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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

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Douglas Devananda

Is ‘out-of-box’ solution feasible for Kashmir…?

By JN Raina - Syndicate Features

The saying goes: “Too many cooks spoil the broth”. Similarly, so many solutions are being offered for the resolution of the beleaguered state of Jammu and Kashmir, battered by 17 years of Pakistan-sponsored militancy, by a host of people, from Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf to Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq, making the issue more confusing. Latest to join the ‘fray’ is People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone, who has unveiled a “vision document” for the resolution of the ‘conflict’. The document, titled “Achievable Nationhood”, lays emphasis on the ‘sovereignty of people’ (of Jammu and Kashmir). The People’s Conference was floated by Sajjad’s father Abdul Ghani Lone, who was killed by militants a few years ago for his alleged critical remarks on Pakistani leadership.

Local academic develops a software model to use runoff water

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Champa Nawaratne of Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Ruhuna developed a software model to use runoff water through roofs for domestic purpose using the computer language Visual Basic. This study was carried out to address the water scarcity problem in the areas where available water resources are limited.

Dullish market due to political crossover

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the share market remained dull for most part of this week, as investors grappled with the news of the Muslim Congress and a faction of the UNP joining the government. While on the positive side the new coalition between the parties seemed to strengthen the government, uncertainties arose due to the immense size of the new cabinet, which was expanded in order to accommodate the opposition members who extended support to the government.

Sri Lanka's Jumbo Cabinet, Vakarai and the President's Political Moves

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

Significant political and military moves in Sri Lanka during the last month flowing into diplomatic and international activities by the government indicate that the President of Sri Lanka and his team has made certain calculations and decided to forge new political links culminating in an expanded 'power block' to rule the country from the beginning of 2007. These calculations and moves are grounded in the island's political, military, diplomatic and international realities. As the leader of the country, the President has to deliver on many fronts including the conflict with the LTTE, economy, social services, and general administration. Anyone in his shoes has to move the political process and the country along with him towards achieving the national goals as defined by his own party and the grand coalition of minor parties that he is leading.

Sri Lanka: UNP is leaking like a sieve

Ranil Wickremesinghe who told the media on his return from India that his United National Party (UNP) is not facing a crisis there is now threatened with more defections. Tomorrow when Parliament meets four more parliamentarians are tipped to cross over and join President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government. It is reported that the four UNP parliamentarians -- G. Harrison, Ranjit Madduma Bandara, T. Champika, and Chandrani Bandara – have already met President Rajapakse and finalized the agreement to join the government.
Political circles also speculate that ten more UNP parliamentarians too are expected to join the Government shortly.

India can help speed up solution to Sri Lankan Tamil problem – Minister Douglas Devanada

From R.C. Rajamani – Political Editor Asian Tribune

Douglas DevanandaIndia, with its long links with Sri Lanka and its familiarity with and better understanding of the political and ethnic complexities in the island nation, can help speed up a final settlement of the Tamil problem, says K.N. Douglas Devananda, Colombo’s minister for social service and social welfare. Referring to the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s invitation to the Tiger rebels to resume direct peace negotiations, stalled in October, Devananda appealed to India to “strengthen his (Rajapaksa’s) hand by solidly supporting Colombo’s “sincere efforts”. He was talking to the “Asian Tribune” at his hotel room in New Delhi soon after returning from an Independence Day reception at the Sri Lankan High Commission here.