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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Ambassador designate Lionel Fernando

Sri Lankans duty bound to pray for Mahinda Rajapaksa government

Lionel FernandoAll the Sri Lankans, whether they live in the country or abroad are duty bound to pray for long life of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government which is absolutely dedicated to safeguard the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the motherland. This was the unanimous opinion of those who spoke at the Bodhi Pooja held at the International Buddhist Centre in Paris on November22 to bless President Rajapaksa on his 63rd birthday.

Eliminating LTTE Terrorism from Sri Lanka- Let the Armed Forces Handle It

By Darmitha-Kotte

Let no one who is not militarily trained to combat terrorist warfare stand in the way of our Combined Armed Forces and Civil Defense operations which are performing an excellent task right now in entering the once strongholds of LTTE un-cleared territory. With extreme dedication and focus, our valiant forces are moving steadily forward and regaining lost ground so that all citizens who live in the North can return to peace and harmony and begin to live in the true sense of "human rights" without terrorist dictators in the likes of Velupillai Prabhakaran and Pottu Amman kidnapping & brutally murdering family members of the civilians.

Coconut growers attempt to maintain sustainable nut prices

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The coconut growers in Sri Lanka has been agitating for some time about the government's lukewarm attitude towards the development of the coconut industry in Sri Lanka. The latest enemy of the coconut industry in Sri Lanka has now been identified as the haphazard importation of palm oil and the way the government acts appears to be really aiding and abating the down fall of coconut industry. As a result there is the intermittent wars between the coconut growers and the government as this haphazard importation of Palm Oil has become a vigorous detriment to the improvement of the coconut industry in Sri Lanka.

Olive Culture in Palestine

By Dr. T. Jayasinghe

Olive branch is a universal symbol of peace. This was highlighted when Chairman Yasser Arafat raised the olive branch in UN assembly and declared that he is for peace in Palestine. Unfortunately olive tree continues to be an object of conflict in Palestine. Olive tree is an inseparable part of Palestinian culture while playing a vital role in its agriculture, economy and national identity. As in the case of paddy cultivation in Sri Lanka there is a culture woven around the olive tree along with many rituals associated with harvesting. In Palestine olive picking season is traditionally considered a joyous and important time specially in the villages. There are olive harvesting festivals held all over Palestine. Olive picking or harvesting usually commences by end September and goes on till end November.


By Tisaranee Gunasekara

November is the month of two anniversaries: Mahinda Rajapakse’s ascendancy to the Presidency and the LTTE’s Mahaveer Day. Vellupillai Pirapaharan is a role player. For a man who heads a killing machine of an organisation and whose idea of an ideal state is a secular theocracy with himself as the God-leader, Mr. Pirapaharan has been extremely successful in posing as a necessary part of the solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic problem. True he is not "the" problem; the ethnic crisis preceded him and will remain even if he is killed tomorrow

A total of 22,390 Tamil Tigers have died in the illusive search for a separate state in Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Tamil Tigers’ UK sources have claimed in anticipation of the coming Heroes’ Day celebrations planned in London on November 27 that 373 young men and women have died so far as suicide bombers in a so far unsuccessful attempt to create a separate state carved out of Sri Lanka. Quoting Kilinochchi sources, the LTTE local media said from November 27, 1982 to November 20, 2008 a total of 274 male suicide bombers and 104 female suicide bombers have died while trying to carve out a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka.

Hasty retreat by LTTE supporters in Paris

Few dozens Tamil terrorists supporters who tried to disrupt a peaceful demonstration held by the Sri Lankans in Paris on Sunday had to make a hasty retreat under police protection. The supporters of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) started to shout pro-Tiger slogans when the demonstration began at 3.00 P.M. and some of the LTTE supporters made threatening gestures to the demonstrators, but when the young girls and boys started to shout slogans denouncing Tiger terrorists, the LTTE supporters had to roll up their Eelam flags and make a hasty retreat from the venue.

Bangladesh parliamentary polls on December 29

Our Diplomatic Correspondent reports from Dhaka

The long-awaited Bangladesh parliamentary election will now be held on December 29 and upazila( local government unit) on January 22, the Election Commission (EC) announced, meaning almost certainly an end to the impasse over the polls. The announcement is the upshot of the last few days' hectic negotiations between the EC, caretaker government and political parties. This is the third revision to the polls schedules unveiled on November 2.

By glorifying suicide terrorism publicly, Tamil Tigers set to defy UK Terrorism Laws publicly

By Walter Jayawardhana

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) , a tottering terrorist group nearing its military collapse in Sri Lanka will defy UK anti-terrorism laws to glorify its suicide terrorism publicly when it holds its Heroes Day at the London Excel Centre , according to pro-LTTE media reports. Despite the proscription of the group in the United Kingdom, the Tamil language radio station, International Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) said in its broadcasts that the event would take place at the London ExCeL Centre , November 27 from 10am.

Indices sink deeper as concerns mount

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity the combined stock brokering arm of HNB and DFCC in their weekly review indicated that market yet again witnessed sharp falls during the week to close significantly lower WoW amid continuing downfall in global equity markets on growing concerns of a global economic downturn. The All Share Price Index (ASPI ) fell 6.4 percent WoW to its lowest close since February 2005 while the (Milanka Price Index (MPI) lost 6 percent to reach its lowest level since April 2004. Overall, at week’s close the ASPI fell 114.1 points to 1669.9 points while the MPI closed down 118.9 points to stand at 1870.3.

Should India trust Zardari on Kashmir ……?

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

President Asif Ali Zardari’s extraordinary statement that militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir are ‘terrorists’ (not jihadis), and India had never been a ‘threat’ to Pakistan, is well-meaning, thoughtful and rational. These are not just off the cuff remarks or mala propos. Ever since there was regime-change in Pakistan, Zardari, it seems, has been honest-to-god, while making such ‘charitable’ declarations about Kashmir or Pakistan’s relationship with India, though creating ruckus in his terrorist-infested country. To the chagrin of the radicals and extremists at home, he had characteristically observed (in March) that India-Pakistan relations should not be made ‘hostage’ to the Kashmir issue, which should be left for ‘future generations to resolve’.

Ambassador designate Lionel Fernando

Ambassador designate Lionel Fernando

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Anti-LTTE demonstration in Paris

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Anti-LTTE demonstration in Paris 3

Anti-LTTE demonstration in Paris 4

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