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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2404

Lalin’s Column: They never came, they never saw but they are bloody marvellous liars
There is a concerted propaganda effort by the scattered and battered but still scheming remnants of the terrorist LTTE like the GTF and their British mercenaries (political and media elements)to frighten SL with Western intervention. Like the scattered Nazi war criminals who lived in South America...
Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 01:04 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Sanga –Brilliant strokes and some referrals
A great Sri Lankan is Kumar Sangakkara . At a time when SL was being ground into the dust in England (and not only at cricket) he mesmerised the lords and ladies of the MCC with his oratory. He received a standing ovation. He is also from Trinity that gave this country its first Olympic Silver Medal...
Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 13:36 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column:UK’s Goebbels 4 TV bucks SL’s 19 May 2009 verdict
It was Hitler’s Propaganda Minister Goebbels who having learned the value of propaganda from Hitler’s Mein Kampf said ‘if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it people will eventually come to believe it’. ‘It must confine itself to a few points ..; repeat them over and over again’. It was G...
Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 01:27 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Red sky in the evening the Complex takes warning (with apologies)
The first leg of the Bradby at Bogambara was a wicked aberration, an abomination. There would be no escape in the second. Royal knew it. Having been led by 8 points Trinity knew they had to win gloriously in the second. They launched an avalanche of relentless, sweeping, breath taking, rip roaring...
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 18:13 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Road Traffic Accidents (RTAs) -Hard Options
The statistics for RTAs have been quoted like a ‘mantra’ regularly for years by the authorities. Plans and remedies to reduce and bring the RTAs under control are often trotted out. The citizens however see little real determination, intention or evidence that the authorities have the ability to rec...
Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 03:17 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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Lalin’s Column: Ban Ki-moon- Report and facts.
‘Prabakaran declared war on SL on four different occasions from 1985 even while peace talks were on. When he looked like winning, the Diaspora romanticised war, calling his cadres ‘boys’ etc. When SL and IPKF soldiers died and thousands of Sinhalese civilians were murdered, the LTTE and its support...
Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 01:34 By Major General (Retired) Lalin Fernando
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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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