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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Mahinda at Havana

Sri Lanka's expert panel likely to submit two proposals on ethnic conflict

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo.

The expert peace panel, tasked with drafting a new political solution to the ethnic conflict has finally begun to show some positive signs and is reportedly 'inching forward' despite obstacles even within the panel, sources said. "Most of the meetings end in heated arguments, with the minority group comprising a very minimal amount of representatives’ hell bent on blocking any positive progress in the panel, but the majority which comprises sensible thinkers feels that a reasonable solution must be found to solve the country's two-decade-long ethnic conflict," sources noted.

In Iraq, Iran’s Arab Credentials Are Made

By Nicola Nasser

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s latest visit to Tehran was just another occasion to highlight that Iran is compromising its Arab credentials in Iraq, and to raise more questions about whether Tehran and Washington are in collusion or in collision in Baghdad than giving answers to Arabs who do care to have Islam as a unifying force between the Arab and Persian neighbouring nationalities against foreign interference in the region.n When President George W. Bush never stops repeating that "success in Iraq is necessary for the security of the United States" (1) and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pledges "full security" (2) for Bush’s Iraqi regime, one could not but wonder whether Iran and the U.S. are in collusion or in collision in Iraq.

Commonwealth proposals for World Bank & IMF meetings

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Commonwealth Finance Ministers meeting concluded yesterday reviewing world economic situation and discussing a range of development and other related issue with plans of taking the proposals to the next level; annual meetings of World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) starting today in Singapore.

LTTE riding behind the waves of the Sri Lanka Navy

By: Rohan Nawaniwasa

The two decade old confrontation between the LTTE and the Government’s armed forces have undergone Political and military changes that drew international attention to the crisis in varying degrees. These developments are very often been more favorable to the LTTE rather than to the Government until the recent past. Regardless of service, unit rank or file, LTTE carried out attacks on all units of the Government security forces including the Police and STF. Tigers changed their pattern of targeting various sections of the armed forces and Police due to many factors.

Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers union demand tough action against Finance Manager

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Finance Manager S. Rajakulendran is likely to face strict disciplinary action following his alleged 'incompetent' decisions which have caused the CEB considerable losses. According to the CEB Engineers Union (CEBEU), the unwarranted actions of the CEB Finance Manager has cost the Board dearly, leading to Power and Energy Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne also appointing a committee to investigate the conduct of Mr. Rajakulendran, following an appeal made to him by the union.

Apollo Hospital Colombo: Harry wins the battle, owners exit

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Apollo Hospital Colombo which was under the ownership of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd. (AHEL) yesterday saw the much awaited change in the ownership to Sri Lanka Insurance, which was on the drawing boards for the last few months.

According to industry sources AHEL sold its 33.22 per cent stake (52.03 million shares) in Apollo Hospitals Colombo to Business Tycoon Harry Jayawardene led Sri Lanka Insurance at Rs. 28/- per share. This transaction was followed by investors Ratnaraja Navaratnam and Bob Kundanmal of Sino Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd. selling their stakes 3.19 per cent and 5.03 per cent respectively, taking the total holdings of Sri Lanka Insurance slightly above 80 per cent of the issued share capital.

International exhibitions in Colombo focus on Printing, Packaging and Plastics

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

"PrintPack Sri Lanka 2006 and AsiaPlast 2006", two international exhibitions and conferences focusing on the printing and packaging sectors, and, the plastic and rubber processing sectors will take place from 13th to 15th October at SLECC in Colombo. Jointly organized by Intel Trade Fairs and Expositions Pvt Ltd and the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre, these joint exhibitions provide the ideal and most cost effective marketing opportunity, bringing together key stakeholders and decision makers in these two industries. They will enable exhibitors to showcase the latest products and services in this highly lucrative market to a discerning spectrum of qualified buyers across geographical boundaries.

Alcohol anyone? Perspective on Sri Lankan transportation fuel sector

By Kemantha T Jayawardhana

This is an article meant to wake up the Sri Lankans to a 21st century reality. Sri Lanka has long been dependant on fossil fuel for its energy needs. In doing so, we have turned our eyes away from a potential source of energy, biomass. If used properly, biomass can provide energy to produce electricity and to run our automobiles. Biomass powered power plants are now under development in Sri Lanka as pilot projects funded by both the government and the private sector. However, when it comes to transportation, we still don’t have a reliable and sustainable resource that can be produced locally to power our vehicles.

Sri Lanka's "peace" party backs the government’s war on the LTTE

The support of the opposition United National Party (UNP) for the Sri Lankan government’s approach to the "national question" is a clear indication of the consensus in Colombo ruling circles for the prosecution of an aggressive war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). In 2002, the UNP-led government signed a formal ceasefire with the LTTE and pledged to resolve the country’s 20-year civil war through a negotiated power-sharing arrangement. Four years later, the ceasefire is void in all but name after President Mahinda Rajapakse ordered a military offensive in late July to capture the Mavilaru irrigation sluice gate inside LTTE territory. Far from condemning Rajapakse’s actions, the UNP has fallen into line.

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14th Non-Aligned Summit Reflects Growing Disappointment Of Rich Nations: Summit Opens in Cuba

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

With one super power , the Soviet Union, gone since its breakup into fifteen republics in early nineties and the United States remains as the sole super power with its political, economic and military agenda taking root in every corner of the globe, the Non-Aligned Movement created during the Cold War by nations that did not want to be linked to either super power, it is now seen reflecting the views of the developing world against rich and developed nations, the United States taking most of the wrath. The Non-Aligned Movement summit, now in session in Havana, Cuba, the 118 members, which are represented by heads of state or government, are already preparing a draft declaration supporting Iran, and at the same time seeking to enlarge the definition of terrorism to include both the US occupation in Iraq and recently Israeli actions in Lebanon.