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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 114

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Sri Lanka's Marxists party blunders big time over it's ultimatum on electricity reforms

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and its trade union Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya (LVSS) appears to have made a major blunder by willfully paving the way for privatization of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) after it successfully pressured President Mahinda Rajapakse into withdrawing the new Electricity Reforms Bill which was to be presented in Parliament last week. "We are now back with the 2002 Electricity Reforms Bill which was passed in parliament in October 2002 under the United National Front regime. The danger with this bill is that it can easily privatize the CEB, unlike the new bill which was withdrawn by the President which stated that all companies which will be formed following the reforming of the CEB will be 100% state owned," CEB trade union collective convener Ananda Nimalaratne said.

LTTE intensifies killing with impunity the rival Tamil groups in Jaffna

Tamil separatist outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has intensified its killings of members and supporters belonging to the other rival Tamil groups in the Jaffna district, which is a Sri Lanka Government controlled area. It is alleged that Sri Lanka Government has failed to provide security to those other Tamil group members who handed over their weapons when the Government signed a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE.Reports reveal that Sri Lanka Government has mobilized more than 40,000 armed forces in the district to provide security and also to protect the civilians of the district under its control.

Demo introduces Mercedes B-Class Sports Tourer

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Diesel and Motor Engineering Co Ltd (Demo) has introduced to the market the Mercedes B-Class Sports Tourer which has special characteristics of its own. Demo has earlier introduced to the Sri Lankan Market Mercedes A-Class and E-Class. The launch of the new car to the market took place at their showrooms in Duplication Road, Colombo. Comfort, space and high performances are the hallmark of Mercedes Benz and the high performances embedded in B-Class makes it a multi-purpose family car.

MAS buy ailing Thulhiriya Textile mills

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Local Industrial giant MAS Holdings will inject US$ 100 million into the ailing Thulhiriya Textiles Ltd. According to the company sources, The Thulhiriya premises will house six projects such as two knitting plants and a plant each for embroidery, dyeing, knitting and printing. The company hopes to make an industrial township within the 175 acre premises, where, in addition to the factories, there will be a textile training institute, a sports academy and housing projects.

Come September Come Facets - The premier Gem and Jewellery Show in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Facets Sri Lanka , the premier annual Gem and Jewellery Show in Sri Lanka that is held in September 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.

Milinda Moragoda slams his old friend Wickremesinghe for the failures of UNP

MoragodaThe internal crisis in the UNP has worsened with MiIinda Moragoda, the Colombo District MP and close ally of Ranil Wickremesinghe, turning his guns on the leader. In a confidential letter addressed to Wickremesinghe, Moragoda has pointed the finger directly at Wickremesinghe for the failures of the party. In his letter he has said that he boycotted the Political Affairs Committee and the decision making Working Committee as he believed nothing would be achieved by his participation. This sums up the common view held by the party and the public that Wickremesinghe is a do-nothing leader. Caught off guard Wickremesinghe is said to be furious with his old friend Moragoda. He is expected to hit back.

Elimination of poverty in the world is far

By Quintus Perera –Asian Tribune

DhanapalaThe Management Club formed under the auspices of the Chartered Management Institute UK, Sri Lanka Branch held its Annual General Meeting at the Taj Samudra Hospital with Jayantha Dhanapala, Senior Advisor to the President and a candidate for the United Nation Secretary-General’s post, as the keynote speaker. Dhanapala making his keynote address said the top managers of Sri Lanka have performed noteworthy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects with compassion to stretch the social responsibility by launching the ‘Enable the Disable’ programme. He said it is a programme that touched everyone deeply and said that would flourish. This programme of the top administrators’ best programme would make a great contribution to our society.

Upcountry business community asks more trade information on EU

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Business community and the academics in Kandy ask for more information on European trade policy and details on business links with EU buyers. They said that the EU delegation office has organised European Union Information Day exhibition and it was very successful to obtain general information. Speaking to media, Mr.R.M.S.Fernando , a businessman in Kandy told , they need trade information on EU to strengthen ties with EU buyers. At present there is no trade information cell in Up Country to obtain trade information on EU business activities, he said.

Sri Lankan Government offers two oil blocks to India and China

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Government has decided to grant two Black Gold blocks to India and China on a preferential basis. "The Cabinet decision permitting the offering was granted last Wednesday," Minister of Petroleum Resources Development AH.M. Fowzie told the "Asian Tribune." He however he refrained from commenting further on the details of the offering, but sources said that the deal could be a 'Government to Government deal.' Four more blocks remain and bidding is expected to commence shortly.

Women's testimonies of ongoing abuses, including sexual violence, belie SPDC's Myanmar women's day propaganda

Women's League of Burma on the ongoing abuses by the Burmese soldiers belonging to the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) revealed that Women were seized by patrolling Burmese troops and kept for sexual abuse for up to five nights. According to the available testimonies, “In one village, women were gang-raped in front of their husbands, who had been tied up. One mute woman was beaten to death and her body left outside her village.” In a press statement Women’s League of Burma pointed out that Women’s testimonies of ongoing abuses, including

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