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Who represents the people of Jammu and Kashmir…?

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Who are the real representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir? Is it the National Conference who is having a political base in the state even today after being routed in the last elections, the first ever defeat it faced in 55 years? Is it the Congress, which is in power today in alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)? Is it the PDP which headed the coalition government in the state till just six months ago? Or is it the Hurriyat Conference, which never ever participated in any of the elections, held in the state but is courted at home and abroad?

India sees 'reasonable prospects' of Tharoor winning the UN race

Shashi TharoorBy M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Notwithstanding the long ‘ifs’ and heavy ‘buts’ on his way, Shashi Tharoor, the Indian nominee for succeeding Kofi Annan at the United Nations, is the toast of the town since his arrival here on a three day visit on Sunday night. He met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his aides and their thirty minutes session worked on the broad contours of a winning strategy. One imponderable that was examined at close range was how China, a permanent member, which enjoys exceptionally close relations with south-east Asia would vote. Also given a deep thought was the danger of Pakistan playing a real spoil sport given its India centric foreign policy. On both counts India did some deft foot work and feels that there are reasons 'not to explicitly worry'. More so after the Indian announcement fielding Tharoor coincided with American media giving top billing to India growth story.

LTTE has decided to quit peace process – Peace Secretariat

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Exposing the myths of the LTTE that (1) it runs a “de facto State of Tamil Eelam exercising jurisdiction over 70 percent of the Tamil Homeland” and (2) that it is the “authentic representative of the Tamil Nation” the Peace Secretariat in Colombo states that “the LTTE has decided to exit from the peace process and its strategy appears to be one that aims at an ethnic backlash as a justification for opting out of the peace process.” The Peace Secretariat cites three reasons for the LTTE’s decision to quit the process: 1) “its persistent refusal to resume the Geneva 2 Talks, (2) its refusal to talk to the Government delegation in Oslo and 3) statements in its frontal website “Nitharsanam” warning of an imminent and devastating strike, and War-mongering and jingoism by key LTTE leaders in public meetings.

Kuwaiti Amir arrives to a red carpet welcome in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah Monday arrived in Islamabad on a two-day state visit to Pakistan, during which he will hold talks with Pakistani leadership on bilateral, regional and international issues. He was accorded a red carpet welcome when arrived at the Chaklala Air Base in Islamabad. Pervez Musharraf received the distinguished guest. A twenty-one gun salute boomed out as he alighted from the plane. Two small children dressed in traditional costumes presented bouquets to the distinguished guest.

Local hurdles delay Sri Lanka's first ever budget airline take off

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Recruiting local personnel has delayed HolidayAir, Sri Lanka's first ever budget airline, from taking off as scheduled, with the company now hoping to get off the ground by the first week of December. "Although HolidayAir initially scheduled to takeoff by May/June 2006, and despite the finances are in place, the process is a long one and we have now tentatively scheduled to take off during the first week of December this year to several Indian cities including Trichy, Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut," Chief Executive Officer for the airline company Arjun Ruzaik told the “Asian Tribune.”

RADA seeks international assistance to launch livelihood development pojects

Sunil C. Perera - porting from Colombo

Kausal RajapakshaNumerous oraniizations have forwarded their suggestions regarding d development plans after the launching of Hambantota district livelihood development plan. The Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Development Agency –RADA says local private sector and the Federation of Chamber of Commerce also extended their services to regain battered lives of the tsunami hit areas in Sri Lanka. Director of Livelihood development, RADA, Mr.Kausal Rajapaksha said after the launching of Habaraduwa Divisional livelihood plan, a number of local NGOs and International NGOs made positive response to assist the tsunami victims.

Samaraweera exposes Prabhakaran’s myths and lays down the line to the Norwegians

Addressing the Norwegian Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, said that Velupillai Prabhakaran is not a freedom fighter like Nelson Mandela but a “brutal guerilla leader who has crushed all democratic voices of dissent within the Tamil community”. He added that Prabhakaran has eliminated almost all democratic Tamil leaders (over 70) and “today the democratic franchise enjoyed by Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims living elsewhere in Sri Lanka does not extend to these (LTTE-controlled) areas. The right to dissent is no more.”

