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Everyone has a part to play in this planetary crisis which affects the survival of humanity,” Justice Weeramantry

Justice WeeramantryThe planet is being polluted most irresponsibly, and human beings are polluting it irreparably and polluting it for thousands of years to come warns, Justice Christopher Weeramantry. He said that the problem is that people do not have the necessary information and they do not have the necessary sensitivity to these problems. If they did have this information and sensitivity they would do what they could to save the future for their children and their children’s children, cautioned the recipient of The Right Livelihood award for 2007 in Stockholm last Friday. Justice Christopher Weeramantry was speaking to “Asian Tribune” in Stockholm, after receiving The Right Livelihood award for 2007.

SL cricketers to be featured in U.S. charity event

By Janaka Perera

Helping Hands – a non-profit organization working for the welfare of destitute and orphaned children worldwide – will hold a benefit dinner dance to celebrate the New Year. The grand event will feature internationally renowned Sri Lankan cricketers, Chaminda Vass and Sanath Jayasooriya. The function will be held at Plano Center , 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway on Saturday, January 5, 2008 from 7.00 p.m. to 12 midnight.

Sri Lankans to taste natural orange pulp as a fruit juice drink

By Quintus Perera - ASian Tribune

Coca-Cola at a function held at Colombo Hilton launched “Minute Maid”, the world’s leading juice and juice drink brand in Sri Lanka. For the launch of this orange drink to the Sri Lankan market Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd invested US $ 5 million. This orange juice drink offers an unmatched taste due to the presence of real ‘orange pulp’ Basil Godzios, Country Manager, Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka Ltd speaking at the launch said that the launch of Minute Maid Orange created history for not only Coca-Cola Sri Lanka but the country as a whole as it introduced as the first juice drink with real fruit pulp.

National Integrity Award winners to become sources of inspiration for Anti Corruption

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) commemorates, for the 4th consecutive year, UN World Anti-Corruption Day on 09th December 2007 at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. Chief Guest of the event was Dr.Kiaran Bedi; crystal clear illustration of integrity. Justice Amir Ismail; Chairperson of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption was Honored Guest. The Guest of Honour Ms.Ranmenike Adikari is an outstanding student from Polonnaruwa who is a mirror image of a respectable citizenship at a time where everyone searches prestigious offers. The main objective of the National Integrity Awards (NIA) was to recognize the courage and determination of the many individuals fighting corruption and to make such people a source of inspiration to the Anti Corruption movement. Such individuals play an important role despite the enormous threats to both their official standing and their personal lives.

German owned Sport Hotel attacked by a criminal gang for the second time within one week.

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Hotel “Aquarius Sports Resort, Beach Road, Marawila” had been attacked for the second time within a week. " Last night a gang of approx 15 to 20 “unmasked” men gutted down 12 rooms. The estimated damage goes in multi million SLR. At the time of the incident German and American guests were residing in the hotel, fearing for their lives. The incident happened at 01.10h on Wednesday 05th Dec 2007 – The Police was informed with 119 at 1.18h – the Marawila Police came at 1.35h together with our security who went to the Police Station to bring two Police officers to the site, since they were unable to come on their own, “ said Dr. Dietmar Doering, Chairman of the Aquarius Hotel.

President Rajapakse to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda tomorrow

Mahinda in JapanPresident Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in Tokyo on Saturday evening on a four-day state visit. President Rajapakse is touring Japan on a special invitation extended by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. President Rajapaksa is due to meet Prime Minister Fukuda and Emperor Komatsu Akihito tomorrow. President Rajapaksae will meet the Emperor of Japan, Akihito, the head of the Japanese imperial family tomorrow along with First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse, at the Akasaka Palace. The President is due to visit several key ancient temples in Kyoto the cultural city of Japan before arriving in the capital, Tokyo this evening.

Challenges facing today - Justice Christopher Weeramantry elucidates

In his acceptance speech Christopher Weeramantry said that peace Education to all levels of the public from schoolchildren right up to the judiciary. He pointed out that there is a vast amount of unawareness of the work of the great peace philosophers of the past, of the peace movements and of the peace conferences. When this knowledge is more generally available there will be a great increase in peace-related activity on the part of the general public. The Right Livelihood prize, the so-called 'alternative Nobel prizes', was awarded on Friday evening at Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to peace and environmental activists from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh.

Globalization contributed to emerging markets

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Dr Anoop Singh, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund, speaking at the 26th Anniversary Lecture of the Central Bank, Centre for Banking Studies at its auditorium at Rajagiriya said that though around 10 years ago Asia was engulfed in a capital account crisis of unprecedented proportions that shook them, it was striking that none of those countries retreated from globalization. He was speaking on the theme ‘Economic and Financial policies for Emerging Countries. Dr Singh, was the first IMF Country Director in Sri Lanka.

Burundi and Myanmar reported to Security Council over child recruitment

“The issue of recruitment and use of children continues to be a problem in Myanmar both with regard to the Government and various non-state actors, including the Karen National Union (KNU), the Karen National Progressive Party (KNPP), Wa State Army and the Shan State Army-South, among others”, said Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. However, she stressed that the work of the Working Group and the mechanism set in place by resolution 1612 (2005) had already led to commitments by some parties to stop this practice. The Government has adopted directives that explicitly prohibit the recruitment of children under 18 and set-up a high level Committee for the Prevention of Military recruitment of Underage Children. The KNU and the KNPP have also signed deeds of commitment that are currently being finalized.

Sri Lankan Justice Christopher Weeramantry a recipient of Right Livelihood Prize

2007 Award RecipientsThe Right Livelihood prize, the so-called 'alternative Nobel prizes', was awarded on Friday evening at Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to peace and environmental activists from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh. One recipient of the two million Swedish kronor ($310,000) prize is Sri Lankan Christopher Weeramantry, a former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice. He was praised for his "groundbreaking work to strengthen and expand the rule of international law." The award ceremony was timed to coincide with the start of Nobel festivities, and ceremony is hosted by an all-party committee of Swedish parliamentarians.

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