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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

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July 4th 2006: The state of US democracy 230 years after the American Revolution

This July 4 marks the 230th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a document that launched a revolution against colonialism and despotism, inspiring peoples all over the world. The creation of a new nation, founded on Enlightenment concepts of democracy, equality and the rule of law, foreshadowed the French Revolution thirteen years later and had international reverberations for generations thereafter. The document signed in 1776 had a profoundly liberating character, proclaiming the right of the people—not only in America, but everywhere—to employ revolutionary means to dislodge governments that trampled on their “unalienable rights.”

Rajpakse pushes the ball into LTTE court

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

MahindaAfter the readiness of Sri Lanka's President Mr Mahinda Rajapakse to hold direct talks with LTTE leader Velupillai Pirabhakaran and his decision to set up a committee of intellectuals to work out a roadmap for devolution of powers, the ball is literally in the court of Velupillai Pirabhakaran. Will he respond with enthusiasm or will be put under the scanner the Rajapakse comments particularly his remark that the Tigers are seized by a sense of insecurity to perform his usual rope tricks to wriggle out of a dicy situation? These questions have no ready answers. But the significance of Rajapkse decision cannot be denied. It is timely as well. The Lankan President utilized the visit of Indian foreign secretary to Colombo and an interview with NDTV to put across his plans.

Northern LTTE puts command changes to the east on hold

Col. BahnuThe Vanni high command of the Tamil Tigers in the north has put on hold the changes in their command and control structure of Batticalao - Amparai district—the central area vital for the defence of the eastern flank. In the month of June, LTTE leadership seriously decided to change the command structure of Batticaloa – Amparai district after the Karuna Group cornered and killed Commander Ramanan of the Tigers.

Sri Lanka to get a Bus Rapid Transit System courtesy Japan

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA), has proposed a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for the Colombo metropolitan Region, the Board of Investment said. This project, which is expected to reach completion by September 2009, is estimated to cost Rs. 12 billion. Speaking at a presentation on the system, D.S. Jayaweera Chairman UDA stated that BRT is a flexible and integrated package consisting of technology, customer interface and an operating plan. This project which will cover a 6.5km priority bus lane from Dematagoda to Battaramulla, and will reduce the massive traffic congestion.

Sri Lanka Army should treat the Tamil people with dignity.

If in case the Government of Sri Lanka wants to weaken the LTTE, they should first try to win the support of Tamils by not abusing, attacking, and brutally killing Tamils just for being Tamils. This will heavily damage the link between Tamils and Tigers writes, CAPital, in a letter to the Editor. CAPital further alleged that the Sri Lankan bureaucrats’ never thought of the future consequences of their actions. Therefore their actions have brought untold misery in the country. He pointed out “It was their mistakes.” But at the same time Indian bureaucrats’ foresaw the future danger and used the simple technique of “divide and conquer”.

Bangladesh intimates the need for better naval cooperation with Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Bangladesh Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hasan Ali Khan currently in Sri Lanka on a five day visit has stressed upon the need for improved naval cooperation between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He expressed this sentiment during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse at the Temple Trees in Colombo. The Bangladeshi navy Chief who arrived in the country on July 3rd, also held discussions with Sri Lanka's Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and Air Force Commander Air Martial Roshan Gunathilaka where the same sentiments were expressed.

Australia celebrates indigenous culture

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

In Sri Lanka, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be displayed in the Australian High Commission grounds to mark NAIDOC Week. The Australian Aboriginal flag is a recognizable symbol of the Aboriginal people in Australia - black represents the Aboriginal people of Australia, the color red represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal people’s spiritual relation to the land, while the yellow disk represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector.

Tamilselvan’s elegy on the banning of the LTTE in Canada

TamilselvanThe head of the political division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, S.P.Tamilselvan has suddenly grown tall to point out the fallacious act of banning the Tamil rebel outfit in Canada and has also rendered advised to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada about the ‘do’s and don’ts,’ in a country’s politics. Tamilselvan alleged that Canadian Prime Minister was ‘playing cheap game to score political points early in his minority mandate.

Visa denied: Javed Akhtar, a dangerous Indian?

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Pakistan establishment seems to take a sadistic pleasure in humiliating or harassing Indians associated with Mumbai films (Bollywood) or the world of arts and culture when they apply for visas to visit the land of the ‘pure’. The latest victim of this Pakistani fad is the well-known poet and scriptwriter, Javed Akhtar. He along with 20 others, almost all of them film personalities, were issued a ‘group’ visa on June 20 but two days later Akhtar’s visa was taken off the list, for reasons not conveyed to him.

Government experience accelerated growth in first 4 months 2006

By Ashwin Hemmathagama

Fiscal developments during first four months of this year has contributed 19 per cent growth in Government revenue due to the buoyant performance in both direct and indirect taxes which increased by 21 per cent. Deputy Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya yesterday reveled this announcing the mid year fiscal position report 2006. “During the period in focus we have experienced 21 per cent growth in revenue. However, the Government expenditure too has gone up by 24 per cent which was spent on state sector salaries, human resources development, agriculture and health.”


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