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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2459


London Travel Agent's Links Under Scrutiny

Reports in “Asian Tribune” and other news media about the connections and conduct of a London travel agent who is alleged to have been part of a gang that attacked a Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), in Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex in the UK and threatened to kill some leading members of the staff is beginning to worry and hospitality industry in Sri Lanka and the authorities. The Sunday Island reported yesterday about the arrest by the Metropolitan Police of the notorious Nadarajah Sethurupan the web operator of the LTTE site

HR activists appeal to President Rajapakse not to destroy SL legal foundations.

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Three judicial appointments announced by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse have earned the ire of the human rights activists and legal luminaries at home and abroad. Absence of a functional Constitutional Council, for whatever reasons, is no justification for Presidential appointments, they argue pointing out that such appointments are direct contravention of the 17th amendment of Sri Lanka’s statute and hence a condemnable. In a open letter to President Rajapakse, the Asian Human Rights Commission posed a rhetorical question: “If the present generation destroys Sri Lanka’s legal foundations, what is left for the future generations?

Sri Lanka: Export Development Board takes control share of the Uva-Paranagama Export Processing Village Company

Sunil C. Perera- Reporting from Colombo

The Export Development Board [EDB] will acquire controlling share of the Uva-Paranagama Export Processing Village Company, which was initiated by the EDB with assistance from the Indian Credit Line. The EDB is now set to receive three directorships from this company and hopes to control running of the company. It was pointed out that the company earlier never forwards its audit report to the EDB and most of exporters cheated the farmers, said the EDB sources.

The Speculative trades dominating, activity in the market improves

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed the week at 2221 points down by 26.8 points or 1.2percent compared to the last week, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) fell by 36.2 points or 1.26 percent to close at 2842.6 points and thereby the market retained a downward trend last week with both indices showing a moderate decline, according the research team of HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd. Activity levels however picked up sizably in the back of two strategic trades going through in the market, while speculative trading within the week also managed to boost activity levels. Speculative trading propelled Touchwood counters this week making it the highest contributor towards weekly turnover, contributing Rs.910.3 million. Investor interest remained fixated on Touchwood with its share price rising by a staggering 80.3 percent Week on Week (WoW). The counter touched a high of Rs.126.50 per share, closing the week at Rs.112.50 per share.

The Tamil Factor in the War against the Tigers

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Karuna rebellion had a greater devastating impact on the Tigers than any other single event of the last two decades. The LTTE’s Oslo communiqué of June 9th commences with a declaration of its bona fides: “The de facto State of Tamil Eelam exercising jurisdiction over 70 percent of the Tamil Homeland…; the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), being the authentic representative of the Tamil Nation…” (emphasis in the original). This grandiose claim was accurate right up to February 2004, as the Third Peace Process enabled the Tigers to extend their dominance into government controlled territories and to kill off their disarmed opponents with impunity. The Karuna rebellion happened at a time when the Tigers were at their apogee, enjoying unprecedented military prowess and political legitimacy - thanks to a biased CFA, a spineless Lankan administration and a partial peacemaker.

Nadarajah Sethurupan arrested in London and held in custody

The notorious Nadarajah Sethurupan, the Editor of the now defunct “Oslo Voice” the web news portal based from Oslo, Norway and also one alleged to be associated with – ‘the messenger of death’ and his colleague Rajan Thamotherampillai of London are at present held under police custody in London. According to reports, police has released the third person. On 8th June at about 10.00pm, London Metropolitan Police took into custody Nadarajah Sethurupan and two of his colleagues for unruly and violent behavior in front of the Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), the London based Tamil Radio station, owned by V.Ramaraj, located at Rayners Lane in Harrow, Middlesex, England.

Miscreants hide-out busted, 15-20 killed

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Security forces have destroyed a hide out of miscreants in Drub Lokai near Datta Khel in North Waziristan Agency early on Saturday killing about fifteen to twenty miscreants. The compound, attacked with artillery and helicopters, was near Datta Khel Village, in the North Waziristan region on the Afghan border, said the spokesman, Major-General Shaukat Sultan. An attack was launched before dawn and about 70 percent of the compound was destroyed, he said. “We believe we killed 15 to 20 miscreants,” he said.

Top LTTE commander responsible for mine attacks killed in explosion.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A top Tiger guerrilla commander responsible for claymore attacks against the Naval Forces in Manna is killed in a claymore mine explosion in the LTTE controlled areas in Mannar. Mahenthi, Lt Colonel in the LTTE’s rank and three others were killed when their vehicle was caught in clay more mine in Vellankulam- Thunnukkai road this morning.

LTTE blames Sri Lankan government

Reciting its usual litany of complaints against the Sri Lankan government the LTTE issued a communiqué yesterday from Oslo blaming the Sri Lankan government for “demonstrating its lack of will and ability to enter into a just and equitable negotiated settlement.”Political analysts consider this latest communiqué as an attempt by the LTTE to prevent a backlash from the international community for refusing to participate in the planned 2-day Oslo talks with the Sri Lankan government. The LTTE pulled out at the last minute after finalizing arrangements to meet and hold talks in Oslo.

Launching "Aung San Suu Kyi Birthday Wish Campaign"

The “Aung San Suu Kyi Birthday Wish Campaign” will call for active political dissent by people living in Burma. The aim of the campaign according to Canadian Friends of Burma is to build a mass movement of people in Burma who will engage in daily acts of non-violent political dissent by writing a birthday wish to Aung San Suu Kyi on the Burmese currency. "The use of Burmese currency notes to spread messages of support of Aung San Suu Kyi is a very low-risk activity for participants and is an excellent way for people to bypass the military dictatorship’s network of media censorship and crackdowns on the free expression of opposition political perspectives."

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