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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Process regarding the visit of Pranab Mukerjee to Sri Lanka hasn’t yet taken off

Indian Government has so far not given thoughts to the visit of Minister Pranab Mukerjee, to Sri Lanka. "Asian Tribune" learns even the precursor to such a high profile visit; the logistical process, has not even taken place. Hope of ending the military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam by those in Tamil Nadu still remains a distant dream. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.Karunanidi and some leaders of the state political parties met India’s Prime Minister on 4th of December and insisted that India should bring about pressure on Sri Lanka President to stop forthwith his military campaign against the LTTE, a banned terrorist’s outfit in India, and enter into a ceasefire.

Mangala Samaraweera’s politics of brinkmanship

Recently at an interview Mangala Samaraweera tried to under- value the need to defeat the LTTE by going to great lengths in explaining that the terrorism can exist even without a claim for a land. One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know that there are groups with different objectives who depend on armed violence. But, Sri Lanka is mainly concerned about the LTTE terrorism and whose main objective is to carve out a separate country of their own. Therefore, Samaraweera’s theorising on terrorism questions his IQ. It is indeed unfortunate for Samaraweera to unleash an attack on the defence establishment and the Army Commander while attempting to under estimate the danger of allowing the LTTE to have another lease of life.

Whither Sri Lanka Norway Friendship

By Dr. T. Jayasinghe

As far as I know Arne Fjortoft, the affable Norwegian was the first to establish practical links of friendship with Sri Lanka. After arriving in Sri Lanka in 1967 he went to Karainagar in Jaffna and established the “CEYNOR” project to help a so called untouchable Tamil community there who were engaged in fishing. With funds from a temperance movement in Norway he successfully started a boat building factory and shrimp processing unit. This Tamil community belonging to the so called depressed class is not allowed to worship at the Hindu temple and is denied even water from the wells of the high caste Tamils who now call themselves the liberators of the Tamils.

Pedagogical workshop for French teacher trainees ( Teaching French as a Foreign Language)

A teaching workshop for French Language Teacher Trainees from Pasdunrata National College of Education was held from 8th to 12th December 2008 at the Peradeniya National College of Education. This program was organized by the French Teachers Association in collaboration with the Embassy of France and the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka. The teaching workshops were proposed to sixty trainees of the first two intakes of Pasdunrata College of Education and were conducted by Ms Dominique Thizy, Ms Anne-Claire Ravenelle and Ms Anne Leroux, experts sent from the Institut de Touraine, a prestigious French language centre in Tours, France.

Smuggling Elephants Out of Myanmar

About 250 live Asian Elephants have been smuggled from Myanmar (Burma) in the past decade, mostly destined for "elephant trekking" tourism activities in neighboring Thailand, according to a report by the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC, a joint programme of IUCN and WWF. Meanwhile blatant illegal ivory trade continues in Myanmar, with TRAFFIC surveys of 14 markets and three border markets in Thailand and China finding 9,000 pieces of ivory and 16 whole tusks for sale. Retailers generally displayed ivory and other elephant parts quite openly and rarely hesitated in disclosing smuggling techniques and other illegal activities to TRAFFIC staff posing as potential buyers.

Super Power Hubris and Terrorism

By Palitha Senanayake.

The impromptu reactions of Indian leaders to the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai have necessarily been based on revulsion and impulse. Indian Prime Minister repeatedly mentioned the need for co-operation from the International community' and kept Washington informed of the developments in the 'Pakistan'. The problem however in 'running to mama in Washington' with no holds barred could make India end up like the little red ridding hood who ran to grandma to protect herself from the wolf. 'Enough is enough' they said and that 'The terrorists don’t come from heaven' pointing a finger at Pakistan. Such statements appear to have been made more out of a moral necessity to do something instead of a well considered counter strategy.

Sri Lanka: National Science & Technology Awards 2008

By Manjari Peiris

"At present advanced technology is being used only on 1.5% of the products being exported from Sri Lanka whereas other countries use more than 30%." Minister Professor Tissa Vitarana said so participating at the National Science and Technology Awards 2008 ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat recently. The awards ceremony which was jointly organized by the Ministry of Science & Technology and the National Science Foundation offered awards to those who have excelled in 3 criterion, namely for research in Basic Sciences, Agriculture and Food Science and Environment and Biodiversity), TWAS/NSF Young Scientists and NSF/SCOPUS Awards for Scientific Excellence.

India’s friends in the west

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

Outwardly it looks as though the Mumbai terror attacks have led to generation of a lot of worldwide sympathy for India as a victim of terror sponsored by ‘elements’ in Pakistan. But a deeper look at some of the statements and comments, often misleading, made in the US and other Western capitals, after Mumbai’s 60 hours of unprecedented horror late in November do not really confirm that impression. Glean at reports in the Western media or listen to some of the comments made by leaders in these countries and one would feel that Indians have been overcome by war frenzy, pressing the government to attack Pak targets. It is overlooked that if such an attack was to be really effective it ought to have come as an element of surprise--within a few hours or maybe a day after the first bomb blasts by the terrorists on 26 November.

Staunch Critic of Israel at U.N. Reports Death Threats

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The outspoken president of the General Assembly, Father Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, who recently described Israeli policies in the occupied territories as tantamount to "apartheid", says his life is under threat. Enrique Yeves, spokesperson for the president, told reporters Monday there were "very serious threats" on the Internet against D'Escoto's life and the matter is being looked into both by the U.N. security services and law enforcement officials in the United States.


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