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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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Reversing the peace process

By Tukoji Pandit - Syndicate Features

Though the ‘match referee’, the US state department, has held that the India-Pakistan ‘peace dialogue’ is on course and moving forward, some recent actions taken by Islamabad would indicate that actually it is moving in the reverse gear. Consider how Pakistan has refused to do ‘more’ to stop infiltration in Kashmir from across the line of control as a result of which there has been a corresponding rise in terrorist activities; how Pakistan did a sudden somersault to refuse to release 240 Indian fishermen; how disgracefully it cancelled the visa of an eminent Indian without assigning any reason; how cleverly it tried to blackmail India into releasing one of its nationals found guilty of attacking the Red Fort in Delhi which is considered to be a symbol of free India; how Pakistan has busied itself in working against India at different world fora; how it demolished the only Hindi temple in Lahore and then declared that no temple existed at the site and, finally, the frequency with which the Pakistani establishment has been crying for an immediate ‘resolution’ of the ‘core issue of Kashmir’—to its satisfaction, naturally.

Low activity levels amid macro uncertainties

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The share market remained sluggish last week with the indices hardly showing any movement, while struggling to find momentum amid peace worries. The findings of the Equity Research Team of the HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd are - Comparing Week on Week (WoW), the All Share Price Index (ASPI) was up by a mere 2 points or 0.09 percent, to close at 2116.4 points, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed at 2715.4 points declining modestly by 13.2 points or 0.5 percent. The fall in the MPI came amid a decline in share price witnessed in market heavy weight stocks, JKH, SLT, Distilleries and Hemas.

Upcountry business community asks more trade information on EU

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Business community and the academics in Kandy ask for more information on European trade policy and details on business links with EU buyers. They said that the EU delegation office has organised European Union Information Day exhibition and it was very successful to obtain general information. Speaking to media, Mr.R.M.S.Fernando , a businessman in Kandy told , they need trade information on EU to strengthen ties with EU buyers. At present there is no trade information cell in Up Country to obtain trade information on EU business activities, he said.

Elimination of poverty in the world is far

By Quintus Perera –Asian Tribune

DhanapalaThe Management Club formed under the auspices of the Chartered Management Institute UK, Sri Lanka Branch held its Annual General Meeting at the Taj Samudra Hospital with Jayantha Dhanapala, Senior Advisor to the President and a candidate for the United Nation Secretary-General’s post, as the keynote speaker. Dhanapala making his keynote address said the top managers of Sri Lanka have performed noteworthy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects with compassion to stretch the social responsibility by launching the ‘Enable the Disable’ programme. He said it is a programme that touched everyone deeply and said that would flourish. This programme of the top administrators’ best programme would make a great contribution to our society.

Sri Lanka’s first Highways Museum now idles

By Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Kandy

Kandagolla,The government of Sri Lanka has forgotten its one and only Highways museum situated in Kiribathkubura, Pilimathalawa which can be develop as a tourist attraction. The museum was opened in 1986 by the Ministry of Highways and still managed by the Road Development Authority [RDA]. It includes Sri Lanka’s ancient road construction equipment such as stone road rollers, Steam Road Rollers, Oil Road Rollers Tar boilers Coal scales, Road signs and model of the Bogoda Wooden Bridge.

Milinda Moragoda slams his old friend Wickremesinghe for the failures of UNP

MoragodaThe internal crisis in the UNP has worsened with MiIinda Moragoda, the Colombo District MP and close ally of Ranil Wickremesinghe, turning his guns on the leader. In a confidential letter addressed to Wickremesinghe, Moragoda has pointed the finger directly at Wickremesinghe for the failures of the party. In his letter he has said that he boycotted the Political Affairs Committee and the decision making Working Committee as he believed nothing would be achieved by his participation. This sums up the common view held by the party and the public that Wickremesinghe is a do-nothing leader. Caught off guard Wickremesinghe is said to be furious with his old friend Moragoda. He is expected to hit back.

India rejects Ranil's desperate call to save him from President Rajapakse

RanilWith UNP parliamentarians voting with their feet against their leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the chances of the party recovering from a string of defeats under his leadership seem remote. Latest report circulating in Colombo indicate that Navin Dissanayake, son of the former UNP stalwart Gamini Dissanayake will cross over in time for President Mahinda Rajapakse to appoint him Junior Minister for Foreign Affairs in the coming Cabinet reshuffle. Last week, Ratnapura district UNP parliamentarian Susantha Punchinilame crossed over to the government and was appointed as a Deputy Minister. G. L. Peiris and a few others too are tipped to cross over sooner than later.

Is Democracy Working? The Recent Crisis in East Timor

GusmaoBy Professor Laksiri Fernando - Ryukoku University, Japan (Visiting)

Is Democracy Working” is the loose yet provocative title of the 20th World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) now being held (9-13 July) in Fukuoka, Japan. The Congress has commendably attracted over 2,000 political scientists and political science students from nearly 100 countries sitting for five days splitting into over 200 panels, debating and discussing the intricacies of democratic theory and practice world over. The importance of the theme is marked not only by America’s avowed foreign policy objective of ‘democratic globalism,’ supported by Britain, yet pursued largely through undemocratic means of ‘gunboat diplomacy.’ “Democracy and New International Order” is the theme of at least one panel which would undoubtedly debate not only the theoretical fallings of the concept, but also the difficulties of putting that ideal into practice in a diverse and multi-value world, particularly in the conflict ridden Middle East.