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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2344

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Bush’s visit to Asia dogged by US disaster in Iraq

President Bush’s first trip abroad following the Republican Party defeat in the US mid-term elections has been anything but a success. He failed to stamp his administration’s agenda on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam or achieve any significant breakthrough on key issues such as Iran and North Korea.

Destroying Indian military cohesion

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

The recent expose of Pakistani spies in the Indian Army became occasion for some retired military personnel to talk fast and loose on television suggesting a pristine division between the venal "non-combatants" and the virtuous "combatants." There is no better way to fulfil Pakistan’s aim to undermine Indian military strength than by suggesting such distinctions.

SLT to provide telecom facilities to Ceylinco Trillium Residencies

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Telecom [SLT] recently signed an agreement with Ceylinco Condominiums as the sole communication provider for Trillium Residencies – a BOI project. CCL a subsidiary of Ceylinco Housing and Real Estate Company Ltd., which has been in the forefront of the Housing Construction Industry since 1983. Shuhei Anan, CEO, SLT speaking at the occasion of signing the agreement said that they are committed to provide a unique, customized communication solution for the Trillium Residencies. He said that SLT solution can be customized to meet the specific needs of this apartment complex in line with its standard that will offer their customers unlimited value additions

The Sigiriya Story

- P.L.N. de Silva

Sigiriya sited in the central province is 92 miles from Colombo and 10 miles from Dambulla. Dr.Bandaranayaka describes the complexity of Sigiriya as "a unique concentration of 5th century, urban planning architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art, centered on a massive rock, rising 200 meters above the surroundings plain. Sigiriya’s location is one of considerable natural beauty and historical interest. Sigiriya plain still retains much of its forest cover, and many of its village settlements and man made village reservoirs that date back to the first millennium A.C."

Sinhalese consensus to the "degree of autonomy" has to be acceptable to Tamils - "it must be meaningful and viable."

In a letter to the Editor, Asian Tribune Mrs. Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah of Canada writes that Tamil Homeland was not created by simply merging Jaffna Peninsula and three Eastern districts as stated by S.J.S.Chatwal Former High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and of India to Canada in his article "Tamil Autonomy." Mrs. Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah pointed out that the NorthEast Tamil Homeland comprises of (not merely Jaffna peninsula and the three eastern districts) but 8 districts which are Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu, Mannar, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai.

Nawaloka Deputy Chairman Appointed to Galadari Board

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Deputy Chairman and CEO, Nawaloka Hospitals Group (NHG), Jayantha Dharmadasa has been appointed to the Board of Galadari Hotels [Lanka] Limited. NHG has had interests in Galadari Hotels for a period of over one year and has a 24 percent equity stake in the company. Dharmadasa is also on the board of a number of companies including Nawaloka Polysacks, Nawaloka Aviation, Nawaloka Hotels, Nawaloka Industries, Nawaloka Construction, Nawaloka Timber Stores, Nawaloka Housing, Nawaloka Machinery, Ruhunu Hospitals, Nawakrama Private Limited and Ashford International.

Co Chairs, Karuna and LTTE intransigence paves the way for a just and fair solution to the ethnic conflict

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Three recent events that have been reported have a significant relevance to the conflict in Sri Lanka. Firstly, the statement by the Chair of the All Party Representative Committee of the Sri Lanka Parliament Professor Tissa Vitarana that there is some consensus on the need for maximum devolution as a means of addressing the conflict. Secondly, the statement by the TMVP (Karuna faction) that they have given up the unattainable goal of Tamil Eelam and their decision to enter the mainstream democratic political process to attain the legitimate rights of Tamils. Thirdly, the statement by the Co Chairs, after their Washington meeting that, any political solution must meet the legitimate interests of the Tamils, Sinhalese as well as the Muslims.

Helen Olafsdottir’s to be asked to leave Sri Lanka?

By Dushy Ranetunge

The current acting Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission spokesperson and the former SLMM spokesperson, Ms Helen Olafsdottoir may have her immigration status to remain in Sri Lanka withdrawn as the matter is said to be under consideration. There is concern in Colombo that she is constantly overreaching herself and making statements which are wholly inappropriate, perhaps influenced by the LTTE by her constant and disproportionate visits to Kilinochchi to meet with S. Pulidevan, Secretary General of the LTTE’s Peace Secretariat, one of the public faces of this internationally proscribed terrorist organisation.

Sri Lanka: Visiting India’s Foreign Secretary conveyed India’s concern

Visiting India’s Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon conveyed to Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka, India’s concern on the fast emerging humanitarian catastrophe and emphasized on an urgent and comprehensive political settlement to ethnic issues.
India’s top diplomat who is on his first visit to Sri Lanka after assuming duties as Foreign Secretary met the Sri Lanka President yesterday evening at the President’s office in Colombo.


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