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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

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Jamir receiving Doctorate

Sri Lanka President arrives in Maldives amid tight security

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa with his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa arrived in Male yesterday morning for a three day state visit amid tight security in place. All roads in the Maldivian capital were cordoned off and were empty. Meanwhile Sri Lanka President was received by President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and Nasreena M.A.Gayoom, wife of the President at the Hulhule International Airport. Two young children presented bouquets to the Sri Lanka President and Shiranthi Rajapaksa. Sri Lankan President was given a 21 gun salute and a red carpet welcome by President Gayoom, his wife, and his government.

Mecca Agreement Refreshes Palestine Securities Exchange

By Mohammed Mar'i

As a first sign of economic improvement following the Mecca Agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the Palestine Securities Exchange (PSE) "Al-Quds Index" increased by ( 4.26%) compared with the last trading session. Dr. Hassan Abu Libdeh , PSE Chairman, said in a special interview that " the results of today's session is due to the fact that the investors were encouraged by the Mecca Agreement so they returned back to invest in shares".

Jamir conferred Doctorate

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Governor of Goa SC Jamir was conferred the Degree of Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) by the Serampore University last evening at a grand function at the John Roberts Theological Seminary, Shillong. The Govenor was conferred the degree for his "service to the Church and society to the best of his capabilities and God-given gifts through his exemplary life style." He received the Doctorate at the hands of the President of the Senate Dr Rajaratnam in the presence of Dr MM Jacob, Governor of Meghalaya and Rymbai, Chief Minister of Meghalaya.

Differentiate journalism and unionism from terrorism

By S Akurogoda, Melbourne, Australia

It is reported that the Sri Lankan security forces have arrested three Sinhalese men in Colombo. They have been identified as journalists attached to a trade union paper (not a known national newspaper). There is strong evidence proving their links to the LTTE and they were nabbed with a haul of arms and ammunition in their possession.

Jaffna media situation grim

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune

The media situation in Jaffna peninsula is grim. Severe logistical constraints and the fear of reprisal have crippled journalism and the media in the region, a report says. The report on reports that the situation of the media and journalism in Jaffna deteriorated considerably in 2006. It says Journalists face increasing challenges in reporting killings, abductions disappearances, most of which are carried out for political and military reasons with the complicity of sections of the military.

Sachar Hijacked?

By G.S.Bhargava - Syndicate Features

Have the Sachar Committee findings been hijacked, as it happened with the Mandal Commission report in 1990? The incumbent Prime Minister, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, had himself hijacked the Mandal report, when his chosen deputy prime minister, Devi Lal, tried to upstage him with a view to unseating him. The Haryana patriarch would hold massive rallies at the Boat Club grounds in the capital with hired crowds from his home State in support of all kinds of demands in the name of peasants. Unable to match the opportunism in kind, (V.P) Singh unleashed on an unsuspecting nation the Mandal recommendations. They had lain in limbo for ten years. To add insult to injury it was done through an executive order, denying discussion on the topic.

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Mahinda receiving Guard of Honour

Mahinda in Male

Al-Qaeda follows LTTE text book on terror faithfully

Glen Jenvey a specialist on international terrorism has drawn the copycat terror tactics of Al Qaeda borrowed from the textbooks of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) – a banned terrorist organization by the international community. In an analysis of the lead given by the LTTE for other terrorists organizations to follow he has highlighted LTTE as the mastermind that sets the pattern for organization like Al Qaeda to pursue global terrorism. He has drawn the pattern of terror tactics followed by Al Qaeda after the example was set by the LTTE. Glen Jenvey focuses on the following acts of terror followed by Al Qaeda after the LTTE has set the examples.