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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865

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Lilamani Kapoor

Media’s Vanishing Breed: Royalty with a Common Touch

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA

As Sri Lanka celebrates sixty years of independence, it is good to reminisce about the media moguls of yesteryear, who kept sentry and watched the years pass as if their lives depended on that. These were a bunch of voluptuous thoroughbreds hounding for that story to tell. While words like "icon" and "guru" inevitably were used to pay tribute to these folks, their stature may have had as much to do with sheer consistency and dependability as with whatever snappy phrases or dazzling insights they imparted. The newspaper readers got the whole notion of having a friend or a relationship of somebody translating events to them in what you consider common-sense vernacular. A wag once noted: ‘they are like royalty but with a common touch."

Former Test Players in High Profile Tour of Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Former New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison and Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail are taking part in the inaugural tour of Sri Lanka by the English nomadic side Stoics Crusaders, starting on February 3, a co-manager of Stoics, Chris Heron said. Founded 134 years ago, the Stoics - the word means "making virtue the highest good" - have 205 members and this will be their first tour abroad. Raman Subba Row, who managed the first England tour of Sri Lanka in 1982, and Dave Whatmore,former Sri Lankan coach who led the team to a world cup victory are members of Stoics, he said.

Creating Paradises

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Gotabhaya Rajapakse is no seer. He sounds prophetic because he, together with his siblings, runs the country. When the Rajapakse regime decides on some controversial issue of national significance, Defence Secretary Rajapakse announces it to the world not as fait accompli but as a desirable measure. Perhaps the Defence Secretary is somewhat indiscreet; perhaps his task is to make bald pronouncements which can act as trial balloons. If there is too much of a backlash locally or internationally, the decision is either rescinded or put on the backburner. If the reaction is muted then the decision is officially announced. That seems to be the modus operandi of the Rajapakses.

Heart to Heart With Somawansa Amerasinghe (1)

By K T Rajasingham

Somawansa Amerasinghe"Asian Tribune" begins a five part series of “heart to heart chats” with JVP Leader Somawamsa Amerasinghe providing a deep insight into the current political impasse in Sri Lanka. Answering my question how you view the political situation in the country, Amaresinghe urged the need to assess the situation and prepare a conducive backdrop before rushing into any drastic changes. The full text of the question and answer session is given below.

A minor bomb blast at the Dehiwala Zoo

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Police say a minor bomb blast has occured in the Dehiwala Zoo around ten in this morning. Eight people injured and the Police and the Army launched a joint investigation. According to the police the bomb was a hand grenade. The injured were admitted to the Kalubowila hospital.

Another bomb blast inside Colombo Fort Railway station – 9 dead and motre than 100 injured

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

A second bomb blast reported inside the Colombo Fort railway station, targeting innocent civilians, today at 2.00 pm Sri Lanka time. Initial reports revealed nine people were killed and around 100 wounded. Amongst those dead eight were males and one a girl 12 years old. The victims were being evacuated to the Colombo National hospital. Spokesperson of the Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jayasinghe told "Asian Tribune" that some of the injured persons are in critical conditions and death toll may rise.

Nine civilians killed and over 100 injured in LTTE bomb blast- Colombo

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

According Security forces, LTTE terrorists carried out cowardly bomb blast targeting innocent civilians at the Fort Railway station this afternoon (February 3). Nine people have been killed and over 100 others suffered injuries as a suspected LTTE suicide bomber blew herself up on the third platform of the railway station around 2.10 p.m, said the defence sources. Director of the National Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinghe says that 10 of the injured were in critical condition. In the meantime, according to the railway control room the explosion has occurred inside Matara-Vavuniyaa train, while it reached the 3rd platform of Colombo Fort Railway station. The police and security forces have already started investigations into the incident.

60th National Day ceremony will be held at the Galle Face

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The 60th National Day ceremony will be held at the Galle Face Green tomorrow under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Presidential secretariat said the ceremony will be open to the public and all those who would like to participate in this event are requested to assemble near the Lake House building, from where free transport will be provided to Galle Face Green. The ceremony will also be telecast live on SLRC and several other channels. Our correspondents say ceremonies have been organized at provincial level as well to mark the occasion.

