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

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Mahinda in Japan

Challenges facing today - Justice Christopher Weeramantry elucidates

In his acceptance speech Christopher Weeramantry said that peace Education to all levels of the public from schoolchildren right up to the judiciary. He pointed out that there is a vast amount of unawareness of the work of the great peace philosophers of the past, of the peace movements and of the peace conferences. When this knowledge is more generally available there will be a great increase in peace-related activity on the part of the general public. The Right Livelihood prize, the so-called 'alternative Nobel prizes', was awarded on Friday evening at Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to peace and environmental activists from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh.

Globalization contributed to emerging markets

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Dr Anoop Singh, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund, speaking at the 26th Anniversary Lecture of the Central Bank, Centre for Banking Studies at its auditorium at Rajagiriya said that though around 10 years ago Asia was engulfed in a capital account crisis of unprecedented proportions that shook them, it was striking that none of those countries retreated from globalization. He was speaking on the theme ‘Economic and Financial policies for Emerging Countries. Dr Singh, was the first IMF Country Director in Sri Lanka.

Burundi and Myanmar reported to Security Council over child recruitment

“The issue of recruitment and use of children continues to be a problem in Myanmar both with regard to the Government and various non-state actors, including the Karen National Union (KNU), the Karen National Progressive Party (KNPP), Wa State Army and the Shan State Army-South, among others”, said Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. However, she stressed that the work of the Working Group and the mechanism set in place by resolution 1612 (2005) had already led to commitments by some parties to stop this practice. The Government has adopted directives that explicitly prohibit the recruitment of children under 18 and set-up a high level Committee for the Prevention of Military recruitment of Underage Children. The KNU and the KNPP have also signed deeds of commitment that are currently being finalized.

Macro worries hit the share market

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

According to the weekly review of the HNB Stockbrokers the overall market momentum remained sluggish with indices continuing to slide downward for the 3rd consecutive week. The declined prices of market heavyweights such as Dialog, JKH and SLT was the primary factor behind the fall in indices. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) lost 46.3 points or 1.81 percent to 2513.9 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) slipped a significant 74.3 points 2.20 percent to close at 3299.7 points on Friday, compared to last week’s closing levels. Colombo Dockyard emerged as the highest contributor for the week with turnover amounting to Rs.129.3 million of which the majority was observed on Thursday.

Sri Lankan Justice Christopher Weeramantry a recipient of Right Livelihood Prize

2007 Award RecipientsThe Right Livelihood prize, the so-called 'alternative Nobel prizes', was awarded on Friday evening at Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to peace and environmental activists from Sri Lanka, Kenya, Canada and Bangladesh. One recipient of the two million Swedish kronor ($310,000) prize is Sri Lankan Christopher Weeramantry, a former Vice-President of the International Court of Justice. He was praised for his "groundbreaking work to strengthen and expand the rule of international law." The award ceremony was timed to coincide with the start of Nobel festivities, and ceremony is hosted by an all-party committee of Swedish parliamentarians.

The Tiger and the Other Tamils

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The Tiger watched our immoderate, irrational reaction to the Nugegoda blast - the mass arrests of Tamils in Colombo on no other evidence than their ethnicity and place of origin. And the Tiger struck again in Kebithigollawa, killing sixteen civilians. Kebithigollawa happened not only because the Tiger is barbaric. Kebithigollawa happened also because, post-Nugegoda, we demonstrated our willingness to harass and antagonise thousands of Tamil civilians in response to any LTTE attack on a Southern target. We showed that we can be provoked into undermining ourselves and our own cause by indulging in racist countermeasures. The Tigers will now persist in their acts of provocation, in the hope of a ‘Big Bang’ reaction from us, a la Black July.

Radhika & Jayantha promotes the anti-Sri Lankan R2P

H. L. D. Mahindapala

After plugging Jaffna-centric politics from its inception, after mobilizing the international network of NGOs to pressure the Government of Sri Lanka to bow down to the will of the mono-ethnic extremism of the north, after reinforcing ethnic prejudices and exacerbating the ethnic enmities through imported ideological concepts of the West, the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is now focusing aggressively on its new agenda of pushing the controversial Right to Protect (R2P). This new campaign began with ICES inviting Gareth Evans, head of the International Crisis Centre, to deliver a craftily calculated lecture on R2P.

The Rajapakse Strategy

By Geoffrey Evarts

When the Tsunami struck on the 26th December 2004, Sri Lanka’s then President Chandrika Kumaratunge was out of the country on a private visit, effectively rendering the country’s normally inept authorities leaderless and floundering in the face of a catastrophe of horrific proportions. Even by 10am/12noon on that fateful Boxing day, the authorities were largely unable to establish contact with the affected areas due to the break down of electronic communication as well as the access roads to these areas being blocked and filled with debris. Into this doomsday scenario, the then Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse stepped in and quietly but firmly took control and gave leadership to the foundering wheels of the rescue effort. First and foremost, the Prime Minister identified that access and communication had to be re-established to the affected areas.

Sri Lanka Navy Turns 57…Sailing Towards a Blue Water Navy

By Rohan Gajadeera

The importance of having a full fledged Navy as the first line of defence in the present context has been discussed at various levels. The effectiveness of the naval role since the emergence of sea tigers have been improving and it is agreed that due to exceptional victories marked out at sea by the Navy, the tigers have find it extremely difficult to bring in their most wanted war material to this country. With the influence of the British Royal Navy, Sri Lanka Navy was born following all the rich traditions and customs that the navies all around famous for. In 1937 the Ceylon Naval Volunteer Force (CNVF) was established and After World War II ,CNVF was absorbed into the Royal Navy as Ceylon Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (CRNVR). After independence from the British rule, a nucleus of 100 Officers and Men prepared to form the Regular Navy gradually. On 9th December 1950 the Navy Act was enacted and the Royal Ceylon Navy was formed. In 1972, with the introduction of new constitution, the Royal Ceylon Navy was renamed as the Sri Lanka Navy. The Sri Lanka Navy proudly celebrates her 57th anniversary on the 09th of this month.

2007 Award Recipients

In Japan

President Rajapakse to meet Japanese Prime Minister Fukuda tomorrow

Mahinda in JapanPresident Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in Tokyo on Saturday evening on a four-day state visit. President Rajapakse is touring Japan on a special invitation extended by Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda. President Rajapaksa is due to meet Prime Minister Fukuda and Emperor Komatsu Akihito tomorrow. President Rajapaksae will meet the Emperor of Japan, Akihito, the head of the Japanese imperial family tomorrow along with First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse, at the Akasaka Palace. The President is due to visit several key ancient temples in Kyoto the cultural city of Japan before arriving in the capital, Tokyo this evening.