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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2648

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In wake of Mumbai bombing: India increases its censorship of the Internet

An Indian government order to Internet service providers (ISPs) to block 17 Internet web sites and web pages resulted in Indians being denied access for well over a week to whole swathes of the Internet, including the blogs hosted on, and Geocities. In the face of a public outcry, the United Progressive Alliance government is now trying to shift blame for the lengthy disruption of Internet service onto the country’s service providers, saying it was they who chose to deny access to domains and blog-hosts, rather than explicitly targeting the 17 sites that the government had named in its order, because this was technically far easier and far cheaper to do.

War on Terror and War of Terror

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

On May 19th 1982 the Tamilnadu police arrested Vellupillai Pirapaharan. It was a seminal moment. A delighted Jayewardene administration sent Rudra Rajasingham, the IGP, to Madras to bring Mr. Pirapaharan back. After all, in 1973, the Indian government had arrested and extradited Selvaraja Yogachandran alias Kuttimani. But in 1973 the Lankan Tamil problem was a non-issue in Tamil Nadu and nobody in Madras really cared whether Mr. Kuttimani was sent back to Sri Lanka or not. This indifference changed with the riots of 1977. The riots killed around 300 people and forced many more Tamils to flee their homes in the South to the relative safety of the North and the East (it is with acts such as these the idea of a homeland is nurtured; at the most basic level a homeland means a place where you are relatively safe and relatively free).

Weak infrastructure impedes development Secretary to the Treasury asserts

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dr. JayasundaraSecretary to the Treasury, Dr P B Jayasundera said the retardation of development and the country would have been led to other socio-economic problems due to the poor infrastructure, specially the roads and electricity. He was addressing the members of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce at its 167th Annual General Meeting held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. Mahen Dayananda was elected as the New Chairman Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. Indicating that before funds were raised for development Sri Lanka would have obtained funds to develop the road network several years ago as if the infrastructure has been developed, then the development of the country would have taken place automatically.

The savaging of Lebanon

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Certainly, every state has a right to defend itself. Israel has a right to retaliate for the seizure of its soldiers by Hamas and Hezbollah, and to defend itself against rocket attacks. This however does not translate itself into the right to wittingly kill civilians, shatter civilian infrastructure, and kidnap elected members of parliament, which is what Israel has done in Lebanon and Gaza. The right way for Israel to have responded would have been to target the military leaders and units of Hezbollah and Hamas, be it in air-sea strikes, deep penetration commando raids or individual assassinations, of which Israel was master in past decades. Instead, Israel has resorted to massive criminality.

NTB records 303% net operating profits during first 6 months

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Nations Trust Bank Ltd. of Sri Lanka (NTBL) has reported a 303 per cent increase in net operating profits, from Rs. 23.8 million to 95.9 million during the recently concluded 6 months. According to NTBL, on a combined entity basis (with the merger of Mercantile Leasing Ltd. (MLL) early this year), Group Operating Profit before Tax showed an increase of 73 per cent. “These exceptional results were seen on the back of an all round improvement with strong growth in Deposits and Advances, a pleasing increase in Fees and Commissions and while maintaining good control of Non-Performing loans, Provisions and Operating costs,” it stated.

Sri Lankan Govt criticizes Finish, Danish Pull out from SLMM

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Keheliya RambukwellaSri Lankan Government today described the decision to pull out from the SLMM by Denmark and Finland as "curving" into threat by terrorism. "This will set a bad precedent. While the entire world is fighting terrorism, this kind of action will give into errorism, by curving in to terrorist threats," said the government's Defence Affairs spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella.Norwegian Embassy spokesman told the “Asian Tribune” that the peace facilitators had not decided over filling of vacant posts that resulted by the pulling out of Denmark and Finland members of the Ceasefire Monitoring Mission.

Sri Lanka’s Jayawardene produced a flawless exhibition in batsmanship scoring 374 runs against South Africa.

JayawardeneRecords tumbled on the 3rd day of the first cricket test match played between Sri Lanka and South Africa, yesterday at the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds in Colombo. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara set a world record for the highest partnership in test cricket, with a total of 624 runs, surpassing the 576-run mark held by fellow Sri Lankans Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama. Sri Lanka’s captain Jayawardene, who later became third in the list of all time highest scorers, with a record breaking individual of score of 374 runs.

CSR and CCR combination to revive village, a novelty by HNB

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Hatton National Bank is in an innovating new vista in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), in fact the novelty of this scheme is that it is a combination of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Commercial Responsibility. HNB has come across a poverty stricken fishing village in Maduru Oya, Padiyathalawa, a village 235 kilometres away from Colombo and the Bank used its 10 year old ‘Shanthi’ Housing Loan Scheme to bring about a drastic change in the village.

One more stadium in Delhi

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

It happens only in India. A major event is announced with the venue existing only in imagination. That is exactly how one can liken the declaration of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) about Delhi hosting the final of the World Cup in 2011. The venue, a state–of–art cricket stadium owned by the BCCI is a project still to find its way to the drawing board but the world has been told that the final match of the 2011 World Cup Cricket Tournament jointly hosted by India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka would be held in Delhi at the Stadium to be built by then. One sincerely hopes that the BCCI will get the work started soon and completed by the time of the World Cup.

At Least 20 LTTE killed by air strikes on Karadiyanaru Tiger base

Sri Lankan air force fighter jets bombed yesterday a key LTTE base in Karadiyanaru, 24 Km from Batticaloa killing at least twenty LTTE cadres, defence sources said. Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports from the uncleared areas said LTTE Batticaloa -Amparai commander Banu was in the camp when it was hit by air strikes. Pro-LTTE websites have put the LTTE casualties at eight fatalities and four injured. The website said that 2 offiicals and 6 cadres, were killed and four wounded when Sri Lanka Air Force bombed Liberation Tigers' in Karadiyanaru.