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

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Dr. Palitha Kohona,

Sri Lanka: Post-tsunami jobs increase, incomes decline

The Livelihoods Division at the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) - the main government arm overseeing employment in the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka - is claiming great success. "We have recorded a success rate of 90 per cent and soon all our work will finish," Ranjith Abeyagunawardena, a RADA consultant said. Nonetheless, many of those who have gone back to work are now earning far less than they did prior to the disaster, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the country.

More Sri Lankan scholars to United States

The United States – Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission has planned to host a an orientation course to Sri Lankan scholars scheduled to depart for the United States to embark on their studies regarding how to maintain the J-1 and F-1 visa status in the U.S.; understanding U.S. academic expectations; living and studying in the U.S. and opportunities available for employment in Sri Lanka for returning graduates.

Foreign Ministry too dismisses ICJ claim of tampering with evidence

Dr. Palitha Kohona,The Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Palitha Kohona, has categorically dismissed the claim of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) that the evidence in the case where 17 aid workers were killed was tampered. Earlier the Sri Lankan Peace Secretariat in a detailed argument dismissed the statement of the ICJ that the evidence was tampered. The ICJ states that the bullet recovered from one of the bodies exhumed had been substituted. Dr. Malcolm Dodd, an Australian forensic pathologist, reported that the bullet was 5.65 mm. The Government analysts, a ballistic expert, reported that it was 7.2mm. To resolve this issue the report of the Government Analyst has been sent to Australia.

Norwegian oil companies listed as terrorist organisations by USA

Two Norwegian companies –Statoil and Norsk Hydro – have been listed by USA as terrorist organizations. Both are two of Norway’s largest oil companies. The Norwegian government owns the majority shares in both companies. The Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) has been campaigning to get these companies listed as terrorist organization. NAT have expressed their support and thanked USA for taking this bold step. This listing has taken Norway by surprise and most Norwegian papers displayed it prominently. US investors have been advised to sell their investments in these companies,
NAT adds that Norway moves into areas where it is profitable for them.

V.Anandasangaree’s Perception on the Role of the Patriotic Citizens in Promoting Peace

AnandasangareeVeteran Sri Lankan politician V.Anandasangaree, in a lengthy letter to beloved people of Sri Lanka has pointed out the alarming new trend that is developing in the country, promoting discord and hatred among various communities, and he has said that it was his moral duty to tell the present generation as to how we lived in the past and what we should do to regain our lost glory. He further said, “It is the arrogance shown by certain political leaders that had resulted in so much of loss to our country. Should we not put a stop to the killings?. The young generation should find the answer.”

Sri Lanka reacts to United States allegations of disappearances

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reacted to the United States allegations of disappearances by highlighting that the list that was given has many discrepancies and repetitions. ‘Asian Tribune’ was provided with the Foreign Ministry assessment and analysis of Sri Lanka’s American Embassy findings that were made available to the Presidential Secretariat when Stephen Mann, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, visited Colombo in March this year.

Erik Solheim a convicted criminal --Norwegians Against Terrorism

“Nærmere”In its latest report Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) has alleged that Erik Solheim, the chief peace facilitator, is a convicted criminal. Quoting from his biography, “Nærmere”, NAT says that he has been jailed for stealing from the Norwegian Air Force. In his book he brags about his exploits and adds that he enjoyed his time in jail, spending most of his time reading world literature. NAT adds that the crime of stealing from Norwegian Air Force is nothing compared to the crimes he has committed against the Sri Lankan people. Erik Solheim has been lending a hand to the LTTE using Norwegian tax payer’s money to fund the LTTE. Norway has also used its diplomatic clout to get doors opened for the LTTE, a banned terrorist group.

Big Powers Skirt Anti-Nuke Terrorism Treaty

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

A long-awaited international convention against nuclear terrorism will come into force next week, nine years after it was originally proposed by Russia and 10 months after it was adopted by the 192-member General Assembly. But most of the major powers, including those with nuclear weapons, are giving it a miss -- at least so far. "The convention will help prevent terrorist groups from gaining access to the most lethal weapons known to man," says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who describes nuclear terrorism "as one of the most serious threats of our time."

The Rushdie Knighthood

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The fact that Salman Rushdie is not an endearing name in certain parts of the world cannot take away his merit as a writer of considerable note, even though many may not find his style of prose gripping or appealing enough. Critics are as necessary as faithful fans. A guess has been made by some that Sir Salman got his reward for toning down the virulent anti-establishment tones of his early days as a writer. Some people are perhaps aghast that Sir Salman could say words like he is ‘humbled to receive this great honour.’

Inadequate UN response to the reported comments of the Defence Secretary

Ranjith Soysa Spokesperson of the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka has asked the UN offices in Colombo to advise how more than US$ 4 million released by Ted Chaiban to the LTTE has been utilised? He further queried how many centres were to be established with this money to rehabilitate child soldiers and how many in actual fact functioned? How many child soldiers were rehabilitated? What was the cost of rehabilitation per child? Did the UN offices reject advise of NCPA and allow the LTTE (recruiter) to attend to the rehabilitation function as well? If the project was unsuccessful and money was pocketed by the LTTE, did the UN take action against the staff responsible?



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US Supreme Court rules school districts cannot consider race in integration plans

On Thursday, the last court session before its traditional summer recess, the Supreme Court struck down school integration plans in Seattle, Washington and Louisville, Kentucky, ruling for the first time that local school officials cannot constitutionally consider the race of their students when implementing plans to maintain racial balance among public schools within their districts. The court reversed lower court rulings that had upheld the integration plans. The decision in the consolidated cases of "Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education" is the most significant high court pronouncement on racial integration since 1954, when the Supreme Court held racially segregating public schools to be illegal in "Brown v. School Board."

Navy finds the second plastic explosive laden truck bomb parked in an eastern province fishing village

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lankan security forces may have found the second high explosive laden truck bomb they have been searching for about a month after the arrest of a similar truck bomb which had been taken into custody earlier in the country’s North Western Province at Nikaweratiya. The Sri Lanka Navy announced it found on 29 June, a second truck bomb laden with C-4 plastic explosives near an Eastern fishing village close to the port town of Trincomalee.