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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2618

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Dr.Sirimal Premakumara

Role of Pakistani writers and intellectuals

Dr Shabir Choudhry

Writers, thinkers and intellectuals have a great role in every society, and Pakistani society should not be exception to this rule. Writers and thinkers don't have to be in government to influence people. These God gifted individuals have power to influence others through their ideas and power of analyses and vision to predict how future events might shape the society. Conscientious and sincere writers and thinkers can help governments to formulate appropriate policies, and could check governments desire to act against public interest and bulldoze civil liberties. Of course undemocratic and ruthless rulers will try to muzzle the press and writers and thinkers; and will hire their services to push through their agenda, which is not always in the public interest or even in the national interest.

Distribution of food items brought from Chennai to Jaffna begins today

Government Agent Jaffna is making arrangements to distribute potatoes through Multi-purpose cooperative societies from today onwards as unloading of the MV Mercs Ruhuna , anchored in the Point Pedro port area with 3,500 MT of food items from Chennai, is fast proceeding from yesterday onwards. When the ship MV Mercs Ruhuna with essential food items from Chennai, Tamil Nadu reached Point Pedro port yesterday, Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda, Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General G.A. Chandrasiri and K.Ganesh Government Agent Jaffna were present at that occasion.

India's soft option not working in Sri Lanka -- ENDLF

G Gnanasekaran, President, Eelam National Democratic Liberation Front (ENDLF), has appealed to the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, to intervene directly and immediately in the Sri Lankan crisis. He argues that the Norweigna-brokered ceasefre agreement is now defunct and the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan government are engaged in an undeclared war. This has caused hardships to the Tamils living in the north and the east. He adds: "We are of the view that India’s soft options against the Sri Lankan Government have not worked and will not work. We are of the opinion that urging the Sri Lankan government to find a negotiated settlement and at the same time assuring that India will not interfere directly in the Sri Lankan crisis have not borne any results and will not be helpful in finding a solution.

High level EU delegation on a low key visit to India

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

A high level delegation of the European Union on the Kashmir issue is here on a short 'low key' visit to meet a cross section of politicians particularly those active on the Kashmir scene. Both moderate and hard-line factions of the Hurriyat have sent their top leaders to meet Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations and James Elles Chairman All Party Group on Kashmir of the European Parliament. But no meetings with the Indian political leadership are scheduled for the EU delegation. The government appears to treat the visit as a routine affair. This is in contrast to the 'red carpet' treatment Pakistan government gave Elmar Brok and James Elles when they were in Islamabad.

First Netaji award for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu KyiMyanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to be conferred the first Netaji Subhas Award for her outstanding contribution to the struggle for restoring democracy in her country. Debabrata Biswas, general secretary of the All-India Forward Bloc and a member of the Netaji Foundation, which will present the award, told newspersons here today that he had written to Suu Kyi on December 27, conveying the foundation's decision. Another Forward Bloc leader G Devarajan said U Thang, the spokesman of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, had spoken to him on telephone and accepted the invitation.

Will Jesus ask permission from Tigers to feed the Tamils?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Part II

Bishop Thomas Soundaranayagam says in his New Year message: "My heart rejoices to be able to bless my people for a life with full freedom on the dawn of 2007.” Of course, the good Bishop does not elaborate as to where Tamils could find "a life with full freedom" in 2007. Nor does he say that there is an Eelam in heaven which can guarantee "a life with full freedom." But read together with his previous political statements this conveys the message that "full freedom" can be found only in the one-man ethnic enclave in the Vanni and not in the democratic multi-cultural society where the majority of the Tamils live.

Bush Nominates Negroponte as Deputy Secretary of State Department

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

As anticipated and reported by "Asian Tribune," President Bush on January 5 announced the nomination of John D. Negroponte, the present Director of National Intelligence, to the position of deputy secretary of the State Department, an important job that has responsibility in shaping the nation’s foreign policy along with Secretary Condoleezza Rice. The announcement was made at a brief White House gathering. He also announced the nomination of retired Navy Admiral John McConnell to succeed Negroponte as the director of national intelligence.

Sri Lanka unleashes verbal tirade against President Bush for hanging Saddam

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Thousands of Sri Lankans took to the street in Colombo on Friday afternoon to condemn the execution of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The protestors mainly consisting Muslims also unleashed a verbal tirade against United States president George W. Bush. The protest march which also resulted in heavy traffic around the city began soon after Jummah prayers from the Maradana mosque. Several parliamentarians and local leaders including religious leaders took part in the protest which was mainly an anti-United States rally.

Suspected Tamil Tigers bomb kills six civilian bus passengers, and sixty three injured - eleven reported in serious condition

By Walter Jayawardhana

A bomb planted in a civilian passenger bus exploded during the evening rush hours killing six people and injuring sixty three other passengers who were admitted to nearby hospitals, Friday January 5. Sri Lanka’s defense spokesman of the cabinet Keheliya Rambukwella blamed the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the blast for exploding a RDX bomb in the bus. He said the explosion that apparently took place underneath a seat of a privately owned bus had all the hallmarks of the terrorist group.

Bus bomb South of Sri Lanka kills 15

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo

At least 15 civilians were killed today afternoon when a suicide bomber blew her self up inside a crowded bus South of Sri Lanka. The incident occurred at about 2.40 p.m. when a Colombo-Matara private bus exploded on the Hikkaduwa - Ambalangoda Galle road killing at least 15 and injuring more than 20, Ambalangoda police said. The injured has been rushed to the Karapitiya hospital.

Good bye polythene and two-stroke three wheelers

By Vandana Jayasinghe

While giving a grace period of three-months for people to say 'good bye' to polythene, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources will be also planned to be tough on the importation of two-stroke three-wheelers to bring down the air pollution and also harmful effect on human health. Using polythene has become very popular in Sri Lanka during the past two decades and the 'magical' wrapper replaced the traditional eco-friendly wrappers fast. However, the 'God sent carrier' soon became a menace damaging the environment and causing lots of environmental problems.

Dr.Sirimal Premakumara wins Chandrasena Memorial Award

Dr.Sirimal PremakumaraSunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A senior Research Officer Dr.Sirimal Premakumara who serves at the Industrial Technology Institute [ITI] has been awarded prestigious Professor Chandrasena Memorial Award 2006 for his exceptional research contribution to the field of organic chemistry, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Bioactivity studies. He received the award at the recently concluded Annual General meeting of the Institute of Chemistry held in Colombo.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Sri Lankan Muslims burns US flag