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

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Anura Priyadarshana Yapa

Remote controlled plane and a helicopter found in 2 captured LTTE boats

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Remote controlled plane and a helicopter was found in the 2 captured LTTE boats in the midst sea off the coast of Talaimannar. The Sri Lanka Navy today morning confronted 2 LTTE boats, 5 nautical miles away from Talimannar. After two and half hour long confrontation, Navy captured the LTTE boats. Navy has earlier observed 4 LTTE cadres onboard the boats and after the capture, they were either believed to be killed or might have jumped obverboard.

Sri Lanka delegation led by Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella to visit Saudi Arabia

Dr. Keheliya RambukwellaA Sri Lanka Government delegation led by Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare & Government Spokesman for Defense and National Security will be leaving to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on an official visit to explore possibilities of establishing better relationship between Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka and also about issues connected with the Sri Lankan workers in the country. "Asian Tribune" learnt that negotiations are underway for the Minister to meet the King of Saudi Arabia during his one week stay. Sources told that Ministry of Foreign Affairs is at present negotiating with Saudi officials regarding the possibility of this meeting.

United States on Death of Burmese Dissident in Custody

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States, through its State Department spokesman Sean McCormack, issued the following statement Wednesday, October 10 on the death of a Burmese dissident who was in the custody of the military junta. “The United States is deeply troubled by reports of the death of Burmese dissident Win Shwe during interrogation by Burmese authorities. Win Shwe, a member of the National League for Democracy, was arrested on September 26, 2007. Burmese authorities reportedly cremated his body at the detention center where he was interrogated.

Thondaman and four other CWCers re-join Rajapakse government

Arumugan ThondamanThe leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Arumugan Thondaman and four other CWC members have been sworn in today as cabinet, non cabinet and deputy ministers, the President's office announced. Arumugan Thondaman was sworn in as Minister of youth Empowerment this morning. On August 2, 2007, the leader of the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) Arumugan Thondaman and four other CWC members resigned from the government. CWC was a constituent of the United Peoples Freedom alliance (UPFA) government and its leader Thondaman was holding a ministerial portfolio in the cabinet led by President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Tamil Nadu government offers peanuts as compensation for the Sri Lankan killed by Indian prison guard

Jeyaraj FernandopulleJeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Highways & Road Development and the Treasurer of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party told Asian Tribune that the Indian government has yet to take action against the prison guard who shot dead Warnakulasuriya Canicius Fernando, (44), an unarmed Sri Lankan visitor to the Madura Central Prison, on October 05, 2007. He also said the offer of Indian Rs. 100,000 (USD. 2,557.54 ) as compensation by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is like adding insult to injury. Fernando, a father of two children, had gone to meet the 4 Sri Lankan Fishermen who were to be released on 08 October from the Madura Central Prison. He went to meet the Sri Lankans with all the necessary documents.

Sri Lanka state provides health, education, sanitation to Tiger-controlled areas – Minister Yapa tells Inter-Parliamentary Union

Anura Priyadarshana YapaAnura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Mass Media and Information, told a panel discussion at the 117th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in Geneva from 8 to 10 October 2007 that Sri Lanka, which gained universal franchise in 1931 and remained a functioning democracy since then, is now “facing a challenge in maintaining national security, while preserving human security and individual freedoms in the fight against terrorism.” He added: “Sri Lanka has been grappling with the fight against the LTTE, one of the most ruthless terrorist organisations in the world, for the last two decades. This organisation has fielded a large number of suicide bombers against innocent civilians and continues to recruit children as combatants.

Sri Lanka's ex-president awarded government minister's entitlements, could draw upto $ 925 per month

Sri Lanka's ex-President Chandrika Kumarathunga was today awarded a government minister's entitlements by the courts in Colombo. Appeal Court Judges K. Sripavan and Rohini Perera gave the order after considering a petition filed by the ex-president, alleging a breach of privileges and citing the Secretary to the President, Finance Secretary P.B. Jayasundara and several others as respondents. Justice Sripavan observed that the former head of state should get official vehicles and other facilities on par with that of a cabinet minister. The Attorney General was ordered to make submissions regarding the charges mentioned in the petition on October 15th.

Canada inaugurates Canadian/CIDA funded housing project in Matara

By Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A Canada-Sri Lanka housing project funded by the Government of Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was inaugurated by Ms. Angela Bogdan, High Commissioner of Canada. The project marked another milestone in Canadian support to post-tsunami reconstruction in Shaktipura, Southern Province, amidst a distinguished gathering comprising the Governor of Southern Province, Mrs. Kumari Balasuriya, Galle Municipal Council Member Mr. K.K.J. Nishantha and SAPSRI officials, including Executive Director Dr. Padma Ratnayaka and Chairman Dr. Lakshman Hettiarachchi and the families of the new village of Shaktipura, Matara District.

Democratic Taiwan dares Communist China once again

By Anjan Roy - Syndicate Features

Taiwan is back in the news not because of a new spat with mainland China but because of its knock at the UN doors. A membership application signed by President Chen Shui-bian has been delivered to the Secretary General. Till 1971, Taiwan represented China on the world body. Now it wants to be a member in its own right as Taiwan. Massive rallies have been staged across the island country demanding that the UN accept the island’s application.

"Be kind to your domestic helpers"

Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella

Arumugan Thondaman

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

Navy Destroys Two Sea Tiger Boats: Remote Control Air Craft and a Helicopter among the Recovered

Radar operators at the Talaimannar naval base detected two suspected echoes on their Radars about 5 Nautical miles North heading towards Nachchikuda area around 5.30 a.m. today (11) and then directed two Inshore Patrol Craft (IPC) to investigate. When naval sea units closed up for investigations, the tigers onboard the two Fibre Glass Dinghies started firing at the IPCs. Due to the successful retaliatory fire, one boat was destroyed and the other was rescued by the Navy. The occupants onboard these two boats have jumped overboard amidst fire from the naval units.