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

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Successful bond issue confirms foreign investor trust in Government’s Ten Year Vision for Development – Mahinda Rajapakse

President Mahinda Rajapakse “The validity of the trust that investors have placed in us is confirmed by the successful international bond issue for US $ 500 million that was closed yesterday,” said President Mahinda Rajapakseat the opening of the Thulhiriya Textile Export Complex today (19). President Rajapakse aid: “When for the first time our government went to the international markets and launched a Sri Lankan bond issue for US $ 500 million, it was oversubscription by over three times the issue on offer, in the face of the many obstacles, attempts at sabotage, false and harmful publicity and attempts to frighten investors, confirms the trust and confidence the international financial markets and foreign investors have in our Ten Year Vision for development,

Mirror of a changing nation

Reviewed by Aditha Dissanayake

Fawn Anderson is the leading character in Anandatissa de Alwis’s short story “Star Sapphire”. Having lived with Fawn Anderson for two days now I feel I know her better than I know most of my friends who have been around me throughout my life. She smiled when I told her of the meeting between Aunty Carolina and Prema at the hotel because she was not there to see it herself. "Prema waited. You didn't speak when Aunt Carolina was present. You waited. That was an established tradition. "So", said Aunt Carolina. It was only one word. It came through lips that hardly parted to let it through, but it said everything. It was a question. It was a comment.

Durga Puja and Hindus in Bangladesh

By Rabindranath Trivedi

Goddess DurgaDurga Puja, five days of the largest festivities of Hindus in the country, begins on 17 October 2007. Puja mandaps have already been built and preparations for all rituals made. Devotees will assemble at the mandaps and make offerings of treats to Goddess Durga. The offerings will later be distributed among all, reports the daily star. Durga, the slayer of Mahishashur, is lion-borne, wielding an array of arms including kripan, chakra, gada, and bow and arrow in her ten hands. Government sources said 14,170 Puja mandaps have been set up across the country. However, according to Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, 20,000 mandaps have been set up in the country including 162 in Dhaka.

Dialog Telekom to use BroadHop's Service Management solution for WLAN Services

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

BroadHop, an award-winning global supplier of subscriber service management solutions for IP triple-play networks, has announced that Dialog Telekom, has selected BroadHop's Service Management Engine (SME) for use in its upcoming public wireless local area network (PWLAN) deployment. The BroadHop SME provides out-of-the-box quality of service (QoS) management, service provisioning, subscriber management, user self-provisioning, customer care, billing, payments, and reporting for providers that deliver multiple services over carrier-class mobile, wireless, and wireline networks.

The first ever ‘Sri Lanka Poultry Show’

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The first ever Poultry Show – Sri Lanka Poultry Show 2007 will be held on 22nd and 23rd October at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Conventional Centre (SLECC) Colombo under the auspicious of the World Poultry Science Association, Sri Lanka Branch (WPSA) and the Ministry of Livestock Development. This international Poultry Show and Conference is expected to attract a large number of both Sri Lankan and foreign exhibitors with more that 100 stall allotted. It would create an opportunity for worldwide manufacturers and service providers in the poultry industry to come up novel, innovative and latest technology, products and services.

Understanding Louise Arbour: Sri Lanka Needs to Avoid One Big Pitfall on Human Rights Issue

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Monitoring Sri Lanka’s media from this end of the world, Asian Tribune is beginning to get the impression that this South Asian nation’s far left nationalist political movement, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or Peoples Liberation Front now in the democratic mainstream but was responsible for two violent insurrections in 1971 and 88/89, is slowly but surely creating a political atmosphere that the recent fact finding mission of UN human rights chief Louise Arbour was in fact a ‘proxy’ mission undertaken on behalf of the ‘sole super power’ the United States.

U.S. Teams with IOM and Sri Lankan Government to Help Combat Human Trafficking

A new program to combat human trafficking funded by the United States and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) will help law enforcement officials identify instances of trafficking in persons and increase the rate of prosecution of those responsible for the practice in Sri Lanka. Building on IOM’s earlier initiatives to curb human trafficking here, the $500,000 program, co-funded by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will train 500 law enforcement and government officials on human trafficking, improve methods of data collection and dissemination to track trafficking cases, and enhance coordination among government and nongovernmental organizations.

On Propaganda and Islamophobia

The daunting reality facing people of conscience is the seemingly impossible task of controlling propaganda in a free society, and how the protected freedom of the perpetrators increases the vulnerability of their potential victims. In the past few years, while many good things happened to Muslims in America, dark clouds continue to gather over them as a result of relentless propaganda by certain special interest groups. All one has to do is to randomly listen to talk show radio on the AM dial and hear the overtly expressed hate that hundreds of thousands or perhaps millions in America internalize every day and night.

Malaysian courts investigating how foreign banks funded Tamil Tigers and other terrorists

By Cchelsea. L.Y. NG

A High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has issued six orders compelling four local banks and a foreign one here to produce documents showing how they have been used by international terrorists to pay for military equipment bought abroad, according to a report in The Star. According to papers supporting the application, the payments made through these banks were suspected to be for funding international terrorism activities, including the Sri Lanka-based Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) guerillas.

The Tiger’s Way of Taking Cover

In the aftermath of the sea clash which took place in the Pesalai seas today (18) around 4.30 a.m, naval units conducting a search operation in the area recovered a boat fitted with two Out Board Motor(OBM) engines and inside laid four (04) dead bodies. They also rescued three persons who were floating. Later the bodies as well as the injured were taken to the Mannar hospital for treatment. It is important to analyze how a group of persons got caught in the middle of this incident as those who hate to see tigers losing their hold in the Wanni would prefer to blame the Navy for killing civilians. It is indeed too early to tell whether those who caught in between the fire are tiger sympathizers or innocent civilians

All set for the FCCISL Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year Awards has been conducted for the 12th year running and is a uniquely national honour and recognizing the valuable contribution by the entrepreneurs of the country, said Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at the Press Conference following the signing of the MOU with Suntel Ltd to be the Strategic sponsor of this Awards ceremony. This is the third consecutive occasion Suntel has been the strategic sponsor for this Prestigious Awards Ceremony.

Congress softens on nuclear deal

By Allabakash - Syndicate Features
The so-called climb down by the top leadership of the Congress on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal has been interpreted as a ploy by the leading partner in the ruling UPA coalition to prevent a premature exit of the 29-month old government in preference to unpredictable consequences that would follow polls. The future of the nuclear deal itself may look doubtful, though optimists will disagree. No matter what the speculation over the government completing its full five-year term will still not go. Of more interest now will be the guess about the prospects of the Congress if polls do take place within the next 12 months.

US Aid

Mahinda Samarasinghe

Bomb Blast in Pakistan

Mahinda at Thulhiriya

Mahinda at Thulhiriya

Mahinda in Thulhiriya