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

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Akila Badhanage

Human Rights Council strongly deplores continued violent repression of peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar

The Human Rights Council October 02 adopted by consensus a resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar (Burma) in which it strongly deplored the continued violent repression of peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar, including through beatings, killings and enforced disappearances, and urged the Government of Myanmar to exercise utmost restraint and to desist from further violence against peaceful protesters. The Council also urged the Government of Myanmar to ensure full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, to end impunity and to investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of human rights violations.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Regrets United States Misperceptions Of his Government’s Efforts to Combat Tiger Terrorism

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

In his lengthy discussions with United States Congressmen in Washington October 2, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Bogallagama expressed his regrets that despite positive developments in the internal situation in Sri Lanka, continued concerns have been voiced in recent weeks in the US Senate regarding Sri Lanka while letting the American lawmakers know that it was unfortunate that there were misperceptions concerning the Sri Lanka Government's efforts to counter the terrorism perpetrated by the LTTE.

Sri Lanka needs the support of the international community to face terrorism while pursuing the path of peace

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Dr. Kohona“Sri Lanka’s demonstrated commitment to democracy and pluralism in order to place in context Sri Lanka’s challenge of terrorism,” attributable to “a ruthless terrorist group” that “pioneered suicide bombings of civilian targets long before 9/11,.” declared Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona in an address at the Georgetown University on Monday, October 01. Dr. Kohona took the message of Sri Lanka’s attempt at conflict resolution further, through his address “The Challenge of Terrorism and the Peace Process in Sri Lanka” at the Mortara Center for International Studies at the Georgetown University in Washington D.C. His address was co-sponsored by the Master of Arts Program in Conflict Resolution at the Georgetown University.

Sri Lanka Deposits Instrument of Ratification on Terrorism Convention

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama formally handed over the instrument of ratification of the International Convention for the Suppression of Nuclear Terrorism. In a simple ceremony on the sidelines of the 62nd UN General Assembly in New York, Bogollagama stated that over the last two decades Sri Lanka had advocated strongly the need to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. It had become party to 11 of the 13 UN conventions for the suppression of terrorism. Some of these key conventions were the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

U.N. Mission in Darfur Jeopardized by Attacks

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The 15-member U.N. Security Council, which remains paralysed over the killings and military repression in Burma (Myanmar), joined hands Tuesday to condemn the "murderous attack" last weekend that killed 10 African Union (AU) peacekeepers in South Darfur, Sudan. A presidential statement, reflecting the views of the entire membership, condemned the attack and demanded "that no effort be spared" to identify and bring the perpetrators "to justice". Last week, the Council was unable to reach consensus on a proposed similar statement on Burma because of opposition from China on the ground that the demonstrations and killings in that military-run country were a "domestic" dispute that does not warrant international condemnation.

“We did not get money from Mahinda Rajapakse,” - Tamil Tigers deny

In interviews with pro-Tiger media outlets, the Head of Political Wing of Tamil Tigers, S. P. Tamilselvan, has categorically denied that Tigers had received any money in the form of bribe during and after the Presidential elections held in November 2005 to rig the Presidential election results in favor of Mahinda Rajapakse. Breaking their silence over this issue, Tamilselvan added that the vilification campaign carried on in the south Sri Lanka for the last six months was factually wrong, malicious and vicious. This denial from Tamilselvam is a severe blow to the Wickremesinghe-Samaraweera campaign to throw mud at the Mahinda Rajapakse government.

President Mahinda’s Visit to the state of California a successful one - Sri Lanka Consul Generals Office in Los Angeles

The recently concluded 3-day visit of President Mahinda Rajapakse to the US state of California was very successful, says Jaliya Wickramasuriya Sri Lanka Consul General in Los Angeles. The Consul General said that the three days trip provided the visiting President an opportunity to meet and chat with hundreds of his compatriots now resident in California and tell them what their country expects out of them. He called every one of them to be an ambassador of Sri Lanka and said their duty is to tell this country the truth about the insensate terrorism practiced back in their country. According to a press statement released at the end of the of the visit by President Mahinda Rajapakse, he pointed out that while the terrorists were being defeated by the security forces, the propaganda war by the terrorists under ruses of false love for human rights was alarming he reminded.

