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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865


US Ambassador calls LTTE to renounce terrorism, violence and enter political path

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

LunsteadThe United States has emphasized that a solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic conflict would be found only if radical changes are made in the way the entire nation is governed--changes which will empower all the people of Sri Lanka: Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and others, and give them a greater say in how they are governed in the areas where they live. These thoughts were intimated by US Ambassador Jeffery Lunstead who also reiterated the need for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to renounce terrorism and violence and enter the political path.

Sri Lankan Govt put off vote on 18 amendments amid Opposition pressure

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan government today put off a vote on a constitutional amendment which provides for the setting up of regional appeal courts after opposition legislators objected when it was taken up at Parliament. The 18 Amendment to the Constitution envisages to increase the number of Appeal Court Judges from 11 to 21 and to set up five Regional Appeal Courts. The amendment was required to pass in a two third majority in the225 member Sri Lankan Parliament. But the main Opposition United National party objected when the amendment was taken up, demanding to activate the Constitutional Council, if they were to support the 18thamendment.

Tamils and Muslims flee seeking refuge from Tamil Tiger rebels

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

A total of 186 civilians have fled LTTE controlled areas this week in their desperate attempt to safeguard their children from LTTE cadres, who insist that all children must be sent to the organization to undergo arms training. The latest fleeing report comes from Panichchankerni, Batticaloa where 12 civilians including five children entered Government controlled areas seeking refuge. Most of these fleeing civilians have been housed at churches, and other public buildings such as schools.

Chin Christian women targets for rape, claims new report

Ethnic Chin women in Burma are "under constant attack", according to a new report which documents the use of rape by the Burma Army. The preliminary report, Hidden Crimes Against Chin Women, has been written by the Women's League of Chinland, an umbrella organisation comprising nine human rights groups from different parts of Chin State. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has worked closely with the Women's League of Chinland, most recently on a fact-finding visit to the India-Burma border in March this year.

Investigators identify the suicide bomber who targeted Sri Lanka Army Commander.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

ManjulaInvestigators have identified the female suicide bomber who blew herself up targeting the Sri Lankan Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka and arrested a couple which housed the suicide cadre at their home. CID investigators have identified Kanapathipillai Manjula Devi, 32 once a resident of Anuradhapura as the suicide bomber who attempted to assassinate the Army Commander. IGP Chandra Fernando said three suspects, including a couple which provided accommodation to the female suicide bomber had been arrested.

Some enterprises affected by Tsunami, back at business, thanks to FCCISL

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Six enterprises from 7,415 livelihoods and enterprises which were brought back to business by the Back to Business Project of FCCISL successfully entered the UK Market after participating at the Serendib 2006 – Sri Lanka Trade Exhibition and Meet the Buyers Event held from 21st to 23rd June at New Connaught Rooms, Covent Gardens, London. The exhibition was organized by the Export Development Board. The six of them were portrayed at the FCCISL auditorium and they have explained how successful they were at the Exhibition.

Bangladeshi Islamists Bomb Independent Newspaper

A Bangladesh weekly newspaper office was reported to be bombed. It was alleged that an Islamist organization was behind the bombing incident. According to a report filed by Dr. Richard Benkin, on 05 July, at 11:35pm, local time, two explosions rocked the office of Weekly Blitz, the independent newspaper of maverick editor, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury. Report went on to add that Choudhury was not on the premises at the time of the bomb explosion, and report reveals that no one was injured in the explosions.

Sri Lankan President attempts to strengthen human rights

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

President Mahinda Rajapakse has declared that law enforcement officers in Sri Lanka must respect the fundamental rights of all persons arrested or detained. In his capacity as Commander-in- Chief and Minister of Defence the President issuing directions to all Heads of the Armed Forces and Police Force requested them to enable the Human Rights Commission (HRC) of Sri Lanka to exercise and perform its duties and functions by ensuring the fundamental rights of persons arrested or detained are respected.

Come September - come Facets - Sri Lanka's Premier Gem and Jewllery Exhibition

BY Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Facets Sri Lanka , the premier annual Gem and Jewellery Show in Sri Lanka that is held in September, each year, for the last 16 years has achieved great results by creating an identity for Sri Lanka as an ‘Island of Gems’ and the show itself has become an international event like the other international Gem and Jewellery Exhibitions. Macky Hassim, Chairman, Facets Organizing Committee said that the results were the concerted and meticulous efforts of the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) which represents all the sectors of gem and jewellery industry in Sri Lanka which stands for the greater benefit of the industry as whole, and not for any personal benefits of any member of the Association.

New program to analyze malnutrition in Sri Lanka

By Ashwin Hemmathagama

A special programme in analyzing the issues for malnutrition among infants and children was launched yesterday with the collaboration of World Bank and a number of key development partners. With this programme in place, it is expected to boost better health indicators than most countries with comparable per capita incomes. According to World Bank issued press release, despite investing much on nutrition programs over the years, surprisingly Sri Lanka has not performed well in reducing malnutrition. “Today's collaborative workshop on ‘Nutrition in Sri Lanka: Rethink Yesterday, Change Tomorrow’ is the commencement of a vital dialogue to support Sri Lanka in tackling the twin issues of under nutrition and increasing obesity in the country,” it said.

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