Jeyaraj killing

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The government pledges to conduct impartial investigation into the assassination of late Minister Jeyeraj Fernandopulle. Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva made this remarks to a statement made by parliamentarian Vijitha Herath in parliament yesterday. The Minister said certain web sites friendly to the LTTE has attempted to justify the killing. JVP MP Vijitha Herath on Thursday raised suspicion over the murder of Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in light of the death of one of the suspects in police custody. The government responded saying that the CID should question Mr. Herath over his allegations.

Hilton Colombo offers 21 scholarships to locals

In their quest to help the local community Hilton Hotel Colombo offers 21 scholarships to the students of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), to further their professional knowledge.William Costley, General Manager, Hilton Colombo at a special function congratulated the selected SLITHM students for their being selected for the scholarships as this is a very special career programme they are imparting. He stressed the value of education and experience in a field that is all about pleasing people.

Three special teams conduct extensive investigations on Friday bomb blast

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

DIG C.D. Wickremaratne says three special teams are conducting extensive investigations on Friday bomb blast in Katubedda. Police media spokesman and senior SP Ranjith Gunasekera says a high powered claymore bomb was found hidden in Dehiwela. A micro pistol and bullets were also found. Initially investigations have revealed that a claymore bomb weighing five kilos was blasted using a remote controller.

Financial management mess in CEB

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

An electricity consumer telephoned me the other day and in a threatening mood told me that there were five electricity power failures so far on that day and each time power goes he incurs a loss of Rs 35,000. This was what Udayasiri Kariyawasam, Chairman, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), revealed when he delivered the Keynote address at the 4th Key Persons Forum organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and the Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED). SMED is the SME arm of the FCCISL which was established by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung in 1989. The Forum was held at Trans Asia Hotel Colombo.

Government decided to provide more relief to flood victims

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Minister Rishad Badiudeen says steps have been taken to provide more relief to those affected by floods. He said the Government has set aside 50 million rupees to grant immediate flood relief work in the affected districts. Twenty deaths have been reported so far with some person missing. A total of 91,976 families and over 400,000 people have been rendered homeless. The displaced persons have been housed in 116 welfare camps.

AIT in Thailand to offer ‘Unified International Bachelor-Master’s Degree Program’ with Indian universities

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), together with two of India’s leading universities, has launched a five-year unified international Bachelor’s – Master’s Degree Program that provides a fast-track way for students to complete an undergraduate degree in India, followed by a postgraduate master’s degree in Thailand, in five years rather than six.

Police arrested 45 suspects on Friday Bus bomb

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said 45 suspects have been arrested on Friday’s bus bomb in Katubedda. "They are under interrogation, he said. Meanwhile Deputy Inspector General of Police Western Province South Division C.D. Wickremarathne said three special teams have been deployed for the investigation activities. Director of the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital Dr. Wilfred Kumarasiri said 21 persons have been killed by the claymore mine attack that targeted a passenger bus at the Piliyandala-Katubedda road.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister urges international community take note of LTTE atrocities

While strongly condemning the bomb blast that took place today in two passenger buses in Colombo as well as in Polgolla, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has urged the international community to take cognizance of these latest acts of terrorism perpetrated by the LTTE and go beyond simply condemning these atrocities. Foreign Minister further said that it was evident that the funds raised abroad by the LTTE and its front organizations directly support and strengthen the operational capability of the LTTE in unleashing its violence and mayhem in Sri Lanka.

Suspect in the bus bomb blast in Polgolla arrested (Update 2)

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Miltary spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakk said to 'Asian Tribune' that the suspect who involved bomb explosion in Polgolla was apprehended by civilians and handed over to police. One Senior Police officer from Kandy said to 'Asian Tribune' that the suspect who had trigged the remote control devise was seen running after the bus and civilians who saw him running, chased, apprehended and hand over him to the police. The identity of the civilian-arrested suspect was not disclosed. Police said investigations are going on.

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