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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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Blacklisting arms suppliers

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The defence ministry’s decision to blacklist as many as 118 arms suppliers is a clear pointer to the extremely lucrative and extensive market that India provides to arms manufacturers. The Bofors gun deal and the aborted Denel deal clearly show kick backs and commission agents are an integral part of arms bazaar.Blacklisting is no solution to the problem and we have to evolve a better response keeping in view the national security concerns, says the author.

Emerging Trends in International Force Levels

BY Gurmeet Kanwal

With economic power gradually edging out military power as the key determinant of national strength and geo-political status, international force levels have witnessed a downturn since the end of the Cold War. In planning future force levels and equipping these forces, most modern armed forces have taken their bearings from the transformation process that is underway in the United States (US) as well as the lessons of the 1991 and 2003 Gulf Wars and the intervening campaigns like the ones in Kosovo in 1999 and Afghanistan in 2001. A number of emerging trends, some clear and certain, other nascent or incipient and some others that are still hazy are discernible in international force levels.

Sri Lanka government schools reopen from today

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

All schools, except those that are used as G.C.E. Advanced Level evaluation centres, are to reopen for the second term today.However, some schools will reopen on the 22nd of this month. Royal College Colombo will be opened on the 27th. The new office and school hours will come into effect from Monday. The office hours will be from 8.30 am to 4.15 pm. The schools will be open at 7.30 am and close at 1.30 pm. Meanwhile, University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Gamini Samaranayake said that special attention has been paid to the security of the students in Vavuniya and Eastern universities under prevailing circumstances.

Journalist’s killing sparks widespread protests in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Journalists and politicians from the opposition parties held protest demonstrations in front of the Parliament House and Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad to condemn the killing of a journalist Hayatullah Khan in North Waziristan Agency six months after his abduction. Hayatullah Khan, in his mid 30s, was found dead in the tribal area of Mirali few kilometers from Miranshah, the headquarters of the agency and he had been handcuffed and shot in the back. He was apparently killed for reporting the death of an Al-Qaida operative in a U.S. Hellfire missile strike.

Bio-energy sector needs government intervention to overcome red tapes

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Bio Energy Association of Sri Lanka [BEASL] asks government intervention to draft a national plan to disburse loans among the industrialists who need to invest in Bio Energy generation. At present most banks allocate loans to recognised industrialists who have good bank records. We do not need this type of lending system, said Mr.Jayasinghe of BEASL. Sri Lanka faces energy and financial crisis due to fuel imports. The Ceylon Electricity Board also faces financial crisis. But there is no immediate and permanent solution to overcome this problem, he said.

Sri Lanka deploys 5000 home guards to protect border villages

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Security of the villages in the North-East bordering to the Tiger held territory was beefed up this week with the induction of five thousand strong home guard force.Five thousand home guards, recruited after the tiger guerrillas stepped up attacks against Sinhala and Muslims civilians in the boarder villagers,completed training last week. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has also appointed Navy Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Sarath Weesasekara to strengthen the security of the boarder villages.

Mangala scores a victory in Norway; LTTE slapped in the face

When the Utenriks Departementet (UD – Foreign Ministry) rolled out the red carpet to receive Mangala Samaraweera, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway it riled the LTTE no end. A pro-LTTE TamilNet website, heavily funded by the Norwegian Government, reported in its 14 June posting: “Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has received a high-level reception, unusual for a Foreign Minister,. The warm reception accorded to Samaraweera was no doubt, meant to be a slap in the face of Tamil Tiger terrorists who had enjoyed a close relationship with the Norwegian government and, in particular, Erik Solheim, the chief facilitator.

Rakhi-Mika Disgraceful Episode and the Irresponsible Indian Media

Prof. Dr. P.L. Joshi - Bahrain

For the last two weeks, I have been taking stock of Rakhi Sawant and Mika Chumma-Chummi episode and was intrigued to see how Indian electronic media and print media have been presenting it in an irresponsible and sensational manner without realizing and understanding the impact and implications on the society and new generation. It is pity and shame to observe that by overcastting and focusing on such trivial artists who seem to have no ethical standing, the electronic media has been giving them such undesirable attention. For example, this week Zee News bombarded with photos of persons with doubtful characters hundred times.

‘Anton’ pipes ad fittings conferred “Superbrand”

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune
An independent United Kingdom authority on branding “Superbrands” has conferred the accolade “Superbrand” on ‘Anton’ pipes and fittings under the 2006 Superbrands Programmes in Sri Lanka. The Authority promotes discipline of branding and appreciates exceptional brands all over the world. These pipes and fittings are exported to a number of foreign markets including Maldives, Bungladesh and South Africa. The brand has achieved SLS and ISO 9001 – 2001 status too, and was certified as being compliant with WHO standards.

Tigers explode mines killing three policemen

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas yesterday exploded a claymore mine killing three policemen in Dutuwewa , 12 km South East of Vavuniya on the Vavuniya – Kebithigollewa road, about 10.15 a.m. in the volatile North of Sri Lanka Three policemen were riding in a tractor fitted with a water bowser. A police official investigating the blast said the mine was fitted to the tractor.

Fighting continues to escalate in Sri Lanka

While neither the Sri Lankan government nor the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has formally torn up the 2002 ceasefire agreement, an undeclared war is escalating in the North and East of the island. Since the killing of 64 Sinhalese villagers near the northern town of Kebithigollewa early Thursday morning, there have been four days of open warfare. The Sri Lankan government immediately blamed the LTTE for the Kebithigollewa bombing and ordered reprisals by the armed forces. Two days of air strikes and artillery barrages followed on LTTE positions near Kilinochchi, Mulaithivu and Muttur. On Saturday, a major naval clash took place off the northwest coast near Mannar, in which the military claimed to have sunk eight LTTE vessels and killed 25 to 30 LTTE fighters. Both sides accused the other of initiating the battle, which also resulted in the deaths of 11 sailors. The LTTE acknowledged the heavy fighting, but insisted that only two of its fighters had been killed.


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