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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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The Emerging Sri Lanka

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The rich and the poor do not inhabit the same world. Sensible policy makers try to lessen this gap, to make the poor feel that they too are stakeholders of the world of the rich, lest a clash of the worlds happen. Sadly, sensibility is conspicuous by its absence in the mental universe of the present administration. Wittingly or unwittingly, the regime is acting in a manner that serves to widen rather than narrow the gap between the rich and the poor, while squeezing the middle class more than any previous administration did. A statement made by the President at the SLFP convention indicate that the disastrous economic path of the government might be sourced in Mr. Rajapakse’s abysmal understanding of the land he governs. Commenting on the problem of cost of living in general and kerosene prices in particular the

Criminal charges against leading LTTE agent in Australia: Dr Brian Senewiratne

By Sumane Liyanaarachchi, Sydney, Australia

The Brisbane City Council has instigated and successfully pursued a criminal charge against Dr.Brian & Mrs.S. Senewiratne, husband and wife, for damaging supposedly protected vegetation in his property in Brisbane, Australia. He is due to be sentenced by the Brisbane Magistrate – Criminal Courts on September 20, as he has been found guilty for criminal violations of the environmental codes and Plant Protection Acts. He is a political activist backing unreservedly the Tamil Tigers who have been banned internationally for war crimes and crimes and against humanity. He makes no bones about being a Tiger supporter.

Tamil Nadu politicos challenge Delhi on crossing Palk Strait to enter Jaffna

MukherjeeThe Tamil Nadu Police is adopting a ’wait and watch policy’ with regard to political stunt adopted by P.Nedumaran, a leading Tiger proxy in S. India who has threatened to cross the Palk Straits to distribute food, medicine and other essential items to the Tamils of Jaffna. In the meantime, V. Gopalasamy, popularly known as Vaiko, has flayed the Government of India for refusing to give permission to cross the Palk Strait. He has warned of serious consequences if permission is not given within 24 hours. Addressing a public meeting held at Trichchirapally he said: “Delhi must give us permission to take essential items to Jaffna, Otherwise in the future there will be very serious consequences and bigger problems the centre might have to confront”

Army victories in Mannar cut supply routes to Vanni

Sri Lanka Armed forces which launched a blitzkrieg on the small hours of last Sunday 02 September has completed their mopping up operation on Friday morning after the take over of the Mullikuam located 2 KM north of the Puttalam district border. The military operation began with the eviction of the Tamil Tigers from Musali, Arippu, Silavathurai, Kokkupadayan, and Kondachchi and ended up with the successful take over of Mullikulam. A spokesman told “Asian Tribune” that these pockets of coastal land, South of Nanattan located South West of Mannar running down to the district borders of Puttalam, were taken over without much resistance and without the Sri Lankan forces suffering even a single causality.

Mahinda’s military victories defeat Ranil’s anti-national politics

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Opening the Emergency debate in Parliament for the UNP last week Lakshman Kiriella said that “the government should target ‘Wanni’ in its military onslaught against terrorism instead of focusing its attention on insignificant locations.” In effect, he is ridiculing once again the achievements of our soldiers who are sacrificing their lives to liberate the areas held by the Tamil Tigers. He also said that Mavil Aru, Sampur, Mutur, Thoppigala in the east and now Silavathura in the west are “insignificant locations” not worth capturing. The Security Forces and the military strategists both at home and abroad think otherwise. The latest poll said that 84% of the nation too endorses military action as the way to go forward.

Human suffering reflects in Pilgrimages: Is common at Our Lady of Matara Shrine too

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

Our Lady of MataraMost people apparently are in hope driven faith and this mentality drives them to adhere to some religion or dogma. Hope is to amass whatever possible for comfortable living and they continue to be faithful, hoping that the god or the deity would fulfill the hopes. Many religious followers are also in the habit of going on pilgrimages to worship their gods or other deities and when they go they take all their worries and difficulties in life in the hope of some solace and true faith have also fulfill the hopes. Since known times, Catholics in Sri Lanka too have been in the habit of going on pilgrimages and their most famous and venerated place of worship has been Madhu Shrine in Wanni. But since the war erupted the prospects of visiting Madhu has been very bleak.

Why we should fast in support of Irom Sharmila

By Bobby Ramakant

Let's talk about why should I fast in support of Irom Sharmila? Because her commitment and resolve has shamed me! And I am a coward, who doesn't have enough courage to go to Manipur and sit with Irom Sharmila. This is the least one can do, in solidarity. Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been fasting since last 7 years, and government has been forcibly keeping her mostly in hospital confinement, has a clear demand: repeal the amended 1972 Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA).

Sri Lanka remains ready to engage with the LTTE at any time - Foreign Minister Bogollagama

Dr. Bernard Kouchner receiving Rohitha BogollagamaSri Lanka remains ready to engage with the Sri Lanka separatist organization Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at any time. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Thursday informed the French Foreign Minister Dr. Bernard Kouchner that he hopes that the LTTE will respond positively to this, at a time when the government through the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) is seeking to finalise a political settlement through the process of constitutional reform. Minister Bogollagama made this observation during discussions with the French Foreign Minister at Quai d’Orsay, when Foreign Minister Kouchner inquired whether Sri Lanka was keen to restart the peace process.

P5 of the United Nations and Burma political situation

By Nehginpao Kipgen

Founded by 50 countries at the end of World War II, on October 24, 1945, the United Nations Organization has survived the multi-faceted conflicts of Cold War era and expanded to a world body of 192 nations today. The increasing numerical strength of the United Nations is an indication of success. While members is on the rise, power remains to center around the five permanent members - United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China - referred to as P5 of the Security Council.

IAA 2nd Annual Leadership Forum

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The views collected from the 200 youth between the ages of 18 to 24 years facilitated to identify ‘The Third Place’ as a dimension to understand the youth and their roles for effective marketing and communication activities, said Ravi Bamunusinghe, Director, Research Consultancy Bureau which conducted a research study for the International Advertising Association, Sri Lanka Chapter.
Bamunusinghe said this making a presentation based on the research study at the IAA Leadership Forum 2007 held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel last week. Ms Janaki Bamunusinghe has assisted Ravi Bamunusinghe in the research study.

HSBC announces it practices highest standards and violates no law in Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, one of the largest banks in the world said in response to the allegations of Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe that it practices highest standards in its operations and adheres to all laws and regulations in every country it operates. The bank was reacting to Wickremesinghe that the bank is violating the country’s laws in the government’s bond issue of USD 500 million (56.5 billion Sri Lanka Rupees)

Crisis and left-right fusion

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Save the dark days of the Emergency three decades ago, never has the country seen the entire Opposition join hands as it has now over the issue of Indo-US civilian nuclear deal to wreck the (Congress-led) coalition government of the United Progressive Alliance which has entered its third year in office. But unlike the Opposition-led political tsunami that hit the country in the mid-1970s and swept away a powerful one-party government on the force of an overwhelming public outcry against the government’s egregious act of suspecting the citizens’ fundamental rights, there is no evidence that the current operation topple spearheaded by the Left parties enjoys a popular backing.

Dr.Brian.S. Senewiratne

D. Mukherjee

Our Lady of Matara

What diplomats and ex-diplomats do to their country

President Mahinda Rajapakse was right in summoning the diplomats abroad and giving them a pep talk telling them that there are greater missions in the diplomatic world than circulating in the cocktail circuit with a glass in hand. He told them to pull up their socks and work for the good of the nation in these critical times. But nothing seems to have changed since then. Some of them don’t even turn up at their desks in time. And those who turn up late go early for lunch and wait long till they finish their afternoon siesta.