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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 912


Fifth CIMA-Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hallmark of leadership is a combination of ambition, determination and achievements, in addition to talent, skill and experience, said Aruna Fernando, President, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division, speaking at the Press Briefing to give details about the CIMA – Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards 2007, last week at Trans Asia Hotel. The CIMA- Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards which was started five years ago, is one of the leading annual business events to celebrate business excellence, leadership, management and teamwork at highest standards and to recognize and reward excellence in professionalism among the cream of Sri Lanka’s business community.

Ned for the role of Norway to continue as negotiator and meet with LTTE - Tokyo Co-Chairs

In a joint statement, Tokyo Co-Chairs (Norway, Japan, US and EU) expressed the need to continue with Norway’s role as peace negotiator and also the concern about the termination of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement by the Government of Sri Lanka. These concerns have already been expressed in individual statements. They requested the Government of Sri Lanka to provide them access to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Kilinochchi for representatives of the Co-Chairs and the facilitator to continue as negotiators.

Without CFA Negotiated Settlement and Lasting Peace Harder to Achieve in Sri Lanka: U S Ambassador Robert Blake

By Our Political Correspondent

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to terminate the often violated cease fire agreement will make a negotiated settlement and lasting peace harder to achieve stated United States Ambassador Robert Blake at the International seminar on Human Rights held at Hotel Renuka Colombo on January 11, 2008. Ambassador Blake also emphasized the need for a deep respect for human rights in Sri Lanka. He also added that because of our concerns about the escalating conflict and significant human rights problems such as forced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and challenges to media freedom, the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Board of Directors decided in December not to select Sri Lanka as a country eligible for a Millennium Challenge Account compact in fiscal year 2008.

Given the present situation, travel industry satisfactory

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ten thousand members of the Bohra community from all over the world coming to Sri Lanka to celebrate the 10 day Ashara Mubaraka ceremony to mark the Martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson is ample testimony to prove the foreign tourist confidence that Sri Lanka is a safe destination said Fizer Musthapha, Deputy Minister of Tourism, at a Press Briefing held at the Tourism Ministry. His Holiness, Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb, spiritual leader of the International Dawoodi Bohra Community arrived in Sri Lanka last Sunday from Bombay to attend the 10 day Ashara Mubaraka ceremony to mark the Martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson.

United States does not tolerate use of Charities to Promote Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"Today's verdict is a milestone in our efforts against those who conceal their support for extremist causes behind the veil of humanitarianism. For years, these defendants used an allegedly charitable organization as a front for the collection of donations that they used to support violent jihadists. This prosecution serves notice that we will not tolerate the use of charities as a means of promoting terrorism," said Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

No shelter in India for fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents - Defence Minister A. K. Antony

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

India’s Defence Minister A.K. Antony has assured that no fleeing Tamil Tiger insurgents escaping from the onslaught of the Sri Lanka armed forces will be allowed to take shelter in the coastal areas of India. “There will be no compromise on the safety of the country“, he said addressing the DRDO Golden Jubilee celebrations in India, referring to India’s fear that Tamil Tigers would once again become a trouble in India harming Indian citizens. In the past a Tamil Tiger woman assassin, entered India and killed Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , and scores of other Indian citizens near Chennai by exploding herself. Earlier, there had been many more violent crimes perpetrated by the Tamil Tigers on the soil of India.

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger Arms Purchase Agent Sentenced to Prison in U.S.

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake in Baltimore, Maryland sentenced Thirunavukarasu Varatharasa, age 37, a citizen of Sri Lanka, January 3 to 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to provide material support to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or popularly known as Tamil Tigers, and attempted exportation of arms and munitions, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. He will be deported from the United States after serving his sentence of incarceration. United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “We are using undercover operations targeting people who attempt to obtain military weapons in violation of American law and all other available legal tools to prevent terrorism."

A court in Sri Lanka freed the remaining three Tamil Nadu fishermen charged on poaching

Remaining three Indian fishermen who were arrested on charges of poaching in the Sri Lanka waters were released yesterday. The Magistrate’s Court of Mallakam on 11th January 2008, released the remaining three Indian fishermen and their boats, apprehended for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, following the requests by the Government of India and the State Government of Tamil Nadu. Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai in a statement revealed that the three fishermen were among the 31 Tamil Nadu fishermen who were apprehended by the Sri Lanka Navy on 2nd January 2008 for poaching in a high security zone between Point Pedro and Kankesanturai seas. Of those arrested, 28 fishermen with their boats were released almost immediately and the Sri Lanka Navy on 3rd January 2008 repatriated them with their boats in coordination with the Indian Coast Guard.

LTTE sponsored lectures cancelled as UK refused visa to the speaker

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

LTTE circles in London had to cancel a series of lectures they paid for in three places in London when the speaker they hired, retired Colonel R. Hariharan, was refused a visa to enter the United kingdom by New Delhi’s UK High Commission. “We have postponed the lectures; please leave your email address so that we could inform you the new date he is coming to London to deliver the lectures,” said a spokesman of the Tamil Information Centre when callers inquired about retired Colonel Hariharan lectures.

Colombo Hilton commences 2008 on a pleasant note

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo Hilton commenced 2008 felicitating the first 21 babies born on January 1, at the Castle Street Maternity Hospital, as part of their on-going festivities to mark the 21st Anniversary of the Hotel. The first baby, a girl, among the 21 babies was given birth by the mother, F Hanna of Malwana at 12.04 am on First January. Hampers were gifted to the mothers of these 21 babies presented on 2nd January at the bedside in the Hospital Wards and the gift baskets included essentials for new-born, including such items like baby lotions, cologne, soap, bibs, feeding bnottle, napkins etc.

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