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

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Kim Howells

Israel Barred Palestinian Youth from Interring Ramallah

By Mohammed Mar'i*

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) for the second day barred all Palestinians under the age of 30 from the West Bank cities of Nablus and Tulkarm from passing the Israeli checkpoints on their way to Ramallah under the pretext of "security alerts". Israeli security sources pretended that Palestinians intend to carry out "terrorist attacks" in respond to the Israeli excavation at Al Aqsa Mosque. The IOF tightened its suppressive measures exerted on Palestinians at the checkpoints that block all the entrances of Nablus.

Sri Lanka President Rajapakse emphasizes close ties with Maldives

Emphasizing the need for close ties between Sri Lanka and Maldives Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse speaking at the state banquet said,"it is s my unwavering vision, to once again be the epicenter of Asian Silk Route and I strongly believe in its realization.” Sri Lanka’s President pointed out, “For this purpose, I have always emphasized the importance of further strengthening our bilateral ties through some of the existing bilateral mechanisms such as the Joint Commission and the Joint Task Force on Tourism," he said. The state banquet was hosted by President Mohammed Abdul Gayoom on Sunday night at the Hibiscus Lounge in Kurumba, Maldives

Indian railways score low in customer satisfaction

By M Rama Rao - reporting for Asian Tribune

Over riding priority for Railway Minister Lalu Prasad’s new budget will be modernisation and customer satisfaction primarily to meet the threat posed by low cost airlines. Simultaneously, the RJD leader will attempt to generate new revenues without in any way appearing to lose his ‘people friendly’ image. Raising income without contributing to inflationary pressures is a tough proposition at the best of times; more so now that the inflation rate appears to keep pace with growth rates. But experts aver that there is no shortage of revenue models that bring in the moolah without hurting the public.

Sri Lanka: A Novel Boost for Tourism Industry

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has committed a sum of US $ 275,000 to develop sustainable livelihood opportunities through increased tourism in Sri Lanka. Twenty five coastal zones, affected by the 2004 tsunami have been designated for the Greenbelt Redevelopment of Tourism Infrastructure Project. This UNDP funded project is a collaborative effort involving the UN World Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Tourism and the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

Kosgoda villagers felicitated tsunami affected small scale entrepreneur

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Government legislators, business community and Kosgoda villagers felicitated a small scale entrepreneur Chamli de Soyza, who won best Sri Lankan National Entrepreneur of the year 2005 award in Sri Lanka. It was awarded by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce Industry of Sri Lanka [FCCISL] at their annual awards ceremony held in Colombo. Chamli de Soyza , a small Jaadi manufacturer and entrepreneur who manages a Sanchi Jaadi Ltd and Sanchi Sea Food products and a Jaadi manufacturing plant in Kosgoda, Southern Sri Lanka was also earlier awarded Southern best entrepreneur of the year 2005, by the same chamber.

“Only Sri Lankan can ultimately resolve the conflict in their country,” Dr Kim Howells British Minister of State

Kim Howells“Only Sri Lankan can ultimately resolve the conflict in their country. But Britain and others in the international community can help. Many countries, international agencies and non-governmental organisations are already working with Sri Lankans to help create the conditions needed for peace and long-term development. I believe their work is invaluable to the people of Sri Lanka,” emphasised British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dr Kim Howells, who is visiting Sri Lanka to assess the impact of recent fighting on the civilian population and will hold a series of meetings with the Sri Lankan government, diplomatic and civil society representatives in Colombo.

Disaster Research Ethics – A Luxury or a Necessity for Developing Countries?

Dr. Chesmal Siriwardhana

Sri Lanka, along with many other south and Southeast Asian countries has had the unfortunate experience of facing disasters of various types. Natural disasters like tsunami, floods, earthquakes, droughts and landslides create havoc in many Asian regions regularly while man made disasters such as terrorist attacks and bombings also devastate the populations and create instability throughout Asia. These cataclysmic events, natural or otherwise hugely affect communities and countries making them helpless and vulnerable socially, economically and in various other ways.

Industrial Finance expands to Anuradhapura

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Industrial Finance Limited recently opened a fully fledged branch office in Anuradhapura as part of its expansion drive in its 45th anniversary year. A key city in the North Central Province, Anuradhapura is widely considered an economic hub with agriculture booming in the area. Managing Director Industrial Finance Limited Rohan R. Tudawe said, “With market knowledge gained through operations by our Marketing Offices in Thambuththegama and Kaduruwela, we know the potential in the area.

Doing Business in India easier now says WB study

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune

Doing business has become easier in India now with most major cities adopting a business friendly approach, World Bank’s latest assessment shows though India still ranks 41 places after China as the preferred business destination. The Banks’ report ‘Doing Business in South Asia 2007’ gives full marks to India for emerging as the top economic reformer in the region after comparing business regulations in South Asia with 175 economies around the world.

A year for South Asian peace

By Prof. Ishtiaq Ahmed*

New Delhi (Syndicate Features): India and Pakistan celebrated their 50th anniversaries in 1997 amid great pomp and show. Many veterans from the freedom struggle narrated with great feeling and emotion the events that transpired during 1947 and culminated with the partition of British India. Not surprisingly the blame game was played with great gusto as apologists sought to exonerate their own side and damn the other for all that went wrong. But there was no denying that both sides were acutely aware that their freedom and independence had been won over the dead bodies of over a million innocent Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs and that over 14 million were forced to flee for their lives across borders established on August 17, 1947 -- nearly three days after the two states had become independent!

Hugo Chávez, Marx and the “Bolivarism” of the twenty-first century

The beginning of the twenty-first century has witnessed a resurgence of bourgeois nationalist populism throughout much of Latin America. In some ways, this development shares common characteristics with what was seen in the previous century in figures like Argentina’s Juan Peron, Brazil’s Getulio Vargas and Mexico’s Lazaro Cardenas. The election of presidents Hugo Chávez in Venezuela—who is angling for a lifetime mandate—and Evo Morales in Bolivia, and the return of the ex-Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to the presidency of Nicaragua, as well as the election of Rafael Correa in Ecuador, have all been accompanied by nationalist rhetoric and vows to reverse the brutal period of the bleeding of the Latin American economies over the course of the last two decades. Some even say that Latin America is moving left, toward a new type of socialism, yet in every one of these countries, the domination of capital remains intact.

Kosgoda Felicitation

The last gamble of the Bandaranaike prodigals

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The screaming headlines are aggressive. Very aggressive! One said: Ranil declares war on the government. The other said: Anura will act like a lion. The third said: Mangala mobbed by crowd on his return from Singapore. These are not the voices of the strong. These are the voices of weak pretending to be strong. On balance, it can be seen that Anura can be replaced by Karu Jayasuriya who was heading the Gampaha electorate -- and won. The substitute for Mangala is Mahinda Wijesekera in Matara. And, as for Ranil’s war against President Mahinda Rajapakse it can be predicted safely that it will be as effective as his war against the Tamil Tigers – a dead loss!