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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

Lalin’s Column: Rugby and Bradby
In 1957, while I was at S Thomas which had not re opened for the new year yet, I was invited to unofficially join the Royal 6th form by RK Samarasinghe, Ben Eliyathamby, Lorenz Perera and others. I was introduced to the form master who was from Jaffna as a new boy. He was made to believe that my na...
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 12:45 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: Holbrooke, Devolution and War games
(Admiral Leighton W Smith USN, C in C US Navy Europe and NATO and Allied Forces Southern Europe (1994-6) – who with his staff had prepared a military briefing on Bosnia for Holbrooke, the chief US envoy to Yugoslavia(1995+) I always think of this excerpt whenever I read Dayan Jayathileke (DJ). C...
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 01:15 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloum: Absurd and ridiculous tales-The burning of the Jaffna Library
Retired DIG Edward Gunewardene’s (EG) book ‘Memorable tidbits and the burning of the Jaffna library’, launched last week marks a chronic trend in auto biographies. It is a shock and awe WMD type attack on the sensibilities of the readers. It has speculative assertions unsupported by verifiable facts...
Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 02:52 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: First Battalion the Gemunu Watch –The Golden Jubilee- 7 December 2012
The First Battalion Gemunu Watch celebrated its 50th Anniversary on 7th December 2012 at its spiritual home in the garrison town of Diyatalawa. The Gemunu Watch, SL’s third senior Infantry regiment has 24 battalions now. The colours of the Watch are red, gold, blue and silver. The emblem on its silv...
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 16:54 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn:Prison service for Prison staff - Riot or No
The Prison’s Commissioner Kodipilly incorrectly given a military rank in a Sunday paper, is reeling from a unprecedented and atrocious management blunder that led to the riot and subsequent carnage that occurred last week end (10/11 Nov 12) at Welikada Prison. Twenty seven (27) mainly prisoners...
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 03:59 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Caribbean Calypso Cricket Carnival at Ketterama
The lads from the Caribbean deservedly won the T20 title beating host SL’s favourite team. Even as Gayle promised for his side, SL too had been ready to party. Yet few if any grudged the Windies their victory, their spontaneous and joyous celebrations and the promise of calypsos and carnivals back...
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 02:07 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Court of Inquiry sets the record straight
A thrill starved, gullible Colombo population was once again titillated by the violent behaviour of two vicious sons of politicians. This time the target was an army major who was pistol whipped in the car park/foyer of the Hilton Residencies 2 weeks ago. He looked a sorry sight with two big gashes...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:21 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Presentation of President’s and Regimental colors to the Gemunu Watch (1)
HE Mahinda Rajapakse graciously presented President’s and Regimental colours to the Regimental Centre Gemunu Watch and new President’s and Regimental colours to the Diyatalawa based First, Galle based Second (Volunteer) and Matara based Third (Volunteer) Battalions of the Gemunu Watch on 15 Augus...
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 12:15 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Memories of Fifth Non Aligned Movement Conference 1976
There could hardly ever be another conference in SL of the size, grandeur and organisational brilliance of the 5th Non Aligned Movement (NAM) in 1976. It may have been the last flutter of a dying regime being strangled by the spiralling price of oil amongst other things but it was organised, planned...
Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 05:40 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Arjuna’s Wars
According to the Indian epic Mahabartha, Arjuna was a peerless warrior, the finest archer ever and an undefeated hero who after much persuasion played a key role in defeating the Kauruvas - his own kith and kin. In SL there is the other Arjuna (AR) the iconic former captain, considered the man who w...
Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 02:44 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Justice Finally
The conviction this week of Jude Jayamaha, of the murder of Yvonne Jonson at the Royal Park Condominium Rajagiriya in 2005 by the Court of Appeal restores at least partially the credibility of the collapsing judicial process in SL. Public opinion was near exhausted, flagging and sagging with...
Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 00:42 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: A Royal Battle - Bradby Spring at Pallekelle
It was a beautiful day for rugby. Pallekelle, flanked by the Mahaveli at Kundasale and over looked by Hantane and the Knuckles Range was inviting but was not as lush as Bogambara . The Trinity stadium began to fill up even by 2 pm on 30 June for the much awaited second leg of the Bradby. The car par...
Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 03:15 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Bradby is the name of the game
The out look was meant to be brilliant for the Royal crowd of 9500 that day. The team with a Jamaldeen here and a Jamaldeen there, was everywhere. Their ponderous pack was Goliath like. It was meant to slay the game by boredom. David if not Trinity was coming down from the hills, again. It did not w...
Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 02:13 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Column: Review - Gota’s War -Final- revised
CA Chandraprema (CAC)’s book even if he has got much to learn about SL’s military if not its history, has been called the “finest and most comprehensive…….. of the … conflict” (Sarath Amunugama) and also the most ‘definitive’ (Rajpal Abeynayake). Sadly, though there are riveting descriptions of mili...
Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 03:15 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Coloumn: Remembrance not Victory
A War Heroes week is held annually in May. This in Colombo includes a Victory Parade on Galle Face grounds in the morning and a Remembrance ceremony on the Parliamentary grounds in the evening. The latter are held nationwide too. However a victory parade would appear to be at cross purposes with SL...
Friday, April 27, 2012 - 02:06 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Coloumn: Shades of a contrived Abu Graib
First it was borrowed ‘Killing Fields’ financed by the LTTE/GTF. Now it is the spectre of Abu Graib by the former genocidal cadres of the JVP with anglicized names (Noel) and new initials (FSP) themselves. This one could be called Babu Graib. The BBC man Haviland (who wants to know) should be tol...
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 23:55 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Coloumn: How would the USA have defeated the LTTE? (2)
There is peace and joy every where in SL after 30 years of LTTE terror that beggars belief. In the countries that the USA has decided to help by invading, torturing, urinating, sodomizing, raping and murdering there is not. Instead, on an average, there are daily about 25 being killed in Afghanistan...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 00:55 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Killing of prisoners and children in battle - A Snow job
“The killings that took place there were not deliberate attacks but ’an unfortunate tragedy inherent in war” (Pentagon report of 2001 on the massacre by US forces of nearly 400 unarmed Korean civilians fleeing during the battle of No Gun Ri in June 1950). The price of victory. In May 2009 SL de...
Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 03:09 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) - Make the killers pay (1)
Deaths due to RTAs (around 2,200 annually) give rapes, murders and suicide in SL a very close run. Only a few of those responsible pay any price to society. While much of the violence is in traditional character, it is exacerbated due to the rampant and virulent breakdown of fear of the law. No fea...
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 15:06 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: SLC-After ‘5 years’ only shame (lajja) will remain
The new boss of SLC is quoted by BBC (Sandeshaya) as saying that the financial woes of SLC will not be solved for another 5 years. The Minister is however quoted as saying he will correct (‘teach him a lesson’?) Dharmadasa , when he meets him at SLC HQ. Dharmadasa is also a very prominent businessma...
Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 04:18 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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