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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2899

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A Peace Process That Makes Peace Impossible

By Nicola Nasser

Israeli peace-making can only deliver if Palestinians are united, but the current Annapolis “peace process” was launched first of all as a blueprint for perpetuating the inter- Palestinian divide. Commitment or non-commitment to what the Quartet of the US, EU, UN and Russian mediators in Middle East peace – making described as the "Annapolis Process" in a statement they released after their meeting in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on November 8 has become the terms of reference to make or break the Palestinian unity of ranks, which has so far failed the Egyptian mediation efforts, the latest in a series of national, Arab and non-Arab similar reconciliation endeavors.

Embattled leaders of People Power Party vow to form another government reuniting under the Puea Thai

Thailand’s Constitution Court has moved with unusual speed on Tuesday to dismiss Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat and outlaw the ruling People Power party. Anti-government protesters lifted their Suvarnabhumi siege, but full international service could take two weeks to resume at the Bangkok airport. Under the 2007 constitution, written by appointees of the September 2006 coup- makers, senior executives of the PPP and two other parties -- Chart Thai and Matchimathipataya -- would be banned from politics for five years. MPs of the three parties must move to new parties within 60 days in order to retain their parliamentary seats.

U.N. Assembly Head Hailed for Blasting Israel

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The president of the General Assembly, Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, dropped a political bombshell last week when he lashed out at Israel for its repressive actions in the occupied territories, including the recent blockade of humanitarian aid to Gaza. "What is being done to the Palestinian people seems to me to be a version of the hideous policy of apartheid," he told delegates, during a meeting commemorating the "International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People".

No fingers raised on Indian extremism and terrorism

By Asif Haroon Raja

Doom Sayers predict Pakistan’s fate similar to Yugoslavia that was split into six states. Such gloomy assessments which started to appear in western press from 2005 onwards sounded mythical and figment of imagination of Pakistan’s adversaries. The way events have unfolded in the last three years, it now seems that such predictions may not be altogether haywire. Instead of sleeping over the reports of leading US and western think tanks, our policy makers should have got alerted and carried out series of critical analyses and gone to the bottom of such reports and determined whether the idea of balkanisation of Pakistan was cooked up to create feelings of despondency or the authors had floated it under a well-planned agenda.

Turkey and Sri Lanka to cooperate against terrorism

Ankara Guard of HonorAddressing the media after the signing of two bi-lateral agreements between Turkey and Sri Lanka President Abdullah Gul said Turkey and Sri Lanka share a common problem of terrorism and with new progress in the relationship between our two countries there is greater cooperation in facing the challenge of terrorism. Enhanced relationship in addition to facing the threat of terrorism would also help to greatly improve the strait between two countries, he said.

Sri Lanka, UN Agencies Continue Relief Efforts in Flood-Hit North

UN relief officials are continuing to assist authorities in the conflict-wracked north of Sri Lanka respond to flooding that has displaced more than 70,000 people and affected 300,000 others. A UN inter-agency assessment of civilian needs in Northern province’s Jaffna district – the district hardest hit by the floods – has been carried out, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported today. In Jaffna alone, about 62,000 people have been forced to flee their homes because of the floods, which followed days of heavy rains, and are now living in nearly 250 separate camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs). More than 5,900 houses have been badly damaged and another 13,300 are partially damaged.

"Sri Lanka Vanoli" to establish a link of friendship between India and Sri Lanka

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

"To establish a link of friendship between the two countries; India and Sri Lanka" said, the chairman of the SLBC Mr. Hudson Samarasinghe, clasping his hands in a gesture of unity, in reply to a question posed by the Asian Tribune. He is happy and full of gusto for, the new radio service; "Sri Lanka Vanoli" started only a little over a month ago is already gaining popularity. Looking at a senior employee of the Corporation he said, "can you remember how even Sri Nehru talked about our service those days, I want to bring it to that stage or to go beyond".

CIMA initiative for MR to be included in annual reports of listed companies

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

CIMA Sri Lanka recently presented to the Colombo Stock Exchange, a Discussion Paper on the subject of ‘Introducing a Management Review in the Annual Report of Listed Companies’. In June 2006, CIMA Sri Lanka submitted a proposal to the CSE/SEC to initiate a project to study the feasibility of introducing a Management Review in the Annual Reports of listed companies in Sri Lanka. Following approval of this proposal by the CSE Board, the CSE requested CIMA to appoint a Committee consisting of the key stakeholders to study and report on this subject. In July 2007, CIMA Sri Lanka in consultation with the CSE appointed a Committee tasked with this mandate. The Committee was supported by the Technical Committee of CIMA Sri Lanka.

The Indian Government should reveal why the Indian public should fall prey to terror

By Shenali Waduge

Now described as India’s 9/11, the Mumbai 60 hour siege will go down in history leaving many still baffled at how a handful of men under 30 years of age, were able to take over 10 sites in India’s busiest city in four straight days of carnage. With possibly 300 dead including 3 of Mumbai’s top anti-terrorist officers the gruesome takeover of Mumbai by extremist gunmen only revealed India’s ill-preparedness & institutional incapability despite warnings that should have prompted timely action.

Ceasefire Or All Out War?

By Kumar Rupesinghe

The battles in the Vanni war theatre are now being pursued relentlessly by both parties and there has been heavy casualties reported from both sides. These battles are being fought with punishing heavy rains with no respite. The government would like to hoist the Sri Lankan flag in Killinochi and proclaim to the world that the headquarters of the LTTE has been taken. The LTTE leader has proclaimed in an Indian newspaper that Killinochi will never fall. The government was unable to capture Killinochi as proclaimed on the day of Prabahakaran speech. Interested parties are watching anxiously as to whether the LTTE can withstand the combined assault on a beleaguered city empty of its people. So it seems that for both parties much is at stake and both are prepared to inflict heavy casualties on the other.

Bearish trend continues despite a late rally

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity – Stock Brokering arm of HNB and DFCC in their weekly review indicated that the bearish trend continued amidst extended fears of a potential slowdown in the global economy affecting largely on investor sentiment. Indices, which were seen shrinking to their lowest in more than three years during last week, continued incurring heavy losses at week’s beginning with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) falling to levels last seen in January 2005 whilst the Milanka Price Index (MPI) reaching levels last encountered in July 2003.

Joint Press Conference

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Tamil Nadu lawmakers renew pressure on Delhi for 'ceasefire' in 'Eelam War'

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Lanka Tamil issue is once again coming to the front pages in India with lawmakers from Tamil Nadu putting pressure on Delhi to ensure ceasefire in the Eelam War IV. Significantly, the Congress leaders from the state have closed ranks with the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). Members of Indian Parliament of Congress, DMK, PMK, and the breakaway group of MDMK from Tamil Nadu and adjoining erstwhile French territory, Pondicherry MPs meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and made out a case for India's intervention in Sri Lanka and immediate ceasefire.