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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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TRO show in Paris

U.N. Remains Impotent as Captive of U.S.

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon begins his second year in office, he has refused to claim any tangible successes during 2007, nor has he laid out any clear-cut strategy to meet the political and economic challenges facing the United Nations in 2008. "So far his performance and what appears to be his future approach do not reflect anything close to the independence, strength of character, willingness to stand up to powerful governments and commitment to equality of nations and peoples," says Phyllis Bennis, director, New Internationalism Project at the Washington-based Institute for Policy Studies.

Why the Government of Sri Lanka abrogated the Ceasefire Agreement

In a letter addressed to the Editor of Asian Tribune, K. Balapatabendi PC, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner based in Canberra, Australia has written a letter explaining why Sri Lanka abrogated the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA). The erudite Sri Lanka’s diplomat in Australia has set out the compelling reasons behind the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) the separatists Tamil rebel outfit. The intention of the abrogation of the non-existence Ceasefire Agreement was notified to the Royal Norwegian Government according to the proviso in the Memorandum of Understanding.

Tigers escalate violence to trap international community

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The ending of the defunct Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) on January 16 will set off a new train of events. It is a landmark decision with manifold implications in foreign and domestic politics. This is bound to begin a whole new phase in Sri Lankan politics, putting and end, once and for all, to the futile politics of appeasement that did not produce the expected results, except granting a licence for the escalation of violence from day two (February 24, 2002) to Velupillai Prabhakaran. Besides, the political map has changed so dramatically between February 22, 2002 and January 16, 2008 that no realistic political analyst will concede that the CFA has any capacity to hold the peace. Nor does it provide any basis for future peace negotiations. The CFA was based on the military situation prevailing at the time.

South Indian cine-artists of London mega show organized by White Pigeon to participate in TRO organized shows in Paris

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

The group of mega artists from South India who are scheduled to take part to raise funds for “White Pigeon”- a discreet front organization for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in London will openly fund raise, for the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in Paris, banned in many countries for pumping money to the coffers of the Tamil Tigers. The TRO, a questionable charity was banned in the United Kingdom and was replaced by White Pigeon, while its predecessor TRO is yet to be banned in France although a request has been made by the Sri Lankan authorities to the French government to do so.

Kashmir: Pathways to Peace

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Militarily, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) is completely under control. A sense of normalcy has returned to Kashmir Valley with schools, colleges and hospitals open, commerce flourishing and tourists thronging the scenic spots. Over three lakh pilgrims completed the Amarnath Yatra in 2007 and Janmashtmi and Dussehra were celebrated in Kashmir after almost two decades. Lt Gen Naidu, VCOAS, was of the view that while there was an almost 50 per cent decrease in the number of incidents of violence during the summer months of 2007 compared with 2006, there was no let up in attempts at infiltration across the Line of Control (LoC). At the same time, levels of militancy in the hinterland are somewhat more enhanced.

Pakistan single country exhibition in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Pakistan will hold a Trade Fair and Exhibition from 11th to 13th January at the Srimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition where more than 100 leading Pakistani companies will participate covering over 25 sectors in a bid to promote the existing trade ties between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. To announce the holding of the exhibition, a press briefing was held at Hotel Galadari where Shahzad A Chaudhry, Pakistan High Commissioner in Sri Lanka said that though the two countries had cordial relations for more than six decades, the operationalization of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was the turning point in 2005 and since during the three; years of its operation has doubled the trade between the two countries.

Construction Chamber to Provide Trained Manpower to International Market

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka in association with Bioforce Development Institute of France has been conducting construction craftsmen training through its training centres in Balapitiya, Matara and Kalutara while in collaboration with Southern Development Authority at Thamaduwa in the Hambantota district. These training centres which are accredited by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) have been training construction craftsmen to achieve NVQ level III proficiency. CCI is also conducting short courses and assessment of proficiency for those already in the industry. Those who desire to obtain internationally recognized qualifications are also provided opportunities to obtain City and Guilds accreditation.

How to reach customer service excellence

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Organizations today need to maintain a reputation for their intense focus and high standards of quality in every thing they do. In the current context it is through an outstanding customer service that one can establish a ‘distinct sustainable differentiation’ to the institution. To achieve this, one needs to fine-tune the right ‘mindset’ amongst the customer interface staff of the institution, so that they could maintain an outstanding personal relationship in dealing with the clients.

Jaffna Army Commander assured of no interruption in supply of essential service

Adequate food stocks are stored to meet the requirements of the people of Jaffna districts and once the ongoing repairs at the power stations in Chunnakam and Kankesanthurai are over there will be no interruption of power supply. This was disclosed by Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General G. A. Chandrasiri who also said that measures have been taken to provide essential services to Jaffna without any interruption and facilities will be provided for the continuation of essential services to ensure the welfare of the people. He made these comments at a meeting held with heads of government institutions and officers in charge of essential services on January 08 in Jaffna.

The Sarkozy dilemma

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Knowing the decrepit mindset of the bureaucracy it sounds quite plausible that the Government of India does not quite know how to treat the female companion who would be accompanying the colourful French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, when he comes to India to be the chief guest at the Republic Day on 26 January. As the countdown for that visit begins the South Block mandarins are undecided whether to treat Signorina Carla Bruni, former Italian model, now a successful singer, who is the current love of the divorced Monsieur Sarkozy, as the spouse of the visiting head of state or just another ordinary person.

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Chennai ITT, George University and Sri Lanka Enter Into A Faculty and Student Exchange Program

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

A historic Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the exchange of faculty and students between prestigious Georgia University (GU) Atlanta USA, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Chennai and Sri Lanka Institute of Fundamental Studies (IFS), and establish close intellectual and academic cooperation between and among themselves was signed yesterday after a meting with President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Tress. The MOU giving effect to the cooperation sought was facilitated by Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles.