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

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Rohitha Bogollagama

‘Ceylon Tea Queen ‘ - Sri Lankan expatriate student crowned

By Walter Jayawardhana

Tea Queen Miss Janinda Gunawardene (18) a fresher student at the University of Southern California (USC) was crowned the Tea Queen of California at the Focus Sri Lanka cultural and trade show and won a trip to Sri Lanka and five star hotel accommodation at the famous ‘Tea Factory’ in Kandapola. “She would take a VIP tour of the tea plantations offered by the Ceylon Tea Board and act as an ambassador for Ceylon Tea for the next one year,” the Ceylon Tea Board announced.

JHU Proposals Turn Minority Rights Upside Down!

Professor Laksiri Fernando, University of Colombo

After claiming that there is no ‘ethnic conflict’ or ‘national question’ in Sri Lanka, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) – National Sinhala Heritage Party - has turned the internationally accepted rights of the minorities upside down in their proposals to the All Party Representative Committee (APRC). In a way it is useful that the JHU finally submitted its proposals to the APRC and therefore those can be scrutinized on the basis of human rights, justice and fair play. After all, the JHU represents a trend of opinion - obviously a dangerous one - in the country. In certain ways the JHU views and the present proposals are a strong ‘Sinhala-Buddhist’ reaction not only to the separatist LTTE but also to some of the moderate Tamil parties that have been advocating what they call the ‘rights of the Tamils.’

Swiss Tamils call for the ban of Tiger demonstration on June 11

Sri Lankan Tamils domiciled in Switzerland are putting pressure on the Swiss authorities to revoke the permission granted to the Tamil Tigers to hold a mass rally on June 11 in front of the UN offices in Geneva. They fear that this rally will lead to more Tamil Tiger violence, causing further unrest in the Tamil community. Tamil Tigers are known for beating up members of rival Tamil parties in Europe, America, Canada and Sri Lanka. S. Gnanalingam alis Swiss Ranjan, International coordinator of the Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), said that the concerned Tamils are disappointed because permission has been given without considering the possible consequences that could affect the Tamil community in Switzerland

The LTTE Air Power: Myths and Realities

By: Ranjith Gunaratna

When the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelm [LTTE] used two light training crafts to drop a couple of bombs on the Katunayake air base in Sri Lanka, many have endeavored to look at the whole episode through the glasses of their own choice and interpret accordingly. For them, it was a moral boost for the LTTE sympathizer; challenge for the security forces; headache for the Sri Lankan politicians; terrific experience for the general public; and another event for certain parties to jump on the bandwagon to assert that it happened due to strategic failure and the ill-fated ceasefire agreement. In considering these interpretations, the whole episode of the “air attacks” should be examined very carefully to assess its pros and cons. For that it is also required to look at contending arguments about use of air power or airplanes in conflicts.

Sri Lanka’s perspective on maritime security in the region and its relevance to the world – Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha B

Rohitha BogollagamaSri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday (Sunday) appealed to defense ministers and military commanders attending the Annual IISS Asian Security Summit – The Shangri-La Dialogue, to ensure that their governments remain focused on the complexities the Government of Sri Lanka faces in grappling with terrorism of the LTTE and not to permit the LTTE to use their territories or waters to continue to terrorize the people of Sri Lanka. Minister Bogollagama made these observation when he addressed the 4th plenary session of the Shangri-La Dialogue, on the theme “Securing Regional Waters: How Much Progress?” Leading the Sri Lanka delegation which was participating for the first time in this influential defense forum which is being held for the 6th time, the Minister underscored the threat posed to Sri Lanka, countries in the region and maritime users of the Indian Ocean by the attacks of the LTTE.

Investors cautious while negative trend in the stock market continues

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers indicate in their weekly review that the negative trend continued for yet another week as investors opted to stay away from the market, waiting patiently for positive news to arrive, . Activity levels saw a considerable drop this week partly due to trading been limited to just four day this week with Thursday being a holiday. During the Week All Share Price Index (ASPI) dropped by 33.7 points to close the week at 2525.8 while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) dropped by 38.3 points to close the week at 3576.1 points.

Treating diabetes

By R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Diabetes is the mother of a large number of diseases. According to the Oxford dictionary it hits you when the sugar and starch are not properly absorbed in your body. If one is suffering from diabetes one gets thirsty, emaciation and frequent urination containing glucose. In India nearly 41 million people suffer from this disease. The International Diabetes Federation has estimated that Diabetics would double to 73 million by 2025. The doctors of all the systems of medicine the world over including Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Siddha are busy finding a solution to it but success has eluded them.

Thambirajah Ramesh

Ceylon Tea Queen Janinda Gunawardene

Rohita Bollagama

Tamil Tigers regrouping in the east after the split in Karuna group

Thambirajah RameshTamil Tigers are making a desperate attempt to re-establish their lost position in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka after the split between Karuna and his army commander, Pillaiyan, weakened the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. It is reported that Col. Ramesh of the LTTE, who was earlier in charge of Vakarai, has managed to make an amphibious landing in the Vakarai - Kathiraveli sea coast with nearly 100 of LTTE cadres with the main objective of disrupting the orderly resettlement of the thousands internally displaced persons (IDPs) that is being painstakingly carried out by the Sri Lankan Government officials.