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

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India bullies small Sri Lanka and cringes before giant China

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The statement made by A. K. Narayanan, India’s National Security Advisor, on Thursday (May 31) warning Sri Lanka not to go to Pakistan or China to seek weapons smack of India resuming its hegemonistic stance in bullying a small nation essentially to keep the weak Congress Party in power. This statement was issued after Narayanan met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi who props up the Manmohan Singh’s Coalition government with his DMK votes in Delhi. Narayanan told the media: “We are a big power in the region. We don’t want the Sri Lankan government to go to Pakistan or China.

More than Rs. 2 billion VAT Refunds due to importers and exporters

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

While important export crop dealers such as tea, coconut and rubber exporters complain that the cess collected on the exports of these crops, to be used to improve and develop those industries are being used for other purposes by the government the importers and exporters are now crying that the Inland Revenue Department inordinately delays the refund of VAT and according to them the long overdue amount is over rupees two billion. To deliberate and iron out the problems facing the industry and to try to help fast track VAT refunds, The Academy for International Trade and Transport, the Training Arm of the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders Association and the Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council two affiliated bodies of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce are organizing an important workshop/seminar on June 7th at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies.

Sri Lanka: Food shortages, fear of abductions - Jaffna residents feel the pinch

Last year at this time 16-year-old Jeevun Kumaraswamy, who lives on the isolated Jaffna peninsula in northern Sri Lanka, was on top of the world. His school, Jaffna Central College, was competing against traditional rivals St. John's College in the centenary game of their annual cricket match. Jaffna was decked-out in flags. The kids were dancing in the streets. This year there's anything but dancing for Jeevun and his friends: Since all-out conflict began between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) the climate has been tense - tense enough that even the big school cricket match had to be cancelled.

Research dispels falsehoods about pioneering German Buddhist monk

By Janaka Perera

A three-year scholarly research on the life and times of the pioneering German Buddhist monk, the Venerable Nyanatiloka has helped to dispel inaccuracies and falsehoods about him – especially the allegation that he had affinities to National Socialism in the 1930s. The research work has been undertaken by a European bhikku who wishes to remain anonymous at this point of time. The Ven. Nyanatiloka's most important disciple was Jewish whose lay name Siegmund Feniger. Born in Germany on July 21, 1901, he was the only child of a Jewish couple. He was ordained as the Venerable Nyanaponika and became adviser to Asoka Weeraratne, Secretary of the German Dharmaduta Society from its very inception.

Ceylinco Insurance and Dialog Telecom introduces novel Easy (eZ) Insurance

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka's first personal accident insurance cover through mobile telephone will be launched by Dialog Telekom and Ceylinco Insurance on the 15th of June targeting the poorer segments of the insurance market. Ceylinco Insurance – who introduced the novel concept of ‘on the spot’ insurance claim settlements have joined hands with another trade giant – Dialog Telecom to launch another novel insurance scheme – Accidental Death and Permanent Disablement Insurance – Easy (eZ) Insurance for just Rs 5 which would yield Rs 50,000.

U.N. Braces for New Breed of Environmental Refugees

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As the international community continues to express fears over the potentially devastating impact of global warming worldwide, there is also growing concern over the steady increase in a new category of displaced persons: environmental refugees. "I believe it is high time that the United Nations take the lead in addressing this matter that threatens to affect the lives of so many, particularly those living in the coastal areas in the least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS)," U.N. Under-Secretary-General Anwarul Karim Chowdhury told IPS.

Hollywood Companies for a location search in Sri Lanka for their future film projects

By Walter Jayawardhana

SaralaFour Hollywood companies will be going to Sri Lanka to investigate suitable locations for future productions within the next three months directly as a result of the Focus Sri Lanka Trade Fair held in Los Angeles. “Four Hollywood companies have agreed to go to the island to investigate appropriate locations,” said Jaliya Wickramasuriya the Sri Lankan Consul General in Los Angeles. Bill Bowling , the World Wide Locations Executive of the Warner Brothers Pictures has informed the Sri Lanka envoys at the trade exhibition that four companies working under Warner Brothers will be going to Sri Lanka to select proper locations.

Pakistani generals must act before it is too late

By *Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

Not many countries in the world would envy Pakistan for being constantly in the focus of international media—adversely. Until recently with more than half of its population living under poverty-line, Pakistan was proud to have Shaukat Aziz as the richest prime minister in the world. And lately he has done it more proud by getting himself hard up to deserve mention as perhaps the only known gigolo prime minister in recent history. The latest book on US Secretary of State “Twice as Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power,” by Newsweek’s senior editor Marcus Mabry has brought on record the “other” hitherto unknown qualities of Aziz as a Casanova.

Sri Lankan university workers protest against punitive measures

Hundreds of workers from the universities of Colombo and Moratuwa took part in a lunchtime protest on Tuesday against punitive action imposed over recent national strike action. All who participated in the two-week strike have had their pay cut and eight union leaders and activists have been suspended. Yesterday Colombo university workers were scheduled to jointly take “sick leave” as part of the same campaign. The island-wide strike from April 24 to May 7 involved more than 10,000 non-academic workers who were demanding the rectification of longstanding salary anomalies, the payment of monthly compensation allowance (MCA) arrears and an end to the harassment of employee protests. The trade union leaders shut down the strike after university authorities promised to pay part of the salary arrears.

Vaikunthan and Kulam

Focus Lanka

Swiss judge refuses bail to Tiger leader Kulam accused of attacking rival Tamils

The detention of the Tiger Chief of Switzerland Chelliah Kulasekerasingham nom de guerre Kulam Vaikunthan and Kulamand Selvarasa Vaikunthan, the person in charge of Tamil Youth Organization in Berne was extended on 29 may by the by the Criminal investigative Court in Zurich. Kulam and his men waylaid PLOTE members and attacked them at Central, located near the Zurich Metro station while returning after participating in the May Day rally. PLOTE International Organizer Swiss Ranjan and five others were seriously injured and hospitalized. Subsequently Swiss criminal Police arrested Kulam and Vaikunthan on the 03 May and detained them