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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1737


Government commended for addressing outstanding matters related to visas for international staff

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

At the last week’s meeting of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance [CCHA], the Chair Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights informed the forum that outstanding issues relating to visas for expatriate staff of UN, ICRC and INGOs have been satisfactorily resolved. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continue to be the focal point for matters relating to the UN, ICRC and International Organizations with Status Agreements, while the NGO Secretariat would deal with issues relating to INGOs.

Operation in Bara

By Asif Haroon Raja

The overall security situation has become murky and the sky has become overcast with dark clouds. Turbulent situation in Fata, NWFP fast coming under the grip of religious fervour, ongoing insurgency in Baluchistan and hatred against army and Punjabis getting intense, deceptive peace in Karachi, discontentment of rural Sindh, political polarisation in Punjab, leadership, judicial and energy crisis and deteriorating law and order situation are ominous signs which do not bode well. To top it all, USA is in a belligerent mood and is aggressively eying at Fata and our nuclear assets. It has joined hands with Karzai to charge Pakistan of cross border terrorism into Afghanistan. Fata is viewed as a safe haven for terrorists and a possible place wherefrom any 9/11 like attack on USA could take place.

Vision Exists, Reality Doesn't

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The implementation of internationally agreed development goals (IADGs) -- including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 -- is being increasingly hampered by lack of coordination and coherence both among rich and poor nations, and also within the United Nations. "The vision exists," says Louis Michel, European commissioner for development and humanitarian aid. But the international community is not doing enough to make it a reality -- "and that goes for both developed and developing countries," he complains.

Ambassador designate Jaliya Wickremasuriya - ' A doer and has the knack for getting things done '

Jaliya WickremasuriyaJaliya Wickremasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador designate to Washington told ‘Asian Tribune’ that he will be reporting at the Duty Station by the 12th and said that he is expected to present his credentials to US President George Bush by the end of this month. He was in Sri Lanka to face the High Post Committee grilling, as well as for an orientation session at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The new Ambassador designate to USA is not a new comer to America. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 10 years and he is a very successful businessman.

Rameswaram fishermen protest to have poaching rights in Sri Lanka waters?

Are Tamil Nadu politician knowingly aiding and abetting fishermen to poach in the territorial waters of Sri Lanka by encouraging Indian fishermen to stray almost into Sri Lankan waters, just a few miles away from Sri Lank shores? Is this a ploy to disrupt the friendly relationship that exists between Sri Lanka and India? It is not unclear as to what type mischief major political parties in Tamil Nadu are up to, while agitation by the Rameshwaram fishermen continues? They are agitating for poaching rights extended to them in the Sri Lankan territorial waters. In the meantime, do the major political parties in Tamil Nadu are attempting to capitalise on the issue, by trading allegations and exploiting the fishermen as another pre-election stunt.

Open day at Sri Lankan Embassy in Berlin

For the eighth consecutive year the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin participated in the ‘ All National Festival ’ held in Berlin on 5th July 2008 from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. in the Chancery premises. The doors of the Embassy were opened to the German Public to have a glimpse of the country. The Open Day in summer is one of the regular calendar events of the Embassy’s promotional activities. The Festival show-case the diversity and the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka and promote it as a destination for tourism, trade and investment. The Chancery and its garden were turned into a mini Sri Lankan bazaar showcasing artifacts, handicraft, culinary delights, ayurveda products, fresh fruits and vegetables, art and live music.

Four Tamil gang members were sentenced to jail for the murder of an innocent Tamil in the street of London

By Walter Jayawardhana

Three Sri LankanTamil gangsters of London were sentenced to 17 years in jail for murder and another of the same gang was sentenced to 14 years in jail for the same offense by a criminal court of the Old Bailey for murdering another Tamil man by stabbing him 31 times. In this case six members of the Tamil gang were sentenced for offences like murder of Pirabakaran Kannan in Upper Tooting Road and lesser crimes of grievous bodily harm(GBH) and actual bodily harm(ABH) , which is lesser than GBH, to members of a Tamil Gang to which the murder victim did not even belong.

Major trade unions remain undecided of participating in the token strike

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Major trade unions in Sri Lanka remain undecided whether to participate in the token strike, being organized by the oppositions - Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna and United National Party. Majority of the trade union memberships are of the view that the token strike call, a politically motivated ploy to threaten and disrupt the Government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse. Latest reports revealed that most of the trade unions have expressed their opposition for the token strike action, and said they would not be involved in this strike due to number of reasons, but a few trade unions said they would participate in the trade union action as planned to bring down the government on its knees.

Ninety two Kandy lawyers complain of obstruction to their lawful profession

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ninety two lawyers practicing in Kandy law Courts have petitioned the Provincial High Court Judge, Kandy through the Kandy Magistrate that some lawyers wait at the main gate of the Kandy Court Complex and behave in a manner that violates professional ethics and in fact have included the names of four lawyers who conducts in such behavior. These ninety two lawyers allege that due to a few lawyers (male and female) who wait in front of the main gate of the Kandy Court Complex and engage in their activities many lawyers have been brought into inconvenience and are faced with an unpleasant situation.

Parliament will select its new Deputy Speaker on 8th of July

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Ruling party Politicians will meet today to select their nominee for the post of Deputy Speaker. This meeting will be presided by the President Mahindha Rajapaksa .According to the senior minister of the government a secret vote would be held on 8th of July to select the next Deputy Speaker at the Parliament. The Parliament will meet on 8th of July and the government could show their majority at this vote.

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