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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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Wright’s Diagnosis of Indian Cricket

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

Much is being made from the interviews and excerpts of John Wright’s book on Indian cricket. Covering his experience during his tenure as coach, the New Zealander’s views have naturally invoked various comments, mostly critical. One possible reason for the adverse reaction could be that he being a foreigner had dared to criticise the Indian approach. That is too simplistic a view and rather a patriotic one.

Sri Lankan president demands media toes the line on the war

Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse held a meeting with editors and heads of media bodies on Wednesday ostensibly to explain the "current situation in the country". The real purpose of the meeting was to pressure those assembled to faithfully reproduce the government’s propaganda on its widening war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The fact that the meeting was called at all reveals a distinct nervousness. The media in Sri Lanka is already toeing the line. Virtually all reports of the war are based directly on government speeches and military statements. There is little first-hand reporting from the war zones and no opposition to the war in the editorials and commentary.

U.N. Seeks Muslim-European Peacekeepers for Lebanon

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the United Nations appealed to its 192 member states for troops for its revamped peacekeeping force in Lebanon, it was expecting mostly "well-trained, well-equipped" forces from the Western world. But the first positive responses have come mostly from the developing world, including three predominantly Muslim nations. Nepal, Malaysia and Indonesia have offered a battalion each (anything between 600 and 1,000 troops) along with Bangladesh, which has offered two battalions.

If U.S. lacks judgment, historical perspective and openness to other cultures, world is in trouble

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Understanding of the diverse cultures of the world, especially those of developing countries, should be an essential component of the 21st century education of American students. Direct exposure to foreign nations and other aspects of these cultures can best be achieved through a meaningful study abroad experience. And global awareness among America’s future leaders will, in turn, lead to more effective U.S. foreign policy, security from terrorism and economic resilience in the increasing competitive world of trade.

LTTE’s low intensity military involvement reported

Reports reveal of a low intensity military involvement from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the whole of yesterday - Friday 18 August, while Sri Lanka Defense forces bombed and destroyed an LTTE’s key boat manufacturing centre in Thalaiyadi, Chempianpattu located in the Point Pedro East area. According to LTTE Military spokesman Irasiah Marshal Ilanthirayan Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troopers on Friday launched an offensive through Kandalkadu area, located between Nagarkovil Forward Defence Line (FDL) and Muhamalai FDL, inside the LTTE controlled territory.

ECF plans to reduce energy consumption in industrial and commercial buildings

Sunil C. Perera, reporting from Colombo

The government owned Energy Conservation Fund [ECF] will meet local commercial and industrial building owners and users to improve energy efficiency of their institutions and reduce energy consumption by 10 percent.This program will reduce their maintenance cost and increase their earnings, Chief Executive Officer and the General Manager of the Fund Harsha Wickramasingha said. According to available data, a number of local industries and the commercial ventures face a big financial crisis due to use of energy and fuel.

Sri Lanka Government agreed for the medical treatment of the injured LTTE cadres.

Sri Lanka Government has agreed to extend facilities for medical treatment to the injured cadres from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on humanitarian grounds. This was announced by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse. The President made it clear that it is the duty and responsibility of the Government to ensure that medical facilities are available to all citizens of the country. He pointed out that the Government has granted permission to the LTTE Spokesman Daya Master to avail medical treatment on the same principle.

German NGO's duplicity exposed

By Janaka Perera

Over forty years ago novelist Ian Fleming’s creation, James Bond, inspired a Sri Lankan movie maker to direct a spy thriller titled Jamis Banda, with the late Gamini Fonseka playing the lead role as the Sri Lankan-born British secret agent Banda. However, in this film the bad guys are not the Soviet Russians as in most James Bond movies, but a German Nazi group, which slips into Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) after roaming in disguise in several countries following Germany’s defeat in World War II. Once safe in their hideout here, they don Nazi uniforms. In the movie these terrorists threaten to blow up the city of Colombo with a nuclear bomb unless the world’s major powers pay the group billions of dollars so that Nazis can stage a come back in Europe with the force of arms and `liberate’ the German people.

Local Tea Factory Owners hailed SLTB rating system

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Private tea factory owners hailed Tea Boards decision to rate tea factories and comimg forward to provide a Star Rating system. Dr.Sarath Ranaweera, Managing Director of the James Valley tea factory, Gampola says this rating system would improve productivity of the tea factories and improve the living conditions of the factory workers and the small holders. He said that his factory also received "One Star" rating and this rating system would cut production costs.

Humanitarian crisis in Jaffna and Vanni.

Curfew in force in the Jaffna peninsula has been relaxed for five hours today. According to a Sri Lanka Army announcement, curfew in force at Vadamaradchchy, Valikamam and Thenmaradchchi has been relaxed from 12.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 19th August. The five hour curfew relaxation has been declared by the Security Forces for civilians to attend to their domestic requirements. In the meantime as 24 hour curfew is in force in the Jaffna peninsula continuously for the last eight successive days, a humanitarian crisis seems looming large in Jaffna, as well is in the Vanni region, which is under the control of the Tamil rebel outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).