Serendib singers enthral French audience to mark Sri Lanka’s 60th independence

Ambassador Chintranganee WagiswaraTwo of the topmost Sinhala and Tamil singers kept a packed UNESCO auditorium in Paris spell bound for nearly three hours when the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France held a function at this most prestigious venue in this capital of culture to mark the twin events of the 60th independence anniversary and the 60th anniversary year of France – Sri Lanka diplomatic relations. For the first time in recent years all communities of Sri Lankans in Francs and their friends, senior French officials and diplomats gathered together at this public function organized by Sri Lanka Embassy on February 1st at the UNESCO Salle 1. This premier venue in Paris with 1350 seats were filled to capacity as Sinhalese Tamils and others flocked in their hundreds to listen to Visharada Sunil Edirisinghe and top Tamil vocalist Mohanraj Muthswamy.

Company Directors' Course

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) together with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division conducted a seminar on Company Directors' Course for three days at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. This course provided a complete grounding in the requirements of the boardroom and noted that the role of a director is becoming far more demanding. Boards and individual directors are more accountable than ever before. The complexity of directorship today is such that even people who are accomplished in business need specific education on how to be a good director.

Somawansa Amerasinghe

Ambassador Chintranganee Wagiswara

Ambassador Chintranganee Wagiswara

Ambassador Chintranganee Wagiswara

Bush in the Middle East

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The optimism expressed by President George W. Bush can take one’s breath away. During his visit to West Asia he declared with a straight face that he expects a free Palestinian state to be established before he demits office in January 2009. His words were something like a quack claiming that he can cure a chronic patient of a terminal disease within a few weeks. Bush will be lucky if he leaves his office with even a semblance of an agreement on some of the core issues that divide the Israelis and the Palestinians; for instance, the borders of the Palestinian state.

Blue Chips boost turnover while market fluctuated in a narrow range

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the Colombo Bourse continued to hold ground with stocks fluctuating in a narrow range throughout most part of the week, but closed slightly higher at week’s close on Friday. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) made modest gains of 20.1 points or 0.82 percent to close at 2453.6 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) shed 1.8 points or 0.06 percent to stand at 3123.4 points at week’s close. Dialog edged out in terms of market activity this week, demonstrating a total value of closer to Rs.200 million, reflecting 18.8 percent of total weekly turnover.

Lilamani kapoor nee Rajasooriya, a Sri Lankan Celebrity dies in London at the age of 80

Lilamani KapoorBy Walter Jayawardhana

Lilamani Kapoor nee Rajasooriya, the former Ceylon Tourist Board employee whose talent, charm and beauty took her to fame wealth and celebrity circles in Europe has died in London at the age of eighty, the London Times announced in a half a page obituary. Moving in such celebrity circles as Princess Margaret’s set in London her friends included such famous men as Marc Chagall, Jean-Paul Sartre, the priapic aristocrat Dado Ruspoli, Jean Cocteau and Steve McQueen. In the fifties Marlon Brando was so taken by her beauty, proposed to her, but she famously turned it down. The London Times wrote: “Marlon Brando was much taken by her and proposed marriage. When she turned him down, he moved on to her rival for the lead in The Mountain (1956), Anna Kashfi, who would bear him his son Christian (who died on January 26).”

United States Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

The United States has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on February 3 at the Fort Railway Station and at the Dehiwala Zoo in Colombo, and on February 2 on a bus in Dambulla. The press statement released by the US Embassy in Colombo said, “We offer our condolences to the victims, and their families. These reprehensible acts, which bear all the hallmarks of the LTTE, clearly targeted innocent civilians to foster an atmosphere of fear prior to Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations,” the Embassy statement said. US Embassy urged, “We appeal urgently to all parties to the conflict to take every possible measure to avoid killing or injuring civilians.”