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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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Tamil Tigers losing on all fronts, including Chennai

Tamil Tigers are hitting a blank wall each time they try to make an advance either abroad or at home. In Sri Lanka their cadres are getting a beating which they never expected. In America their agents were caught red handed trying to bribe US officials to lift the ban and also buy surface-to-air missiles. Their agents were also caught in Thailand trying to purchase arms. TMVP (Karuna's) forces have hit them in east. The last hope was to win sympathy and support from India. The Tigers approached the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh through Vaiko, (Y. Gopalaswami), the leader of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK).

Non-Alignment Survives Despite End of Cold War

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was launched in the early 1960s during the height of the U.S.-Soviet Cold War, it was the largest single political grouping of developing nations taking a unified stand at the United Nations. But the Western world was skeptical of its credibility because it was perceived as seemingly pro-Soviet and implicitly anti-U.S. in its approach to global politics.

Dr Qadeer Khan (Mohasn- E- Pakistan) and Pakistan

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

He was furious and had difficulty in controlling his anger, and my efforts to cool him down were not fruitful. ‘He is our hero. He saved Pakistan; and if it was not for Dr Qadeer Khan’s bomb India would have run over Pakistan… and what have we given him in return: humiliation, mental torture and deadly cancer’ This Pakistani friend roared again. My immediate concern was not health of Dr Qadeer Khan or even policies of Pakistani military junta, but health of this friend who had by- pass operation many years ago, and had a serious heart condition. I and other friends also appreciated his concern and largely agreed with his views, but there was not much we could do. We were aware of his health condition and didn’t want him to take too much tension.

Commonwealth Finance Ministers seek new answers to old questions

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Finance ministers from the Commonwealth open their annual meeting in Colombo tomorrow hoping to provide new approaches to growth and development which are age old issues that continue to bedevil some nations. Though tomorrow's participation at the highest level at the three-day meeting in Sri Lanka might be somewhat lower than at previous conferences in recent years because of security concerns, it is expected to make some progressive decisions ahead of the annual meetings of the World Bank and IMF later this month in Singapore.

Sri Lanka: Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation to appeal High Court ruling

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) is seriously considering to appeal the recent Colombo High Court ruling which saw the freezing of its accounts for a six-month period. TRO project consultant Arjunan Ethirveerasingam told the "Asian Tribune" that his organization is currently holding discussions with legal experts as to what their future course of action should be, and was also looking at the possibility of appealing the court decision.

Stone 'N' String felicitates those famed 'Mother Lanka'

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Stone ‘N’ String – global fashion jeweler manufacturer and the exclusive license holder of the 10th South Asian Games, unveiled their Commemorative Medallion, designed and manufacture red out of sterling silver to honor the medal winning Sri Lankan athletes at the recently concluded 10th South Asian Games in Colombo. The felicitation ceremony of all the award winning athletes was held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel last week with the Chairman, Stone ‘N’ String, Chairman Mohideen Saheed presiding.

Sri Lankan Rajapakse to inaugurate Commonwealth Finance Ministers

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

President Mahinda Rajapakse will inaugurate the annual Commonwealth Finance Ministers Meeting on September 12th at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo with over 225 participants from the 53 member states are expected to participate at this event. The theme for this year's convention would be 'An agenda for growth and livelihoods' and over Dr. P.B. Jayasundara – Secretary Ministry of Finance stated that the finance ministers would also be discussing current issues relating to the global economy and the increase in oil prices.

The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka invites SMEs to join with them

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka [CCI] now recognizes that the domestic construction industry is dominated by small and medium enterprise sector and planned to provide better opportunities for the local SMEs who are connected with the construction industry. In Sri Lanka out of around 2400 construction contractors who are registered with the Institute of Construction, Training & Development (ICTAD) only around 130 have been classified as major and specialist constructors. Out of them, only 25 constructors have been classified as ICTAD M1 contractors capable of undertaking construction works exceeding US$ 3 Million or Rs.300 Million rupees. This signifies that Sri Lankan contractors barring an elite few belong to SME sector.

Oil prices fall to five month low

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

In its weekly oil prices update the HNB stockbrokers indicated that Oil prices fell to a 5 month low this week, with prices on Thursday touching a low of $66.76 per barrel, while closing at $67.32 per barrel. This week oil prices retained a downward trend as the oil market took a breather amid concerns over hurricanes and the summer gasoline demand diminishing. So far weather gods have been kind this year, with no severe hurricane hitting the US or threatening the oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile with the summer driving season nearing its end a positive build up of gasoline inventories have been witnessed over the past few weeks. US gasoline inventories rose by 0.7 million barrels to 206.9 million barrels last week, according to the Energy Department report released on Wednesday.

Musharraf surrenders before Taliban

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Many might see it as a near impossible feat. Pakistan president, Gen Pervez Musharraf, has 'reaffirmed' his ‘'ommitment'to fight terrorism---by signing a 'peace' agreement with the Taliban! Along with Al Qaeda, the joint US-ISI creation, called the Taliban, is one of the two forces synonymous with acts of terrorism in the world. Actually, the Musharraf feat is even more bizarre: under the 'peace' agreement with pro-Taliban tribal leaders, Islamabad will not arrest or pursue 'peaceful foreigners' staying illegally in the North Waziristan area of Pakistan, widely believed to be one of the safest sanctuaries for terrorists and the base for launching attacks in Afghanistan.

Advancing troops kill more Tamil Tigers and destroy bunkers in Muhamalai

Advancing troops have killed more than 150 LTTE cadres and destroyed LTTE bunker lines in the Muhamalai area where several LTTE mortar and artillery guns were placed, according to Sri Lankan defence sources. Defense spokesperson Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told the media that the troops have advanced despite resistance from the LTTE. "Troops are consolidating their positions in the area where the LTTE bunker lines were destroyed," he said. In the clashes which began on last Thursday 28 soldiers have been killed and around 120 injured, according to Brig Samarasinghe said.