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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

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Ayesha Siddiqui & Shoaib Malik

Sri Lankan Diplomatic Missions Confront LTTE's Terrorist Propaganda

Sri Lankan diplomatic missions abroad have been specifically asked to make the international community aware of the true nature of the separatists’ Tamil terrorist organization – the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry told the "Asian Tribune." Dr. Kohona pointed out that the Tamil terrorists outfit is banned in several countries in the West and condemned by most of the democracies all over the world. We will continue with the policy of making the international community aware of the true nature of LTTE and its atrocities. He added Government will continue with its search for a peaceful solution to the conflict, while it will counter terrorism with all vehement under its disposal. He said with its dual objective Sri Lanka Government has launched an international awareness program.

Cross-border line disconnected: Pakistan Cricket Captain Malik's dosra clean-bowls Ayesha

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Ayesha & MalikMuhammad Ahmad Siddiqui, a Hyderabadi Indian and a retired employee of Saudi Airlines while speaking to media persons last month charged that Pakistani cricket skipper Shoaib Malik has abandoned his daughter, Ayesha Siddiqui, after marrying her legally and should be punished for this. “There should be a fatwa against him. My demand to him is to accept the marriage first and then divorce my daughter as per shariah norms. She does not want to go back to a cheater like him. And we want our life back,” Siddiqui said. According to the father, Ayesha has been in a state of shock ever since Malik “disowned” the wedding a few days ago. The cricketer’s denial that he had ever married Ayesha Siddiqui has landed the Hyderabadi girl in hospital. "Ayesha is in shock after he issued the denial in late January and was admitted to hospital in Delhi", informed the panic-stricken father.

Ruthless Economics and Destructive Politics

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

It was a record. During the United Front government of 1970-77 Sri Lanka’s death rate increased for the first time since Independence. This unprecedented rise of the death rate in 1974 and 75 was primarily a result of economic misgovernment. A rash of short sighted policies caused a severe food crisis characterised by persistent shortages and exorbitant prices. Other signs too pointed to a general decline in societal health and wellbeing: school dropout rates increased; school enrolment rates declined; morbidity levels went up. A regime that promised to usher in an economic paradise achieved the opposite because it was too enamoured of its own vision either to see or care about the antithetical reality.

Government continuously talking to business community vital

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Democracy should be there with human dignity and values and freedom is important for the people to come together, said Dr Karl Jurgen Wilbert, Chief Executive Director, from Handwerkskammer, Koblenz, Germany as the gust speaker at the 13th Business ofr Peace Forum of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) held at JAIC Hilton Hotel. The 13th Business for Peace Forum of the Business for Peace Initiative, FCCISL and Dr Wilbert spoke on Contribution of Business Organizations to Peace and Reconstruction; Experience of a German Chamber on the Balkans."

William Francis Buckley Jr. Best Exponent of Modern Conservatism

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Bill F Buckley was one of the most consequential conservatives of our time. Even those who considered conservatism anathema, his was a compelling presence. Most viewed him as the one who laid the ground work for modern American conservatism decades ago, sprouting amidst rural and suburban areas trying to get a national foothold. Famed for his wit and easy to read narration that characterized his numerous writings, he made whole the extremely diverse conservative movement preventing it from being gobbled up by factionalism, especially after the advent of the radical evangelicalism. He was ambivalent about President Bush’s Iraqi war but did not hesitate to criticize its adverse impact on America.

Olympic Games or Burma

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

It was a present surprised when the news flashed that China has urged an activist group in Burma to have a "correct understanding" of Beijing's policy towards Burma with no explanation, whatsoever. Why did China suddenly turn to the Burmese pro democracy movement when Burma is not of life-and-death interest to Beijing, nor to the West, but just a little strife torn, obscure hell in the remote backwaters? It is not realistic to think that Beijing will listen to any voice from Burma, much less from the rank of the opposition, as it even view the Burmese Junta as rude, crude, rustic pipsqueak of little consequence, when every body knows that the dragon men are very pragmatic and happy with the "status quo" in Burma and elsewhere. "The Chinese elites in Beijing do not nowadays want to change the world, but only their silk socks and satin jocks daily" wrote the late Chao Tzang Yawnghwe.

Cricket: Sri Lankan Victory

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

The most thrilling and most interesting part of the Commonwealth Bank tri-Series, 2008 being played in Australia has been showcased by the Sri Lankans on Februrary 29 at Melbourne, where after winning the toss the Lankan tigers, for a change, elected to bat and made the miracle to the astonishment of both Australians and Indians. In fact Indians never expected Sri Lanka to win a match against the world champions, and are deadly upset over the defeat of the Australians. However the Sri Lankans have proved that their team could no more be projected by India as a sick or weak contingent.

Few Large crossings boost the market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the stocks advanced further this week, as investors remained optimistic on improved corporate earnings by the hotel sector counters. The 4-day gains of the All Share Price Index (ASPI) however came to a stop with the ASPI loosing 9.08 points on Friday. The ASPI, which has been on a growth trend in recent times, has been up as many as 84.8 points during February compared to the 95.0 dip in January. At week’s close both the indices gained, with the ASPI advancing by 20.1 points to 2530.9 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed up 8.4 points at 3172.2 points.

Tolerance of the intolerant

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

It is a moot point that India was able to embrace democracy quite effortlessly soon after independence in August 1947 only because it had a tradition of tolerance that had held under checks the likely growth of divisive and fissiparous tendencies. After all, democracy is all about coexistence with diverse views and cultures. Democracy demands that people learn to put up with each other’s views and way of life. But a look at some of the recent events suggests that India’s long held asset of tolerance is in danger of evaporating. If ‘tolerance’ is increasing it is only among the chicken-hearted people in power who fail to swing into action in time to nip the evil in the bud. What may be further hastening the spread of intolerance is the politicians’ devotion to petty politics for narrow immediate gains, unmindful of the long-term harms it may cause to the nation as a whole.

Minister Jeyaraj Frnandopulle

All Set for Eastern Provincial Council Elections

Jeyaraj Frnandopulle Ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by Pillaiyan alias Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan and number Muslims groups are expected to contest the Eastern Provincial Council elections under the United People’s Freedom Alliance banner. At the same time United National Party and Tamil National Alliance have already decided not to contest in the forthcoming Eastern Provincial Council Elections. Now it has been confirmed that nominations for the Eastern Provincial Council elections are expected to be called From 25 – 30 March. Minister Jeyaraj Frnandopulle when speaking to "Asian Tribune" said that UNP indicated the other day when they met the President that they would likely to tow with the Tamil National Alliance – the proxy party of the LTTE.