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Dr Lawarence Perera

Sri Lanka: Ministerial delegation to Azerbaijan

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Azerbaijani ambassador for Sri Lanka resident in New Delhi Tamerlan Garayev said that a Sri Lankan ministerial delegation interested in oil will visit the oil rich former Soviet republic by the Caspian Sea from August 16 to 18. The delegation comprising of Minister of Development of Export and International Trade Dr. G.L. Peiris and Oil and Oil Resources Minister A.H.M. Fowzie with others are expected to negotiate oil purchases at reasonable prices since the Indian Ocean island republic is currently hit by rapidly rising oil prices.

Velupillai Pirapaharan (Prabhakaran) --- a Hero or a big Zero?

Predicted by M.K.Damodaran, Numerologist, Kerala, India

PirapaharanNumerologist M.K.Damodaran of Kerala,, India has predicted that, based on his calculations, Prabhakaran, can never get his Eelam. However, with 8 as his powerful number he can be a “twinkling star” if he turns to peace. If not, he will end up taking the cyanide capsule. The other option is to accept the negative attributes of Saturnian's 8 and get killed by his associates driven by desperation. Damodaran also notes that though 8 is his presiding number he is morbidly scared of this number. He also notes that Karuna’s number is also 8. He adds that Prabhkaran “will face more threats from his own camp than outside.”

Congress –Left stand off on India's nuclear deal with US continues

By M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune in New Delhi

For the present, the crisis brewing between the Congress and the Left has blown over. Not fully but substantially. Both sides are willing to walk the talk. And have found enough reasons to avoid shadow boxing, sources said. The Left will walk out of the UPA-Left coordination committee, Left sources said. It is a move aimed at extricating itself from 'the PM snub mess' it finds itself in and also at pushing the ratings. 'That is not a big deal, according to the Congress leaders. Last year too, the Left leaders boycotted the Coordination committee for months. Right now the panel is more or less dormant.

Continuing Adventures in Mithra’s Lala Land

By Sumanadasa Wijayapala

In my previous article, I refuted the logic of “Mahavamsa-bashing” which is fashionable among certain self-appointed preachers of “peace” and “ethnic co-existence” in Sri Lanka. I demonstrated that the Pali chronicles hardly serve the cause of modern Sinhala ethno nationalism, and in fact they demonstrate a close historical interaction between the Sinhalese and Tamils in ancient times. I wrote in response to the article written by a Dr. Mithra Fernando with the amusing infantile title “The Myth of ‘Lion Ancestry’ & adults only tales of the Lala land,” but my intent was to highlight the mentality and ignorance of the above-mentioned Mahavamsa-bashers, not necessarily to expose the shortcomings of one individual.

Indo-Pak Rapprochement: In need of Resuscitation

By Gurmeet Kanwal

The Indo-Pak rapprochement process has been floundering for over one year and is in serious need of early resuscitation. Really meaningful gains like the demilitarisation of the Siachen conflict zone and the final settlement of the Sir Creek maritime boundary dispute continue to remain elusive. The current turmoil in Pakistan and the question mark that looms large over the future of the Musharraf regime, have resulted in the Indian government adopting a wait-and-watch attitude that has further slowed down the fragile process which had been described by both the sides as irreversible only two years ago.

FCCISL succeeds in taking new Companies Act to Provinces

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The New Companies act an important piece of legislation has been subjected to extensive discussions in Colombo. The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) has now taken the initiative to take the New Companies Act to the provinces, especially to assist the SME sector companies. As a first step FCCISL organized a seminar in Kurunegala which was held at their branch office- Institute of Business and Industrial Studies, and the keynote address was made by D K Hettiarachchi, Registrar General of Companies.

60 years of Independence: Food sovereignty under threat

Bobby Ramakant

As India prepares to celebrate 60 years of independence, our food and agriculture systems are in a deep crisis, largely due to the trade liberalization policies of the past decade. Not surprisingly today our country finds itself in the midst of a paradoxical situation: endemic mass-hunger coexisting with the mounting foodgrain stocks. Our food sovereignty is under severe threat.

SriLankan Airlines and John Keells join hands to provide more delicacies on board flights

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Two of Sri Lanka’s best known corporate entities, SriLankan Airlines and John Keells, subsidiary Ceylon Cold Stores commonly known as Elephant House have begun a partnership, aimed at developing delicious new food items especially for passengers of the National Carrier. The first step was taken recently when the airline began serving Elephant House brand Vanilla and Chocolate Ice Cream on SriLankan’s flights to India. The National Carrier is the most frequent foreign carrier into India, with 95 flights a week to no less than 10 cities.

Micro Car manufacturer recognized by the international automobile trade

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Dr Lawarence PereraDr Lawarence Perera, holding a doctorate in the automobile engineering and with around 30 years experience in the automobile industry has been recognized as the first Sri Lankan to stick on to automobile manufacture, though it has been the Upali Wijewardene who has the honour of commencing a automobile manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately Upali Wijewardene was not afforded the required support and therefore his automobile manufacture collapsed.In the case of Dr Perera too had to undergo enormous difficulties to float his automobile manufacturing plant. Dr Perera survived and he not only commenced manufacturing cars, but his manufacture has been unique and novel that the car he manufactured and introduced to the Sri Lankan market has been of an average utility model and at a surprisingly low price of around half a million rupees. The cost was around one to one and a half lakhs more than the cost of an Auto-Three Wheeler.

Trifling with the sentiments of people in poor nations

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

A word like ‘colonialism’ is considered an anachronism in today’s world where globalisation has run over socialist theories that had governed many parts of the world for 50 years. But can you help not invoking this obsolete word when one of the richest and powerful countries, Canada, raises objections to the surnames in a particular community mostly residents of a country that is behind it in terms of riches and social indicators? Reports have said that people with surnames ‘Singh’ and ‘Kaur’ (overwhelmingly Sikhs from Punjab) are not eligible for a Canadian visa. Can there be anything so grossly racist or ‘colonial’ in tone? People do change their surnames for a variety of reasons, but in the history of mankind no foreign country has demanded this change of an intended visitor or as a necessary condition for granting a visa.

Solomon Islands attorney-general rebuts Australian government child sex allegations

International constitutional lawyer and attorney-general of the Solomon Islands, Julian Moti, has provided a comprehensive and damning rebuttal of the statutory rape allegations levelled against him by the Australian government. An examination of Moti’s thoroughly documented reply to the accusations leaves no doubt that he has been the victim of an extraordinary witch-hunt orchestrated by the Howard government.


Velupillai Pirapaharan

Rexton II - Luxury car

World Faces New Threats of Water Scarcity

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The world is on the verge of "a new and more serious era of water scarcity" than ever before, is the ominous warning coming out of an international water conference here. The physical availability of water is being endangered by a rash of new threats, including climate change, increase in global population and the sudden growth of the water-hungry bioenergy sector.