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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

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Tokyo Cement

Norwegian support for terrorism

By Mallika Wanigasundara

S L Gunasekera senior Attorney at law and President of the Sinhala Jathika Sangamaya did not mince his words as he veered away somewhat from the topic on which he was down to speak .What was the reason for the hysterical outburst of the Royal [he kept dragging the word] Norwegian government’s Foreign Ministry about a symposium by private citizens? he asked. Could one explain what caused so much excitement leading to letters to Editors, [ circulated worldwide] says the Sunday Times, a third person note to our Ambassador in Oslo, government statements to the BBCs ‘Sandesaya’[fertile ground for anti-Sri Lankan material] protests to the Defence Ministry about a notice appearing the Army website, and a request to stop the seminar.

UN misled by its bureaucrats: Ban Ki-Moon surrenders to Tamil Tigers

By H.L.D.Mahindapala

KaushalyanE. Kaushalyan, the senior military commander of the internationally banned Tamil Tiger terrorist outfit, was gunned down by unidentified anti-LTTE agents on February 2, 2005, presumably by the break-away Karun Group. This was soon after the tsunami hit Sri Lanka. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the UN, too was in Sri Lanka touring the tsunami affected areas during this time. Kofi Annan caught everyone by surprise when he issued a statement on February 8, 2005 offering his condolences to the family of Kaushalyan – one of the key operatives in the killing machine of the banned LTTE. He also softened his message by referring Kaushalyan as “a senior political leader of the

Anti-Indian Tiger operating in S. Africa to undermine Tamil leaders

Deva & SangareeOn the invitation of the S. Africa government, two Tamil leaders -- Douglas Devananda, Sri Lanka’s Minister for Social Services and Social Welfare, who is also the leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party and V. Anandasangaree, Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front – are touring S. Africa right now. This is the first time that two prominent Tamil political leaders from Sri Lanka on a state visit to South Africa. While in South Africa the two Tamil leaders are expected meet a cross-section of the Tamils of Indian origin living in South Africa. They constitute nearly 2 % of the population is people of Indian origins, mainly Tamils, out of the total population of 44 million.

SLS 515 Certification for Tokyo Super Masonry Cement

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Tokyo Cement Group, the No. 1 manufacturer of cement in Sri Lanka, was awarded the Sri Lanka Standards SLS 515 certification for Tokyo Super Masonry Cement by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, at a ceremony at the Colombo Hilton recently. Mr.S.R Gnanam, Joint Managing Director of the Tokyo Cement Group reiterated that all cement products manufactured by the group conform to the highest quality standards as specified by the Sri Lanka Standards Institution and that the SLS 515 certification for Tokyo Super Masonry Cement, endorses the Group's commitment and responsibility in manufacturing quality products at affordable prices.

U.S.-Aussie Refugee Swap Comes Under Fire

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A controversial bilateral deal between Australia and the United States to swap refugees has triggered a storm of protests from human rights activists and legal experts. According to the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), some 90 Sri Lankan and Burmese refugees now held at an Australian-run detention centre on the Pacific island nation of Nauru would be sent to live in the United States. Australia, in turn, would reciprocate by taking up to 200 Cuban and Haitian refugees held at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

Erosion of Democracy, Rule of Law and Basic Human Rights

Dr. Siri Gamage - University of New England, Australia

When we look at Sri Lanka's troubling developments in the post-independence period, without targeting any particular government or leader, there is one phenomenon that stands out as the culprit for the social ills brought about by the practice of politics. That is the patronage system of favoritism and nepotism underlying the political and national rhetoric. This has contributed to the steady decline in democratic rights and freedoms that average citizens can enjoy. Kishali Jayawardena has highlighted some aspects of this phenomenon in her article (Sunday Times online edition, Focus - 15.04.2007). In comparing Nepalese and Sri Lankan societies, she pointed out why in Sri Lanka we do not have a civic consciousness to demand the state to be democratic and respect human rights without considering the status of the individual? She asked 'We still fail to place the rule of law and the failure of our domestic institutions of justice at the centre of our criticism of the State' while giving relevant examples.

Share market lacks momentum after New Year holidays

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market showed an upward trend during the start of this week with the indices gaining ground during the first two trading days of the week. However the trend turned negative towards the latter half of the week as All Share Price Index (ASPI) shed 57 points on Friday alone with Dialog share price dropping by 6 percent after its announcement of a 1 for 10 rights issue on Friday. ASPI closed the week at 2766.2 points down by 1.92 percent compared to last week while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) stood at 3753.9 down by 2.79 percent. This week too trading days were limited to less than 5 days, thus leading to low activity levels for yet another week.

EU Kashmir report and basic rights of Kashmiri people.

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

It appears the storm has passed and generators which started blowing hot air from various cities of the world soon after the emergence of Emma Nicholson's controversial Kashmir report, have been switched off - or at least slowed down. But the fight or struggle over this is not over yet. In view of many it is a lull before yet another storm, which will be different from the previous one, as those who were behind this campaign have very 'fertile' and 'innovatory' mind and they will not let it go that easily.

“Trust deficit” to “vision deficit”

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

After “trust deficit”, a term coined by the Pakistan Prime Minister Mr. Shaukat Aziz, it now is “vision deficit”, a rejoinder by the Indian Foreign Secretary Mr. Shiv Shanker Menon. At a function in Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi, he put the blame for slow movement in Indo-Pak peace talks to what he called vision deficit. At the center of his theory was the lack of realization by Pakistan that unless it puts an end to cross-border terrorism, peace talks can move forwards only in fits and start which is not going to serve the mega purpose for which the process has been started. On his part, Mr. Menon made it clear that India has been doing every thing “out of the box” which General Musharraf has been talking about. It includes more people-to-people contacts through better communication facilities, more rail and road links, transit points and increased trade relations. This will lead to creating an atmosphere congenial for moving step by step to resolve outstanding issues, including the one, which Pakistan considers as the “core” issue.

French presidential election: Bayrou poses as alternative to Sarkozy

There is a tradition in France of obsolete petty bourgeois politicians presenting themselves as people’s tribunes and striving for power on the back of the apparatus of the old workers’ organisations. Prior to the Second World War, this was the role played by the Radical Party, which, despite its name, was deeply conservative and hostile to worker’s interests. In 1936, the Radicals in alliance with the Social Democrats formed a Popular Front government and, with the support of the Stalinist French Communist Party, suppressed a powerful general strike and saved the bourgeois order. Thus, one of the last opportunities was lost to stop the fatal shift to the right in Europe that would finally lead to the Second World War. Two years later, Edouard Daladier, the leader of the Radicals, signed the Munich Treaty, which gave Hitler free rein to invade Czechoslovakia, and banned the French Communist Party.



Deva & Sangaree

French presidential election: Sarkozy and Royal to compete in second round

Nicolas Sarkozy and Ségolène Royal will compete in the second round of the French presidential election on May 6. Sarkozy, the candidate of the Gaullist Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, UMP) won the most votes in yesterday’s first round of the election with 31 percent of the ballots cast. Royal, the Socialist Party candidate received 25.6 percent. François Bayrou, the candidate of the Union for French Democracy (Union pour la Démocratie Française, UDF) got 18.5 percent, and Jean-Marie Le Pen, the candidate of the far-right National Front, 10.6 percent.