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Is professionalism the answer

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

Should Indian hockey go professional? This very important issue seems to be engaging the minds of former stars, some turned coaches, as the falling standard in the game continue to draw attention. Ever since India failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics, experts and those interested in the game and its welfare have been quite absorbed in finding a solution. A recent report quoted former India captain and Coach Vasudevan Bhaskaran suggesting that the federation should pay its selectors and coaches in order to ensure their commitment.

Tourism Ministry to fast track its activities

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

All project activities Tourism Ministry that are maintained by four of its agencies would be scrutinized once a month by a Operations Room Team that is now in place. The scrutiny is by Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism and Ministry Secretary, George Michael. A monitoring system is adopted to find out whether a project is on target, or missing deadlines or stalled and those projects backtracking would be pulled out and put back on track.

U.S. Condemns Attack on the Residence of the Executive Director of Transparency International Sri Lanka

United States Embassy in Colombo has condemned the attack on the residence of attorney J.C. Weliamuna, the Executive Director of the Transparency International Sri Lanka.“The U.S. Embassy commends Mr. Weliamuna’s work as a defender of those who seek to fight corruption, protect the victims of abuse, and advance the cause of human rights in Sri Lanka.

BBC- Promoting terrorism in Sri Lanka!

By Palitha Senanayake.

Prompted by renewed focus the recent discourse in your tribune generated on above, I was able to trace excerpts of an interview Priyath Liyanage, the Head of the BBC Sinhala (anti) service had with the ‘Divaina’ newspaper in April 2000. In a discussion with Nayanaka Ranvella published on the April 9th issue of the news paper, Liyanage maintains that BBC has no particular agenda as claimed by certain parties who are fond of ‘conspirator’ theories. "The fact that we broadcast in Sinhala does not mean that we should take the side of the Sinhalese. BBC is like an empty box (Pakis pettiya) where anybody can get on and say their piece".

Much publicized promiscuous behavior the Pakistani President – criticized

In a "Letter to the Editor" of 'Asian Tribune,' Adnan Gill, a Pakistani living in Los Angeles, also a regular contributor to ‘Asian Tribune’ has vent his frustration over the behavior of Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari displayed during his meeting with the American Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. In the letter, Adnan Gill pointed out, "If his personal remarks, unbecoming of a head of state, were not embarrassing enough for the Pakistani community settled in America, most of us are dumbfounded over the spin his party is putting in his defense; e.g. it’s considered as a compliment in US."

Remembering a 'Judgement' overruled

By Janaka Perera

September 30 marks the fourth death anniversary of Sri Lanka's top movie actor and director Gamini Fonseka who started his film career as a technical assistant in David Lean's Cinema classic 'Bridge on the River Kwai' shot on location in Sri Lanka. Much has been written about this award winning movie personality who shot to fame through such film as 'Gamperaliya,' 'Parasathumal,' 'Nidhanaya,' 'Uthumaneni,' 'Sagarayak Meda,' 'Koti Waligaya' and 'Nomiyena Minissu' in which he played the role of an Army Colonel at the time the IPKF arrived in Sri Lanka.

LTTE in a nerve-gas attack on the Sri Lankan troops

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

Sri Lankan troops who are only four kilometers away from the Kilinochchi town are wearing gas masks to protect themselves from the nerve-gas attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. As predicted by the "Asian Tribune", LTTE has launched the nerve- gas attack, as its last resort, which once hailed as secret weapon by late Anton Balasingham, LTTE’s ideologue. According to sources in the Sri Lanka Army, LTTE who are fighting desperately a losing battle have started attacking troops with CS (2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile) gas. It is said that it is a substance that is used as a riot control agent and is generally accepted as being non-lethal substance if it is not mixed with any other chemicals.

No "Bailout" for the World's Poorest

By Thalif Deen

As a spreading financial crisis threatens to deepen the economic recession in the United States, the news of an unprecedented 700-billion-dollar bailout package reverberated through the corridors of the United Nations last week as over 100 world leaders gathered in New York for the annual talk-fest: the 63rd session of the General Assembly. At a time when the United Nations is seeking increased financial assistance from rich nations to help developing countries meet the faltering Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including a 50-percent reduction on extreme poverty and hunger by 2015, the current U.S. economic crisis and its predictably negative fallout overseas is expected to be a major setback.


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