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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Jeyarajah Fernandopulle

A new race for the North Pole: Russia plants flag, Canada sends troops

The heroic age of polar exploration took shape at the turn of the twentieth century, as teams from several countries hoped to reach one of the planet’s last unexplored frontiers. Expeditions from Norway, Italy and the United States made early attempts, with Norwegian Roald Amundsen being the first person generally acknowledged to have crossed the North Pole when he flew overhead in 1926. Twenty-two years later, Aleksandr Kuznetsov’s Soviet exploration party became the first to set foot there. In those days national prestige was the principal driving force of Arctic exploration, as well as a desire to push the limits of human endurance and technology. But what is one to make of the recent spate of activity at the North Pole?

Amidst speculation retail participation improved

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the overall market sentiment remained dull, though activity levels picked up towards the latter part of the week. All Share Price Index (ASPI) was up almost 2 points or 0.08 percent to 2424.1 points while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed 0.7 points or 0.02 Percent weaker at 3314.2 points. Leading the way was JKH becoming the key contributor to the market turnover with a contribution of Rs.1.14 billion as well as being the highest traded stock for the week.

Iran shadow over India-US nuclear deal

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Iran, a ‘third party’, seems to have become one of the key issues in the cacophony of protest raised by the curious combination of the anti-US Left and the Third Front on one hand and the pro-US BJP on the other against the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal. The Opposition parties are actually asking the government to drop the deal because they feel (a) it impinges on India’s sovereignty and (b) because its implementation will alienate India from Iran.

An Apology for mistaken identity but the measles remains a handicap.

Dr. Mithra Fernando

I apologise for the mistake I have made in my previous article confusing the identities of Professor Steven Knapp with Mr. Stephen Knapp. I thank Mr. Sumanadasa Wijayapala for pointing out this mistake. As the Chinese philosopher Confucius of 551 BC-479BC said: “Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.”

HIV/AIDS and Sri Lankan Society

By Ramani D.Wickramaratne

The 8th International Conference on Aids in Asia Pacific(ICAAP) began on 19th August at the BMICH and will continue until 23rd August 2007 with over 1000 thousand delegates participating it is learnt. No doubt it is very important to conduct seminars/workshops and conferences on the subject of AIDS/HIV with a view of making more and more people around the world, aware of the dangers of being infected by it and also what measures can be taken at a personal level for human beings in this world, to take the necessary precautionary measures for prevention of the deadly disease.

Sampath Bank 45 percent growth in earnings in first half 2007

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sampath Bank showed a growth of 45 percent in the first half of 2007 in profit attributable to ordinary shareholders to Rs.759.1 million, compared to Rs.524.8 million in the corresponding period last year due primarily to Net Interest Income (NII) and Non Interest Income. The Bank’s net revenue increased by 34 percent Year on Year, largely due to a sharp increase in NII by 37.1 percent to stand at Rs.2.6 billion during the 1H of 2007 compared to the corresponding period last year.

Internationally reputed jurist and author of ‘The assassination of a prime minister’, Weeramantry dies

By Walter Jayawardhana

Internationally reputed jurist and author of the famous book , The Assasination of a Prime Minister, Lucien G. Weeramantry, brother of Justice, Christy Weeramantry, died in Colombo and his funeral took place, August 20 Monday at the General Cemetery Kanatte, his family announced. Lucien G. Weeramantry appeared for the assassin, Somarama, in the famous S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike assassination trial and wrote the book Assassination of a Prime Minister, which was published in Switzerland. It was a long and tiring case for Weeramantry, but Somarama had little money to pay his lawyer, it was later revealed. But as a firm believer in the rule of law he thought that every accused is innocent until he is proven guilty.

International community urged to put the terrorist organization in its right place

Jeyarajah FernandopulleJeyarajah Fernandopulle reminded that the international community must desist from promoting and glorifying Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, internationally the second largest terrorist organization, next to Al-Qaeda. He said that LTTE is an internationally proclaimed terrorist organization, proscribed in India after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and in almost all the first world country. Instead of aiding, abetting and involving in glorifying a ruthless terrorists organization, international community could involve itself in assisting to rid of the terrorist menace in the country, said the senior Sri Lanka Minister. “Only in Sri Lanka petty bureaucrats from the international organizations are given prominence. They too have to be kept in their right place,” Jeyarajah Fernandopulle admonished.