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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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Ramalingham Chandrasekeran MP

The 'human right' to set off bombs

By Janaka Perera

Every time LTTE bomb blasts lead to cordon and search operations we hear the usual hullabaloo about Tamils being harassed. This allegation is being repeated since about 1995 as if the State is deliberately and willfully targeting innocent Tamils. Now UNP Parliamentarian T. Maheswaran has given it a new twist: "Rajapaksa brothers engaging in ethnic cleansing!" (If this was really the case then he and the so-called Tamil National Alliance would not be in Parliament in the first place). If this is ethnic cleansing then what do we call the Tigers chasing away all Sinhalas and Muslims from the North and attacking Sinhala and Muslim villages?

Man does not live by rights alone

By H. L. D. Mahindapala - Editorial Consultant, Asian Tribune

Though human rights is very fashionable today and is on the lips of practically everyone who has something to say about politics, human society was neither born nor built on the rights of man to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Ancient, medieval and modern civilizations were not built on the grandiose proclamations of rights that are bandied around today. In fact, human rights as we understand it today was non-existent in all known cultures of the past. This concept found its initial expression as a political ideology and as a tool for political activists primarily in Thomas Payne's "Rights of Man" published in 1791. There were bits and pieces of this concept cropping up in various times and places (example: "Magna Carta," 1215) but these discrete and diverse concepts and values lacked a cohesive ideological centre for political motivation until they came together in Payne's "Rights of Man."

Indian Missile Defense System: High Speed Interceptor Missile Tested Successfully

India Sunday tested a specially developed high-speed interceptor missile, Advanced Air Defence (AAD), over the Bay of Bengal to examine its capability to destroy a missile, defence sources said here. As a part of its air defence exercise, scientists fired the high-speed interceptor missile a few minutes after an electronics target was blasted off from Chandipur-on-Sea near here. The interceptor missile was fired at 10.44 a.m. from Inner Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast. The electronics target, a derivative of Prithvi missile, was fired at 10.42 a.m. from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Chandipur, located about 120 km from Wheeler Island, defence sources said. Defence sources described the Sunday trial as a mock trial and said a final one would be conducted subsequently after analyzing data.

Dhaka Diary: Pranab Mukherjee pledged assistance for the cyclone Sidr-hit Bangladesh

Rabindranath Trivedi with agency inputs from Dhaka

In a special gesture, India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday visited cyclone-ravaged areas in Bangladesh and assured that India will extend all possible assistance to the neighboring country in their hour of crisis. Mukherjee, who is on a day-long visit to Bangladesh, travelled to a relief camp at Bagerhat in south Bengal and interacted with the victims of the November 15 cyclone. He asked them about their conditions and assured that India as a friendly neighbor stood ready to help in whatever way it could.

‘The Right of Life of Tamils threatened in the South of Sri Lanka,’ condemn Tamil leaders

Combing operation to evacuate Tamils from Sri Lanka’s capital city of Colombo and from other towns in the South and Central provinces continued even yesterday. According to unconfirmed reports, already 1500 Tamils are rounded up, arrested and held incommunicado. But police in the city and elsewhere are tight lipped and refused to give details of arrest. However, out of the total arrest, 400 Tamils are at present languishing in Boosa Detention Centre and 38 Tamils are held in the Kalutura prisons under emergency law. Others are kept in various police stations, but when contacted many police stations refused to provide details of arrest. Tamil Members of Parliament were unanimous in their condemnation on the arrest of innocent Tamils in the South. The right of life of the Tamils is threatened they lamented. They told that they have already brought the arrest and detention of innocent Tamils to the notice of foreign diplomatic missions in the country.

