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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Mahinda Rajapakse

Heavy fighting continues in the North and East of Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government still maintains the fiction that it is adhering the 2002 ceasefire agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But in the North and East of the island, the security forces are waging a ruthless war of aggression aimed at destroying the separatist guerrilla movement and capturing LTTE territory, with no regard for ceasefire lines.Fierce battles have taken place over the past fortnight. In the East, the army is attempting to capture the LTTE’s last significant stronghold—the area of Thoppigala.

Deal or no deal...

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan- Syndicate Features

“Deal” stories have become a permanent fixture in the Pakistan media. One day one reads that a deal has been finalised between PPP and GPM. The next there is another story that claims that the “deal” has hit snags. There have been editorials and other comments too. The wider perception is that a deal is in offing--much of it, of course, is disinformation by the regime. PPP does not close doors on dialogue. Such dialogue has taken place several times since 1999 but not resulted in any agreement. PPP is not interested in a deal but in a transition to democracy. Any understanding only on cases could have taken place several times since 1999

US style ethnic/religious discrimination: Muslims face the wrath in era of counter-terrorism

By Daya Gamage – Reporting from US Bureau

The most influential and the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the United States, in an investigative/research report released June 14, accuses that the Muslims have faced severe hardship and discrimination in the hands of the U.S. authorities in this era of ‘Global War on Terrorism’. The report indicates a 25 percent increase in the total number of complaints of anti-Muslim bias from 2005 to 2006, with citizenship delays being the major issue.

Dialog - Sri Lanka’s Largest Rights Issue Oversubscribed

By Sunil C. Perera- Reporting from Colombo

Dialog Telekom Ltd. (DTL), announced on Thursday , that its Rights Issue which would raise 15.54 billion for the company was successfully subscribed for by over 100%, thereby making the issue the largest ever equity raising to be executed in the Sri Lankan Capital market. The success of the Landmark issue symbolizes a strong vote of confidence placed on Sri Lanka and Dialog Telekom by the investing community, with Dialog’s parent Telekom Malaysia leading the pack by enhancing its direct investment in the country by Rs 13 Bn, through subscribing in full for its entitlement under the rights issue.

Narayan’s doctrine untenable and undiplomatic – G.Parthasarathy

By Walter Jayawardhana

One of India’s leading former diplomats who have dealt in Indo-Lankan matters in the past has called India’s new Sri Lankan policy undiplomatic and untenable and bluntly questioned the Manmohan Singh government under what international treaty Sri Lanka is obliged to buy weapons only from India. Former Indian diplomat G.Parthasarathi attacked Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayan for his new policy of bullying Sri Lanka dubbing it as “Narayan Doctrine” and said while India is growling at Sri Lanka, an extremely friendly neighbor, demanding it should buy its weapons only from India while it will decide what Sri Lanka would receive, it is groveling before China which is threatening to take over India’s Arunchal Pradesh.

"Not prepared, at any cost, to bow down to terrorism: No room for extremism, violence in a democracy” - President Rajapakse

Mahinda Rajapakse"We are determined that in a democracy like ours where political views can be expressed freely, political objectives must be realised through negotiation and dialogue and through compromise. There can be no room for extremism, and even less for violence," said President Mahinda Rajapakse. Sri Lank President while addressing the addressing the 96th Sessions of the International Labour Conference in Geneva yesterday said, "Terrorism has no place in the contemporary world. As a government, we are not prepared, at any cost, to bow down to terrorism," said President Rajapaks, who asked: "Would any of your governments submit to terrorism had they been in our position?"

Is an identity crisis hampering a political solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

For a majority of citizens, being Sri Lankan is synonymous with being Sinhalese, and other ethnic groups are accommodated rather than accepted as equals. They are there at the behest of the generosity of the Sinhalese, not because they have an equal right to everything that a Sinhala person enjoys as a right. For this majority, Sri Lanka is Sinhala Nation and its deterministic values are Sinhala values, whatever they are. It may be true that this majority does not always think as being Sinhalese in a conscious manner and amongst them, there could be a significant number for whom being Sinhala, and even celebrating the Sinhala New Year has been long forgotten. They would rather herald the New Year on the 1st of January dancing away in a hotel.