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Chandula Abeywickrema

Sri Lanka: Much-touted counter terrorism conference loses its international lustre

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

The much-hyped international counter-terrorism conference (ICCT) due to open in Colombo on Thursday appears to have lost some of its best international participants. Several of the better known experts and officials invited for the three-day conference organised by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute appears to have pulled out for reasons that seem to reflect the involvement of the Sri Lankan government in it and the intemperate remarks of government ministers. The prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) based in London which helped in the setting up of the Kadirgamar Institute, was to have sent a senior participant.

LTTE attack in the South foiled

Sri Lanka Army foiled a surprise attack on the army point at Thalgasmankada, South of Paanama, by a group of Tamil Tiger cadres’ yesterday evening. In the meantime Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam claimed it captured the Sri Lanka Army camp, set it on fire, and killed 6 government soldiers. Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said, that an army point at Thalgasmankada, South of Paanama, came under a terrorist' attack this evening (15th October). The sources further said that troops have successfully foiled the attack that took place around 6.p.m.

CII Excon 2007 Road Show in Colombo

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is organizing Excon 2007, India’s largest and only focused construction equipment and construction technology trade fair, in association with Indian Earthmoving & Construction Industry Association Ltd (IECIAL), at Bangalore to be held between November 14 – 18, 2007. This five-day exhibition is expected to attract 300 exhibitors and 55,000 business visitors across the globe.

Minorities, Women and Elections in Bangladesh

Rajen Thakur - from Dhaka, contributing for Asian Tribune

In September 2006, a survey report of National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs revealed,” A total of 1.22 crore names registered in the updated voter list are either excess or duplicates, Of this, 6 percent names are excess and 7 percent duplicate, while at least 2.5 percent eligible voters are missing in the list, according to the second NDI survey on the integrity of the voter list. The Awami League led 14- political parties say the voter list contains some 14 million fake names and excludes many opposition supporters.

A Burmese Perspective: “United in Words but not in Actions”

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

“Go Ahead, Beat up the Monks, Disrobe and put them into Jail and Kill all the People that dares to demonstrate but allow us to exploit your natural and human resources,” is the clear unwritten message that the international community is giving to the Burmese Generals. None of this message can be seen in any of the media, electronic or printed, or even uttered by anybody else but it was given rather by the actions of the governments rather than by words. As per se President Sarkozy of France invited Dr Sein Win, who had to fly all the way from Washington to Paris, just to tell him that France will not make any new investment, when it was France, the first country in Europe, which has invested most in Burma?

Microfinance to the rescue of the people at the bottom

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A top banker called on commercial banks to downscale to the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’ for sustainable economic development – sustenance of the poor and stressed the great importance of banking with the poor. The plea was made by Chandula Abeywickrema, Deputy General Manger, Banking and Network Management, Hatton National Bank making his presentation at the recently held Annual Convention of the Association of Professional Bankers, Sri Lanka.

Nepal: Comrades’ politics of survival

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

While the comrades in India only appear mildly serious about throwing a ‘secular’ government that they allegedly support out of office, knowing full well that it might be bad for them by paving the way for rule by ‘communalists’, their counterparts in neighbouring Nepal have gone ahead with their threats to Koirala government, bowed out of the ruling eight party alliance, and forced a postponement of the elections slated for November 22. So whatever hopes the Nepalese had nurtured of early return to days of peace and stability have come to a naught.

Mihin Lanka Office inaugeration

Mihin Lanka office in New Delhi

Mihin Lanka New Delhi Office Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s the first budget airlines, opened its office in New Delhi. Sri Lanka’s new national carrier, next to Sri Lanka Airlines is planning to fly to all the capitals of the SARC countries in the near future. At present it flies to a few destinations in India as well as to Maldives Islands. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama inaugurated the New Delhi Office of Mihin Lanka on 14th October, 2007.


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