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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 728


Prabhkaran pulls out Pullidevan to make way for loyal Nadesan

By Jaya Rohana

The unexpected appointment of P. Nadesan as the head of the Political Division of the LTTE in addition to the current job of being the head of the Police, is causing further dissension within the Tiger leadership. Tiger ranks are questioning his quallifications to wear two hats, particularly that of the Political Head. Sinhala-speaking Nadesan was a cop in the Sri Lankan Police Force. He is also married to a Sinhala girl. But his qualification to handle political affairs at national and internaitonal levels is causing concern among the Tiger leadership.

The 125 year old Colombo Tea Auction to be automated

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The first Tea Auction in Colombo was held on 30th July 1883 in the offices of Somerville & Co., down Queen Street now renamed Janadhipathi Mawatha. At that time there was much criticism and opposition to this attempt by Somerville & Co. to create a new avenue for the marketing of Ceylon Tea. Prior to this, many tea plantation people shipped Ceylon teas to the London Tea Auction or sometimes directly to overseas buyers. The Auction itself was only modestly successful with only one lot of Kabaragala un-assorted tea selling for cents 45 a pound whereas the other 4 lots remained unsold due to either lack of bids or due to bids received not meeting the Broker’s expectations.

Karuna’s paramilitary cadres ambushed: 1 died , 7 injured

One paramilitary cadre belonging to the Karuna group died and seven others injured when they were ambushed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam while riding in a motor van at Naavaladi located in Oaddamaavadi around 3:30 p.m on Sunday. Wounded include Sinnathamby, a Karuna loyalist and the Treasurer of the group. According to available report Sinnathamby is seriously injured and admitted to the hospital at Polonnaruwa.

FCCISL successfully launches their second SME Machine Exhibition

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED) the SME arm of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) launched their second SME Machinery Exhibition Friday morning at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition Centre, which will be continued for four days. SMED jointly established by FCCISL and the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNSt), Germany and Ministry of Industrial Development also collaborated with the organization of the Exhibition.

Solheim mourns the loss of Tamilselvan

Erik with TamilselvanErik Solheim, the Norwegian facilitator who was behind the drafting and the signing of the failed Ceasefire Agreement, has expressed his sympathies “to the very many left behind” by the death of Tamilselvam. He was killed in an air strike outside Killinochchi. The Ceasefire Agreement failed primarily due to the violations of the terms and conditions by the Tamil Tigers. Solheim in his message of condolence says that Tamilselvan’s “… many important contributions have been crucial for the peace process, and his death is a great loss.”

Tigers to stop deportation of Karuna from UK; rights group pressing for prosecution on war crimes

NeeraTamil Tigers in London have initiated moves to file a writ in the High Court of London seeking injunction against the deportation of Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Colonel Karuna to Sri Lanka. He was arrested on November 02 2007, and detained after a joint operation conducted by the Police and the Immigration authorities in UK. He was to be deported back to Sri Lanka, according to sources in UK. Rights groups too are reported to have urged the British Government to try Karuna for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Karuna is accused by rights groups of child soldier recruitment, extortion and torture both before and after he split from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in 2004.

Anandasangaree criticizes the renaming of Navatkuly as Mahindapuram

AnandasangareeSeptuagenarian V. Anandasangaree has opposed renaming of the Navatkuli National Housing as “Mahindapuram.” He said, “I reject the proposal as counter productive and call for entirely a new Scheme if considered urgent.” Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front, in a press release pointed out, “I am very much surprised at the Cabinet decision to rename the presently abandoned National Housing Scheme at Navatkuli in Jaffna as “Mahindapuram”. This move is unwise, unacceptable and untimely and will also be counter productive.”

Hello! Mr. Ibrahim Gambari and the International Community

Prof. Kanbawza Win

The news that the Burmese Junta has called the most senior United Nations Coordinator, Charles PETRIÉ, to "Naypyidaw" and reprimand him mercilessly, just for saying the truth about the dire state of the Burmese economy that led to the mass protest on the eve of Ibrahim Gambari visit, indicates that they have no will to cooperate with the UN body. Even though this is not unexpected, because the Burmese military’s mindset is to “Lying the very concept of truth,” it takes one more proof to the situation that they are dumb on dialogue and negotiations and that force is the only option.

United States Senator Patrick Leahy Castigates Rajapaksa Administration

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Patrick LeahyThe most senior and influential Senator in the United Stated Congress Patrick Leahy presented an impeachment against the Government of Sri Lanka on the Senate floor on November 02 proclaiming that the Rajapaksa administration has no credibility and transparency refuting allegations that the information and facts before him are definitely not from Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tiger sources but from credible human rights organizations and the United Nations.

American Hip-Hop arrives in Sri Lanka via Broadway

John Ferguson (Pianist/Executive Director), Michael Parks Masterson (vocalist/dancer/choreographer and director) and Quae Simpson (ballet and Hip-Hop dancer) from “American Voices” present “Rhythm Nation”, a dazzling performance of hip hop and contemporary Broadway music and dance. The mission of the American Voices is to further the accessibility and the understanding of American music and culture, especially in developing countries or those lacking opportunities for cultural exchange and dialogue with the United States. They envision free access to music education, focusing on American music, including jazz, classical, and Broadway musical traditions, as well as contemporary urban styles, providing quality programming that promotes cultural diversity and enrichment.

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