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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Dr Kim Howells

‘Cleansing’ the Two-state ‘Vision’ in Jerusalem

By Nicola Nasser

“Israel Slides towards the Disastrous One State Trap,” The Baltimore Sun’s editorial concluded on June 5. The conclusion is no more true than in Jerusalem, where systematically and persistently Israel is accelerating her “Israelization” plans for eastern Jerusalem that will in the foreseen future doom the “land-for-peace” formula as obsolete, outdated and dead letter, and rule out the widely trumpeted solution of the two-state “vision” based on it as “unrealistic” wishful thinking, unless the world community intervenes with determination to make a difference in salvaging whatever remains of potential peace prerogatives in the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Britain will not lift the ban on the Tamil Tigers - Dr Kim Howells

Dr Kim HowellsBritish Government will not lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and allow the Tamil outfit to resume fund raising and political activity in Britain. This will not happen while the LTTE continues to use terrorism. “The targeting of civilians make the case ever more strongly that our decision to proscribe the LTTE was totally justified. Before we change our views on this, the LTTE must renounce violence in word and deed,” said Dr Kim Howells, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Dr Kim Howells visited Sri Lanka on 11 June. He met with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse and discussed recent developments in country.

Dialog and Brastel facilitate Japan-Sri Lanka Prepaid Reload

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog Telekom, Sri Lanka’s leading telecommunications service provider has entered into an agreement with Brastel Telecom of Japan making Brastel, the calling card provider of choice for the Sri Lankan community in Japan. The agreement will facilitate Dialog Pre-Paid (Kit) accounts to be recharged by Sri Lankan Brastel users in Japan, using the Brastel International Recharge System (IRS) solution via IVR, website or a Customer Service Centre.

Sri Lanka: Tourism Police Division

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ministry of Tourism, Sri Lanka Tourist Board and the Police Department working together established a Tourist Police Division and its head office would be located at the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Premises, to coordinate, facilitate and service the needs of the in-bound and out-bound tourists. Milinda Moragoda Minister of Tourism declared open the Tourist Police Division and Victor Perera, Inspector General of Police and Renton De Alwis, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourist Board associated the Minister.

Tragedy of the Berlin temple – a response

By Janaka Perera

Lakshman Perera in his article titled `The tragedy of the Berlin Buddhist Temple' (Asian Tribune June 12 ) seems to have got his wires crossed on “the tendency of diverting the attention of the public to irrelevant themes such as who was a Nazi '' and "Nazi in Robes." It was Dr.Marianne Wachs - a virulent critic of the Berlin Buddhist Temple and the German Dharmadutha Society - who started this whole controversy by diverting public attention to irrelevant themes by calling the late Venerable Nyanatiloka Maha Thera a Nazi in response to the article I wrote on May 28 to mark his 50 th death anniversary.

Norwegian Ambassador congratulates National Drama Awards winners

The National Drama Awards 2007 were recently organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Drama Panel of the Sri Lanka Arts Council. Five of the awards went to theatre productions supported financially by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo. “I congratulate all the National Drama Awards winners, Norwegian Ambassador, Hans Brattskar, said. I am particularly happy to see that two of the productions the Norwegian Embassy supported in 2006, Mother Courage and Wana Tharawi were awarded five of these most prestigious prizes. I am very pleased to see that our cultural co-operation is appreciated in this way, the Ambassador added.

Vigilent civil society and people could check corruption and mismanagement

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Civil society and the people should take a more meaningful stance to check corruption and mismanagement in the country that has now become a day to-day affair said Wijedasa Rajapakse, MP and Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises. He said this while addressing the Key Person’s Forum on The Theme "COPE" Report, Corruption in State Agencies and Impact on Business Sector.” organized by the Small and Medium Enterprise Developers (SMED) of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCISL) and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung (FNSt) at the JAIC Hilton Hotel.

Indo-US nuclear deal: A new beginning

By Sarla Handoo -Syndicate Features

With both India and the US expressing satisfaction at the Bush – Manmohan Singh meeting on the sidelines of the G-8 summit at Heilegendamm, Germany, the road seems to have opened up once again for the nuclear talks to continue in the search of a “mutually acceptable” deal. The process has been witnessing quite a few roadblocks, delaying its implementation. In fact, when the separation plan was evolved in March 2006 to address proliferation concerns of the US, it was due to the crucial discussions held between the National Security Advisor, M.K.Narayanan and his US counterpart Stephen Hadley that saved the day. This time also, the two met at the G-8 venue just before the Bush- Singh meeting, to clear the ground for their masters. But the question is will they be able to salvage the deal, yet again?

Sri Lanka: Hundreds of Tamils forcibly expelled from Colombo

In a blatantly illegal action on June 7, the Sri Lankan government ordered police to raid cheap boarding lodges in Colombo and forcibly evict Tamil residents from the capital. Police rounded up hundreds of ordinary Tamils at gunpoint, packed them into buses, drove them to the distant towns of Vavuniya in the North and Trincomalee in the East, and dumped them. The pre-dawn raid was carried out without warning in the Pettah, Maradana, Kotahena and Wellawatta areas of Colombo. According to the police, 376 people—291 men and 85 women—were detained and dispatched to the North and East in eight buses. None were charged with any crime.

Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka President off to Geneva today to participate in the Special sittings of the 96th International Labor Conference

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa will leave for Geneva today to attend the Special Sittings of the 96th International Labor Conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The 3,000 plus participants at the Conference will comprise of heads of state and also both the worker and employer representatives. Along with Mahinda Rajapakse six heads of state and government and two crown princes will attend the conference. According to an ILO press release Ms. Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, Mr. John Kuftour, Presdent of Ghana, Sheik Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain and Lech Kaczynskai, President of Poland have already addressed the special sittings