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Dr. Manmohansingh Hoisting National Flag

5,749 Enforced Disappearances in Sri Lanka – Amnesty International

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

In its latest August issue of Amnesty International monthly magazine The Wire gives an account of 5,749 enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka. According to the Amnesty International report, “Enforced disappearances are not a thing of the past. They continue all over the world – in Algeria, Colombia, Nepal, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, the former Yugoslavia – to name but a few countries. The USA, sometimes acting with the complicity of other governments, has carried out enforced disappearances of terror suspects. Those who commit these crimes have done so with almost complete impunity.

Safety issue missing in nuclear spat

By Chandra Mmohan - Syndicate Features

Surprisingly, safety concerns figure no where in the spat between the government and the Left on the nuclear agreement with the United States, says the author pointing out that not every activity in a nuclear reactor takes place in impregnable underground cellars.

Check Point and CNT launch UTM appliances for Sri Lankan users

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Check Point Software Technologies together with Ceylinco Networking Technologies , its authorized distributor for Sri Lanka, today launched a powerful line of unified threat management (UTM) appliances, called UTM-1, for medium-sized businesses and enterprises in Sri Lanka. UTM-1 security appliances are a unique, tailored solution based upon Check Point's proven enterprise security expertise and the company's vision of a Unified Security Architecture for businesses. The appliances are easily deployed and can be centrally controlled to help simplify management for multiple sites, while providing the same uncompromising level of security used to secure the networks of Fortune 1000 Companies.

World Faces New Threats of Water Scarcity

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 bio-energy sector. Addressing the 17th annual World Water Week, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) Anders Berntell warned that 1.4 billion people now live in regions where there is a real, physical water scarcity, and an additional 1.1 billion live in regions where there is water stress due to over-consumption.

Glimpses from the Mahavamsa; Did Prince Vijaya actually land in Sri Lanka? Did the Buddha visit Lanka?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The very interesting debate between two scholars, Mr Sumanadasa Wijayapala and Dr Mithra Fernando has prompted the writer to add to the debate by highlighting some comments made by another scholar, Professor William Geiger in his translation of the Mahavamsa. His comments castes some doubts on the exact location of Vijaya’s eventual disembarkation after he was banished from Lala (present day Bangladesh) and also almost forced to leave Supparaka (west coast of India). This article is written to solicit some comments from both Mr Wijayapala and Dr Fernando considering that the writer is no scholar to make any comments on Professor Geiger’s comments and as only others who are well versed with the Mahavamsa would be able to make them for the benefit of others.

Sri Lanka: Explosive materials found in a guest house in Wellawatte

The police and the army detected two deadly claymore mines in a travel bag lying in a guest house frequented by people coming from Northern Province to Colombo. “The man who brought the bag to the guest house has come from Vavuniya a besieged district marked by frequent attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe , the Sri Lanka Army spokesman. The police said the 9kilogram and 5 kilogram mines that could have harmed many people had all the hallmarks of the LTTE. The Defense Ministry said the mines and detonators and three hand grenades were discovered at a lodge in Wellawatte, called Ideal Guest Inn, in Sinsaaba Road, opposite Wellawatte’s Savoy Cinema, Colombo.

UN refuses to apologize for Sir. John Holmes comments on Sri Lanka

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations is playing down a growing dispute with the Sri Lanka government over remarks made by Under-Secretary-General John Holmes critical of the treatment of aid workers in the country. But it has virtually rejected a request by the government to apologize for remarks made by Holmes. Asked for an official reaction, UN spokesman Farhan Haq told Inter Press Service news agency:" "While it is factually true that Sri Lanka had the second highest number of aid workers killed in 2006 [after Afghanistan], we would not want reaction to Mr. Holmes’s comments to overshadow the many positive signs that emerged during his recent mission.

'Long Red Fort speech' jinx: a myth or reality'

From M Rama Rao reporting from India for Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort was not long. In fact, he completed his address a few minutes ahead of the stipulated time while managing to refurbish the pro-poor image for his government. He also pleased the Left parties by quietly skipping foreign policy matters particularly the nuclear agreement with the US which has put him on collision course with the Comrades. As a long time watcher of the Independence Day celebrations in the capital I consider that the 'short' 40-minute speech by Prime Minister is a good omen by itself since there are sudden question marks over the longevity of his coalition government.

Bharti Airtel gears up to launch world class 2G and 3G services in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

India’s leading telecommunication provider Bharti Airtel says it will launch 2G and 3G services in end of this year to cater the Sri Lankan market. Airtel’s President Sanjay Kapoor said the customers can look forward to a host of innovative products and services at affordable prices from Airtel’s vast port polio. Speaking to media in Colombo on Wednesday the President said his company plans to invest 200 million USD in the next five years in the local market. The company will be launched under the Airtel brand in the country.

Sri Lankan police break up student protests over deteriorating university education

Sri Lankan police mounted major operations to break up two student protests on July 30 and August 1 outside the offices of the ministry of higher education in Colombo. Water cannon, baton charges and tear gas were used to disperse hundreds of students demonstrating for better facilities and an end to the government’s cutbacks to free education. Three students were hospitalized as a result of police attacks on the first protest involving students from the Rajarata University. One student was detained and later released. Another two were hospitalised during clashes on the second day involving students from Aesthetic University. Doctors from the nearby National Hospital complained that the tear gas was so dense that their patients were being affected.

Manmohan Singh offers a new deal to Indian farmer and common man

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from India

India celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Independence with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offering a new deal to the farmers and the 'aam admi'. In his address to the nation from the ramparts of historic Red Fort in Delhi, Singh spoke of initiatives to make massive increase in public spending on education, health care, agriculture and rural development...He announced a Rs 25,000-crore investment package for the agricultural sector, saying, "Over the last three years, we have significantly increased public expenditure in the social sectors. This is in line with our commitment to the welfare of the aam aadmi (common man)".

Explosives found at the guest house