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Gandhi - Obama

The Moment of Truth for India on the LTTE

By Dr. Subramanian Swamy,

Subramanian SwamyRecently there have been some hectic efforts to get the Government of India to pressure the Sri Lanka government to end the “genocide” of Tamils and to enter into negotiation with the LTTE. Is there genocide going on in Sri Lanka? Not if one goes by the United Nations definition of genocide. The 1948 International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide signed by 135 countries including India and Sri Lanka has elaborately defined the term “genocide”. By this definition that is available to any literate person by just going to the Google search engine, we can say there is no genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Independence And Integrity Help Wipe Out Decades Of Corruption

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Forty or more years ago, Hong Kong was one of the most corrupt places in the world. Today it is one of the cleanest, a claim made not only by Hong Kong officials but also by independent monitoring bodies, international business and the informed media. How it cleaned up a corrupt society and burnished its image is one of the success stories of modern Hong Kong. It serves as an object lesson to countries in Asia and elsewhere that are seeped in political corruption and economic crimes that have sapped public confidence and have turned state resources for private gain.

There is no urgent issue that needs Sri Lanka Foreign Minister’s presence in New Delhi

Sri Lanka does not want India to be misled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Do not be confused with LTTE’s ploy' India was told. It was pointed out that Sri Lanka Government and the President of Sri Lanka are working hard to redeem the Tamil community from the clutches of terrorism and restore their full democratic rights. Sri Lanka President has reiterated this noble goal when he addressed the APRC meeting on Saturday. C.R.Jayasinghe High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in India when speaking to "Asian Tribune" also said that the news story about Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama rushing to India for urgent talks is unfounded. According to the High Commissioner, Sri Lanka Foreign Minister is in Australia and there are no urgent issues to warrant Foreign Ministers presence in New Delhi.

Father and mother – both should forgive Sri Lanka Maid Rizana Nafeek – Ambassador Mohammed Marleen

In a sudden dramatic development in the Sri Lankan House maid Rizana Nafeek’s case in Saudi Arabia, Naif Jiziyan Khalaf Al-Otaibi, the father of the deceased four month old child had expressed his willingness to pardon the Sri Lankan housemaid. But, the mother however still claims her private right in the case and is not ready to forgive the maid. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Riyad Abdul Ageed Mohammed Marleen told "Asian Tribune", that the present position in the Sri Lankan House maid Rizana Nafeek’s case is that the father of course is willing to pardon but the lady is not willing. That is the hitch. We will see how best we can resolve this knotty issue. You know, well the time is the only factor and we are trying that.

Is there a conspiracy to undermine Dr. Palitha Kohona?

Dr. Palitha KohonaA shadowy group of career diplomats in the Foreign Ministry, most of them sycophants of political higher ups, are trying to undermine Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona in an unsuccessful attempt to discredit him. The anti-Kohona campaign has intensified recently because one former Sri Lankan envoy in the group apparently has a hidden agenda: to walk into Kohona's extra large shoes. But the question is: will this former ambassador fit into Kohona's shoes?

Sri Lanka CIMA Divisional President at Management Accountants confab in Pakistan

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A dispatch by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka Division indicated that Ms Gowri Shankar, Divisional President CIMA Sri Lanka presented a paper on "Enterprise Governance in Ethical Management Accounting Practices" at the eleventh Management Accountants International conference held in Pakistan on the theme of "Challenges to the Developing Nations and Response of Management Accounting Profession." It was organized by CIMA Pakistan (ICMAP)

The New Patriotism

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Maj. Gen. Janaka Perera was killed by the LTTE. He had often pointed out that there was a threat to his life from the LTTE (which was why he kept on asking the state for some security, in vain) and he was right. A reasonable doubt about the authorship of his murder would have been possible had the instrument of death been anything other than a human bomb. But only the Black Tigers posses the irrational commitment to a cause, the unquestioning faith in a leader (religious or secular) that go to make suicide killers. And only the incurably unintelligent or the knavishly dishonest can seriously entertain the thought that a suicide bomber can be deployed by any other actor or entity in the Lankan political scene other than the LTTE.

Barack Obama Commemorates Mahatma Gandhi

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Gandhi - Obama"Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait hangs in my office to remind me that real change will not come from Washington - it will come when the people, united, bring it to Washington", said United States Senator Barack Obama, the democratic Party presidential candidate for November 4 election, issuing a statement last week on Mahatma Gandhi Service Day. The Service Day coincides with the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi India’s spiritual leader who led a non-violent campaign to end the British colonial rule in India.

Balanced Devoluton By Prof. G. L. Peiris

By L. Jayasooriya

The Sunday Island of October 12, 2008 states that Dr. G. L Peiris in an address to the Maha Sangha on the devolution of power and the 13th amendment organized by the government of Switzerland in collaboration with Sri Lanka Dialogue Forum has stated and I quote "Devolution of power is an essential pre-requisite for safeguarding human freedom but it has to be carried out in a balanced, calculated and innovative manner. Such a scheme of devolution would never pose a threat to the territorial integrity of a country as some people tried to assert.

Ban TRO For Collecting Funds For Terrorism - Anti Terrorism Organization urges The Netherland Prime Minister

By Walter Jayawardhana

In a letter submitted to Jan Peter Balkenende, the Prime Minister of The Netherlands, an anti-terrorist organization in the Hague demanded the government should immediately ban the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO)which is raising funds for terrorism for purported humanitarian purposes. Delivering the letter immediately after a protest demonstration in the capital, the Hague the protestors said, "The LTTE is today an international criminal network involved in the global Narcotics trade, Arms Smuggling, Human trafficking, human smuggling, Money laundering, Credit Card Frauds and a wide range of other illegal activities which collects a huge sum of Euros from The Netherlands on a monthly basis."

Stocks freefall amid global market meltdown

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity Research – Sri Lanka Equities – a joint venture by HNB Stockbrokers and DFCC Stockbrokers in their weekly review on the stock market indicated that the stocks at the Colombo bourse plummeted for the tenth straight week as the worsening global financial crisis put further pressure on already dampened market sentiment. The indices continuously fell through the week with the All Share Prices Index (ASPI) sliding down to settle below 2000 points by Friday for the first time since January 2006. Week on Week the ASPI edged down sharply by 230.8 points or 10.7 percent to 1924.7 points while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed down at 2125.4 points witnessing a much greater decline of 291.5 points or 12.1percent for the week.

Bane of vote bank politics

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Vote bank politics is the ugly side of Indian democracy. It surfaces with more prominence around election time, which means practically round the year since polls are becoming an almost annual feature in India. That has made most people accept, perhaps grudgingly, vote bank politics as a necessary evil. Recently, the issue erupted with some force when the Samajwadi Party leader, Amar Singh, tried to do an almost impossible balancing act. He rushed to express sympathy for a slain and a much acclaimed police inspector, M.C. Sharma, who was killed when the police raided a ‘hideout’ of terrorists in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi while investigating the case of September 13 serial blasts in the capital.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Dr. Palitha Kohona

McCain and Obama Campaigns on Alert for Sneaked Illegal Fund Raising by LTTE

Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

John McCain and Barack Obama are permitted to receive individual contributions from a person up to $2,300. A person may contribute that amount to more than one candidate. So far Barack Obama has received a record 350 million or more, while John McCain received over $ 220 million, contributions are pouring in as I write. Final numbers would be published by the end of the month. Both candidates have an army of staffers to collect and check who the donors are. Republican and Democratic Party officials are quick to notify the Election authorities of any wrong doing by either party. We know that during the primary campaign Senator Hillary Clinton returned monies donated by those connected to the Tigers.