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

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Rohitha Bogollagama with Yang Jiechi

Launching of 100th indigenous special designed fighting boat by the Sri Lanka Navy

Gotabya Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Navy repeated the history of rich ship building culture in this country after nearly nine centuries at a ceremony held in SLNS Gemunu naval base at Welisara to mark the launch of the 100th indigenous special designed fighting boat for both Special Boats Squadron (SBS) and for the newly introduced Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) yesterday (11 September) with the blessings of Mr. Gotabya Rajapaksa the Secretary, Ministry of Defence and with the presence of the Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda and other senior naval officials. Secretary of Defence during his visit to Welisara naval base, had a close look at some of the important developments that are been taken place in the navy in order to fight sea tigers out at sea and certain developments related to ground operations too.

Missed opportunities – the Buffer Zone Confusion

By Samanthika Ekanayake - Research Scholar, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London.

The tsunami that took place on 26th December 2004 caused a massive damage to Sri Lanka and some other Apart from all these complexities, ad-hoc government policies created long lasting negative impacts on the progress of the recovery process and affected communities themselves. The government’s so called "Buffer Zone Policy" or "Second tsunami" as known by the affected people is such an example.Asian countries. Facing thousands of deaths, over half a million of displaced people and a massive economic destruction, managing such a situation of crisis was not an easy task for the government of Sri Lanka. The situation was exaggerated due to the overwhelming attention paid by the media and foreign relief organizations.

SAARC Secretary General pays an official visit to Sri Lanka

The Secretary General of SAARC, Dr. Sheel Kant Sharma, who is on a special visit to Sri Lanka at the invitation of Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, called on him at the Ministry yesterday. The Minister discussed with Dr. Sharma the work ahead for Sri Lanka, as the SAARC Chair and the modalities by which the decisions taken at the recently concluded 15th Colombo Summit are to be implemented. The Secretary General thereafter briefed the Foreign Minister on the responsibilities of the SAARC Chair. He emphasised the need to push ahead the decisions of the Colombo Declaration and highlighted the importance of Sri Lanka to give leadership in holding scheduled SAARC Meetings.

Which Way SAARC Should Go?

By Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera – The University of Gorka in Papua New Guinea

Since the beginning of SARC, it has been displayed tremendous achievements despite ill criticism from Western media and some arrogant critiques within the region. Economically, at time it was established SARC was not powerful organization, but it had a power of people representing nearly two billion of population, who make market for the region. Power is defined differently and 21st century it defines people’s power as a great power that can be changed many things in the world. The power of people may be able to defeat all other powers in the world as demonstrated in the past.

Farewell to an Officer and a Gentleman

By Janaka Perera

Colonel H.H. Lawrence De Silva, a much-respected teacher at Nalanda College, Colombo, passed away on Sunday, September 7 after a brief illness at the age of 66. He joined Nalanda as a science teacher in 1967 and served there as the chemistry teacher for O/L classes until he retired from teaching in 1984 to join the Sri Lanka Army, to serve as the 1st Commanding Officer of the 11th Gajaba Regiment. He served in the North until his retirement from the SL Army. He was the master in charge of the school cadet corps and became the best commanding officer for many years in 1970s.

TNA Parliamentary group appeals to international community "Help to evict Sinhala Forces from Tamil Home Land"

The Tamil National Alliance Parliamentary Group has urged the international community to help evict the Sinhala Forces from the Tamil Homeland and recognize the right for self-determination of the Tamils. The statement released by the Parliamentary Group has strongly condemned the Government of Sri Lanka’s decision to call all NGOs and foreign aid workers to leave from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) controlled areas (generally known as the Wanni). The TNA Parliamentary Group said, "These Non Governmental Organizations and Agencies were helping the already many times internally displaced Tamil people.

Paris Hindus chose Ganesh pooja over LTTE diktat

Hindu devotees in their hundreds participated in the Ganesha pooja at the Hindu temple in Paris and broke thousands of coconuts as a part of ritual defying the orders issued by the Tamil Tigers 'not to waste money to break coconuts when the people in the north and east are displaced'. The trustees of Sri Manika Vinayakar Alayam denounced the Tamil Tigers for their attempts to interfere with Ganesha pooja from October 31 to September 3. Immediately after the temple authorities announced the schedule of Ganesha pooja, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) pasted posters in Tamil dominated La Chappelle area in Paris urging Hindu population to boycott the coconut pooja, which is an integral part of the Ganesha pooja.

Kachchativu always been part of Sri Lanka - Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday told Parliament that Kachchativu had always been the territory of the Sri Lankan State and that is borne out by historical evidence and records of exercise of jurisdiction which has been cemented by the agreements of 1974 and 1976 signed between the Sri Lankan and Indian Governments. The Minister was responding to a statement by JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament on September 09. Kachchativu is a barren island that lies about 15 miles North-East of Rameshwaran and approximately 14 miles South-West of the Delft Islands. There are no permanent inhabitants or any permanent structures on the island other than a Roman Catholic Church, administered by the Bishop of Jaffna as part of his Diocese.

Looking after the injured soldiers

By Shenali Waduge

As the present military drive gains momentum we need to prepare for a rise in the number of fatalities & injuries. Most of the injured are likely to be sent to the main hospitals geared to treat them. We should not forget that most of our soldiers come from poor homes. Most of these families are unlikely to even have the money to pay for the journey to visit their sons/husbands lying in pain in hospital, probably victims to landmines and similar atrocities that the LTTE are responsible for.

Chinese Foreign Minister reiterates support for Sri Lanka’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

Rohitha Bogollagama with Yang JiechiThe Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Yang Jiechi has reiterated China’s strong support for Sri Lanka’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and national unity. This pledge was made during the bilateral talks between him and his Sri Lankan counterpart, Rohitha Bogollagama held at the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, 10 September. Minister Yang Jiechi was on his first official visit to Sri Lanka as Foreign Minister from 09th to 10th September 2008, at the invitation of Minister Bogollagama. The discussions focused on strengthening all round partnership between the two countries, particularly in enhancing bilateral economic cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, as well as greater people to people connectivity, through youth and student exchange programmes and tourism.

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In the Kovil

Samak Sundaravej

Biden, The Gaffe-prone Obama Running Mate

By Tushar Charan & Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

The Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama has picked up Sen Joseph ‘Joe’ Biden, chairman of US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, as his running mate and thus, according to many, finally decided to do something to overcome his handicap of lack of experience in foreign affairs. It may be appropriate, therefore, to recall a few comments he made about India and also Obama in recent times.

Samak’s plight still undecided: Parliament adjourned for lack of quorum

Samak SundaravejThe parliamentary vote to decide on the return of Samak Sundaravej as the e Prime Minister of Thailand was delayed due to lack of quorum as most of the members of parliament from the coalition parties did not turn up. Speaker of the Parliament Chai Chidchob decided to postpone the session and ordered the next meeting to nominate new prime minister to be convened on Wednesday at 9:30am. The absence of MPs was apparently due to conflicts among coalition parties of the ruling party -- the People's Power Party (PPP) and also factions inside the PPP itself that opposed the re-nomination of Mr. Samak as prime minister.