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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

Monthly archive

IRA- Sinn Féin urges Sri Lanka for negotiation

By Leel Pathirana for Asian Tribune

In the wake of the ongoing military operations against the LTTE in the north, Mr.Martin McGuiness, the deputy leader of Sinn Féin, the political wing of the IRA (Irish Republican Army) stated to the BBC Belfast Bureau Andrew Whitehead, that "The resolution of the conflict in Sri Lanka can only happen at the negotiating table, nowhere else." The political analysts quoted that his sudden wake-up after two years time since he visited Sri Lanka on 2006, is a push from the Front Organizations of the LTTE in UK in order to get the international attention and sympathy for the ongoing military operations against the LTTE in the north.

Indian Prez summons PM: Trust vote likely on July 21 or 22, Singh garners enough votes

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

As the game of numbers has acquired a greater intensity on the Indian political scene, President Pratibha Patil has asked the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to meet her on Thursday 'to have his views'. She can ask Singh to face a trust vote quickly to prove that his government enjoyed majority even after the Left parties had withdrawn their support from outside. Singh's parliamentary managers are getting ready for a special session of parliament on July 21 or 22. And have firmed up support of several smaller parties besides the Samajwadi party.

A Tamil Father Commits Suicide in Court, When Found Guilty of Harming a Three Month Old Baby Daughter

By Walter Jayawardhana

Making a record as the first man to commit suicide in a British court a Sri Lankan Tamil by consuming poison on the dock at Isleworth Crown Court in London and took his life. Anandakumar Rathnasabapathy (40) took a concoction made out of crushed sleeping tablets on the dock of the court when he was found guilty of assaulting his baby daughter and leaving her quadriplegic, epileptic and partially blind, an inquest held into his death was told. The Sri Lankan Tamil's death is considered the first suicide inside a court room, although in 1904 a British mining tycoon named Whitaker Wright took his life in a toilet of a court room of the Old Bailey after he was convicted for fraud.

India's Left taunts Manmohan Government to face Parliament

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The four main Left parties of India, which together have 58 lawmakers, have completed the formality of taking back their support to the Congress led United Progressive Alliance Government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Shortly after the Left leaders presented their decision to the President Pratibha Patil, Congress party's new ally from the Hindi belt, the Samajwadi party leaders visited the President and handed over a letter of support from their 38 law makers. There are reports that at least 10 of these Samajwadi MPs could go against the wish of their supremo Mulayam Singh on the floor of Parliament.

TNA fishing in troubled waters: LTTE's proxy party appeal to workers to strike to defeat the government

Tamil National Alliance, LTTE’s proxy political party urging workers in Sri Lanka to participate in today’s strike and defeat the Government led by President Mahinda Rakjapakse. The TNA said that this Government led by the hawkish leader has to be told to give up attacks on the Tamil Tigers. In a move to fish in trouble waters, TULF sheds crocodile tears and has urged the workers in the South to participate in the strike organized by opposition parties, Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna and United National Party. R.Sampathan, leader of the parliamentary group of the TNA and Mavai S. Senathirajah, general secretary of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi in a press release has urged the workers in the south to defeat the present Government by participating in today’s trade union action.

Final Report of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor

The High Level Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor—an independent, global initiative—set out three years ago to explore how nations can reduce poverty through reforms that expand access to legal protection and opportunities for all. The Commission's unique mission was built on the conviction that poverty can only be eradicated if governments give all citizens, especially the poor, a legitimate stake in the economy by extending the rule of law, making access to users' and property rights and other legal protections, not the privilege of the few, but the right of all citizens.

Sri Lanka has fulfilled international obligations to obtain GSP+ concessions - High Commissioner Jayasinghe

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s new High Commissioner in London Nihal Jayasinghe paid a courtesy call on Lord Malloch Brown Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean island republic during mid July. Though a State Minister, Lord Malloch Brown who sits in the British cabinet, during his visit between in July 14 and 16 to Colombo is scheduled to see President Mahinda Rajapaksa for some important discussions concerning bilateral relations between the two countries, including European Union’s GSP+ concessions to Sri Lankan products mainly the apparel exports to EU countries. During the meeting with High Commissioner Jayasinghe, Lord Malloch Brown hinted that there won’t be any surprises during the upcoming crucial meeting with the Sri Lankan President.

Decades of Bad Policies Brewed a "Perfect Storm"

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the Cold War ended following the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the subsequent dismantling of the Soviet Union, there was widespread political euphoria about de-militarization, global peace, a decline in military spending and economic prosperity. But this was never to be -- as evidenced by a rash of political and socio-economic problems, including rising hunger and poverty worldwide, domestic insurgencies, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and more recently, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The United Nations says these have been compounded by new global threats, including food riots, volatile capital markets, a credit crunch, unstable currencies, plummeting house prices and the devastating impact of climate change.

FMM and the Government criticize UNP action on ITN Journalist

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The Free Media Movement condemns the handing over of the ITN journalists to the police by the UNP at their Headquarters on Tuesday. FMM also added that accredited journalists should be allowed to cover public events and condemned this incident as it is a violation of the freedom of expression. Though United National Party has always talked on media freedom, but the recent harassment on media showed their duplicity, said the government sources.

Today’s strike call is with the petty objective of toppling the Government says the Government

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Sri Lankan trade unions threatened to dismantle all state services in a July 10 general strike for a pay increase, but the government said it could not meet their demands without hurting its war effort. Trade unions said a majority of the country's 1.2 million government sector employees would attend in Thursday's strike, which is expected to hit government services from transport to health, after a requested salary increase of 5,000 rupees a month was rejected.

‘Gorilla’ - A novel by a former LTTE child soldier

By Walter Jayawardhana

An English novel depicting the dreadful life of a child soldier under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the torture inflicted upon him when he disagrees has been published. India’s Random House has just published the English version of an original Tamil novel blowing the lid off the cruel practice of recruiting and engaging child soldiers in war penned by a former child soldier, himself. The book has been hailed as "Unusual clarity coming from someone who picked up the gun at 15, had to leave his country before he was 20 and then spends the rest of his adult life as a refugee."

Orgy of suicide bombing - a historical perspective

By Asif Haroon Raja

Suicide bombing is a poor man’s weapon which guarantees considerable harm to the chosen target whether stationary or moving and howsoever well protected. This extreme form is adopted when a highly motivated organisation pursuing a well-defined cause is pushed against the wall and there is an acute imbalance in the available conventional means. Suicide bombers are moving human bombs that cannot be detected and prevented in time. The person strapped with explosives moves about among the multitudes unnoticed and reaches the given target about which he has obtained full information from his spiritual guide.

Martin McGuiness

Sri Lank: The Token Strike a Flop - Reports

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Conflicting reports emerges on the token strike organized by Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna, United National Party with the support of Tamil National Alliance, the pro LTTE’s political Partry. Reports reveals, according to the morning session, the token strike call was a big failure. In the afternoon strikers are seen slowly melting away. According to our reporters, majority of the workers are in their offices and no major incidents so far reported.