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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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Great Game continues in South Asia

By Janaka Perera

During a brief tour of Pakistan early this month with six other Sri Lankan journalists, the question that came to my mind was whether the world really sees Pakistan and Sri Lanka as victims of terrorism. This feeling was further strengthened when - on our return home - we came to know from very reliable sources that out of the seven Defence Attaches who visited the Wanni battle front on December 15, only the Pakistani representative had boldly expressed appreciation of the valiant efforts and sacrifices of Sri Lankan troops, wishing them all success (proving who Sri Lanka's true friends are in the current crisis).

UN Expert Urges Sri Lanka To Better Protect Civilians Displaced By Conflict

An independent United Nations human rights expert has called on Sri Lanka to significantly improve access for more humanitarian relief and personnel to reach hundreds of thousands of people displaced in the northern Vanni region by the ongoing conflict between the Government and Tamil separatists. In a letter to the Government, Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative for the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), acknowledged Sri Lanka’s continuing efforts to enable humanitarian convoys to reach the estimated 200,000-300,000 IDPs in the region.

Narcotics worth Rs. 54 crores seized

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan – Asian Tribune

Narcotics and psychotropic substances to the tune of Rs 54 crore were seized from various districts of the State and destroyed by the Destruction Committee in Thenmelpakkam Village in Kancheepuram district. This is said to be one of the highest quantity of contraband destroyed in the last five years.

Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee dissolved

The Interim Committee of Sri Lanka cricket was dissolved today by Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge, officials said. They said the order for the dissolution was given on Tuesday and the minister would take a decision on Friday whether to hold fresh elections to Sri Lanka Cricket or appoint a new interim committee.

Tamil Nadu Cable TV Operators Fume

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan - Asian Tribune

Cable TV operators from many districts, owing allegiance to the State government-run Arasu Cable Corporation, who came to meet Chief Minister M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence, were held up by the police. Such action by the government has upset them and they have expressed disappointment over the issue. As a consequence of the strained relationship between the Marans and the Chief Minister, Kalaignar TV was born as a competitor to Sun TV. To put an end to the monopoly of Kalanidhi Maran’s Sumangali Cable Vision (SCV), Royal Cable Vision was inaugurated at Madurai. Many connections were transferred to from SCV to Hathway.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister highlights destructive impact of terrorism on civilian life

"Everybody who leaves home for his or her work place expects to return home safely. However, the destructive impact of the evil force of terrorism on civilian life in Sri Lanka has meant that no longer can we take this for granted". These remarks were made by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at a simple function held at the Foreign Ministry today (23rd December 2008) to hand over Fixed Deposit Certificates, worth Rs.1.2 million to the two sons of the late Mrs. Priyani Ranasinghe, a former staff member of the Ministry who lost her life in the LTTE terrorist bomb attack on a commuter train in Dehiwala on 26th May 2008.

Why only in Italy

By Anthony Fernando

In 2004, Sri Lankans in Italy used to meet at birthday parties and musical evenings. This was the only way Sri Lankan expatriates could meet and socialize. They had earned notoriety for engaging in fights in drunken stupor as liquor is cheap in Italy. The Lankans drank to galore and ended up in fisticuffs. Due to this the Italians refused to lend their halls to Sri Lankans. In Rome, the only hall that would be made available to the Sri Lankan community was known as ‘Pietralatha’.

Some Reminsces OF P.V. Narasimha Rao

By R. K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao breathed his last two days before Christmas in 2004 at the age of 83. A great linguist and leader par excellence, PV, as he was affectionately called, was a realistic and practical person. I worked with him first in the External Affairs Ministry and later on in the PMO and thus had an occasion to see him and know his qualities of head and heart from a close range. The month of June was highly propitious for him. He was born on June 28, 1921 at Vangara village in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. Again it was in the very same month, June 21 to be precise, he was sworn in as the 9th Prime Minister of India in 1991 by the then President R Venkataraman.

Why Jews are powerful and Muslims are powerless

Dr Shabir Choudhry

Muslims, especially youths, believe that they are under attack; but many non Muslims believe that it is young Muslims who are at a war with rest of the world. In this 'war' innocent people are being killed in many parts of the world; and sad thing is that these deaths and destruction are justified as means to end.

Spinner Ajantha Mendis and Janashakthi in a winning partnership

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Janashakthi Insurance PLC signed up Sri Lanka's ace spin bowler Ajantha Mendis as its new Brand Ambassador. The new partnership between Janashakthi and Mendis complements each other as both share the same passion and values: "Innovation, Trustworthiness, Dynamism and Dependability". Janashakthi has proved that these values are inherent in its business activities, having produced countless industry firsts, as well as proving its dependability and trustworthiness.

Pakistani troops arrive in Darfur to boost UN-African Union Force

Eighty-five Pakistani troops arrived in Darfur during the past two days to bolster the strength of the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, deployed earlier this year to try to end the violence and suffering in the war-ravaged Sudanese region. Another 176 members of the Pakistani Engineering Company are due later this week, bringing the total number of the Company’s members dispatched in Darfur to 335, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters. They will work primarily to finish UNAMID’s "super camp" in El Geneina, West Darfur, expand other camps in Darfur, and build infrastructure and facilities for the peacekeepers, she stated.

A glimpse picture of the status of Religious Minority Women in Bangladesh

By Sitangshu Guha - Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist & Christian Unity Council, USA

In Feb 2007 in the UN, NY, Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of Issues and Advancement of Women in Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) told that: 'regrettably, violence against women and girls remain unabated in whatever form and manifestation, depriving them of the full enjoyment of their human rights'. We want to echo her statement which is a reflection of the condition of the women in Bangladesh. Two women ran Bangladesh for quite a long time, but that did not improve the situation for women. The life and dignity of half of the humanity in Bangladesh is not safe at all, and human rights' is a day time dream for them. In any sex scandal women are considered responsible for that, and 'Fatwa' (Edict), social bindings, religious rituals made the Bangladeshi women a virtual machine to produce babies.