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

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Three days of carnage in Vanni during Heroes' day commemoration and the days following, alleges LTTE Peace Secretariat

The Tamil Tiger Peace Secretariat in a press statement laments of the massive three days of carnage campaign unleashed in Vanni as the people and the LTTE began their Heroes Day commemoration on 25 November. The statement pointed out that the aerial bombing ever since continued seriously and incessantly, affecting the daily lives of people. The statement revealed that the aerial bombardments and the carnage were launched by the Sri Lanka Air Force on 25 November. Early on that day Sri Lanka began the campaign of carnage with the bombing of Tharmapuram settlement in the Kilinochchi district at 7.30am. Four people died and five were injured in this bombing and homes were destroyed, the statement said.

Sri Lanka registers “strong protest” over UNESCO Director General’s and demands “retraction”

The Government of Sri Lanka has registered its “strong protest” at the recent statement made by the Director General of UNESCO Mr. Koichiro Matsuura, in which he has “condemned” the air strike on the Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio station, which has been described as a “civilian” radio station. Sri Lanka has demanded the retraction of the Director General’s statement. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in France and Permanent Delegate to the UNESCO, Ms. Chitranganee Wagiswara on 4th December, handed over a letter of protest from the Government of Sri Lanka, addressed to the Director General of UNESCO.

Burma: ASEAN Should Not Go Against the UN

By Zin Linn

Although U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has made two trips to Myanmar (Burma) to promote political reconciliation, it seems to be in vain. At the Press conference held on 3rd December, Burma’s military regime said it would restrict drafting a new constitution to a government-appointed panel. It’s likely a clear snub to a thrust by the United Nations to include the oppositions and ethnic parties in the constitution drafting process. The UN has been urging Burma to enact democratic reforms and respect the rule of law and human rights. But the UN's efforts to win the release of opposition leader Daw Aung Suu Kyi have been fruitless as the military regime turned a deaf ear to the world body.

A.I. urges Sri Lanka to repeal or revise Emergency Regulations in line with international human rights law and standards

Amnesty International, a human right watchdog organization, has urged the Sri Lanka Government to repeal or revise the Emergency Regulations, so as to bring them into line with international human rights law and standards. In a statement Amnesty International said it condemns mass arrests of more than 1000 Tamils by the Sri Lankan police, allegedly in response to the suicide bombings carried out in Colombo on 28 November 2007, for which the government has blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Amnesty International also has reminded the Sri Lanka Government that any arrest and/or detention must be in strict compliance with its obligations under international human rights law, and in particular the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Sri Lanka is a state party.

U.S. Condemns Burmese Exclusion of Key Parties from Constitution Drafting

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack issued the following statement at the daily press briefing on Tuesday, December 04 at the State Department placing the U.S. government condemnation of the Burmese military regime’s endeavor to exclude principal democratic movements from taking part in constitutional drafting. “We condemn the Burmese regime’s rejection of meaningful participation for Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratic and ethnic minority leaders in the process of drafting a national constitution.

Sri Lanka : Only 202 persons still in custody - Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

According to Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Chief Government Whip and a Government Spokesperson, a total of 2554 persons, both male and female have been so far taken in to custody for questioning and at present only 202 persons still remain in custody - 100 are in detention and 102 are to be produced before the magistrate and in remand. They do not belong to one particular community. There are some Sinhalese and Muslims among them, Minister said. Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle said 2350 have already been released after questioning. Of the 2554, nearly 2189 are from the Western province and the rest from Puttalam.

US officials must pay the price for their lies: Iranian Government spokesman

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said on Tuesday, December 04 that US claims about Iran's peaceful nuclear activities were "mere lies", stressing that they should "pay the price" for their accusations. He made the remark while commenting on a recent report released by sixteen US security foundations asserting on Monday that they do not "assume that Iran intends to acquire nuclear weapons." The report was provided by the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), comprising 16 security agencies.

UNESCO's Matsuura -- latest broadcaster for Voice of Tigers

Koïchiro MatsuuraBefore condemning the attack on the Voice of Tigers (VoT) radio station – an instrument of glorifying terrorism which is forbidden under UN Security Council Resolution 1373 etc -- Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ( UNESCO ), should have done his homework instead of being led by the nose of partisan NGOs in Colombo. His staffers who drafted the statement too should have read the precedents set by UNESCO at the height of NATO bombing of Serbia.

