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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Check Judiciary - out stepping

By K.T.Rajasingham

It is time the Rajapaksa government meets the challenge thrown up by the apex court's verdicts which undermine the basic features of a democracy Sri Lanka cherishes. The issue is not who's - Executive, Legislature or Judiciary - superior but how to ensure a proper separation of powers according to the law of the land. No one, neither Executive and Legislature nor the Judiciary is above the law; all the three are the creations of the Law has to be maintained and President, Parliament and the judiciary are the creations of the Constitution which enshrines the Law; None of the three should indulge in a game of one-upmanship by playing to the galleries, usurp the power of the other, undermine the respect before the bar of the people, and turn tyrannical in the end.

Stephen Cohen advices India: Give up 'P' and 'K' fixation, Avoid 'hot pursuit'

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Neither 'hot pursuit' of terrorists nor bombing of the terrorist camps in POK is a solution to the problem India is facing from its western border, Stephen Cohen, an old South Asia hand, opines. His advice to India: 'Give up Pakistan fixation', a view some Indian commentators have been voicing for a while. Cohen a regular to the sub-continent, made two observations while speaking at Pan IIT 2008 in Chennai.

Open up news websites in European languages - Minister Dilan Perera

Dilan Perera Sri Lankan parliamentary delegation which recently visited Germany and Sweden claimed that they were able to clear lot of misconceptions about Sri Lanka that was in the midst of German and Swedish Parliamentarians. The delegation also told the parliamentarians from both countries, the positive measures taken by the Sri Lanka Government to bring about sustainable peace in the country. Dilan Perea Minister of Ports Development, who is one of the members of the Sri Lanka Parliamentary delegation, has emphasized the urgent need to open up news websites in all European languages to counter the disinformation campaign carried out by the LTTE and proLTTE elements in Europe.

Music for Peace in Bethlehem

Dr. T. Jayasinghe

A musical performance in Palestine might be strange news for the outside world that hears only of?conflicts in Palestine. But music, to those matter performances of advanced traditional music is a reality and I was fortunate to be at one such performance. Occupation does not prevent Palestinians from engaging in their cultural activities specially in the fields of music, drama, art and many other similar pursuits coming down from ancient times.

Boosting terrorism to defend 'democracy'

By Janaka Perera

What should be the primary objective of an agreement between the radio broadcasting services of two countries on the matter of news and other programs? Undoubtedly it is to introduce the culture, language, religion, politics and other relevant subjects of one country to the listeners of the other. In fact this was the basis on which the BBC Sinhala Service, "Sandeshaya" was launched in the post-World War II years.

Pakistan turns to lobbyists in US, Europe for image make over, says analyst

Faced with the sigma of aiding and abetting Islamist terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Toiba, and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Pakistan army and its intelligence wing, ISI, have turned to lobbyists in the US and Europe for an image makeover, says a US news site. They are also co-opting low key think tanks like Centre for Security and Science (CSS) at Liberty University to 'manage' a favourable media exposure under the garb of an 'Agreement for Research Services', NewsBlaze reports. Quoting analyst Vazeer, the report says the campaign is designed to demonstrate that the Pakistan Army has distanced itself from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its front organization, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

The extent of private sector involvement in reducing poverty in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Dr Lalith KotalawalaKalpitiya has been known as a rich fishing area, but the land that was earlier abandoned as baron and sandy unsuitable for agriculture, though there were some plantations of chllies and mostly tobacco. Some 20 years ago some brave and determined farmers defied the belief that the land in Kalpitiya could not be cultivated and started cultivating vegetable onions and later on with large plantations of bananas and papaya. More than 1,000 acres are cultivated in this manner.

Sunanda Deshapriya vanishes from the media circuit

By Leel Pathirana

It is reported that the former convener of the Free Media Movement of Sri Lanka, and the Media Spokesman for CPA (Center for Policy Alternatives) Mr.Sunanda Deshapriya has been sacked after found withdrawn of Rs.200, 000 belong to the Centre For Policy Alternatives. Further probes are being carried out whether the amount is exceeding up to millions. Dr. Paikiasothy Sarawanamuttu, the Executive Director of the Centre For Policy Alternatives in a Press release dated 19 December revealed: "The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) accepted today the resignation of Mr. Sunanda Deshapriya, former Director and former Head of the Media Unit, with immediate effect. Mr. Deshapriya was associated with CPA since 2002."

There is something fishy behind policy of appeasement

By Asif Haroon Raja

The much hyped Agra talks in July 2001 between Musharraf and Vajpayee led to a fiasco because of the uncompromising attitude of Indian hawks within its establishment and Lok Sabha. It however raised the image of Musharraf domestically and he was seen as a genuine leader wedded to the principled cause of Kashmir. Soon after 9/11, which many see as a Zionist plot to infuriate the US against the Muslim world, Pakistan was cornered to become the frontline state in the war on terror and to extend full support to US troops in capturing Afghanistan.

Market down on improved volumes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity – a joint venture of HNB and DFCC – Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the bourse opened the week recording significant losses on Monday while indices moved sideways during the rest of the week hovering near a new low for the year. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) shed 34.6 points or 2.2% to close at 1526.8 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) inched down by 52.8 points or 3.0% to stand at 1686.1 points. The high cap JKH topped in terms of market activity this week, demonstrating a total value of nearly Rs.152.0 million. JKH activity amounted to 32.5% of total week’s turnover on the back of few big trades taking place during the week.

President Mahinda tells LTTE - Release all Tamils held as human shield and in bondage, or face proscription

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today called on the LTTE to release all innocent Tamils it is holding as hostage, in bondage and using them as human shields, with the dawn of 2009, and allow them to come to the safe areas provided for them by the Government and the Security Forces. Failure to do this would lead the Government to proscribing the LTTE with all its consequences for the terrorist organization and will ensure that 2009 is the true Year of Heroism for the troops and also see the wiping out of LTTE terrorism from the pages of history. He said the only enemy faced by the people is the terrorism of LTTE, and that he will not agree to any ceasefire that will strengthen the LTTE in any form.