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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Non-Aligned Movement was used by the Junta

Prof. Kanbawza Win

It was really sad, painful and unbelievable to witness that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) of 100 states plus who consider themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc has unwittingly is aligned itself with the dictators against democracy, even though we understand that the importance and the relevance of the Non Aligned Movement has outlived its usefulness, since the collapse of the Soviet Union .

Karunanidhi keeps off 'Nalini clemency' campaign

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

KarunanidhiMuthavel Karunanidhi is in no mood to toe a line different from Delhi on Sri Lanka's ethnic issue. Whatever be his earlier sympathies, he is generally keeping off the LTTE. He did not meet the pro-LTTE delegation of parliamentarians from Sri Lanka who were here last month. While he has taken the cue obviously from his local political rival Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Delhi administered a snub to the delegation with Prime Minister following the Karunanidhi example. Now this same 'hands –off' approach is visible even on the demand for clemency being made by Dalit Panthers of India (DPI). A week ago, when the DPI leader Thirumavalavan made the demand in his very presence at Madurai, Karunanidhi observed studied silence.

Metropolitatan complements its best performers

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

For the 18th consecutive year Metropolitan Office (Pvt) Ltd felicitated its best performers of 2005 at a recent function held at Waters Edge Hotel. The main awards presented in respect of all companies under the Metropolitan umbrella, comprised Best Salesperson, Best Sales Support and Best Technical Services, with other presentations in supporting roles. Metropolitan established in 1958 as a single company has now grown to a conglomerate of eight subsidiaries with Metropolitan Office (Pvt) Limited as the holding company and is operational in areas as diverse as Information Communication technology, engineering, air-conditioning and refrigeration, construction and real estate and interior solutions

The Dialogue of Cultures

By Eduardo Faleiro

Eduardo FaleiroIn the present age, international exposure is a requirement of an increasing number of jobs. The trend is likely to expand further in view of the ongoing globalization of the world's economy, transnational movements of people and the emergence of strong regional and global institutions. In a recent survey of large businesses, over 80% said that they would place greater emphasis on "international competence" in hiring and training during the next decade. Former CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch reflected on the requirements of the globalized economy:

Tamil National Alliance's Raviraj feels sorry for poor Northern children

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

RavirajA parliamentarian representing the proxy political arm of the LTTE has expressed his utmost sympathy on the plight that has befallen the children living in the North while children of bigwigs live a very comfortable life abroad. Tamil National Alliance Jaffna district Parliamentarian N. Raviraj has disclosed that while even the LTTE leader Prabhakaran's children live a comfortable life abroad, poor Tamil children have to wait in long queues all day without even going to school to get a piece of bread.

The population institute names 2006 Global media award winners

The Population Institute (PI) has announced its 27th Annual Global Media Award winners, for excellence in population reporting. The 11 awards will honor journalists and communicators from five countries who have made outstanding contributions to greater awareness of population, environment and resource issues. The award ceremony will be held December, 6, 2006 at the U.S. Capitol Building here. Lena Sin, a staff writer for The Province (Canada), will be honored for Best Individual Reporting Effort for her article on contraceptives for women in developing countries. Her comprehensive reporting helped broaden the understanding of how birth control can help stem today’s rapid population growth.

Four 'B's mark local bodies elections in Tamilnadu

Dr. Swamy Four 'B's marked the balloting in the first phase of elections to local bodies in Tamilnadu. . Booth capturing, bogus voting, brutal attacks on candidates and poll boycott, amidst brisk polling were reported from across the state. Karunanidhi, the chief minister was locked in a verbal duel with his betenoire Jayalalithaa, and up coming political heavy weight Vijayakanth. The Friday vote covered 6557 villages and 353 towns – big and small across the state to put in place the local self-government bodies. At stake are in all 67,760 posts including that of the Mayor of Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem, and Tirunelveli Corporations. The second phase of polling will be held on October 15. It will be spread over 38,250 booths, some of them in Chennai itself.

The morning after Muhamalai

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Talks or no talks, Sri Lanka retains the right of preventive self-defence. If we do not take the war to the Tigers and keep them off balance, they bring the war to us. However the goal of our military operations must not primarily be the occupation or re-occupation of territory - which is difficult to defend without danger of overextension - but to draw out the Tigers and use our superior firepower to inflict maximum casualties, "annihilating the living forces of the enemy" as the post-war world’s greatest general, Vietnam’s Vo Nguyen Giap, used to put it. To identify the best ways to overcome the LTTE threat, Sri Lanka need not necessarily follow the advice the Big Powers give us, but must follow the policy discussion within these countries themselves, while making adjustments for the difference between their resources and ours.

