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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1071


Prabhakaran with Gangrened Leg Holed Up in Wanni Awaiting Hospitalization

PrabakaranVelupillai Prabakaran, the reclusive leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is immobile and holed up in a highly secret location in Wanni, which is out of bounds for the senior cadres of the outfit including Pottu Amman, the intelligence Chief and Sosai, the head of the Sea Tiger. Prabakaran who suffers very badly from his critical diabetic condition as well as a gangrened leg, and an injured shoulder needs immediate hospitalization. His diabetic conditions are reportedly fluctuating day to day for lack of proper medical care. Reliable sources revealed that a specialist doctor and a medical team were brought from Tamil Nadu, India to treat him.

U.N. Takes Lead on Ending Gender Violence

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations has launched a multi-year global campaign to intensify its efforts to help eliminate violence against women, which has long remained hidden in a "culture of silence. With this campaign, we are breaking the silence, and ensuring that women's voices are heard," says Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). "We need strong and sustained leadership such as yours," she told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who shared the podium, "to change norms and attitudes. It is time to end complicity and impunity."

Sri Lanka President and the Opposition Leader Agreed to Implement 13th Amendment

Mahinda and RanilRanil Wickremasinghe, the leader of the opposition who met President Mahinda Rajapakse agreed to extend the UNP's fullest cooperation to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which has been proposed in the APRC proposals. UNP leader announced that his party will extend its fullest co-operation to the implementation of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. The two leaders met yesterday around 7.30 PM at the Temple Trees, the official residence of the Sri Lanka President. During the discussion, President Rajapakse briefed the Opposition Leader on the implementation of the 13th Amendment proposed by the APRC proposals.

Government Should Correct Distorted Version of Sri Lankan Situation Aired in Europe by France 24 TV channel

By Dr. Edward Perera in Germany

"Tamil civilians locked in endless war" was the current topic of the France 24, the concurrent channel of the CNN, stationed in France. On Ferburary 21, 2008, this channel telecast a TV documentary to highlight the present situation of the Tamils, some of whom are supposed to have disappeared, arrested and evicted. Completely one sided, the Tamil politician in the telecast, Mano Ganeshen openly speaks on behalf of the Tamils as if he is the LTTE, but does not state that he is a terrorist. His words were inflammatory and strengthen the terrorist's cause.

Picking up export opportunities at International Trade Fairs

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

As exports are key to economic development various avenues are sought, One such avenue is the participation in trade fairs. With globalization there is heavy competition in the export market and for a country like Sri Lanka which has not been fully geared with modern technology in par with some of the competitive countries and also shortfalls in productivity; Sri Lanka has to make an extra effort in promoting exports. Thus encouragement of the local business and industry to participate in international trade fairs and arranging trade fairs in Sri Lanka for the international trading and industry community and this much needed impetus is what the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka – (FCCISL) has exactly been doing and FCCISL has achieved great success in doing so.

High Level Trade & Investment Delegation from Jilin Province of China to visit Sri Lanka

The Department of Commerce of the Jilin Province of China is making arrangements to send a high-powered delegation consisting of decision makers in the Dept of Commerce and a number of businessmen to Sri Lanka in order to explore trade and investment possibilities. The 9-member delegation is scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka on 5th March 2008 and the local program will be arranged by the National Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the Dept of Commerce of Sri Lanka. The delegation is scheduled to meet the Minister of Export Development & International Trade and senior officials of EDB, Dept of Commerce and the BOI.

Part of anniversary celebrations Colombo Hilton goes back to 1987 prices on selected items

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Hilton Colombo is ready to offer its customers the 1987 prices at the Echelon Pub February 25 to March 20 from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. on selected items. As part of its 21st anniversary celebrations, the Echelon Pub will offer customers a selected range of beverages – at 1987 prices. Ms Gigi De Silva, Marketing and Communications Manager, Colombo Hilton said that from time to time Hilton comes up with attractive packages and promotions to offer its customers with the best deals and services, and with the hotel celebrating its 21st year in Sri Lanka they have thought it would be apt to offer our customers with this special deal.

Tyronne Fernando passed away (update)

Tyrone FernandoTyronne Fernando [67], Ambassador designate for France and a senior Advisor to President Mahinda Rajapakse, passed away at a private hospital in Colombo this morning. The Oxford educated, a former senior Parliamentarian has held several ministerial posts in the past. He served as Foreign Minister in the United National Front Government briefly led by Ranil Wickremasinghe. During his tenure as country’s Foreign Minister, he had also announced his candidature for the post of UN Secretary-General. Fernando, has served the country as Foreign Minister, Minister of Law Reforms and Media Minister.

Tyrone Fernando Passed away

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Tyrone Fernando, Ambassador designate to France, passed away. More details will follow.

Concerted International Pressure Vital to Bring Democracy to Burma - President Bush

Daya Gamage - US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

George W. BushThe situation in Burma remains deplorable. The regime has rejected calls from its own people and the international community to begin a genuine dialogue with the opposition and ethnic minority groups. Arrests and secret trials of peaceful political activists continue, such as the recent arrest of journalists Thet Zin and Sein Win Maung. Severe human rights abuses by the Burmese Army, including burning down homes and killing civilians, continue in ethnic minority areas in eastern Burma.

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