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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2058

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Saudi-Iran moves in Middle-East

By Tukoji R Pandit - Syndicate Features

Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran are not known to be the best of friends. The suspicion that the two have of each other has grown with the rise of insurgency in Iraq where the minority Sunnis after a long period of political dominance are at the receiving end of Shia militancy. Now the two countries say they have agreed to work in tandem to fight the sectarian strife among the Muslim nations in the Middle East. President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad of Iran flew to Riyadh to pledge his cooperation for ending that strife during talks with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

British Prime Minister’s perception on the implementation of Ceasefire Agreement in Sri Lanka disputed

Sri Lankan Muslim Information centre in the United Kingdom while welcoming the British Prime Minister’s concern about the resolution of the Sri Lanka’s national question has expressed their disappointment over his observation, that the only realistic way to solve Sri Lanka’s national question is to fully implement the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA). The statement revealed, “We, the Muslims from the North and East of Sri Lanka have also been the victims of war because of the civil war in Sri Lanka between the Tamil militants and the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL).”

People’s Liberation Front (JVP) condemns undemocratic actions of the Sri Lanka Government

The Political Bureau of the People’s Liberation Front (JVP) has condemned the Sri Lanka Government for its undemocratic actions including the arresting of a political dissident and demanded that the tendency to frighten people should be done away forthwith. In a statement released to the press the Political Bureau of the People’s Liberation Front has pointed out that the Member of Parliament Sripathy Suriyarachchi has been taken into custody on the 17th March, 2007. The reason for his arrest is said to be misusing of public property, the statement added.

Is it time for war or peace in the Middle East?

Dr. Abbas Bakhtiar

“Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.” Bernard M. Baruch (1870 - 1965) I believe that in every war, truth is the first casualty; and as such is usually reported long after the war is finished, and even then only as a foot note. Churchill once said that “men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.” Although others and I have repeatedly written about the reasons behind the Iraq invasion, people tend to forget. And people who forget tend to repeat the same mistake over and over again. The invasion of Iraq was not because of WMDs. It was about oil and Israel. Today the US is on the verge of starting another war again, this time with Iran, for exactly the same reasons.

Children from the denotified tribe

Repeal the Habitual Offenders Act and affectively rehabilitate the denotified tribes, UN to India

By Subash Mohapatra

The UN’s anti-discrimination body asked India to repeal the Habitual Offenders Act and affectively rehabilitate the denotified and nomadic tribes on March 9, 2007. After reviewing India’s 15th-19th periodic reports, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), in its Concluding Observation, expressed concern and stated that “the so-called denotified and nomadic which are listed for their alleged ‘criminal tendencies’ under the former Criminal Tribes Act (1871), continue to be stigmatized under the Habitual Offenders Act (1852) (art. 2 (1)”.

Nawaz Rajabdeen

Sri Lanka business delegation signs several joint venture agreements with Chinese counterparts

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune -

A 60 member high powered private sector trade delegation led by Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Induatry of Sri Lanka went to China along with the recent Presidential entourage. The delegates were highly satisfied with the great success of the tour, as they were able to arrange various joint ventures and export orders of local products. He said that this is the first time that a cross section of businessman from all regions participated in such a tour. The delegation included from the entire different district represented by small and medium business houses.

CCI offers opportunities to become an Engineer while being in employment

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The shortage of suitably qualified technical personnel for middle level management grades is an acute problem in the construction industry and at the same time young school leavers are reluctant to join the industry due to lack of opportunities in the industry to progress in their chosen career.

Too Guilty to Fly, Too Innocent to Charge?

By Faisal Kutty

As the Canadian government forges ahead with its cleverly named Passenger Protect Program, the timing could not be better to seriously reconsider what is for all intents and purposes a no-fly list. The attention to the issue of watch lists generated by the struggles of Maher Arar (the Canadian citizen detained by Americans and shipped off to torture and interrogation in Syria) to clear his name should make us all sit back and reflect. There are many lessons to be learned from the Canadian government’s recent apology and financial settlement with Arar for its role in his “extraordinary rendition.”

Mitsui Dealer Convention

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The annual Dealer Convention of Tokyo Cement Co [ Lanka] Ltd was held at the Kandalama Hotel with S R Gnanam and K Yanagihara, Joint Managing Directors and Christopher Fernando, Group General Manager participating. Ancheneyer Cement & Hardware Dealers, Batticaloa was awarded the first place in the all island dealer competition and captured the Mitsui Challenge Trophy for the second consecutive year. G.L . Costa & Sons, Wariyapola was awarded the Tokyo Super Challenge Trophy.

Ranil may loose his position of ‘Opposition Leader’ to JVP’s Wimal Weerawansa - Minister Jeyaraj Fernadopulle

By Walter Jayawardhana

Cabinet Minister Jeyaraj Fernadopulle predicted that there are possibilities that Ranil Wickremesinghe might lose his job and Wimal Weerawansa might very well become the country’s Leader of Opposition very soon in the present parliament. With the planned cross over of the next five UNP parliamentarians the office of the Leader of Opposition held by the UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe would come to an end predicted Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. But he did not give a date that might happen.


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