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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Sri Lankan military directly implicated in two atrocities

An escalating conflict is underway in the war zones of Sri Lanka between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the military, which is working closely with various Tamil paramilitary groups. Hundreds of civilians, LTTE cadre and supporters and military personnel have died since last November when Mahinda Rajapakse won the presidential election. The media in Colombo and internationally highlights the LTTE’s alleged breaches of the tenuous 2002 ceasefire agreement—most obviously, the suicide bombing in late April of army headquarters in central Colombo that nearly claimed the life of army commander, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka, and a second suicide attack on Monday that killed Major General Parami Kulatunga, the army’s third most senior officer.

Asian Values in the Burmese Context

Dr. Kanbawza Win

"There would be a euphoria in the Japanese leadership with the news that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is hospitalized," commented the man in the street. I enquire why, and he replied that Daw Suu, is not only a thorn to the Junta but also to the Asians and he reasoned that the Burmese army was founded in Japan and the Japanese leaders has all the time supported them, as even now they prevented Burma from putting in the UNSC agenda, lest the former would take action and the Burmese army would be no where.He sadly added that the inhuman cruel ways, which the Japanese Kampeti had taught to the Burmese army during the Second World War was being brush up and augmented by the Burmese tatmadaw (armed forces) up to this day. He lamented that these sons of the Sun would not be able to comprehend of how the tatmadaw can mechanize an assassination that look like an accident, such as putting lead water (which can lead to slow death, that has been practices so much on the political prisoners inside jails) in the water pipe line that flows into Daw Suu's residence.

Indo-US Nuclear Deal gets US Senate, House Committee Endorsement: American-Indian community jubilant

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Indo-U.S. nuclear agreement successfully passed the most difficult first phase with an almost bi-partisan approval of the United States Senate and House committees this week assuring an easy ratification from the full Senate and the entire House. The House International Relations Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted overwhelmingly to support the historic U.S.-India nuclear agreement.

Cey-Nor signs MoU with RAIC, Canada to develop fishing industry

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Relief Aid International, Canada, (RAIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CEY-NOR Foundation Ltd.(Cey-Nor), a fully owned company of the Sri Lankan government, functioning under the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, to provide assistance worth Canadian $ 500,000 to the government of Sri Lanka to rehabilitate the tsunami affected fishing industry. The Livelihood Division of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), which is spearheading tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts, arranged and facilitated the signing of this agreement. The project which will be launched resulting form the MoU is likely to expedite livelihood restoration in the tsunami affected areas, RADA said.

Reader's Digest Survey on Politeness: Is It promoting Anglo-American Norms of Politeness Universally?

Dr. P.L. JoshiProfessor P.L. Joshi - Bahrain

It looks that “politeness” has been one of the most important and prolific areas of research in pragmatics and socio-linguistics. Realizing its importance in cross-cultural communication environment, comparative studies of the conceptualization and manifestations of politeness in different cultures are regarded as vital in an era of growing globalization. Eelen considers the notion of politeness differs from culture to culture and that cultural norms reflected in speech acts differ not only from one language to another, but also from one region and social variety to another Therefore, there are clear cross-cultural differences in communication styles and other communicative dimensions in a particular social setting.

LTTE's manoeuvres –India's options

By M.Rama Rao, Vinod Vedi & Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

By now it is clear that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has grudgingly admitted responsibility for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi only as a tactical manoeuvre and in search of a trade off. Whether it will succeed in its gambit is a million dollar question. As of now, it has drawn a blank, which, of course, is not a surprise. There is no doubt that the LTTE badly needs to regain access to what could be its last effective support base in the face of sanctions and bans imposed on its operations around the globe for being an organization that uses terror to achieve its aims and children as its foot soldiers. LTTE ideologue Anton Balasingham in his interview to NDTV described the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi as an “historic tragedy” and asked the Government and people of India to “forget the past” and adopt a new policy towards the Tigers.

Sri Lanka’s Gem and Jewellery for Chinese market

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The National Gem and Jewellery Authority [NGJA] plans to tap the Chinese market this year. As the first step, NGJA has made arrangements to participate in the China International Gold Jewellery and Gem fair that will be held from November 2 to 5 in Shanghai. According to the NGJA sources, this is the first time that it will take part in the Chinese exhibition and there is a huge market potential for gems in China.

LTTE 'diplomats' and 'ministers' – Isn't it hilarious?

By Preethi Sirimanne - von den Driesch

The LTTE leaders demand diplomatic status ranking themselves as noblemen assigned to delegate their prestigious country. The aim is no doubt to carry anything like documents, weapons etc. without being searched - a privilege exclusively reserved for skilled professionals in the diplomatic branch who are well acquainted with international law, foreign policies etc. If other countries recognize the attempted “diplomatic status” of the LTTE, then the LTTE can demonstrate to the whole world that their call for independency is legitimate and the Tigers are the “sole representative of the Tamils”.

Prevailing conditions dissuade Japanese investors

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

On the basis of the 16th Survey of the Investment related cost comparison in Major Cities and region in Asia conducted by the overseas research Department of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) though the labor cost is lower in Colombo (Sri Lanka) the Japanese investors are dissuaded coming to Sri Lanka because of the prevailing problems such as unstable social conditions, insufficient infrastructure and poor technical level in low cost cities, like Colombo, Dhaka and Yangon.

Karunanidhi brushes aside Balasingham's remarks

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

KarunanidhiIn his first public comment on the LTTE's forgive and forget proposition articulated by its ideologue Anton Balasingham, Tamilnadu Chief Minister Muthavel Karunanidhi sounded unenthusiastic. He finds what Balasingham had said is "were unclear". The DMK supremo, who was once seen as too close to the LTTE, said in reply to a newsman's question said "What Balasingham is saying is not clear. Whatever he had said, he changed it".