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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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Surviving the game of politics – inspiration from an unexpected source

Hemantha Abeywardena writing from London

"Archimedes, got into the bath tub," said my science teacher at the secondary school, while explaining the fate of objects, when they were submerged in a liquid, and then burst into a hysterical laughter, without completing the sentence. She blushed profusely and left very little to imagination. She completed what she started, however - but only on the board: “ran without anything on him, shouting ‘Eureka’, in the street of a Greek town.” We, kids, who were keen on studies, that were one among many, dissected Archimedes’ experience as much as we did that of our beloved teacher. Because, we were just kids.

Japan offers US $ 1.732 million for SME agriculture development in the North and East

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the Ministry of Industrial Development has organized a programme to provide with farm implements and equipment under a sustainable livelihood programme funded by the Japanese Government and this scheme will benefit more thatn 3,000 poor rural families in the Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka. Japanese Government provides funds to the tune of US $ 1.732 for the implementation of the total project.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission celebrated Poson at the Music Academy of Chennai

The occasion of Poson, an important event in the Buddhist calendar, as it commemorates the first arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka from India, was celebrated by the Deputy High Commission for Sri Lanka in Southern India by organizing a dance drama reflecting this historic occasion. Speaking at the function Mr. P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India stated that the introduction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka is the most memorable interaction with India that the people of Sri Lanka still cherish.

Getting Back to Afghanistan, the Forgotten War Fiercely Debated!

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Alaska for Asian Tribune

The forgotten war is back on the screen. Its rising death toll has rudely awakened the world. On Tuesday a blast killed NATO soldier on patrol in southern Afghanistan. An official statement said that it occurred in Nahri Sarraj, a district of Helmand province. The fighting between Taliban-led militants and NATO security forces is surging across the south and east of Afghanistan. Tuesday’s death brought the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan this month to 35. Iraq took away the focus from Afghanistan. The world is taking a closer look again. The two wars have left the Forces "stretched beyond the capabilities we have," Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup said.

Seeds of Unrest

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Tentative efforts to prevent it having failed, the JVP led General Strike is set to go ahead as planned. Though its demands are wage related, the primary purpose of the strike is indubitably political; it is a flexing of muscles by the JVP, a test of strength and a message of warning. The JVP, correctly, blames President Rajapakse for the split in its ranks and the strike is a warning to the government not to interfere any further in its internal affairs (or to aid the breakaways too blatantly).

Bush’s legacy to America

By Tariq A. Al-Maeena

President George Bush should be out of office in a matter of months. “The sooner, the better”, mutter those Americans who view his two terms as president of the United States as one laced heavily with wars and aggression overseas, and poverty at home. While many Americans still believe he only came into office as a result of vote manipulations in Ohio and Florida during the elections, it cannot be denied that his leadership has been bad for America. Period!

US anti-Islamic policies responsible for terrorism

By Asif Haroon Raja

Till 9/11, all our Jihadis (now dubbed as extremists) were waging Jihad outside Pakistan, whether in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Chechnya or Kosovo. After terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, Pakistan was roped in to fight the US sponsored war on terror to provide safety to USA located 10,000 miles away. In our bid to please the USA, we inducted 80,000 regular troops into the tribal belt and vigorously hunted and captured 600 Al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives from our tribal belt and handed them over to the Americans without any trials in return for reward money. Many among the captured lot were later on repatriated being innocent.

Sri Lanka to join the newly organized International Tea Producers Forum

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka, the producer of Ceylon Tea, will join other manufacturers of the ingredient of the world’s most popular beverage in forming International Tea Producers Forum (ITPF) that will be fashioned like the OPEC, the global forum of the petroleum producers. Lalith Hettiarachchi, the island nation’s Tea Board Chairman said recently the country’s Plantation Industry’s Minister will be seeking the ratification of the cabinet for Sri Lanka to become a member of the global forum. The proposed forum is expected to have Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe as its members.

Bargain hunting keeps market high

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the week ended with both indices recording gains on healthy volumes largely due to the bargain hunting witnessed on selected high cap stocks. On Monday, the market started off on a positive note, carrying forward the previous Friday’s optimism along till Tuesday. However the bourse could not retain the positive momentum with stocks inching downwards during the balance part of the week. All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed up 10.4 points or 0.42 Percent supported by early gains to close at 2470.4 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) grew by a much higher 50.4 points or 1.71 percent to end the week at 3000.8 points.

Bio-fuel: Fading Optimism

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Not very long away biofuel was hailed as the best and the cheapest alternative to fossil fuel, which has been not only depleting fast but also reaching staggering price levels. Today those hopes look false as arrayed against biofuels are environmentalists, economists, politicians and a lot many others who thinks its use will spell more misery for the poor without bringing any environmental benefit to the warming planet.

Professor G.L. Peiris

Sri Lanka urges for the continuation of GSP facilities to the new European Union presidency

Sri Lanka has presented a very compelling case and has requested European Union for the continuation of Generalized System of Preferences facilities for another three years, from 2009 to 2012. Sri Lanka has taken up the issue with France, which will be taking over from 1st July, the rotating EU Presidency for the next six months from Slovenia, the present holder. Sri Lanka Minister Professor G.L. Peiris was in the French capital last week and held talks with French authorities regarding this issue. Sri Lanka Minister for Export Development & International Trade had discussion with his French counterpart for the continuation of the arrangement of GSP + which enable Sri Lanka to export about 7,200 items produced in the country, duty free, to markets in European Union.