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

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Anna Politkovskaya,

Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle – the indomitable defender of & strongest supporter of President Rajapakse

By Dr.T.C.Rajaratnam

Jeyaraj FernandopulleJeyaraj Fernandopulle is a household name in every home where there is respect for human beings, good conscience and rational thinking. A Catholic by birth and respecter of all religions and races and Jeyaraj say religion is love, compassion and forgiveness and to Jeyaraj there is only one race - the human race. He practices all religious virtues and loves helping people and the nation. Anyone who comes into contact with Jeyaraj will develop an affection and respect for him.

Musharraf says majority matters and I have majority as he staged a tainted Presidential election

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

Pervez Musharraf Democracy means majority and I have the majority, declared General Pervez Musharraf Saturday as he staged his second Presidential election and bagged 671 votes out of 695 votes cast by the members of a lame duck parliament but the result will not be known till the Supreme Court gives the green signal. The Court has only allowed the voting in its interim ruling on Friday. The court resumes hearing on election petitions on October 17 and it means Musharraf will have to wait for at least 11 days before he could think of starting his second term. His current Presidential term expires November 15. In total, Musharraf won 671 votes, compared with just eight for his main rival — retired judge Wajihuddin Ahmad fielded by the lawyers community.

Bush Administration's Human Rights Record Exposed

Daya Gamage - US Bureau Asian Tribune

Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA's executive director, issued the following statement in response to President Bush's statement October 5 that the United States does not torture people: "The Bush administration continues to astonish. Its own State Department has labeled waterboarding torture when it applies to other countries. Yet in President Bush's legal wonderland, water boarding is renamed an enhanced interrogation technique.

Vasu wants war stopped to establish peace

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

VasudevaThe Business for Peace Initiative of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka held its 10th Business for Peace Forum with Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Secretary, Democratic Left Front and Leader of Opposition, Colombo Municipal Council as the Guest Speaker, at JAIC Hilton Hotel. Nanayakkara speaking on the theme “Maintaining the Balance of Peace Building and Economic Growth; The DLF Standpoint”, said that their party is for the devolution of power acceptable for the Tamils, Muslims and other communities in the North and East. They are against the escalation of war and called upon the government and all other concerned parties to initiate unconditional talks with the LTTE, first in the attempt of cessation of hostilities and then to go for lasting peace.

The American way forward is to go backwards

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

American diplomats, along with their Western allies, (all of whom are bundled together as “the international community”) have played and continue to play a key role in the north-south conflict, oftentimes leaning heavily on the Government of Sri Lanka to do its bidding. Sometimes it exerts its pressure behind the scenes and sometimes it makes quite blunt statements for public and political consumption. Robert Blake, the American Ambassador, for instance speaking on the topic of “Sri Lanka: The Way Forward" told a seminar held on September 21, 2007: "Since time is short and we Americans are known for not mincing our words, let me get right to the point on the topic at hand. The Government of Sri Lanka has achieved some important victories in the last several months.

Lanka’s Hermetic Crisis

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Last week the sole superpower disallowed a Bill that would have provided an estimated 3.8 million of its own children with health insurance. President George W Bush vetoed the S-chip Bill – thereby deepening his isolation nationally and within his own party - not because America lacks the $35 billion to fund the new programme. He did so because the Bill did not accord with his worldview. Mr. Bush is not bothered by the fact that during his Presidency the number of uninsured Americans has increased steadily (by a hefty 2.2 million in last year alone) reaching an all time high of 47 million in 2006. He is similarly uninterested in the plight of those millions of American children without health cover. As far as he is concerned it is not the responsibility of the state to look after the poorer, more vulnerable segments of society. And where there is no commitment to universal justice, there is no will to correct sectoral injustice. Similarly when there is no absolute commitment to the rule of law, when a government believes that its own must be above the law, it makes no real effort to check lawlessness on the part of its members.

