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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Opinon polls boost Mahinda Rajapakse and spells doom to Ranil Wickremesinghe

MahindaPresident Mahinda Rajapakse's popularity has shot up to 48 per cent -- a dramatic rise based on his "military solution" to the threat of separatism posed by the Tamil Tigers, according to the latest opinion poll conducted by the Colombo-based Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA). Tranlsated into votes this mean that President Mahinda Rajapakse is up and Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is proposing to lead an anti-war campaign, is down, according to analysts.

Top IPs award to Asian Tribune's UN correspondent, Thalif Deen

Thalif Deen, IPS UN Bureau Chief and Regional Director, and Asian Tribune's correspondent at UN, has won the Richard de Zoysa Award for Excellence in Independent Journalism 2006 in the IPS category analysis section. Deen’s Analysis was titled ‘US gets as much as it gives to the UN. IPS is honouring journalist Richard de Zoysa with this year’s IPS Award for Excellence in Independent Journalism. Deen has been covering the United Nations since the late 1970s. A former deputy news editor of the Daily News he was also a senior editorial writer on the Hong Kong Standard. He has been runner-up, and cited twice for excellence in UN reporting at the annual awards presentation of the UN. Correspondents’ Association.

Tamils take ignorant Canadian PM for a ride: Harper celebrates a non-existent Tamil New Year

Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada, has offered his "warmest greetings to all those celebrating the Tamil New Year 'Chithirai Puththandu,' according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister's office Saturday. Harper’s ignorance of basic fact that there is no Tamil New Year has shocked and offended the other communities celebrating April 14 as the New Year in Indian and Sri Lankan calendars. The first day of the Hindu solar calendar, which falls on April 14, is celebrated as the traditional New Year in Assam, Bengal, Kerala, Manipur, Nepal, Orissa, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Tripura.

Saying good-bye to sellers of traditional slogans

Ahsan Habib Lincoln

Possibly the entire Muslim world was glad to witness Benazir Bhutto becoming the first-ever female Prime Minister in Pakistan several years back. Ms. Bhutto was born in 1953 in Karachi, Pakistan, to a prominent political family. At age 16, she left her homeland to study at Harvard’s Radcliffe College. After completing her undergraduate degree, she studied at England's Oxford University, where she was awarded a second degree in 1977. Later that year she returned to Pakistan where her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, had been elected prime minister, but days after her arrival, the General Ziaul Huq seized power and her father was imprisoned. In 1979 he was hanged by the military government.

Italians concluded massive projects for Sri Lankan Tsunami victims

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The 2004 December 26th Tsunami could be classified as the most horrible disaster that has ever experienced by Sri Lanka and several other countries in the known history and it is a well-known factor that along with the people of those countries and various foreign countries and other national and international non-governmental organizations joined hands magnanimously, to help the Tsunami victims in whatever way they could. Though it may appear that in Sri Lanka some have forgotten this worst calamity that has befallen on a section their fellowmen, it is indeed noteworthy that with much obstacles certain national and international non-governmental organizations, foreign governments and some religious organizations are still grappling with the task of providing permanent relief such as housing etc.

Expansion of high security zones and the closure of supply routes of Jaffna have affected livelihoods of a masses says ILO

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The International Labour Organisation and its Needs Assessment Income Recovery Survey [NASIR] said expansion of high security zones and the closure of supply routes of Jaffna have affected livelihoods of fishing families, farmers as well as industries and services and are the major deterrents to economic recovery and growth. Chief Technical Advisor of the Income Recovery Technical Assistance Programme [IRTAP] Doekle Wielinga said the resumption of the conflict in the North and East has taken its toll, however, on whatever recovery had taken place, especially in the Jaffna District.

Due to New Year trade limiting to three days, resulted in substantially low activity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The market took an upward trend this week after two consecutive weeks of downturn. The pick up in the market remained notable though being on thin volumes and low activity. Comparing Week on Week (WoW) the All Share Price Index (ASPI) rose by 31.5 points to close at 2820.4 points, while the Millanka Price Index (MPI) rose by a greater 46.5 points, closing the week at 3861.6 points. This week too trading days were limited to 3 days, thus leading to substantially low activity as investors got into the holiday mood. The dip in activity was quite evident looking at the highest contribution towards turnover this week, which fell below Rs.100 million. Rs.70.6 million contributions came from Dialog this week, which was the highest contributing stock for the week.

BJP in CD imbroglio

By Ramu-Tushar - Syndicate Features

The euphoria in the Bharatiya Janata Party camp over its victory in the municipal election in Delhi was understandable. It was without doubt the consequence of the so-called (half-hearted..?) sealing drive started by the Congress dispensation on Supreme Court order. The civic poll triumph however coincided with the rap the party has received from the Election Commission for circulating (since withdrawn as unauthorised) a highly offensive Compact Disc designed to demonise the Muslim community. If the civic poll result was nothing more than a confirmation that traders and petty businessmen constitute the backbone of BJP’s support, the CD affair was another reminder of the disgusting path the BJP takes in the pursuit of its divisive policies.


United States admits indiscriminate massacre of innocent Afghan civilians by its Marines

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The U.S. commander, Maj. Gen. Frank H. Kearney, the head of the Special Operations Command Central who ordered the probe on the civilian killings in Afghanistan by Marines, said that more than 40 Afghans were killed or wounded and that there was no evidence that the Marine Special Operations platoon came under small-arms fire after the bombing although Marines reported taking enemy fire and seeing people with weapons. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, released March 14, in its concluded investigation confirmed that the American Marines indiscriminately opened fire on Afghan civilians with no provocation at all.