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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2858

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Right Rev Rayappu Joseph

Sri Lanka – From Here to Eternity

By Gomin Dayasri

India neither could defeat the Tamil Tigers nor get the Tamils on their side when the IPKF was around in the North and East. Defeated on both fronts in despair they left. Can Sri Lanka do both or undo the gallant work of the armed forces who have sacrificed so much? An expression by the National Security Advisor but there is more to it –it reflects more the hopes of India than the thoughts of India. Yet it carries a message which needs to be addressed. The grievances of the Tamils require responses. It is not only the Tamils but should include other minorities together with the Sinhalese who are a provincial minority in two provinces, all of whom have exclusive grievances. Importantly, are they legitimate grievances? If so, it is imperative that relief must be forthcoming without hindrance.

Quadrennial Pomp and Pageantry of US Democracy Show-cased in Denver

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Barrack ObamaQuadrennial pomp and pageantry to pamper the voter will begin in Denver next week at the Democratic Party Convention. It does not get more scripted than this. No insider free-for-alls are expected like in the sixties. The 47 year old Barrack Obama would become the first Black candidate in US history to be made the party nominee. The animus of a hard fought primary may finally vanish as Hillary Clinton gets prime time spot. Spotlight will shine on Obama as he makes his acceptance speech to a 76,000 cheering crowd at the Mile High stadium. The speech would be one of the best ever, most predict.

Kumudam - an Indian Tamil Magazine, aided and abetted its reporter to enter Katchativu illegally

Report on KatchativuKumudam a weekly Tamil journal has sent illegally one of its reporter – ‘Pushkin Rajkumar’ to Katchativu – an island belongs to Sri Lanka, without obtaining the necessary clearance from the Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and visas to enter. Normally anyone entering a foreign country, until otherwise there is a visa waver clearly stated, must have to obtain necessary entry visa to enter into that country or into any territory belonging to that particular country. Katchativu, according to the International Border Agreement entered with India is a territory of Sri Lanka. In 1974 as well as in 1976, Indian Government has confirmed as well as reconfirmed that the island of Katchativu is a territory belonging to Sri Lanka. Therefore the ignorance of Kumudam is not something to be condoned of.

Indices down despite improved retail activity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the negative sentiment continued this week, as investors remained cautious over the mixed corporate earnings. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) shed 34.8 points or 1.41 percent to close at 2431.8 points while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) lost 91.4 points or 3.12 percent to 2840.4 at week’s close. The fall in indices came in the back of a notable drop in the share price of the index heavyweight telecom giant Dialog, after the release of its disappointing 2nd quarter earnings on Wednesday.

Tamils in the War

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Last Sunday’s "Island" carried (with an editorial comment) the harrowing story of Maheswari, a Sri Lankan Tamil woman who was detained by the Kesbewa police for no other reason than her Tamil ethnicity. The tale is particularly disturbing because it demonstrates that some members of the Lankan Security Forces resort to a July 83 modus operandi to identify Tigers - buses were stopped and passengers were told to get down; while the non-Tamils were allowed to get on with their journey, every single Tamil was detained irrespective of whether they had valid identifications or not. Once a substantial number of such ‘suspects’ were accumulated, they were loaded into passing three- wheelers and sent to the police station some distance away, sans any guard whatsoever! Obviously the police did not seriously believe the ‘suspects’ to be LTTE but detained them nevertheless because they happened to be Tamil.

The Rayappu Factor, the Catholic Church and the Sermon on the Mannar Front

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London……

Rt. Rev Rayappu JosephRight Rev Rayappu Joseph, the Bishop of Mannar, is no stranger to controversy; nor is he good at concealing his racial sentiments, despite being in a robe to symbolize the membership of a great institute that stood for centuries - the Catholic Church. His selective condemnation of civilian deaths - putting his emphasis only on a certain community - did not help him to prove otherwise. He has been grabbing headlines – mostly for the wrong reasons, unfortunately – over the issue of the Madhu Church and its famous statue, the Madhu ‘Matha’, recently. He did everything in his power to stop the legitimate army of a democratic country from reaching the area, citing the imminent danger of destruction against both the IDP’s and the Church buildings.

