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Glen Jenvey

Significance of power in politics

By Oscar E V Fernando

Power is defined as control and influence exercised over others—also as strength, vigor force and effectiveness; among several other definitions, power is also defined as political control. Human behavior and conduct justify creation of a government. If there is no government each human being would deem it his right to have access to every resource in nature and that he is free to own those resources. As such community living can lead to chaos, human beings have so grouped themselves together to give up these absolute rights and form a central authority for their own survival and protection. This entity is called a government.

Aitken Spence Hotel Chain to build several Hotels in India

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Aitken Spence Hotel Chain with nine hotels in Sri Lanka and four in Maldives have achieved the prestigious ISO 22000 and HACCP Certification for three of their hotels – Heritage Kandalama, Earl’s Regency Kandy and The Tea Factory Nuwara Eliya. Malin Hapugoda, Managing Director, Aitken Spence Hotels said they have signed management contracts to put up three hotels in India – one in New Delhi, one in Madurai and the other a joint venture partnership in Kerala and the chain is determined to carry this excellent work on safety food and environment to the Hotels in India once they are built.

Ninety-one Sri Lanka public officials in bribery net

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has so far netted 91 public officials for the first ten months of this year. According to the commission's statistics, the police department tops the list with a reported 35 arrests been made by the commission for this year, out of a total of 91 arrests which included several top ministries and public institutions. By October 11, 2006, 91 public officials were arrested on allegedly taking bribes.

Somalia: Caught Between Cynicism and the Specter of War

By Abukar Arman

After ridding off Mogadishu and other areas in southern Somalia what was widely considered as the nation’s deadliest political parricides-- the warlords -- no sustainable peace is yet attained. Internally, ever since the Transitional National Government (TFG) made its ambivalence to negotiate with the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) and participate in the Khartoum peace process known, ICU has taken certain unilateral measures that broadened its sphere of influence- measures that further alienated the paralyzed TFG. In fact, some analysts consider this as a prelude to an immanent clash between these two entities.

Work Discrimination: Thailand second worst in the world

A new survey found that Thailand rated second in Work Discrimination when seeking work, one of the worst results in the 28 nation study. The country as the worst in terms in Work Discrimination when seeking work is Sweden, where 100% respondents to the survey felt they had bee nunfairly treated in the past five years because of either race, age, gender or disability.

Sri Lanka - LTTE Talks: LTTE Saber rattling will appease the Tamil Diaspora

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The LTTE delegation that is now in Geneva has said they will take the opportunity to expose Sri Lankan government atrocities and the suffering caused as a result to the Tamil people in affected areas of the North East of the country. No doubt this will enlighten the hearts and minds of the Tamil Diaspora and also open their wallets to keep the LTTE well funded to continue what the Sri Lankan government is bound to say are LTTE atrocities against their own people. This saber rattling will not help the innocent people in the war torn areas. The sooner the LTTE realizes this and sits down to talk some serious business about creating conducive conditions for a peaceful outcome to this conflict, the better it will be for the people they claim to represent and are fighting for.

Life in Galle limbed back to normal: "Tamils’ shops are given security"

By Vandana Jayasinghe in Colombo

Rumours of terrorist attacks have brought fear into the lives of people who live in tsunami hit Galle city, where the Liberation of Tamil Tigers of Eelam attacked the Dakshina Naval Base on last week. Apart from rumours, sounds of shooting at the Dakshina Naval Base on last Wednesday had created a mini pandemonium, where people ran for life, in Galle city. Later they were told that it was a misfire at the Naval base. The Additional Divisional Secretary W. Weerakoon told the "Asian Tribune" that the life in Galle has come back to normal, but still the people were in fear of terrorist attacks due to rumors despite tight security in the City.

Norway fails to keep its tsunami pledge to Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

The Norwegian government which pledged Sri Lanka Rs. 1.4 billion for tsunami development, has so far granted only a mere Rs. 397 million, nearly two years after the catastrophe. "It was initially decided to construct one modern school building in the southern province's Hambantota district and 29 schools in the tsunami devastated North and East provinces, apart from a lab and a sports ground. However so far only one school has been constructed in the North East," sources said.

UNP to remain a responsible opposition, even after a pact with Sri Lanka's ruling party

By Vandana Jayasinghe in Colombo

The United National Party (UNP), which pledged to support the government by signing the landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to solve the national issues, said yesterday that the party while remaining in the opposition would strongly oppose any injustice or unfair act by the government. Despite the agreement between the two parties, the UNP would stick to its responsibilities as the main opposition and would raise its voice against the government when there was a need, said Galle UNP Parliamentarian Gayantha Karunatilake at a media conference held at the Opposition Leaders Office in Colombo.

