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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Dr. Richard L. Benkin

Indian Foreign Secretary meets Rajapaksa, discusses 'political' situation

Mahinda with MenonAmidst indications that LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran has escaped to a coastal hideout in Penang, Malaysia, Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon Saturday discussed the 'political' situation with President Mahinda at Kandy, a day after he arrived in Sri Lanka on an unscheduled 2-day visit to the Island country. Both sides took recourse to diplomatisque to remain vague on what had been discussed at the meeting that lasted about 90-minutes. Both sides took recourse to diplomatisque to remain vague on what had been discussed at the meeting that lasted about 90-minutes. They discussed 'issues' of bilateral interest and ''exchanged' views on the current developments' in the war-ravaged north, an official release said. This is a giveaway that progress of Eelam war figured prominently.

Minding Mountains

By Gomin Dayasri

My bags are empty except for the medicine box, razor and toothbrush- wearing all the clothes carried to avoid the cold which stands at -5 C. From midday the cold winds hit the marrow though bright sunshine bathes the valley. I am nearly the last in the streets of Jomsom (9300 feet) in Nepal on New Years eve, the last outpost before the final ascent to Mukthinath(13780 feet). Ventured out to the internet café before it closes at 5 pm in pitch darkness to watch "Defense.lk" and "Tamilnet"-both spin doctors- but when you are in the Himalayas a comparison at least makes it possible to gauge the state of the war. Defence.lk was reporting of successful military maneuvers in Paranthan while "Tamilnet" beamed a fiasco at the Seylan bank.

The Debatable Legacy of the Accidental Author of Bushism

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

If opinion polls are to believe, George Bush Jr will go down in history as the President with the lowest approval ratings among the American voters, next week. However, for those of us, who don’t have a particular grudge against this amiably down-to-earth American, he seems to be the funniest President ever, to have held the high office. His use of the English language and the relatively large collection of corresponding facial gestures, which no previous American president seemed to have, certainly create an irreplaceable vacuum in the fiercely bi-partisan politics in the USA in particular, and the free world in general.

Sri Lanka-based Burmese political weblog wins "Best Asia Blog" award for 2008

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

If one's life is threatened for expressing ones views of one's country of birth through the mass media get into another country to create a 'weblog' or 'internet newspaper' which can have an impact on the international community. Here in the United States the Department of States’ research and intelligence unit 24/7 keeps track of all the newspapers published in every corner of this globe and what every weblog and internet media say not only about the United States but also about other nations and their governments. Taking note of what is expressed in the internet the United States Department of State takes note and acts on those. In fact, the Department shares the information with the U.S. Congress.

Lanka’s Faustian Bargain

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Total subjugation to the LTTE is the price Vellupillai Pirapaharan demanded of and extracted from the Tamil people, in return for taking on the Lankan state. Is an equally self-destructive "quid pro quo" being imposed on the Sinhalese by the Rajapakse administration? Is the South being asked to consent to the steady undermining of democracy, rule of law and civilised norms, in return for the regime’s willingness to take on the LTTE? In a self critical piece of seminal importance titled "War on Terror was wrong", Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband moved away from the 'them vs. us' premise of George W Bush’s 'Global War against Terror', criticising the practice of drawing "the battle lines as a simple binary struggle between moderates and extremists or good and evil" "The Guardian"– 15.1.2009).

WASPUR gives Rs. 1 M. for troops' welfare

By Janaka Perera in Colombo

The Western Australian Society for Peace, Unity & Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka (WASPUR) Inc has made a contribution of Rs 1 Million through the organization Jayagrahanaya (Success) Colombo for the welfare of armed forces personnel. The funds were handed over to Dr Anula Wijesundera of Success at the Army Hospital at Thimbirigasyaya on last week by Mrs Priya Barnes, President WASPUR. Success will utilize the funds to purchase various medical equipment, patient transfer trolleys, upgrading the Army Hospital and to help in the rehabilitation of disabled military personnel at Ranaviru Sevana, Ragama.

