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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Why not a fatwa against Osama …?

By J. N. Raina -Syndicate Features:

Islamic terrorism is ever on the rise. Willy-nilly, India has now become the entrepot of terrorism, which is well entrenched and ‘flourishing’ fast in the Muslim-dominated regions, where Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency has spread its tentacles. The recent pre-dawn swoop, though aborted, by Pakistani terrorists to destroy Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) headquarters in Nagpur is a part of the much larger plan. The nefarious aim behind the sordid act was to foment large-scale communal trouble across the country. Had the ‘jehadi suicide bombers’ -- equipped with ammunition enough to destroy the RSS bastion--succeeded, it would have unleashed cascading communal frenzy.

Khmer Helping Khmer: Akira and Landmine Museum in Siem Reap

By Antonio Graceffo

The crossbow was a deadly weapon, which fired a one-meter long steel arrow. "I use this one to hunt wild boar.” Explained Akira, the proprietor of the Landmine Museum of Siem Reap. “I need the meat to feed my family. After all, I have twenty sons.” The “sons” Akira was talking about were formerly street children, many landmine victims, who he has taken to live with him at his center. The Landmine Museum in Siem Reap looks like a jungle camp, a collection of wooden shacks surrounding a common area at the top of an embankment leading down to the river. Almost every vertical and horizontal space is covered with landmines and other explosive ordnance.

Devolution is not the medication for Terrorism

By Manoj Hettige

I am referring to the article published in Asian Tribune on 9th July 2006 under the caption of ‘’Devolve or Die’’ written by Mr. Dayan Jayathilaka and sending my views so that readers can come to an independent judgement on the issue. Mr. Jayathilaka (Author of the above article) seems to have afforded unnecessary effort to emphasize the need of devolution for Sri Lanka, the country already experiencing the devolution of power in different levels to different regions. It was first experienced through District Development Councils and through 13th amendment to the constitution setting up provincial councils with the mediation of India and Sri Lankan government at present is considering further power devolution proposals to the country.

Government farms to be converted into profitable organisations.

Sunil C . Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Chamal RajapakseThe Ministry of Agricultural Development plans to curtail losses at the government own farms and improve them as profit making ventures. Minister Chamal Rajapaksha said his plans are to cultivate each government owned farming land using new agricultural techniques.According to his plans, hybrid seed production in these farms would be increased. ‘We have a big demand on hybrid seeds .At present the Coconut Research Institute [CRI] maintain our farm in Middeniya to breed coconut saplings,” he said.

HSBC expresses valuable opinion on cash management

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd. (HSBC) has recently launched its 9th edition of ‘Guide to Cash and Treasury Management in Asia’ expressing a wide array of views and facts. According to HSBC since its first edition in 1998, corporate treasurers and other industry professional have come to regard the publication as the definitive annual reference guide to cash management in the region.

Govt. allocates US$ 1283.10 m. for N-E projects - Wanni Tiger claims demolished

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

The Government's Peace Secretariat has called upon the international community to understand the LTTE's incapability of providing Tamil civilians in the North and East even with their basic requirements. Despite the Wanni Tigers' boastful claim that they are running a defacto separate state, it is the government that is sustaining life in the LTTE dominated areas – the so-called Tamil Eelam. The Peace Secretariat has stressed the need for the donor countries to address this aspect while engaging the LTTE on the peace process.

India’s input and sri lanka’s sovereignty

By Dayan Jayatilleka

It was Sun Tzu who reminded us that he who tries to defend everything defends nothing. A country cannot have two equally important strategic goals: one must take priority. As Mao Ze Dong repeatedly emphasized, there is a primary contradiction and there are secondary and other contradictions, and only “those who cannot overthrow anybody, try to overthrow everybody”. He urged that the main enemy should be identified and isolated, and the broadest possible united front should be formed, winning over all those who can be won over and neutralizing those who cannot. The identification of the primary contradiction, of the main enemy, is a prerequisite for victory, and even the avoidance of defeat.

G8 leaders line up behind Israeli aggression in Lebanon and Gaza

The Group of Eight leaders have fallen into line behind Washington and Tel Aviv, issuing a statement Sunday blaming Hezbollah and Hamas for the conflict in the Middle East. "These extremist elements and those that support them cannot be allowed to plunge the Middle East into chaos,” it read, affirming Israel’s right to “defend itself” and only then making a perfunctory appeal for Tel Aviv to exercise “utmost restraint.”

Sri Lankan Minister asked to attend torture victim's murder trial

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has extended an open invitation to the Minister for Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe urging him to attend the murder trial of Gerald Perera at the Gampaha High Court on July 21, 2006. Mr. Perera was a torture victim who was assassinated in 2004 days before he was to give evidence against the perpetrators. The letter signed by Basil Fernando, the Executive Director of the Hong Kong based AHRC stated, "I am sure you are aware of the murder trial of Gerald Perera, a torture victim who was assassinated while waiting to give evidence in a trial against several police officers from the Wattala Police Station for severely torturing him. Prior to the assassination the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka held that these officers had severely tortured him, which resulted in him falling into a coma for over two weeks and also suffering from renal failure."