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

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Promoting separation contravenes the oath to uphold the constitution and safeguard the state of Sri Lanka

Allegation of Parliamentarians threatening to ‘beat’ Selvam Adaikalanathan MP whenever he raises issues of Tamils, was flatly refuted by DineshGunawardene. Chief Government Whip. Also the Chief Government Whip pointed out that Selvam Adaikalanathan as well as all the Members including the Tamil National Alliance Members of Parliament, have subscribed to an oath of allegiance to uphold the constitution and defend the unitary state of Sri Lanka. Dinesh Gunawardene pointed out that the Attorney General is responsible for the prosecution of any known violators of the oath taken according to sixth amendment of the constitution.

Digawapi Buddhist site: Counter affidavit filed

By Janaka Perera

The petitioners in the Digawapi land allocation case have prepared a counter affidavit to be submitted to the Supreme Court when the case comes up for hearing on Tuesday September. 9. The case concerns the alleged infringement of the rights of Sri Lanka's Buddhists, especially those residing in the Digawapiya area in the East. The counter affidavit is in response to an affidavit filed by some of the respondents.

Day long prayer vigils to deliver the oppressed (Tamil) people of Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

An e-mail transmitted world over by a group of Tamils in Melbourne, Australia request all Tamils spread all over the world to pray the whole day with fasting including Jesus Novena. The prayers and fasting is aimed at ‘deliverance of our oppressed people' (Tamils) and urged ‘All Tamils living all over the world to pray all day with fasting to the Almighty God.’It mentioned that "The roles played by the major powers in overlooking the state terrorism and human rights violations of the Sri Lankan state, will stay permanent in the Tamil memory for ever…."

Develop a New Approach to Energy – A Driver of Development

By Dakshitha Talgodapitiya

With public sector efforts alone not being sufficient anymore, recognizing the need to engage a broad range of actors and formulation of inclusive planning processes are needed to leverage Government and donor resources by mobilizing the private sector, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to work towards implementation of an affordable and sustainable energy development initiative. Urgent action is needed to move beyond the ‘business-as-usual’ approach to energy. It is no longer sufficient to think of energy usage as being driven by economic development. The time has come to begin assessing the role of energy versus other inputs as a means of stimulating development.

Minister Tissa Vitarana in South Africa

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Science & Technology, Prof. Tissa Vitarana was in Pretoria, South Africa from 2nd to 6th September on a five day visit, to brief the APRC process and the conflict in Sri Lanka. During this visit, he met with several South African dignitaries in the Government, leaders of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) to briefed them on the APRC process and the conflict in Sri Lanka.

Vital to end the capacity of the LTTE and its fronts to raise funds and engage in propaganda in the West - Dr. Kohona

Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary/Foreign Affairs has said "at a time Sri Lanka is engaged in the arduous task of putting an end to terrorism in the North of the country, it was vital to also end the capacity of the LTTE and its front organizations to raise funds and engage in propaganda in Western countries". Dr. Kohona made this observation, when during a visit to Brussels on 5 September 2008, he met with Ambassador Xavier Demoulin, Actg Secretary General of the Belgian Foreign Ministry, Mr Joao Aguiar Machado, Deputy Director General of the European Commission, and Ambassador Tomasz Koslowski, Chief of Task Force on Asia of the European Council.

From Musharraf to Zardari

Asif Haroon Raja

Asif Ali Zardari after reneging on his commitment given in writing on 7 August to restore judges within 24 hours of impeachment or resignation of Musharraf brazenly declared that agreements were not words of Quran and Haddith that could not be modified to suit changing political scenarios. Earlier on he did not honour his pledge given on 9 March to restore judges within 30 days and had said that Murree Accord was just a political statement and nothing more. While Zardari was rationalising his warped philosophy of making and breaking commitments, in the same timeframe his henchman Rehman Malik was stating that militants offer of cease-fire will only be accepted if they laid down their arms and surrendered. He added that they had violated their pledges in the past and hence deserved no mercy. One should not forget that the Taliban have all along complained that the agreements were broken by the army at the behest of USA.

An Historical Moment for Islam

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

While there are several individual fights taking place across the world today, the battle between radical Islam and western-style democracy is the basis for almost all of them. I have been on the front lines of that war for several years and am more convinced than ever that it has no diplomatic or negotiated solution; that for the defenders of freedom, there is no compromise with radical Islam; period. Moreover, history is clear in predicting that ultimately, freedom will triumph. Many argue, however, that our fight is not really against radical Islam but against Islam itself. Even our enemies tell us that again and again; that what they do is mandated by their faith. I respond that is only the radicals’ warped opinion. Not true, people say, and they quote Quranic passages that mandate a universal Caliphate and prohibit friendship with non-Muslims. I retort with passages from other holy books that also call from some pretty gruesome behavior.

Zardari: Democracy or Dictatorship?

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Asif Ali Zardari, the co-chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party has outsmarted the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) chief, Nawaz Sharif by deciding to appoint himself as the successor to the military dictator, Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. Sharif, miffed with Zardari for reneging on the judges’ reinstatement issue and unwilling to pardon Zardari, has walked out of the coalition which had helped the PPP form the government after the February polls and saw a Zardari puppet installed as prime minister. Sharif as an opposition leader probably poses no immediate danger to the government in Pakistan, even if the breakaway group (PML-Q) returns to him and is supported by the defiant PPP leader who is at the forefront of the lawyers’ agitation in the country. Pakistan’s political theatre will remain alive with turbulence and cries of ‘betrayal’ by principal actors. The country has witnessed many a thriller in the past; the trend continues.

My Daughter the Terrorist – NAT bares the role played by the Norwegian Government

Norwegian Against Terrorism bares the role played by Norwegian Government in funding and assisting in the production of the LTTE propaganda film – My Daughter the Terrorist. In its recent monthly report, NAT revealed that Norwegian Government in 2005 funded Ms. Beate Arnestad , the producer of the LTTE propaganda film, Norwegian Kroner 250,000 (US Dollars 50,000). Again, it has now come to light that Norwegian Government has granted the producer more funding in 2008. NAT pointed out that the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs granted the documentary fund through the NORAD agency. "It seems to us this film was not only important for the LTTE, but also for the Norwegian MFA. The MFA wants to show the Norwegian people that they have funded a Christian separatist group and not a terrorist organization."