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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Pranab Mukherjee

SAARC Council of Ministers pledge cooperation to combat terrorism and global initiatives to protect developing economies

The SAARC Council of Ministers meeting in Colombo on 27-28 February renewed their commitment to strengthen comprehensive cooperation among SAARC Member States to combat and eliminate all forms and manifestations of terrorism, and affirmed the need to further the legal regime and institute pragmatic cooperation to address the issue effectively.Addressing a media briefing on 28th February at the Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo, the conference venue, Minister Bogollagama referred to the inaugural address to the Council by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 27th February where he had stressed the need for the Council of Ministers to be seized of current common challenges confronting South Asia and the duty of the Council to give directions towards finding meaningful solutions.

Nadesan: Tongue of the Mission - Mission of the Tongue

By Swarnajith Udana

If there is single reason why crime prevails, what is it? It is the fact that we own one of most dangerous weapon. In appearance it is soft, delicate and pinky. The vicious aspect of this does not come from its appearance. It comes from its flexibility. This flexibility is needed for its original purpose. Being very clever we have used this most resourceful aspect as a tool of dehumanization. It can bend up and down and left and right. It can even be rolled. "The tongue." It is one of the most vicious weapons of dehumanization. Do you need proof? Consider this.

The sovereignty Sri Lanka never regained

By Janaka Perera

Monday March 2, marks the 194th anniversary of the day when Sinhala fools handed over pre-colonial Sri Lanka’s last independent kingdom on a platter to the British. The signatories to the Kandyan Convention of March 2, 1815 little realized that in trying to get rid of an alleged tyrannical ruler (King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe) they were giving power to a gang of suave and sophisticated Anglo-Saxon liars who would not only never honour their pledges but also never give up trying to tame the natives even 60 years after a 133-year direct rule.

The Logic of Mr. Pranab Mukherjee

By L. Jayasooriya

When a person cannot do what he wants to do and has to take orders from subordinates just to survive even men of good education could expose themselves to ridicule. I refer to what Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Minister for External Affairs of India has stated below. A news item in the media states that Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, has appealed to Sri Lanka to accept the LTTE’s offer of a ceasefire so that the civilians trapped in the war zone can be moved to safety.

The Arrest of the Editor in Chief of Sudaroli deplored

he TULF President V. Anandasangaree has rebuked the police for the way they adopted to arrest Vidyatharan, Editor-in Chief of the Colombo based Tamil Language news daily "Sudaroli". In a press statement Anandasangaree has said, "What happened to Mr. Vidyatharan should not happen again to another person, even to the worst criminal. is a respectable gentleman and the Editor-in-Chief of a National Tamil daily. One can understand if a certain amount of force had been used if he resisted arrest or made on effort to escape. But in this instance Mr. Vidyatharan works in his office and is available most of the time and would have responded to a phone call from the police, if he was wanted by them."

Story Of Privileged Criminals In Sri Lanka : From a Cell to a Ward

By Gomin Dayasri

There are two worlds for criminals- prison for the poor and the ordinary; prison hospital for the rich and the powerful? Judges determine a spell in a cell; the doctors give a bed head ticket to a ward. To be precise a few days in the prison hospital with a transfer in an ambulance to the luxury room at the general hospital; at public expense. Most are fit as a fiddle until the court determines a detention. Then sadly, health declines rapidly to require immediate hospitalization. Is this condition endemic to the powerful and the affluent? Ironically, medical science is yet to produce a research paper on this chronic ailment. Probably those who take the oath of hypocrisy prefer to leave the subject open for easy manipulation.

Delhi to Colombo: 'Allow Red Cross to use ceasefire offer to evacuate civilians'

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Pranab MukherjeeFor the second time in a week, India has voiced concern over the plight of civilians in Northern Sri Lanka. It said Tigers’ ceasefire offer be used to let Red Cross evacuate innocent civilians. Delhi also called for a quick 'political' follow up on the military success to end the ethnic problem in the island nation.
Pranab Mukherjee, the foreign minister, who has been articulating India’s stand, has made it clear that Delhi has no sympathy for the LTTE.