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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 84

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Something Old, Something Old

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Vellupillai Pirapaharan wants his Fourth Eelam War declared, by his opponent. The war, in an undeclared form, has been here for several months; still neither side is willing to abrogate the ceasefire because of the obvious political costs of such a move. The JVP and the assorted Sinhala chauvinists may not understand this, but the government does, as does Mr. Pirapaharan. Therefore the Tiger leader is likely to persist with his words and deeds of provocation, hoping that either the government would oblige him by scrapping the ceasefire or retaliate in a manner that would enable him to justify a formal declaration of the Fourth Eelam War. He may have had his way if the dastardly attack on Defence Secretary (and Presidential sibling) Gotabhaya Rajapakse succeeded. Fortunately it did not.

"Allegations against Allan Rock baseless"

Amb. Allan RockOffice of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children Affected by Armed Conflict denies that Ambassador Allan Rock, Special Advisor to the Special Representative has not attended a LTTE fundraising dinner in Canada.

On 13 of November, Ambassador Allan Rock released his statement in Colombo, after concluding his 10 day mission to Sri Lanka, alleging that certain elements of the Sri Lanka Government "security forces are supporting and sometimes participating in the abductions and forced recruitment of children by the Karuna faction."

Sri Lanka Telecom profits for nine months to staggering Rs 3.7 billion

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd (SLT) released its first nine months results recording a profit of Rs.3.87 billion, up by 55 percent more than what was gained last year. For the three quarters SLT has managed a profit of Rs.1.5 billion representing a 42 percent growth compared to the corresponding period in the last financial year. Strong contributions from CDMA coupled with the improved performance of Mobitel compared to the previous year, were the key drivers to achieve the growth in profits.

Under the Shadow of Lakegala: Of Their Paddy Cultivation

LakegalaBy Sudath Gunasekera

I still remember, as a small child, how I once got scolded by my father when he saw some cooked rice grains from my plate strewn on the ground. He wanted me to pick them up and put them in a suitable place so that they will not get trampled. This is because, both cooked and raw rice are considered as sacred items. This is the high respect and honour, social custom has given to rice in this village. The main economic activity in this village is paddy cultivation and rice is the staple diet. Paddy fields here are spread on either side of the Meemure Oya and its tributaries. The total acreage is around 150 and this is spread over thirteen Yayas. There is very little room for any further expansion due to lack of water.

Market resilient through uncertainties

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in the weekly share market review indicates that the Market regained its upbeat after a slow down witnessed last week. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) reached new heights during this week closing at an all time high of 2789.8. ASPI during the week grew by 105.9 points representing a 3.95 percent growth Week on Week (WoW). Meanwhile the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) grew by 200.9 points to close the week at 3594.3 points. Despite a suicide bomb blast in Colombo targeting the Country’s defense secretary, ASPI managed to gain 12.05 points on Friday undeterred by macro uncertainties.

Beyond the veil

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

To veil or not to veil is the question that seems to have added fuel to the already fiery race relation—call it the ‘Muslim question’--debate in the UK and some other countries in the West. The genesis of the present controversy over the veil lies with a 23-year-old Muslim woman reportedly of Indian origin, Aishah Azmi, who had refused to comply with a request by her employers, a school in West Yorkshire, not to keep herself shrouded in the ‘burqa’ while teaching the young pupils.

Dominic Whiteman with Patrick Mercer MP

Amb. Allan Rock

VIGIL – UK anti-terrorists organization to take action against Tamil Tigers in European court and UN.

VIGIL - a London based anti-terrorists organization, will launch a two pronged attack on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam: (1) Initiate legal action in the European court to make the Governments in the European Union to implement effectively and rigorously the anti-terrorists laws against the LTTE; (2) to pressure Britain to take all necessary steps that would list the LTTE as a terrorist organization under the Counter Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council. This is a first time that a civil society organization in the West has initiated legal and political actions against the terrorists’ activities of the LTTE. Spokesman for the VIGIL said, "As we are working with British political parties we are confident Britain will take appropriate action in reporting LTTE to the Counter Terrorism Committee of the UN Security Council."