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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1090

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Vote “No,” We will Win

Prof. Kanbawza Win

After 14 years of broken promises, the Burmese Junta announce that it is finally introducing a constitution, with a referendum due in the 1st week of May followed by a full fledge elections in 2010. The Generals has learnt their bitter lessons, when in the 1990 elections, the people show their vehement hatred and obviously will not take any chances, especially after the killing of the revered Buddhist monks in September. Hence to wink the people of Burma, as well as to the international community, they now come up with the sly idea of referendum, which was partially copied from the Communist. It announced the referendum, while withholding details of the draft Constitution from the public, a scheme unheard of in the world. Moreover a reward of two decades in jail for any one discussion the constitution (see Law 5/96) was augmented.

Goa: Paradise Lost

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

A multi-million publicity blitz in the media across the world describes India as an ‘incredible’ holiday destination. But reports like the rape and murder of a foreign teenager on the beaches of one of the better-known tourist spots of India, Goa, suggest that the ‘incredible’ thing about India is something disconcerting: the increasing number of crimes against tourists and the authorities’ failure to prevent them. Goa has more reasons to be concerned about it. Next to the Taj Mahal, Goa is perhaps the best-known Indian tourist attraction among foreigners. Thanks to Goa’s international reputation as a tourist ‘paradise’ tourism has become the mainstay of its economy. Goa cannot afford to see all that collapse.

Sri Lankabhimanya Arthur C. Clarke, Inspired the Explorer in All of us.

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, creative science fiction writer and pioneer internationalist, TV commentator and icon passed away quietly at the ripe age of 91 yesterday in the city of Galle, in his adopted home Sri Lanka. He was knighted in 2000 by the Queen of England and Sri Lanka bestowed the country's highest honor "Sri Lankabhimanya" Pride of Sri Lanka in November 2007. Clarke's most important contribution was the idea that geostationary satellites would be ideal telecommunications relays.

Democracy Has Taken Root In the East, Same will Happen in the North Soon, President Rajapaksa Pays Glowing Tribute

Sivageetha Prabakaran President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday spoke glowingly of democracy taking roots in the East. He said that it reminded everyone of the manner Sri Lankan obtained universal franchise for the first time. The President reiterated that with the successful conclusion of the local polls in Batticaloa, the main focus was directed not only with regard to the Eastern polity but also to the international arena. "The country could now demonstrate to the entire world that we are a Nation which respects democracy". President Rajapaksa made this observation addressing Members of Local Government bodies from Batticaloa, elected at the recent elections, at the Presidential Secretariat. He congratulated all elected Local Government members from Batticaloa on their becoming representatives of the people of Batticaloa.

Obama Confronts Racial Issue in Major Speech

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for Asian Tribune

The most comprehensive exposition of race relations surfaced as Senator Barrack Obama addressed the voters near the historic site in Philadelphia, the US Constitution Center, called the birthplace of America. While distancing himself from statements by his longtime pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, that have aggravated racial divisions in the contentious Democratic primary battle, he urged both sides to tone down their rhetoric.

If the liberation struggle of the LTTE failed the Tamils all over the world would perish - Thamilendhi

By Walter Jayawardhana

The finance commissar of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Thamilendhi has identified the group’s struggle with the Tamils of India and Malaysia and has accused India of enslaving the millions of Tamils living in India. In India’s southernmost state of Tamil Nadu, the origin of Tamil Language, more than 60 million people speak the language and in Malaysia more than 3 million speak it. In Sri Lanka 1.8 million Sri Lankan Tamils speak the language. The LTTE is fighting for a separate state for the Tamil speaking people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country. Few months ago, the group controlled most of both provinces but now their power is restricted to two tiny districts called Mulaithiviu and Kilinochchi.

EU looks forward to an ambitious final APRC proposal in the coming months

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A delegation of senior officials from the European Union (EU) called "Troika" is made up of representatives from the current Presidency of the European Union (Slovenia), the future presidency of the European Union (France), the European Commission and the Council of Ministersled by Mr Janez Premoze, Asia Director in the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Sri Lanka, to discuss EU concerns at the current situation in the country. The team said the EU and Sri Lanka have deep, long-standing relations, covering economic, and trade, political and cultural matters. The EU is committed to maintaining these, and welcomes the opportunity provided by this visit for open and frank discussions. Speaking to media in Colombo on Tuesday the team said the EU welcomes such steps as have been taken towards a politically sustainable devolution plan for Sri Lanka. Having taken note of the interim proposal from the APRC, the EU looks forward to an ambitious final proposal in the coming months.

Construction Chamber collaborates with ADB for Development of National Consulting Services

By Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka will collaborate with Asian Development Bank to host a two day seminar on “ Development of National Consulting Services”. The seminar will be held at Hotel Taj Samudara from 27th -28th March 2008. The seminar is designed to target participation from consultancy firms, non governmental organizations, universities, research institutions and state agencies engaged in the procurement process. Asian Development Bank will provide the resource personnel drawn from the professional staff of ADB’s Consultancy Services Division in Manila.

Telling it like it is

By Sesha Samarajiwa

Comprador knives are out to still the brave voices of Lanka with the guts to say it like it is. For long, Western powers and power blocks have been exerting growing pressure on Sri Lanka to halt the war against domestic terrorism waged on her soil against her people by the LTTE – the world's most diabolical fascist terror group – which commands the allegiance of some ethnic Sri Lanka Tamils in the West. The relentless efforts of the LTTE have paid dividends in the form of money and influence. They have put to good use that money and influence, in tandem with a well-oiled propaganda machine churning out myths and canards in the guise of truth, engineered by Eelam strategists to tar Sri Lanka, to sway in the favor of their racist separatist cause powerful people and organizations in the West

Uththamavee Plus Savings Account by Sanasa Bank

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sanasa Development Bank re-launched their Uththamavee Plus Women’s Savings Account to suit the requirements of the present market and the re-launch took place at the BMICH. Uththamavee Plus is a savings account for women and any woman over 16 years of age are eligible to open an account with an initial deposit of Rs 250 and the account would accrue an annual interest of 7.5 percent, a 10 percent interest would be offered when the account reaches above Rs 100,000. Those women who open savings accounts with Sanasa upto April 30th will receive attractive gfts such as Umbrellas and ladies’ hand bags to those accounts that maintain Rs 25,000. There are also insurance policies offered to these account holders.

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