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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 915


Sri Lanka: Confederation of Humanitarian Associations on their current activities

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Since independence, Sri Lanka has faced challenges driven by community needs and access and realization of those needs. Our inability to reconcile aspirations with the ability to meet them has in some instances failed all of us, consuming us at times with violent conflict. Over the last decade, Confederation of Humanitarian Associations (CHA) and our associates has worked with the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as other key stakeholders in efforts to address humanitarian expectations. While the consequences of the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement cannot be fully predicted, CHA calls upon the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to respect the services afforded to civilians which are fundamental and essential.

Local Radio Journalist launches Sri Lanka’s first book on Radio News Programmes

Sunil C. Perera , Reporting from Colombo

For the first time in the broadcasting history in Sri Lanka, a veteran broadcaster, a lecturer on Mass communication and media, Trade Unionist and a leading journalist Wimal J.Ruwanpathirana launched his first book on Radio News Programmes at a simple ceremony held in Colombo on Thursday. Mr.Ruwanpathirana who serves as a Radio Journalist at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation,also served as a Sub Editor of Dinamina daily –Associated News Papers Ceylon Ltd. He conducted a mass survey on Radio News Programmes and gathered valuable details such as output of the programmes and criticism of the news programmes.

Sri Lankan Author Hits Best Seller List in India

A book authored by a Sri Lankan international business consultant, Kenneth Abeywickrama, has topped the best-seller list for business books in India. Titled 'Adventures in Management,' the 224-page publication was number one on a list compiled by 'Business Standard', a well known business journal in India. Abeywickrama, who lives in the US, was until recently a consultant who worked for several international organizations, including the World Bank, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), USAID, the Geneva-based International Trade Centre and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Kenya’s Rigged Presidential Poll

By Tukojit R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

With a booming economy, a flourishing billion-dollar tourism trade and signs of a healthy democracy taking roots most Kenyans were counting their blessings, living as they do in an otherwise very restive and economically disadvantaged continent. If there was an aberration in the system that ruled them it was corruption, an omnipresent evil of nearly all developing nations. But the comparatively stable life of Kenyans seems to have come under threat after large-scale ethnic violence hit the African country resulting in the death of over 250 within a period of three days alone in the wake of a controversial election result that saw the 76-year old President Mwai Kibaki sworn in for another five-year term.

No change in the government's stance to withdraw itself from the ceasefire agreement-Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Government's Defense spokesman Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella says there is no change in the government's stance to withdraw itself from the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. This decision was made after deeply observing the CFA and the series of subsequent incidents during the past 25 years. The Minister said the government hopes to unveil proposals of the all party representative committee by the end of this month. All attempts by various governments to resolve the problem through negotiations with the LTTE during the past 25 years have been proven unsuccessful.

Amnesty International Gravely Concerned about Protection of Civilians amidst Increased Hostilities after CFA Abrogation

Amnesty International expressed grave concern that the end to the Ceasefire Agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today may lead to increased in hostilities that will jeopardize the safety of the civilians or a rise in indiscriminate attacks. AI called both parties to the conflict to uphold the protection of civilians at all times and work towards a negotiated settlement of the issues. ”, said Catherine Baber, Programme Director for Asia-Pacific. She added that “the withdrawal of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission leaves a vacuum in independent investigation and monitoring of human rights abuses. The establishment of a United Nations field operation with a strong monitoring mandate is now more urgent than ever” she said.

UN Watch Expresses Concern after Sri Lanka Rejects UN Human Rights Monitoring as ‘Unqualified’

UN Watch expressed concern today after Sri Lanka’s representative in Geneva called the office of High Commissioner Louise Arbour “unqualified” to report on the island's bloody conflict. Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based NGO, said it was legitimate to debate statements by the world body but was “disappointed that a vice-president of the Human Rights Council would negate a core duty of the UN’s highest human rights official.”

Buttala attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – US Embassy

The United States of America has strongly condemned yesterday’s vicious terrorist attack on a civilian bus in Uva Province that killed at least 24 persons, including many women and children, and injured more than 60 others. While expressing the condolences to the victims and their families, the US Embassy in Colombo has pointed out that though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It further added, “The targeting of civilians serves to foster fear and cause further suffering among the Sri Lankan people. Only a political solution to the country’s conflict offers a way out of the current cycle of escalating violence.”

Sangaree condemns the Buttala bombings

The brutal and cowardly act of the LTTE which caused the death 26 innocent civilians and also left over sixty-five people injured came under condemnation. The President of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree has condemned the LTTE for yesterday’s claymore mine attack at Buttala. He has admonished that it was high time the LTTE stop killing innocent civilians, which is not going to serve any purpose other than infuriating the International Community which is fast losing its patience. Anandasangaree pointed out that there should be no place for ferocious animals in the human society. He said “We as humans have a sacred duty to perform.” He also emphasized that without playing hide and seeks; every one should express their deep concerns.

Government will compensate the families of dead and wounded persons in Buttala bomb attack

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Buttala BlastThe government will compensate the families of dead and wounded persons in the claymore mine attack in Buttala. Minister Rizhard Badurdeen says a maximum of one hundred thousand rupees will be paid on behalf of a dead person while a maximum of 50 thousand rupees has been approved to pay for an injured person. In the first stage 25 thousand rupees will be granted as compensation for the family of an unmarried dead person. An injured will receive 10 thousand rupees under the first stage. In addition, an allowance of 15 thousand rupees each will be provided for funerals. Minister Badurdeen said three million rupees have already been given to the district secretary of Moneragala to be disbursed among victims.

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