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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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"No other way except separation of Sri Lanka" - Selvam Adaiaklanathan TNA MP suggests

KumudamBifurcation of the country is the only way left for the Tamils in Sri Lanka. Selvam Adaikalanathan, Tamil National Alliance MP and the Leader of the now defunct Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) said in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. In an interview with Kumudam , an anti-Sri Lankan Tamil weekly published from Chennai, Selvam Adaikalanathan said that in the Parliament of Sri Lanka, whenever they raised voices against the atrocities unleashed on the Tamils, other MPS used to come menacingly to assault them in the parliament. Adaikalanathan, MP from Vanni was recently in Chennai. In fact his children live in Chennai and "Asian Tribune" was told that he also lives in Chennai. He was interviewed by the "Kumudam" Weekly and the interview appeared in the 3rd September issue of the magazine.

The Mathchmaker - an Endangered Species in Sri Lanka

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London………

A few decades ago, rural folks in the south, used to hold a man in partially high esteem – not fully venerated; not loathed either; the man in question used to wear a black coat, definitely carried a black umbrella even in the scorching sun – that in turn became his trademark - sometimes tie his hair into knot and often grow a moustache. He was the village matchmaker – a very busy man indeed by Sri Lankan standard in those days.

UN Admits Mistake in Pro-LTTE Presence at Human Rights Meeting in Paris

The United Nations has admitted it made an "error" in permitting three representatives of the Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) , a pro-LTTE organization, to participate in a major conference of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Paris last week. Responding to a question from the media, Eric Falt, Director of the Outreach Division of the UN's Department of Public Information (DPI) said: "'I would like first of all to assure you that nobody was "ejected" from the conference.'"

ISI’s Proxy War Enters A New Phase In Kashmir

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), the Lahore based parent organization of dreaded Lashkar-e-Toiba, hosted a 'Kashmir Conference' at Rawalpinidi's Liaquat Bagh on August 31. Prominent among those who took part in the deliberations were former AJK president Sardar Anwar Khan, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal leader Allama Abdul Jalil Naqvi, JI (AJK) Secretary General Chaudhry Mehmoodul Hassan and All Pakistan Hurriyat Conference (AJK) leader Ghulam Muhammad Safi.

The Catholic Cloak – Universal or parochial?

By Palitha Senanayake

The Catholic hierarchy in Sri Lanka has disowned the plea sent to the UN Secretary General by a Catholic priest from Wanni by the name of James Pathinathan. The Bishop of Mannar and the Bishop of Jaffna have dissociated themselves with the missive claiming that it contained the ‘personal views’ of the priest and not those of the Catholics per se. Whatever it may be, the reality is that a representation to the UN Secretary General has been made with the idea of prompting foreign intervention in some form, adding a religious overtone to the cacophony of voices trying to save the most ruthless killer in the world; holed up in his hell hole in Wanni.

Direct Solutions involve in accountable marketing

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Direct Solutions Int Ltd, Sri Lanka’s largest direct marketing agency, held its Fifth Anniversary press conference last week at Royal Colombo Golf Club and the theme was ‘Accountable Marketing’. Ms Gowri Shanker, President, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka Division was the Chief Guest at the Fifth Anniversary Celebrations press conference of Direct Solutions Int Ltd, held at Royal Colombo Golf Club. Ms Shanker as Chief Guest spoke on ‘The Relevance of Accountability in Marketing and Management Decisions’.

India ends N-isolation, begins the countdown for general election

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

India Saturday ended its 34-year long nuclear isolation. But the Manmohan Singh government ran into rough political weather with the entire opposition from the Left and Right accusing it of walking into US strategic and non-proliferation trap. Political Pundits are convinced that the clock has started ticking for general elections with Sonia Congress expected to project the nuclear deal as the manna for the economic ills afflicting the country.


By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Army had reiterated that its Northern operations are on track despite the recent ‘setbacks’ on the Vanni front. In the last week the Tiger resistance seems to have stiffened; that and the inclement weather seem to have slowed down the momentum of the Lankan offensive. Whether the LTTE’s resistance is strong and durable enough to create a situation of stalemate on the Northern Front or whether these are the last attempts of a dying Tiger (as the government would have us believe) remains to be seen. Though the LTTE is weak it is safe to assume that Vellupillai Pirapaharan still has a couple of aces up his sleeve, such as Air Tigers, Black Tigers and a combination thereof, Black Air Tigers (yet to be experienced). None of these can enable the LTTE to win the war; but by acting as force multipliers they can help the Tigers to avert a defeat by grinding the Lankan offensive to a halt.

Sri Lankan Leasing Firms Vulnerable to Economic Pressure

Asian Tribune - Sei Lanka Bureau

Fitch Ratings observes that the underlying risks of Sri Lanka's specialized leasing company (SLC) sector have increased in light of the highly inflationary and rising interest rate environment that has prevailed since end-2006, according to a comment published today. Fitch notes that the three large SLCs that it rates - Lanka Orix Leasing Company PLC (LOLC, A(lka)/Stable), People's Leasing Company Limited (PLCL, A-(lka)/Stable), and Commercial Leasing Company PLC (CLC, A-(lka)/Stable), which accounted for 56% of the SLC sector at end-2007 - are relatively more resilient to a continued deterioration in macro economic conditions, given their stronger risk management controls and systems, and better access to liquidity lines from commercial banks.

Pakistan Elects Civilian President Zardari promises change

By M Rama Rao & Atul Cowshish from New Delhi

During the last days of Gen (retd.) Pervez Musharraf as president of Pakistan, his countrymen as well the rest of the world was pining to see a civilian occupying the presidential palace in Islamabad. That wish seems to have been fulfilled with the election of the Pakistan People's Party co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari as the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan by an 'overwhelming majority' in a three –cornered contest. The Electoral College for the presidential poll comprises the two houses of parliament, and the four provincial assemblies. The 53-year old widower swept polling in the assemblies of North West Frontier Province, Sindh and Balochistan and secured more than half of the votes on offer in Parliament.

Sri Lanka: LTTE likely to carryout a series of morale boosting assassinations

By Ravindra Wickremasinghe

While most Sri Lankans buoyed by the continuous victories in the battlefield are not paying attention, the LTTE is likely to carryout a series of morale boosting assassinations to wipe-out the Southern leadership and thereby regain the upper-hand in this fight to the finish. This devastating strategy may include a number of high profile assassinations between now and 26th November – LTTE leader Velupillai Prabakaran’s 54th birthday – Heroes Day, which will decapitate much of the political and military leadership of Sri Lanka and restore his standing at a time when many consider the destruction of the LTTE to be imminent.

How LTTE Controls London by "Kshanika Sevaya" in Colombo

By Keith Amarasiri

Intrigue, sabotage, conspiracy, you may call it what you want but there seems to be an express service (kshanika sevaya) operating from Colombo when ministers travel to London. Recently when Minister G L Peiris arrived in London a man from way yonder had been told to do the kshanika sevaya. He was the one who called the BBC Sandesaya and London Economist going way over the instructions of London High Commission. The “Deeptha plot” as it is called in London did not know how the Sandesaya is distorting news to give a wrong impression of the country. G L Peiris’s interview appeared as if there were major human rights violations in Sri Lanka. The LTTE had got what they want to say thanks to Kshanika sevaya.

Market breaths as earnings season ends

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that market extended its downturn during the week, with indices ending lower Week on Week (WoW) on relatively low activity levels. The indices suffered an initial setback before recovering on Thursday backed largely by the interest exerted on the index heavyweight Dialog Telekom share. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) declined by 10.3 points or 0.43 percent compared to last week, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) came down by a much higher amount, falling 27.8 points or 1.00 percent WoW. The ASPI closed the week at 2398.3 points while the MPI closed the week at 2761.2 points.

Fundamental Rights Case Against Deeghavapi Housing Project

By The Centre for Buddhist Action

A Fundamental Rights Case (SC/FR Application No. 178/2008) will be taken up on 9th September 2008 in the Supreme Court in terms of Article 17 and 126 of The Constitution against the fraudulent allocation of houses for 500 villagers in the Deeghavapi Sacred Area on the pretext of allocating houses for Tsunami victims in the Ampare District. In this case the Petition has been filed by Leader of JHU Ven.Ellawela Medhananda Thero & Viharadhipathi, Deeghavapi Rajamaha Viharaya Ven.Nannapurawe Buddharakkitha Thero together with 5 other petitioners who are objecting to the discriminate allocation of houses.

Lanka Groping For Real-Time Answers To Tamil Su-Doku

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the non-state terrorist group, is no longer the mighty tiger it once was. The sustained military campaign has made them either move out or be edged out of the places in the North, where they had established their hold by acts of commissions and omissions of Colombo, Chennai and Delhi. No powerful voices are being heard in support of Pirabhakaran and company in Northern Sri Lanka and across the Palk Straits in Tamil Nadu. Even the Tamil Diaspora, who are the enthusiastic supporters and financiers of the Tigers have become silent as if numbed by the army push and by the plight of fighters for a 'homeland'.