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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

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Prabhakaran is stuck in his own mess

PrabakaranAs a last resort analysts expect Prabhakaran to hit out in a dramatic fashion to make an impact and regain the momentum he lost in launching Eelam War IV.Political analysts and even the Karuna Group agree that by launching Eelam War IV Velupillai Prabhakaran has painted himself into a corner and does not know how to get out of it. Analysts are expecting him to hit out with his last available weapon: suicide bombers. One other option is to go to talks. But here too he is stymied. The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) has laid down three conditions

Longsa should be paradigm for others to emulate: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr TM Lotha expressed his happiness on the fast development scenario that has been taking place in Wokha including his Longsa Village. He was speaking as Chief Guest at the dedication function of the Longsa Village Gate here. The Minister recalled how things had changed bringing a massive revolution in the overall lifestyle and mindset of the villagers in Longsa Village from the past. Due to the late arrival of Christianity in Longsa Village coupled with orthodoxies prevailed, people in the village, in olden days, had the general impression that "rice is everything for them," he said.

Sajith Premadasa lauds Mahinda Rajapakse as "a popular, two-term president"

Sajid Premadasa 39-year-old Sajith Premadasa, son of the former President Ranasinghe Premadasa, has told the Indian media that Mahinda Rajapakse would not be "a one-term president but a two-term president." He added: "I think he is quite popular among the masses." This drives another nail into the coffin of the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, the rival candidate who lost the last presidential election. Wickremesinghe is known more for losing elections than winning. Sajith Premadasa is a young leader of the new generation of UNPers.

Thai King endorses Gen. Surayud Chulanont, a former Army Chief for interim Premiership

Gen. SurayudThai King Bhumibol Adulyadej yesterday, endorsed the appointment of General Surayud Chulanont who was nominated by the military council for the appointment of interim Prime Minister of Thailand.
Privy Councillor and retired Army Chief Gen. Surayud Chulanont was appointed Sunday evening as Thailand's interim Prime Minister by a Royal Command. He replaces deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted on September 19 in a bloodless coup staged by Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin.

SMS revolution in Lanka Bell ‘Keti Katha

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Lanka Bell landmark innovation in Sri Lankan telephony, with its launch of ‘Keti Katha’ re-invents SMS. It is cost effective with only cents 0.75 per message enables Lanka Bell customers to be in touch with friends and family, locally and overseas with its strong Sri Lankan flavored name. Lanka Bell telephones have become an integral part of Sri Lankan family as it upgrades the facilities and introduce latest features where they fulfill their promise to bring world class telephony to Sri Lankan people. said Suren Goonewardene, Managing Director, Lanka Bell.

Consensual Governance in Sri Lanka

By Oscar E V Fernando

Several problems have beset this country since the crossover of a group of MP’s from the then UNP government to the opposition, thus originating the SLFP by its leader the late S W R D Bandaranaike together with another stalwart leader late D A Rajapakse, the father of the present president. Apart from introducing national ventures in the midst of a thriving private sector left behind by the colonial rulers, there were no significant economic, ideological or political differences to cause the crossover—the real cause for which was an open secret at the time. Much water has flown down the bridge since then, and it is certainly an irony of fate that the separate waters seem to meet under the same bridge with the leadership of a Rajapakse—taking its full cycle back to square one!

Loyalty to Royalty ….

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

With an assured overt support of the officialdom and political class in Washington, every US visit of the military ruler of Pakistan, Gen Pervez Musharraf, will remain ‘a resounding success’ in terms of both a political and media event. However, the clever man that he is, Musharraf utilised his latest visit to the land of his patrons by doing something that is astounding even by his brash standards: using the White House podium to hawk his memoir. This prompted someone to remark that Musharraf’s ‘loyalty is to royalty’!


Dr TM Lotha


Myanmar: senior UN official set to return for high-level talks on rights and democracy

A top United Nations official is likely to return to Myanmar in early November for high-level talks to try to help the Asian country make serious progress in human rights, political freedoms and humanitarian assistance. Under-Secretary-General for Political Ibrahim Gambari told reporters today, after a briefing the Security Council behind closed doors in New York, that Myanmar has confirmed its invitation to him to visit in early November.