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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Ninety two Kandy lawyers complain of obstruction to their lawful profession

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ninety two lawyers practicing in Kandy law Courts have petitioned the Provincial High Court Judge, Kandy through the Kandy Magistrate that some lawyers wait at the main gate of the Kandy Court Complex and behave in a manner that violates professional ethics and in fact have included the names of four lawyers who conducts in such behavior. These ninety two lawyers allege that due to a few lawyers (male and female) who wait in front of the main gate of the Kandy Court Complex and engage in their activities many lawyers have been brought into inconvenience and are faced with an unpleasant situation.

Parliament will select its new Deputy Speaker on 8th of July

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Ruling party Politicians will meet today to select their nominee for the post of Deputy Speaker. This meeting will be presided by the President Mahindha Rajapaksa .According to the senior minister of the government a secret vote would be held on 8th of July to select the next Deputy Speaker at the Parliament. The Parliament will meet on 8th of July and the government could show their majority at this vote.

A Nation Under Different Nomenclatures

By Nehginpao Kipgen

When invited to write an article for the ‘The Chin Student Journal’ on the topic I am passionate about, varying thoughts begirded my mind. Of the umpteen important issues, the impact of nomenclatures on the Chin-Kuki-Mizo people was one unparalleled subject. Historically, our people were independent from foreign domination. In the evolving process of international politics, we have been dispersed in different parts of the world – notably in Bangladesh, Burma and India. Our history has been passed on orally with little or no written records of our own. The chieftainship was a cardinal institution. This intrinsic system is still practiced in Manipur and some adjoining states in the northeast India. It was abolished in Chin state in 1948 which became the genesis of Chin National Day.

Sri Lankan killed up to 2002 is as high as 338,000 - University of Washington and Harvard Medical school studies

Independent studies performed by the University of Washington and Harvard Medical School, indicates that at least 215,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's war up until 2002. The study further states the estimate may be as high as 338,000 killed, taking into account various factors that may have led to under-reporting, and only includes those killed directly due to violence in the conflict. The news reports appeared in the English language evening daily ‘News Today', contradicts the conservative figure of 70, 000 people have been officially listed as killed in the ethnic conflict since 1983.

G-8 Summit to focus on food and climate

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

The leaders from the advanced economies G8, the USA, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia, gather at the July 7-9 summit in Hokkaido, northern Japan to debate on the concerns that a weaker dollar is a factor behind high oil prices. Bush and Japanese premier Yasuo Fukuda were expected to voice support for a goal of doubling crop production in Africa. Japan is dependent on imports for some 60 percent of its food, more than any other G8 country. A number of developing nations have restricted exports to ensure they can feed their own populations. Japan, in a summit with African leaders in May, pledged to use its expertise to help double rice production in Africa over the next 10 years to alleviate food shortages.

Intellectual Osmosis – the risk of hidden dangers

Hemantha Abeywardena writing from London…

"An inevitable dualism bisects nature," said Ralph Waldo Emerson, the renowned American author in one of his famous essays - Compensation - over two hundred years ago. He saw the existence of everything as a 'half' and the necessity of the other 'half' to complement it, citing man-woman, day-night, spirit-body, odd-even and so on. The great author summed up his observations into a theory and called it the Law of Compensation. It is much simpler than pronouncing his own name, though: every excess causes a defect and vice versa. When we look at the modern education in our schools, be it primary or secondary, we see the law of compensation at work, almost at all levels.

Innovative promotion as part of Hilton Colombo 21st Anniversary

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hilton Colombo, as part of their 21st anniversary, held a novel promotion with the theme “older the better” This average age promotion gave diners at the hotel’s restaurants – Spices, Curry Leaf, Il Ponte – those who visited the Thorana Lounge a discount where the average age of the group at the table was the percentage discount given off their total bill.

Burma: On the Occasion of 7th July Anniversary

By Ye Wai

It is now the 46th Anniversary of the occasion of 7th July when Gen.Ne Win ordered his brutal troops to shoot and kill over one hundred Rangoon University students, who were asking for their student rights. Among those who were killed included male and female students of young ages, who were still full of vigour, optimism, hopes and aspirations to start careers in the future. In the Burmese History, this is the first time it ever happened, where a ruling regime committed the brutal killing of its own citizens.

Congress Party’s : Tryst with Elections

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

A seven-member panel, headed by defence minister A.K.Antony, formed to recommend ways for energising the Congress party in this crucial ‘election year’, has suggested that the party should contest the forthcoming clutch of assembly polls without entering into alliance with other parties. The Congress leadership will take a decision about the Antony panel report, said to be surprisingly brief, in July when it holds a special ‘chintan’ camp to come to grips with issues bedevilling the party and the nation besides the N-deal induced prospects for Lok Sabha election.


The Unbalanced State

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Think of an Olympic runner who is intent on winning the gold, practices for that purpose forgetting and neglecting all other concerns and ends up by fatally undermining his health. That fate can befall a country which concentrates on a war, however necessary that war may be, to the detriment of every other area and problem. The current Lankan socio-economic and political trends, if allowed to continue unabated, can do lasting structural damages to the country, damages which will take decades or more to make good. These issues about balance and sustainability acquire a renewed importance given the Army Commander’s (very wise) revision of his earlier promise to end the war this year. He has told a gathering of media personnel that ending the war will take one more year (i.e. around mid 2009).