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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2277

Lalin’s Column: Not this time David
Kumar David (KD) in his normal jaundiced style that supports his theories on SL that he calls GOSL (as though anyone had heard of GOUSA, GOUK, GOB, GOD, GOT GOW GOZ) in order that something now in the dust bin called the LTTE could be re cycled. He has gone crackers with the US comments on its over...
Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 02:03 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: The Major who tried to control Muamar Gaddafi in Sri Lanka (1976)
Colonel Gaddafi visited SL in 1976 for the Non Aligned Conference in 1976 and was an immediate hit because of his maverick behaviour. His first personal contact with SL officials was at the previous Non Aligned Meeting in Algeria. He sent out an invitation to Mrs Bandaranayke the Prime Minister to h...
Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 04:30 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Not an excitable proposition
Ruana Rajapakse (RR) has written a very objective article in the Sunday Island on 20 Feb 2010 aptly titled ‘All Excited over Egypt’. This should clearly put to rest the designing minds of those Colombians especially discarded politicians to rest. Their imaginations have run riot, desperately hoping...
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 00:58 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Hawkers of their souls
Many recent books, documents and statements have exposed people in very high places who have sold their souls during the 25 years of conflict in Sri Lanka. The incredulous thing is that nothing further has been done by the state to deal with the perpetrators, some of whom hold public office, strut a...
Saturday, January 29, 2011 - 01:42 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Dress codes do not a Taliban make
When I was in school we debated with a Girls’ school whether a bride with a dowry was better than a bride with a degree. The girls opted for the degree, at least in the debate. We had to win .After all it had to be our decision as we were debating about brides and not bridegrooms. Now in a Kandy sc...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 01:51 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Kandulu Jayasuriya (KJ) poisons SL
He has ignored that 300,000 Tamils used by the terrorists as human shields were liberated in that month and the country was freed from the 30 year terrorist scourge that had taken nearly 100,000 lives. Pilgrims interrupted progress. The immediate reason for his concern was to spearhead an INGO inspi...
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 01:34 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Random Sketches’ by Gamini Gunewardene (Retd DIG)
The above ‘sketches’ were included in a delightful ‘Appreciation’ on late Mr. Stanley Senanayake former IGP in the Sunday media in late 2010. The sketches were etched with diplomatic if not PR finesse and reserve which did credit to the well known policemen of yesteryear. While some controversial na...
Sunday, January 9, 2011 - 13:36 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Obrigado (Thank you) Portugal –
When Ceylonese Sandhurst Officer Cadets marched down Lisbon’s Avenue Liberade with a drawn sword and fixed bayonets - Dec 1960 Winter training in Portugal The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1960 had decided that the final winter training exercise would for the first time be held abroad to give...
Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 04:00 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column:Pakistan Zindabad India Jai Hind
From Colombo Fort to Rawalpindi and back by train for military training in 1964 - Just before Xmas 1963, I was informed by my battalion adjutant that I had to proceed to Rawalpindi, Pakistan...
Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 14:29 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Legality of Courts Martial
A few lawyers have been questioning the legality of Courts Martial (CMs) for some time. The latest is a writ application. It was pleaded that military courts are not courts as defined in, law and their (CMs) verdicts should not be considered binding (in certain circumstances?) on the presumption th...
Friday, October 22, 2010 - 14:08 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Army’s Admired Innovations
Kamalika Peiris in her interesting article ‘SL’s Admired innovations’ in the Sunday Island of 26 Sep 10 while quite rightly highlighting those of the SL Navy and the STF, has not mentioned the Army or the SLAF. The aim here is to outline details of Army innovations on its 61st anniversary which is...
Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 04:40 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: ‘Ni hao’ (‘hello’) Beijing 2010
Ten of us, family and friends visited Beijing from 7-12 Sep 10 on a tour excellently organized by Sri Lankan Holidays, China Travels International Limited. For us it was the chance of a life time and we were overawed by most of what we saw and greatly enjoyed meeting the Chinese. They are very frien...
Friday, November 19, 2010 - 13:45 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Trivialities, concoctions, distortions and awards –More
Major General Lalin Fernando points out that Dayan Jayatileke as usual has not contested the main issues raised by him in his earlier article. He makes a serious allegation that it was once again an attempt to trivialize not only the victory of May 2009, but also to apply thick paint to cover up...
Monday, September 13, 2010 - 01:32 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Army of Sri Lanka : “Sri Lanka is one country in the world that has no terrorist threat”
Over one year has passed since the epic and annihilating victory of the SL Forces over the most bestial and formidable terrorists the world has ever known. While gratefully remembering those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle and the innocents who were killed, thankfully peace prevails every...
Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 03:54 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Trivializing the victory of May 2009
DJ, Cuba and Castro. The Island in its Midweek review of 25 August 2010 has once again carried an article (‘Tamil politics and LTTE strategy) by Dayan Jayathileke, (DJ). DJ, Cuba and Castro.His foray has been triggered by a nearly 1000 page book by the ailing Castro called’ The Strategic Victory’...
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 11:45 By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Bradby shield - Trinity –the cradle of Rugby - v Royal College
The second leg of the Bradby between Trinity and Royal College is to be played at Bogambara, Kandy on 26 June. The Bradby Shield is awarded on the aggregate of the 2 matches played (in 1971 when only one match was played due to SL’s first counter terrorist conflict). The series started in 1945. The...
Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 02:18 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: Sports Minister---The Police reflect society
The Sports Minister at a press briefing recently on Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) instead of sticking only to SLC bosses’ corrupt, shameless and miserable conduct, decided also to give rankings for corruption at ‘All Island ‘level. He said that SLC was 3rd in the Island in diminishing order. He did not s...
Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 03:33 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Myths of war (and peace) propagated by Dr Jayathileke
Dr Jayathileke (DJ) has in the Island of 19th May 10 attempted , one year after the end of the war, to call the roll of officers and politicians and ghosts, to show according to him how and why and with whom SL may have won the Eelam war much earlier. This is an exercise in extreme delusions, ill...
Friday, May 28, 2010 - 04:42 Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Coloumn: Sri Lanka’s National Question
Neville Ladduwahetty’s book must contain one of the most, if not the best, readable, detailed analysis of SL’s National Question’. There cannot be any questions that have not been probed or plausible answers missing in it, to resolve the question. With flowing facts, reasoning and sustained logic, i...
Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 03:26 A Book Review by Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin's Coloumn: Remembrance Day Ceremonies as a truly national event
There is to be a War Heroes week from 12 to 18 May. This is to be followed by a Victory parade on 20 May at the Galle Face grounds in the morning and a remembrance ceremony on the Parliamentary grounds in the evening. At the same time the President has called for a Reconciliation (and Lessons learne...
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 11:26 Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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