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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Rare Admiral Soosai

SAARC Declaration to Call for United Effort Against Terrorism

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

South Asian leaders meeting in Sri Lanka will today commit themselves to fighting terrorism in their region and call for joint efforts to fight what the Indian leader the "scourge of terrorism." The eight leaders of the regional bloc will today wind up their two day summit after a morning "retreat" where they will exchange views and ideas without their supporting aides. The "retreat" that has now become a regular feature following the practice adopted by the Commonwealth heads of government and leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) gives leaders an opportunity to express views freely.

Sri Lanka Army captured Vellankulam – last bastion of Tigers in Mannar district

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army captured yesterday afternoon, Vellankulam, the last Tiger bastion in the Mannar district. By capturing Vellankulam, Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Division has liberated the entire Mannar district within eight months period. Army’s 58 Division commenced their operation to Liberate Mannar district in November 2007. Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Division is commanded by Brigadier Shavindra Silva. To liberate Mannar, 58 Division mobilized 12 Infantry Battalions, and Commando Brigade, supported by the 5th Armoured Corp regiment, 15 Artillery Regiment, 9 Signal and Engineers.

Home computers are more susceptible to viral attacks

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

To explain as to how Symantec can help Enterprises in Sri Lanka to secure and manage information and was a combined effort by Symantec Corporation and CNT International Ltd., Colombo, who promotes the products in Sri Lanka. It was held at Trans Asia Hotel. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage heir information Headquarters in Cupertino, California. Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries.

Sri Lankan Psychologist Wins Ramon Magsaysay Award for an Emergent Leader for the Year 2008

By Walter Jayawardhana

Ananda GalappattiA humanitarian worker who has helped the traumatized victims of the Boxing Day Tsunami in Sri Lanka, Ananda Galappatti has been awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for an emergent leader, the Manila, Philippines based award committee announced. The 34 year-old London-born psychologist who specialized in trauma worked in Batticaloa, a worst hit area of the tsunami disaster to ease the trauma of the victims to be recognized and to be included as one of the distinguished list of the awardees who won the prestigious prize from Sri Lanka like Dr. A.T.Ariyaratne, Rev. Father Mercelene Jayakody and Dr. Ediriweera Sarathchandra. The award ceremony will be held in Manila at the end of August.

Colonel Soosai – the Rare Admiral

By Hemantha Abeywardena from London

Rare Admiral SoosaiColonel Soosai, the leader of Sea Tigers, who is known among Walkie-talkies as 'Sara Osca,' still cuts a formidable figure among his young subordinates. Those who have a fierce loyalty to Soosai may even compare him with the legendary 'Obelix' - and in extreme cases, even pushing the latter into the second place in ranking. 'Obelix', who used to eat a fully-grown wild boar for breakfast, lunch and dinner, did amazing things, in order to dispose of his excess energy; some of which did include dare-devil acts in the sea.

USAID Vows Renewed Support for Women in Nepal's New Democratic Process

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune The U.S.

Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded $1.8 million to the National Democratic Institute to support the role of women in Nepal's transition to democracy. The two-year program will strengthen the ability of elected women to engage effectively in the Constituent Assembly, Nepal's new constitution drafting representative and legislative body, and to effectively represent their constituencies. The program will develop a Women's Leadership Academy for newly elected women in the Constituent Assembly as well as for other politically-engaged women in the community to provide courses on the constitution drafting process and the fundamentals of democratic politics.

Should WE Accept The So-Called "Indo-Lanka Accord?"

By L. Jayasooriya

The natural instinct of every living being whether man, animal is to protect and defend its abode even if it means getting killed in the process. Then why is it that JR Jayawardene did not have the spine to issue a dire warning to India not to step inside our territorial waters, unless they wanted to get annihilated which Prabhakaran did single handed later for different reasons? No man with any national feeling would ever yield his country to the enemy. He will mobilize all his resources to kill the intruders which in common language means war in defence of the motherland regardless of the consequences. The fact that JR did not do so means that our leadership was not defending our country, something that every nation on earth expects and requires from its leadership.

Indices rebound on healthy volumes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that t he indices rebounded after two weeks of losses with activity levels appreciating. The market gained throughout the week to close on a positive note helped mainly by the increase in high cap telecom counters such as Dialog and SLT. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) grew by 103.3 points or 4.4 percent to close at 2473.4 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) gained 140.3 points or 4.99 percent to end the week at 2953.5 points on Friday.

'We reject Indo US Nuclear Deal' campaign begins

By Bobby Ramakant

The 'We reject Indo US Nuclear Deal' campaign was launched today in Lucknow by Dr Sandeep Pandey, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee (2002) and convener of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM). Dr Pandey was speaking on Indo US Nuclear Deal at Rao's IAS coaching centre on Faizabad road. "The dream to provide electricity across the country by signing the Indo US Nuclear Deal is not true" said Dr Pandey. "Nuclear power is not a safe, affordable or better option for producing electricity. Rather nuclear power is a very dangerous and expensive option. The Indo US Nuclear Deal is actually a political and military deal" said Dr Pandey.

Map of Mannar

Map of Mannar

Dayani Panagoda presenting her papers

Ananda Galappatti

Sri Lanka’s Strategy for Combating Terror Recognized by US State Department

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Washington D.C.

Dayani Panagoda "The multi-pronged approach for combating terrorism was a tremendous success in Sri Lanka," said Dayani Panagoga, Director (Policy) of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) at a high powered seminar conducted by theNear East and South Asian Strategic studies (NESA), at the Carnegie Foundation in Washington D.C. Attendees to that Near East and South Asian Strategic studies forum were convinced that Sri Lankan anti-terror strategy had great potential for everyone. They wanted to know more and Panagoda had to continue her presentation before the State Department for an additional day.