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Dominic Chilcott

Devolution the British Way

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dominic ChilcottBritish High Commissioner Dominic Chilcott pointed out how Britain was able to devolve powers without with simple referendums to bring an end to conflicts. Devolution is the statutory granting of powers from the central government of a state to government at national, regional or local level. In the United Kingdom, a devolved government was created following simple majority referendums in Wales and Scotland in September 1997. In 1999, the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales and Northern Ireland Assembly were established. The move came eighteen years after similar proposals were defeated in qualified majority referendums in Wales and Scotland in March 1979.

Aid Efforts Continue Well After Devastating 2004 Tsunami

Almost three years after a tsunami wreaked havoc along the rim of the Indian Ocean, survivors in the hardest-hit countries -- Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand -- are still trying to put their lives back together. A broad range of governments, nongovernmental aid groups and individuals continues to provide resources and expertise to help them in the process. The tsunami, one of the worst natural disasters of modern times, was spawned by a massive ocean-based earthquake that struck on December 26, 2004, centered off the northwest coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. With a magnitude estimated between 9.1 and 9.3, the quake was among the largest ever recorded.

Does Majoritarianism rule? Who will offer a dignified solution to the Tamils?

By Geoffrey Evarts

A respected Lankan religious leader (of a religion representing both the Tamil and Sinhalese community) recently made a telling statement. He said “to our utter shame and despite the rhetoric to the contrary, the Sri Lankan Nation has collectively signaled that the well being of the majority towers above the rights, dignity and safety of the Tamils” (ie the minority)… What he meant in laymen’s terms is that the country’s leaders (spurred on by the majority community) view the Majority Sinhalese opinion more important than the minority opinion.

Sri Lanka Navy: The Only Operational Navy in the World

By Ravi Krishan

Sailing towards fifty seven (57) years of silence service to the nation, Sri Lanka Navy has shown in the past that she is very much capable of protecting the territorial waters of mother Lanka. The naval traditions of this country dates back to the periods of Sri Lankan kings where they dominated the Sea Lanes of Communication by projecting naval power by challenging other sea going nations in the region. Navy is identified as the most senior military arm in the world and much of its traditions and customs are originated in Britain.

Relief for the Muslim victims of 1990

Once again the issue of the displaced Northern Muslims, nearly 100,000 of them, uprooted from their permanent abodes and chased away by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam 17 years ago has surfaced, though these Muslims continues to languish in makeshift refugee camps in the Puttalam district. Recently, Tamil National Alliance MPs expressed concerns for those displaced Muslims of the North in the Parliament and suggested that a further softening may now be on the cards following recent expressions of concern.

Trade delegations book slots at International Import – Export Promotion Fair 2008 in Sri Lanka

Trade delegations from 12 countries have already confirmed their participation at IMEXPRO 2008, an International Import – Export Promotion Fair to be held from 14-16 February 2008, at BMICH Colombo, Sri Lanka. The confirmed delegations are from Singapore, Pakistan, South Korea, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, USA, Jordan, Italy, India, U.A.E. and the Maldives, while inquiries are pouring in from several other countries eager to make use of this exclusive opportunity.

MJF assists poor masses in Koulara

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Merril J Fernando Charitable Foundation (MJF Charitable Foundation,), IUCN - The World Conservation Union and the Department of Wild life Conservation have jointly assisted poorest masses in Koulara , Udawalawe to become ‘haves’ through their traditional pottery industry. 32 villagers are already trained in pottery and the MJF plans to open a sales centre , at the entrance of the Udawalawe National Park to display their products.

Ceylon Chamber of Commerce champions cause of education and career development

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

For the third consecutive year Ceylon Chamber of Commerce joined hands with EXEX – the national higher education and careers expo to be held in January 2008. An agreement of support as a strategic partner for its 5th Expo was signed by Prema Cooray, Secretary General/CEO, CCC and Kamal Abeysinghe, Chairman. EDEX 2008 organizing Committee, recently. The partnership is unique as the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce champions the cause of education and career development through its HR & Education sub-Committee represented by the Academia and the Private sector and also the Career Guidance programme through TV programmes and in DVD’s to the schools, which will commence shortly.

Indian-American Delegation Performs Shuttle Diplomacy in India To Learn Status of Indo-US Nuclear Pact

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Chairman Sanjay Puri of the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) returned Monday to the U.S. from a "shuttle diplomacy" visit of leading Indian-Americans with India's top government leaders. Puri and USINPAC traveled to India to learn first-hand the status of the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement, and in the process became a back channel of communication between Prime Minister Singh and the leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While in India last week, the USINPAC delegation met with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, D. Raja -- the National Secretary of the Communist Party of India, Rajnath Singh -- President of the BJP, Arun Shourie -- BJP Member of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha, and other senior Indian government leaders. When the delegation met with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, they were asked to convey a message to the BJP leaders.