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History stands still in seabed off Sri Lanka

By Janaka Perera

Most historians, educators and others now celebrating `Archaeological Week', seem to be exclusively preoccupied with the Sri Lanka's agro-based inland civilization. But a deeper understanding of our society and the island's past is not possible without knowledge of her maritime heritage. While saga of the ill-fated Titanic has mesmerized the world for decades, at least 100 wrecked ships lie at the sea bottom all around Sri Lanka although no proper records of these ill-fated vessels have been kept. A large number of these are legacies from the colonial past. They have to be retrieved scientifically without detriment to their archeological status.

The newly elected Lions International President is determined to stop preventable blindness everywhere

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mahendra AmarasuriyaThe newly elected International President of the Lions Club, Mahendra Amarasuriya said in Chicago that he was prepared to eradicate preventable eye diseases from the Indian subcontinent, his native Sri Lanka and Africa, as a priority project through an internally changed Lions organization that would be made “a dynamic vibrant 21st century organization. At the end of my term as the International President, I am determined to raise 200 million US dollars for these projects,” to prevent blindness and bring light to thousands said Amarasuriya in an interview with this correspondent.

Airline Representatives AGM

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Ravi Widyalankara was elected as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR) at its Annual General Meeting held last week at the Trans Asia Hotel. SLAAR in pursuance of its mission pledged to be united in strength to meet the challenges of this ever changing industry in order to sustain and carry out their businesses.

The Significance of 7th July Incident

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

"Gone are the days when my heart was young and gay, Gone are my friends from the Rangoon University (substituting cotton fields away)" is the song I used to hum, whenever I recollect the unforgettable 7th July, a stigma of my life. It seems to me that 7th July has many sad memories in different countries e.g. in UK it was the London bombings where a series of coordinated terrorist bomb blasts hit London's public transport system during the morning rush hour killing 52 commuters and injuring 700 and causing severe day-long disruption of the city's transport and mobile telecommunications infrastructure countrywide. In US it marked the first time that electric chair replaced the hangman knot (1890) and in Africa Robert Mugabe became the President of Zimbabwe (1985). But in Rangoon way back in 1962, it marked the start of the first long epic struggle by the students of Burma. The conspicuous and the salient aspect was that it was an unarmed and peaceful young Burmese university student against tyranny and dictatorship that is still continuing on today.

Sri Lankan participation in the Canton Trade Fair

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

As it has been done for the last 10 years, The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) is organizing to send a delegation to the October to the Chinese Export Commodity Fair popularly known as Canton Fair. This Trade Fair is well-known internationally as it has been held more than 115 times during the last 60 years. It will be held from 15th to 20th October 2007 in Guanzhou city, Guangdong Province, China. The Fair is organized by the Chinese Council for Promoting International Trade.

Another feather in the cap

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

General Musharaf has done it again. Since overthrowing an elected government in 1999, he had one remedy for all problems of Pakistan: resolve crises by creating new crises. Logic is simple - when one issue is getting out of hand create another and bigger issue and the first issue will be overshadowed, and people will forget about the first one. By and large he has been successful in his endeavors to keep all parties sufficiently satisfied that they feel compelled to keep on supporting him. And in this list of supporters we find international figures like President Bush, former Prime Minister Tony Blair and other international dignitaries.

‘Doctors’ of Terrorism

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Twenty seven-year-old Dr Mohammed Haneef, temporary resident of Brisbane, is not the first Indian to figure in an ‘international’ terror plot—this time a failed one in the UK. There have been sundry ‘minor’ players from India including a US-based businessman whose bravado about teaching a ‘lesson’ to Americans by illegally selling arms to terrorist groups landed him in jail. Not very long ago the ‘Indian’ who attracted worldwide notoriety for his alleged association with global terror was a British citizen of Gujarati origin, Dhiren Barot. A court in the UK sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Popular singer Kokila Devi Weeratunga dies

By Walter Jayawardhana

One of Sri Lanka’s most popular singers in the yester year Kokila Devi Weeratunga died at the age of 95 at the National Hospital Colombo , June 5 where she was ailing for some time. She was singing duets with the late H.W. Rupasinghe, then Ceylon’s most popular male vocalist for gramophone records of Colombia and His Masters Voice before she sang for the then Radio Ceylon.

Sri Lankan war provokes deep unease in Indian political establishment

The intensification of the Sri Lankan government’s war against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is provoking growing concerns in New Delhi over the impact on India’s strategic interests. The conflict is not only affecting New Delhi’s relations with Colombo and risks triggering unrest in India, but is also threatening to undermine India’s broader ambitions to establish itself as the preeminent regional power. A statement by Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan on May 31 sent a blunt warning to Colombo not to cut across New Delhi’s objectives.

Mahendra Amarasuriya

The State of Impasse

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Who is fooling whom? Is the regime the deceiver or the deceived? Are the public servants duping the government or is the government getting the public servants to dupe the people? The controversy happened some weeks ago, even though the story did not gain much prominence amidst bloody tales of war and terrorism. The Auditor General issued a report claiming that the country lost 360 billion rupees due to weaknesses and inadequacies in its revenue collection system and the carelessness of its Ministry of Finance. The sum is a large one by Lankan standards, and particularly so, given the financial crisis that is gripping us.


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