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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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International community must stop Tigers from killing Tamils leaving Jaffna in ships -- Douglas Devananda

Douglas DevanandaIn an interview with the Asian Tribune, Douglas Devananda, Member of Parliament from the Jaffna district and the Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare, condemned the Tamil Tigers for threatening to attack ships ferrying Tamil civilians from Jaffna to Trincomalee. He said that the Tamils of Jaffna have been warned not to travel in the passengers ships as the Tigers have decided to attack all ships, including those carrying Tamil civilians. Minister, who is also the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party, said that this was a calculated move by the Tigers to send the Tamils into a watery grave. "Enough Tamils have died on land and now the Tigers are planning callously, without any regard for human lives, to send the Tamils to the bottom of the sea," he said.

Sports heal - UNDP's Sports for Peace program

A five-day residential Sports for Peace training programme for sports coaches from around the country was held recently organized by Colombo based UNDP. The one hundred and twenty participants, among them 30 women from twelve districts were a satisfied lot having had the opportunity to interact with their counter parts from all areas of the island. Sports for Peace is a programme funded by the Government of Australia and implemented in partnership with sports federations at the national level and with the district sports and zonal education offices at the district level.

Tiger organizations abroad function according to our agenda and instructions -- Tamilselvan

TamilselvanIn an interview with Tamil Murasu, a daily Tamil newspaper published in Singapore, S. P. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, dismissed the need to find a replacement for Anton Balasingham because Tigers organizations of the Tamil Diaspora are carrying out their tasks in all the countries according to the Tiger agenda. He told Tamil Murasu:: “There are people responsible for those organizations. Organizations are being formed and are functioning in all the countries according to our political agenda and according to our directions.

Sri Lanka: Another seven new investors plan to invest over 100 million

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Investment Promotions have jointly issued ‘Letters on Approval’ for 7 new investments which include Software exports and setting up Business Promotion Offices, commonly known as BPOs. Issuing ‘Letters on Approval, Dr.Sarath Amunugama Investment promotion Minister says these new investments would bring over 100 million rupees. A part of them are overseas investors and most of them plan to expand their businesses during a short period.

“Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” - An appeal to World Cup cricket fans

“Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” - will be the focus during the forthcoming world Cup 2007 sports carnival that will be held from 15 March to the next 15 days in the Caribbean islands – West Indies. International Cricket Council in its forthcoming World Cup 2007 has come forward to spotlight children and young people affected by HIV /AIDS. Through high profile activities around cricket’s biggest event, the ICC will support the Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS campaign launched in 2005 by UNICEF, UNAIDS and other partners. “The Spirit of Cricket is a special part of our game and is a concept that stretches beyond the boundaries of the outfield,” said ICC President Percy Sonn.

Khudaon Ki Duniya (World of Gods) - Thematic Concern of the Poems

Poet Prabhat Kumar ‘Sarwar’ Lakhnavi

We were born as human beings but gradually became Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Muslim and subsequently further divided into various sects. Now we have reached at such a stage where we have completely forgotten that we were ever humans, are humans and will remain as humans. Not only this, as and when we got divided, we established for ourselves various religions and Gods for each religion, faith, rules and practices were formulated, with the result that those religions, their respective Gods, rituals and traditions became deeply rooted in us. Then, we commenced to fight amongst ourselves and began to kill each other, even we started burning each other alive.

IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program in Sri Lanka through NDB Bank

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, announced that NDB Bank has become the first bank in Sri Lanka to join its Global Trade Finance Program. The program is providing NDB Bank with an $8 million facility. The Global Trade Finance Program supports trade with emerging markets worldwide and promotes the flow of goods and services between developing countries. IFC provides partial or full guarantees against underlying trade instruments and covers the payment risk of participating issuing banks. The program allows issuing banks, such as NDB Bank, to increase the volume and value of trade transactions, with enhanced tenors and access to competitive pricing terms.

Sheikh Hasina up against odds

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The question doing rounds in Bangladesh these days is about the political fortunes of Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of founder of the country, ‘Bangabandhu’ Mujibur Rehman. Will she and her Awami League led 15- party alliance win the election? No body has any clue but the general consensus is the odds are not against her despite the entry of poor-man’s banker, Mohammad Yunus, who has floated his own political party after he received the Nobel Prize. Hasina has managed to her way in respect of two of her demands after her betenoire Khaleda Zia’s term ended and President Iajuddin, who is known as Khaleda’s proxy took over as the caretaker advisor (Prime Minister). Her campaign resulted in a new caretaker advisor and a new chief election commissioner. Her third demand is elections with in six months.

New Zealand’s Labor-led government loses parliamentary majority

New Zealand’s coalition government last month lost its outright majority in parliament following the resignation from the Labor Party of one of its MPs. Former Associate Minister of Immigration Taito Philip Field had been stood down from his duties by Prime Minister Helen Clark while facing a police investigation into allegations that he attempted to improperly influence immigration applications. He resigned rather than face expulsion proceedings after he told a television interviewer he would consider standing against Labor at the next election.

Douglas Devananda


United States Releases its Global Human Rights Report: Sri Lanka gets a mixed reaction

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The United States hopes that the State Department's annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices "will be a source of information for governments and societies everywhere and a source of inspiration for all who are still working for peaceful, democratic change around the globe," according to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Dr. Rice during a press briefing March 6 made the above remarks presenting the State Department compiled annual human rights report.