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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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In wake of West Bengal massacre: Indian workers must advance an independent socialist programme

Facing popular opposition across India over the police shooting of scores of peasants in Nandigram last week, West Bengal’s Left Front government, led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), (CPM), is desperately maneuvering to contain the crisis. On March 17, the Left Front parties announced that the state government will not expropriate land in Nandigram to set up a Special Economic Zone. They further declared that the massive police presence in the area will be scaled down “in phases,” and that land acquisition for Special Economic Zones in West Bengal will be temporarily suspended.

Could babri have been saved?

By Prof Ram Puniyani - Syndicate Features

We are coming close to 15years since the Babri Mosque was demolished by the RSS combine in a well coordinated operation. When Babri was being demolished, it was not just demolition of a mosque and hurting the sentiments of largest minority in the country, it was also a blow to the democratic Indian ethos. It was a complex process which led to the demolition and multiple factors were involved. Rahul Gandhi recently (March 2007) stated that had Gandhi family person been around, meaning especially Rajiv Gandhi; the Masjid could not have been demolished. It is one of the big ifs of history.

Norwegian Refugee Council assists displaced civilians in Batticaloa

Norwegian Refugee Council has scaled up its relief operations in Batticaloa district to assist tens of thousands of civilians who have been displaced over the past months by fighting between the Sri Lankan security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).Since last December, more than 35,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Batticaloa district were assisted by NRC in cooperation with the local government authorities, through a wide range of humanitarian interventions—emergency shelter, food, water/sanitation, basic non-food relief items, legal assistance and protection monitoring.

Exports to China to be accelerated

Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Department of Commerce, Yunnan Province, China and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) to promote bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Yunnan Province, specially, to facilitate Sri Lankan business people to participate at the Chinese Export and Import ‘Kunming Trade Fair. The event took place at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel and Li Jiming, Deputy Director General of Commerce, Yunnan Province and Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL signed the MoU, last week.

DHL introduces web-based solution to Import Express service in Asia Pacific

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, announced today that it has enhanced its Import Express service with the introduction of Import Express Online (IEO), a customer facing web-based solution dedicated to automate and support the Import Express product offering. The web-based service is part of DHL’s continual efforts to enhance the features and offerings of Import Express - one of DHL’s fastest growing products in Asia Pacific. Customers using this product enjoy the simplicity and control of one point of contact, one fixed price, and one invoice in their local currency for all their door-to-door import requirements from over 210 countries.

High cost of energy retards impending heavy development in Plastic and Rubber Industry.

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Institute of Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka established in 1962 as a branch of the Institute of Rubber Industry London, was later constituted as The Plastics and Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka, a professional body representing polymer industry professionals in Sri Lanka. Most of the entrepreneurs engaged in the Plastics, Rubber and Polymer related industry are included into the 'Patron Member category of the Institute.

Indian contribution to human rights violations in Sri Lanka

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H.L.D.MahindapalaSuhas Chakma, Director of Delhi based Asian Center for Human Rights, has not only got his moral wires crossed but also got his facts upside down in his report on human rights violations in Sri Lanka. He says that “following the election of Mahinda Rajapakse the situation has deteriorated.” This is typical of Indian hypocrisy, not to mention the humbuggery of the fat cats like Suhas Chakma lapping up the cream that is provided by the foreign-funded NGOs in Asia. Before talking of the situation deteriorating now under Mahinda Rajapakse he should have paused to consider how India initiated, encouraged and set the ball rolling for the violations of human rights in Sri Lanka

EROS attacks LTTE's proxies in London

The two former members of the Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students, (EROS) who are holding a meeting in London today have come under attack from the main body of EROS now operating in Europe. In a press release Rajanathan Prabakaran, General Secretary of the Democratic Front of the Eelam Revolutionary Organization has charged that Ravi Suntharalingham alias 'Kudumbi Ravi' and Velupillai Kuhanendran alias 'Kuhan' who have organized this meeting in London today are acting as proxies of the LTTE's in London. The press release states that this new front of the LTTE is a ruse to take over LTTE's assets in UK, if the British Government decides to take over the UK assets of of the LTTE.