Dialog Enterprise helps Eagle Insurance enhances call cost efficiency

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Eagle Insurance PLC recently connected to a superior total voice communications solution provided by Dialog Enterprise. Dialog Enterprise, an integrated business division of Dialog Telekom PLC, has provided Dialog7 Fixed Voice Solutions with state-of-the-art communication facilities at the Eagle Insurance's Head Office in enhancing service delivery. This solution provides a speedier and cost effective answer to all outgoing calls taken by staff at Eagle Insurance's Head Office in Colombo to all mobile numbers via the Company's fixed lines.

Waiting for the promised 'Change'

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

The Muslim world has no illusions that the new US president is going to be a 'liberator' for the dieing, war-prone people around the glob. People know it well, he does not have 'Aladdin's stick' with him nor does he belong to an imaginary 'superman' category. But they rightly hope, he will be more fair and even-handed when it comes to the conflicts, and end the tension that started between Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and Washington under the Bush brigade.

Nilusha Fonseka wins CIAM World Prize

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

It was a pleasant surprise for Ms Nilusha Fonseka when she heard that she has become the only World Prize winner for the May, 2008 CIMA exams, her greatest achievement, so far. Twentyone year old Ms Fonseka is an old Ladies Collegiate and studies for CIMA along with her Bio Science (B.Sc) Degree at the Sri Jayawardenapura University. Ms Fonseka acknowledges that CIMA is a course of study that is agreeable to the Average student, since a person can do it at his/her own pace.

Test of leaders in testing times

By Asif Haroon Raja

The worth of a leader is tested in testing times when the chips are down and hopelessness reign supreme. His behaviour and skills are measured during crisis period or when he has to make a right decision at the right time to avert a catastrophe or to safeguard honour in disregard of mercantile interests. In recent times we have seen some examples of good and bad leadership, some dead and some still living. ZA Bhutto, Ayatollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, Mullah Omar, Saddam Hussein, Hassan Nasarallah, Ahmadanijad, Hugo Chavez, western backed Mahmud Abbas and Nuri al-Maliki, darlings of the west Benazir and Musharraf, George Bush and Tony Blair have remained on the centre stage in recent times.

In Sri Lanka- Tobacco kills 20,000 people annually

By Peiris Manjari in Colombo

"About 11,000 prosecutions have been made in regard to violation of the regulations of the Tobacco and Alcohol Act during the year 2007 and about 17 million rupees have been collected in the form of fines," said, Professor Carlo Fonseka, the Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), addressing a gathering at the BMICH at a ceremony held parallel to the exhibition organized by the Medical faculty of the Sri Jayawardenapura University, Nugegoda.

New 'Twist' to Oliver Twist story and Trinity's Perimpanayagam

By Daya Gamage

"Please, sir, I want some more." The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralyzed with wonder; the boys with fear. "What!" said the master at length, in a faint voice. "Please, sir," replied Oliver, "I want some more." The master aimed a blow at Oliver’s head with a ladle; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle. Those who have read Charles Dickens’ "Oliver Twist", the above were the most reiterated section Mr. Perimpanayagam recited in our English class.

The Real Issue in the Gaza Fighting

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

Dr. BenkinAs people worldwide choose up sides to cheer for in the current Gaza fighting, few recognize what the real issue is, and fewer of them are willing to admit it. Distilled to its most essential ingredient, the Middle East conflict is and always was about Israel. Everything else is window dressing. Ever since Jewish "halutzim" (or pioneers) began reclaiming their ancient homeland and a renewed Jewish state became a reality, the official position of almost every Arab government and entity has been that a Jewish state of any size and location in the Middle East is unacceptable. That same position has been repeated "ad nauseum" from almost every mosque in the world; certainly "every" mosque in the Middle East.

ADB plans for regional economic integration in South Asia

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Though India and Pakistan are locked in a bitter war of words post 26/11, the Asian Development Bank hopes that these two south Asian rivals will sooner than later play a key role in promoting regional cooperation. The potential for such cooperation is immense according to the Manila based bank which has come up with the framework of a regional technical assistance (RETA) programme.


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