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

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Chandran Ratnum

Current Economy does not offer a conducive economic environment for the masses - Dr. Hettigoda

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

Dr. Victor HettigodaA veteran entrepreneur, Ayurvedic Physician and a candidate in the last Presidential election, Deshabandhu Dr.Victor Hettigoda says the current economy does not offer a conducive economic environment for the masses the government has no plans to protect Sri Lankan industries and other enterprises. Speaking to the media he said, Sri Lanka must reduce its unwanted expenditure such as wastage funds on an unwieldy cabinet of ministers, and for food imports and also in investing on uneconomical projects.

Sri Lanka Government told to end the war and come up with a political solution

Mano Ganeshan Sri Lanka Government has been told to end waging war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and start a political dialogue to bring about a political solution. In case the Government cannot bring an end to the war totally, then it should at least, while being engaged in a military confrontation, must come forward to simultaneously start formulating a political structure based on a political power sharing concept. Mano Ganeshan MP and the Leader of the Western Peoples Front speaking to "Asian Tribune" insisted that all efforts should be taken to bring about a political solution in the country. “We want the Government to put an end to the war and start political discussion for a political solution. In case if the Government cannot bring to an end the war totally, they should at least simultaneously start formulating a political structure based on a political power sharing concept,” Mano Ganeshan said.

A local Investment investment company enters film making venture

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A local Investment company - ABC Investments, has now entered film making business and plans to continue their film making for local and international theatres. ABC Films PVT Ltd headed by Mr.John Shiran Dissanayaka says their first film is The Road From Elephant Pass authored by late Nihal de Silva , who won the state literary award for the best novel of 2003 and the Gratian Prize for 2003. The company decided to invest Rs.24 million for this film and a veteran film producer Mr.Chandran Ratnum who is also the joint Managing Director at the ABC Films PVT Ltd will direct the film.

War Crimes Tribunal for East Timor Lacks U.N. Support

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid his first official visit to East Timor (Timor-Leste) last week, he was conscious of the growing demands for accountability for crimes committed during Indonesia's invasion and subsequent occupation of that relatively new nation state. A coalition of some 70 international human rights and non-governmental organisations wrote an open letter to the secretary-general seeking "substantive justice to the people of Timor-Leste" who "suffered countless war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Indonesian invasion and 24-year occupation of their homeland."

Sri Lankans to protest in front of UNESCO in Paris

Sri Lankans in France will gather in front of the UNESCO headquarters on Wednesday to protest against the statement made by UNESCO Chief Koichiro Matsuura condemning the air strike on LTTE radio station, Voice of Tigers. The demonstration has been organized by the French Committee of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in coordination with Sri Lankans in Paris. A. A spokesman for JVP Committee in Paris said that a protest letter would be handed over to Koichiro Matsuura, Director General of the UNESCO DG or to his representative. “UNESCO has no right to interfere in Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” a Spokesman for the Committee said. “Sri Lanka has a right to fight terrorists and it is for the military to select LTTE targets and “Matsuura’s statement is an indirect support to terrorism”.

Protect Human Rights of Migrants, UN Says

The UN's 192 member states have been urged to harmonize domestic migration policies and legislation with the international human rights framework which protect the inherent dignity and rights of all persons, regardless of their status in a country. Entering a country in an irregular or undocumented situation, should not be treated as a criminal offence and any migrant worker detained in a State of transit or in a State of employment for violations of provisions relating to migration should always be separated from convicted persons or persons detained pending criminal trial.

Para Kumarasamy passed away in Berlin

Para Kumarasamy, a trade unionist, human rights activist, a writer in exile, and a founder member of "Literary meeting"-(Ilakkiya chanthippu) passed away in Berlin, on 16th December 2007, on his 72nd birthday. He lived in Berlin-Neukölln with his wife Mallika. His writings and his activities whilst in exile were directed against the social tyranny of the caste system within the Tamil community, and social injustice and all forms of violence.

He has edited and published a socio-politic and literary magazine “Sinthanai” from Stuttgart, Germany where he once lived from 1985 to 1994. He has actively participated diaspora organizations on Sri Lankan issues such as INSD (International Network of Sri Lankan Diaspora) and SLDF (Sri Lanka democracy forum).

Sri Lanka: Trinco – Colombo mail train attacked

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

LTTE exploded claymore mine targeting the Trincomalee - Colombo mail train, 1 KM away from Kantale railway station, around 8.45 p.m yesterday. According to Military spokesperson explosion had hit the engine of the train causing damages which was plying from Trincomalee to Colombo. The night mail train usually travels with full of passengers however though the bomb explosion reverberated to more than 5 KM, no passengers were reported to be injured.

Muslim pilgrimage exemplifies believers' equality before God

Ahmad Al-Akhras, Ph.D.

Muslims from all over the world are taking part in the largest gathering on Earth, the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj is a religious obligation that every Muslim must fulfill, if financially and physically able, at least once in his or her lifetime. During these historic days, white, brown and black people, rich and poor, kings and peasants, men and women, old and young will all stand before God, all brothers and sisters, at the holiest of shrines in the center of the Muslim world, where all will call upon God to accept their good deeds. These days represent the zenith of every Muslim's lifetime. The Hajj resembles the re-enactment of the experiences of the Prophet Abraham, whose selfless sacrifice has no parallel in the history of humankind.

Haryana gets a father-son party

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Another family concern has been added to the long list of such enterprises in Indian politics. The state, Haryana, where this latest addition took place with the father and son duo of Bhajan Lal and Kuldeep Bishnoi (member of parliament) announcing a new outfit called Haryana Janhit Party, has been one of the earlier grounds for nursing political ambitions of some families; particularly the three ‘Lals’ of Haryana—Devi Lal; Bansi Lal and Bhajan Lal. Significantly, the symbol of the new party is the rising sun.

Mano Ganeshan MP

Hearing today in the Habeas Corpus suits against Malaysian Government for the arrest of 5 HINDRAFT leaders

The Habeas Corpus suits filed by the Hindu Rights Action Force Malaysia (HINDRAFT) against the Malaysian Government is coming up for hearing today for the production of the five HINDRAFT leaders, who were arrested under the draconian Internal Security Act, which allows the arrested people to be held in detention without trial for a minimum period of two years. On last 13th morning HINDRAFT leaders Udayakumar, Kengatharan, Manokaran, Vasantha Kumar and Ganapathy Rao were arrested subsequent to the arrest warrant signed by Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahamed Badawi in his capacity as Minister for Security.