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

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Sri Lanka President ordered the immediate release of Tamil detainees without any charges

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed the Inspector General of Police to release persons detained during recent search operations, against whom there are no charges. This follows representations made to him by Ceylon Worker's Congress Leader Minister Arumugam Thondamans who met the President with a number of relatives of the detained persons yesterday morning (3 December) at Temple Trees, the official residence of Sri Lanka President in Colombo. The President who regretted any hardships caused to the persons detained, said the search operations were not directed against any person or community, but were done for the security of all.

"The only place left for Tamil youths is the Indian Ocean" - Moderate Tamil Leaders

The moderate Tamil Leaders who support the Government of President Mahinda Rajapakse and opposes the separation of the country have given vent to their frustration and dismay on the arrest and detention of the innocent Tamil civilians in Colombo and in other cities in the South of Sri Lanka. Those moderate Tamil Leaders have questioned the logic behind launching such a combing up operation. They have pointed out to Sri Lanka President about the pitiable plight of the Tamils youths when protection is not forthcoming from the Government. “Where can these Tamil youths go? The only place left for them is the Indian Ocean,” Tamil Leaders have told Sri Lanka President with serious concern. The moderate Tamil Leaders TULF President V. Anandasangaree, PLOTE President D. Sithadhan and EPRLF (Pathmanabha) General Secretary T. Sritharan has jointly addressed a letter yesterday urging President Mahinda Rajapakse to order the release of all those who have proper identities immediately.

Bombs in colombo and kilinochchi and arrests, all are parts of the same political problem - Mano Ganesan MP

"Can you sight me any clause in the Emergency regulations or Prevention of Terrorists Act where there it is possible to arrest anybody without any evidence?", asked Mano Ganesan, asked Mano Gameshan, Leader of the Western People’s Front when speaking about the arrest and detention of hundreds of Tamil civilians in Colombo and other parts of Sri Lanka. He further asked, “Where such clauses prevail in the constitution of Sri Lanka? This is not acceptable under any law. This contravenes all international law. That is why we are making complains with the international community. When we go to international community you make noises. But you contravene accepted norms and violate human rights of my people and expect me to keep quit. No, it can’t happen that way. Nobody can stop us from talking to the international community. Civil Monitoring Commission will keep the international community informed on all these human rights violations."

Sri Lanka: UNESCO Chief condemns bombing of the Voice of Tigers radio station

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in a statement released yesterday condemned a deadly attack on a radio station run by the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director General of UNESCO has described the Voice of Tigers Radio as a civilian media. Sri Lankan army planes struck the Voice of Tigers radio station near Kilinochchi in the north of the country on the afternoon of 27 November, killing five of the station's staff and reportedly more than five other people, according to a news release from UNESCO. "Regardless of the content of the broadcasts aired by the Voice of Tigers, there can be no excuse for military strikes on civilian media," said Koïchiro Matsuura.

Sri Lanka Government desperate to attract tourists

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a depleted tourist arrival scenario, Sri Lankan Tourist Authorities are now searching to attract tourists from unconventional areas of the globe and now they are tapping the potential in the Middle-East. In the month of October there were nearly 8,000 Middle-eastern tourists have visited Sri Lanka. The latest is the government is trying to attract tourists from Iran, another middle-eastern country.

British teddy bear teacher Gillian Gibbons pardoned

Gillian GibbonsBritish teacher jailed for insulting Islam after she allowed her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad flew home on Monday after Sudan's president pardoned her, a British embassy spokesman said. Mrs Gibbons was jailed for 15 days by a court in Sudan. Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir pardoned her after a meeting with two British Muslim peers - Lord Ahmed and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. In a statement, Mrs Gibbons said "I am sorry if I caused any distress". It comes after several thousand Muslims marched in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Sunday, calling for a tougher sentence.

JVP leader says he is ready to sell umbrellas

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

JVP leader Somawansa Amarasingha says that the Kadurata Umbrella Industries provides employment for local youth and save foreign exchange . “If any local industry is protecting Sri Lankan foreign funds and provide ample jobs for the unemployed masses the JVP ready to support them. I came to sell umbrellas of the Kadurata Umbrella industries, said Somaeansa Amrasingha who delivered his speech during the 3oth anniversary of the Kadurata Umbrella Industries, Kandy, held at the Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo on Friday. “Earlier most of them had a misunderstanding about JVP’s policies on private sector.We assist private sector to develop the country. But the government must obtain their support to go a head, he said.

Hewood Combi WPC - the wonder alternative to natural timber, imminent to slip from Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Garbage has become a devastating menace in Sri Lanka, enveloping not only the urban areas, but now almost the entire country, out of which plastic or polythene is one of the major components in the menace. While elsewhere in the world ‘garbage is turned into gold’ and has become a commercial product with great value, which produces energy and fertilizer. Sri Lanka's action to eradicate this menace is only limited to lip service for the last 20 years. In Sri Lanka, on stage and in other platforms, politicians would have hundred one solutions, but in practice nothing tangible is achieved.

Malaysia’s Ethnic Indians Want Justice

By Atul-Rama - Syndicate Features

Malaysia is often referred to as one of the Asian ‘tigers’, a prosperous, democratic and moderate Islamic nation in South-east Asia. But lately that image has looked more hyped than real even though the US-influenced West finds it inconvenient to accept the changing realities. There have been protests by a former deputy prime minister and opposition parties to demand ‘free and fair’ polls in Malaysia but the chant hardly reached Washington or London. The ethnic Chinese have often been at the receiving end of Malay violence. After a particularly nasty spell of harassment of Chinese tourists, especially women, relations between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing had reached a stage that it required a visit by a Malaysian minister to the Chinese capital to calm down the angry Chinese.

Gillian Gibbons

WPC Boards cut in to size

Feeding saw dust into the machine

105 Sri Lanka students will sit for G.C.E Ordinary Level Examination in Chennai

The G.C.E. Ordinary level examination is to be held in Chennai from 10th December to the 20th of December, 2007, with the assistance of the Government of Tamil Nadu. This year 105 students from the Sri Lankan refugee community will appear for this examination in Chennai. They will be among the 529,120 students appearing for this examination in Sri Lanka from all parts of the country.