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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Shelton Premaratne

V. Anandasangaree

Burma: Lessons from the Past, Problems in the Present and Thoughts about the Future

By Dr. Josef Silverstein - Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

What I’m going to talk today is about the central political problem in Burma, for centuries, where it was, where things may be heading. Why did the previous constitutions fail in uniting the ethnic groups and the country? In 1960, several assessments were made, and the Burmese University produced some of the leading world leaders in several subjects. What happened? In World War II, Japanese liberated Burma from the British, and then the British liberated Burma from the Japanese. The country was in recovery, in many areas such as rice production. In 1960, Burma, for the first time, exported millions of tons of rice to the rest of the world—even 3 million tons at one time. How do we explain how things fell to the situation at this time of the day, as it is one of the greatest tragedies?

India and Sri Lanka concur on the establishment of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement

Visiting Indian State Minister for Commerce, Jairam Ramesh emphasized the importance of the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Sri Lanka and India before the upcoming SAARC Summit. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama acknowledged the position taken by the Indian Minister that the technical level negotiations held November last year in Colombo have produced some positive results especially on the unresolved issues of dispute settlement mechanism and safeguard measures under the service sector. Minister Jairam was optimistic that the forthcoming Trade Secretary Level negotiations in Colombo which is being scheduled to be held around March this year would enable finalizing the CEPA.

Kalasoori Shelton Premaratne entertains Australian audience

Sumane Liyanaarachchi, Sydney, Australia

Shelton PremaratneVeteran Sri Lankan Music Director and composer, Shelton Premaratne presents his Canberra musical performance on next Saturday at "Marunpi" Performance Centre of Hokara School in Canberra commencing at 6.30PM. This musical presentation has been organised in commemoration of Maestro Shelton Prematne’s invaluable service to the Sri Lankan music. Maestro Shelton Premaratne who changed the music scene in Sri Lanka, and a veteran of cinema music, who sings in English, Sinhalese and Tamil, is currently in Australia with his son Agra Premaratne to take part in 2008 Multicultural Festival.

Internally displaced in CHT continue to suffer

Rabindranath Trivedi from Dhaka

Barendra Tripura cannot afford the 20-odd-kilometre ride on 'chandergari', ramshackle jeeps turned into public transports that meander through the hilly terrain with more passengers and goods than they ought to carry, to the Massalong bazaar to buy a month's provisions for his family. Once every month, the 55-year old starts from his house in the remote hills of Rangamati for the bazaar very early in the morning. He walks 40-plus kilometres to the bazaar and back to buy rice, salt, kerosene and vegetables for his four-member family reports New Age.

Anandasangaree considering seriously the governorship offer

AnandasangareeThe President of the Tamil United Liberation Front speaking from his Party Office in Colombo told that he is seriously considering the offer of Northern Province Governorship. Speaking to "Asian Tribune," the veteran politician V. Anandasangaree said that the offer by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse is a very important issue. I am seriously considering about it. He said he is in the process of discussing with his friends, party leaders and others regarding this offer.
Earlier Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on 16 September 2006 ruled that the 1987 order by the then President of Sri Lanka merging the two provinces was not in keeping with the country's constitution and should therefore be separate provinces.

Groups of Tamils fleeing from LTTE controlled areas to Government areas

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Tamils entrapped in the LTTE controlled areas in the Mannar districts are now fleeing to the Government areas. Latest reports reveal that groups of Tamils are trekking through the bush jungle terrains in the Mannar district and are arriving to areas under the control of the Government. Latest report reveals that three families consisting of fourteen (14) Tamil civilians which included ten(10 males and four (04) females from the Vellankulam area, Mannar who were forced to escape from the LTTE areas reported to the Sri Lanka Navy at Vankalaipadu on Tuesday (12) morning. They complained that they had left their homes as they lived in fear of the LTTE who made life miserable for them.