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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

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Mavai Senathirajah urges government to honour Ceasefire Agreement on A-9 Road

Mavai Mavai Senathirajah urges government to honour Ceasefire Agreement on A-9 Road. "It was clearly agreed according the Ceasefire Agreement signed in February 2002 that A-9 Road would be kept opened for non-military traffic of goods and passengers. Accordingly LTTE kept the road opened by adopting certain procedures in the road stretch under their control." said Mavai Senathirajah. He said that after agreeing to the procedures from day one the road was opened and now it was unfortunate and illogical on the part of the GOSL to come up with lame excuses to keep the road closed. He pointed out that Sri Lanka Government even now continues to allow the movement of traffic and people in out of Vanni by marinating entry / exit position of the Omanathai FDL position kept opened.

Australian forensic team coming to Sri Lanka next week to investigate 17 aid workers massacre

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

A team of Australian forensic experts will arrive in the country next week to carry out investigations into the massacre of 17 aid workers in Muttur, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. The Governments of Sri Lanka and Australia have finalized the Terms of Reference (TOR) in relation to the providing of Australian forensic expertise into the investigations being conducted on the deaths of 17 aid workers belonging to the NGO Action Contre la Faim in Muttur.

There’s good news and bad news

By Dayan Jayatilleka

By placing the issue of Tiger terrorism front and centre before the two largest audiences available in international politics (UN General assembly, NAM summit) as well as in numerous bilateral meetings and multilateral forums, hammering home the truth of LTTE aggression and the quintessentially defensive character of Sri Lanka’s military response, reiterating his commitment to a multiethnic, multi religious, multi cultural country and a political solution based on maximum devolution of power, President Mahinda Rajapakse has done his duty by the people and the armed forces, and more forthrightly than any of his predecessors. He has, in effect, bought time and provided space for the armed forces to do the job, while preventing the LTTE from obtaining any leverage for itself.

Tritel – biggest payphone operator slashes call charges

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

To mark its nine year existence in the Sri Lanka Tritel Service (Pvt) Ltd, the biggest payphone operator has reduced the out-going call charges drastically effect September 9. Darryll Sinnappa, CEO, Tritel said "Customers are our backbone in our telecom entity. Thus, we felicitate them for nurturing us over the past years. He said, low income groups could afford payphone the majority of the population in Sri Lanka."

Buying Time or Losing Time?

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The ongoing national government drama, irrespective of its eventual outcome, is likely to be of some use to its two main actors, President Mahinda Rajapakse and Leader of Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe – as a time buying exercise. Mr. Rajapakse can use the Quest for a National Government to deflect international pressure to come up with a political solution to the ethnic problem while Mr. Wickremesinghe can use it to derail significant reforms within his much defeated party and to postpone further defections by disaffected green parliamentarians. The national government may not happen, but the slogan and the search would enable the President to get off the ‘political solution’ hook and Mr. Wickremesinghe to get off the ‘party reforms’ hook, at least for a while.

Nawaloka completes two decades and one year in National Health Service

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Nawaloka Hospital which was started in 1985 with 100 beds and well equipped intensive care unit is now 21 year old and developed to be one of the foremost Private Hospitals in Sri Lanka. The Hospital imported the first CT Scanner to the country in 1992 and started the first Mammography unit installed. Today Nowloka Hospital has the facilities improved by providing minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery, a cardiac catheterisation, a coronary artery bypass surgery unit, etc.

The Never-ending Military Rule in Burma

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Military rule in many third world countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America is not a rare event. Sometimes it is for the right reason that is backed up popular support, which earns the coup leaders respect and admiration. Sometimes it is for the wrong reason with no popular support that only aggravates people with a sense of betrayal and helplessness. Sometimes it is for the right reason and yet delivering wrong results. Sometimes it is a welcome event and sometimes it is not. Military coups often happen under the pretext of preserving constitution, restoring law and order or curbing rampant corruption within the civil administration of the government. Once these tasks are done, the military is expected to return to its barracks without delay, leaving the task of running the country to politicians. When it fulfills its genuine obligations to people, it is a boon for the country and shows its maturity.

Mystery surrounds the death of Sencholai victim Dayalini; judge asks why she was transferred back to Vavuniya from Kandy

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mystery surrounds the death of one of three survivors from LTTE’s Sencholai Military camp who was transferred to Vavuniya hospital and sent for further treatment to Kandy Hospital but re-transferred to Vavuniya hospital before she recovered from her injuries. Vavuniya District Judge M. Ilancheliyan ordered the Police to investigate why she was transferred back to Vavuniya before her recovery. Thambimuttu Dayalini (20) died at theVavuniya Hospital while she was taking treatment for the injuries sustained in the Sri Lanka Air Force bombing at the LTTE run Sencholai military training school for young school girls.

The sour Hungarian goulash

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The gaffes made by public figures such as politicians always create a controversy but usually the trouble ends with nothing more harmful than an acute embarrassment to the guilty person. After all no harm ensued when during a G-8 coffee break in Russia George Bush hailed the British prime minister as 'Yo, Blair'. Bush himself had little trouble from his countrymen when he was heard saying 'get the Hizbollah to stop doing this shit'. The last Conservative British Prime Minister, John Major, had called some of his un-named ministerial colleagues 'bastards'.

France: Immigrant hunger strikers in a critical condition

As of this writing, a hunger strike by seven squatters evicted from a disused student residence on the Cachan university campus in the south of Paris is in its 38th day. The hunger strikers, immigrants who are demanding legal residence in France and decent housing, began their action August 22. According to a statement issued earlier this week by Doctor Patrice Muller, "They are entering a critical phase. They are extremely weak and are in danger of incurring irreversible muscular and neurological damage." The hunger strikers are part of a group of over 200 people, largely African immigrants, who have taken temporary refuge in a gymnasium made available to them by the Cachan municipality. They had been forcibly evicted by CRS riot police from the former student residence where over 600 people had been living.

Thai King

Thai King grants amnesty for coup makers while approving juntas’ interim constitution

Thai KingThe interim constitution drafted by the coup makers of Thailand has been approved by the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Thai King also absolved the coup makers by granting amnesty for toppling Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s elected Government. The royal command, which was announced on TV pool at 9:29 am in Bangkok states that the Council for Democratic Reform (CDR) staged the coup to annul the previous charter, which was full of loopholes, so that a new charter could be drafted so His Majesty approved the interim charter pending the drafting of a new one.