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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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Many perceptions/claims that are being circulated about Budget 2008, are not consistent with reality- Governor Central Bank

The Governor of the Central Bank, Nivard Cabraal, highlighting the “constant barrage and media blitz that leads us to believe that we are about to crash or maybe even make us feel that we have already crashed!,” has pointed out the positive side of the economy which has performed well despite various constraints. Rebutting the the charges of the prophets of doom and gloom on the Sri Lankan he surveys. Many perceptions/claims that are being circulated are Not Consistent with Reality he says. He surveys the performance of the economy in this presentation:

Terrorism: A challenge to democratic societies

Tamil Tigers collect $20 – 30 million a month from the Tamil diaspora – Dr. Palitha Kohona, Foreign Secretary, Sri Lanka Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka told the Institute of International Relations, Prague, that the LTTE is alleged to be collecting in the region of US$ 20 – 30 million every month. “Jane’s International says that this funding goes mostly to procure weapons which are transported to Sri Lanka in a fleet of ships owned by LTTE front entities. Some of the funds must also go to develop its illegal business empire. It is known from other illegal organizations that success in business ventures is an incentive for self perpetuation. It is noted that so far this year, four of these ocean going ships of the LTTE have been sunk by the Sri Lankan Navy.

Iraqi MPs Challenge Coalition Mandate

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations Security Council has been warned by Iraqi parliamentarians of a potentially "serious" constitutional and political crisis if it decides to renew the mandate of the U.S.-led multinational force (MNF) beyond December 2007, without approval from lawmakers. A majority of members of the Iraqi parliament -- 144 out of a total of 275 -- is demanding that any future renewals of the legislative mandate of the 160,000-strong MNF be duly authorised by parliament.

Pakistan Faces Second Suspension From Commonwealth In Eight Years

By Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Like Fiji before it, Pakistan faces the imminent danger of being suspended from the Commonwealth for the second time. It means that Pakistan cannot participate in what is called the “councils of the Commonwealth”. In effect it will be ostracised as long as Commonwealth ministers believe that it violates the principles of the Commonwealth especially with regard to democracy, the rule of law and the independence of the media and political parties. When the Commonwealth ministers meet in Kampala, Uganda in advance of the heads of government meeting starting November 23, one of their first acts would be to review the situation in Pakistan and see whether any progress has been made toward restoring democracy and the independence of the judiciary in particular.

1967-2007 - Che’s Visage on the Shroud of Time

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The literary imagination of genius is often more intuitive about the movement of History than that of the historian, philosopher or social scientist. In 1842, six years before the publication of the Communist Manifesto, Heinrich Heine foresaw the role and fate of Communism in these dramatic terms: "Communism is the secret name of the dread antagonist setting proletarian rule with all its consequences against the present bourgeois rule. How it will end no one knows but gods and goddesses acquainted with the future. We only know this much: Communism, though little discussed now and loitering in hidden garrets on miserable straw pallets, is the dark hero destined for a great if temporary role in the modern tragedy."

Electricia will roam on Sri Lanka roads

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A China made four seater electric car - Electricia - will roam on local roads within this year. Ecowheels Private Ltd , an associate company of Weightech has made arrangements to import this Plug and Run , No Fuel Car. Mr.Nissanka Ediriwira , Chairman of Ecowheels says the Ministry of Environment has shown a green light to provide concessions and the company hopes to display this 'City Commuter Car' at the Ceylon Motor Show which is to be held on the 30 th of this month at the BMICH, Colombo.

Mush-Bush-Benazir Rope Trick

By M. Rama Rao – Asian Tribune

So, Pervez Musharraf has begun to talk about holding elections in Pakistan. US President George Bush Junior is happy. The poll talk, from the US point, is the first sign of a slow return to normalcy. It doesn’t answer the question: why did the general impose emergency in the first place. A clue to the thinking was available in Musharraf’s press conference held in Islamabad on November 11 evening. In the course of a rambling question –answer session though primarily addressed to American audience, the commando turned quasi politician said Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry (the sacked-reinstated-deposed chief justice under house arrest) and some other judges had paralysed the administration and law enforcement agencies.

Video conference on How to export duty free to USA under US GZP

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A video conference, organized by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce on the 19th November, jointly with the Department of Commerce, Ministry of International Trade and Export Development and the Office of the United States Trade Representative, will provide an ideal opportunity for the Sri Lankan exporters to learn about the Duty concessions available to them under the US GSP Scheme.

Heralding 4 G

By Meher Krishna - Syndicate Features

Fourth generation mobile communication systems, 4 G, are knocking at the door even as we in India are still to arrive at a consensus on adopting 3G. A Japanese company has been testing a proto type of the 4G both in stationary and moving configurations. Commercial launch is planned for 2010. American company Sprint is also into 4 G. Several European companies are also working to develop the 4G and to standardize the service so that compatibility will not be a problem. What is 4G? Basically, it is a fourth generation cellular technology. It offers improved bandwidths and data throughput. It will provide opportunities for previously impossible products and services. Undoubtedly, 4G is a far better option than 3G, which is presently available world wide.

Sri Lankan media: Editor Sonali threatens to sue Asian Tribune exposing corruption in Leader papers

In a blatant move to prevent the Asian Tribune from exposing the backdoor political deals cut by the Editor of the Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunga, to get Ms. Sonali Samarasinghe, a journalist working for him, appointed as Minister to the Sri Lankan High Commission in Australia, she has issued a threat to sue the Asia Tribune. The Asian Tribune ran the first installment exposing the background to the culture of corruption prevailing in the Sri Lankan media. In the second installment Asian Tribune promised to run next Sunday on “How Ms. Sonali Samarasinghe got a diplomatic post by sitting on the lap of her Editor, Lasantha Wickrematunga”. The intention was to establish how political deals are made by newspapers bosses to get favours from their political cronies – a corruption which the Leader would decry and expose if committed by any other member of the public.