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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2964

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Remembering Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi

By R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Martyrs are born and seldom made Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi was one of them. Born 117 years ago (Oct 1890) in Allahabad, he passed the high school examination and joined the local Kayastha Pathshala (college). Allahabad during this period was humming with both literary and political activities. It had periodicals like Hindi Pradeep, Swarajya, Karmayogi and Abhyudaya carrying articles on freedom of press, slavery, revolutionary upsurge and even cult of bomb. Students of Muir Central College assumed an attitude of open defiance to the moderate leaders of U.P. Even Sunderlal and M.M. Malaviya were openly abused. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi as a student became more attracted towards political journalism and started working in the Swarajya office.

Market lacked momentum, while foreign interest on blue chip counters boosted turnover

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In their weekly point of view on the share market the HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the market lacked positive momentum this week as indices took a downturn, with trading has concentrated largely on few big stocks. Opening lower for the week market managed to rebound on Wednesday; nevertheless the All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed 24.7 points or 0.93 percent weaker at 2619.5 points while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) edged down 43.1 points or 1.21 percent to close at 3515.6 points on a WoW basis.

About the state of emergency in Pakistan

By Dr. Stephen Gill

I am a democrat and believe firmly in the rule of the law. I begin to think when people discuss the state of emergency and suspension of the constitution in Pakistan from November 3rd. There are articles and press releases in support of lawyers and judges in Pakistan and to force General Musharraf to reinstate the constitution.

The socio/economic problems with an aging population.

By Oscar E V Fernando.

The world has drawn attention to the aging population in a study called population aging. The aged save more and consume less causing a decrease in income generating production and an increase in expenditure on social welfare at the expense of health, education and development. The United Nations Organization has declared an International Day of Elders as a reminder of the need to harness the contributions of all ages in society in the quest for socio/economic development-encouraging planners to use moral principles with economic criteria.

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce elevated to Superbrand status

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has become the first Chamber of Commerce to be awarded Superbrand status by the Superbrands Organization, an independent authority that identifies and pays tribute to outstanding brands around the world. The rating follows an evaluation by a Sri Lanka Business Superbrand Council of 22 distinguished corporate sector personalities.

Can Targeted Killings be Justifiable?

By Ranjith Gunaratna

Writing "A Short History of Political Killing," Professor Greg Woolf has stated that the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC is arguably the most famous political murder in the history and it marked the death of Roman Republic. Similarly, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinerd, heir to Habsburg throne and his wife, in summer 1914 set off a chain of events that ultimately led to the outbreak of the World War I. In the history of man kind on many occasions political killings and targeted killings have had taken place. It is also a fact that these assassinations have resulted in transforming the existing envirionment.

Sri Lanka – Is it reasonable to divide this small house?

By Sesha Samarajiwa

What do I do if my brother’s heart burns with an implacable hatred of me? What do I do if he does not want to share the same house with me? What do I do if he demands a separate part of the house exclusively for himself and his? What if the house is our joint birthright? What if I let him have the area he is asking even if it’s far more than the size of his family warrants? What if he later demands more? Will I and my family be safe or will we face what faced the goodhearted camel driver who let the cunning animal rest just his head in his tent, only to find himself eventually pushed right out of his dwelling? Can I force my brother to share this small house peacefully with me or do I evict him, kill him? What if he tries to evict or kill me first? What do I do if my brother’s smoldering hatred of me leaves no space for reconciliation? These are the hard questions that face Sri Lanka – a house bitterly divided.

Sri Lankan media in crisis: the most corrupt in Asia

By Media Watchman

The crisis in the Sri Lankan media is as grave as the crisis facing the nation. The fundamental factor in the crisis is the failure of the growing community of journalists to live up to a basic code of ethics, despite the monitoring mechanisms set up to guide their conduct. The crisis in the media is at various levels. To begin with, it is divided not only into government and opposition camps but is also on ethnic lines. The Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim journalists run their own journalists organizations despite the fact that they preach unity and harmony among all communities. Of course, some of the more virulent media outlets openly advocate racist extremism demonizing the other. That, however, is another story.