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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2829

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Zaki Hamdan Abues Basher

Thousands march to Sri Lanka President’s residence demanding Norway brokered truce pact abrogated

By Walter Jayawardhana

If the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attacked the students and teachers of the Somadevi Vidyala near Kallar; if the they attacked the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa; if they sent suicide bombers against the country’s Army Commander Sarath Fonseka; if they killed the second in command of the army Parami Kulatunga and the country’s Foreign Minister Laxaman Kadirgamar hiding behind a pseudo Ceasefire Agreement, then why keep that false agreement any longer questioned JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa addressing thousands of demonstrators near the Temple Trees – official residence of Sri Lanka’s President.

Sri Lanka: Commemorative postal stamp for Late Amirthalingham to be released in January

A.AmirthalinghamMahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka will release in January 2007, the commemorative postal stamps in honor of late A. Amirthalingham, the undisputable leader of the Tamils and a national hero. The release of the commemorative issue of the postal stamp in honor of Late A.Amirthalingham was initiated by "Asian Tribune." The request was made to Sri Lanka President who agreed to make arrangements for the issue of the stamp to honor the great Tamil leader. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Social Service and Social Welfare, who is also the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic party followed up with the issue of the commemorative postal stamp. When "Asian Tribune" contacted Minister Douglas Devananda, he said that there will be a very simple ceremony at the Temple Trees, the official residence of the President for the issue of the commemorative postal stamp.

Division of Power Between the Centre and Provinces: Lessons from Australian Democracy for Sri Lanka

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

At a time when Sri Lankan parliamentarians are considering proposals for constitutional reform on the basis of the ideas submitted by the expert panel, it is useful to look at the model operating in an advanced democracy such as Australia. Not that the model can be replicated in full in Sri Lanka but comparisons with advance democracies can be useful for a balanced debate and careful reflection. Australia and Sri Lanka have both been colonies of the British Empire. They share similar colonial histories, administrative features, judicial, educational and religious institutional features.

Ceylinco introduces Takaful - the Islamic way of Insurance in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Zaki Hamdan Abues BasherCeylinco Takaful Insurance (CTIL) collaborated with Shiekan Insurance and Reinsurance Company ( SIRCL) of Sudan to introduce the kind of insurance that is preferred by Muslims who could now insure their properties in Sri Lanka, according to Islamic teachings - under Sharia law. In the case of Muslims living in non-Muslim countries, unless they are compelled by law or business requirements of those countries, Muslims avoid insuring their properties or liabilities as conventional insurance contravenes the Islamic Law, and also the involvement of interest factor. To correct un-Islamic aspects of conventional insurance Islamic scholars came out with an excellent system of insurance called Takaful based on Islamic contractual law. Zaki Hamdan Abues Basher, Deputy Director General, SIRCL was in Sri Lanka recently to finalize the MOU entered between the SIRCL and CTIL, that was signed last year.

Corruption in Pharmaceutical Industry Kills

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is undertaking one of its toughest new assignments: taking on a powerful adversary in the world's multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry. The Geneva-based U.N. agency, which succeeded in piloting an international convention against the global tobacco industry, says its new initiative is aimed at fighting corruption by promoting greater transparency in the procurement and regulation of medicines.

Exclusive to AsianTribune: State power devolved into four lists and north and east de-merged in dissenting report

In their dissenting report, H.L De Silva PC, Professor G.H Peiris, Gomin Dayasri and Manohara R De Silva PC have submitted a wide range of recommendations to the All Party Representative Committee. It has also critiqued the majority report submitted earlier. The following are some of the major recommendations:

Travesty of democracy and the violation people’s rights in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

Constitutional formation of democratic governments construes the rule by consensus rather than by majority. Further, to be democratic, the government should constitute a representative group elected by the people. Thus a single individual with all power vested on him to veto the decisions of that collective body, whether the person is elected for not, essentially vitiates the basic principle of democracy. The mergence of one man show came into operation with the J R Jayawardene Constitution of 1978, creating a lacuna of executive presidency. Yet, in a country with a multifarious socio-ethnic back-drop JR’s Constitution provided for the formation of governments only with the help of minority parties, a feature that is unique.

Sri Lanka government cautioned to ensure thorough review of the PTA.

Sri Lanka government has been cautioned to ensure prompt, comprehensive and thorough review of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. In a letter to the Editor, Asian Tribune, David Deen, of Ottawa, Canada writes, "Sri Lanka government should take immediate steps to ensure a prompt, comprehensive and thorough review of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) to bring the law in conformity with relevant international standards, in particular the relevant provisions of the ICCPR and of the Body of Principles."

Fighting invisible enemy

By JN Raina - Syndicate Features

Pakistan has succeeded in keeping the pot boiling in Kashmir since inception. The froth is palpably visible, with India watching idly to see when the pot becomes sterile; and there is sudden backfire. India has failed to extinguish the fire beneath the cauldron. The sordid outcome is obviously due to the weak-kneed policies pursued by the Delhi. If speedy measures are not taken, a day will come when India shall have to give a tearful ‘funeral’ to the beautiful damsel- Kashmir. Consider this. The security situation is alarming. The ‘coward’ is becoming stronger in inflicting a ‘thousand cuts’ on India, invisible to naked eye. The most disciplined Army is becoming ‘in-disciplined’ and ‘beleaguered’.


UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka urges protection of Vaharai Civilians

UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating situation in Vaharai in the Eastern Sri Lanka.In statement released today, revealed: "Some 35,000 people remain trapped along a sliver of land where government forces and the LTTE are engaged in a military campaign." Amin Awad, Acting UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, reminded the warring parties that the critical need of the moment is the protection of desperate situation the people are in at Vaharai.