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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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LTTE on an ‘operation scaremongering spree’ – another bomb explosion avoided

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

LTTE on an 'operation scaremongering spree' on civilians using public transports in the down south with the view make them panic, threaten and intimidate them. A second attempt to blast a public transport bus has been thwarted and valuable lives of innocent civilians were saved one more time. This time in the Colombo – Morratuwa bus yesterday evening around 9.15 PM, when a lady passenger spotted a suspicious looking parcel in the luggage rack and alerted the bus conductor.

Tryst with womens’ reservation

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

After his dramatic introduction of the women’s reservation bill in the Rajya Sabha on the last day of the budget session, the union law minister, Hans Raj Bhardwaj, hailed it as a ‘landmark step in India’s history’. It might have been more correct if he had said that the repeated ‘introduction’ of the bill in the last 12 years or so had itself become a ‘landmark’ of Indian parliament. Now that dubious ‘landmark’ may be left behind because a bill has been introduced in the upper house of parliament which does not have a fixed life like the Lok Sabha.

Indices remain volatile on thin volumes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the indices started off on a low scale on Wednesday, followed by the long holiday weekend, which shortened the week to 3 trading days. Stocks on Thursday rose slightly higher, but nevertheless ended down WoW in the absence of any gains on Friday. Comparing WoW the All Share Price Index (ASPI) was down 10.9 points or 0.42 percent at 2585.8 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) witnessed a 33.9 points or 1.08 percent dip at 3122.3 points.

Senior U.S. Human Rights Official Visits Sri Lanka

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Erica Barks-Ruggles visited Colombo May 22-24 as part of the U.S. Government’s regular, ongoing consultations with the Sri Lankan Government. During her visit, Ms. Barks-Ruggles met with several senior Government of Sri Lanka officials, including Attorney General C. R. De Silva, Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona, Justice Secretary Suhada Gamalath and Secretary of Disaster Management and Human Rights P.D. Amarasinghe. She also met with a broad spectrum of political and civil society leaders.

Nationwide ICT student talent quiz by UCSC and Dialog

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

ICT is no longer a mere buzz word as it represents an integral part of today’s world and the expanding technological sphere and therefore educating students on ICT will not only be a tremendous help to them individually but to the whole country in terms of increasing general ICT knowledge among future generations, said Nushad Perera, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Telekom. He was speaking at the occasion of announcing the conducting of a superior type of talent quiz – The Sri Lanka Genius 2008 programme by the University of Colombo School Of Computing (UCSC) together with Dialog Telecom PLC.

Eastern Chief Ministership to be rotated within the three communities

Eastern Provincial Council Chief Ministership is to be rotated amongst the three community leaders elected recently at the provincial council election. Just after the elections to the Provincial Council, United Peoples Freedom Alliance which emerged victorious with 18+ 2 bonus = 20 seats out of the total of 37, appointed Chanthirakanthan Sivanesathurai, the Tamil candidate from the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal as Chief Minister of the East. After a period of two years, he is to be succeeded by Minister M.L.A.M Hisbullah, a Muslim community candidate for the next two years. After Hisbullah, a Sinhalese elected from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party within the UPFA is to be given the Chief Ministership for the balance period of one year.

Condemned, by our own crimes…...

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

On May 22, Sri Lanka lost her seat at the UN Human Rights Council. Ironically, in the next 24 hours, Sri Lanka busied herself with proving her critics right. Senior journalist Keith Noyahr, Deputy Editor of The Nation, was abducted as he returned home; after brutally assaulting him his captors dumped him near his house the next day. In Kattankudy, Batticaloa, three civilians were killed and several more injured when armed TMVP members fired indiscriminately at the townspeople, in retaliation for the assassination of two TMVP leaders. Seventeen civilians, including several children, were reportedly killed in a DPU mine attack in a Tiger controlled area in Killinochchi.

Another bomb found in Kandy

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal jayasinghe

Another deadly bomb found in Kandy a short while ago. Police personnel of Wattegama police station have found a time bomb placed near an electric transformer at Madawala Junction this morning (May 25). According the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS), the bomb has been discovered by the police around 9.20 am today on the information provided by a vigilant civilian. The army bomb disposal team has defused the bomb. The weight of the bomb is about 1kg.

Disdain for Diplomacy A Failed Bush Legacy

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

President John F Kennedy’s famous dictum “never negotiate out of fear, but never fear to negotiate” has been turned upside down by President George Bush. Senator John McCain seemed an avid disciple of the Bush doctrine. In contrast, Obama is making fierce diplomacy an integral part of his foreign policy. Strangely, President Ronald Reagan was generally credited with using diplomacy a main armor in dealing with the Soviet Union; his one-on-one meetings with President Mikhail Gorbachev became his most pronounced legacy.


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