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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 944

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A definition to honesty
Compiled by: V.Rajeny An investment counselor went out on her own. She was shrewd and diligent, so business kept coming in, and pretty soon she realized she needed an in-house counsel, so she began interviewing young lawyers. "As I'm sure you can understand," she started off with one of the first...
09.09.2009 - 14:25
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Burma’s Internally Displaced: No Options for a Safe Haven - Refugees International
Refugees’ International Advocate Veronika Martin and human rights lawyer Betsy Apple recently completed an assessment mission to the Thai-Burmese border. There are few fates worse than being an internally displaced person (IDP) in Burma. According to their reports, IDPs inside Burma are divided int...
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SLT commissioned first phase of Jaffna project
The IslandThe Project Hope, which was launched last February by Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) intended to develop the dilapidated telecommunication network in Jaffna. Phase 1 of the project was commissioned last week by Imthiaz Bakeer Markar, Minister of Mass Communication. T. Maheshwaran, Minister of Hi...
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CBK ‘letting off steam’
by Namini Wijedasa - The Island The IslandAnura Bandaranaike claimed last week that his sister had only been "letting off steam" at her more recent public meetings and that her bribery allegation against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been an off-the-cuff response to endless needling by ce...
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Call for triple murder suspect ignored: LTTE pushes for judicial rights
by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island The Island:The LTTE wants the government to accept its right to expand its ‘judicial activity’ in the north-east. The LTTE recently took over Kilinochchi Court Complex which was closed for over a decade, informed sources said, adding that the group wants to use...
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Detainees’ cases to be transferred to the north
The Sunday Leader:The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the decision taken by the Attorney General’s Department to transfer pending cases of detainees held in prisons under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to the Jaffna High Court. The Attorney General’s Department has decided to all...
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CBK threatens MSD director with death
The Sunday Leader:President Chandrika Kumaratunga last week threatened Director Ministerial Security Division, SSP Jayantha Jayasinghe with death after the CID commenced investigations on a complaint made by Jayasinghe into a missing T-56 weapon taken possession of by her former PSD chief Nihal Kar...
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TNA suspects JVP hand in Trinco attacks
The Sunday Leader:A fall out from Wednesday’s (9) attack on the STF camp at Kanchirankudah in Tirukovil, Ampara resulted in the deaths of three more Tamils on Friday, October 11, in Trincomalee. With emotions running high after eight Tamils were shot dead by the STF on Wednesday at Ampara, the Tami...
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Give abducted men to us: SLMM
By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times Sunday Times:After settling the crisis over the detention of seven soldiers, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission has proposed measures to prevent similar crises in the future. SLMM spokesman Teitur Torkelsson said they had proposed that any troops or LTTE cadres taken...
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Japan delegation pledges help to rebuild NE
Sunday TimesA high level delegation from Japan visited the North-East and held discussions with officials of the Jaffna GA office and LTTE Political Wing Leader S. P. Thamilchelvan recently. The leader of the team Toru Taguchi said their mission was to conduct a survey to asses rehabilitation and r...
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SLMC rebels vow to remain defiant
By Nilika de Silva - Sunday Times Sunday TimesSLMC rebel group leader and non-cabinet minister A. L. M. Athaullah vowed yesterday that he and eight others would continue their boycott of parliament despite a call from party leader Rauff Hakeem to end the rebellion forthwith. Mr. Athaullah told The...
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PTA: TNA wants repeal, Govt wants review
By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times Sunday Times:The Tamil National Alliance is demanding the total repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), but the government insists it is ready only to consider amendments. TULF General Secretary R Sambanthan told The Sunday Times the TNA wanted the draconia...
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Negotiated peace should address three factors – Professor Gamini Keerawella
Colombo,September 30:A negotiated peace would necessarily have to address three factors; an end to the war, the causes that led to the war and the consequences of the war including decommissioning and rehabilitation,” said Professor Gamini Keerawella, Professor of History at the University of Perad...
09.09.2009 - 14:23
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Structure of State is most fundamental question – Lakshman Kadirgamar
Eric Fernando Colombo, September 30: “The structure of the state is the most fundamental question in all this and some day we have to get that straight – we have to get that right and now. How long are you going to keep delaying it? The argument is this, is it satisfactory just to allow things to...
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Rights group says Asian maids face beatings in Lebanon
By Mariam Karouny Yahoo News: Beirut (Reuters) September 30: - Lalia believes that if divine justice is served, her Lebanese employers will be reborn as maids in her native country of Sri Lanka, where they will face a lifetime of the same rough treatment they now dish out to her. Now 29, Lalia -- w...
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Sri Lanka Cholera Outbreak Under Control
Yahoo News: Colombo, September 30, (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak in northern Sri Lanka that has claimed three lives is spreading southward, but officials said on Monday the epidemic was under control. The war-battered Jaffna peninsula confirmed about 30 cases of the disease, and health officials s...
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SSP urges arrest of Italy-bound trawler-load of Lankans
By Norman Palihawadana- The Island The Island:A senior superintendent of police has requested the Italian embassy in Sri Lanka to proceed with immediate action to take into custody a trawler cruising in the seas of Somalia carrying a large number of Sri Lankan illegal migrants to Italy. This reques...
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How much for a ride to the airport?
Compiled by: V.Rajeny A businessman flew to Vegas for the weekend to gamble. He lost the shirt off his back, and had nothing left but a quarter and the second half of his round-trip ticket. If he could just get to the airport he could get himself home. So he went out to the front of the casino whe...
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We were tortured, and was treated like slaves – Released Kennedy
By: Guna Kajananth at Omanthai While local and international press focused their attention on Caption Ajith Boyagoda, a senior naval officer captured by the LTTE, but the Tiger media concentrated its attention on Kennady, a senior commando, trapped by the government forces and our correspondent kep...
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Prisoners release a moment of reality
In his speech Austin Fernando, Secretary of Defense at the prisoner exchange between the GOSL & LTTE in Omanthai on Saturday, 28 September 2002, said: "It is yet another significant milestone to a negotiated settlement of what was at one time considered an intractable conflict. The full text o...
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