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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

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Lakshman Hulugalle

Sri Lanka: Permanent Peace and Political Solution Soon

Basil RajapakseA permanent peace in Sri Lanka would dawn before the end of the year 2008. Sri Lanka is working towards bringing about a sustainable peace and establish law and order in the country, Basil Rajapakse M P and Senior Advisor to the President Mahinda Rajapakse stated today. He made the confident and optimistic assessment to "Asian Tribune" and he added that the government is envisaging putting an end to terrorism as soon as possible and paving the way for peace and harmony in the country. Prosperity will dawn for all communities in Sri Lanka, he said.

The Possible and the Impossible

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Tiger has begun the Fourth Eelam War in characteristic fashion by massacring civilians in the South. However to dismiss these abhorrent actions merely as further signs of the LTTE’s barbarism or the desperate lashings of a Tiger in death throes would be to miss the wood for the trees. The Tigers are attacking civilian targets in the South because they want to bring the war to the entirety of Sri Lanka, and in the process ignite an ethnic riot a la Black July. Such a conflagration would be the LTTE’s dream scenario since it will create the international environment needed for the East Timor/Kosovo outcome the LTTE is aiming at (several large scale attacks on Tamil civilians by the Lankan Forces would be the Tigers’ next best scenario).

LTTE on the Run with Heavy Casualties: Government Warns People: Rumours Mongers trying to Instill Fear

Lakshman HulugalleIn a very candid assessment of the security situation, Director General of the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS), Lakshman Hulugalle at a media briefing asked Sri Lankans to reject rumors, which are being circulated by a few with the intention of creating a state of fear amongst the public at a time the Security Forces are successfully engaged in eliminating the menace of LTTE terrorism. He also stated that a Security Plan has been implemented to provide security for the people. He appealed to the people to inform the police, the Security Forces, Grama Niladharis, or the Provincial Council regarding any rumor mongers as the Government will initiate strong action against those responsible for spreading rumors.

World Economy at $ 100+ a barrel of oil: Daunting Prospects for Small Nations

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA

Daunting prospects of a world economy at $100+ a barrel of oil are ominously troubling for smaller nations. The overall economic outlook for 2008 turned bleak as United Nations predicted a fall in the economic performance of many countries in 2008. Upward price spiral will destabilize everything else. For example, Sri Lanka and many smaller countries are feeling the pinch immensely. Slowdown in consumption in the US, with it a further dollar depreciation, could create more uncertainty across global financial markets and push down growth projections to 1.6 per cent in 2008, big enough to wreak havoc in many economies of the of the world.

Pro-LTTE Simon Hughes and Priyath Liyanage lament over the dead ceasefire agreement and discuss interference

By a special correspondent in London

Pro-LTTE British parliamentarian Simon Hughes told BBC’s Sinhala language program producer Priyath Liyanage disclosed that many international players trying to influence in Sri Lankan affairs are not trying to interfere in the island nation’s internal affairs, but are helping the country to find a lasting solution to prevent the bloodshed. Hughes led an adjournment debate on Sri Lanka in the British parliament and accused Sri Lanka for leaving the Norwegian sponsored ceasefire agreement under which 98 percent violations were by the Tamil Tigers.

Partisan British MPs blame Sri Lanka for abrogating Cesefire Argreement

A press release issued by the British Tamil Forum, a pro-Tiger front in London, said that several British MPs expressed their regrets about the Government of Sri Lanka abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement. None of them, however, mentioned that the CFA (2002 - 2008) was abrogated because the Tamil Tigers who were a signatory had violated 98% of its terms and conditions making it totally dysfunctional. This meeting, which was organised by the British Tamils Forum, a front of the banned Tamil Tigers, was chaired by Keith Vaz MP. They met with the Tamils in the Parliament premises on 16 January 2008 to discuss the formal abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement in Sri Lanka. All these MPs and the Tamils spoke of the escalation of the war and blamed the Government for violations of human rights.

End of Ceasefire Agreement renders investors to be cautious

By Quintus Perera

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the Colombo bourse continued to loose ground for the third consecutive week since trading started for the Year. Weakening market conditions owing to intensifying conflicts between LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam) and the Government of Sri Lanka and other macro shocks have caused the All Share Price Index (ASPI) to lose 158.7 points in total for the year at the completion of the third week of trading for the year. The week closed with the ASPI losing 64.1 points or 2.62 percent to stand at 2382.3 points while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) shed 59.1 points or 1.89 percent to conclude at 3061.2 points.

Bharat Ratna For Vajpayee

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

The Bharatiya Janata Pary’s impatient prime minister-in-waiting, L. K. Advani, could have chosen a better course if he was sincere in raising the ‘demand’ that Bharat Ratna, the nation’s highest civilian award, be bestowed this year on his party’s ailing patriarch, Atal Behari Vajpayee. Instead of appearing to be serious in ‘demanding’ the Bharat Ratna for Vajpayee, the motive behind Advani’s letter that he wrote on the subject to the prime minister and released to the press five days later has become suspect as it may well have made sure that the coveted award eludes the country’s first prime minister from the BJP, at least in 2008.

Hillary Clinton

Basil Rajapakse

Laksman Hulugalle

Clinton, McCain and Romney Win Big: Front Runners Emerging After Nevada and S. Carolina

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Hillary ClintonTwo political stalwarts and one new comer won handily today in Nevada and S. Carolina. It was Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Hillary Rodham Clinton took her message door to door in Hispanic working-class neighborhoods trying to beat the endorsement given by Union bosses to Obama. John McCain won a big victory against Mike Huckabee in S. Carolina, which has a large percentage of evangelical voters. Mitt Romney, the new comer had a great win in Nevada. The delegate count in Nevada is on a county by county basis and thus may result in Obama picking up number of delegates. Edwards fared very badly but may try to be a spoiler and go all the way. Mitt Romney beats all others hands down with his massive organizational showing.