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British Asians: Hindus, ‘Desis’ or What

By Atul Cowshish : Syndicate Features

A government-aided survey in Britain says that British Indians do not want to be known by the omnibus moniker of ‘Asians’, preferring one of the three options: British Indians, Hindus, or simply ‘desis’ which designates their Indian origin. After all, the Chinese in Britain, also part of the Asian community, are generally called Chinese. In both Britain and India, opinion seems to be divided whether it is good for the Indians living in the UK to de-link themselves from other ‘Asians’. But it is almost certain that the Indians in Britain would not have resented the label ‘Asian’ if they did not have to share the opprobrium from the white British directed towards the ‘troublesome’ section of the ‘brown’ Asians, especially after terrorist attacks in the US and the UK.

Africa Reasserts Veto Demand in New Security Council

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Despite rumours to the contrary, the 53-member African Union (AU) has refused to drop its demand for veto powers for two permanent seats it is claiming in an expanded U.N. Security Council. The unrelenting demand for veto powers by African nations is one of the political stumbling blocks facing the other four aspirants (Group of 4) for permanent membership: Japan, Germany, India and Brazil. Speaking on behalf of the African Group, Ambassador Youcef Yousfi of Algeria told delegates Thursday that the AU still holds onto its demand for "no less than two permanent seats with all the prerogatives and privileges of permanent membership, including the right of veto."

Industry under siege IAA urge for a consultative council

Text and pix by Ashwin Hemmathagama

The International Advertising Association Sri Lanka Chapter which is a part of the global partnership of media, advertising and marketing professionals yesterday urged the Government to formulate a consultative council. This proposed council is expected to look into the recently imposed levy of Rs. 1 million on foreign commercials for global brands or commercial products which is to have a domino effect on macro as well as micro level in economy.

Korea reiterates its steadfast support to Sri Lanka

Minster of Foreign Affairs Ban Ki-Moon of the Republic of Korea(ROK) re-iterated his country's steadfast support to Sri Lanka in its economic programs, when Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera called on him early this week in Seoul, on his first visit to Korea as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa .

Ranil tells India of the flipside of consensus efforts in Colombo

By M Rama Rao – Asian Tribune

Ranil & SinghIndian leadership preoccupied with their own concerns of terrorism from across its western border, paid attention to the problems across the Palk straits on Thursday as the visiting leader of the opposition in Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe began a round of meetings here.
The meetings came a week ahead of the 20th anniversary of India-Sri Lanka accord which promised much and failed to deliver. Ranil met the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is also the foreign minister, and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who is also the chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and had a luncheon meeting with E A Ahmed. The discussions were broad based and covered the entire gamut of the ethnic issue.

Sri Lanka takes steps to repatriate thousands of its nationals from Lebanon, issues a travel ban

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Government has taken steps to repatriate their nationals from Lebanon due to the escalation in violence there. Accordingly the Foreign Ministry and the Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment will send special airliner courtesy Sri Lankan airlines, to evacuate the affected Sri Lankans. This special flight is expected to leave Colombo today, sources said. Meanwhile the Government with the coordination of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Beirut has arranged all relief measures for the affected workers due to the present conflict prevailing in Lebanon.

India lashes at Israel for arresting Palestinian Ministers

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

India has lashed at Israel for arresting some Palestinian ministers and termed the continuing Israeli military action in the West Bank and Gaza as 'disproportionate' retaliation for the abduction of an Israeli soldier. India remains deeply concerned that Israeli Armed Forces have continued to maintain their large-scale operation mounted in West Bank and Gaza in Palestine in disproportionate retaliation for the abduction of an Israeli soldier, Navtej Sarna, the Indian official spokesman said at his at his daily briefing flanked by Admiral Chauhan of the Indian navy, who spoke about the evacuation of Indians from Lebanon by ships.

Saudis buy 2000 bulletproof kits from Sri Lanka

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Saudi Arabia has bought two thousand body Armour from a Sri Lankan manufacture to defend Saudi police from increasing sniper attacks by Al Qaeda militants. The Sri Lankan manufacture, which has specialized in body armor production, shipped the consignment last week to Riyadh. The body amours specially designed to withstand sniper fire is intended for the use of Ministry of Interior Forces, a paramilitary taking the brunt of the fight against Al Qaeda militants.

Shurhozelie asks sanity on continued factional fights

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Dr ShurhozelieNagaland Minister for Planning and Coordination and Urban Development, Dr Shurhozelie reiterated the DAN Government’s declared policy of creating congenial atmosphere for the “peace process.” Talking to "Asian Tribune" here at his official residence on Thursday, the Minister said as State Government, their responsibility was to create congenial atmosphere for the peace process. “And when we talk of the peace process, we mean it covers all sections of the people,” he said. “Therefore, all sections of the people should make the best use of such environment.”

Conflict in Sri Lanka: How to be effective in Peace Negotiations

By R. Gunaratna

In an interview with the Front Line Magazine on 30-12-1985, the leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran stated "The Chances of attaining Eelam are bright because the people's determination is firm. We are prepared for a long-drawn struggle to attain Eelam." To date he maintains this position. Accordingly, the LTTE's manifest goal is to carve a separate state in the north of Sri Lanka. With the intention of reaching its objective, it has been fighting with the Government of Sri Lanka since end of 1970s costing lives of at least 68,000. Since the first seeds of the partisan war were sown by the Tamil militants, the Government of Sri Lanka has been endeavouring to find a lasting political solution to the problem. Evidently, while the political parties in power were seeking to address the issue, some political parties, merely out of greed, tried to agitate the people and opposed any resolution.

Sri Lanka seeks IOM assistance to evacuate Sri Lankans stranded in Beirut

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan government today said that it had sought the assistance of the international agencies to evacuate Sri Lankan migrant workers stranded in Lebanon. Meanwhile a special airplane is expected to fly to Damascus tomorrow to ferry nearly 300 Sri Lankans who made their way to Syria. "The government has made a request to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and other UN agencies to facilitate the evacuation of the Sri Lankan migrant workers who want to get out from Lebanon," Media Minister and Cabinet spokesman Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told the weekly cabinet press briefing.

A South Asia-wide policy dialogue on disaster risk reduction in New Delhi

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 21 July, ( A South Asia-wide policy dialogue on disaster risk reduction will be held in New Delhi on the 21 st and 22nd August 2006. This important regional meeting will bring together government officials, policy makers, academics and other experts involved in disaster risk reduction to assess and identify gaps in existing disaster management policies with a view to develop a roadmap for a responsive and regional disaster risk reduction in South Asia.

Decision to unite the Island made people to live with that to date -British High Commissioner

Dominick ChilcottThe fall of Kandy and the decision to unite the Island continues to haunt to date the politics of Sri Lanka. Dominick Chilcott, British High Commissioner in Colombo, briefly explained in his address pointed out that the people of the country are continuously living with the consequences of that decision today. The fall of Kandy enabled the British eventually to unite the island, for reasons of administrative convenience, for the first time in its history. “Some say that the people of Sri Lanka are living with the consequences of that decision today,” so said Dominick Chilcott, British High Commissioner. Earlier the capture of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815 brought to an end 2,357 years of Sinhalese independence. This was achieved without having to fight a battle; such was the unpopularity of Sri Vikrama Rajasinha, the last king, with the other leading Kandyans.