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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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Prof. Asoka Bandarage

U.S. Condemns Attack on British High Commission and Sri Lanka Press Institute Staff Members

The United States condemns the brutal and unprovoked attack on a member of the British High Commission staff and an official of the Sri Lankan Press Institute on June 30. We call on the authorities to bring the perpetrators of this crime swiftly to justice. We are deeply concerned by a series of recent incidents involving members of the Sri Lankan media. A press that is free of intimidation is an essential component of any democracy.

LTTE to hold Pongku Thamil event in London to glorify Black Tigers

Though Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam remains a proscribed Foreign Terrorist Organization in the United Kingdom, it is planning to hold ‘Pongku Thamil’ event in London to glorify Black Tiger suicide cadres and also to raise funds for its war chest. The LTTE is now arranging to hold Pongku Thamil events in all European capitals to promote its sagging popularity in the midst of the Tamil diaspora. The Pongku Thamil event is held to glorify the suicide cadres and also to raise funds for the war efforts against the Sri Lanka Government.

LTTE to hold Pongku Thamil event in London to glorify Black Tigers

Though Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam remains a proscribed Foreign Terrorist Organization in the United Kingdom, it is planning to hold ‘Pongku Thamil’ event in London to glorify Black Tiger suicide cadres and also to raise funds for its war chest. The LTTE is now arranging to hold Pongku Thamil events in all European capitals to promote its sagging popularity in the midst of the Tamil diaspora. The Pongku Thamil event is held to glorify the suicide cadres and also to raise funds for the war efforts against the Sri Lanka Government.

Sri Lanka making arrangements to hold 15th SAARC summit

Asian Tribune: Sri Lanka Bureau

Sri Lanka Government is making all the necessary facilities to hold 15th SAARC Conference at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall from July 27 to August 3rd. The Summit where heads of states of all the eight member countries are expected to meet is scheduled to be held for two days, from 02 to 03 August. As observers of the conference, delegations from Japan, United States, European Union, China, Mauritius, Iraq and South Korea are expected to participate in the eight-nation summit.

USAID Completes State-of-the-art Bridge over Arugam Bay

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today marked the completion of its flagship tsunami reconstruction project – the new bridge across Arugam Bay – in the presence of President Mahinda Rajapakse. The $10 million Bridge is a gift from the American people to the people of Sri Lanka, and will replace the original bridge that was destroyed by the 2004 tsunami. The state-of-the-art bridge has been constructed by USAID in partnership with the Road Development Authority under the aegis of the Ministry of Highways.

Modi ‘New’Speak

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

A long posting in Rajasthan had provided several opportunities to visit the tiger sanctuary at Sariska in Alwar district. But only once did one come very close to spotting the tiger when the accompanying guide ordered the jeep to virtual standstill and demanded total silence from the small party of journalists on a late night tour of the sanctuary as a tiger was prowling nearby. Flashlights were strictly forbidden, but a couple of colleagues claimed what the rest could not: they had actually seen the big cat.

Kashmir towards Independence: The First Victory

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Patriotic Kashmiris have at along last displayed their strength by unitedly fighting for a just cause and won their first battle with Indian occupiers. And Kashmiris have got back the illegally transferred lands to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB) by JK government and governor, obviously under instructions from New Delhi. They have achieved this feat thanks only to their courageous struggle by involving all sections of Kashmiris. Already the Indian government has finally had a talk with the Hurriyat leaders whom it until recently called “terrorists”.

The Sri Lankan Conflict: A Multi-Polar Approach

Prof. Asoka BandarageBy Asoka Bandarage

Narrow interpretations of cultural identity and models of conflict resolution built on ethnic dualism contribute to ethnic polarization and inhibit sustainable peace. To improve both the analysis and processes of conflict resolution, it is necessary to move beyond the bipolar ethnic model and explore the multi-polar nature of conflicts. The conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is commonly identified as a primordial ethnic conflict between the Sinhala majority and the Tamil minority. But, much of the long pre-colonial history of Sri Lanka was characterized by ethno-religious pluralism and co-existence over antagonism and conflict.

Arugam Bay Bridge

Proposal to Revamp the State Owned Broadcasting Corporation

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the state controlled broadcasting media, first of its kind in the country, is still financially not a stable despite great efforts by Anusha Palpita, the outgoing chairman of the corporation, who spent many months to prepare reports to make it financially viable. 'Furthermore, today the SLBC is loosing its prominence which it enjoyed in the 50s to 80s and gradually turned into a liability on the coffers of the Treasury.'


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