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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

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Mahinda Rajapakse (Pix Sudath Silva)

Two Courts – Why Not?

By Marvi Sirmed

As the judicial imbroglio thickens the air between two coalition partners, the speculative analyses and predictions keep creeping through the op-ed columns and current affairs talk shows on umpteen TV channels in Pakistan. Whatever the analysts say, however serenity and reason PPP leadership tries to bring to the negotiating table, the fact remains that it’s not the dearth of solutions that is leading to uncertainty in reinstatement of judges, its lack of political commitment to do so. The solutions that have came up so far range from an executive order to a constitutional amendment or the act of Parliament.

Personal Identification

By J. Stephen Long, Los Angeles, California

I attended the bon voyage dinner for the Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Consul General of Sri Lanka to Los Angeles, a week ago Sunday evening. I went to wish him well in his new posting as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US. In his short tenure in LA he did a very good job bringing the diverse groups of Sri Lankans together; and being a businessman, I’m sure he will make many innovative changes at the Embassy in Washington D. C. that will make the US Government pay closer attention to the affairs and welfare of the people of Sri Lanka.

Eastern Polls and Beyond

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Maheswari Velayuthan was attending to her dying mother when the Tigers killed her. She was unarmed and fifty four years old, a senior leader of the EPDP and a human rights activist who tried to help the victims irrespective of their political affiliations. Her murder speaks volumes not only about the LTTE, but also about the nature of the state it is striving to create, a land in which there will be no place for men and women like Ms. Velayuthan simply because they do not adhere to the Tiger creed but try to live according to their own beliefs. The heinous murder of Ms. Velayuthan demonstrates yet again that negotiating with the LTTE is an exercise in futility, that peace will elude us so long as the Tigers retain their capacity to dominate Tamil politics and Tamil lives.

More aids to East predicts UN and other aid Agencies

By Walter Jayawardhana

The new civil administration installed after the Provincial Council elections in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka would make it more likely for some economic recovery and increased assistance from the humanitarian community said United Nations and other officials who were predicting normalcy and stability to the province once devastated by war and terrorism. "The new civil administration structure now in place could provide the stage for programmes that would allow the people to return to their normal lives and regain lost livelihoods," Zola Dowell, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Sri Lanka said in a statement.

Lord Buddha’s Birth, Death and enlightenment celebrated in Chennai

Vesak celebrated in ChennaiVesak the holiest day in Buddhism celebrated for the birth, Enlightenment, and the death of Lord Buddha. This holiest day was celebrated in Chennai at the Deputy High Commission for Sri Lanka in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The Deputy High Commission for Sri Lanka in Southern India observed Vesak festival this year by organising the 6th Vesak Commemorative Lecture on 17th May 2008. Vesak, which is an important day in the Buddhist calendar, was declared as a day of observance by the UN.

Finlays, AMW and John Keells to construct ‘A Colombo within Colombo’

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A Major change on the face of City of Colombo – specially Colombo 2 would take place when three well established conglomerates - John Keells Holdings PLC, Associated Motorways PLC and Finlays Colombo PLC undertake to develop an extent of 10 acre land to build ‘A City within the City’ with residential, commercial, retail and recreational facilities built to the most up-to-date standards.

United States defies Burmese Military Junta

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

After concerns that Myanmar authorities improperly took some previous relief supplies, Myanmar (Burma) military junta is now allowing U.S. government aid workers to give aid directly to private aid groups. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday May 16 at the daily press briefing here there have been questions about whether supplies have reached victims of the cyclone that ravaged the southern part of the nation two weeks ago.

Sri Lanka Fights Back: Fifth Columnists Derailed in Geneva

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

The subterfuge waged by a notorious group of fifth columnists vilifying Sri Lanka got a rebuff when U N Human Rights Council met in Geneva last week. These right-wing conspirators who team-up with Taco-eating diplomats, playing international “Dungeons and Dragons” games undermining Sri Lanka’s image, could not distort the picture of human rights in Sri Lanka. Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Samarasinghe's speech at the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) meeting in Geneva got unqualified praise. Reports show that it garnered much interest at the forum and was acclaimed by member countries as an effort to explain matters, in a most open and transparent manner. Anti-Sri Lankan lobbying notwithstanding, the picture was a good one for the country.

Sri Lanka President on the importance of communal unity

Mahinda Rajapakse President Mahinda Rajapakse speaking after the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Minister for the Eastern Provincial Council Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, Ministers and the UPFA Provincial Council Members at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, reminded the importance of the communal unity and harmony in the country. He said that the Provincial Council system was something set up for the Tamil-speaking people, and yet until today it is something that was implemented in other parts of the country. He added that although Provincial Councils are their for almost two decades it was not possible to establish a functioning provincial council in places inhabited by a large Tamil population.

Damaging Role of PPP and Musharraf

By Asif Haroon Raja

The two antagonists had their first meeting at Dubai hosted by Ameer of Dubai and attended by Malik Rehman in January 2007. Having sorted out the preliminaries the next meeting was held at the same venue on 27 July during which the final deal of power sharing was inked. The two meetings as well as the deal were kept secret from the people of Pakistan as well as PPP stalwarts. When quizzed by the media BB flatly denied; however, when Musharraf spilled the beans she had to admit but hastened to rename the deal as dialogue meant to restore democracy. There on her hobnobbing with the establishment and with USA were justified under the label of promoting the cause of democracy.

Vesak celebrated in Chennai

Cultural Performance

M.L.A.M Hisbullah

Burma Fears Politicization of Humanitarian Crisis

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations, which has accelerated its pace of humanitarian assistance to cyclone-devastated Burma (Myanmar), is making little or no progress in dealing with the country's military leaders -- both at a political and personal level. The military junta, presided over by Gen Than Shwe, has refused to pick up two phone calls from Ban Ki-moon, leaving the U.N. secretary-general out in the cold. The government has also failed to respond to two letters he sent last week urging cooperation between the United Nations and the Burmese government.

East Provincial Council Chief Ministership: Ranil to fish in the troubled waters

HisbullahThe issue of the Chief Ministership of the East is still not over, though President Mahinda Rajapakse has sworn-in Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan. UNP and Ranil Wickremasinghe still keep the issue alive. According to the latest report, Ranil Wickremasinghe is trying his best to fish in the troubled waters by a promise to make M.L.A.M Hisbullah the Chief Minister. With the view to turn the tide in favor of the UNP, Ranil Wickremasinghe, the opposition leader has thrown in bait with an assurance of making Hisbullah, the Chief Minister.