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

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Lebanese Crisis Persists Despite Beefed Up UN Peacekeeping

By Thalif Deen - UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

Despite a massive boost in its peacekeeping force in Lebanon -- from about 2,200 in July last year to some 13,700 last week -- the United Nations has little good news to report regarding the politically-troubled country. "I am deeply concerned that Lebanon remains in the midst of a debilitating political crisis and faces ongoing attacks aimed at destabilizing and undermining its sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report on the first anniversary of last summer's conflict between Hezbollah and Israel.

Karuna engaged in a new power struggle to grab the east from EPDP

Karuna Group has formally announced the ban of Eelam People Democratic Party (EPDP) led by Minister Douglas Devananda through pamphlets distributed widely in the Batticoloa in the eastern province.. This group has also warned of severe consequence for
The pamphlets are issued in the name of the “Force of the Rising Sun”. This is a threat directed at Minister Douglas Devananda and EPDP. They are an integral part of the People’s Alliance Government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse. Sri Lanka Government has liberated the East from the control of the Tamil Tigers. But it appears that Karuna Group has emerged to grab the political gap left vacant by the Tigers, who had fled from the east. Besides, this act of challenging a Minister in the government is seen as a threat to the government’s authority over the liberated east.

US Administration and Congress get Half Truths about Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

“Washington is a difficult terrain to operate in. Your message has to be clear and crisp and precise to break through. You have to show creativity. You have to know your audience. You have to tailor your message to this audience. You have to have a multi-prong strategy that includes hard-core issues and soft issues,” was what Tshepo Mazibuko, public diplomacy counselor at the South African Embassy told Washington Diplomat carried in its April 2007 issue.

Dialog Broadband Networks launches Dialog CDMA

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Dialog Broadband Networks, a fully owned subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Limited, Sri Lanka's premier telecommunications company, launched its fixed wireless operations based on CDMA technology. While the official ceremonial of Dialog CDMA was held in Kurunegala under the auspices of Chief Guest, Nimal Chandrasiri Silva, Mayor of Kurunegala, the product was simultaneously launched in Kandy,Puttalam, Kegalle, Kalutara and Ratnapura.

The Monkey-See-Monkey-Do of the Somali Political Saga

It has been over four decades, 47 years to be exact, since Somalia became an independent nation, and the British and the Italian Somali-lands have united into one democratic nation- the first of its kind in Africa. In due course this budding nation would become Africa’s most dysfunctional, its first failed state, and its first to be occupied by another African nation. On this sad reality virtually all Somalis agree. However, on the cause(s) that led to the current situation, almost all disagree. Bring five Somali experts to discuss the fundamental cause of their country’s political conundrum and you are likely to get a dozen different answers. Of course this is what Meles’ Ethiopia exploited over the years.

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce organizes discussion on New Companies Act

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) organized a follow-up discussion to their earlier Seminar on the New Companies Act that came into operation recently with Dr Harsha Cabral, PC, Member, Advisory Commission on Comany Law; Sujeewa Mudalige, Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Naomal Goonewardena, Senior Partner, Nithiya Partners; Aritha Wickramanayake Precedent Partner, Nithiya Partners and Dr Wickrama Weerasooriya, Insurance Ombudsman as panalists. A large number of company directors and officials participated the discussion which was held at the Galadari Hotel.

Iran’s Nuclear Crisis has Serious Implications for India

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Diplomatic arm-twisting on the Iranian nuclear crisis is continuing to undermine the emerging strategic partnership between India and the United States (US). Richard Boucher, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, said recently: “We are unhappy with the proposed Iran-Pakistan-India $7 billion gas pipeline project… There could be consequences for countries investing in Iran.” Earlier, Ambassador Mulford had voiced his reservations about the Indo-US Nuclear Deal being approved by the US Congress if India did not vote to refer Iran to the UN Security Council. And, Congressman Tom Lantos has been very vocal in expressing his misgivings about India’s support for Iran at the IAEA.

Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry takes the new Companies Act to the regions

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka has taken the initiative to organize a series of Seminars on the New Companies Act for the benefit of the business community in the regions and the first one of the series is scheduled to be held in Kurunegala on the 19th July at their recently opened Centre. Jagath C Savanadasa, Senior Consultant, FCCISL said that their pioneering effort is supported by a top government official - Deepthi Hettiarachchi, Registrar of Companies by agreeing to deliver the keynote address on ‘How the New Companies Act promotes Small and Medium Enterprises, the duties of the Company Directors and the rates governing Capital of Companies’.

Islam, the environment and the human future - Judge Weeramantry

This is the third part of the presentation made by Judge C. G. Weeramantry, former Vice- President of the International Court of Justice, told the World Future Council in Hamburg at the inaugural meeting of the World Future Council. The Commission is deeply concerned with the lack of concern currently being shown for the long term human future and is seeking sources of inspiration and guidance for the solution of the problems presently confronting global society. In this article Judge Weeramantry surveys the contribution made by Islam to human civilisation.

Sri Lanka Government planning to hold elections in the East

The Government will be taking steps to hold the local government elections in east as soon as possible under the directives of the President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” stated the Senior Vice Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Nimal Siripala de Silva. Addressing a press briefing on Friday, Minister de Silva stated that the Government will be facilitating the citizens of East to elect peoples’ representatives in accordance with their choices through these elections.

USAID supports drafting an anti-corruption national action plan

A national action plan against corruption in Sri Lanka presently being formulated and presented by the members of the Anti-Corruption Program under the e aegis of the U.S. Agency for Development (USAID) Anti-Corruption Program. The plan has been drawn up at a national conference attended by more than 200 community activists across all of Sri Lanka. The draft Action Plan was developed with input from a series of regional workshops in 17 districts conducted for the ACP by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), Janawaboda Kendraya, and Lawyers for Human Rights and Development.

Army backed Bangladesh govt considering Turkish type constitution, gets ‘reformists’ backing

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

The army backed caretaker government in Bangladesh is considering Turkey type constitution to give a ‘decisive’ say for the armed forces in the nation’s affairs and to ‘maintain the secular character’ of the country. The ‘political dissidents’ (of BNP and Awami League), who enjoy the official patronage in the bid to enforce the ‘minus two’ theory, also have seconded the Turkey model in their own way.

Threat of Australian intervention hangs over Papua New Guinea election

National elections currently underway in the Papua New Guinea (PNG) are taking place under the cloud of Australia’s aggressive interventions throughout the southwestern Pacific. Polling began last Saturday but will not be completed for more than a week—a sign of the lack of physical, administrative and social infrastructure bequeathed by Canberra to its former colony. Insofar as the election has been covered at all, the Australian and international media have focused on signs of violence, corruption, political unrest and social breakdown—recalling the campaigns preceding Australian military interventions in the Solomons and East Timor. In both cases, Australian Prime Minister John Howard exploited political and social unrest to justify sending in troops, police and officials to shore up Australian economic and strategic interests against those of its rivals.

Vajpayee voices fresh concern over India-US nuclear deal

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has voiced ‘serious concern’ on the government’s review of policies related to disarmament, non-proliferation and other security related issues. The timing of the review by a task force creates ‘doubts’, he said in a statement issued by the BJP office here on Friday. “The ostensible purposes and its timing arouse apprehensions that it would be used to change our long-held policies on these issues so that they conform to the Hyde Act which is to govern the Indo-US nuclear deal”, Mr Vajpayee claimed.