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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 830


Sri Lankans to protest in front of UNESCO in Paris

Sri Lankans in France will gather in front of the UNESCO headquarters on Wednesday to protest against the statement made by UNESCO Chief Koichiro Matsuura condemning the air strike on LTTE radio station, Voice of Tigers. The demonstration has been organized by the French Committee of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in coordination with Sri Lankans in Paris. A. A spokesman for JVP Committee in Paris said that a protest letter would be handed over to Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of the UNESCO DG or to his representative. “UNESCO has no right to interfere in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” a Spokesman for the Committee said. “Sri Lanka has a right to fight terrorists and it is for the military to select LTTE targets and “Matsuura’s statement is an indirect support to terrorism”.

Protect Human Rights of Migrants, UN Says

The UN's 192 member states have been urged to harmonize domestic migration policies and legislation with the international human rights framework which protect the inherent dignity and rights of all persons, regardless of their status in a country. Entering a country in an irregular or undocumented situation, should not be treated as a criminal offence and any migrant worker detained in a State of transit or in a State of employment for violations of provisions relating to migration should always be separated from convicted persons or persons detained pending criminal trial.

Para Kumarasamy passed away in Berlin

Para Kumarasamy, a trade unionist, human rights activist, a writer in exile, and a founder member of "Literary meeting"-(Ilakkiya chanthippu) passed away in Berlin, on 16th December 2007, on his 72nd birthday. He lived in Berlin-Neukölln with his wife Mallika. His writings and his activities whilst in exile were directed against the social tyranny of the caste system within the Tamil community, and social injustice and all forms of violence.

He has edited and published a socio-politic and literary magazine “Sinthanai” from Stuttgart, Germany where he once lived from 1985 to 1994. He has actively participated diaspora organizations on Sri Lankan issues such as INSD (International Network of Sri Lankan Diaspora) and SLDF (Sri Lanka democracy forum).

Sri Lanka: Trinco – Colombo mail train attacked

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

LTTE exploded claymore mine targeting the Trincomalee - Colombo mail train, 1 KM away from Kantale railway station, around 8.45 p.m yesterday. According to Military spokesperson explosion had hit the engine of the train causing damages which was plying from Trincomalee to Colombo. The night mail train usually travels with full of passengers however though the bomb explosion reverberated to more than 5 KM, no passengers were reported to be injured.

Mathivathani Prabakaran declared open eluders home in Kilinochchi

Mathivathani PrabakaranMathivathani Prabakaran, wife of Velupillai Prabakaran, the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam declared open the Home For the Elders, “Anbuchcholai” at Ariviyal Nakar located in Ki'linochchi last Sunday. This was hailed as one of the rarest even ever attended a public function by Mathivathani Prabakaran by the LTTE pro-LTTE medias all over. The inauguration event was presided over by Thirukkumaran, head of the Welfare Centre for Heroes' Families. Pon Thiyagam, director of the Secretariat of Tamil Eelam Heroes' Resting Homes lit the Common Flame and LTTE Political Head B. Nadeson hoisted the national flag of Tamil Eelam.

LTTE calls for support to rescue Director General of UNESCO

While Sri Lankan government and the UNESCO Director General are at loggerheads over the latter’s unwarranted condemnation of the air attack on Voice of Tigers, the LTTE called on the Tamil community to rescue the Director General of UNESCO. Tamilnet, the pro-LTTE website made an open appeal to the Tamil community to come to the beleaguered Koichiro Matsuura Director General of UNESCO, who has found himself in a tight corner by poking his nose into affairs beyond the mandate of UNESCO. Tamilnet published an interview with Thamizhanpan describing him as head of the Voice of Tigers, in which he said that he was drafting a letter thanking the DG of UNESCO for his statement. “The expatriate Tamil organizations and individuals can do the same.

Application Fees for Non-Immigrant Visas to Increase on January 1, 2008

Effective January 1, 2008, the application fee for a U.S. non-immigrant visa will increase from $100 to $131. This increase allows the State Department to recover the costs of security and other enhancements to the non-immigrant visa application process. This increase applies both to non-immigrant visas issued on machine-readable foils in passports and to border crossing cards issued to certain applicants in Mexico. Applicants who paid the prior $100 application fee before January 1 will be processed only if they are scheduled and appear for a visa interview before January 31. Applicants who paid the prior $100 application fee and appear for visa interviews after January 31, 2008 must pay the difference -- $31 -- before they will be interviewed.

Prabaharan is actively trailed and his activities in the jungle hideouts closely monitored

Dr.Keheliya RambukwellaSri Lanka intelligence agency is well aware of the developments in the Vanni hideout of Prabaharan, the leader of the Tamil Tigers. They are tracking very closely and minutely following the developments. Even the intelligence group is aware of the minor injury sustained by Prabaharan last month and they are actively trailing him to bring an end to terrorism in the country. Dr.Keheliya Rambukwella, Government Spokesman for the Defense and National Security and Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare was speaking to "Asian Tribune." He said that the Sri Lanka Armed forces is bent on bringing an end to terrorists menace in the country. Answering to a question he said with confidence that though he was unable to give a time frame to defeat terrorism in the country, “But we are quiet positive of achieving our final aim of defeating the terrorists in the country,” the Minister said He further added when asked “Any details you can reveal that is taken up to end this menace of terrorism? He said, “I think we are in the right direction and we are determined and we will.”

President Mahinda Rajapakse assures Sir Arthur Clarke to make 'lasting peace in the country a reality'

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse assured that he will make it a reality that “a lasting pace in Sri Lanka.” I assure you Sir Arthur that my administration will do all within its power to seek to make a reality of one of your three wishes “a lasting pace in Sri Lanka” said President Mahinda Rajapakse at a felicitation ceremony to honor Sir Arthur C Clarke yesterday in Colombo. The distinguished scientist celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday (December 16, 2007). Renowned scientists Dr. Alex Linov, Dr. Sarath Gunapala, Dr. Micheal Zolnesky, Prof. U.A. Rao and Dr. Sajid Mizra were also present at the occasion. President speaking at the felicitation ceremony said “In his remarks today too, Sir Arthur displayed the same love for this country, as he listed among his three wishes, his desire “to see lasting peace in Sri Lanka as soon as possible”. As he has reminded us, Sir Arthur has been fortunate to see many of his dreams come true. I can give no guarantees on your first two wishes, but I assure you Sir Arthur that my administration will do all within its power to seek to make a reality of your third wish “a lasting peace in Sri Lanka”.

Siddalepha plans to introduce 15 varieties of herbal beverages into local and international markets

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dr. Victor HettigodaA recently setup BOI company Hettigoda Ayurvedic Food and Beverages [PVT] Ltd plans to introduce 15 verities of herbal drinks and a specially designed Ready to Eat Breakfast within a period of two month. Chairman of the company Deshabandu, Dr. Victor Hettigoda says the company invests around 300 million rupees and the company has island wide distribution network to reach all beverage dealers of the country. According to the company the manufacturing plant is already located in Ratmalana and the company plans to use newest technology to manufacture these beverages.

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