Strange twist to probe against Ceylon Electricity Board General Manager

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

In a new twist to the ongoing investigation of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) its General Manager Ranjith Fonseka, former Power and Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha has written to the CEB Board
requesting them to immediately discontinue the investigation on the General Manager. The letter, it is learnt comes in the midst of several meetings over the recent past between the General Manager and this former Minister.

RADA commends a private company for rebuilding school in Kathaluwa

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo,

The G.V.S. de Silva Primary School, a seat of learning for 500 students in Kathaluwa, Galle, located down south of Sri lanka, which was destroyed by the Tsunami, has been
spectacularly built by a local private company on a relocated site. The school stands to be admired as an extraordinary achievement by one of Sri Lanka’s leading corporate citizens. From a perspective of social responsibility, building the school is one of the company’s biggest humanitarian operations to date. The commitment shown by the company in rebuilding this tsunami affected school is commendable, Chairman of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), Tiran Alles said.

Pro-Saddam daily supports Mamun

By Sunita Paul

Just on 18th June, a well known pro-Saddam vernacular daily in Bangladesh, The Inqilab, published a front-page interview of Giasuddin Al-Mamun, the most hated corrupt man in Bangladesh. In the interview, Mamun termed Asian Tribune as a web based newsletter and passed several remarks saying this foreign newspaper has no right to write anything about anyone like him, who has never been indulged into corruption. No doubt, the daily is presently playing an extremely anti-ruling alliance role and it was already reported in Bangladeshi press that the owner of this newspaper received US$ 15 million from Indian intelligence agency RAW just recently.

Educational Aids for Low Vision Students of the Blind School Ratmalana by MS Lanka 2005

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Though the students considered to be blind some are not totally blind but the text books and work books provided by the Education Department are books and work books that are issued to those students whose eye sights are good and thus the students with low vision find it impossible to read them as it is a massive disadvantage.

"Mahinda Chinthanaya", Peaceful Government and failed Country

By Manoj Lanka Hettige

Mahinda Chinthanaya, a manifesto presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksha made the millions of peace loving Sri Lankans hopeful of a bright future in Sri Lanka. The same manifesto helped him to become a unique leader in the Sri Lankan political history winning a remarkable mandate. Both presidential candidates of Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha & Mr. Ranil Wikramasinhe became the political heroes in the manifestos as well as countrywide public stages portraying their competencies to handle the country’s main burning issue. But, by that time, with the bad experience gained from former president Mrs. Chandrika Bandaranayaka’s stubborn decision to come into an agreement with Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eela (LTTE – Tigers) for sharing the Tsunami donations, people in Sri Lanka have already decided not to allow any body to capitalize the country’s main burning issue and become the President. As a result, any candidate who wished to be the next president had to enter into an agreement with country’s third political force of JHU/JVP and Mr. Rajapaksha did so while Mr. Wikramasinghe declined.

We want to be united and project our nationality through ZORO - R. Thangmawia

Thangmawia and Kipgen"I want to speak very clearly. We will like to urge our brothers to join us in our movement. Joining ZORO does not mean that you have to disregard or abandon your mother organization. We want to be united and project our nationality. When we achieve reunification, we can choose any name we like. All the artificial boundaries created during the colonial period should not be a hindrance to our reunification. If we work together, we can accomplish our goal in ten years, “emphasized. R. Thangmawia, President of the Zo Reunification Organization in an exclusive interview. He further said: We were called Kuki since 1761 and prior to the 1824 Anglo-Burmese war. At that time when they used the term "KUKI," it covered us all. However, like the "CHIN" nomenclature given to us by the Burmans, the word "KUKI" is a Bengali term which means "mountaineers." This is the reason why many of our people in Chittagong hill tracts; Chin hills and Mizoram do not accept this foreign name. In short, we all were once called KUKIS. Kukis of today are "New Kuki" and others including myself belong to the "Old Kuki."

Can Pakistan Live with a U.N. Chief from India?

Shashi TharoorBy Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

India's formal announcement of its candidate for the next U.N. secretary-general has threatened to trigger a nomination from neighboring Pakistan -- possibly turning the race into an all-too-familiar Indo-Pakistan political battle in the world body. Ambassador Munir Akram of Pakistan told reporters last week that the announcement of his country's own candidate, if any, will come only from Islamabad. But he was not willing to give credence to any of the names floating around at the United Nations.