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

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Oken Jeet Sandham with Hein Verbruggen

Muaythai no more for Thais, it now belongs to World communities

Oken Jeet Sandham with Hein Verbruggen2007 World Muaythai Championships held from November 27 to December 5, 2007 at Fashion Island , Bangkok shows the Game is now truly a “Global Sports.” “It is now no more for the “Thais,” says Dr Nat Indrapana, IOC Member and Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports, Government of Thailand, while delivering his inaugural speech on the Annual General Meeting of IFMA held on December 3, 2007 at Emerald Hotel, Bangkok . “It now belongs to the world. The biggest ever Indian Muaythai Team led by Oken Jeet Sandham, President of Muaythai Federation of India (MFI) participated this year’s IFMA World Muaythai Championship held from November 27 to December 5, 2007 at fashion island, Bangkok , Thailand . The Indian players have shown their fighting process and skills this time, while for the first time the MFI has successfully produced four Judges and Referees this time. It is instead a major achievement for Indian Muaythai under leadership of MFI President Oken Jeet Sandham.

President felicitates Sri Lankan cricketers

Murali with carPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa felicitated Muttiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya for their achievements in cricket and contribution to cricket in Sri Lanka at a tea party held at Temple Trees today (December 07, 2007). Also honored were Chaminda Vaas who completed 100 Tests and Kumar Sangakkara for his recent record of scoring 150 runs in four consecutive Test matches. Sri Lanka cricket team, English cricket team and officials of both the teams were present at the occasion.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister appraises Parliament on the action Government took on allegations made against UNICEF

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama presented an account of action taken by his Ministry regarding allegations made by Wimal Weerawansa, M.P. on the activities of UNICEF in Sri Lanka. He said that The Foreign Ministry summoned the Country Representative of UNICEF on 22 November 2007, to the Ministry and expressed serious concern on the participation of several members of UNICEF staff in a public demonstration in June 2007, and requested to take appropriate action including the withdrawal of the relevant international staff from Sri Lanka and the termination of the relevant local staff. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said, “I strongly conveyed to the UN Resident Coordinator at our meeting on 28 November that the participation of its staff in a demonstration was unacceptable and requested that the services of such staff be terminated immediately.

'Alternative Nobel Prize' awarded

The Right Livelihood prize, an annual "alternative" to the Nobel prizes, was awarded Tuesday to peace and environmental activists from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh. The two million Swedish kronor ($310,000) prize will be shared by Christopher Weeramantry of Sri Lanka for "his lifetime of groundbreaking work to strengthen and expand the rule of international law" and Dekha Ibrahim Abdi from Kenya for her "effective peace work and conflict resolution" in many divided countries. Percy and Louise Schmeiser of Canada were named for giving "the world a wake-up call about the dangers to farmers and biodiversity everywhere from the growing dominance and market aggression of companies engaged in the genetic engineering of crops."

Sri Lanka refugee community students to sit for G.C.E. O/L exam in Chennai

The Sri Lankan G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination for displaced Sri Lankan students from the refugee community in Tamil Nadu, will be held in Chennai from 10th to 20th December, 2007 with the assistance of the Government of Tamil Nadu. This examination, which is conducted by the Department of Examinations of Sri Lanka for the second consecutive year in Chennai, which is the only foreign city to hold this examination so far, was the result of a directive by Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, following an initiative by Mr. P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Chennai and Mr. S. C. Chandrahasan, Treasurer, Organisation for the Eelam Refugees Rehabilitation (OfERR) to hold this examination for the benefit of displaced Sri Lankan students living in Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka President to visit Japan

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapaksa, will leave for Japan for a 4-day official visit today. During his stay in Japan, the President Rajapakse and Shiranthi Rajapaksa will make a State Call on the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The President will also hold a meeting with Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan.

Resurgence of anti-LTTE Sri Lankan Diaspora In the U.S. to Combat Tamil Tiger Misinformation Campaigns

Daya Gamage US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

When a United States Congressman is told that Sri Lanka’s ‘Sinhalese Army’ is killing Tamils in the north who are fighting for equality, justice and human rights, and when the point is reiterated over and over again in the same tone, language and emphasis, the congressman consumes it and takes it with him to the Capitol Hill in Washington. The reality is that the agents of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers conceal the fact that 54% of the Tamils who they claim to represent in their fight to bring justice, human rights and equality have no interest of the self-proclaimed ‘sole representative of the Tamil people’, and the rest of the ethnic minority Tamils who are within the Tamil Tiger-controlled areas in the north of Sri Lanka in fact have no justice, human rights and equality under the LTTE autocratic rule.

UNESCO Director General skillfully avoided apology and retraction

Koïchiro MatsuuraDirector-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura has skillfully avoided the issue of retraction and apology for condemning the Sri Lanka Government for bombing and killing journalists of the Voice of Tigers radio located in Kilinochchi, on 27 November. He has ingeniously distracted the main issue by his strong condemnation of terrorism. It is now obvious that the status quo of his previous condemnation still remain unaltered and valid despite efforts by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador Chitranganee Wagiswara to persuade Koïchiro Matsuura to retract his earlier statement condemning Sri Lanka Government for bombing of the Voice of Tigers radio station.

No dull moment in Nagaland

By M Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

With elections due in February, 2008, there is going to be no dull moment in Nagaland. Some even say it is killing season in the border state. An extremely high-profile political figure S.C.Jamir, former Chief Minister and currently Governor of Goa, was attacked while he was on his way to his hometown Mokukchung. Six remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were exploded as his 30-vehicle convoy drove past a culvert and there was an exchange of rifle fire between Mr Jamir's bodyguards and the attackers. That none of the attackers was injured or killed retains the mystery of their identity, giving free rein to allegations that it was the handiwork of the NSCN faction led by Issak Swu and T Muivah.

Koïchiro Matsuura

Mahinda Rajapakse

Murali with car

President hand over memento to Sangankara

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