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

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Mother of all the Diplomatic Dancing

India to give security shield to PM Singh at Colombo Saarc summit

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Keeping in line with its practice, India will provide its own security cover to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Colombo to attend the Saarc summit next month. Officials connected with PM's security are expectedly tight lipped on the security detail but the drill factors in the LTTE threat and also reports that some of the recent incidents of firing at the Indian fishing boats off Katchativu could be by the LTTE to provoke a backlash in Tamil Nadu.

Lord Mark Malloch Brown meets Foreign Minister Bogollagama

Lord Mark Malloch Brown, Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs of the UK, who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka has commended President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his courageous move to restore democracy to the Eastern Province. This observation was made by Lord Brown, when he called on Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Tuesday 15 July, in Colombo at his official residence. Minister Bogollagama, while appreciating the importance of Lord Brown’s scheduled visit to Trincomalee, explained that it would be an opportunity for him to observe post-conflict development and experience the engagement of former members of a terrorist group in democratic governance and institutions. The British Minister pledged the UK’s support for development work in the Eastern Province.

Dialog Connects Jaffna on 3G Dialog

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka’s leading mobile communications service provider announced the launch of its 3G/HSPA service in Mannipai Jaffna following the setting up of the 530th 3G Base Station in Mannipai, Jaffna. Dialog Telekom earns the distinction of being the first mobile service provider to provide 3G services in Jaffna. Dialog 3G will deliver the unique communication channel of video calling to customers in Jaffna who will now be able to have face to face conversations with their loved ones locally and internationally.

Sri Lanka denies allegation of internment of IDPs

The Government of Sri Lanka rejects the allegation by Human Rights Watch that more than 400 civilians displaced by the conflict in Northern Sri Lanka have been detained by the Government. The reference is to the Kalimoddai Welfare Centre in Mannar. At present, the Kalimoddai Welfare Centre accommodates 232 internally displaced families, which includes 110 newly displaced families. In keeping with its obligations, the Government of Sri Lanka has been providing food, shelter, and other essential facilities to these families who had fled the uncleared areas and sought refuge with the Sri Lankan authorities.

Election Commission lays down the law for a free and fair provincial council elections

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake plans to take tough actions against election malpractices during the forthcoming polls. Speaking to media on Wednesday he urged the public to corporate with these laws to hold a free, fair and transparent election. The commissioner said all voters should bring national Identity cards or valid identification card signed by the respective authority. "If any malpractice happens we will take action to null and void the booth and order for a re-poll, he said. However he said relevant officials must forward complaints of any malpractices to the election commissioner before the counting, he said.

‘Mother of all Diplomatic Dances’

The party has been described in the superlatives by the organizers close to Dr. Harshi Boralessa, who wanted to have an evening of dancing revelry as a "fitting" farewell to the representative of the bourgeois of Colombo 7, who also happened to be her niece the inimitable High Commissioner of Sri Lanka , now back in Colombo, who stubbornly did not wanted to leave London without one more controversy. It was indeed revelry of outlandish and eccentric dancing representing the ruling classes of Cinnamon Gardens where the High Commissioner had been brought up and educated in the pre-1956 style- that was hailed as the superlative subculture of then Ceylon’s ruling classes. It was the popular author Martin Wickramasinghe who claimed in a thought provoking essay that the privileged "Brahmin Class" has collapsed in the dawning era of the toiling common masses in the elections of 1956.

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry issues visa guidelines to UN and International Organizations

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a set of guidelines to be followed for the issue of visa requests by UN and other International Organizations, which have Status Agreements with the Government of Sri Lanka. The guidelines were circulated among all Heads of Organizations at a meeting chaired by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, held on Monday, 14 July, at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs functions as the principal line Ministry to the UN and other International Organizations which have concluded Status Agreements with the Government of Sri Lanka.

Self-evaluation for media

By Shenali Waduge

In the age of information the role of the media plays an integral part to convey "what’s happening" in ones country as well as internationally. The information relayed in print or electronically is usually left to the viewer or listener to "decide" & "judge" for himself. However, of late, especially in Sri Lanka the very people tasked with bringing "information" to the people find themselves part of that very story. How do we then "judge" – how do we distinguish these from other such attacks which may be happening on a daily basis…are their plight less important than these media personnel purely because of their superior role & status quo as members of the "media"?

The United National Progressive Alliance Splits

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

No requiem is needed for the ‘death’ of the United National Progressive Alliance due to a ‘split’ even though some sections tend to take an exaggerated view and see it as if the nation has been hit by a gargantuan political disaster when it is probably nothing more than a storm in a teacup. It causes no surprise when a few odd pieces hastily stitched together quickly become loose and the best that can be hoped under the circumstances is that the pieces do not come apart altogether. The musical chair-like replacement of the Left parties by the Samajwadi Party in the government camp is no surprise either. There have been sufficient hints in the past few months that the trampling march of the Elephant (Bahujan Samaj Party) in politically important UP ( 80 Lok Sabha seats) would see a realignment of political forces in the state as the old ‘enemies’ Congress and Samajwadi Party, face equal threat from Mayawati.

Tamil Nadu Fishermen withdraw strike and go back sea from 19th July

Tamil Nadu fishermen decided to give up strike and go back to their day to day fishing activities after meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India , based in Chennai Subsequent to today’s meeting with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi this morning, the Rameshwaram fishermen who were on strike since 3rd of this month have decided to withdraw the strike and get back to their day to day business from 19th July. The representatives of the Fishermen Association also held a discussion with P.M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai today.