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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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“Promissory Note Given To American People Must be Honored” King’s Eloquence in Fighting for Freedom

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Martin Luther KingMartin Luther King premised his freedom fight on the “promissory note” the architects of the American Republic had given the people of America. King quoted the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." He believed then that America had defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. In retrospect, King was way ahead of his times, still pressed on hard for change and reminded the fierce urgency of the need. His untimely death and its traumatic aftermath may have thwarted the pace of progress he sought so emotively and the urgency he asked for may have caused a sense of fear among certain sections of society. It is time to look back.

Sri Lanka’s Independence Day Celebrations

By K.T.Rajasingham

The Government of Sri Lanka invited Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to participate in the Independence Day celebrations on 4th February, as the chief guest. Also Indian Prime Minister was expected to unveil the statute constructed in memory of the India Peace Keeping Forces in Sri Lanka. However, the Indian Government has officially told that, "The Indian Prime Minister is not coming to Sri Lanka next month due to scheduling problems and alternative dates are being worked out." It is reliably learnt India may have considered the security situation in the country in taking a decision not to participate in the Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka. Local political situation in India had also some bearing on that decision.

Karu Jayasuriya lashes out at politicization for preventing development

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Karu JayasuriyaIt is shameful that Sri Lanka has been unable to achieve desired progress and development, even after 60 years of Independence and the retardation could be attributed to petty politics that has been prevalent in Sri Lanka said Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, at the Key Person’s Forum conducted by the Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED), a project of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and Friedrich Naumann Stifftung (FNSt). The Forum was held at Trans Asia Hotel and Jayasuriya spoke on “Making Public –Private Partnership Meaningful – Strategy of the Government”.

The CFA that was anything but a Ceasefire

By Palitha Senanayake

The ‘Ceasefire Agreement’ entered in to between the Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on February 2002, officially ended on the 16th January 2007. It is not often that a Government of a sovereign state enters in to a Ceasefire Agreement with a rebel outfit fighting for a separate state within its own territory, because such action could be interpreted as official recognition of the rebels and what they stand for catapulting them in to international acceptance. It is a calculated risk taken by a Government, only when it considered such a prize/gamble to be worth the reward by way of calling a halt to the killing and mayhem, albeit temporarily.

Sri Lanka: Defence Authorities prevent Hilton Balloon Festival

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The balloon releasing festival organized by Hilton Hotel Colombo has been cancelled due to a notification made by the Defence Authorities that this event cannot be conducted due to prevailing security conditions. Colombo Hilton Hotel is in existence for 21 years and its 21st Anniversary is celebrated with a series of festivities. The planned balloon release also part of this series of celebrations. The plan was to release 2,100 balloons and in some of them to include valuable vouchers. Those who pick those vouchers were to be offered gifts accordingly.

India released three fishing vessels belongs to Sri Lankan fishermen

The Government of India yesterday, released three Sri Lankan fishing vessels which were apprehended in 2006 and 2007 by the India authorities on allegations of entering Indian territorial waters illegally and for poaching. Two Sri Lanka fishing vessel "Pramoda Putha I" and "Pramoda Putha II" were apprehended by Indian authorities on 10th August 2006, with ten crew members for illegally entering Indian waters for fishing. After serving their sentence, the ten crew members were repatriated by air on 22nd December 2006, by the Deputy High Commission in Chennai, India, in coordination with the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the vessels were confiscated to the Indian Government following the ruling of the Magistrate.

Brutal Buttala Killings Provide Path to Ultimate Victory Against Violence Leading to Peace

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

The attacks on civilians in Buttala with LTTE’s inherent brutal dimensions to it got damning condemnation from all over the world. The United States aid that the incident bears "all the hallmarks of the LTTE." European Union’s Colombo office stated that "this attack has all the characteristics of the LTTE’s modus operandi." It added that no support can ever be gained in the EU through such acts of "barbaric terrorist violence." The time is opportune for the Sri Lankan government to show the world that while taking the path towards a decisive victory against the LTTE in all its deadly forms of violence, the problems of the Tamils are also being taken seriously.

CCC castigates a minister's attack on Rupawahini as despicable conduct

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce views with concern the regular reports on threats on media personnel, who figured in bringing to the attention of the public, the recent despicable conduct of a Minister of the Government (with a track record of such conduct) at the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation. CCC indicated that they appreciate the attitude of media personnel and agencies responsible for alerting the public of this dangerous trend of an apparent flagrant abuse of power and the unfortunate consequence of the public taking the law into their hands. The freedom of the media should be preserved, protected and upheld as a sacred institution in a just and democratic society.

Sri Lanka President pays last respects to civilian massacre victims by the Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid his last respects, to two brothers who fell victims in the latest civilian massacre by the terrorists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are also known as Tamil Tigers. The President flew to the Deep South of the country to pay his last respects and console the victim’s family who lost two young members of their family. Sri Lankan armed forces said the Tamil Tigers killed ten innocent unarmed civilians by shooting at Thanamalvila, as a tactic to draw the attention of the army away from the military onslaught of the army but their attempt would be futile.

The I-Card Farce

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Never before has anyone found a simpler solution to one of the biggest problems faced by a teeming city, such as the capital of India: its security. We have it on the authority of the Lt-Governor, Tejinder Khanna, supported by Delhi’s police Chief Y. S. Dadwal, that Delhi would be a considerably safer city if all those who come here or live here carried a photo identity card when they step out of their homes. The move has quite naturally upset almost everyone in Delhi, from the ‘aam aadmi’ to the higher ups, including chief minister, Sheila Dixit. She has every reason to be angry because this could be yet another issue to damn her as the Congress (her party) nervously approaches the Delhi assembly poll.

Martin Luther King

Karu Jayasuriya

Majority of the political parties in the APRC have agreed to a political settlement

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The government says majority of the political parties of the All Party Conference have agreed upon a political settlement, which gives more powers to relevant Provincial Councils. In a media briefing, Government legislator Dr.Rajitha Senaratne said the APRC would submit its report to the President Mahinda Rajapakse on Wednesday. However the Democratic Group of the United National Party regrets that the Party has not submitted its proposals to the All-Party Representative Committee so far.