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

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4 Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Party MPs crossed over to the opposition

Rauf Hakeem, Minister of Post and Telecommunication and Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and his three party members resigned from their Ministerial portfolios and crossed over to the opposition today at 2.30 PM in the Parliament. Before crossing over Rauff Hakeem along with the three other party members were seen entering Jawatha Mosque for prayers. After the prayers they went directly to the Parliament and crossed over to the opposition.

Uthayakumar drag like a dog to the police station and locked up to face the third seditious charge

Malaysian police rearrested P. Uthayakumar, a Human Rights Lawyer and the Legal adviser of Hindu Rights Action Force of Malaysia (HINDRAF), and dragged him like a dog to Pudu Jail Police Station and locked him up yesterday evening, to clamp the third sedition charge on him today in the courts. As Malaysian police cuffed him in his right wrist and dragged him, his right wrist was swollen and injured. He lodged a complaint with the police station for the police excesses. He was then taken to the hospital for treatment and medical report and subsequently thrown into the police cell.

Disinformation :Deceitful Tigers Distort History

By Bernard Goonetilleke

A recent program on Sri Lanka in "Unreported World" by Britain's Channel 4, focusing on the current situation in the conflict areas, interviewed Sri Lanka Army Commander Sarath Fonseka on Nov. 9. When asked why unidentified gunmen still run amok in the east, the lieutenant general responded, "it will happen as far as the LTTE and its operations are continued." Pro-Tiger media twisted his words and substituted it "will happen as far as the anti-terrorist operations are continuing," to make it appear he was admitting to government responsibility, when in fact, his actual response left no doubt he held Tigers responsible. Nevertheless, Tiger intention was to deceive the international community.

No bail for LTTErs in France

By Our Correspondent in Paris

French Courts ordered further four months remand custody for the 19 top leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in France. They include the 14 arrested in Paris in April and the other five nabbed in September 2007. The French police produced the detainees before a judge and their bail applications were rejected and their custody period was extended by another four months. It is learnt that it was informed that the suspects would be tried in April 2008 for several criminal activities including extortion, intimidation, forceful fund collection, money laundering and fraudulent finance dealings.

U.S. Appeals court finds anti-terror law unconstitutionally vague:

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

A law that makes it a crime to help groups that the U.S. government considers terrorist is unconstitutionally vague and could punish Americans for advising organizations about nonviolent methods, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, December 10. The decision by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco invalidated portions of a 1996 federal anti-terrorism law and a set of amendments in 2004. The law prohibits knowingly providing "material support or resources" to a foreign organization on the State Department's terrorist list. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of organizations and individuals seeking to provide political and financial aid to two groups on the State Department terrorist list: the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE or Tamil Tigers) in Sri Lanka.

Japan offers US$17 million in grants-in-aid to Sri Lanka

Yasuo Fukuda welcoming Mahinda RajapakseJapan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said on Monday that Tokyo would continue to offer economic assistance to Sri Lanka despite the suspension of some U.S. and British aid this year over alleged human rights abuses related to the ongoing armed conflict in Sri Lanka. Mr. Fukuda said this when speaking to reporters alongside visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse after the two leaders held talks. Japan's Kyodo news agency reported yesterday, that Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura told President Rajapakse that Japan would approve 1.9 billion yen ($17 million) in grants-in-aid to Sri Lanka next week. "I conveyed to the President, Japan's intention to cooperate for peace in Sri Lanka as well as economic development," Fukuda told reporters.

Mano Ganesan First Runner-up for U.S. Human Rights Award

U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake with Mano Ganesan MPOn December 10 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice announced that the recipient of the first annual Freedom Defender's Award is the NGO Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, chosen out of an impressive group of nominees from across the globe. The Freedom Defenders Award, announced last year in commemoration of International Human Rights Day, goes to a foreign individual or nongovernmental organization that has shown exceptional courage and leadership in the defense of human rights. The First Runner-up for this award was Mano Ganesan, a leading Sri Lankan human rights activist and Member of Parliament. Mr. Ganesan has been in the forefront of those seeking an end to the abductions, disappearances and extrajudicial killings that afflict Sri Lanka. He has demonstrated commendable integrity in combating the climate of impunity for human rights violators.

Conflicting reports on war situation: Army claims 32 LTTE cadres killed against 5 Army losses, LTTE claims 20 Army killed

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Heavy fighting reported in the frontlines of the Northern Province theatres of war yesterday, where a total of 32 LTTE cadres were killed. The Sri Lanka Army has lost 5 soldiers. Fighting erupted in South Adampan located in Mannar from 11 AM to 5.30 PM on Tuesday. Radio monitoring of LTTE transmission has revealed that 22 LTTE cadres were killed and 30 others injured in this battle. In addition, three army soldiers were killed and seven others injured. The injured have been admitted to Mannar and Anuradhapura hospitals.

ITI developed technology for manufacturing of rice crackers

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Industrial Technological Institute [ITI] says it has developed technology for the manufacture of rice crackers after several years of research. The ITI said the new rice crackers have two flavors - chicken and chocolate. The ITI developed this technology for a multi-national company in Sri Lanka- CIC Ltd and the company now follows this technology to manufacture rice based crackers. According to the company it is interesting to manufacture the new food item. After several laboratory trials, the researchers at the Food Technology Section of the ITI was able to develop a product to match the company’s requirements.

Canada’s Miss Universe 2005 not visiting to Burma

Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova is not visiting to Burma, confirmed New York-based Miss Universe Organization (MUO). “We have spoken to Natalie Glebova directly and she is not participating in any pageant activity in Burma,” informed by public relation personnel from MUO in an email message, adding that “The press has been misinformed.”

Sri Lanka: Caritas to hand over 76 beneficiaries at Trnicomalee today

Caritas will hand over houses to 76 beneficiaries affected by the Tsunami at Konesapuri, Trincomalee today, when Caritas Sri Lanka–SEDEC in collaboration with Caritas Trincomalee–EHED and other implementing partners will commemorate the third year of the Tsunami The housing site in Konesapuri is a multi-donor site on a land provided by the government. From a total of 500 houses, 103 are built by Caritas Trincomalee-EHED in this relocation site. Twenty seven houses have already been handed over to the affected families in its ‘phase one’ while the balance 76 houses will be handed over on Wednesday, during the event. Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC in its third year of Tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction work has proved its capacity to rebuild the lives of people affected by the Tsunami through its holistic approach.

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Muslim congress is now with the opposition

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Rauf Hakeem and another three SLMC MPs resigned from their ministerial portfolios and crossed over to the opposition benches in parliament today. The three MPs were Hassan Ali, Bazeer Segudawood and Faizer Cassim. Meanwhile, the government says it still has the support of a majority of SLMC MPs. Ten members of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress were elected to parliament at the last general elections held on April 2004, and of them only four MPs remained with the SLMC and those four MPs including its leader Rauff Hakeem crossed over to opposition today.