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

Monthly archive

Barbarity of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers worst in Human Rights Violation Says “Washington Times” Editorial

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

“What human-rights violations the government may have to answer for, however, pale in comparison to the barbarity of the Tamil Tigers, who pioneered the use of the suicide bomb and have a track record of kidnapping children and turning them into soldiers. Human-rights issues will continue to be a concern until a genuine and lasting peace can be forged, and the United States can play a significant role in facilitating this by targeting and breaking up Tamil Tiger fund-raising networks in the United States…..” says “Washington Times” editorial carried in its July 12 edition.

Sri Lankan Opinion Leaders Study Devolution of Power in India

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A group of public servants, academics and civil society activists from Sri Lanka have returned from New Delhi where they spent three weeks gaining insights in to the Indian experience in power sharing. The purpose of this experience was for participants to examine multiple models and options for the transformation of the ongoing ethno political conflict in Sri Lanka. This ‘Summer School’ programme was conducted by the Centre for Federal Studies (CFS) at the University of Hamdard, New Delhi for 20 public servants, academics and civil society activists from Sri Lanka. This program was coordinated for the third consecutive year by the Berghof Foundation for Conflict Studies.

Musing - The way it used to be in Ceylon... ! ! ! ! ! !

By Anonymous – Written soon after the Ceasefire was signed.

The gram sellers at Galle Face Green sold their 'kadala gottu' topped with 'isso wade' for twenty-five cents. The movie goers at Savoy cinema came out; Couples went to Aleric's for ice-cream and families miserly budgeted for Chinese fried rice at Golden Gate. Gunawardena opened batting for the Tamil Union and Sunderalingam kept wickets for the Sinhalese Sports Club.

SPUR warns of impending dire straits as Co-Chairs applying pressure on Sri Lanka Government

The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) has written a strongly worded letter to the Co-Chairs of Sri Lanka warning the consequences of dictating terms, threatening and intimidating the Government of Sri Lanka for its failure to be submissive to them. The letter was written subsequent to the statement made by them following the recent meeting of Co-Chairs of the Sri Lanka ‘Donors Group’ in Oslo. Actions by the Co- Chairs of the Sri Lanka to apply pressure to force the Government of Sri Lanka to follow the dictates and continuously threatening Sri Lanka with further cuts in aid/loans and investment in the event of non compliance with their conditions would tantamount to undermining democracy and promoting terrorism, which runs counter to the public pronouncements and the actions of your own respective countries, pointed out the SPUR.

Indian - Israeli Ties Could Neutralize Delhi’s Palestinian Policy

By *Nicola Nasser

A seminar on “Palestine: 1967 and After” organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and the mission of the League of Arab States (LAS) in New Delhi on June 22 highlighted India’s still unwavering historical support for the Palestinian people, but failed to address the potential political effects of the growing Indian – Israeli ties on New Delhi’s more than ten – decade old policy on the Arab – Israeli conflict in Palestine.

USAID Boosts Sri Lanka’s Rubber Sector

The rubber industry began in Sri Lanka in the 1800s, but only recently became a thriving manufacturing sector. To support Sri Lanka’s re-emergence into the global rubber market, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) helped launch a three-year, graduateship course in rubber technology at the Plastics & Rubber Institute of Sri Lanka (PRISL) headquarters in Rajagiriya. The Sri Lankan rubber industry realized the need for more trained personnel operating at higher technological and managerial levels as competition has increased due to innovations and challenges from emerging rubber industries in countries such as China and Vietnam.

Action against lal masjid: A new beginning for Pakistan?

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

On the sidelines of the Non -aligned nations Summit in Havana last year, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh raised a lot of dust back home by saying that Pakistan was a victim of terrorism. Though the context in which he said so was related to the need for a joint mechanism between the two countries to combat terrorism which has become the greatest challenges for the civilized world, the opposition parties took the opportunity to target him saying his government lacked a coherent policy vis-a-vis Pakistan. And now the Home Minister Mr. Shivraj Patel made a curious remark in Srinagar that we should not blame Pakistan for all that goes wrong in Kashmir like increase in infiltration and spurt in violence. The remark did take everybody by surprise as it flew in the face of India’s hitherto known stand on Pakistan’s role in Kashmir.

Sri Lankan military intensifies offensive in the East

The Sri Lankan government has ignored concerns expressed by the recent meeting of the Co-Chairs of the Sri Lankan Donors Conference—the US, EU, Japan and Norway—and is continuing offensive operations to destroy the last eastern major base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is planning a major “national celebration” to coincide with the anniversary of the first military offensive against the LTTE in the Mavilaru area last July 26. It is also preparing to inaugurate a grandiose economic development plan known as Negenahira Neguma or the Rising of the East. The military is under pressure to complete the seizure of the Thoppigala area so that the government can boast about “liberating” the East.

Is the Mayor of London going to bed with Tamil Tiger terrorists?

Protests have poured into the office of Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, urging him to ban tomorrow’s Trafalgar Square rally organized by the LTTE. A global protest campaign has deplored any attempts to open the Trafalgar Square to a banned terrorist organization. Livingstone has given permission with restrictions to conduct a meeting organized by Harrow Councilor Daya Idaikkadar. Daya Idaikadar was asked to submit details of the agenda of the proposed rally in writing, following the protests letters and memoranda received by the Mayors office.