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

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Douglas Devananda

SLFP Proposals – Quo Vadis or Koheda Yanne Malle Pol?

Raj Gonsalkorale

The phrase Quo Vadis? refers to a question on where one is going (direction). The pithy Sinhala phrase “Koheda Yanne, Malle Pol” refers to an evasion of the question “Koheda Yanne? (where are you going?), either knowingly or unknowingly, even due to short of hearing of the question. When a man was asked the question where are you going, he answered by saying I have coconuts in my bag, thus not answering the question and giving an answer that had no relationship to the question. The Latin phrase Quo Vadis? therefore maybe equated to the question “Koheda Yanne?, although the Latin phrase referred to has no equivalent to “Malle Pol”.

Namal Rajapakse, President's eldest son says "Mahela, you did not lose"

Namal Rajapaksa, the eldest son of President Mahinda Rajapakse who is also the Chairman of popular youth organisation "Tharunyata Hetak" (A better tomorrow for Youth) has sent his greetings to the Sri Lanka Cricket team for securing the runners-up slot in the World Cup game held on Saturday April 28. "Mahela, you did not lose. You brought glory to our country" he said, adding "The team spirit was clearly present when our team played the game."

In South Africa: Douglas Devananda explains prevailing situation in Sri Lanka

Douglas Devananda and V. Anandasangaree were in South Africa recently dispel the canard so far fabricated and spread in South Africa, about Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Government and about the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. They were invited by the President of South Africa to meet the South Africans in that country and to speak to them and explain the true situation prevailing in the country. According the two leaders of the mainstream Tamil political parties were in South Africa and met a cross section of the people and explained the true situation in Sri Lanka. Minister Douglas Devananda, who is also the leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party speaking at a meeting said, “Vast majority of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka are yearning for a honorable political solution within a united Sri Lanka, based on devolution of powers to the Provinces."

Sri Lanka conflict: the hour is late

By Dhammika Herath

As Johan Galtung, the pioneer in peace and conflict studies explains violence is of direct, structural and cultural forms. Direct violence is insulting the basic needs of others and such violence is considered structural when it becomes a part of social and world structures. Galtung defines cultural violence as, “those aspects of a culture, the symbolic sphere of our existence- exemplified by religion, ideology, language, art, empirical science, and formal science (logic, mathematics)- that can be used to justify or legitimize direct or structural violence”. ‘Cultural’ violence makes direct and structural violence look, even feel, right or at least not wrong. Cultural violence can make violence look moral. Culture may make us see exploitation as ‘natural’ or ‘normal’.

RADA organizes Beyond the Tsunami to help tsunami affected community in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Government’s Tsunami reconstruction leader - Reconstruction and Development Agency [RADA] has taken steps to support tsunami affected community to improve their small and medium scale businesses and introduce their products to up market. According to a spokesman, the RADA and some other government and non-government agencies have entered into this effort and organize handicraft exhibitions to display products of tsunami victims to international and local community.

Sri Lanka press ignores world Buddhism

By Janaka Perera

Looking at Sri Lanka 's English language press we wonder whether an unseen anti-Buddhist hand is manipulating it. More than 40 years after the Press Commission noted the scant attention that the mainstream English newspapers give to the coverage of world Buddhist news, the situation remains largely the same. Although there are numerous international Buddhist publications and websites such as t he BBC's Buddhism News, the Buddhist Channel, Shambala Sun and Tricycle that focus on global Buddhist events not a single mainstream Sri Lankan English newspaper here gives sufficient coverage to them – even on poya days.

LTTE's first air strike on air-base was no act of terrorism, nearly half SLAF holdings destroyed-Former RAW Director

The LTTE's first air strike at Katunayake was not an act of terrorism but 'a pure and simple conventional air strike, and indicated that the LTTE air strike has severely damaged, if not destroyed, at least a half of the aircraft holdings of the SLAF" wrote a former Additional Secretary at the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) - the Indian intelligence agency. Mr. B. Raman made these observations in an assessment paper he wrote to the International Terrorism Monitor titled "LTTE's air strike---An Assessment ---Paper No.211". Mr. Raman said "The air strike was an act of desperation... The desperation was due to Sri Lankan Armed Forces plan to launch an offensive in the Northern Province after having ejected the LTTE from nearly 85 per cent of the total territory in the Eastern Province."

Sea Tigers loot the 14,000 tons of rice and all other removable equipment from Jordani ship Farah 111, in Mullaithievu

By Walter Jayawardhana

The owning company of the cargo ship Farah 111 has complained that suspected Sea Tigers have have stripped their ship of every thing that could be removed including electric lights, power generators and the 14,000 tons of rice that was in its cargo bay. Sayed Sulaiman, the chairman of the ship's owners, Salam International Trading Company, of Jordan told the Tamil Service of the BBC, "Thamilosai," “I don't know anyone else to blame except the Tamil Tigers for this incident. We hear from the parties who are concerned with the ship, the insurance company etc, that... everything that could be taken - like the rice, lights, generators - has been taken from the ship….The ship is now bare."

Another defeat for Asian games bid!

By Ramu Sharam – Syndicate Features

Not many tears need be shed for the loss of the Asian Games bid at Kuwait. South Korea which had put forward the candidature of Incheon as hosts for the 2014 Games had much more to offer when it came to bidding at the Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly in Kuwait last week. This is the second time in recent years that India had failed to impress upon the OCA General Assembly to vote for New Delhi, its permanent candidate as host. On an earlier occasion Doha had outbid New Delhi much to the embarrassment of the Indian Government. There is much more to these bids than what really surfaces. When a country bids to host an international meet it places at stake not only its financial power but also political goodwill and clout. And India by losing out this bid to South Korea has obviously been found wanting in both.

Britain: Building society says housing beyond reach of majority

A report by the Halifax building society provides a glimpse of the desperate situation facing millions of workers and their families in Britain today in their search for affordable housing. Nurses, firefighters, teachers, police officers and ambulance staff—defined as key workers—have been priced out of the housing market in 70 percent of Britain’s towns and cities, compared to 36 percent in 2002. They were unable to afford homes in 363 towns out of 517. Ninety-nine percent of towns were too expensive for the average nurse, while 97 percent were too expensive for firefighters. The least affordable homes were in London and the surrounding towns. In the most expensive area, Gerrards Cross, the average house costs nearly 30 times a nurse’s gross annual wage of £25,724.

Dr.Palitha Kohona

Meeting in South Africa

A section of the crowd

Palitha Kohona says 30% of the monthly US$ 30million LTTE fundraising throughout world is from Australia, tips more arrests

Dr Palitha KohonaThere will be more arrests over illegal fundraising for the LTTE in Australia. And Sri Lanka estimates that the LTTE raised US$10-30 million a month throughout the world and 20-30 per cent of that comes from Australia said Dr Palitha Kohona, Sri Lanka's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, speaking to the Australian media. "Herald Sun", the biggest selling Australian daily newspaper reported on May 2 that Dr. Kohona, speaking to Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio s"LTTE had procured weapons and engaged in propaganda activities with the help of funds raised in the West."