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

Monthly archive

A Pongku Tamil Flier

Operation in Bara

By Asif Haroon Raja

The overall security situation has become murky and the sky has become overcast with dark clouds. Turbulent situation in Fata, NWFP fast coming under the grip of religious fervour, ongoing insurgency in Baluchistan and hatred against army and Punjabis getting intense, deceptive peace in Karachi, discontentment of rural Sindh, political polarisation in Punjab, leadership, judicial and energy crisis and deteriorating law and order situation are ominous signs which do not bode well. To top it all, USA is in a belligerent mood and is aggressively eying at Fata and our nuclear assets. It has joined hands with Karzai to charge Pakistan of cross border terrorism into Afghanistan. Fata is viewed as a safe haven for terrorists and a possible place wherefrom any 9/11 like attack on USA could take place.

An Integrated Approach is the Need for Sustainability of the Construction Industry

By Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya

The Construction Industry plays an indispensable role in the Sri Lankan Economy in providing the physical infrastructure which is fundamental to the Country’s Development. However this industry experiences instability and interconnected structural problems which are associated with the declining demand, volatile nature of the demand and the consequent shedding of labor with resources becoming idle. We have witnessed a uniquely project-specific and complex environment in which the industry operates combining different investors, clients, contractual arrangements and consulting professionals: on varying site conditions, designs, materials and technologies bringing together different contractors, specialist subcontractors and a workforce assembled for each project. Sri Lankan Construction Industry is largely dominated by Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises – This is continuing to be an informal sector with negligible presence in the Stock Market.

Government commended for addressing outstanding matters related to visas for international staff

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

At the last week’s meeting of the Consultative Committee on Humanitarian Assistance [CCHA], the Chair Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights informed the forum that outstanding issues relating to visas for expatriate staff of UN, ICRC and INGOs have been satisfactorily resolved. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continue to be the focal point for matters relating to the UN, ICRC and International Organizations with Status Agreements, while the NGO Secretariat would deal with issues relating to INGOs.

British Tamil Forum - LTTE front organization behind the Pongku Tamil event in London

British Tamils Forum, the LTTE’s front organization in Britain is organizing the Pongku Thamil celebrations in London, to honour the demised 365 odd Black Tigers and to glorify the suicide cadres internationally. The event is planned to be held from 3pm to 7pm on 12 July. According to a statement released by Suren Surendiran, the media spokesperson for the British Tamil Forum, LTTE’s front organization "has joined hands with many of other cultural and community organisations in the United Kingdom for 'Pongku Thamil' – a celebration of Tamil culture and arts." It is learnt that after the closing down of the Tharishanam TV in London, arrangements are now being made to allow free to air the pay channel 'Deepam TV' alleged to be LTTE funded, until the Pongku Thamil event is held in London.

Parliament of Sri Lanka extended the state of emergency by another month

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Government of Sri Lanka extended the State of Emergency by another month with a 97-vote majority on Tuesday. At a vote requested by TNA's R. Sampanthan, 111 members favored the motion for the extension, while 14 opposed. All government affiliated parties voted in favor of the motion and the UNP was absent at the time of vote. The State of Emergency gives wide powers to the security forces and police to carry out operations against the terrorism.

Sri Lanka: Diplomatic Postings

Ananda Wickremasinghe is to be appointed as the Consul General for Los Angeles. He is to succeed Jaliya Wickremasinghe, who is the new Ambassador designate for United States of America. In the meantime, Grace Asirvatham, Director General of SAARC has been appointed as the new Ambassador for Holland. She is a career diplomat who once served in Nepal. Meanwhile, the present Ambassador to Holland Pamela K. Deen is returning back to Colombo after 15 July, after serving her term. She has served in Sri Lanka Embassies in Madras, Paris, Cairo and Kathmandu

India's Left 'divorces' UPA, Manmohan Govt bracing for show of strength

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Manmohan Singh Government in India is bracing for a trial of strength as its main prop for the past four years, the Left parties with 58 lawmakers Tuesday decided to break the alliance on ideological grounds. Singh managers have lined support of some small and not so small parties to make up the short-fall in numbers. The 'confidence' test will be taken by convening Parliament in about a fortnight. More than the Left and the main opposition the Bharatiya Janata Party, it is the Congress party of Sonia Gandhi which is keen that the government takes a trust vote. The logic is that demonstration of majority on the floor of Parliament will deny talking points to the opposition besides enabling the government to approach the global nuclear watch dog and the White House to concretize a civilian nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States.