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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Indians rescued Prabhakaran when he was cornered by the Sri Lankan forces in the 80s.

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Tucked away in one line in 'The Hindu' today (August 06, 2007) is one of the untold secrets of Indian intervention in Sri Lankan affairs: Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the Tamil Tiger terrorists, was helicoptered out of Sri Lanka by the Indians when he was cornered by the Sri Lankan Army at Vadamarachchi in the 80s. The Indian helicopters took off from the Hindon military base in Delhi and flew via Thanjavur to rescue Prabhakaran. The Vadamarachci operation was closing in on Prabhakaran when the arrogant Indians launched the rescue operation. This is a gross violation not only of Sri Lankan sovereignty but also a deliberate attempt to rescue the terrorists, who were destabilizing Sri Lanka.

CWC to sit on backbenches and not to topple government, while UNP group too is suddenly meeting today

By Joseph Thavaraja

The CWC has just announced that "they will sit on backbenchers and continue to support administration and will not topple the government." Meanwhile, reports revealed that the UNP too has suddenly arranged the meeting of their group at the Parliamentary complex this evening. "The meeting is for reviewing the party activities of last week and discusses the present political situation," the UNP said, but did not elaborate. However, latest report said that The Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) which will come face to face with President Mahinda Rajapakse and the government this evening for the first time since their leaving the ranks last week, "will not topple the government despite leaving."

When born Christians like me, Ravi and Ranil insult Buddhist monks, “it goes against my grain” says Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

By Walter Jayawardhana

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle Accusations and counter accusations hurled at each other about a Mercedes Benz owned by Venerable Ellawela Medhananda has become the main attraction of UNP politics after Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe ridiculed the Leader of the Jathika Hela Urumaya that Medhananda Thero wanted the vehicle to travel along the Noble Eight Fold Path. The Roman Catholic Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle says that non-Buddhist UNP politicians have made use of the issue to insult Buddhist monks. Addressing a mammoth rally of the SLFP at Kurunegala Fernandopulle said, “Like me, Ranil Wickremesinghe and Ravi karunanayaka were born Christians. It is wrong for them to use the accusing finger at a priest of a different religion and call him names.”

CWC meeting the President this evening for the first time since crisis

By Joseph Thavaraja

The Ceylon Workers' Congress (CWC) will come face to face with President Mahinda Rajapakse and the government this evening for the first time since their leaving the ranks last week, reports said. The meet, in an official capacity, will take place at the party leaders' meeting at President's office scheduled this evening. Four CWC MPs will be attending, a CWC official said. Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle in the crisis aftermath said that the CWC "crisis will be resolved by Monday (today)."

Tigers distract Sri Lankan Navy with mock operations to save fleeing cadres from the east.

The Batticaloa – Amparai districts Special Commander of the Tamil Tigers, Jeyam, and his retreating cadres numbering around 275 in all are about to cross to Vanni in one or two days time. According local sources, these Tiger cadres have managed to cross the two main supply route on their way from Toppigala and reached Kumpurupittiya, a coastal village in the north of Trincomalee district. It is learnt that Keerthi, Nagesh, Mano Master, Amuthan of the political wing and Commander Suganthi of the women wing and her 30 women cadres are fleeing with Jeyam.

P. Nedumaran to invade Sri Lanka on September 12, another propaganda stunt

By Walter Jayawardhana

NedumaranTamil Nadu rabble rouser and supporter of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and leader of the Tamil National Movement P. Nedumaran has stated that he would invade Sri Lanka’s war-torn areas carrying medicine and food in support of the Tamil Tigers. Nedumaran threatened the invasion after the Indian Red Cross has refused to carry the material his political organization has collected for the “Tamil people of Sri Lanka”. Nedumaran’s organization is one of the outfits suspected of being on the payroll of the LTTE in Tamil Nadu who are acting as their agents.

Leading Republic Lawmaker in US House Foreign Affairs Committee Skeptical About Indo-US Nuclear Agreement

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

“The proposed agreement must be considered in the context of the growing military, political, and commercial relationship between India and Iran at a time when responsible nations are curtailing their dealings with Iran in light of the regime's pursuit of activities that could be used to achieve a nuclear weapons capability” says the leader of the Republican side in the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Indo-US Nuclear Agreement. U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, August 4 commented on the text of a proposed agreement between the United States and India that paves the way for greater civil nuclear cooperation.

