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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2738

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Christians under attack

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

For a country that swears by secularism attacks on the minority communities is a matter of deep concern. The outside world cares little if these attacks are sporadic or frequent. For the world it matters even less if the offence against the minorities comes from the state or a small organised section of fundamentalists among the majority community, even if that is true in most cases. The history of Hindu-Muslim clashes is old and looks intractable. Though few and far between, there have been Hindu-Sikh clashes. And in recent years the Christian community has also been subjected to frequent attacks in a number of states.

SL Navy's Role in Eradicating International Maritime Terrorism: Year 2007 and Challenges Ahead

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Attention of the world at maritime security and its implications took a sharp turn after the 9/11 incident. Even though the world paid attention to this aspect in the recent past, terrorist groups at large engaged in maritime piracy as well as maritime terrorism. None of the bodies which analyze developments that took place out in the maritime environment failed to effectively put all the pieces together in order to understand the future global impacts. Surprisingly some of the maritime nations have failed to understand this reality and in turn they have started reacting in isolation rather than making combined efforts to make at least their respective sea areas safe for themselves as well to the others who use their maritime routes often.

Slain Minister Dassanayake’s Funeral in his Native Place with State Honours

Slain Minister Dasanayake to be cremated with state honors in Anamaduwa. The funeral ceremony of the slain minister D.M. Dassanayake is to be held with state honors on 12th January, in Anamaduwa, his native place. The motorcade carrying the remains left Jeyaratne funeral parlor for Anamaduwa yesterday morning, as hundreds of mourners and his electors lined up on Colombo – Puttalam main road. In the meantime five Police teams have been assigned to probe into all aspects related to the assassination of Minister Dassanayake at Ja-Ela, on Tuesday morning, after the investigation taken over by the Criminal Investigations Department.

Bill Clinton's 1992 Slogan "It is the economy stupid' Resonates Once More as Five More Primaries Surface

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

The slogan used by Bill Clinton in 1992, “It is the economy stupid” may resonate one more time as new primaries in five states surface during the next three weeks. The exodus from New Hampshire as well as from the staffs of candidates deemed on the waning side began in earnest. Front runners Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, John McCain ventured out into the greener pastures awaiting them in five other states in January. Most observers predict that the Democratic contest is mainly between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama with John Edwards in third place. John McCain, Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani will battle it out for the Republican nomination.

Immediately remove the ban - LTTE appeals to the international community

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil separatists outfit has called for the immediate removal of ban placed against it. In an appeal to the international community, the Tamil rebel outfit pointed out that the abrogation by the Government of Sri Lanka, of the unprecedented, nearly six year long CFA has clearly demonstrated that the Government of Sri Lanka will never permit the Tamil people to live with freedom in their homeland. It added “History is replete with examples of the Government of Sri Lanka abrogation of pacts that were made to bring permanent peace for the Tamil people. Therefore, "LTTE has urged that "the international community must understand this, and immediately remove the bans it has placed on the LTTE believing the false propaganda of the GoSL, accept the just aspirations of the Tamil people, and recognize the right of the Tamil people to live with self-determination in their homeland."

Inauspicious start of 2008 amid uncertainty in the financial market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The first weekly review of the HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the market had an inauspicious start to 2008, with a roadside bomb blast in Colombo minutes after trading started for the first time this year. The government on Thursday announced its decision to withdraw from the ceasefire agreement thereby further adding to the market uncertainty. At the end of this week’s trading the All Share Price Index (ASPI) lost 27.9 points or 1.1 percent to stand at 2510.4 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) ended 61.1 points or 1.86 percent lower at 3220.2 points.

Sri Lanka President to come up shortly with an acceptable solution to the ethnic crisis

Mahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lanka President to come up with an acceptable political solution to the ethnic crisis soon. In a move to formulate an acceptable political proposals and implement, President Mahinda Rajapakse has informed yesterday to the All Party Leaders of the All Party Representative Committee of his willingness to bring about a solution after enlightening the Cabinet and other political parties once he receives the final draft of proposals from the APRC Chairman.