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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Nimal Siripala De Silva

Consensual governance and the politicized bureaucracy

By Oscar E V Fernando

Adhering to the county’s constitution is good governance: in the MOU to be signed by the government and the opposition two aspects of the common program are good governance and peace: the UNP leader says that development will follow subsequent to these two aspects being finalized. It could be concluded that the UNP prefers to support the government whilst being in the opposition to bring about good governance and peace: these two aspects can certainly be brought about while being in the opposition—and these are a must for development.

One more Burmese political prisoner died in Burma’s notorious prison

Burmese political prisoner, Maung San, 36 years, who was jailed for three years died in the Maulmein prison located inside Burma, on 26 October. After being injected by a paramedic in the prison for his gastric pain, he died within minutes. He was not allowed to be treated by a qualified doctor before he died. Usually in the prisons in Burma, unqualified and poorly trained paramedics were appointed treat the prisoners.

Another EPDP member shot and killed by LTTE gunmen

Another member of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has been shot and killed in Point Pedro. The 47 year old EPDP activist Ramalingham Thavathurai of St. Ludes Road Thumpalai, Point Pedro was felled by bicycle riding two pistol wielding terrorists belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.The shooting incident took place yesterday (31 October) morning at 9.00 AM, when Thavathurai was standing in front of the convenient shop which is in the front portion of his house.

Government ready to open A 9 Road provided LTTE gave up violence

Nimal Siripala De SilvaSri Lanka's Chief Negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva, said that Government was willing to open the crucial highway A 9 Colombo – Kandy main trunk road, if the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam gave up violence. De Silva said though the road was closed at a single exit entry point at Muhamalai in Jaffna and that over 100 kilometers (60 miles) of the highway was still open and running through two districts under the control of the LTTE - Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi.

The Geneva outcome and the SLFP-UNP détente

By Dayan Jayatilleka

So that’s that then. The peace talks I mean. While it would have been infinitely better for talks to have opened the way for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, that hope itself was utopian, given the character of the LTTE and its leader Prabhakaran, described by pioneering Che Guevara specialist Oxford’s Prof Andrew Sinclair in his Anatomy of terror: A history of terrorism, as "more extreme than Bin Laden." As for performance at the talks themselves, the game was drawn, though one can only speculate as to how much better we’d have done - if only in being able to utterly eclipse the Tigers and tilt the international coverage - had the team been reinforced by Jayantha Dhanapala, Sarath Amunugama or Milinda Moragoda.

Memoirs of a Counter-Rebel Spy in London - PART IX: "Start Filming Again!"

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

I had been keeping away from the rebels for some time as I still had high hopes for some kind of peace talks to take place. But another -and the last rebel demonstration I attended - was coming up. I received a call from my last SIS boss in London asking if I could film it. The demo was to start in Hyde Park on the following Saturday.. I took the long train to London from my "sleepy Berkshire village.."

Sri Lanka navy destroys a boat carrying a large haul of ammunition for LTTE off Talimannar coast

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Navy destroyed a boat transporting a large haul of ammunition for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) a military spokesman said. Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the Sri Lanka Army spokesman said a suspected LTTE boat was destroyed and sunk off Talaimannar seas of the Western coast of Sri Lanka and later Navy divers were able to salvage a large haul of ammunition from the boat that went to the bottom of the shallow sea. He said the navy divers who undertook an immediate salvage operation were able to so far bring up 27 boxes of 120 mm motar bombs (each carrying one bomb) 85 ammunitions used for 12.7 mm anti-air machine guns and a camouflage net.

Deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya charges in a public statement that UNP is run by a privileged clique

By Walter Jayawardhana

Karu JayasuriyaThe deputy leader of the United National Party, the country’s main parliamentary opposition depicting the growing discontent in the party about its leadership charged in a public statement that all the decision making in the party is controlled by a privileged clique. The deputy leader, Karu Jayasuriya , who polled a large number of votes at the last general election and who was a powerful minister in the former Ranil Wickremesinghe’s cabinet by issuing a public statement showed the growing crisis in the party about the leadership of Ranil Wickremesinghe, political observers in Colombo said.

Sri Lanka: Government launches livelihood development plans to assist tsunami affected community in Trincomalee

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Government of Sri Lanka launched its Trincomalee Divisional Livelihood Development Plan [DLDP] to uplift living conditions of the tsunami-affected community by building back better their livelihood. Mr. S. Rangaraja, Chief Secretary North and East Province was the chief guest. These plans covers Kuchchaveli, Muttur, Eachchilampattai, Kinniya and Town and Graverts of the Trincomalee District.

Sri Lanka: Daughter's puberty celebration lands mom in jail

A Sri Lankan mother and her lover were arrested by the Moratuwa City Police in Sri Lanka, as they were busy packing heroin to 'earn money for their daughter's ‘coming of age party' (or, the puberty party) a Sinhala language newspaper reported here today (Oct 31). The woman's lawful husband had already been jailed, convicted on the offence of 'possession of drugs', the newspaper reported.




Karu Jayasuriya

Bernard Goonetilleke

Bernard Goonetilleke

Sri Lankan peace talks collapse amid intensifying civil war

Talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Geneva last weekend broke up without agreement on any issue, including the convening of another round. The collapse of talks will inevitably lead to a further expansion of a war that has already cost thousands of lives this year. Just hours after talks ended, fierce artillery exchanges erupted between the army and the LTTE on the northern Jaffna peninsula at Muhamalai and Nagarkovil. Even as the negotiations were taking place in Geneva, army chief Sarath Fonseka visited Jaffna to meet local military commanders and discuss "the security situation."

Politics behind awards

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Mahatma Gandhi has long been hailed as the ‘apostle of peace’. But he was never given the biggest peace prize in the world. Now we have on the good authority of the permanent secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Geir Lundestad that political and other considerations prevented the Mahatma from being honoured with the Nobel peace prize. The announcement of almost any award is almost always followed by controversy. So, it was hardly surprising to read that not everyone agreed that two of the most prestigious awards this year, the Nobel Prize for peace and the Man Booker prize for literature, were rightly bestowed on Mohammed Yunus of Bangladesh and his Grameen Bank, and Kiran Desai (for her novel, The Inheritance of Loss) respectively. It does appear that the number of dissenters is smaller than those who support the choice for these two awards. Some of the questions raised did not look pertinent to a debate that followed the announcements.

Sri Lanka Envoy in U.S. Bernard Goonetilleke tells American : Diplomats what ‘Traditional Tamil Homeland’ really means

Bernard GoonetillekeSri Lanka ambassador to the United States Bernard Goonetilleke had a field day in American diplomacy’s most important and sacred center, U.S. Foreign Service Institute that produces American diplomats to the world. He hit a ‘home run’ when he described the ‘myth’ of ‘traditional Tamil homeland concept’ before the diplomats, and would be diplomats, casting an insinuation to some experienced diplomats that, in supporting this mainly LTTE demand, they are doing so without proper understanding or accurate assessment of the ground situation in Sri Lanka. He questioned as to why other Tamil groups, now in the democratic process, are not brought into the negotiating process while enlightening the American diplomats that a majority of ethnic minority Tamils live outside the domain of the Tamil Tigers among the majority Sinhalese in other parts of the country.