One Way, Mr Ambassador

By Dushy Ranetunge

The US Embassy vehicle, a white Toyota Landcruiser was observed traveling the wrong way in a one way street on Thursday afternoon. Alfred House Gardens in Colombo 3 is a one Way Street, but the vehicle, with a senior US diplomat seated in the back seat was traveling in the opposite direction and trying to enter Galle Road breaching traffic laws in Sri Lanka. While trying to do so, the Embassy vehicle bearing registration number WP - DP 0130 was seen in a confrontation with another vehicle traveling in the right direction.

Response to Dr. Mithra Fernando’s “The Myth of ‘Lion Ancestry”

By Sumanadasa Wijayapala

Dr. Mithra Fernando wrote an article entitled “The Myth of ‘Lion Ancestry’ & adults only tales of the Lala land” expressing concern that the Sinhalese historical tradition has been used to promote ethnic chauvinism against the non-Sinhala minorities of Sri Lanka. Specifically his purpose was to demonstrate the invalidity of the Pali text as a historical document, perhaps hoping that by invalidating the historical tradition of the Sinhalese, he would be promoting ethnic harmony in Sri Lanka. Or at the very least, we would all get a chuckle at Mahanama’s expense. His piece consisted of a number of parts, the first concerning the supernatural origins of Sinhabahu and his kin, then covering the saga of Prince Vijaya, and then citing a number of scholars including G.C. Mendis, Wilhelm Geiger, Herman Oldenberg, and V.A Smith who had themselves cast aspersions of the validity of the Mahavamsa. He ended with a plea that the “grass root” of Sinhala society gain the courage to put the Mahavamsa to rest as a fairy tale.

Fourth Annual "Ten Best Corporate Citizens Award 2007"

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in their continuing effort to promote Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within the business community announced ‘Ten Best Corporate Citizens Awards 2007’ and it would be one of the Main events in the CCC annual events agenda. Awards for the winners would take place on 29 November 2007. This was announced by Prema Cooray, CEO, CCC at a Press Conference held at CCC. This will be an opportunity for the corporate community to prove the dictum “Excellence in business is about more than profit for shareholders. It is about serving a variety of stakeholders”

Indo-Bangladesh Relations and Coup in August 1975 –Part-III

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Bangladesh President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with all, but two daughters, of his family members, was killed by a group of young officers of the Army , said "BBC, on 15 August 1976, after just one year." Richard Open Haimer of the Eastern Division of the BBC reviewed the causes of his killing in the context of development and present situation in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshis and the people abroad were equally shocked and terrified at the way Sheikh Mujib had been killed.

JKH boosts share market turnover

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in its weekly review indicated that a slight slow down of the market was witnessed during the week with the ASPI falling initially and the MPI settling into a narrow range. However the ASPI managed to pick on Friday by 25.4 points. Comparing week on week the ASPI was down by an insignificant 0.50 percent or 12.4 points to close at 2449.1 points while the MPI declined by 0.52 percent or 17.6 points to 3372.6 points. The highlight for the week was the JKH trade, which went on during the mid week.

‘Tokenism’ Not For Kiran Bedi

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

It is the politicians’ stock in trade to make mountain out of a molehill and to trivialise the most serious. Thus, even a relatively lesser tragedy, man-made or natural, is always ‘unprecedented’, as is the loss that follows from it. Allegations of various sorts are traded frequently between two political rivals or rival parties, often on magnified scale, with little regard to facts and concern about seeing the logical end to the charges in a court of law. Recently the word ‘tokenism’ was bandied about a lot after Pratibha Patil was nominated as the ruling party’s candidate for the President. Critics dubbed it as nothing but an empty gesture towards empowering women, because in their opinion she was not an apt choice for the highest post in the land and her nomination would not help mitigate the sufferings of the majority of women in India.

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

Minister Mahindananda's statement led to CWC crisis, party to backbench but not to topple the govt

The CWC is meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse but its leader Arumugan Thondaman is absence for the meeting. A statement by the non-Cabinet Power and Energy Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage led to the current crisis. And, CWC "will sit on backbenches and continue to support administration but will not topple the government." The meeting of CWC and the President is now on without its leader Thondaman. CWC's all the other four members of parliament are meeting the President. Addressing the press this afternoon, C W C's Muttu Sivalingam revealed the reason for the split. The incident is centred on an Estate sector power project, where a statement by non-Cabinet Power and Energy Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage caused panic among CWC leader-ranks.