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

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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Lalin’s Column: Courts Martial
It appears that after the Presidential elections the Columbian Axis is going to have some more but enervating cheap thrills as the serious business of Army courts martial (CMs) loom. Citizens may be hood winked to believe that CMs bull doze the witnesses and give their verdicts with the crack of a w...
Friday, February 19, 2010 - 03:57 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: More Blunders but by Dayan
Dayan J has made a few but crucial avoidable blunders in his article in the Island (8 Feb 2010) titled the ‘F... Affair – A perfect blunder’ which will call into question some of his assumptions and assertions and whether he too has blundered. Dayan says that in 1962 the coup case though there were...
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 03:42 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: Let not their sacrifices have been in vain
The last Presidential election was not about who won the war but who bore the brunt and paid the price of war that brought in peace. Those wonderful and great people have given their verdict. They were supported by all others who shared their pain, supported them in their grief and identified with t...
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 03:06 Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: 'Nallavan' Sambandan provides truth and reconciliation certificate
Sambandan is a very ‘nalla’ (good) man. He has provided SL a truth and reconciliation certificate from the TNA that amounts to a clearance of all its charges against the SL government and its peoples by his latest strategic decision. His earlier one was to be the mouth piece, tale carrier, kinsman o...
Saturday, January 16, 2010 - 03:24 By Major General (retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: A look back at the Second Indian Mutiny - May 2009
It was the greatest moment in the life of Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Mt Everest. Influence of first Indian to climb Mt Everest On a full moon night in May 1984 as she looked up into the beautifully clear Himalayan sky, she recalled more than ever that she felt truly blessed that...
Sunday, January 10, 2010 - 02:09 By Major General (retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Tried by war; A just war –The Commander in Chief speaks - In case we have forgotten
“The insurgent leader does not attempt to deceive us. He offers us no excuse to deceive ourselves. Between him and us the issue is distinct, simple and inflexible. It is an issue which can only be settled by war and decided by victory”. The President made it clear that only a total victory over the...
Friday, December 18, 2009 - 05:01 By Major General (retd.) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Coloumn: Military men as heads of state (HOS)
There is much talk just now about foreign military men who have become heads of state. Eisenhower and de Gaulle were offered as examples, hopefully not only because they were white. Of the 2 de Gaulle takes centre stage having been baptized in the fire of WW1 and bringing back to France much of its...
Friday, December 11, 2009 - 05:10 Major General (retd.) Lalin Fernando
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