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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Former diplomat Hamid Ansari tipped to be the new Vice President of India

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Hamid Ansari, a former diplomat and chairman, Minorities Commission of India is tipped to be the Vice President of India in what is going to be a three-cornered contest. Ansari name was announced Friday by the Congress led the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the Left parties which support the Manmohan government from out side. The 'fractured' Third Front fielded Samajwadi party's Rashid Masood in the Vice presidential election. The BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is mulling the options of fielding its own candidate.

How Sri Lanka’s American Embassy saved ‘Ravaya’ Editor Victor Ivan’s life during Premadasa presidency

Daya Gamage of US Bureau Asian Tribune reviews ‘The Queen of Deceit’

It became a great amusement to this writer, while reviewing a book written by Sri Lanka’s weekly political tabloid ‘Ravaya’ editor Victor Ivan that, with all his critical analyses of the United National Party regimes of Jayawardene and Premadasa in the eighties, he never felt that his life was threatened as much as under the regime of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. This writer’s endeavor is not to give a complete review of Ivan’s book ‘The Queen of Deceit’ published last year revealing many inside stories of the style of governance of Kumaratunga and the ‘reign of terror’ and crony capitalism under her but a presentation of actual facts that surrounded the most uncomfortable life Mr. Ivan was leading as a foremost political commentator of the Jayawardene-Premadasa regimes in the eighties which he comfortably conceals from the rest of the world.

Sri Lanka military finds remaining MBRL parts buried west of Thoppigala

Sri Lanka military yesterday said that it has found the remainder of Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) used by fleeing LTTE rebels. The military found the first MBRL in the morning hours of July 18, along with 5 rounds. The second MBRL parts were recovered from Thoppigala – West area called Meegangolla. Four MBRL barrel parts were separately buried by the rebels, the military said.

LTTE attempting to infiltrate in government held areas in the north

By Walter Jayawardhana

Nine LTTE cadres were killed with three Sri Lanka Army soldiers yesterday, when the Tamil insurgents attempted to infiltrate the the forward Defense Line in the island nation’s North Western area of Mannar, Defense Ministry sources said. The attack on the military detachment at Neelachchena started in the early hours of Friday initially killing the army soldiers. When the Army repulsed the attack the nine rebels were killed and 20 received injuries intercepted radio communications revealed.

New Harry Potter book to set postal record, UN agency says

The United Nations Universal Postal Union announced yesterday that today’s release of the last book in the Harry Potter series will result in the largest-ever delivery of identical books on the same day worldwide. Over 2.4 million copies of the latest Harry Potter book will be distributed tomorrow in the United States, Canada and Great Britain, with additional copies of the German version to be delivered when released in Germany and Switzerland in October. The agency based this estimate on surveys conducted in its Member States, emphasizing that postmen and women are the ones who deliver copies of the final novel in the Harry Potter series, entitled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," which goes on sale on 21 July.

"The myth of 'Lion ancestry' & adults-only tales of the Lala land."

By Dr. Mithra Fernando.

Over the years, Sinhala Buddhist nationalistic politicians and closely linked Buddhist clergy have been successful in implanting the belief that the Sinhala Buddhists are the ‘chosen people’ and the real custodians of Sri Lanka and of Theravada Buddhism. This, many Sinhala Buddhists believe, is their ‘birth right’ by virtue of the origin of their ethnicity as depicted by the Mahavamsa. According to many Sinhala speaking Buddhists, their birthright to the ‘custodianship’ of the island and Buddhism is sacred and unquestionably legitimised for eternity by the Mahavamsa. Any discussion based on facts against the Sinhala Buddhist birthrights argument is often condemned as an anti-Sinhala Buddhist conspiracy or Tamil terrorist propaganda. It is often the one who raises the questions who becomes the target of wrath and condemnation, sometimes leading to dangerous consequences.

The Legacy of the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh – Part V

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Pundit Nehru visited West Bengal on March 6, 1950 along with Mridula Saravai and daughter Indira Gandhi (Later Prime Minister of India). He visited Bongaon along with Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Roy and Indira Gandhi and saw for herself the pitiable condition of the Hindus of East Bengal. (this experience on Hindu exodus from East Bengal may help Indiraji in 1971). In a public meeting at Bongaon, Pundit Nehru said “partition of the country brought many evils at its train...”

FCCISL hosts Indian and Chinese trade delegations

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A 50 member strong Indian Trade Delegation led by S S Patel, President, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry FKCCI) to meet their counterpart in Sri Lanka – The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). The discussions between FKCCI and FCCISL would centre on by-lateral trade, investment and joint venture. The delegation would include members of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Karnataka, Consortium of Electronic Industries of Karnataka, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs of Hyderabad, along with representatives of ZDB/SEQUA Partnership Programme, India.

New ambassador Amunugama calls on Wen Jiabao, the Premier of the People’s Republic of China

The new Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China, Karunatilaka Amunugama, paid a courtesy call on Wen Jiabao, the Premier of the People’s Republic of China. During the discussions, the Ambassador extended to the Government and the People of China warm and friendly greetings from the President, the Prime Minister and the People of Sri Lanka. He thanked the Premier for the generous hospitality accorded by the Chinese Government to Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka and his delegation, during the State visit to China in February this year to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Coalition spirit not maintained in recent presidential election in Nagaland: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The just concluded country’s presidential election has not augured well especially in states where the governments run by coalition. There have been visible sign of sharp division within the coalition partners when the members were to cast their votes one for UPA sponsored Pratibha Patil, while the other for NDA backed-Independent candidate Bhairon Singh Shakhawat.

War economy weighs heavily on Sri Lankan workers

The Sri Lankan government has imposed price increases on basic essentials in recent weeks, creating further hardships for workers and the poor. While rising world oil prices are a factor, the government is passing the economic burden of its escalating war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) directly onto the population. Defence spending in this year’s budget has been boosted to 139 billion rupees ($US1.2 billion), a 45 percent increase over last year. However, with the intensity of military operations, defence expenditure is expected to rise by another 50 percent.

Queen of Deciet


Former president Chandrika congratulates Mangala and Ranil on new alliance

Former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga sent a congratulatory message yesterday to Mangala Sanmaraweera and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on their new political alliance. While congratulating on the new alliance, she said ""During my presidency, even I dreamed for something like this, but I could not. When we came to power in 1994, we tried to be pluralistic and represent everyone -as possible." She added "But the JVP and UNP could not join us. Unfortunately, today SLFP is deviating from its original moderate policies. This especially evident on its economic policies and the ethnic conflict. I fear that this trend may not reverse."