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Sri Lanka: Dull Share Market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the share market remained dull throughout the week with the 2 indices continuing their drift downwards. All Share Price Index (ASPI) and the Milanka Price Index (MPI) started the week on a negative note by falling 17.7 and 29.4 points respectively on Monday prior to shedding a total of 26.9 and 57.7 points to close the week. During the week ASPI dropped 1.1 percent to close at 2422.2 points on Friday while MPI witnessed a fall of 1.71 percent to close at 3314.9 points at the end of the week’s trading.

Saudi donor pays blood money to dead Sri Lankan's survivors, frees guilty Indian

A Saudi do-gooder paid SR 50,000 as Blood Money for an Indian driver found guilty of a death of a Sri Lankan. Reports said that 'he walked into a courtroom in Hail on August 12 and paid the blood money.' The SR 50,000 was handed to W.S.M.S Wijesundera, deputy chief of mission at the Sri Lankan Embassy, to be given to Meera Mohaideen Awwa Umma, wife of the deceased Mohamed Varsai Aliyar on June 26, 2005. "I was amazed at the magnanimity of the Saudi philanthropist who knows neither the driver nor the deceased," said Wijesundera.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa appeals to unnamed political elements not to betray motherland to foreign interests.

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapaksa appealed to unnamed political elements in the country not to betray their own motherland to foreign interests for the greed of power. “A virus has entered the body politic today that to resolve local problems to invite foreign powers for the greed of power,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa declaring open Sri Lanka’s second Cancer treating hospital unit at Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle. President Rajapaksa addressing the opening ceremony of the 4 storied unit erected at the cost of 500 million Rupees to ease the treatment of patients coming from remote areas in the Southern Province and who could not travel to the main Cancer Hospital at Maharagama near the capital city said in sarcasm that specialist treatment is now necessary for unpatriotic elements who are expecting foreign intervention in the country.

Violent clashes reported between two rival LTTE factions in Oslo: One dead and two seriously injured

One of the injuredA violent clash erupted in Oslo, on Sunday evening, between the two rival LTTE factions, where one ‘Selika’ Ranjan (Mullaithievu) succumbed to his injuries and two other Tamils, namely Kannan and Kuhan are reported to be in serious condition in the hospital with gunshot injuries. They also, it is reported, to have sustained, lacerations due to Samurai sword cuts. Reports revealed that clashes erupted between the supporters of LTTE’s Naval Commander Soosai and cadres from the intelligence wing led by Pottu Amman. The police was notified by witnesses about the running fight between two LTTE factions at 17.50 yesterday evening. The clash between the two unknown Tamils groups, according to a report, started at a REMA1000 supermarket, at Kaldbakken, Oslo and ended outside a house at Gårdsveien 2.

Giving Mahavamsa the measles

Dr. Mithra Fernando

In Sri Lanka this “infantile disease” is linked with politicised religion. The resultant lethal blend has produced a malignant cancer which has been spreading. Except for a handful of hawkish profiteers who are getting well fed by the tentacles of the arms trade, overwhelming majority of Sri Lankans of all religions, ethnic and social backgrounds had enough of blood bath, suffering, loss of invaluable lives, loss of hope for a better future at least for the next generation. Having had no hope to ensure a peaceful productive life in the foreseeable future Sri Lankans who can afford send their children abroad to study to ensure at least the next generations will live in peace.

Tobacco industry succeeds in diluting Indian health policy

By Bobby Ramakant

The use of skulls and bones in the pictorial warnings on tobacco packs will be made optional by amending The Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act (2003), the Union Cabinet of India decided on 20 July 2007. Today on August 13 it is likely to come up in the Parliament. This is another major setback for public health advocates with Indian tobacco control Act being diluted. Ironically just last month (July 2007), 148 nations including India met at the Second Conference of Parties (COP2) to the global tobacco treaty and committed themselves to develop specific guidelines for protecting health policy from tobacco industry interference. The global tobacco treaty, formally known as the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), will save millions of lives and change the way tobacco corporations operate around the world. Article 5.3 of the FCTC obligates Parties to "protect these [public health] policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry."

