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Delusional Politics

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Rajapakse administration’s method of handling the serial fuel price increases (the latest is the third in a matter of weeks) seems symbolic of its conduct of the affairs of the nation. The regime has adopted a policy of upping fuel prices under the cover of night; consequently many a Sri Lankan discover the new prices the hard way, at the filling station next morning. Similarly, the regime is using its news management techniques to draw a veil over the mounting ominous signs from almost every sphere in order to lull the public into a false sense of wellbeing. Unfortunately reality, like fuel price increases, can be concealed only for a short time. Bad news has not the allure of good news, admittedly; however for a government it will be the acme of irresponsibility to ignore bad news. The Rajapakse administration seems to be functioning on the premise that bad news matter only if one becomes cognizant of it; sweep it under the rug and it will cease to be. Perhaps our leaders, following in the footsteps of Bishop George Berkeley, believe that there is no objective reality. Sadly it is we, the people of Sri Lanka, who are being called upon to pay the full price of this delusional politics.

India accuses Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka hits back

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Angered by Indian accusations against the Sri Lankan Navy killing Indian fishermen Sri Lankan government has hit back stating "that there is absolutely no evidence to link the Sri Lanka Navy with attacks on Indian fishermen." Sri Lankan counter-attack on India came after Defence Minister A.K. Antony issued a press note saying that Sri Lanka Navy (SLA) has killed 77 Indian fisher folk from 1991 to mid-April, 2007. Dismissing Indian accusations the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry hints at Indian irresponsibility when it states: "Prior to the issue of this Press Note, there had been irresponsible speculation alleging the involvement of Sri Lankan Navy."

Mayawati takes over UP chief minister today

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

MayawatiAbout 36-hours after she made pollsters bite dust and opponents vanquished, Mayawati, BSP supremo, Behenji’ to her followers, takes over as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. It marks for the first time, a ‘Dalit beti’ becoming ‘UP ki Rani’ in her own right. “She doesn’t need any once support”, agreed Sushma Swaraj of the BJP as analysts declared that UP will have a single party government for the first time in 17-years. Mulayam Singh, the Samajwadi party chief, who earned the sobriquet of ‘Moolahyumm’, has been reduced literally to dust. He had become yet another dot in the long history of the largest state. The Muslims have ditched the ‘Maulana’ and jumped onto the Elephant. And other OBCs followed suit as the Yadavs increasingly rallied behind their beleaguered clan leader.

Fossmart to distribute EnterpriseDB Advanced Server in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

EnterpriseDB, maker of the world’s most affordable enterprise-class database, and Fossmart (Pvt) Ltd., a distributor of open source-based technology in Sri Lanka, announced a partnership under which Fossmart will sell EnterpriseDB Advanced Server to its customers and also offer them associated support and training. EnterpriseDB develops and supports EnterpriseDB Advanced Server, an enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS) that is built on PostgreSQL, the world’s most advanced open source database. EnterpriseDB Advanced Server is compatible with Oracle applications and has offices throughout the word, including in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Achiles Heel In Democracy

By Michael Roberts

I raise a basic issue arising from the democratic-populist path to a fundamentalist theocracy and/or a fascist state, both of which, amidst differences, share an emphasis on authoritarian controls that disallow dissent. These are well-trodden paths in world history during the last two centuries. The issue is pertinent to Sri Lanka, now and in the recent past. Let me highlight the prospect through a recent expression on web. The context is provided by a chorus of protest from liberal democrats in the Englsih-speaking world directed agasnst the measly and short-sighted SLFP proposals on devolution. One was from P. Saravanamuttu, Director, CPA, and appeared in www.groundviews.lk that was highly critical of the SLFP for their meager and unsatisfactory cluster of proposals for constitutional adjustments in Sri Lanka.

Despite positive corporate results, share market slumps

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

According to the HNB Stockbrokers share market continued to slide amid investors opting to stay in the sideline during this week. The recent developments in the war front have forced investors to reassess their strategies and adopt more of a wait and see approach. Both the market indices continued to drop this week with the All share Price Index (ASPI) shedding 80 points during the first two days of trading this week. During the Week ASPI dropped by 112 points to close the week at 2675.3 points while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) shed 104 points to close the week at 3741.3 points. JKH, for yet another week became the highest contributor toward the total market turnover by a significant margin. JKH contributed Rs.545.7 million towards the Week’s turnover, which amounts to 40 percent of this week’s total turnover.

Drift in US-Russian Ties

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

Relations between the US and Russia have dipped enough to revive memories of the Cold War era, marked by deep mistrust of each other. The latest cause of friction is the American decision to take its missile defence system close to the Russian borders by installing 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic, both countries that were once part of the Soviet bloc and now robustly pro-American in their foreign policy. Ostensibly the missile defence system aims at saving the US and Europe from possible nuclear attacks from Iran and North Korea, the two ‘rogue’ nations that have developed long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warhead.

Scottish election fiasco casts doubt over new parliament

The actual number of votes rejected in the May 3 elections to the Scottish Parliament is far higher than the already staggering figure of 100,000 previously admitted to. Earlier this week, Newsnight Scotland revealed that some 142,000 votes had been ruled out—3.5 percent of all votes cast. Of these, 85,644 votes were rejected for the first-past-the post constituency elections, which account for 57 of the 129 seats in Holyrood. A further 56,247 votes were rejected from the regional lists, an Additional Member form of proportional representation that makes up the rest of the parliamentary seats.

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LTTE beams a new second TV channel using Israeli up linking facilities

The Tamil rebel outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is planning to beam a second TV channel this week called "Tharishanam" (Revelation). The new transmission will be a pay channel, and will run as a client of Globecast and is to be up linked on to the Israeli Satlink platform in the Hotbird 8 satellite. The” Asian Tribune” contacted, Ms. Yael Shamos, Marketing Director, Satlink Communications Ltd., M.P. Harei-Yehuda 90850, Neve-Ilan, Israel. Speaking to Asian Tribune, Ms Yael Shamos said that “Mathuram” channel of the LTTE is a client of Globecast of France and her firm is up linking the channel for the Globecast.


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