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

Monthly archive

Security review in Kashmir

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Kashmir has been in the thick of militancy for the last 17 years now. It has seen the worst of times with the blood of innocent people flowing on the streets, old and infirm being dragged out of their homes and shot dead on charges of being informers and families separated without knowing each other’s whereabouts for years on end. In this situation a periodic review of security situation in Kashmir should have been a routine affair. But the Union Home Secretary’s visit to the valley is much more than that. For two reasons. One it is the new Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta’s first visit to the state. Second, it is coming at a time when security situation in Kashmir is intriguing.

Uneven Results Forecast for UN's Millennium Goals

By Thalif Deen - UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The world's 22 rich nations, comprising the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), grudgingly doled out about 104 billion dollars in official development assistance (ODA) to the world's poorer nations in 2006. But just one solitary OECD member -- the United States -- has spent or allocated a staggering 456 billion dollars on the ongoing five-year-old destructive war in Iraq.

Sri Lanka: Few can afford to buy at Jaffna's restocked markets

Jaffna's town market is once again stocked, with many of its small retail shops bursting with canned and packaged goods and large bags of dried fish, lentils, dhal and rice. However, increasing numbers of Jaffna residents and the 40,000 internally displaced people in the district cannot afford them. When the A9 highway - the vital transport route linking the Jaffna peninsula to the rest of the country - was closed on 11 August 2006, the 150-plus trucks that daily delivered goods into and out of the district ceased operation. Jaffna became totally dependent on sea transport and limited air freighting for all its imported goods.

Ten years on Hong Kong flourishes despite Doomsday forecasts

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

Hong Kong came to London on Sunday. The capital’s notoriously gloomy weather and drizzle did not dampen Hong Kong’s “can-do” spirit as it brought a liberal dash of Chinese culture to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its return to China after 150 years of British rule. A key feature of Sunday’s event was to celebrate the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as a part of China was the now internationally famous dragon boat racing. Some 40 participants raced down the Thames River in different races, cheered on by crowds of mainly Hong Kong Chinese residents of London.

“Coup syndrome in Bangladeshi politics and designs therein”

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Khaleda and Hasina jointly led a popular uprising in December 1990 that toppled Ershad, nine years after he had seized power in a bloodless coup. They then alternated as prime minister for the next 15 years, becoming bitter and uncompromising rivals. Now the army-backed interim government is targeting the formidable pair in its crackdown on political corruption. Khaleda's elder son and political heir is in detention, along with more than 170 key political figures facing charges of graft and abuse of power.

Lanka international airport resumes night flights, but no airlines

The Bandaranaike International Airport, the only international airport in Sri Lanka resumed night flight services Sunday July 1, the airport announced. But so far no airlines have scheduled night flights. The airport shares a runway with the close-by military airbase. Night flight services of the BIA have been shut since May 10 when the LTTE's Airforce bombed an air-base close to the BIA. Thereafter, the BIA was closed during 10:30 p.m. to 4:30 am till July 1.

Heartrending Appeals by V. Anandasangaree

Professor Laksiri Fernando - University of Colombo

Mr. V. Anandasangaree, the veteran Tamil politician and the President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) has made two fervent appeals in recent times, one to Vellupillai Prabaharan, the leader of the LTTE, and the other to the ‘Patriotic Citizens of Sri Lanka,’ more or less with the same objective. The objective undoubtedly is to bring sustainable peace to our now bleeding and beleaguered country. The first appeal in the form of a letter addressed to Prabaharan is to ‘give up arms and the demand for separation, and to accept a federal solution within a united Sri Lanka.’ The second appeal again in the form of an ‘open letter’ addressed mainly to the Sinhala community is ‘to be reasonable and allow a solution on the lines of federalism or at least the Indian model, to once and for all settle the disputes of the ethnic conflict.’

Sri Lanka elected to the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Sri Lanka is again elected to a seat of the Executive Council of the IOC of UNESCO for another term of two years. The 24th Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly was held from 19th -28th June 2007 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. During the session Sri Lanka was re-elected to a seat for another term of two years at the elections held on 25th June. According to the press statement by the Permanent Delegation of Sri Lanka to UNESCO in Paris, "Sri Lanka is actively involved in promoting oceanographic research and development in the region."

John Keels introduces new generation of Toshiba range of notebook to the Sri Lankan market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

John Keells Office Automation (JKOA) partnering with Toshiba Computer Systems Division, Toshiba Singapore Pte Ltd jointly announced the introducing to the Sri Lankan market the value packed, new generation of Toshiba range of notebook PCs with grater capabilities in mobile and multimedia computing as well as enhanced security features. The announcement was made at a function held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, last week.

Norwegians safe in Sri Lanka but not in Norway – NAT

Rebutting the charges of the Norwegian Foreign Ministry that the lives of Norwegians are threatened in Sri Lanka the Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) has pointed out that the lives of Norwegians are threatened in Norway by the Tamil Tiger agents and not in Sri Lanka. In an open letter sent to the head of Norwegian Foreign Ministry, Torgeir Larsen, NAT says: "In Norway there have been many threats against Norwegians from the LTTE. Even a Norwegian police officer has received death threats. If the MFA care about Norwegians security then you should request the LTTE to kindly stop their threats against Norwegians. Since the LTTE control more than 10.000 votes in Oslo we anticipate no such request will be made to the MFA’s friends, the LTTE, before the Norwegian election in September 2007.