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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1169


Indian fishermen warned not to stray into Sri Lankan waters

By Walter Jayawardhana

Vice Admiral Ram Prem Suthan , Vice Chief of Naval Staff designate of the Indian Navy sternly warned all Indian fishermen not to enter the territorial waters of Sri Lanka. Vice Admiral Suthan said the Sri Lankan Navy has never fired at Indian fishermen inside the Indian territorial waters, referring to allegations that some fishermen have been fired at by the Sri Lanka navy. He said due to the military conflict going on between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lanka Navy such incidents cannot be avoided inside Sri Lanka’s territorial waters.

FCCISL leads a trade delegation to Jilin Province, China Trade Fair

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

Set up an industrial zone in Sri Lanka to cater to Indian and Pakistan Markets was the earnest plea made by Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) when a high powered trade delegation from Julin Province, China visited the FCCISL. Rajabdeen said that as Sri Lanka has signed Free Trade Agreements with India and Pakistan and as such all what is manufactured in Sri Lanka with 35 percent value addition could be exported to these two countries with zero tariff charges. He said that, but if those products are exported to those countries direct from China a heavy export duty will have to be paid when crossing the products to India or Pakistan.

Chinese Embassy in United States Clarifies Situation in it Autonomous Region Tibet

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune US Bureau

Following the international cries condemning the Chinese government from NGO’s and other organizations, and many governments around the world, the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China in the United States issued the following statement clarifying the emergence of the situation in its autonomous province of Tibet

Director of ‘Prabakaran’ film assaulted in Chennai for portraying the ruthless LTTE leader in a bad light

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lankan Director of the new film ,’Prabhakaran’ has been physically assaulted at Chennai’s Gemini Studios as the attackers thought Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has been very poorly depicted in the film. The film Director Thushara Peiris was attacked at the Gemini Studios Chennai where he went to collect the copies of his film where it was printed, eyewitnesses said. The 'Times of India' newspaper identified the attackers as S.P. Veerapandian, who happened to be the General Secretary of the ultra nationalist Dravida Iyakka Tamilar Peravai, S. Vanniyarasu Viduthalai Chirunthaikal and film director Seeman.

Vulgar Display Of Money Power

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is rightly overjoyed at the performance of the cricket teams to the Junior World Cup and the tour of Australia respectively. The Juniors (under-19s) won the World Cup title in the tournament held in Kuala Lumpur with a very impressive showing while the seniors played beyond expectations in both the Test Series and the One-Day tri-series, climaxing the tour with a back-to-back win in the finals. The Board expressed itself rather elaborately, announcing Rs 15 lakh each for the members of the victorious junior World Cup team and an enormous sum of Rs 10 crores for the team that did the trip down under.

Close Down Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner Office in Chennai - Dr.. Ramadoss

By Walter Jayawardhana

For re-publishing a collection of items that appeared in the Tamil Nadu media a Tamil Nadu based “human rights organization” called Manitham wants India’s federal government in New Delhi to close down the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner Office in Chennai immediately. The Executive Director of the “Manitham,” Agni Subramaniam in an interview with the popular Tamil weekly magazine Kumudam said, the book issued by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commissioner Office in Chennai, consisting of media reports from Tamil Nadu , “has created a stir among the supporters of Tamil Eelam in Tamil Nadu.”

Pakistan rice exporters to flood the Sri Lankan market with Basmathi rice

By Walter Jayawardhana

A team of Pakistani rice exporters will visit Sri Lanka to meet the rice importers and government Minister and officials in an attempt to ease the import of Pakistani rice to Sri Lanka. Abdul Baseer, Vice Chairman of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan said they were prepared to supply 6000 tons of rice to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka government is encouraging rice imports from Pakistan to Sri Lanka to flood the market with the rice and keep the prices down.

26 Tamil Civilians Escape from Tiger Grip

By Ravin Edirisinghe

A total of 26 innocent Tamil civilians escaped from the tiger grip in areas such as Kilinochchi, Vedithalathivu, Pudukudirippu and Champiyanpattu and reported at the naval detachments in Mannar and Kayts during yesterday (25). Six individuals who were residents of Kilinochchi, Uruththipuram and Vedithalathivu area reported at Kurusapadu in Mannar yesterday (25) around 7.15 am. The group consisted of one female (26) and five males (aged 19 to 29 years). Meanwhile a Tamil family consisting of nine (09) members who escaped from the tiger grip in Vedithalathivu area reported at the Pallimunai naval detachment yesterday (25) around 9.00 in the morning. The family consisted of parents and seven (07) children aged between 9 to 28 years.

U.N. Remains Wary of Debate on Suicide Bombings

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the Security Council adopted a resolution last week extending the U.N.'s mandate in Afghanistan through March 2009, it expressed its "strong concern" over a growing new phenomenon in the politically-troubled South Asian nation: the increased use of children as suicide bombers. The resolution reiterated its "strong condemnation" of the recruitment of child soldiers by Taliban forces "in violation of applicable international law" and "all other violations and abuses committed against children in situations of armed conflict".

Leveraging GCC Transformation to Sri Lanka’s Advantage and Opportunities for Sri Lankans

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

At the invitation of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka, R. Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank will make a presentation on “Leveraging GCC Transformation to Sri Lanka’s Advantage and Opportunities for Sri Lankans” at a meeting to be held on 28th March 2008 at Hilton Colombo Residence. The meeting will be held under the distinguished patronage of Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of Export Development and International Trade who will grace the occasion as the chief guest.

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