A parcel bomb found near TNA MP Shivagilingam residence in the High Security Zone in Colombo

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

An Air Force bomb disposal squad has found a parcel bomb on the Keppetipola Mawatha, at Jawattha this morning suspected to be intended for the Air Force commander who resides over there. Air Force Spkesperson Group Captain Ajantha De Silva said that the bomb has been detected around 8.40.a.m, this morning, close to a telephone post, right opposite the residence of TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.K. Shivagilingam at Summit Flats, Colombo 5. Air Force Group Captain Ajantha De Silva said upon civilian information Air Force detected C4 expolsive bomb weighing around 1.24 kg. The bomb is an improvised explosive device made out of C-4 high explosives, and also contained large amount of tiny steel balls.

Sri Lanka's Murali breaks Warne's record

MuraliSri Lanka’s top spin ace Muttiah Muralitharan has become the leading wicket-taker in Test cricket after breaking Shane Warne's record of 708 Test wickets. Murali dismissed Paul Collingwood during England's first innings in Kandy to take his 709th wicket. Murali achieved the record in his 116th Test and on his home ground, which had been eagerly awaiting the historic moment over the first two days of the Test. After a difficult tour of Australia, where he managed four wickets in two matches, Murali closed in on the milestone with four wickets during the second day

Suspects taken in for questioning will be cleared and released soon - Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

Jeyaraj FernandopulleChief Government Whip and Minister for Highways and Road Development Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, announced in Parliament today that those who were detained by police on the first and second of December subsequent to the bomb blast in Nugegoda would be released after questioning. The minister, who was also from the minority Tamil community, was responding to questions raised about the Tamil Members in the Parliament. “The Government has to take certain steps in the interest of National Security,” he explained and added that a young woman suicide carder had made an attempt on Minister D. Devananda’s life and in another incident placed a massive parcel bomb exploded in Nugegoda, claiming the lives of many innocent civilians. He pointed out that vigilance has to be maintained.

Innovative motor insurance from Ceylinco

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

When we introduced the Ceylinco VIP Motor Insurance scheme in 2003 that not only stunned the world of motor insurance but it also revolutionized the motor insurance said Ajith Gunewardena, Chief Executive director, Ceylinco Insurance, while introducing another such revolutionary motor insurance scheme – Ceylinco VIP On The Spot 3 IN ONE at the Hilton Hotel last week. The new 3 IN ONE revolutionary innovative scheme entails the triple benefits viz No Claim Bonus, regardless of any claims; insured value of the vehicle is enhanced by 10 percent every year and in the event of a repair of a vehicle exceeds 30 days, up to two leasing instalments will be paid by Ceylinco Insurance.

The best exit strategy

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

Once things get going they never stop. This appears to be the case in Pakistan where developments of far-reaching consequences are unfolding shrouding with grim uncertainty the future of the country. Imposition of Martial Law or state of emergency—call what Gen Musharraf may-- replacement of the superior judiciary at gun point with puppets on his chain, incarcerating the Chief Justice and other judges who refused to bow to the General’s diktats, clampdown on the media, massive arrests of lawyers, journalists, political activists—though depressing in outlook –are a sure sign of imminent change that seems just around the corner.

T.Maheswaran MP

Mavai Senathirajah MP

Mano Gameshan MP


Murali equals Warnes record

Jeyaraj Fernandopulle


Despite adversity share market holds on

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their Weekly Review indicated that the share market continued its dull performance throughout the week with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) drifting down in a row till Thursday until the direction reversed slightly on the last trading day of the week gaining 2 points despite rising uncertainty in the macro environment. Market opened 6.13 points lower on Monday and on close market had collectively lost 24.6 points for the week. Hence ASPI dropped by 0.95 percent to close at 2560.2 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) declined by 33.7 points or 0.99 percent to close at 3374 points.

New stamp to mark Murali’s World Record

MuraliThe Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts issued a circular stamp with a denomination of Rs. 5 to mark the world record set by Muttiah Muralidharan today (03) in becoming the highest wicket taker (710 wickets) in Test Cricket. He beat Australian Shane Warne’s record of 708 wickets. This is the first time a circular stamp is issued in Sri Lankan history. The stamp is of a denomination of Rs 5 with a design of 'Pulasthi Ediriweera' and a circular design denoting the cricket ball.