Memoirs of a Counter-Rebel Spy in London - PART V :The South African Roulette and 'Shots of Arrack'

By Glen Jenvey - Exclusive to "Asian Tribune"
Edited By - Joseph Thavaraja

Glen JenveyI held my breath-tight. This was exactly what I had been waiting for all along. Of all the fax transmissions I handled at the LTTE office till now, nothing came close to this. Nothing. If I were to push the LTTE to the negotiation table, this was my chance. I immediately grabbed some LTTE (letter) headed paper and compiled a fax to the South African Embassy's First Secretary in London. I copied almost word to word from the IRA document but re-edited (as appropriate) to tailor it to sound as if it came from the minds of the LTTE…

Chandrika off to a flying start, but will she hold up international flights?

Chandrika Chandrika Kumaratunga, former president of Sri Lanka is off to flying start, heading towards Delhi next week on her first assignment as the newly appointed Senior Consultant to UNESCO for Education in Asia. During her term as President, Air Lanka had two flight schedules: one in which tickets was sold to the passengers and the other was determined arbitrarily by her, depending on the time she was ready to board the plane. Invariably she was very late holding up international flights inconveniencing passengers who missed connecting planes at various points of landing.

Dr. Palitha Kohona: What is there to discuss about A9 highway when vehicles are reaching Kilinochchi and Mulathivu?

By Walter Jayawardhana

Dr. Palitha KohonaDr. Palitha Kohona, Head of the Peace Secretariat in Sri Lanka who is now in Geneva for peace talks as a delegate of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) delegation asked, "What is there to discuss about A9 High Way when vehicles are constantly reaching Kilinochchi and Mulathivu along that highway?" The LTTE delegation head S. P. Tamilselvan has threatened that peace talks will not move forward if the government did not come forward to open the highway. The LTTE delegation head S. P. Tamilselvan has threatened that peace talks will not move forward if the government did not come forward to open the highway. Unfortunately according to observers, it is going to be a re-launch of the same scenario even in Geneva II.

Peace talks in Geneva commenced without a formal agenda

Protagonists of war shake hands for peacePeace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam commenced this morning in Geneva, at about 10.00 am Swiss time, at the International Conference Hall at Varembé situated at the centre of the city. The two top negotiators from Government of Sri Lanka and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam shook hands in the presence of Norwegian peace brokers. Norway's International Development Minister Erik Solheim made an opening statement, before senior representatives of the two parties shook hands.

"We have evidence that LTTE is building two new clandestine airstrips in Mullaitivu" – Head of Sri Lanka delegation

Nimal Siripala de SilvaSri Lanka Government Head of Delegation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva in his opening address of the peace talks in Geneva this morning revealed that the LTTE is continuing to expand a clandestine airstrip in Iranamadu and construct two others in Mullativu. He voiced that Tamils in the North and east are denied basic democratic rights as well as their freedom of expression. Minister de Silva also called for free access to all parts of Sri Lanka including un-cleared areas to (southern) political parties, allowing of free function of democratic institutions, a single mechanism of law and order throughout the country, and groundwork for full democratization of the North and East. In his opening Statement, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that in certain areas of the North and the East, due to the actions of the LTTE, it is well known that individuals are denied their basic democratic rights.

LTTE’s legacy of banning opposition newspapers has begun to haunt Sri Lanka’s east

LTTE’s legacy of banning newspapers and magazines belonging to the other Tamil groups and opposition political parties has begun to haunt the East. According to the precedent set out by the LTTE, an unnamed armed group has already banned two Tamil newspapers published from Colombo. Furthermore, recently on 23 October it had banned another Tamil daily "Virakesari" by burning down copies of the paper taken in the van from Colombo for distribution to the news agents in the east of the country under government control.

Richard Pieris diversifies to luxury residencies

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A giant local conglomerate, Richard Pieris Group, turning to a special chapter in its history ventured to property development with the laying of the foundation stone for luxury housing complex – Shadygrove Residencies at Madapatha, Piliyandala through its subsidiary Arpico Homes Ltd by the Group Chairman, Dr Sena Yaddehige, last week. The Project offers a selection of attractively designed homes in an extent of 11 acre estate in Batakattara, Piliyandala just 2.5 km away from Piliyandala town.


Dr. Palitha Kohona

Entry and exit points in the A-9 road