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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590


Judge Weeramantry appointed to World Future Council

Judge WeeramantryIn the last week of May twenty handpicked international luminaries met in Geneva for the inaugural session of the World Future Council - a body created by the Swedish thinker, Jakob von Uexkull, the founder of the "Alternative Nobel Prize". Von Uexkull's vision is that a celebrated assembly of "the most respected and trusted members of our planetary community" could provide a high-profile think tank whose influence would be felt in "the burgeoning array of issues affecting our global village". "Their moral authority would give legitimacy to promote more enlightened policy relating to our common future and the legacy we leave to succeeding generations who will inherit this ever smaller planet which we all share," he said.

Sri Lanka: Southern Development Authority Chairman murder could be a contract

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando has dispatched three special police teams headed by Assistant Superintendents of Police to investigate the murder of Southern Lanka Development Authority (SLDA) Chairman Danny Hiththetiya. Although police took action to put up barricades in Matara, Galle and Ratnapura immediately after the incident, they have so far being unsuccessful in their attempt to apprehend the killers.

Five die, 17 hurt in Pakistan blast

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least five persons were killed and seventeen others injured in a bomb blast on Monday in South-western Pakistan. Those killed in the explosion, on Sariab Road in Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, included three men, a woman and a child, police officials said. The dead and injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where conditon of some of the injured is stated to be serious, they added.

Sri Lankan President offers top ministerial portfolio to SLMC leader

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune
President Mahinda Rajapakse has offered the country's predominant Muslim political party leadership the Ports Ministry (currently being held by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera) and other 'handsome perks' in a bid to gain the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) support, sources told the “Asian Tribune.”During a meeting between the President and the SLMC hierarchy recently, President Rajapakse had also assured the SLMC that all other demands of the party's will also be 'well looked after'.

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.

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