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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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India must apologize to SAARC for exporting terrorism and destabilizing the region

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Predictably, the SARC summit opened with its focus on terrorism. Predictably, the smaller nations plagued by terrorism, have, for obvious diplomatic reasons, skirted round the issue of identifying the chief manufacturer and exporter of terrorism in the SAARC region – India. She is also primarily responsible for the economic and political stagnation of the SAARC region. India’s overt hegemonism and covert terrorism, both of which are linked to separatist movements outside its borders, have delayed the integration of its neighboring countries into a viable unit that could race ahead to achieve results comparable to that of other regional blocs.

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF) is marking the second International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action at a time when Sri Lanka is rife with conflict again. Approximately 4,000 civilians are known to have lost their lives at the close of 2006, as a result of the recent upsurge of violence. The security situation has also severely affected the lives and livelihoods of thousands of civilians, the work of organizations involved in relief, reconstruction and development, and increased the potential for the laying of new anti-personnel mines.

Italy Fiat Cars back in Sri Lankan roads.

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Fiat Cars that were started running on Sri Lankan road around 100 years ago have re-entered the Sri Lankan Market with a bang through Euro Motors (Pvt) Ltd with three new generation Fiat models – Panda, Doblo and Grande Punto. Their target sales for 2007 and the distributors are too sure of the sales of these very popular fuel economy, low priced vehicles they expect to sell more than 600 vehicles during the year that would claim 2 ½ percent market share. The launch of these three Fiat models took place at BMICH Exhibition Hall, last week. Fiat cars were popular in Sri Lanka earlier when they have first entered around 100 years ago.

Sri Lanka’s Development Prospects

By Dhammika Herath

59 years have passed after Sri Lanka attained independence from the British colonial master. At the time of independence, Sri Lanka had a promising development record and was on the right track. Several countries which had similar per capita incomes, such as Singapore and South Korea, however, have surpassed us in gigantic steps. It is the informed opinion of many a development theorists that Sri Lanka, although it has faired very well in some human development indicators, has not lived up to its true development potential. The development strategies of a country are crafted with the influence of the dominant development paradigms of the time, especially, those fashioned in the West, for the obvious reason of the latter’s overwhelming economic, political and military power over the rest of the world.

14th SAARC summit opens with India offering unilateral concessions

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi for Asian Tribune

Dr. Manmohan Singh The 14th SAARC summit opened here on Tuesday with India offering duty free access to the goods from the least developed countries of south Asia (Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and Sri Lanka advocating a single currency for the region while Pakistan preferred to harp on the K-word even as it blamed the grouping not making the desired progress. Afghanistan, which joined as the eighth member, called for an end to terror in all forms. The 'grand old man' of SAARC, President Abdul Gayoom of Maldives said the grouping should become action-oriented.

200 Sri Lankan peacekeepers decorated by the United Nations

Sri Lankan soldiers decorated for their peacekeeping efforts in Haiti. The Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti, Luiz Carlos Da Costa, expressed appreciation for their “professionalism and spirit of sacrifice shown by the members of this contingent by their work in a difficult and dangerous environment to attain peace, stability and hope for a better future for the people of Haiti." According to United Nations, Two hundred members of the Sri Lankan contingent in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were decorated with the United Nations peacekeeping medal at a solemn ceremony organized at its contingent base in Léogane on the 29th of March 2007.

Working with INGOs to Eliminate the Threat of Landmines in Sri Lanka

United States of America has come forward to observe the second annual International Day of Mine Awareness and Mine Action today with Sri Lanka. In this occasion .S. Ambassador Robert Blake has said "We are proud to be a close partner with Sri Lanka in increasing the local capacity to detect and clear mines." Ambassador Robert Blake in a statement released regarding the observance of the annual International Day of Mine Awareness and Mine Action has further added“Despite the return to violence, dedicated de-mining squadrons from the Sri Lankan Army, INGOs such as the Humpty Dumpty Institute and the HALO Trust and private partnerships from Land O’ Lakes are still dedicated to removing mines and economic redevelopment. We hope we will be able to assist the government in making the Sri Lanka mine-safe and productive so Sri Lankans can go about their daily lives free from the fear of mines.”

Shaukat Aziz, Karzai stick to familiar rhetoric at SAARC

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi for Asian Tribune

Shaukat AzizPakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai here to attend the SAARC summit did not disappoint the hawks back at home. Aziz made an oblique reference to the bilateral disputes with India in his address to the plenary session and touched upon the K –word at his media interaction, saying that 'an environment of disputes and mistrust' are at the root of SAARC's failure thus far and that from the Pakistan perspective, 'Kashmir is a key dispute'. Hamid Karzai's was as blunt a speech as can be expected from a Pathan.

Norwegian police arrest Tiger credit card racketeers

Øystein Kilde and Nils Kenneth Brustad, two Norwegin Customs Officers, were suspicious of the unusually large consignment of "After Eight" and "Sphinx" chocolate boxes in the luggage of Selvakumar Yoganathan. He and Rahim Kahn were at the Gardermoen airport, Oslo about to embark on KLM flight 1142 to Amsterdam. After a thorough search the Customs Officers found stacks of cash and 43 debit cards of the type TRUMH. These cards can be programmed to operate as VISA cards, Master cards and American Express cards.

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF) is marking the second International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action at a time when Sri Lanka is rife with conflict again. Approximately 4,000 civilians are known to have lost their lives at the close of 2006, as a result of the recent upsurge of violence. The security situation has also severely affected the lives and livelihoods of thousands of civilians, the work of organizations involved in relief, reconstruction and development, and increased the potential for the laying of new anti-personnel mines.

Al Vida Once More For Bhaskaran

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

In one way Indian hockey is predictable. That is in relation to its coaches. It just hires and fires the men who wear the mantle of national coaches at will. Bhaskaran, former India captain, in fact, captain of the team, which last won the Olympic title (1980 Moscow), has been sacked, and for a record fourth time, if you please. This continued change of coaches has been perhaps the only consistency shown by the on-going regime, which has now been in office for well over a decade. Continuing in office for such a long and uninterrupted period too should be considered a consistency.

Sri Lankan government jails former minister on trumped up charges

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has initiated a police and judicial witch-hunt against two top leaders of his own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP). Both were senior ministers in his cabinet, until he sacked them on February 9. The persecution of Ports and Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Ports Development Minister Sripathi Sooriyaarachchi not only underlines the fragile nature of Rajapakse’s government, but is a sharp warning of the methods that will be used against any political opposition.

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