State owes over Rs 500 crore outstanding phone bills

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

As onslaught against BSNL’s faulty and poor services continues, the Corporation too does not miss hitting back saying Nagaland is perhaps the only State in the country insensitive towards the multi-faceted problems facing the department (BSNL). The State owes to pay the Corporation over Rs 365 crore for landline phone bills and another Rs 142 crore for postpaid mobile phones. That means there is a whopping outstanding bill of over Rs 500 crore in the State. The BSNL post paid mobile service was introduced in October 2003 by erstwhile NDA Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee from Raj Bhavan here when he visited the state. Within four years of its postpaid mobile introduction in Nagaland, the outstanding bills, as per the BSNL sources, reach up to over Rs 142 crore.

Stephen Gill on his writing and diaspora

An Interview by Dr. Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal

Multiple award-winning author Stephen Gill was born in Pakistan, grew in India and has settled in Canada after staying in Ethiopia and England for a while. He has authored more than twenty books, including books of fiction, collections of poems and literary criticism. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications. He often receives doctoral dissertations from different universities to examine.. He writes mostly about peace and social concerns.

Lakshman Kadirgamar remembered in Chennai

Floral Tribute Late Lakshman Kadirgamar former Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka who was assassinated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was instrumental in re-building and restoring the Jaffna library to its former glory. Former Foreign Minister devoted his time and energy in fighting the LTTE in the diplomatic front. This was disclosed in Chennai at the commemoration of the death anniversary of Late Lakshman Kadirgamar. The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai commemorated the 2nd death anniversary of Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the Chancery premises on 12th August 2007.

Equating Mangala Samaraweera’s Party with UNP is an insult to UNP – Thilakaratne Karunaratne

By Walter Jayawardhana

Calling the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (People’s Wing) leader Mangala Samaraweera a political leader not worthy of the name United National Party’s (UNP) former treasurer Tilak Karunaratne said it was an insult that UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe had equated the leadership of the party with that of Samaraseera. “The UNP is the biggest political party of the country. It is an insult to equate the leadership of the party with a ‘political dud note,’ ” said Karunaratne in an interview with the state run Sinhalese weekly newspaper, 'The Silumina.'

Politics Unmercifully Trespass Humanitarian Borders in Gaza

By *Nicola Nasser

The major political players who are involved in sealing off 1.5 million Palestinians into an open air prison in the world’s most densely populated 360-square-kilometre area of the Gaza Strip are unmercifully trespassing humanitarian borders there; they perceive in the collapsing economy of the Mediterranean coastal strip, which is rapidly developing into a humanitarian crisis, a political “window of opportunity.”

Global Warming and Unbridled Capitalism

By Oscar E. V. Fernando

The subject of global warming goes beyond science to the fields of politics, industry and morals; being a concern for earth and its fate, it is a cause for alarm as well as hope for searching humanity, says Al Gore the former US Vice President, who has spent time and effort on this issue. Global warming, due to carbon dioxide CO2 emissions by human activities, has melted ice caps and mountain glaciers causing an increase of sea levels of as much as twenty feet; many scientists believe that if this is not arrested, it will bring about hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and also tsunamis in quick succession than in the past.

Mahinda Rajapakse

One of the ijured

Peace Secretariat exposes the insidious agenda of the Human Rights Watch

In a hard hitting missive, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Secretary General, Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process has questioned Brad Adams, Asia Division Director, Human Rights Watch, of any usefulness in responding to him and said it was waste of his time. He also questioned the agenda of the Human Rights Watch and slams Brad Adams for adopting insidious agenda against Sri Lanka. Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha alleged that he is responding to Brad Adam, at the risk of wasting his time in dealing with someone whose insidious agenda cannot be changed by facts or reason. He added, “Let me hope that you are in fact concerned with human rights rather than selective manipulation of truth.”