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Durga sculpture, British Museum

Louise Arbour Understood the Complexity of Sri Lanka Problem – Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Mahinda SamarasingheThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, contrary to what the domestic and international media reported, never pressed for the opening of a UN permanent human rights monitoring mission in Sri Lanka. In fact, she understood the complexity of the problem Sri Lanka is facing, and even the US State Department is beginning to understand which is most encouraging is what Sri Lanka’s Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe told Asian Tribune. The Minister, who was attending the 62nd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York to participate in the session Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Children, gave an interview on the telephone to Asian Tribune. Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to UN Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam was with the minister when he spoke to Asian Tribune.

Nation Revisited

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Sri Lanka is a country of more than 20 million people, but a very few Sri Lankans. Sri Lanka has a surfeit of Sinhalese, Buddhists, Tamils, Christians, Hindus and Muslims. Conspicuous by their dearth are citizens or leaders who manage to transcend their primordial identities and their particularist concerns to think and act as Sri Lankans. Mahatma Gandhi, when asked for his opinion on Western civilisation, replied that it would be a good idea. A Sri Lankan nation is not only a good idea; it is a necessary idea. But it is still an idea. Though the concept exists in a legal sense, there is no ‘really existing’ Sri Lankan nation. Terms such as ‘national’ and ‘desheeya’ which are very much in vogue, refer solely or mainly to the majority community.

'No peace possible until Prabhakaran dies'

By Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Summing up his views on the tremendous economic cost of LTTE terrorism at the concluding sessions of the three-day International Conference on Countering Terrorism: A Challenge to Democratically Elected Governments" at the BMICH, Colombo on October 20, Dr. Saman Kelegama, Executive Director, Institute of Policy Studies said that no matter what the adverse socio-economic impact was, peace with the Tigers at any cost had to be definitely ruled out. Drawing attention to the 2002 ceasefire Dr. Kelegama observed that the LTTE did not welcome the idea of people benefiting from economic dividends in a peacetime environment. It was eroding the Tigers' power base. This was the reason for their repeated violations of the truce, eventually leading to the resumption of fighting to "liberate" the Tamils.

Will Ambassador Blake help to bring down the walls of Killinochci?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

It is quite apparent that the majority-minority relations would have moved on a more even keel if the northern minority too had dropped their mono-ethnic extremism and decided to co-exist in a multi-cultural society sharing the land in common with all other communities. But in the dying days of the British Empire Jaffna took to Tamil extremism without any provocations from the Sinhala majority. G. G. Ponnambalam, the astute and the aggressive leader of Jaffna Tamils in the last decades of colonialism, launched his extremist “50-50” campaign, demanding 50% share of power for the minorities led by the Jaffna Tamils. S. J. V. Chelvanayakam launched his Tamil State Party (Ilankai Tami Arasu Kachchi -- ITAK) in December 1949, long before S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike had dreams of breaking away from the UNP and embarking on the SLFP ship that carried him into power in 1956.

Some Reflections of the Parliamentary Committee On Public Enterprise

By Dr.T.C.Rajaratnam

The implementation of Laws passed by the Legislature is monitored and performed by its Committees. It is a convention. Whilst the business in the Chamber of Parliament is to discuss public interests, the Committee is considered to be the path the Members generates the intricacies of Government plans and activities. Committees consist of Members of Parliament from various political parties. As such resolution of conflict between members is established with an endeavour for consensus and abolition of conflict.

Dhaka Diary: Price Rise and process of reshaping Bangladesh Political Future

By Rabindranath Trivedi from Dhaka, contributing for Asian Tribune

In Dhaka,the price rise of foodstuff and other essential items caused by a number of internal and external factors has defied all counter-measures taken by the government so far and created a havoc with the common people’s lives. The country is now passing through a difficult time and the rate of inflation that has exceeded 10 per cent mark this month is causing frustration and also influencing public opinion, writes Sayed Kamaluddin in New Age Amidst a difficult economic constrains, the Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated in Bangladesh on Sunday last with religious fervour and another religious festivities of Hindus Durgapuja is observed. Tonado mudslide and boat and trawler capsizes killed at least nine persons and injured over 100 by a well marked low in the Bay inundated Chittagong region and some coastal districts. The two detained former Prime ministers Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia both observed Eid in solitude in special prisns. Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman –khaleda’s two sons –spent the Eid in separate jail.