Biggest-Ever U.S. Trade Delegation Visits India end of November

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The United States Commerce Department has planned to take the largest-ever American business development delegation, approximately 400, to India to explore further market opportunities to expand trade and investment in that country. The delegation, which comprises of leaders in American enterprises, will be in India between November 29-December 5 visiting Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Trade between the two countries has grown by 21 percent this year to nearly $26 billion, according to U.S. authorities.

Army Commander Fonseka flies to Jaffna for a correct assessment of the Muhamalai battle

By Walter Jayawardhana

Following one of the biggest battles the Sri Lanka Army had to put in recent times against invading LTTE troops in Sri Lanka’s Northern Jaffna Peninsula, Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka with his senior officers flew in to the battle grounds to assess the ground situation personally. At the Muhamalai battle 133 Sri Lanka Army soldiers died while 196 LTTE guerillas are also reportedly killed. Chief of Defense Staff Air Chief Marshall G. D. Perera flew with Lt. General Fonseka to assist the Commander in his assessment, October 13 Friday morning.

"Since the LTTE put in their maximum resources to the Muhamalai battle this could easily become their last"

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri lanka Army spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said the recently done Muhamalai battale might become the last battle of the LTTE since they put in their maximum resources into it. He said the Sri Lanka troops had to put in a heavy resistance to stop the invading forces of the LTTE and the best effort of the separatist forces could not move the ground forces back even by an inch. Brigadier Samarasinghe said still there were intermittent mortar and artillery attacks by the LTTE on the Forward Defense Line at Muhamalai.

America’s Boucher, Norway’s Hanssen-Bauer and Japan’s Akashi to assemble in Sri Lanka on October 19 to bring peaceful sett

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Richard BoucherUnited States Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher is scheduled to be in Sri Lanka next Thursday, October 19 to bring a halt to the fierce fighting between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels and to facilitate the forthcoming talks between the two warring factions in Geneva on October 28-29. During Boucher’s visit to Colombo, he will be joined by mediator Norway’s special peace envoy Jon Hanssen-Bauer and Japan’s Yasushi Akashi to have talks with the Sri Lanka government leaders and LTTE representatives.

Geneva talks in addition to core issues identified would concentrate also on findings by expert panel and all party committee

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a discussion with some of the members of the Sri Lanka’s peace delegation said, in addition to the core issues that have been already identified to be discussed, some of the new findings of the All Party Representative Committee and panel of experts also should be addressed when they meet the LTTE delegation over peace in Geneva. Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary General of the Sri Lanka government’s Peace Secretariat who participated in these initial discussions said that President Mahinda Rajapaksa was informed that the All Party Representative Committee and the Panel of Experts have advanced considerably on their findings during this discussion.

Government of Sri Lanka plans to introduce Nanotechnology to industrialists

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Prof VitharanaThe Government of Sri Lanka, together with the Ministry of Science and Technology have decided to introduce nanotechnology to Sri Lanka. Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana says his ministry plans to set up a National Nanotechnology Center in the close proximity of Colombo to popularize nanotechnology among the local industrialists to grab overseas trading opportunities. Addressing a media conference held on Friday in Colombo, the veteran politician said the proposed center needs 600 million rupees to kickoff the project. "We requested the government to allocate funds to this center," he said.

Sri Lanka:Should a solution create another problem? An open letter to Anandasangaree, Leader of Tamil United Liberation Front

By Raj Gonsalkorale

You are a very brave leader of the largest democratic Tamil political party in Sri Lanka. You deserve all the plaudits that peace loving Sri Lankans have bestowed on you and are continuing to do so for your valiant and single minded effort to show the Sinhala people, all the moderate Tamils and the international community that there are Tamil leaders with a very substantial following who are unafraid to expose the LTTE for what they are. You have also exposed the LTTE myth that they are the sole representatives of the Tamil people. Without doubt, if all Tamil people in Sri Lanka, especially the one’s who are living under gun barrel of the LTTE in the North and the East of the country were allowed to express their views without fear of reprisals from the LTTE, it is quite certain they would endorse you and your stated views that the conflict that is killing so many people on both sides of the divide need not continue any longer and that it can, and must be resolved by peaceful means. You have advocated a Federal system as the political solution to ending this conflict.

AdAsia Bronze Award for JWT’s ""

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At the recent Asian Travel and Tourism Award held in Singapore and organized by AdAsia, JWT won the Bronze Award competing with 300 countries including Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Due to stringent judging process Golds were rare and in the category the JWT won only Silver and Bronze were awarded.


Eduardo Faleiro