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East India Company Syndrome

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

It may well sound politically correct but the tendency in the country to magnify the negative impact of foreign policy issues that concern India sits ill with aspirations for great power status. There is some obsession about outside powers—almost always used as euphemism for the US—ever eager to ‘interfere’ in India’s domestic affairs much as they do when dealing with client states or potentates gone out of favour. Even with its potential still not fully realised, does anybody seriously think that India will become a vassal state? It is astonishing that the idea of today’s India being sill in ‘imminent danger of being swamped by the East India Company has so many takers in the country—among the class of politicians.

Sri Lanka exports keep uptrend despite adverse conditions

By Quintus Perera

Sri Lankan trading tradition, entrepreneurial innovation and a strong sense of international linkage has always kept Sri Lanka’s economy buoyant, said, Shahzad A Chaudhry, High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, addressing the 15th Annual Natonal Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka Export Awards Ceremony, as Chief Guest held at Colombo Hilton Hotel, last week. Loadstar (Pvt) Ltd clinched the Gold Award as the Most Outstanding Exporter in Sri Lanka.

ANC Policy Statement on the Peoples of Arakan show lack o Foresightedness

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Last month, I was made aware of the Policy Statement of ANC (Arakan National Council) on the Peoples of Arakan, Sept. 7, 2007, which was issued from the ANC Executive Committee. I am very disappointed with its content. It appears that when the entire world is crying out foul against the repressive SPDC regime and demanding restoration of democracy, equality, liberty and human rights for all inside Burma, the ANC is living in its xenophobic, racist, intolerant, feudal past. The smell of ultra-nationalism is everywhere within the body of the text. Obviously, the ANC has not learned to evolve into a pluralistic, democratic organization that respects minority rights, that values their opinions, and is mindful of their legitimate aspirations and concerns. The statement from the group is a hypocritical attempt to distort the fundamental issue that is at the root of dehumanization of millions of people within Arakan.

Loadstar world leader in solid tyre sales, honored with ‘Most Outstanding Export - Gold’

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Loadstar has shown the world that they are not ‘Load’ but ‘Lord’ in the annals of exports of rubber tyres from Sri Lanka and Loadstar - Mobility Systems for the Productive World- has many reasons to celebrate – which it has been decorated and acclaimed with highest accolades in the Country. Loadstar (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture between Jinasena Group and Solideal of Belgium, won three best awards climaxing to win the Most Outstanding Exporter of Sri Lanka, at the competition conducted by the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE), last week at Colombo Hilton Hotel.

Tigers walk meekly in Paris – no more noisy demonstrations

The usual images of Prabhakaran and his cutouts, placards and slogans that dominated processions and demonstration in Paris, France are no longer visible today. The Tigers in France today are demonstrating on low-key walks on footpaths in groups sans slogan shouting, fluttering of Tiger flags and even placards. Their weak and meek mumbles and groans lack the aggressive pomp and pageantry of the past. This is what happened last Saturday when a group of Tigers supporters went on a foot-march urging the release of the Tiger leaders and members arrested and held in custody in France. On Saturday, LTTE marchers walked in groups as if people were taking a stroll on a weekend. But in the process they also tried to make the point that it was a show of protest against the arrest of the LTTE leadership in Paris on April Fools Day.


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