World Animal Day – October 4 : Enact Animal Welfare Bill without further delay

By Janaka Perera

It was Mahatma Gandhi who said that a nation's greatness and moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals. Seven countries in the world have no legislation to protect animals from cruelty. They include Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Iran. Sri Lanka has an antiquated piece of legislation that is 100 years old i.e. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, No. 13 of 1907. The maximum punishment is a mere Rs. 100 fine. This is hardly a deterrent punishment in today's context.

Colombo to Host ICCT Conference from 18th -20th October.

By-Leel Pathirana

Sri Lanka will host The International Conference on Countering Terrorism (ICCT) from 18th to 20th October at Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo. The theme of the Conference will be "Terrorism:A Challenge to Democratically Elected Governments" and the Sri Lankan Premier Mr.Rathnasiri Wickramanayake will be the chief Guest at the inaugural session. The conference will be chaired by Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Rohitha Bogollagama and the concluding panel discussion on the conference will be chaired by Dr.Palitha Kohona, the secretary, Ministry of the Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan model teenaged student murdered in Toronto by a teenage gangster team

By Walter Jayawardhana

Akila BadhanageA former student of D.S.Senanayaka College, Colombo, Akila Badhanage (16) who migrated to Canada with his parents five years ago has been murdered in Toronto, September 28, sources close to his family said. The Toronto Police made repeated announcements over the City TV appealing to possible eyewitnesses to identify a gang of teenage murderers who committed the crime on the Sri Lankan teenager. A bright student who obtained straight A’s at the North Park Secondary School of Brampton Toronto, Akila was scheduled to attend a university fair at the Toronto Convention Center soon to select a university and pursue his higher studies soon.

IRTAP supports Jaffna livelihood project

By Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Income Recovery Technical Assistance Programme (IRTAP) project of the International Labor Organization says Agriculture provides a livelihood to 85,000 farming families, including farm labourers in Jaffna. Issuing its latest report on livelihood development activities in the Jaffna district, the project report said that the dairy, goat and poultry rearing industry constitute the main segments of the livestock sector in Jaffna with 30,000 registered poultry and 15,000 dairy farmers respectively. The agricultural sector gained prominence over the past decades, as it was productive and flourishing. It is characterized by production of food and cash crops, such as grapes, red onions, chilies, tobacco, exotic and endemic vegetables, fruits and ground nuts.

Games our politicians play

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

If wishes are horses, the Third Front of some eight regional parties out of power and out of reckoning at the national level should be making their presence felt in the Hastinapuri in under a fortnight. What will they do with a secretariat? That is not a question before them. What they see is an urgency to put their best foot forward to be reckoned as a player. The secretariat is being projected as the short cut to political power nirvana. So over the next fortnight, we will see hordes of regional players descending on Delhi, scout for a place to put up the name plate of the front and hold a housewarming afterwards.

Chandrika ...bye ...bye


Dr. Palitha Kohona

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Chandrika Kumaratunga evicted from official residence and faces new corrupt charges

ChandrikaChandrika Kumaratunga, the former President of Sri Lanka, is running into a rough patch with the courts evicting her from her official residence and with a new court case charging her with corrupt practices. Earlier she was branded as “The Queen of Thieves” in a book written by Victor Ivan, the editor of the Sinhala paper, Ravaya. Ivan was a very close political ally of Kumaratunga who exposed her major corrupt deals to amass a fortune. The latest is a case filed by Sugathapala Medis, a Sinhala language author of Buddhist literature and Raja Senanayake, a senior public servant and former Deputy Director of the Budget Department of the Treasury.