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

Monthly archive


Locating the centre of evil in Sri Lanka

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The ham-fisted action of the Police in rounding up 376 Tamil citizens of Sri Lanka and transporting them to the north and the east had one positive reaction: it united the divided nation and brought them together to defend the Tamil victims. The media, the political parties (except the JHU), the intelligentsia, all the concerned voices from the north to the south and even the diplomatic community spoke out in one voice condemning the action of the Police. The NGOs, for once, did the right thing in taking the issue to courts and winning an injunction from the Supreme Court restraining the Police from going down the path of unrestrained lunacy.

Australian Broadcasting Service TV screens an unbalanced story on Sri Lanka

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Quite uncharacteristically for the ABC TV, they broadcast a story on Sri Lanka which was quite unbalanced, and which by implication, projected a veiled message that the Sri Lankan government had a hand in the hundreds of shocking disappearances that have taken place, and are still taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This program titled “Foreign Correspondent” was aired last night. Without any qualification, these disappearances are shocking and vile and should not happen in any country, least of all in democracies like Sri Lanka.

Canada’s No-fly list which takes off this summer provides false sense of security

By Faisal Kutty

"Nothing personal sir, but your packages are not allowed on passenger airlines," said a United Parcel Service customer service agent, sitting in an American call centre. She was explaining to me that my package could not be delivered on an "early a.m." basis from Toronto to Peterborough. I was interrogating the agent about why this was so, since I had been using UPS without any problems since starting my practice in 1996. Initially reluctant, the agent eventually confessed that when my account number was entered into their system, the "Flight Guardian" software flashed a red signal.

Tourism as it effects Sri Lanka

By Oscar E V Fernando

United Nations in recognition of the advantages of tourism has fixed a World Tourism Day and this year Sri Lanka is hosting the event on 27th September. Mr Ban Ki-Moon the Secretary General of the UN says this about tourism-Tourism has proved one of the leading ways for the least ?developed countries to increase their participation in the global economy. India is going a long way in developing tourism, and it must be noted that Indians are very conscious about preserving their culture and civilization. There is prejudice on tourism among some sections in Sri Lanka-perhaps a fall out from the colonial domination, but India too was a colonized country. Should we fear other cultures and civilizations with different ways of conduct and behavior if we have strong beliefs of our own?

Is Malaysia a Muslim Example?

Prof. Kanbawza Win

Malaysia, has long trumpeted itself as a moderate modern Muslim nation committed to safe guarding the rights of its diverse population and human rights. Indeed a fortnight ago in the capital of Kuala Lumpur, its Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (age 67 just married for the second time to Jeanne Abdullah age 53) proudly hosted the annual World Islamic Economic Forum, where he held up his homeland, that Islam did not equal extremism. But in the international media the case of Ms Lina Joy, a 43 year old Malaysia women converted to Christian rejected by the Federal court was highlighted, to the anger of Malaysian Information Minister Zainuddin Maiden, who retorted back as “Western Media’s Bashing of Islam”.

CCC facilitates further trade ties with Busan CCI, Korea

A 38 Member trade and investment promotion mission from the Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Korea visited Sri Lanka on the invitation of Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on 10th June 2007. The following day The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Busan Chamber of Commerce and Industry where the Premier Wickramanayake was present at Cinnamon Grand Hotel. At the occasion Mahen Dayananda, Chairman, CCC said that.they were delighted to have this exclusive opportunity to host this prestigious group of dignitaries from Korea and identifying Sri Lanka as a potential market for trade and investment and hoped to develop relationships into fruitful partnership.

Dayan Jayatilleka, new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka, presents credentials to Director-General of UNOG

Dayan Jayatilleka, the new Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva, presented his credentials on 6th June, 2007, to Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. Jayatilleka is a respected academic and political commentator. He was attached to the Political Department of the Colombo University. Just prior to taking office in Geneva he completed his doctoral thesis at Queensland University, Australia. He brings to the office he holds wide political experience and an in-depth knowledge of international affairs.

Alcatel-Lucent positive of doubling the growth in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Alcatel-Lucent, the world’s largest communication solutions provider, with over US $ 25 billion as sales revenue for the last financial year, opened their Sri Lanka branch office recently. This is in addition to the Liaison office under which it was operational for the last five years. At a press briefing held to announce the opening of the Sri Lanka Branch Rivi Sharma, President, South Asia Regional Unit, Alcatel-Lucent, said that the South Asian region was the fastest growing region in terms of growth for Alcatel-Lucent, while Sri Lanka alone had doubled its sales during the last two years.

Daw Suu Kyi and movement for democracy, freedom and human rights in Burma

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Throughout history, we have seen the importance of personality in shaping the destiny of a nation. These personalities become larger than their lives. They gravitate people to overcome their local and ethnic/tribal/regional inertia towards a common cause. Rarely did a social and national movement succeed that did not have that iconic unifying figure. That unique role has been provided by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for Burma, a country of many races, ethnicities, and religions.

LTTE: Technologically innovative rebels

Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers top off their innovations by hijacking a satellite in orbit over the Indian Ocean, sparking fears of a more advanced phase of rebel warfare.More than 64,000 Sri Lankans, out of a population of 21 million, have died in the conflict. In 1984, the LTTE in 1984 established its maritime "Sea Tigers" wing, which has been responsible for sinking 29 Sri Lankan naval gunboats and a freighter. The Sea Tigers include a division of frogmen that have been deployed in attacks on the Sri Lankan naval base at Kankesanturai in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

G-8 grapples with global warming

By Sarla Handoo Syndicate Features

How would you react to the prospect of the world developing into a place with more and more deadly storms, heat waves, floods and droughts? A place with less food to eat and less water available per head. Certainly, it would be a place fraught with more and more dangers and life full of difficulties. Unfortunately, that is what is happening. For India and other developing countries, the worst sufferers would be the farmers. Total agricultural land will shrink and the available land may not remain suitable for cultivation for the present crops for too long. Rise in sea levels due to faster melting of glaciers in the Himalayas and Hindu Kush ranges would lead to coastal erosion.

US leads push for Kosovo independence

Following his meeting with Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha Sunday, President George W. Bush declared he would push for Kosovan independence. “The question is whether there’s going to be endless dialogue on a subject that we’ve already made up our mind on,” he said. “I’m worried about expectations not being met in Kosovo. And therefore we’ll push the process.” The issue of Kosovan independence is inflaming great power relations, splitting Europe, threatening further instability in the Balkans region and emboldening secessionist movements elsewhere to press for independence.

U.N. Seeks African Troops for New Hybrid Peacekeeping Force in Sudan

By Thalif Deen -Inter Press Service

The United Nations is saddled with the arduous task of raising a 17,000 to 20,000-strong peacekeeping force for the politically troubled Darfur region in Sudan following a long-awaited agreement for the creation of a joint U.N.-African Union (AU) mission for that country. "Since Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir has insisted that the proposed peacekeeping force should either be all-African or mostly African," a Third World diplomat told IPS, "the United Nations may be hard-pressed to find the necessary troops at short notice."