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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

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Sri Lankan Expatriate Rally in Washington airs plight of Tamil civilians trapped by LTTE

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan nationals and supporters from across the United States held a rally Friday February 20 in the vicinity of the White House in Washington, D.C. in an effort to urge the US Government to put pressure on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to release innocent civilians held by the LTTE as human shields in the northern part of the country. A large number of Sri Lankans attended the rally, representing the three major ethnic groups of Sri Lanka - Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims expressing the plight of the Tamil civilians trapped in the Northern Region of Sri Lanka due to the Tamil Tiger brutal effort preventing them to cross over to the Sri Lanka government declared safe zone.

JKH deals lift market activity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity the Stock Brokering arm of HNB and DFCC in their weekly review indicated that Colombo shares sparked into life on Friday after strategic deals by blue-chip JKH boosted market activity and helped regain some of the lost ground during the early part of the week. Nonetheless, on a Week-on-Week (WoW) basis the All Share Price Index (ASPI) lost 13.7 points or 0.78% to close the week at 1734.4 points while Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed the week at 1843.7 points down by 23.1 points or 1.24% compared to last week’s closing levels.

The Victory of the Buddhists Monks at the NWP and CP Provincial Elections

By C P Kuruppu

The most outstanding factor that led to the resounding victory of the United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at the Central and North Western Provincial elections was the infusing the minds of the voters for the need of protecting the nation and the religion by the Buddhist monks and the organizations. Although their activities were low key, unorganized disconnected and confined originally to the temple and office premises their impact was felt all over the provinces paving way for the massive election victories. The political pundits now predict that results will be repeated in the other provinces where the elections are to be held.

CIA’s secrete Operations worldwide and drug money

By Farzana Shah

In Afghanistan US/NATO put blame on Taliban for the poppy cultivation in Afghanistan for financing their resistance to allied forces. Ironically, it was only in Taliban era when the world had seen a sharp decline in opium crop in Afghanistan. Taliban banned opium cultivation nationwide. A more important question is how and when this business of drug production and trafficking started in region? CIA has been using drug money since long to generate money to support its operations all over the world. It did not start in Afghanistan it was brought here after experimenting somewhere else. This is something which is not a lead story in international media for obvious reasons despite the fact it is harming millions of lives around the globe.

Year of English and IT

By Manjari Peiris

The information technology is very vast in a competitive world which is very necessary to face challenges. Opportunities for employment in the field of IT could be gained if only there is English knowledge. This is why President Mahinda Rajapaske declared 2009 as the "Year of English and IT". Professor Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Science & Technology said so participating as the Chief Guest at a ceremony held at the National Apprentice and Industrial Training Authority (NAITA) to establish a training centre to train youth in IT and other foreign languages including English.

S.B. Dissanayake asked to reconsider where he belongs?

A little bit of a piece of advice to S, B. Dissanayake telling him to explore where he belongs. An open letter from one of his old time friend Dr. T.B. Jayasinghe, presently Sri Lanka’s Representative in Palestine. In his open letter, Dr. Jayasinghe recalled his friendship from the days SB was in the Communist Party, when the Party Office was located at the Cotta Road, Colombo. He reminded SB of the misunderstanding his wife had when she mistook him as a bodyguard of Mahinda Rajapaksa, at that time Mahinda was just an ordinary Member of Parliament. In his letter, Dr. Jayasinghe pointed out that Karu Jayasuriya had no grievances with Mahinda Rajapaksa. He adduced that the reason why Karu Jayasuriya was brought back to the UNP by the highest levels was only ‘to keep you out’, so that you can forget about becoming the Deputy Leader of the UNP.

Triumphalist Hype and Reality

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Friday’s Black Air Tiger attack did little harm to life and property but much damage to the government’s reputation. It also proved the LTTE’s determination to fight on, with whatever means possible, notwithstanding its conclusive defeat in the conventional phase of the war. If an organisation, which is supposedly in terminal stages, can mount an operation which involves air forays into a highly fortified city hundreds of kilometres away, then its ability to wage a guerrilla war, on the land and the sea, should not be discounted. As a guerrilla outfit without a specified geographic area under its control, the LTTE’s survival and success would depend largely on its capacity to exacerbate the politico-psychological gap between the civilian populace and the Lankan state/armed forces.

DUPE – an Index for Human Exaggeration during Troubled Times

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London….

Nature, which bestowed upon us the abilities to communicate, fight, multiply the kind and even the ruthlessness to be at each other’s throat if the survival is at stake, has also been kind enough to keep another gift in its spare pocket - only to be handed out among a selected few of Her favourites. It is the proclivity for exaggeration. Since no behavioural psychologist has come up with a scale to gauge our power of exaggeration, we, the humble mortals, can exercise our democratic rights to find one. The skill for exaggeration of human beings, much to our bewilderment, transcends race, religion and even political inclination.

Desperate Alliances

By M. Rama Rao & Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

With the Lok Sabha poll this summer well within their sights, many of our prominent political parties are either actively looking for strange bedfellows or reassessing the worth of their ties with old allies as a part of their plans for ballot nirvana. It is, of course, not necessary that all the talks about new political equations will fructify or the old alliances will totally collapse. Experience also suggests that the ‘final’ picture of new alliances will keep shifting almost till the polling day. The smaller parties are more liable to change their minds about allies than the bigger ones, depending on the post-poll exigencies. Nevertheless, the great alliance bazaar looks hot at the moment and is worth watching.

The Special Envoy from Britain to Sri Lanka

By Garvin Karunaratne,

Britain has decided to send Des Moines, a Member of the UK Houses of Parliament as special envoy to Sri Lanka to solve the problem that the Government of Sri Lanka is facing in the North. The North of Sri Lanka belongs to Sri Lanka a sovereign country and the Sri Lankan Government has not requested Britain for any such Envoy. The Government of Sri Lanka has protested vehemently at this infringement of its sovereignty. It is felt necessary to analyze the motivation of Britain in sending this Envoy. His purpose is said to be to work with international forces, with the different communities and to facilitate a political solution to the problem in the North.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy

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