Massive Sri Lankan Protest against Congressman Brad Sherman, Alleged LTTE Sympathizer

By Keith Amarasiri for Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Patriots in Los Angeles have organized a peaceful Satyagraha on August 23, from 1.30 p.m., to 3.30 p.m. at Reseda High School Auditorium at 18230 Kittridge Street, Reseda in California to protest Congressman Brad Sherman’s alleged supports for the LTTE. The organizers are protesting to get Sherman out of the Congressional Sub Committee on Terrorism of which he is Chairman. They allege that Sherman has received campaign funds from the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) – the LTTE fund raising front which is now banned in the US and several countries. They allege that he was the chief Guest at the opening of TRO office in Reseda in 1999.

Criminals invent better fraud methods to clone credit cards to help LTTE steal monies

By Walter Jayawardhana

Last week, a British criminal court has convicted an agent of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for cloning 500 credit cards at a gasoline filling station. A special unit of the police raided a factory that produces chips that will be inserted into card reading machines as a mole, better suited for the crime than the pin hole cameras used earlier. A week ago Abdul Samad Mohamed Raik, a non-Tamil was convicted by the criminal court of Leicestershire for helping the LTTE to steal British Pounds 175,000 from ATM machines all over the world. Barely a single household on Houghton on the Hill, Leicestershire escaped the Tamil Tiger scam.

Take immediate action against those obstructing the campaign to free the country from the terrorist scourge - WAPS

World Alliance For Peace in Sri Lanka based in Melbourne, Australia involved in promoting sustainable peace and harmony in Sri Lanka has called for immediate action against those obstructing the campaign to free the country from the terrorist scourge without delay, and has assured continued support for all principled steps taken in this direction and to soon. Ranjith Soysa, Spokesperson of WAPS, in an open letter to Mr Gotabhaya Rajapakse, Secretary- Defence, Ministry of Defence, the World Alliance For Peace (WAPS) and its supporting organizations worldwide has appealed to deal with anybody irrespective of their status, in performing the sacred national duty entrusted with by President Rajapaksa and the People of Sri Lanka.

Australian Federal Government urged to address wage disparities within Public Service – Public Service Union

By Sumane Liyanaarachchi for Asian Tribune

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is calling on the Federal Government to immediately fix wage differences across the public service in Australia. According to CPSU national secretary Stephen Jones, the union has found the public service is now a collection of 90 agencies, employing workers on more than 750 different rates of pay. It found large pay differences between the agencies, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars for people doing the same job. According to the data, employees at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies are paid the worst.

Rambling thoughts on security paradigm

By Asif Haroon Raja

The Taliban regime during its short rule in Afghanistan had done commendably well in restoring peace and order in the war-torn country that had remained soaked in blood since 1978. Apart from disarming and taming warring tribes, all social evils including prostitution, obscenity, war lordism, drug peddling, theft and robbery were curbed. Poppy growing was almost eliminated. Security situation improved to an extent that people didn’t have to lock their houses and shops at night.

Barrack Obama

Kumudam report on Katchativu

Kumudam report on Katchativu

Fighting Terrorism With Kid Gloves

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

There is no end to the scourge of terrorism, being perpetrated from across the border. Now ‘jihad’ has been indianised. India is being systematically targeted by hitherto unknown terrorist organization, styling itself as the “Indian Mujahideen”. The new ultra-headed ‘monster’ is none other than the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), as conclusively established by the Gujarat police with the arrest of Abul Bashir Qasmi the alleged mastermind behind July 26 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad. SIMI has an alliance with two dreaded Pakistan-based terrorist organizations, Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, which are closely linked to Taliban and Al Qaeda network.