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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2908

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Asian Tribune asks President Rajapaksa to summon "SAARC Summit on Terrorism"

In Mumbai the terrorists struck again and more than 175 innocent civilians and members of the security forces were killed. Unfortunately innocent civilians of not only in Sri Lanka, but also in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan are victims of terrorists’ attacks at regular intervals. This issue has not been addressed in the proper way to end this continued attacks by the home grown terrorists, as well as by the international terrorists' organizations in many South Asian Countries. These countries are all members of the regional organization SAARC. It is high time SAARC leaders get together immediately to address this scourge before it gets out of their hands.

Karunanidhi asks Manmohan to send Pranab immediately to Colombo

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to send the external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee to Sri Lanka. It is possible that the visit will materialize before Christmas. DMK, an ally of the Congress, and ruling party in Tami Nnadu, Tuesday reminded Singh of his 'promised' to send Pranab to Colombo and asked him to depute the external affairs minister to interact with the Sri Lankan leadership, immediately to Colombo as 'promised' by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to make all efforts to arrange for a ceasefire between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE.

Israel's Detention of UN Human Rights Expert Unprecedented and Regrettable, Says PIllay

Israel’s refusal to allow a United Nations expert to transit to carry out his officially mandated functions in the occupied Palestinian territory, his detention and subsequent expulsion is "unprecedented and deeply regrettable," the world body’s top human rights official said. "It is the responsibility of States to cooperate with the independent United Nations experts appointed by the United Nations Rights Council," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said, of the treatment accorded to Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory, Richard Falk. "That is an important principle." Falk is a US national and a University Professor.

Catholics in Ramallah Pray for Peace in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Representative in Palestine, Dr. T. Jayasinghe met Rev. Fr. Emmanouel Awwad on 16th Dec. 2008 at the Greek Orthodox Church (Convent of Transfiguration), and discussed the situation in Sri Lanka specially with regard to the terrorist threat. Fr. Emmanouel Awwad while appreciating the contribution made by Sri Lanka, specially by the present President Mahinda Rajapaksa, agreed to hold a prayer meeting next Sunday. He will pray with the Ramallah congregation for the well being of Sri Lanka and bless the President wishing him the strength to take the country towards peace.

BBC without Borders

By Dr. Edward Perera

There is no doubt that the BBC is a focal point of many controversial discussions on ethics of media. There is a general psychology that one does not oblige to smooth functioning of things all the time as it could be boring to others. It is not uncommon to the BBC to violate ethical codes in media and to provoke the listeners in order to draw the attention of the masses. This may function as sideline advertising without any cost (but in the long run, it could definitely be very costly for them).

Sharing the democratic governance experience

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama has emphasized the vital role that the media and civil society play in a democracy. The Minister made this observation, while leading a discussion at the interactive session of the Bali Democracy Forum last Thursday (11 December 2008) chaired by the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Dr. Hassan Wirajuda in Bali, Indonesia. Speaking on the theme, "Democracy and Development-Priority Areas for Sharing of Experience and Best Practices", Minister Bogollagama highlighted the importance of the wider participation of society, freedom of speech and the rule of law for sustainable democracy.

India’s hysterical response to Mumbai carnage

By Asif Haroon Raja

Within hours of the Mumbai carnage Indian media hype was taken to dizzying altitudes and near-war hysteria was built disregarding all norms of decency and morality. All in unison and in chorus sung the tune that Pakistan had perpetrated the crime and should be guillotined. Pakistan was held responsible for the mayhem without carrying out any investigation or collecting any evidence. They built the entire story on the single terrorist arrested whose name was initially given as Kasab, later changed to Ajmal Amir and now Muhammad Ajmal Amir Iman belonging to Faridkot and was linked to Lashkar-e-Taeba. It was stated that the ISI had masterminded the whole operation.

Rebel in the family

Vinothini Rajendran Vinothini Rajendran's 11th-floor apartment is decorated with plastic flowers, a poster of Lord Krishna and framed photos of the little brother she left behind in Sri Lanka.It has been years since she saw him. He never writes or calls, but she accepts that is just the way it is when your brother is Velupillai Prabhakaran, one of the world's most notorious guerrilla leaders. "It must be God's wish that he should become such a man," says Ms. Rajendran, who immigrated to Canada more than a decade ago and lives with her husband, Bala, in a modest apartment in east Toronto.

Sir Arthur C. Clark Remembered

By Manjari Peiris

"Sir Arthur C. Clark was one of most precious scientists in the world. He was an exceptional person who not only pioneered to establish Sir Arthur C. Clark Institute for Modern Technologies (ACCIMT), but one who always gave something worthy to this world before anybody else." Professor Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Science & Technology said so at the ceremony held on 15th December at the ACCIMT to commemorate the 91st birth anniversary of Sir Arthur C. Clark.

How to live in peace with Pakistan….

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

The US has 'advised' India against any 'knee-jerk' response to Pakistan’s role in the Mumbai terror attacks in the hope that it will arrest further deterioration in relations between the nuclear neighbours. The Americans have clearly two reasons to tender such a counsel to India: first and foremost to see that Pakistan does not get an excuse to pull out its troops from the Afghan border where they are supposed to be fighting the Taliban, and, of course, to eliminate the chances of an armed conflict in the sub-continent with its attendant risk of a nuclear holocaust.

Dr. T. Jayasinghe with Fr. Emmanouel Awwad

India gears to setup a National Investigation Agency to deal with terror

By M Rama Rao - India Editor, Asian Tribune

A fortnight after Mumbai came under terrorist siege for 60-long hours, Indian government is setting up a specialized agency to deal with terrorists and is arming itself with tough anti-terror laws. On Tuesday, the Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram tabled in Parliament a law to set up National Investigation Agency (NIA) and another bill to strengthen the law against terror. Both laws are likely to be passed in the current session notwithstanding protests within and outside the Congress that the new laws could be misused. Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is however supporting the new laws as it stands for a tough anti-terror legislation.