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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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Monaragala district competition

Sri Lanka Crossing Swords: New Prescription for Old Ailment

M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Every time I look at the map of Sri Lanka I wonder what has gone wrong with Sri Lankan diplomacy. They have a wonderful case to tell the world about the terrorism threat they have at their door step. But they have miserably failed to utilize the post-9/11 sentiment to their advantage. In fact the map also makes me curse Indian obduracy vis-à-vis Sri Lanka. Over the past sixty-years, India has been experiencing insurgency in its Northeastern region. There is more than one insurgent group in each of the six-states that comprise northeast India and the people, at least by their physical features are more close to the south-east Asians.

Serbia stops Tiger transmission to Europe, Africa and Middle East

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), ran into another hurdle in propaganda drive. The LTTE official radio Voice of Tigers (VoT), which started transmissions on 1st June 2008 from Serbia has ceased its transmissions on June 09, 2008. According to reliable sources, the government of Serbia has terminated the broadcast license granted to VoT to retransmit to Europe, North Africa and Middle East via Serbian satellite, when the authorities came to know that VoT was the official broadcast organ of a banned terrorist outfit.

The brewing economic and security storms

By Asif Haroon Raja

The ongoing political wrangling over deposed judges for well over one year has caused immense frustration to the people already suffering the pangs of back breaking price hike, flour crisis and prolonged hours of load shedding in this sweltering heat. About 90 days have lapsed and so far no relief is in sight as was promised by the newly elected PM Gilani in his loudly thumped 100-day relief package. Rather, matters have worsened as inflation continues to soar and prices of daily commodities, petrol, gas and electricity are shooting up.

CIMA "Spellmaster" in final stages

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The all island schools Spelling Competition – Spellmaster - organized by Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Branch enveloping the entire country covering all the nine districts including North is reaching its final stages and the second round was started telecasting through Derana TV. The programme is sponsored by Bank of Ceylon.

NLF leaders is to meet the President today

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Wimal Weerawansa , Nandana Gunathilaka and Piyasiri Wijenayake, leaders of the National Freedom Front, will meet today President Mahindha Rajapaksa. They are expected to discuss with the President on their party proposals on safe guard the country and people. According to the party sources, the NLF recently unveiled their party proposals to safe guard the country and the people.

Why the Burmese has to pay for President Bush’s folly?

Prof. Kanbawza Win

It is rather sad but true to read "The Economic Intelligence Unit", one of the most influential think tanks of the world, wrote in its Country Report said that there is no prospect for any outside intervention. As the ruling generals continued to enjoy the tacit support of China, a veto-wielding member of the UN Security Council, the military continue to keep its primary focus on protecting its grip on power rather than dealing with the crisis. The Cyclone "Nagris" has revealed once more the incompetence of the regime and its continuous callous disregard for the welfare of the people will go at any length to keep them in power.

Police illegally arrest a person without a charge, continuously detain and torture

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A mother complains that her son was taken into custody by the Teldeniya Police and illegally arrested him on 31 May 2008. He was arrested on the pretext that the person had connections with a terrorist group, but there was no supportive evidence to the charge. Sometime in the month of April this year, four police officers attached to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in Colombo went to a house where the relatives of the victim, were residing.

Narrowing of Perspectives – The Key to Solving the Conflict in Sri Lanka

By Raj Gonsalkorale

A fundamental human-level 'root cause' for the Sinhalese-Tamil conflict; a competing need by both Tamils and Sinhalese for misplaced superiority by one ethnic group over the other. In fulfilling this deeply seeded insecurity, both, regularly denigrate and marginalize one-another thereby driving the wedge between them ever so deeper and wider – Dias, a regular commentator on the 'Asian Tribune.'

Investment Opportunities in Ocean Resources

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Chamber of Construction Industry will host a seminar on Management of Ocean Resources which will be held on 24th June 2008 at Hotel Galadari. This much awaited seminar will be inaugurated by Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion. The seminar will focus attention on vast potential for optimum utilization of ocean resources in Sri Lanka.

U S Supreme Court Ruling, a Restraint on Tyranny

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

US Supreme Court decided that foreign terrorist suspects held at Gauntanamo base Cuba have an inherent constitutional right to challenge their detention in American courts. The 5-4 decision is historic. Fundamental to American democracy is the balance of powers between the executive, legislature and the judiciary. This decision marks a long overdue rebalancing of powers between the branches of government. President George Bush’s executive overreach was unpalatable to many constitutional scholars. The court decision is a restraint on tyranny was the headline in many papers. The exact impact of the high courts ruling may take some time to emerge. Its immediate impact on the military trials underway now may only be marginal.

LTTE suicide attack in Vavuniya: 12 police personnel killed, 20 others injured

LTTE continues with its sucide attack and today it was in Vavuniya. In the attack 12 police personnel including 3 woman police constables were killed and over 20 others have suffered injuries when a motorbike ridding LTTE suicide cadre blew himself in front of the Senior Superintendent of Police office complex in Vavuniya this morning. The suspected LTTE attacker reported to have arrived in a motor bicycle and the explosion had occurred around 7.10 this morning. The attacker had targeted Police personnel leaving the SSP office to various duty points, according to Defence sources.