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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Khalistan redux

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

There are more reasons to believe, rather than disbelieve, that there is a Khalistani-ISI angle to the recent Ludhiana bomb blast. The ISI has been outsourcing many of its anti-Indian activities to Dhaka backed fundamentalist outfits. Off and on the Pak agency is also turning for help to some Indian outfits long patronised by it. So much so, the assignment of Shringar cinema blast to the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), a largely Pakistan-based terrorist group is in order. With active help from the ISI, the BKI is believed to have acquired proficiency in making the kind of bomb that ripped through the Shringar cinema hall which was screening a Bhojpuri film. A Bhojpuri film in heartland of Punjab? Well, the state’s farm lands are serviced by a large number of migrant workers from Bihar and eastern UP. And for them, a Bhojpuri film is a welcome diversion to the celluloid world of make believe. Many cinema halls across Punjab have stuck it rich with daily Bhojpuri offerings.

VSL is to introduce new technology on Concrete construction

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

VSL India (Pvt) Ltd. and VSL Australia subsidiaries of VSL International of Switzerland will assi st local construction sector to introduce new technologies in concrete through a presentation on Physical Infrastructure Protection at the seminar on Recent Trends in Concrete Construction which will be held on 31st October 2007. The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka hosts this seminar at Galle Face Hotel the seminar is designed to enlighten Professional Engineers, Architects, Construction Contractors and decision makers on the new technologies developed in relation to use of concrete in Construction.

Those nude images of the Tamil Tigers were doctored version

By Ruwan Weerakoon

While at a press briefing held in Colombo, Military Spokesperson pointed out that the so called nude photos splashed in the websites were doctored version by parties with vested interest, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella pointed out that the Government had no intention of lying to the country, people or the media. Meanwhile, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa stated at the press briefing that the Government was compelled and unwillingly made to recall the license of Asia Broadcasting Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd.) (ABC network) because of its news broadcast of 24th night which created a big commotion that the LTTE had entered Ranminithanna, a village in Tissamaharamaya close to the sacred city of Katharagama.

U.S. and U.K. Diplomats Grasp Local Issues that Elude Sri Lankan Commentators

By Aquinas Tambimuttu

The U.S. Ambassador and the British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Robert Blake and Dominick Chilcott, respectively, have come under uncalled for criticism by certain commentators in the “Asian Tribune” recently. And the criticism revolves around the two diplomats’ views on the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. It has been suggested that these two diplomats are repeating the mono-ethnic propaganda of the Tamils: And that these two diplomats don’t comprehend the dynamics of the Sri Lankan societies in the North and in the South.

Sinhala Association complains against Sri Lanka High Commission in London

By Janaka Perera

The Sinhala Association of the UK and the Sri Lanka High Commission in London are at logger heads apparently over criticism that SA President Douglas Wickramaratne had levelled against the HC's failure to recruit even one British Labour Party member to speak on Sri Lanka's behalf at the formation of the All Party Tamil Group in the UK Parliament. In this connection the Association had sent a letter to the Sri Lanka Foreign Office in Colombo , according to Wickramaratne. As a result, he says, the High Commission had ordered that no HC staffer should attend the SA's 30th anniversary celebrations held this month. Says Wickramaratne, "Surely we have the right to criticise these officers for whom Sri Lanka is spending taxpayers' money."

Outer Space Common Heritage of Mankind, Says Sri Lankan Envoy

Addressing a meeting of theUN's First Committee (Disarmament and Security), Sri Lanka's Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said the international community needs to recognize that outer space is the common heritage of humankind. In his statement, the ambassador said that the awe and respect with which outer space and other celestial bodies were treated by human civilizations from very early days and by several succeeding generations has led to a general belief that space was touched by the divine and that it’s serene atmosphere should be allowed to remain peaceful forever. Therefore, it is our desire that outer space, the next frontier of humankind, should remain peaceful for all time, for the benefit of all living beings on Earth.

Media Ethics for FM Channels in Sri Lanka A Must

By Jaya Rohana

The license of the ABC Radio network was withdrawn after an inquiry conducted by the Media Ministry officials today (26) which you and I afre aware. As we all know about this incident, it is important to look into the FM culture in Sri Lanka which many have ignored for the last many years. The harm these radio channels have done so far in terms of social values, religion, culture, Sri Lankan family bonds, youth and related issues etc have gone unobserved to our intellectuals, religious leaders, research personals/institutions for the mere reason of social ignorance.

Some are Terrorists and some are Freedom Fighters: Straightening out U.S. Policy toward Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The current leading contender for the Democratic Party nominations for the ’08 November presidential elections in the United States New York Senator Hillary Clinton in her interview with London Guardian carried on 23 October that a single yardstick should not be used to paint everyone as terrorist clearly denotes that there’s a stark similarity to the positions taken by the U.S. State Department in the last two decades or so vis-à-vis the Tamil Tiger-inspired insurrection in Sri Lanka and the collateral national issues.

Sri Lanka rejects US moves to establish Human Rights office; NGO agents preparing applications for lucrative jobs

The latest move of the US State Department to establish an Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Sri Lanka has been rejected by the Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe. Sean McCork of the US Department of State said on October 22 that Sri Lanka should reconsider its opposition to the expansion of the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) and mandate in Sri Lanka. Samarasinghe in a letter sent to the American Ambassador Robert Blake has said that no “office” exists for the Office of the High Commissioner in Sri Lanka to expand. He added: “Any discussion of its "expansion", therefore, will be redundant. OHCHR's presence in Sri Lanka consists of a Senior Human Rights Advisor and an assistant working under the aegis of the UN Country Team.”