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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 732


Oken Jeet Sandham nominated as Jury Member for 2007 SEA Games

Oken Jeet SandhamPresident of the Muaythai Federation of India (MFI) Oken Jeet Sandham has been nominated as one of the Jury Members by International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) for Muaythai at the 24th Southeast Asian Games (also known as SEA Games) to be held from 6 – 15 December 2007 at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. In 2007 Muaythai is included as a full medal sport for both male and female athletes, and the International Federation for Muaythai is the IFMA. Sandham is also one of the Vice Chairmen of IFMA Safety Committee, World HQs, Bangkok, Thailand.

Sri Lankan exporters urged for a simplifies tax system

By Quintus Perera

The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) lamented that the present tax system specially the Value Added Taxation (VAT) has started ‘killing’ enterprises and a number of them have now been put up shutters. This was revealed at the Press Conference held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute at a pre-budget discussion organized by the NCE, last week. D K Rajapakse, President, NCE said that at present the exporters are forced pay 10 different taxes and conforming to these tax formalities has become really cumbersome. He said that it is not a matter of paying these taxes but their main grouse is adhearing to these formalities cause immense paper work and lot of their time is involved in attending to them.

LTTE attempts to portray ‘Brigadier’ Tamilselvan a Messenger of Peace

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Spokesman for National Security Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said, although the LTTE attempted to portray ‘Brigadier’ Tamilselvan a ‘Messenger of Peace,’ but there are enough records available to prove to the contrary. In fact he was engaged in terrorist activities alleged the Minister. “He was mainly instrumental for the sabotaging of the peace process,” said Minister Keheliya Rambukwella

Ven. Dr. Walpola Piyananda Commends ‘Asian Tribune’ For Its Service to Build Sri Lanka’s Image Abroad

Daya Gamage- US Bureau Asian Tribune

The Chief Sangha Nayaka of the United States, Most Venerable Dr. Walpola Piyananda Maha Thero was full of praise for ‘Asian Tribune’. Attending the completion of the confinement of Buddhist monks to the temple during the rainy season which culminated in a colorful ceremony, an important annual ritual of the Buddhist World, Venerable Piyanada, in his main sermon, was advising the Sri Lankans gathered in the Las Vegas Buddhist temple their sacred duty toward their motherland in many ways.

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.

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