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CIMA Student Society geared to deliver the best

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ms Kusum Silva was elected the President, CIMA Students’ Society (CIMASS) at its 15th AGM held recently while Dinushika Dissanayake was elected as Vice President. CIMASS plans a series of events for the year to be bigger and better than the previous years in keeping with the CIMASS ideology of continuous improvement. It operates with the key objective of providing its’ student membership a means of gaining access to knowledge and skills beyond the CIMA curriculum, that are essential to create a well-rounded CIMA professional.

Terrorism Wrongly Labeled as an Ethnic Issue by Western Democracies: Reply to The German Minister of Economic Corporation

Sri Lankan Alumni of German Universities/Institutions comprising academics and highly placed professionals in private and public sector responding to German Minister of Economic Corporation Frau Heidemare Wieczorek-Zeul expressed disappointment about her statement regarding the ethnic situation in Sri Lanka. They have noted that most of the western democracies have failed to understand the terrorist problem in Sri Lanka. They called it an ethnic issue whereas it is not. Experience has shown that it hasn’t been unusual for parliamentarians to see the world through the eyes of their constituents, who sometimes comprise vocal ethnic minorities. Many of them have found residency in the west using political refugee status, as a cover for economic migration.

Board Room Challenges

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Institute of Directors, SLID is organizing an evening group discussion at Taj Samudra Hotel on such matters like: Balance of Influence Between Executive & Independent Directors; Role of the Chairman vis-à-vis the Chief Executive Officer ; Composition of the Board; and Executive Committee’s Accountability to the Board Each group will be led by one of Sri Lanka’s most eminent business personalities and will provide the opportunity for participants to interact and share knowledge with their experienced counterparts.

Another Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation victim

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

An unknown thug cut the neck of Mrs. Ranjanee Aluthge, Librarian of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), with a razor while she was returning from duty by bus. She was admitted with two razor cuts in her nape to national hospital. She was in shock although her condition was not serious. Earlier, Mrs.Aluthge was reportedly captured in video recordings of Minister Mervin Silva incident at SLRC. Meanwhile Free Media Movement condemns razor attack on another SLRC staffer Mrs. Ranjani Aluthge . The FMM said these attacks and threats are creating a fear psychosis especially among the journalists who participated and covered the 27th December SLRC protest against the minister. This in turn will obstruct them performing their duty of informing people.

TNA MP's killing – A conflicting report

Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam s alleged that the killing of the TNA MP within the area controlled by them was due to the claymore mine attack by the Deep Penetration Unit of the Sri Lanka Army, but the Army spokesman denied of any involvement by the Sri Lanka Army. Jaffna district Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament and his driver were killed this afternoon around 1.20 p.m., between Puliyankulam and Mankulam, on A-9 Road in the area controlled by the Tamil Tigers. According to Tamil Tiger sources K.Sivanesan TNA MP was killed in a claymore attack on the A-9 Road, 30 minutes after he crossed into the Tiger controlled Vanni through Oamanthai / Puliyankulam entry point.

TNA Parliamentarian K.Sivanesan killed

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

TNA Parliamentarian K.Sivanesan killed due to a claymore mine explosion in Vanni.However the Tamil Tiger rebels said was carried out by government forces. The vehicle of K. Sivanesan, a member of parliament for the pro-rebel Tamil National Alliance (TNA), was hit by a mine in a guerrilla-controlled area. The blast was at Mallavi, 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of the frontline post of Omanthai, officials said.

“We are Open to International Scrutiny on our Governance” – Sri Lanka Human Rights Minister Declares in Geneva

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune

Mahinda Samarasinghe“We do not hold ourselves above criticism from well meaning and genuine friends and partners; when such constructive criticism is made in order to further promote the democratic values and fundamental freedoms that the people of Sri Lanka have upheld for the last six decades of our independence. What we do not, however, welcome are efforts to denigrate and weaken us in the eyes of the international community to achieve propaganda gains and to fulfill narrow politically motivated objectives”. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe made the above remarks in the course of his address at the opening of the High Level Segment of the 7th Session of the UN Human Rights Council on March 03 in Geneva.

Avoiding a Bloodbath at Democratic Convention

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

George Bush with John McCainThe probability of a chaotic Democratic Convention to pick a nominee seems quite obvious. Most observers believe that the fight-to-a-finish now set in motion by the two candidates, Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton is a runaway train headed towards complete wreckage. Blood bath would be unavoidable as the two sides clash at the credentials committee to determine how many delegates each of the candidates would ultimately have. Several general assembly votes may be needed prior to finding the nominee. Avoding such a calmity is now deemed vital by most democratic party supporters. Republicans are gleefully awaiting the event.

Top UN mediation team now on call for crises around the world

B. Lynn PascoeA mediation team with some of the world’s leading experts in ceasefires, transitional justice, power-sharing and constitutional arrangements is now on standby to help resolve crises around the world, the United Nations’ top political official announced today. The new UN Mediation Standby Team is part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the ability of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs to help prevent conflict through assistance to diplomacy, according to B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

Settle the contentious land issue Muslims facing in the Batticaloa district – Minister Ameer Ali

Ameer Ali SihabdeenThe issue of land and its distribution to the Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese has to be settled amicably to create a peaceful and harmonious environment in the Batticaloa district located in the East of Sri Lanka. This would create a conducive climate for the Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese in the Batticaloa district to live with peace and harmony. The land issue has developed into a contentious one in the midst of the Tamils, Muslims and Sinhalese communities in the Batticaloa district said Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen. Speaking to "Asian Tribune," Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, Minister of saster Relief Services said, "All three communities, Tamils, Muslims and the Sinhalese in the district should have to live with peace and harmony. The issue that is driving the wedge in the midst of these communities is ‘Land’ and this has to be solved in a way acceptable to all of us."

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