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

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Thailand ready to deport Sri Lankan detainees

Thai Immigration authorities have confirmed that they will deport the 113 Sri Lankans held in three detention centres back to Sri Lanka provided air tickets from Bangkok to Colombo and valid travel documents are issued to them. It is learnt that all most all those Sri Lankans held in Thailand have overstayed their visas and many of them are listed as illegal entrants into the country as they have neither valid passports nor visas to prove that they entered the country legally. In the meantime, Wimal de Silva, Charge de Affaires of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Thailand and his staffs met with Police Lt. Col. Jarut Saruttayaporn the Deputy Superintendent of Immigration, and another Immigration Commander on Tuesday.

An Island Sinking Under its Burden: Up Close and Personal View Of Sri Lanka by Fortune Magazine Writer

Presented by Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Eric Ellis, South East Asia correspondent for ‘Fortune’ magazine who was in Sri Lanka twice this year, observes that ‘an unwinnable war and dubious politicians are blighting beautiful Sri Lanka.’ His observation was sent to this writer by a onetime prominent Sri Lankan physician and now retired Ranjan Hulugalle who travels to his native country from his adopted land U.S. many times within a year. The ‘Fortune’ magazine writer’s observations are disturbing to those Sri Lankans and Sri Lanka watchers who are living away from this South Asian nation in the Indian Ocean whose government is battling a terrorist movement while endeavoring to maintain civil rule and minimize human rights abuses under severe international pressure.

ABC launches Islamic Banking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka market is gathering momentum towards the 'Islamic Concept' of investments and financing and under the new Banking Act, all commercial banks and designated Banks are permitted to have 'Windows' for operation under the Islamic Concept. ABC Group of Companies added another Company ‘ABC Investments Ltd’ (Barakah Islamic Financial Services) a finance company under Islamic Shareeah Concept which bases their transactions on ‘Profit Sharing Basis’ rather than on ‘interest’.

Sten Tolgfors on Swedish company's contract to renovate UN

Skanska, the Swedish Company has won the contract to renovate UN headquarters in New York. It is one of Skanska's largest single contracts ever and is worth approximately USD 1 billion. The award of this contract to Skanska was officially anounced yesterday. Sten Tolgfors, Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade when commenting on Skanska receiving the contract said, "Sweden can be proud that Skanska has won this contract to modernise one of the world's best-known buildings, a symbol of international cooperation. I hope this can inspire more Swedish companies to participate both in UN tenders and in other international organizations' bidding processes.

The Legacy of the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh - Part-XI

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Hindu American Federation noted: “The Constitution of Bangladesh is designed to protect human rights to all persons living in the country, regardless of race, religion, or sex. Article 11 of the Constitution explicitly states, “The Republic shall be a democracy in which fundamental human rights and freedoms and respect for the dignity and worth of the human person shall be guaranteed.” Article 28 provides that “The State shall not discriminate against any citizen on grounds only of religion, race caste, sex or place of birth,” while Article 31 states that the protection of the law is “the inalienable right of every citizen, wherever he may be.” The violence against Bangladeshi journalists, the rape of Hindu and tribal women, and the attacks against minorities and human rights activists have all gone unchecked despite the constitutional assurance of equal protection under the law.

Sri Lanka: New security measures slow deliveries to the Vanni

Heightened security measures and renewed skirmishes between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and government forces are causing severe delays in delivering supplies and price increases in goods and fuel in four northern districts of Sri Lanka, collectively known as Vanni, officials said. New government regulations were introduced in mid-June after government security forces discovered explosives hidden in Lorries traveling between conflict areas. Goods must be offloaded, inspected and then transferred to other trucks at a checkpoint set up at Madavachchiya, a central town where several key highways intersect.

FCCISL to rehabilitate enterprises destroyed by the Conflict

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

When Tsunami devastated almost the entirety of the coastal belt of Sri Lanka the damage of the disaster was assessed, the numbers were counted and the damage was quantified.Yet there is another man-made perennial disaster much more bigger and vicious than the natural one – massive damage caused by the Conflict that is almost three decades on which appears to be incomprehensible and inaccessible and this man-made Conflict has made the biggest impact to the country's economy. So, it is paramount importance that the Conflict must cease and peace must dawn for the economy to resurrect from the ashes of destruction. But peace has to be resolved by the main parties involved in the Conflict.

India: Turn to Northeast for real sports talent

By S. Ranjan - Syndicate Features

Group game does not suit Indian physic, says Kapil Dev, as he advocates for individual wrist games like squash, tennis, badminton and similar sports. When India plays against South Africa, New Zealand or Australia they are identified for their short height, less physical strength and poor athleticism. Though Indians compensate their deficiencies with skill and creativity, physical strength always gives an edge to a team. The last World Cup was a different cricket where power overshadowed skill in the initial round. Later both skill and power dominated. Australia having both became the champion. Mathew Hayden, Scott Styris, Adam Gilchrist, J H Kallis and Ricky Ponting gave a different approach to the game with raw power to chase 300 plus runs a number of times.

Poland: Kaczynski brothers provoke government crisis

Using falsified secret service documents, Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski of the Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwo—PiS) has sacked Andrzej Lepper, the right-wing populist leader of Self-Defence (Samoobrona—SRP) as vice premier and minister of agriculture. This action makes clear that neither Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski nor his twin brother, President Lech, will brook any political dissention from within the ruling coalition at a time of mounting conflict with ever-larger sections of working people. Lepper’s party reacted in its usual spineless fashion at this attempt to discipline it, but since has tried to increase its influence in relation to the PiS through joining forces with other parties.

Ranil faces another defeat

Just a day after the major rally against Mahinda Rajapakse government Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of the opposition, faced another defeat. His treasurer, Tilak Karunaratne resigned, protesting against the recent tie-up with the SLFP (M) wing led by Mangala Samaraweera, the remarks made by Wickremesinghe against the Budhist monks and the belittling of the Thoppigala military victory. Wickremesinghe made a desperate bid last evening to make Karunaratne withdraw his resignation from the posts of Treasurer, the Working Committee, Administrative Committee, Management Committee and the Religious Affairs Committee. But it failed.