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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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CIMA partners SAARC Apex Bodies on Governance and Social Responsibility

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In order to take advantage of the acceptance of the Presidency of SAARC by Sri Lanka, the SAARC Apex Bodies in Sri Lanka namely, The SAARC CCCI, SAARC Law, and SAFA, under the patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, have organized a conference on the theme “Enterprise Governance and Social Responsibility” to coincide with the SAARC Summit in August. The Conference will be held on July -31, 2008 at the Water’s Edge, Battaramulla.

Explanation by the Norwegian Aid Group raises more questions

By Walter Jayawardhana

The explanation of the notorious Norwegian aid group NPA regarding its heavy equipment and vehicles being used by the Tamil Tigers has given rise to some more questions about their credibility than answers, analysts in Colombo said. The aid group, Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) with a controversial past of receiving allegations of aiding an African insurgency with arms and ammunition has denied it has also given heavy equipment and vehicles to the liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) engaged in war and terrorism with the government of Sri Lanka.

Tobacco Ban Remains Elusive at U.N. Headquarters

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When a state-wide ban on smoking came into effect in New York in July 2003, perhaps the only institution outside that stringent law was the United Nations, primarily because its headquarters premises is deemed international territory. At the U.N. Secretariat, smoking is "discouraged" but not banned -- although virtually all agencies in New York, including the U.N. children's agency UNICEF and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), have barred smoking in their premises. Last week, the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), comprising 54 member states, adopted a resolution recommending that the 192-member General Assembly, the highest policy-making body, "consider" taking steps towards a smoke-free United Nations.

Sri Lankan Against Terrorism reprimanded two Labour MPs for participating in the LTTE sponsored event

Sri Lankan Against Terrorism, a UK based anti-terrorist organization, castigated Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of United Kingdom for tolerating his own party Members of Parliament aiding and abetting Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a separatist terrorist organization based in Sri Lanka which has been banned in UK under the Terrorism Act of 2000. "Your own Labour party MPs Keith Vaz and Virendra Sharma were closely involved in organising ‘Pongu Thamil’ event and attending it and deliver speeches of support, the SLAT UK pointed out to the Prime Minister. "We appeal to you to request your MPs not to lend support to this terrorist group that is destroying our country and its peace loving citizens," SLAT organizers expressed their stern disapproval.

Sangaree blowing conch to the deaf ears of Prabakaran

One more letter to Prabakaran. V.Anandasangaree, continuously solicit a response to his open letters from the Tiger leader V.Prabakaran, unfortunately he continuously ignores him. But Anandasangaree as usual laments and write another one. That is the end of it. In Tamil there is a apt proverb – chevidan kathil sangu oothiyathu blowing conch in the ears of a deaf. Recalcitrant Prabakaran is not the type who listens to others advice. He was never in a mood for any counseling. He runs and organization with the main mission is killing. He runs a department involved in identifying and killing his sworn as well as his imaginary enemies.

Women Power

By Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Women power and most powerful women. These are topics for animated discussion in the corridors of power and the lanes and by lanes of cities, towns and villages across the country. Reason? Mehabooba Mufti in Srinagar, Mayawati in Lucknow, Mamata Bannerjee in Kolkata, Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur, Uma Bharti in Bhopal and Jayalalithaa Jayaram in Chennai have carved out their niche. Pratibha Patil has moved to the Rashtrapati Bhavan as the first woman President. And Sonia Gandhi is heading the Congress led UPA.

Irrelevance & Relevance of Black July’83

By Shenali Waduge

There have been many articles, lectures & even photo exhibitions to mark 25 years since "Black July" – many of these organizers have labored to portray the brutality of a month that led to deaths, destruction of property & looting. Overnight Sri Lanka & most importantly the Sinhalese were branded as "racists" & the world labeled the situation in our country as an "ethnic conflict" & whatever who is privy to what really happened may say in history’s books what happened that July is written as a barbarous attack on innocent Tamils as a result of the deaths of thirteen soldiers. That was the relevance of the taint upon the image of the Sinhalese.

School Uniforms: Are They Discriminating Technique of Power

By Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera

It is quite agreeable view that the garment system of which they are a part, are a significant cultural force, they help to frame the body and to inscribe personalizing functions (Symes and Meadmore, 1996). Obviously, the garment reflects some cultural identity in any country. When we see a couple, the man is wearing a long sleeve top without a collar and a sarong and the woman wearing an osari we are quite right in identifying them as Sri Lankans. In the same way a person with a grown beard, who wearing a jata on the head, we assume that the person has a link to Indian sheiks. The garment reflects not only the cultural identity but also some kind of power in the society.

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New Human Rights Chief Faces Daunting Task

Navanethem Pillay of South Africa, whose nomination as the new High Commissioner for Human Rights was endorsed by the 192-member General Assembly on Monday, will be walking in a political minefield -- particularly at a time when human rights are being integrated into all activities in the U.N. system, including socio-economic activities. She also takes office when the United Nations is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and when the Security Council is deadlocked over human rights issues in Sudan, Zimbabwe, Myanmar and Israeli occupied territories.