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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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Dr. Palith Kohona

Anura Bandaranayaka passed away

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

AnuraAnura Bandaranayaka passed away a shortwhile ago at his Colombo residence.

Crackdown on Tibet Protests Merits Independent UN Probe – Amnesty International says

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Chinese authorities should allow an independent U.N. investigation into the situation in Tibet, particularly the sealing off of the region in recent days and the long-term restrictions on human rights monitoring, said Amnesty International (AI), adding that the situation demands attention by the Human Rights Council at its current session. A U.S. spokesperson for the organization also called on President Bush to speak forcefully on the issue.

Did LTTE Misled the State Department: Latest Country Report Hard to Comprehend ?

By Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Good friends are different from covert enemies in that friends help each other to stay away from danger by giving prior advises. I know that US State Department had been a good friend of Sri Lanka. I am a loss to comprehend why State department's latest report sounded so different. When I saw the State Department country report on Sri Lanka, I was socked and scared to believe my suspicion that this great institute may have been misled by terrorists to achieve several heinous objectives. I hope that LTTE's vicious propaganda to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka has not succeeded ultimately. They often worked in devious ways. Maybe a lot of Sri Lankans do not know that the US Department of State is a silent but genuine friend of Sri Lanka.

Italian Police put the lid on LTTE Tamil television channel – Euro Television

Euro Television channel has been shut down. Italian Police has put the lid on the Tamil terrorists’ illegal propaganda machinery. The illegal TV channel transmission was closed from last Thursday (13 March) onwards. It was another setback for the Tamil separatist organization - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Sri Lanka Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya thanked the Italian authorities profusely for their immediate action to shut down the illegal propaganda machinery emanating from Italian soil operated by the Tamil terrorists. Asian Tribune reported the birth of the terrorist-run new Tamil Television channel in Europe earlier this month-Tamil V Channel-Euro Television.

Respect the political aspirations of our people - TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

It is the duty of those believes in Democracy to respect the political aspirations of our people - TMVP Leader Pillaiyan. Eastern people hitherto without proper Leadership and now they have spoken clearly and everyone should respect that decision: urges TMVP Leader S. Chantirakanthan alias Pillaiyan. “Our people have very clearly expressed their deep-felt aspirations in the recent elections for the nine Local Government bodies. These were the very people languishing for several decades without proper political leadership, but they have now chosen their political leadership by making use of this electoral opportunity. “Therefore it is the bounden duty of those who believe in democracy to come forward and support the reasonable aspirations of our people said Pillaiyan, Leader of the TMVP in a statement issued today.

Rice and Human Rights

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Three developments in the week just ended: the Rajapakse administration came under heavy criticism from the US State Department for human rights violations; employees of the state owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation decided to suspend all live telecasts in protest against the spate of attacks on several of their colleagues; and just 24 hours after the regime declared that it will not intervene in the rice market, rice oligopolists announced that the sky high prices will not come down, despite a bountiful harvest. Seemingly three isolated incidents there is yet an underlying thread common to all, which is important in understanding the world view and the modus operandi of Rajapakse rule.

Sri Lanka misses opportunity to establish firm economic base

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Prof A D V de S Indraratne, President, Sri Lanka Economic Association was the guest speaker as the Key Person at the monthly forum for Public-private Policy Dialogue of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and it was held at Trans Asia Hotel. Prof Indraratne spoke on “The Economy: Opportunities and Challenges and Outlook for 2008 and Beyond.

Urgent Need to Protect Tropical Forests as Strategy for Preservation of Global Climate: Dr. Palitha Kohona

Dr. Palith KohonaDr. Palith Kohona Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressing a major major discussion on climate changed stressed the need for immediate action. He pointed out that Sri Lanka had proposed a number of initiatives to the world, particularly during the Climate Change Convention in Bali. He said that we proposed that the developed world owes a carbon debt to those countries of the world that have not progressed at the expense of the environment and which are today carbon neutral or carbon negative.

Hypocrisy: Lurid Sociological Case Style

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Seattle

Atonement becomes an operative word only when politicians get caught with their pants down. The stunning implosion of the New York Governor Elliot Spitz charged for high-prized prostitution saw that word emerge again. Some called it a lurid sociological case study in hypocrisy. There were others who theorized that this was a case of victimless crime. Unfortunately that does not explain what is behind all this. The tarnished image of the New York mayor or his descent into oblivion makes very little sense if basic morals were ignored in this gory tale. Spitzer who got his fame prosecuting organized crime and has defamed himself beyond redemption. The hunter has become the hunted.

Call from Deoband

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The overriding message from a religious conclave attended by about 5000 Muslim scholars and clerics at Deoband’s Darool-Uloom towards the end of February was that terrorism was against the tenets of Islam. Maulana Abdul Khaliq, delivering the speech on behalf of the ageing rector of Deoband, Maulana Marghoobur Rahman, spoke clearly: ‘Killing of innocents is not compatible with Islam’. It was perhaps the first instance when the collective voice of some of the most influential religious Muslim leaders had denounced terrorism in clear terms.

Speculation on SLT stimulates market activity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market lost some ground this week ending the positive run it maintained for eight consecutive weeks. Although the All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed slightly down from last week, the activity levels remained substantially high driven mainly by investor interest on SLT. Opening flat the indices moved to make slight gains during the mid week, but failed to keep up the pace towards the last two days of the week. Hence the ASPI lost a mere 1.8 points or 0.07 percent to 2566.0 points while the more sensitive MPI Milanka Price Index (MPI) moved in the opposite direction to close slightly higher at 3223.9 points, rising by 6.0 points or 0.19 percent on WoW.

Anura Solomon Dias Bandaranaike


Anura no more

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Anura BandaranaikeParliamentarian Anura Solomon Dias Bandaranaike passed away a short while ago after a prolonged illeness. He died of heart attack on Sunday. His body is still laying at his Colombo's residence [Visumpaya ].Meanwhile President Mahindha Rajapaksha has instructed his officials to make arrangements for late Parliamentarian's final rites.He was former Parliament Speaker and the younger brother of Sri Lanka's former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga. Anura Priyadarshi Solomon Dias Bandaranaike (born February 15, 1949) is a Sri Lankan politician, last served as the minister of national heritage in the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse.