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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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N.Srikantha M.P.,

Tamil National Issue – Sinhalese National Issue – Tamil Tigers – Terrorism – Myths and Reality in Sri Lanka

An Interview with Daya Gamage available on YouTube

A retired Foreign Service National of the United States Department of State who worked at the American Embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 1970 through 1995 as the embassy’s sole Political Specialist in the last fifteen years of his service draws his vast experience in dealing with Sri Lanka’s national politics and socio-economic progress, race relations, the responses of the senior State Department Foreign Service Officers with whom he worked all those years to this South Asian nation’s upheavals and progress of which he had up close and personal experience, the knowledge he gained about Sri Lanka’s national myths, facts, truths and half truths and diabolical falsehoods vis-à-vis ethnic relations between the majority Sinhalese, and minority Tamils and Muslims are well presented in an interview he gave recently to the Council of International Studies in the State of Nevada in U.S.

TNA fails to come up with rescue plans to save innocent Tamils other than insisting on a ceasefire to safeguard the LTTE

By K.T.Rajasingham

Srikantha M.P.The Tamil National Alliance has failed to come up with any solutions to solve the human tragedy of saving the innocent Tamil civilians trapped in the conflict zone, who are allegedly held as human shield by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The TNA is hell-bent on finding ways to rescue the LTTE from being ejected from the country, by urging for a ceasefire rather than coming up with a rescue plan to safeguard the Tamil civilians from the clutches of the Tamil armed group.

SWAT Peace Deal: Separating facts from fiction

By: Farzana Shah

On 16 Feb. 2009, NWFP government and militants signed a deal according to which government will implement Islamic Sharia in Malakand division under 'Nizam-e-Adal Regulations.' Immediate effect of this deal is sudden ceasefire in Swat’s troubled areas and life returned to normal in the Valley earlier suffered badly due to fierce fighting between militants and Pakistan army. "Buying peace is need of the hour and a legitimate right of all Pakistanis in the region and as a nation Pakistanis expect that global community will also appreciate the efforts for peace but ironically there are elements having opposition confusing the masses world over about this peace and Sharia Law."

An Honourable Celestial Giant - the Sun God

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

Our forefathers used to worship the Sun, the Head of our Solar System, as the primary object for veneration, while extending the ritual to copious other secondary, inanimate things, ranging from massive trees to many more less-significant celestial objects. This was the era in which people thought the border of the horizon was the end of their world, something in turn may have led to the belief, that their world was flat indeed.

SAARC Foreign Ministers resolved to Combat Terrorism take measures to Economic Crisis in the region

The just concluded 31st session of the SAARC Council of Ministers, SAARC Member States and Senior Officials concentrated on two major issues that warranted their serious and immediate attention – combating terrorism and the global economic crisis and ways to end it in the region. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama when briefing the media personnel said heeding to the call of the Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Council of Ministers ably assisted by the Foreign Secretaries of SAARC Member States and Senior Officials, adopted two important documents, namely, "The SAARC Ministerial Declaration on Cooperation in Combating Terrorism” and the statement on Global Economic Crisis."

Stop pushing back Rohingyas to Burma: Protect the Rohingya refugee boat people

In a statement released by Rohingya Human Rights Council based in Norway has said "We are appalled to know that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has decided to send hundreds of Rohingya boat people back to military-ruled Burma. Meeting at its annual summit, the 10-member bloc agreed to compile and pool information and interviews on the Rohingyas, who washed up on the shores of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia having fled oppression in Burma." On the other hand, the Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said Burma is ready to take back the Rohingya migrants if they can prove they are of Bengali descent.

Sri Lanka : India Can Help End Civilian Killings

Analysis by Praful Bidwai

As Sri Lanka’s armed forces battle the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in their last stronghold, the island country’s influential neighbour, India, is weighing diplomatic options to goad President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government to save civilians trapped in the war zone. The number of civilians is estimated to be as high as 200,000 to 250,000. Many have been displaced by the war five or even 12 times over. Currently, according to the best estimates, 25 to 35 people are being killed every day.

Asian Tribune’s contribution towards peace

After Asian Tribune had published an analysis on Swat situation and suggested implementation of Sharia system as a way out to end violence in Swat and avoid civilian casualties. After about a week of publication of the article in Asian Tribune a deal between Pakistani government and militants reached in Swat which had paved way for peace in the area. The article was published on Feb 8th, 2009 and the peace deal took place on Feb 16th, 2009.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa undertakes State Visit to Nepal

Mahinda RajapaksaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa will be undertaking a State Visit to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal from 2nd – 4th March 2009 at the invitation of Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, President of Nepal. President Rajapaksa will hold bilateral discussions with President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, Prime Minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Upendra Yadav and other political leaders of Nepal. President Rajapaksa is also scheduled to visit the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu.