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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

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Lalin Fernando

ICG says IDPs from swat a challenge to Pakistan, calls for long term solutions

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

International Crisis Group, the Brussels based think tank, has cautioned that the displaced persons from Swat region posed a serious challenge to Pakistan. "The challenge for the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-led government and international actors is to make relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts responsive to needs and empower local communities in Malakand Division", the ICG said in its latest situation report. It cautioned that failure to do address the issue would 'reverse' any gains on the battlefield and 'boost' radical Islamist groups. 'The military’s use of heavy force in the ongoing operations, failure to address the full cost to civilians and refusal to allow full civilian and humanitarian access to the conflict zones has already been counter-productive', the ICG said at the very outset.

Double talk on 'unfettered access' and 'international probe'

By our diplomatic correspondent

The United States dropped two atom bombs to kill tens of thousands, injured few more tens of thousands and caused radiation affects on millions for generations. The question is how many of the victims were Japanese soldiers and whether there were civilian casualties. The US and the democratic world at large that the most devastating bombs had paved way for the great victory of the democratic forces over the evil forces of fascist dictatorship. To give recent examples of such attacks where civilians suffered heavily include US action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka Post-LTTE

Dr. Subramanian Swamy - Former Union Law Minister

common joke nowadays in Tamil Nadu is that ‘puligal’ (Tigers—short for Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) have been reduced to ‘eligal’ (Rats) because they (the LTTE) have to hide in holes in the ground to escape being hunted. Now, the LTTE has been irretrievably decimated much as the Nazis were after World War II. But does the end of LTTE mean the end of the sixty one year human rights crisis of Sri Lanka? This crisis is the consequence of a festering wound from the past that had been originally inflicted by the tactics of the British imperialists when to administer their colony that Sri Lanka had become, they relied on the Tamils of Jaffna for the purpose, and also brought to the plantations in the south, indentured Tamil laborers from India to exploit the fields.

Using the theory of Relationship Marketing to win the Hearts of Tamils

By Nalin Abeysekera, Lecturer , Open University of Sri lanka,

The great humanitarian operation that unified our motherland under a single national standard has opened the path to our nation that is eager to step forward to a future of greatness and distinction, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Nation from Galle Face Green after receiving the scrolls from the Three Forces’ Commanders and the Inspector General of Police informing him about the victorious conclusion of the humanitarian mission of defeating terrorism. Ground commanders and hundreds of troops in the Army as well as other forces sweated day and night for victory over terrorism in this country.

Decision to issue identity cards for ten year old children and above in the IDP camps strongly protested

AnandasangareeDecision to issue identity cards for children of ten year old and above in the IDP camps is strongly protested. It has been criticized as this action amounts to branding these children permanently as Tigers. These children in the IDP camps should be treated with utmost sympathy and not with contempt. In an appeal to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, TULF Leader reminded the hardships these children under-went from the time they were in the wombs of their mothers, who were living in constant fear and tension for very many years, should be taken into consideration. He went on state that the situation did not change but worsened day by day till it reached its climax during the last lap of the war.

Community Radio for rural Madurai gets the go ahead

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

A voluntary group has got the go ahead to set up a community radio in rural Madurai. It will come up at T. Pudupatty in the Thirumangalam Taluk. The Community Radio Station may go on the air in about three months. The Information and Broadcasting Ministry, the nodal agency has given the permission to People’s Association for Rural Development (PARD) to start the new radio service. The Letter of Intent was issued to PARD on the recommendations of an Inter-Ministerial Committee and seeking requisite clearances from various Ministries.

India: 100-Day plan of Manmohan Govt hits first road block

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Manmohan Singh government unveiled a 100-day action programme in the Presidential address to joint session of Parliament on Thursday. A day later, opposition has begun to build up for the very first item –women empowerment, on the plan. Sharad Yadav, a former Union Minister has threatened suicide if Women’s Reservation Bill is passed. Reservation for women in legislature was first mooted a decade ago. Some of the regional parties based in UP and Bihar are opposed to the move, though their political philosophy is based on socialism. Women empowerment is top of my government; President Pratibha Patil told Parliament while outlining the steps "My government will initiate steps within the next hundred days".

Establishment of a Buddhist - Hindu Congress to promote fraternity between Sinhalese and Tamils

A decision to establish a Buddhist – Hindu Congress in Sri Lanka to build a foundation in order to develop a sense of fraternity between Sinhala and Tamil communities has been taken by the World Buddhist- Hindu Congress. On the instructions of President Rajapaksa, arrangements have been made to establish the Congress under the supervision of Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama. A preliminary discussion was held at the Foreign Ministry Auditorium, chaired by Minister Bogollagama.

New U.S. Envoy Butenis: Balancing interests between U.S. and Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune: Investigative Analysis

Diplomatic law governs the conduct of relations between representative organs of a state operating within the territory of another state, and the receiving state. Its purpose is to facilitate international diplomacy, balancing the pursuit of the foreign policy interests of the sending state with respect for the territorial sovereignty of the receiving state. Diplomatic immunity is an exception to the general rule of territorial jurisdiction. It allows diplomats to be able to carry out their functions within the framework of necessary security and confidentiality. But it still contributes to the balancing of interests between the sending and receiving state, because immunity does not entitle diplomats to flout local laws.

India Promises Support To Initiatives For Political Solution In Sri Lanka

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

President of India addresses a joint session of Parliament’s lower and upper houses, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha when they meet for the first time after a general election and in the first session of every calendar year. The address is a general statement of government’s intents and a broad review of its plans and planks. The Cabinet drafts it and presents it to the President who reads it on behalf of 'my government'. The 5244 words 46-paragraphs long devoted just 476 words in four- paragraphs towards the end of the address to foreign policy issues – where Delhi stands on issues of interest to its neighbors.

UN Sec-Gen to Sri Lanka: Stop celebrating, heal wounds with national reconciliation

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Ban Ki-moonFollowing the United Nations Security Council informal interactive discussion on the situation in Sri Lanka on humanitarian assistance to the Internally Displaced Persons in the north of the country, a collateral product during and after the military battle between government forces and Tamil Tiger outfit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon facing the media here said that the time has come for this South Asian nation to take steps to heal the wounds through national reconciliation rather than enjoy all this triumphalism in the wake of the end of conflict.

House of God-Kalmunai 1981

By Lalin Fernando

In January 1981 having served as Officer Commanding Troops Jaffna in 1980 (the only year there were no terrorist related deaths there since 1978), I was appointed the first Commandant of the Combat Training School (CTS) at Konduwattuwan, Ampara.(Before then I had a dramatic interview (one of several) with the Army Commander about my opposition to an attempt to post me to Colombo to take over a non combat unit). CTS Ampara was an exciting prospect as I had already held several appointments in training at Diyatalawa before including the training of recruit soldiers, officer cadets and officers.

Indian Government’s intention to construct the Tipaimukh Dam is criminal

By Habib Siddiqui

Anyone who has visited a hydroelectric power facility knows that there is tremendous ecological impact felt on either side of the dam. One side gets flooded while the other side only sees trickling water flowing downstream, unless sluice gates are opened periodically to release and control water flow. If the flow of water is managed solely by a hostile government such can create a devastating effect on the surrounding territories, especially those living in the downstream of the river. Such a unilateral decision to construct a dam is criminal when the river is international with its water flowing through multiple countries, i.e., not limited to the country of origin.

Outgoing Sri Lankan Chief Justice calls for a Sri Lanka with one people

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sarath N.SilvaSri Lanka's outgoing Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva due to retire on Sunday(7) which marks his 65th birthday, today held his first and final press conference to bid goodbye to the media and called for the need to build a Sri Lanka with one people. Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva has held the highest legal office for the past decade and delivered several landmark judgements. On Thursday he delivered his final judgement that shook the insurance sector in the country, on the privatisation of the country's oldest insurance corporation and declared the privatisation of 2002 as null and void, claiming it had been privatised contrary to tender procedures during the Ranil Wickremesinghe government. He directed that all shares sold to the private enterpreneur be vested back with the General Treasury.

Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva

Dr. Subramanian Swamy

The veteran Tamil Leader V. Anandasangaree