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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Sri Lanka Navy's Seva Vanitha

Malaysian Government Concerned about Non-reciprocity by Sri Lanka in Diplomatic Affairs

Malaysia is dismayed that Sri Lanka has not thought it fit to have a full-fledged diplomat appointed as High Commissioner there even though Malaysia has done so for years. For the last one and half years Shanika Dissanayaka, Charge d' Affaires has acted as High Commissioner. She is a relatively a junior career diplomat and her role in a multi-racial country like Malaysia, which is one of the leading economic Tigers of Asia, was considered not only an affront to Malaysia, but also a disadvantage to Sri Lanka. Malaysia has expressed its concern over Sri Lanka’s failure to take lively interest and be diplomatically active in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is one of the topmost South East Asian countries and it is actively involved with Sri Lanka in numerous diplomatic, investment and trade related activities.

Sri Lanka's Commitment to It Industry Lauded Internationally - Ambassador Ranjitt Jayasooriya

Ranjitt JayasooriyaThe Government of Sri Lanka has proven its commitment to the IT industry by developing a forward-looking National ICT Plan and is committed to building the necessary infrastructure to enable connectivity, while undertaking regulatory reform, and developing human resources to meet future ICT needs said Ranjit Jayasooriya, Sri Lanka Ambassador in Sweden. He was addressing at the Business Linkage Programme for Sri Lanka IT Companies visiting Sweden held in the Embassy, on last Tuesday.

Prayathna People’s Movement condemns killings of MPs, but failed to pinpoint those behind the killings

The Prayathna People’s Movement condemned the killings of the three parliamentarians this year, but has failed to pin the blame on the suspected killers - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, instead expressed concerns that the killings must be stopped and urged to solve the political conflict through dialogue. In a press statement, Prayathna People’s Movement said it has been reported that nine persons have been made (to) disappear during the months of January and February this year. But the statement failed to clarify on what it meant by "made disappear." Statement further added, "As these murderous acts have raised their heads again, we bring to the notice of authorities the need to take immediate steps to stop these organized ‘human hunting’".

Paffrel Certifies as to Relatively Peaceful Environment at the Batticaloa Elections Concluded Recently

Local Government elections in the Batticaloa District on March 10, 2008 took place in a peaceful environment. People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) monitors and international monitors of the Nonviolent Peace force in the field reported only minor incidents and relatively quiet environment at the polls. The voter turnout was in excess of 56 percent and the elections were keenly contested in several areas. The absence of violence and the presence of large numbers of police personnel was a significant feature of these elections. No incidents of violence and injury have been recorded by 15 mobile units that traveled to all parts of the district.

Sri Lanka President insists on changes to the 17th Amendment

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assigned the Organization of Professionals Associations to propose amendments to the 17th amendment, to depoliticize the Constitutional Council. He pointed out several glaring flaws in the 17th Amendment, and has entrusted the Organization of Professionals Associations (OPA) with the task of proposing relevant changes to the controversial piece of law. President wanted the OPA to explore in particular the possibility of replacing the members nominated by the Speaker to the Constitutional Council (CC) with representatives of civil society groups.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister expressed hope international community will recognize the change taking place in the east

Rohitha BogollagamaForeign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama addressing members of the Colombo based Diplomatic community on Wednesday said, “through the elections concluded on Monday Sri Lanka has continued to show to the local and international community that this government has a plan and will deliver on its promises to restore normalcy in the areas affected by the present conflict.” Describing the poll “as an important milestone in the government’s policy of restoring democratic rights to the people in areas that were previously dominated by the LTTE”, the Minister said it also heralded “the transition of the TMVP into the democratic political mainstream”. “Successful conclusion of this election also augurs well for the planned Provincial Council elections that will follow”, the Minister added.

Navy Seva Vanitha Launched a Special programme for Woman residents at Welikada

Sri Lanka Navy's Seva Vanitha unit launched a special programme for the welfare of the woman residents at the Welikada prison on 11th March, being par with the International Women’s day that fell on the 08th March. The president of the Seva Vanitha Unit, Mrs Ashoka Karannagoda, participating in the event, took initiative to release two residents warded for minor offences. Thereafter donation of some gifts to the children of the warded woman residents was granted along with some donations to those woman residents.

Pakistan: Towards Showdown?

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

Musharraf on 11 March issued a communiqué and summoned parliament to meet on March 17, ending speculations ands setting up a showdown with the opposition parties who have got quite a lot of problems to solve now. Essentially, the one-point agenda of the opposition parties led by Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) of ousting president Musharraf is getting out of hand gradually, the leaders are, yet, coming closer to form the government by removing the differences that cropped up in their negotiations for power-share. They had pressed for an early session of parliament to project their solidarity for showing the door to Musharraf who has successfully conducted the pool on February 18.

Most Vulnerable Left to Sink or Swim

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The world's minorities and indigenous groups are the "silent victims" of the potentially disastrous effects of climate change, says a new study by Minority Rights Group (MRG) International. Although both groups are often disproportionately affected by climate-related disasters, the international community continues to ignore their plight, the London-based human rights organization charges. The report points out that even though climate change has finally made it to the top of the international agenda, recognition of the acute difficulties that minorities face is often missing.

Maya’s meeting with Sonia: What is Cooking?

By Kshama Sunil - Syndicate Features

Do not expect two politicians to talk of weather, when they meet even casually, informally or by accident, goes a saying. This holds absolutely true for the recent meeting between Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. While the agenda for the meeting would always be kept away from the public gaze by projecting the interaction as a mere courtesy call to inquire about Congress President’s health, subsequent developments have shown that both sides want to do serious business in certain matters.

Ranjitt Jayasooriya

Rohitha Bogollagama

U.S. Ability to Lead Protection of Human Rights Hampered by Own Human Rights Record and Policies, says Human Rights First

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Reacting to the United States Department of State March 11 released Annual 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in 190 countries America’s foremost rights organization ‘Human Rights First’ says that the U.S. ability to lead the protection of human rights in other countries has greatly hampered because of its own checkered human rights practices, records and policies. Human Rights First was founded in 1978 as the Lawyers Committee for International Human Rights to promote laws and policies that advance universal rights and freedoms.