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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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Murder in Mumbai

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The Mumbai blasts clearly demonstrate the failure of those who are supposed to provide leadership and direction to security personnel. It is not another instance of intelligence failure, says the author. The terrible Tuesday tragedy shows that we refuge to learn from the experience of handling terrorism in Punjab and in the northeast. No wonder we, as a nation, are still miles away from adopting a holistic approach to security at the national level and from achieving micro level synergy among various security agencies, remarks the author.

Antiwar protests in Israel

If one were to judge by the international media, the Israeli government’s assault on Lebanon and Gaza enjoys the virtually unanimous support of the Israeli population. In so far as Israeli citizens have been interviewed, they have been invariably in favour of war, insisting that it provides the only means of protecting the Israeli people. Despite a barrage of pro-war propaganda in the Israeli media, however, visible opposition has begun to appear. Some 2,000 people marched in Israel’s commercial capital of Tel Aviv on Sunday to demand prisoner exchange negotiations with the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah, and an end to the offensive against Lebanon.

CIMA Sri Lanka experience impressive and sustained growth in which student figures rose by 7.9%

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka division has recently completed another successful year in operation being a key international professional accountancy body. During the year in focus despite the strong completion given from other professional institutes and universities offering foreign qualifications and the national disaster caused by the tsunami, students and member numbers have increased by 7.9 per cent and 1.7 per cent respectively.

Israel Violates Law on U.S. Weapons in Mideast

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Israel is in violation of U.S. arms control laws for deploying U.S.-made fighter planes, combat helicopters and missiles to kill civilians and destroy Lebanon's infrastructure in the ongoing six-day devastation of that militarily-weak country. The death toll, according to published reports, is over 200 people -- mostly civilians -- while the economic losses have been estimated at about 100 million dollars per day.

Punitive levy on imported private television channels create socio economic issues

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Television Industry Joint Action Committee (TIJAC) recently urged the authorities to reconsider the punitive levy imposed on imported television programmes and television commercials which would force the industry to run out of business. TIJAC highlighting the irreversible devastating impact on the industry said that the levy has been imposed without a prior warning or consulting the private television channels while threatening the fundamental rights of the local television viewers.

Indian assistance for Sri Lanka's coastal railway line

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The government of India has extended assistance to the Sri Lankan Government to implement a comprehensive project for upgrading the Colombo-Galle-Matara coastal railway line. The project covers upgrading the tracks, bridges, signaling and induction of new passenger trains. When completed, the revamped coastal railway-line system will substantially improve the rail services on the Colombo-Galle-Matara section and result in higher average speeds and an increased number in train services.

Sri Lanka President commends the Manel Mal Movement

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Manel Mal BadgePresident Mahinda Rajapakse says war heroes who made the supreme sacrifice for the sake of the country and those serving in operational areas deserve the honor of entire nation. The President also commended the "Manel Mal Movement" initiated for the welfare of families of servicemen. President Rajapakse expressed this view at a ceremony held at Temple Trees on Monday marking the inauguration of the "Manel Mal Week."

Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry is closely monitoring the development in Lebanon

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

In view of the current situation in Lebanon; the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry is in constant touch with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beirut with a view to ensuring the safety and security of Sri Lankan nationals working in Lebanon. "The Embassy confirms that there has been no report of Sri Lankan nationals working in Lebanon being affected by the ongoing situation since yesterday morning hours and is closely monitoring the development," a news release issued from the Ministry stated.

Mohamed Muhsin joins Dialog Telekom Board as Independent Director

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Former Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the World Bank Group, M.V. Muhsin has been invited to join the board of Sri Lanka's premier telecommunications company Dialog Telekom Limited as an independent non-executive Director. The invitation extended by Tan Sri Dato' Ir. Md. Radzi Mansor, Chairman of Dialog Telekom has been accepted by Muhsin. As the first CIO of the World Bank and prior to his recent retirement, Muhsin was responsible for aligning Information Technology to the organization’s business strategy. He successfully implemented major reforms in global telecommunications, video conferencing, information management, and enterprise business systems.

Claymore blast: One civilian killed, another injured and four Sri Lankan Army soldiers injured in Kodikamam

One innocent civilian was killed, another seriously injured and four Sri Lanka Army soldiers (SLA) who were on foot patrol were injured, when hit by a roadside claymore blast today at 9 a.m., in Kodikamam, in the Thenmaradchi sector of the Jaffna Peninsula. A claymore fragmentation mine exploded, said to be triggered by cadres belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), by the side of the Kodikamam cooperative shop, on the road to Point-Pedro, about 400 meters from the Kodikamam junction, spraying hundreds of ball bearings, as the army patrol scoured roadside scrub for booby traps and explosives.