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New Year Celebrations in Chennai

My country, My life & My lies..

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Of all the political parties in India it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that is known to manage its media relations most effectively. The party’s so-called ‘ideology’ may be regularly subjected to criticism in the media but its leaders, especially the ones at the top, are almost invariably eulogised by most of the well-known columnists. If there is to be a criticism of party leaders like former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and ‘prime minister-in-waiting’ L. K. Advani in the editorials, it is almost mandatory to mix it with suitable panegyric references to them. A leading English newspaper that has become the mouthpiece of the Marxists has transferred its bile from the BJP to the Congress.

Market activities drop due to New Year holiday mood

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the indices fell, as investor momentum dampened ahead of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year. They showed some volatility during the 4 day trading week with the indices picking up towards the latter part of the week whilst remaining thin in terms of activity levels except for the strategic sale on Wednesday. Overall the All Share Price Index (ASPI) fell by 10.3 points or 0.39 percent to stand at 2614.6 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) shed 24.9 points or 0.76 percent to close at 3275.7 points at week’s close.

Philip Gunawardena in his prime: 1940 to 1960

Dr. Susantha Goonatilake

Philip Gunawardena is known as a pioneer of anti-colonial and people oriented thinking in the country, as a fighter in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s against the fascist Franco regime, and as an author of a book on the Sitawaka Kingdom which fought the Portuguese. Philip Gunawardena also was part of those Sri Lankan leaders who were educated in the West and saw from the belly of the beast, the real dynamics of colonial rule. They included S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, N.M. Perera and Colvin R. de Silva. Their experience paralleled that of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Chou En-lai and Ho Chi Minh - leaders from other Asian countries who also got conscientised in the West.

Promotion of Belgium and Sri Lanka Business

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Benelux Business Council together with the Belgium Consulate in Sri Lanka organized a presentation on “Strengthening Trade Relations Between the Flanders Region of Belgium and Sri Lanka” at the Hotel Taj Samudra. It was conducted by Marc Schiltz, Investment and Trade Commissioner and Ralph Moreau, Technology Attaché, Flanders Investment and Trade. Ravinatha Ariyasinghe, Ambassador Designate to Belgium and Pierre Pringiers, Consul for Belgium in Sri Lanka also addressed the participants.

Norwegian Government Funding for LTTE Film - My Daughter the Terrorist

The 50 minute documentary "Min Datter Terroristen" (my Daughter the Terrorist) attempts to glorify the motivations of two Black Tiger women. The documentary follows the training and indoctrination of Dharsika and Puhalchudar (possibly not the real names) for a suicide mission against the Sri Lankan state. The main emphasis of the documentary is to give some pseudo-justification to the act of suicide terrorism by the LTTE. Sections of the documentary are narrated by Maria (actor playing the role of Mother).

New Year: The national Celebrations of Sri Lanka in Tamil Nadu

New Year Celebrations in ChennaiThe Deputy High Commission for Sri Lanka in Southern India celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year in a festive ambience at the Chancery premises on 12th April 2008 in Chennai. The Sinhala and Tamil New Year or the National New Year as it is also known, is a national and cultural festival of the Sinhala and Tamil people who follow the calendar of the sun. This festival has been celebrated since ancient times and is also an occasion when old traditions and customs come to the fore during a time of festivities and joy. The Deputy High Commission in keeping with this age old tradition organized a ‘cultural evening’ which included music and dance reflecting the commonalities between the Sinhala and Tamil people.

Weerawansa Alerts JVP to Snared Threat to Divide Them

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Wimal Weerawansa’s emotional speech in Parliament last week (now listened to by web surfers) spelled out a snared threat to divide the JVP, coming right on the heels of a similar warning of foreign intervention by Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle two days prior to his death. In all thirteen JVPers expressed fear of impending reprisals brought about by external forces. JVP leader Somawansa Amarasinghe, who up till now had exuded a degree of transparency, got his work cut out. JVP had based their popularity so far, on a promise to give access to power to a majority of citizens in contrast to a privileged few. JVP member Wimal Weerawansa sensed his twenty-year stint at the party snuffed away in a jiffy. He spoke of divisive threats emanating from in and outside the party. Ideological differences had damaged the traditional left parties time and again will it mangle the JVP?

Eastern Province Election, a Referendum for Democracy and Growth

Basil Rajakse Member of Parliament and Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapakse, in an interview to “Asian Tribune” said that the number one issue in the East is whether the people stabilize the liberation of the East won from the LTTE terrorists or whether let it slide back into the hands of the LTTE. The Second issue is to whether they want a Provincial Council in the East like the other seven Provincial Councils or a merged North-East Council like what the UNP and the SLMC say that they want. People in the East now have a separate Provincial Council; I believe they will want to keep it like that. Thirdly, they will have to decide how best to develop the East as planned and executed by the UPFA.

Sri Lanka: Technical failure cause for power outing

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A technical failure at the Victoria power station was the cause of the island wide power failure and the CEB says it will take at least one hour for electricity to be fully restored. "One of the hydropower stations called Vicotia power plant tripped. That's the reason for the island wide power cut," said Ceylon Electricity Board General Manager Ranjit Palleperuma.

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