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In Sri Lanka : The city of rice - now abandoned

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Maradhagahamula, a center for Rice is now idling as a desert city ,and around 4500 direct employments in this trade were vanished after the lack of government support, say Rice millers, traders and entrepreneurs of the area. At present there is a few rice traders and most of the Rice millers now manufacture coconut husk related products. "We were the pioneer Rice traders, millers in Sri Lanka, but the governments did not fulfill our requirements," said Secretary of the Traders Association, Maradagahamula, T.Sirisoma, who lost his Rice Trade and now sells lottery tickets.

Sri Lanka Government assures starving Jaffna civilians will be provided with adequate food supply

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

Government has assured a speedy supply of essential goods and food items to Jaffna peninsula, where over half a million people were forced to survive with a meal a day due to severe food scarcity. Yesterday at a meeting held with High Commissioners and Ambassadors in Sri Lanka, Government’s chief negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and some of the members of the government delegation participated in the Geneva peace talks – 2 were at the meeting where Minister de Silva gave a firm assurance that the government would not allow people of Jaffna to starve and suffer.

Israeli Left-Right Divide Unmasked as Phony

By Nicola Nasser

Avigdor Lieberman’s ascent to a strategic executive role in Israel has unmasked the artificial divide between left and right and revealed the mainstream ruling elite as still in consensus on the Zionist goals, a fact that rules out any credible peace process in the foreseeable future and dooms peace and left as wishful thinking as they have been ever since the creation of the Jewish state, until a forcible outside intervention could enforce a de-Zionization of peace-making. The line dividing Israeli right and left on the prerogatives of peace with Arabs, Palestinians inclusive, is too thin to be considered conducive to peace and as such peace-making will continue to be illusive and evasive.

Sri Lanka air force bombs LTTE strong hold of Kilinochchi and Mannar Sea Tiger facility after sporadic attacks

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Air Force bombed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam military facilities of Sea tiger base and a military training facility in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi and Mannar following rebel attacks on Muhamalai killing one soldier and injuring two. With Tamil Tigers preparing for military attacks in the East the, Sri Lankan Air force conducted planned air strikes today November 2 to well identified tiger targets in Kilinochchi and Mannar to preempt the LTTE's offensive efforts, a military source said.

Memoirs of a Counter-Rebel Spy in London - PART XI: "….<<<unverified>>> SOS"

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

Whoever were the attackers, the Russian-built RPG MK 22 anti-tank weapons were especially chosen by them since the HQ building was a heavily enforced structure. The MK 22 RPGs are designed as an anti-tank weapon for an urban environment as their original function–and their armour-piercing capability was expected to rip through tanks ---and even such a 'heavily glazed building' such as the HQ…Fortunately, no one was injured. It was unclear who was behind the attack --it was thought to be the Irish splinter group Real IRA, but even today, it's a mystery…

Sri Lanka's energy minister asks CEB Board to resign

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo

In a new twist to the already crisis ridden Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), power and energy minister W.D.J. Seneviratne has called for the immediate resignation of the Board. The sudden move which claims to be a form of reconstituting the Board, is however believed to be a subtle form of getting rid of certain top officials who have failed to keep up to expectations. The "Asian Tribune" reliably learns that the minister in charge is also campaigning for the appointment of a highly controversial former top air force officer who was forced to resign in 2002 after being involved in a road accident as the new CEB Chairman.

Old King Harold wines and dines while Solheim plucks the bread out of the mouths of starving Tamils

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Two international assessments are juxtaposed here to view from two angles the approaches taken by the government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) to peace talks and also the obstacles to peace: 1. "Many civil wars do not have the "luxury" of talks, since one side insists on a military solution or refuses to recognize the very legitimacy of the other, demonizing it as an insignificant minority or a bunch of terrorists. Sri Lanka's long-running crisis is better than that." Jonathan Steele (The Guardian (UK) 10/27/2006).

Appeasement of Islamists Adherence to Injustice Send US-Bangladesh Relations into Decline

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin - Asian Tribune Correspondent

In early 2005, Bangladesh sent a new ambassador to the United States, Shamsher M. Chowdhury. Chowdhury arrived with a few critical items on his agenda. One was to convince US leaders that Bangladesh is a “moderate Muslim country.” Another was to convince them that it is also an "ally in the war on terror." The third was to secure a US-Bangladesh Free Trade Agreement (FTA). For more than a year and a half, Chowdhury ran all over Washington trying to make the first two points and secure the FTA; but in the end, all his efforts ended in failure. Perhaps the sad results were due to the transparent mendacity of his government; perhaps they were due in part to Chowdhury’s poor counsel about the Americans. Regardless of which, Chowdhury left Washington last week without securing any of his goals.

Sri Lanka Airforce bombs LTTE strong hold of Kilinochi and Mannar Sea Tiger facility after sporadic attacks

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka Air Force bombed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam military facilities of a Sea tiger base in Mannar and a military training facility in the rebel stronghold of Kilinochchi .The attacks by the government came following rebel attacks on Muhamalai in Jaffna killing one soldier and injuring two. With Tamil Tigers preparing for military attacks in the East the, Sri Lankan Air force conducted planned air strikes today November 2 to well identified tiger targets in Kilinochchi and Mannar to preempt the LTTE's offensive efforts, a military source said.

Thai-Burma Solidarity: Call for Improvements in Burma

Aung San Suu KyiThe Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma (TACDB) supports the actions and calls of people in Burma conducting a week-long 'Prayer Campaign'. TACDB's Chairperson, Laddawan Tantivitayapitak said "We commend the courage and resilience of all people in Burma and actions of those gathering at the Shwedagon pagoda". Laddawan also stated "There is no justification for the military's detention of political prisoners, including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and they should be immediately released. The Burmese military need to respect basic human rights and democratic principles including freedom of movement, remove limitations on the freedom of assembly, freedom of association, and lifting press censorship".

Sri Lanka: APRC to release its report on devolution of power in the Indian Constitution

By Vandana Jayasinghe - Reporting from Colombo

Prof. Tissa VitharanaThe observations of the 13-member team of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC), which visited India to get a first hand experience on Panchayat system, will be announced next week
The team led by APRC Chairman Minister Tissa Vitharana visited India and met village level Panchayat committees in Delhi and Pondicherry. Minister Prof. Vitharana said that the team had an opportunity to study devolution in practice at village level and how it had been incorporated into the India constitution.

Condemnation of Karu Jayasuriya by a Wickremesinghe protégé rouses a hornet’s nest in the UNP

By Walter Jayawardhana

Karu JayasuriyaThe condemnation of the United national Party(UNP) deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya by a protégé of party leader Ranil Wickramasinghe for criticizing the party leader has turned into a hornet’s nest when other party members started lashing out at the despotic nature of the party leadership, repeating Jayasuriya more severely. Vajira Abeywardena, the Wickremesinghe protégé, second only to party Secretary Tissa Attanayaka in his loyalty to Wickremesinghe demanded stern disciplinary action against Jayasuriya that would end up in suspension or expulsion aroused the ire of many party members against his unkind words.

Sri Lanka: Bombing on the third day on the LTTE bases

By Walter Jayawardhana

For the third consecutive day the Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets bombed three Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) military bases, Sri Lanka army said. Army spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said that two Tiger bases were North of Mannar and the other one was at Kadirweli, near the Eastern town of Batticicaloa. He said Kadirweli was targeted at 9.30 a.m. and that a training and transfer base for the Tigers.

The Bhoo-hoo Äla : 'The Crest Jewel' of medieval Sri Lankan hydraulic irrigation engineering

Sri Lanka is acclaimed as a country with a unique tradition of hydraulic technology that runs in to the pre-Christian period. The industry and technical perfection of their achievements had reached the zenith during the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa periods. Every one knows about the weva and canal heritage and the Bisokotuwa (the present valve pit) the last of which was invented by our fore fathers more than 2200 years ago. What I am going to present to you in this article is about another ancient irrigation marvel that perhaps need greater attention but unfortunately has drawn the attention of hydrologists or irrigation engineers and therefore left unknown to the rest of the world.

Coup threat in Fiji as confrontation between army and government intensifies

A tense standoff between the government and the army in the Pacific Island state of Fiji has raised the prospect of another coup—the fourth in two decades. Behind these extreme tensions lie a deepening social and economic crisis that is further compounding the unresolved conflicts in Fijian ruling circles created by the previous attempted putsch in 2000. The Australian government, backed by the US and New Zealand, has put its military on alert and ordered two warships to sail to Fiji. Prime Minister John Howard claimed that the vessels were to protect Australian citizens and denied any plans to intervene in Fiji’s affairs. In the past six months, however, Canberra has already dispatched troops twice—to the Solomons and to East Timor—as part of broader plans to establish its dominance in the region.

Karu Jayasuriya

Source: Sudath Gunasekara.2003.

T.Sirisoma

Abandoned land in Maradagahamula


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