John Keells Holdings declared the Best Corporate Citizen

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

John Keells Holdings PLC emerged the Best Sri Lankan Corporate Citizen at the Best Corporate Citizens Awards 2007 the landmark event in the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Calendar. The event was held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel to select the best outstanding Corporate Citizen and to select the best 10 Best Corporate Citizens. The overall second runner-up was Sampath Bank and the first runner up was Nestle Lanka PLC.

6th December 1992: The Turning Point in Modern Indian History

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

He was nineteen years old, a joyful youth naive and indifferent to things out of his fort— academy. The teenager was a final year student in Darul Uloom Deoband, the largest nongovernmental Islamic seminary in the world. One afternoon he found his beautiful world suddenly engulfed by the pit darkness. Instead of enjoying football, his regular game, that day he was sitting alone on the roof of his two-story hostel building. Filled with anguish, he was looking towards the blue unknown, living in an imaginary India after that afternoon turmoil. Fifteen years ago that afternoon was on December 6, 1992. The demolition of the Babri Masjid was a turning point in Hindu Muslim relations in the post independent Indian history. It was a moment when all truths about religious coexistence suddenly proved false.

Responsible agencies deny to accept tsunami construction proposals-CCI

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

After the tsunami destruction, a number of INGOs and NGOs came to assist Sri Lanka. Most of the Non Governmental Agencies entered to construct houses in the tsunami affected areas. These agencies also held ceremonies to handover houses to the tsunami affected families and a number of allegations also raised by local media, house owners and other organizations due to the low quality of the tsunami housing construction. “Main reason was these housing construction agencies, specially NGOs and INGOs not had any previous construction experience, said Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka (CCI) Dakshitha Talgodapitiya.


Koïchiro Matsuura

Venkataraman Turns 97

By R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

The eighth President of India R. Venkataraman (1987-92) is 97 having been born on Dec 4, 1910. After retirement from the high office 15 years ago, he is leading a retired life with his wife and three daughters in the capital. Except for minor ageing problems, the always smiling RV as he is affectionately known remains active despite advancing years. Dr. M. Wali, who is his personal physician since 1989 visits him three times a day for check up. According to him, his heart is as strong as that of a young man of 25 and he is doing fine.

Dialog Telekom launches M-Waste take back programme

From Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Leading the way in Corporate Environment Consciousness, Dialog Telekom today launched Sri Lanka’s first mobile phone battery and handset take back initiative aimed at reducing electronic (mobile) waste (M-waste). In a unique linkage with the company’s ongoing Joy-Toy programme, Dialog Telekom has pledged to match M-Waste items returned by consumers with monetary contributions towards the gifting of Toys for Needy Children over the Christmas Season.

G Marempu Kabui wins Bronze Medal in World Muaythai Championship in Bangkok

G Marempu Kabui from Manipur has won Bronze Medal here in World Muaythai Championship after losing his semi final fight to Guang Jing of China on Monday. He fought in the 40 kg Junior Male Division. The Gold Medal went to Guang Jing of China while the Silver Medal to Monastirskiy of Ukraine. Marenpu is one of the six 6 Muaythai players from Manipur and one out of total 16 total Indian Muaythai Team who could only win Medal on the ongoing World Muaythai Championship that started from November 27 last here at Fashion Island, Bangkok.


By Ven. Bhikkhu Mandawala Pannawansa Thero

MuraliTwinkle the kandyan star
Heralding peace & harmony
To the people torn apart
Of a wounded country.
My younger Brother,
You are a symbol of Unity
To our bleeding mother,
You are a Sivashakti
To our peace thirsty hearts.

Sri Lankan construction corporate entities to expand to foreign countries

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka (CCI) has protested the setting up of a Construction Industry Authority, instead CCI has proposed to the government to formulate a “Construction Industry Development Act” which would then encompass all aspects to develop the construction industry, including the proposed setting up of the Construction Industry Authority. This was indicated by Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya, CEO/Secretary General, CCI at a press briefing held at CCI Head Office in Colombo.

Sri Lanka Army pursue fleeing LTTE cadres deep into Yala

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

At least four Tamil Tiger cadres were reported injured in a troop attack in the Dematagala and Debaraduwa areas, some 30 Km north of the Yala located deep down south of the country, around 5.10 p.m. yesterday evening. Sri Lankan Army soldiers have confronted with a group of 10 LTTE cadres while conducting search operations in the area. Security in the area has been tightened assisting the ongoing search operations, security sources further said.