Silencing Dooms-day Protagonists, Sri Lanka Earns Steady Confidence of International Investors

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Since the advent of Mahinda Rajapaksa as the president of the South Asian Nation of Sri Lanka in November 2005, there were protagonists who predicted dooms-day for Sri Lanka, one on the military front, and subsequently on the economic front. Monitoring the progress and development of this small island-nation off the southern coast of India, Asian Tribune, with confidence can say that the administration of Rajapaksa has break through in the military front partially defeating the ruthless home grown Tamil Tiger terrorism to the utter dismay of domestic and international pessimists, and in the economic front steadily earning the confidence of the international investors.

CCC Trade Fairs sets sight on Qatar, Turkey and UAE for business promotion

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Trade Fair Unit, with several successful trade promotion and fact finding missions to its credit, has announced its next step - a proposed business promotion mission to Qatar (Doha), Turkey (Istanbul) and UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi) from 1st December as CCC identifies these countries as potential markets for Sri Lankan products. Meetings with business communities in Qatar, Turkey, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are among the highlights of the mission.

Angelo Matthews wins the HRH Prince of Wales Trophy for excellence in cricket

The British High Commissioner, Dominick Chilcott, awarded the Prince of Wales Cricket Trophy to Angelo Matthews of St Joseph’s College Colombo, an outstanding all-rounder in Sri Lanka’s under 19 team since 2003. In awarding it Chilcott said that “he is clearly going places and before long will be a household name throughout the cricketing world.“ Matthews captained the under 19 team during their tour of England in 2005 in which he scored a century in the third test at Headingly, a difficult track. He is also a formidable bowler. He was Sri Lanka's best player in the 2006 under 19's world cup. At the award ceremony, held at Westminster House, the High Commissioners gave a running commentary on Sri Lankan cricket.

Fourth Reggie Candappa Craft Awards

By Quintus Perera

Creativity is an attribute that needs to be nurtured and nourished and Reggie Candappa knew how to do this said Ms Neela Marikkar, Co-Founder, Reggie Candappa Foundation and Chairperson, Grant McCann Erickson, said at the Press Briefing to announce Fourth Crafts Awards Ceremony held at Taj Samudra Hotel last week. The entries are now open to all the agencies, production houses, individuals and freelancers involved in advertising and allied fields to present and be recognized and would be rewarded for their most skillfully created advertising art forms.

Durga Puja and Hindus in Bangladesh Part-III

Rabindranath Trivedi

Goddess Durga sculptureSome day there would be sound of silence for human rights in Bangladesh. There is the perennial rubbishing of the Leftist-Nehruvian secular ethos and very little effort to present the other side of the story or introspect; except for an admission that victims of this exodus were themselves partners to this conspiracy of silence. Our primary submission, however, is that India — pursuing secularism of the Leftist-Nehruvian model — wilfully turned a Nelson’s eye to the plight of these Hindu migrants from East Bengal turned Bangladesh.

Details of the cheques payments

A Checque signed by Tiran Alles

Mahinda Samarasinghe

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Dr. Rajaratnam

Where are the houses that Tiran Alles built in the the east? A total of Rs. 124,837,990/54 gone where?

The issue of construction of houses for the tsunami victims has turned up again with questions being asked about the Rs. 124 million spent on the reconstruction work. On paper Tiran Alles, the head of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA), a government corporation, had spent millions on building houses in the east (Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts) after both places were devastated by the Tsunami. But the limited construction work does not add up to the Rs. 124,837,990/54 that had been spent on “building houses”. Oddly enough, G.S. Builders, a consulting firm hired by Tiran Alles, sent a letter stating that no official from RADA had so far not come to this area to evaluate the progress of the housing project.