Indian Tamils and Muslims chased out by the Tamil Tigers to be resettled in their original homes – Basil Rajapakse

Basil RajapakseAbout 5000 families, involving nearly 25,000 to 30,000 Tamils of the Indian origin chased out of Killinochchi and Mullaithievu districts by the Tamil Tigers of Tamil Elam in 1996 will be provided with permanent shelters by the Government of Sri Lanka. Also, Muslims from Arippu, Silavathurai and Musali in the Mannar districts who were chased out by the LTTE in October 1990, presently living in the refugee camps in the Puttalam districts, are to be resettled in their original places of abode. Basil Rajapakse, Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka President told "Asian Tribune" that Tamils of the Indian origin were settled in the Kilinochchi and Mullaithievu districts by the NGOs and the Norwegian Red Barna in the 1980s. He said that after the LTTE was chased out of the Jaffna district in December 1995, by the Sri Lankan Army, they settled down in the Mullaithievu district and later, after 1998, they controlled the Kilinochchi district also.

Indian prison guard kill Sri Lankan fishermen’s representative in Tamil Nadu

An Indian Prison Guard shot dead an unarmed Sri Lankan representative from a fishing society visiting the Tamil Nadu prison in Madurai, on Friday (October 05, 2007). On Friday morning Warnakulasuriya Canicius Fernando, (44), a resident of Negombo, who was the representative of All Ceylon Fisher Peoples’ Trade Union for Migrant Fishermen in Sri Lanka, visited Madurai Central Prisons to meet the four (4) Sri Lankan fishermen serving a prison term for straying into Indian waters. They were to be released on October 8 and Fernando was visiting them to make arrangements for their return home.

India ranks 72 in 180 countries on Corruption Index

By Bobby Ramakant

The 2007 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) Report in 180 countries merits India at rank 72. CPI Report looks at perceptions of public sector corruption, scoring countries on a scale from zero to ten, with zero indicating high levels of perceived corruption and ten indicating low levels of perceived corruption. India was scored at 3.5 for the year 2007. CPI report is prepared by Transparency International (TI), the global coalition against corruption. India has further slipped down 2 ranks. In 2006, CPI report ranked India at 70. However all is not that gloomy. There is increased recognition by people and government systems in place to fight corruption.

Murder of Anna Politkovskaya : time to know the truth, says PACE President

Anna Politkovskaya,One year after the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, René van der Linden, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), made the following statement: "A year ago, on 7 October 2006, Anna Politkovskaya was shot in Moscow. A year later, light has still to be shed on this murder. The murder of Anna Politkovskaya, one of Russia's most courageous journalists, was a direct attack on democracy, and it must not go unpunished. I renew my appeal to the Russian authorities to do everything in their power to bring the truth to light, and to the Russian Parliament to follow the investigations closely.

State BJP Gen Secy lash out his President for volte face

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

State BJP General Secretary Eduzu Th Vadeo has strongly reacted State BJP President Ato Yepthomi’s disowning the Press Statement issued on Thursday, saying that he was only issuing the Press Statement as per his directives. Terming as “very unfortunate” the State BJP President’s volte face to his own directives, the State BJP General Secretary said he still stood by his Press Statement which was done as per the directives of his President following the Party Office Bearers’ Meeting held at Dimapur on October 2, 2007. In the meeting, 7 State office bearers were present out of 11 State office bearers, he added.

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle



Pervez Musharraf

Vasudeva Nanayakkara

Basil Rajapakse

The Iraq Dirge

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The trail of lies and half-truths that started from Washington before Iraq’s invasion has become unstoppable. The so-called liberators of Iraq refuse to see that their prevarication led to a disaster not only for Iraq but for America also, if not much of the western world. Amidst confusing and contradictory reports about the likelihood of US troop reduction in Iraq have been coming wishy-washy reports that the ‘surge’—the induction of extra US troops in Iraq—has been working.

Share market up on thin volumes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The weekly review of the HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the Colombo bourse gained momentum during the week with the indices gaining ground and continuing to hold the pace throughout the week. However profit taking dragged indices down marginally on Friday. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) increased by 30 points to 2586.6 points representing an increase of 1.17 percent while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) ended 46.4points or 1.34 percent higher at 3506.2 points.