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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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Agriculture extension systems should be strengthened in India

By Amit Dwivedi

The arrangements for agricultural extension in India have grown, over the last five decades, in terms of activities, organizational types and available manpower. However, public investments in agriculture, (investments in irrigation, rural roads, rural electrification, storage, marketing, agricultural research and education, land development, co-operation etc) in real terms have been declining consistently in all the states since the mid seventies.

Kadapatha book launched in Anuradhapura

"Kadapatha" (Through the Looking Glass - Sixty Years of Independence), a collection of articles from the Sunday "Lankadeepa" weekly column of the same name written by Milinda Moragoda and edited by veteran newspaper Editor Edmond Ranasinghe was launched on the occasion of the Sangha Advisory committee meeting of the Ministry of Tourism, held in Anuradhapura on Wednesday at the historical Jaya Siri Mahabodhi Uda Maluwa.

Political realities and political solution to the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka

By Arular Arudpragasam

While the fundamental contradiction of human history has been that between barbarism and civilisation which seems to define the historical process, the upper hand of barbarism during the last two centuries has paralysed our abilities to comprehend and resolve many problems of governance which were solved harmoniously in ancient times. Normative structuralism that characterises civilisations and civilisational process, to which barbarism shows such aversion, has become an irrelevant aspect in good governance.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Urged International Community to Exert Pressure on LTTE to Release Innocent Tamil Civilians

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has urged the international community to exert its utmost pressure on the LTTE to free the civilians who are being held captive in the North and release the innocent children who have been forcibly recruited into their combat ranks. He made this call while addressing the Diplomatic Corps based in Colombo at the Foreign Ministry today (18 February 2009). Referring to the statement issued on 16 February 2009 by the Office of the UN Resident/ Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombo, in which the UN had noted that the LTTE continued to actively prevent people leaving and reports indicated that a growing number of people trying to leave have been shot and sometimes killed, and that children as young as 14 years are being recruited into the ranks of the LTTE, the Minister strongly condemned the abominable practice by the LTTE of continuing to recruit young children in armed

Sri Lanka Red Cross appeals for funds to help the displaced in Wanni

Sri Lanka Red Cross says it needs urgent financial support from the local and international donors to help IDPs in the Northern Sri Lanka. As a result of the current conflict in the north of Sri Lanka, there are an estimated number of over 50,000 people who are in need of immediate help. Having lost all their belonging as well as loss of life of family members, they are now living in temporary shelter. In addition to immediate needs, they will be in need public support to help them with longer term recovery. As time goes on the numbers of civilian coming to cleared areas is expected to vastly increase. The Sri Lanka Red Cross volunteers have been working day and night in the government hospitals in Vavuniya, Anuradhapura, Mannar helping with the staff to take care of those needing urgent medical attention.

UN Under-Secretary-General Sir John Holmes to visit Sri Lanka

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to arrange a visit to Sri Lanka by one of his colleagues with a view to familiarize himself with the initiatives undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka to address the humanitarian needs of civilians and IDPs held hostage by the LTTE in the North of Sri Lanka. Accordingly, during a telephone conversation yesterday, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama invited Sir John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, to undertake a visit to Sri Lanka. It was agreed that during his visit from 19th to 22nd February 2009, Sir John would consult with the UN country team and strengthen ongoing joint efforts by the Government, UN Agencies and ICRC in addressing the immediate needs of the civilian population in the North, as well as address the long term needs of IDPs escaping from uncleared areas.

Who says the Sri Lankan Government doesn’t look after the welfare of the Tamil Civilians fleeing LTTE control

By Shenali Waduge

There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed as truth if repeated often enough. Thus, terrorists came to be regarded as freedom fighters; a terrorist problem was treated as an "ethnic problem", solutions drafted to problems not known and presently a Government being blamed for civilians that are being held by the LTTE. Humanitarian agencies projected between 250,000 to 400,000 displaced civilians. The food convoys sent through 2008 were given much media hype for they carried the UN flags, that the supplies were given by the Government received less attention. Only 35,000 have so far come to cleared areas to seek solace with the Government and its troops but strangely enough the demands for food and other essentials to these people take second place for those who still enjoy vilifying the Government. The impartial few will only know what pressures the country and its Government is going through.

Will Canada Intervene? - Sri Lankan Envoy Asks Sarcastically

Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Canada Daya Perera has asked a Canadian parliamentarian whether his country would intervene, as it has done in Afghanistan, to help the Sri Lankan government disarm the LTTE in case a cease-fire fails. Striking a sarcastic note in a letter to member of parliament Derek Lee, he asks: "Assuming that we have a cease-fire now, what is the guarantee that the LTTE will adhere by its promises?." The letter to Lee, who represents Scarborough which has a heavy concentration of Sri Lankan expatriates, reads: "Our troops have been trained to avoid as much as possible harming any civilians as after all they are citizens of our country. Our pilots have been specially trained and instructed to avoid as much as possible the possibility of causing harm to civilians.

UN Says its Mandate in Sri Lanka is to Save Lives, not Count Dead Bodies

The United Nations says its primary mandate in Sri Lanka is mostly saving lives, not counting dead bodies. Asked if the civilian casualty figures in Sri Lanka were as high as the 1,300 Palestinians who were killed in Gaza last month, UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters the United Nations does not generally issue casualty figures.

U.N. Seeks a Green Revolution in Food

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The food crisis that spilled over from last year could take a turn for the worse in the next decade if there are no explicit answers to a rash of growing new problems, including declining agricultural production, a faltering distribution network and a deteriorating environment worldwide. "Changing the ways in which food is produced, handled and disposed of across the globe - from farm to store and from fridge to landfill - can both feed the world's rising population and help the environmental services that are the foundation of agricultural productivity in the first place," says a new study titled 'The Environmental Food Crisis' released by the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP).

Al Qaeda Threatens India

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

With a next-door country that, no matter what its leaders say to Western audiences, swears by eternal enmity towards India, the latest threat from Al Qaeda to launch more Mumbai 26/11-type attacks on soft Indian targets in retaliation for any offence against the ‘land of the pure’ would have not surprised anyone. This threat comes only weeks after the other Pakistan-based terror outfit that is also their own creation, Taliban, had issued a similar threat to India when one of its leaders had declared just after the 26/11 attacks that his men would fight alongside the Pakistani army to thwart any Indian military advance into Pakistan.

Two massive protests scheduled for Friday outside White House

Two massive protest demonstrations are scheduled to take place outside the White House on Friday-- one by pro-LTTE supporters and the other by pro-government supporters. The LTTE supporters are coming mostly from Canada. A flyer announcing the demonstration describes the protest as a "mega rally". The Sri Lankan expatriate community is organizing a counter-protest on the same day at the same venue with the help of all Sri Lankans in Washington DC and other States.

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