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A Bullet, Shrapnel, or a Lever?

By Adnan Gill

Even weeks after Benazir Bhutto's death, there are still a lot of speculations thrown around about what caused her death? Like a bunch of gossiping housewives everyone who matters is busy leaking information to support their version. Ms. Bhutto’s party wants to believe, she died from a bullet wound fired from an exotic weapon with a laser-pointer, so they are releasing information that supports their version. Government of Pakistan is still not sure whether they want to support the ‘lever theory’, ‘shrapnel theory’, or the ‘bullet theory’. So they keep on leaking all sorts of witness accounts and circumstantial evidence. For their part, the Scotland Yard is feeding their media with their own leaks.

Sri Lanka: Share market volatile on thin volumes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers weekly review report indicated that the roadside bomb attacks during the early part of the week further added to the market uncertainty, which continued from last week, causing even the fundamentally sound stocks to lose ground. However buying power exerted by the retail investors towards the latter part of the week enabled the market to recover somewhat. Overall this week market fell with All Share Price Index (ASPI) closing down 64 points or 2.55 percent at 2446.4 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) slipped 99.9 points or 3.10 percent to close at 3120.3 points.

Now Is Time to Act in Burma, Under Secretary Burns Says

Three months have passed since the world called on Burma's dictators, Gens. Than Shwe and Maung Aye, to end their brutal crackdown on tens of thousands of peaceful monks and other demonstrators and begin a genuine dialogue with Burma's democratic and ethnic minority leaders -- with the goal of a transition to democracy. The time has come for them to act. With the strong backing of the U.N. Security Council, U.N. special adviser Ibrahim Gambari has made two trips to Burma since the crackdown to try to facilitate a dialogue. Through him, democratic leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has reaffirmed her willingness to participate in a "meaningful and time-bound" dialogue to be joined by representatives of the country's ethnic minority groups.

Given the present situation, travel industry satisfactory

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ten thousand members of the Bohra community from all over the world coming to Sri Lanka to celebrate the 10 day Ashara Mubaraka ceremony to mark the Martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed's grandson is ample testimony to prove the foreign tourist confidence that Sri Lanka is a safe destination said Fizer Musthapha, Deputy Minister of Tourism, at a Press Briefing held at the Tourism Ministry. His Holiness, Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin Saheb, spiritual leader of the International Dawoodi Bohra Community arrived in Sri Lanka last Sunday from Bombay to attend the 10 day Ashara Mubaraka ceremony to mark the Martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson.

Sri Lankan Diaspora Day A Worthwhile Proposition

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sri Lankan Diaspora grew exponentially over the last two decades. Nearly two million Sri Lankans now live outside their country of birth. Their influence is a felt increasingly in many areas. Sri Lankan student enrollment in schools and universities abroad has quadrupled during the last decade. We just inaugurated a faculty and student exchange program between ITI Chennai and Georgia State University. Foreign exchange contributed by Sri Lankan expatriates in 2006 was $ 3.4 billion, according U N reports. Web sites run by the Diaspora are increasingly influential in drawing attention to a Sri Lankan point of view on a daily basis. Having a special Sri Lankan Diaspora Day every year has been proposed by many Sri Lankans. India’s example in having a successful Diaspora Day every year is the topic discussed here.

Without CFA Negotiated Settlement and Lasting Peace Harder to Achieve in Sri Lanka: U S Ambassador Robert Blake

By Our Political Correspondent

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to terminate the often violated cease fire agreement will make a negotiated settlement and lasting peace harder to achieve stated United States Ambassador Robert Blake at the International seminar on Human Rights held at Hotel Renuka Colombo on January 11, 2008. Ambassador Blake also emphasized the need for a deep respect for human rights in Sri Lanka. He also added that because of our concerns about the escalating conflict and significant human rights problems such as forced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and challenges to media freedom, the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Board of Directors decided in December not to select Sri Lanka as a country eligible for a Millennium Challenge Account compact in fiscal year 2008.

The March of Unreason

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

For the first time since the commencement of Eelam wars irrational extremists are in control in both the North and the South. The Tiger dominates the North while in the South the JVP – and to a lesser extent the JHU – holds the whip hand over the Rajapakse administration. These Sinhala and Tamil extremists will be the decisive players in the official Fourth Eelam War that is about to commence. In such a condition, preposterous policies and horrendous practices cannot but become the norm.

Ned for the role of Norway to continue as negotiator and meet with LTTE - Tokyo Co-Chairs

In a joint statement, Tokyo Co-Chairs (Norway, Japan, US and EU) expressed the need to continue with Norway’s role as peace negotiator and also the concern about the termination of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement by the Government of Sri Lanka. These concerns have already been expressed in individual statements. They requested the Government of Sri Lanka to provide them access to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Kilinochchi for representatives of the Co-Chairs and the facilitator to continue as negotiators.


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