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Blast at Gaspaha Junction

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Nine persons were injured and three motor cars were damaged due to a minor blast occurred in Gaspaha junction, Colombo. Injured were admitted to the National Hospital. Police inspections now in progress and roads area closed. Police said it may be a hand grenade explosion. Our sources said this blast occurred opposite of a shop.

Tiger plane shot down

Sri Lanka Air Force plane shot down a Tiger small aircraft and successfully downed it. Reports revealed that the Sri Lankan Air force jets shot down a Tamil Tiger plane after the rebels launched a pre-dawn bombing raid on Vavuniya Security Forces Headquarters. Sri Lanka Air Force Fighter jet conducted their First Air to Air Combat today morning in Mullativu skies and shot down Tiger Air Craft said Sri Lanka Air Force Commander Air Vice Marcel Roshan Gunathilake.

Is Cold War Rhetoric Back at the U.N.?

Analysis by Thalif Deen

When the United States and the former Soviet Union were on the verge of a military confrontation over Cuba during the height of the Cold War, the legendary U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson went eyeball-to-eyeball with Soviet envoy Valerian Zorin in the Security Council chamber. As old U.N. hands would recall, Stevenson aggressively sought a response from Zorin over allegations of Soviet nuclear missiles stationed in Cuba. "Yes or no?" Stevenson demanded, and added the punch line: "And don't wait for the translation", as he pressed for an immediate answer from the Russian-speaking envoy.

Analysis and Strategy: My Country First

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

Are we (the ethno-democratic forces) in the doldrums, now that Mr.Gambari mission has utterly failed? If so what should be our strategy and to plot this we have to analyse it and tap on the plausible strategy. Many people were outraged at the Saffron Revolution and the slow response to cyclone Nargis and want to punish the Generals by bringing them to International Criminal Court, in The Hague; others want more sanctions and want Burma to be expelled from ASEAN. Some group work for Burma to be expelled from the UN. Others opted for UN and US intervention. But what is our target and how do we react? We have to think how to change the status quo. Will taking them to court compel the Generals to give up power? No, they will become more determine? Will more sanction make them yield or hurt the people of Burma more? Two decades have proves otherwise.

Song By Prabhakaran: I Did it My Way--Web Joke Indicative of “End is Near”

By Keith Amarasiri

As the Soviet regime crumbled, they say, the good folks in Russia vented their frustration with humor. Here was a sample of that humor: “When Soviet Leader lamented that Americans were too drunk during his trip to New York, U S President gave his Russian counterpart a pistol and said shoot everyone who is dead drunk. Next day the Headlines said “Soviet President Shot his Own Delegation.” The following “song by Prabhakaran” is now going round the Web with a vengeance. It is a parody on My Way by Frank Sinatra that originated in Australia and may have gone round the world several times.

Prime Minister emphatic of the need of economists in the caliber of NUJ

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake speaking at the launch of the Commemorative Volume Commemorative Volume of the Selected Essays in Economic Policy of late N U Jayawardena ‘Remembering a Legacy’ at the People’s Bank Staff Training Centre Auditorium said that the government is engaged in a massive effort to develop the country to provide a better life and a better future for all the people, while fighting a war.

PPP’s inglorious track record

By Asif Haroon Raja

PPP government was thrice booted out, once through a military coup in July 1977 after it had completed 5-year tenure and twice prematurely on grounds of inefficiency and corruption. In 1990, President Ghulam Ishaq performed the act and second time in 1996 President Farooq Leghari showed the door. It was hoped that the PPP leadership would have got reformed after two failures in the 1990s and after remaining in wilderness for 11 years. Hanging of populist and revered ZA Bhutto on 4 April 1979 and tragic murder of Benazir Bhutto on 27 December 2007 should have put fear of God in their hearts. Alas! All such high hopes have proved illusive and one finds that there is not a slight change in their outlook and attitudes. Lust for power and pelf continue to attract them because of which they cannot desist from placing selfish interests before national interests.

Chinese Foreign Minister pays an official visit to Sri Lanka

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will be in Colombo today on a two-day visit. He is making an official visit to Sri Lanka on the invitation of Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. The Chinese Foreign Minister will hold bilateral talks with Minister Bogollagama at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also scheduled to pay courtesy calls on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake during his stay in Sri Lanka.

Is Sri Lanka a potential international slaughterhouse?

By Vanita Perera

"Chutiduwa Farm the biggest piggery in the country" – So boasts Sri Lanka in the Sunday Island Business Supplement of 24th August 2008. Readers are not given any indication as to why the farm is so named (the English translation being "Little Daughter"), but the immediate thought that sprang to my mind in light of the obvious literal connection was that of a baby farm. It is the kind of place where a life is conceived and bred for nothing more than a commercial purpose. The booming industry of baby farms – whether it be in order to cater to the market of illegal adoptions or even organ transplantation – is always (and I mean always, without any controversy whatsoever) regarded by the media and society in general as something negative.

Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction, CSR to the fore

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A MoU was signed between the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), and Oxfam GB, with the aim to enhance the positive impact of CSR on poverty. The initiative explores as to how to incorporate Corporate Social Responsibility more strategically into Sri Lanka’s private sector. It will undertake a mapping of the current scale, scope and effectiveness of CSR, and will provide practical guidance for the private sector on how to embed CSR into core business practices.

Doordarshan needs to improve

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

For the millions who depended on Doordarshan and its monopolistic coverage of Beijing Olympics, it was a frustrating two weeks. The national channel was just not up to the mark. Like so many times on earlier occasions the channel did not seem to know how to go about presenting a major event. Beijing Olympics was an event for which the world had been waiting for years. Beijing had something to prove and the world something to see and learnt. But thanks to Doordarshan, Indian viewers were treated shabbily, poor selection of events, poor timing, wrong priorities and a near total lack of the occasion.

LTTE attack foiled- causality figures on the rise: 10 LTTE dead bodies recovered

Causality figures on the rise in the pre-dawn LTTE attack on the Security Forces Headquarters in Vavuniya. According to the latest reports so far ten dead Tamil Tiger bodies, including five females along with LTTE small arms recovered in the clearing up operations immediately after foiling the LTTE attack. In the meantime according to an Army report, Tamil Tigers intending to strike on the Air Force radar station, located in the Security Forces Headquarters in Vavuniya, continued to direct artillery rounds on the area, but radars and other vital stations escaped unaffected and remained intact.


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