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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

Monthly archive

Kane Gilmour

Air and ground attacks on the Toppigala tiger garrisons cause heavy casualties among LTTE cadres

By Walter Jayawardhana

Following the third consecutive day of air and ground attacks on the Ampara District Tamil Tiger garrisons in the jungles, heavy casualties have been reported. Although no independent reports were available about casualties, quoting two Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres who surrendered to them at the Black Bridge in Batticaloa District the army said in the Kodawamadu area they had seen the Tamil Tigers were carrying 14 dead bodies of their colleagues in carts who were killed in the attacks by the security forces.

House Resolution 64 Passes Overwhelmingly: Demand to Drop Charges against Bangladeshi Journalist Now Official US Policy

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

In a rare show of bi-partisanship, the US Congress on Tuesday 13 March, passed House Resolution 64. HR 64 makes it the “sense of the US Congress” that charges against crusading Muslim journalist, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury be dropped and all harassment against him ended. Choudhury is the Bangladeshi Muslim jailed and tortured after exposing the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh, urging relations with Israel, and advocating interfaith dialogue based on religious freedom.

India Needs Urgently Citizen Policing

Dr P L Joshi - Professor Bahrain

It is very painful to the Indian people to hear news every day on the serious lack of professionalism by Indian police in handling public demonstrations in different parts of the country. Many times, it reminds us the British Police Raj system even after 60 years of independence. The recent incident of mishandling the situation on farmers and tribal people in West Bengal by State Police in which 11 people are reported to have been killed by police firing and even ladies were severely beaten up. All TV news channels ( Zee News, Star News , March 14, 2007) have shown the video clippings of these events.

Triumphal provides latest New Zealand Technology to manufacture Barmac Sand [M -Sand] in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The local contractors will say good-bye to river sand and welcome newly developed Manufactured Sand / Barmac Sand from local quarry owners to construct their buildings, roads and mega infrastructure development projects without violating Environmental laws of Sri Lanka. Barmac - a New Zealand machine maker who produced manufactured sand, Barmac machines are now in Sri Lanka to guide quarry owners to manufacture manufactured sand with the latest technology.

Southern Illinois University Provides English Teacher Training at BCIS

English teachers in Sri Lanka now have access to a unique resource at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in Colombo. English Language Fellow Kane Gilmour, a doctoral candidate from Southern Illinois University specializing in Sri Lankan English, is hosting a series of programs called Teaching English in the 21st Century. The program for Saturday, March 17 will be The Internet and Other Resources for English Teachers. The two hour course will start at 1:00 PM at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies in the BMICH compound. Space is available for 200 teachers and the attendance fee is only Rs. 100.

This Time, Israel Is Missing an Historic Opportunity

By Nicola Nasser*

Fulfilling a 60-year old Israeli dream and an American unwavering strategy, the 22-member League of Arab states are now in consensus on a potentially groundbreaking Arab Peace Initiative (API), which pledges their collective and full recognition of the Jewish state and full-fledged permanent peace in return for withdrawing the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) to 1967 lines, the establishment of an independent Palestine with eastern Jerusalem as its capital, and “an agreed, just solution” to the Palestinian refugee issue in accordance with United Nations Resolution 194, but both Washington and Tel Aviv are not forthcoming.

South Faults Double Standards on U.N. Top Jobs

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took office in January, he made a public commitment to revamp the U.N. Secretariat, inculcate high ethical standards and make his new administration fully transparent and accountable. "My watchword will be meritocracy, with due regard for gender balance and geographical representation," he pledged, speaking of impending appointments of senior officials.

Sri Lanka Legislators and industry people hail appointment of Construction Services Minister

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Members of Parliament and top people connected to the construction industry have shown their pleasure on appointment of Sri Lanka’s first Construction Minister by the President Mahindha Rajapakshe and said it is an important decision to improve the local construction industry and boost employments. Addressing the launching ceremony of the Excon 2007 exhibition held on Tuesday in Colombo Minister Prof; G.L.Peiris said Sri Lanka needs a construction and Engineering services minister to develop the sector and bring new comers into the industry.

Jagannath temple no entry

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

The Hindu religion is regarded as all-pervasive, tolerant and flexible. It is described as a way of life, not a religion in the narrow sense of the term. It does not have any problem of co-existence with other religions. But questions about such claims are raised whenever minorities are harassed; and also when a temple that draws thousands of devotees slams its doors on some on narrow, archaic grounds. The most recent example is the incident at the Jagannath temple in Puri, when Paul Roediger, an American and apparently a Christian, was thrown out and slapped a fine for entering the sacred place.

Quebec elections 2007: Quebec Federation of Labour officially backs Parti Québécois

On March 3 a special convention of the Quebec Federation of Labour (QFL—Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec) voted overwhelmingly in favor of endorsing the indépendatiste Parti Québécois (PQ) in the March 26 Quebec election. With more than 500,000 members, the QFL is Quebec’s largest union federation and represents a majority of Quebec’s unionized industrial workers. The other major union federations, including the Confederation of National Trade Unions (CSN—Confédération des syndicats nationaux), have announced that they too are supporting the PQ. But so as to maintain “independence,” they are calling on their members to prevent the Liberals winning reelection, rather than expressly advocating a vote for the PQ.

Altaf Halil

US Grant Rs. 51 million to develop Petroleum Exploration Regulations

United States of America has granted Rs. 51 million ($ 474,000) to the Ministry of Finance and Planning. The grant was to fund technical assistance to the Ministry of Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development in support of its efforts to develop a comprehensive oil and gas regulatory system and establish an organizational structure for the regulatory authority. The grant has been awarded under the US goal of Promoting energy security in Sri Lanka through the development of the oil and gas sector.