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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2905

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Ptesident- elect Barack Obama

India gets a new Home Minister, Patil out, Chidambaram takes over

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Mumbai mayhem by Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba has claimed the scalp of India's dapper home minister Shivraj Patil (74). As public clamor mounted for heads to roll, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accepted Patil's resignation and shifted finance minister P Chidambaram to Home. Both Finance and Home Ministries are housed in the same building, an imposing red brick structure – North Block, facing the Prime Minister's Office, the South Block which is also home to the defence ministry, on the Raisina Hill, close to Parliament House.

Supreme Court judge – Chief Justice: A Demigod? Or A Creature of the Law?

By K.T.Rajasingham

Sri Lankan Parliamentarians from various political parties are seriously considering to present a resolution in the parliament to remove the Head of the Supreme Court / judges who have since of late delivered sentences which do not fit within the four corners of the law of the land. Regarding this move, a couple of parliamentarians spelled out to "Asian Tribune" that since of late supreme court has exerted its position beyond the realm of law to send in direction to the executive branch of the country which is something unbecoming of the judiciary. Parliamentarians who wish to remain anonymous said that the spirit of the separation of powers clearly indicates that Legislative, Executive and Judiciary branches should remain as watertight compartments and not supposed to overlap into other’s realm.

Terrorism is now a global nuisance - V. Anandasangaree

Terrorism is now a global nuisance that should be completely eradicated all over the world. Terrorism should be condemned for whatever purpose it is used. Let us not wait till some mishap falls on us. In a statement released to the press regarding the recent Mumbai massacre, V. Anandasangaree, President- T.U.L.F, said, "We all must get together irrespective of whether we are Indians or Sri Lankan or to which ever religion or race we belong to, condemn with one voice the adoption of terrorist methods as a means of achieving something."

Acts of terrorism and differentiating terrorists

By Ranjith Soysa – Melbourne

In Bombay, the ordeal of the civilians who were agonized, is taking its toll. More than hundred had to pay the supreme price and many would have received serious injuries, some, disabled for the rest of their lives. We have witnessed similar horrific crimes in Bali, New York, Colombo, London Baghdad and Bangkok among other cities. Yet, the international community is still not convinced how to define acts of terrorism and terrorist organizations!

From George Bush to Barack Obama

By Asif Haroon Raja

More than five million Afghans got displaced after the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in December 1979 and over four million refugees trickled into Pakistan and about three million into Iran. Still a sizeable strength continues to reside in Pakistan due to highly unstable conditions in Afghanistan. Pakistan led by Gen Ziaul Haq decided to support the cause of Afghan Mujahideen politically. After about two years, USA and its allies decided to join the Afghan war and made Pakistan the frontline state. CIA militarised Pakistan by imparting military training to Madrassa students and making them holy warriors.

Burma: Unpreventable Death Under Military Boots

By Zin Linn

December 1st (today) is the 21st World AIDS Day and people around the world will be celebrating and commemorating the occasion. According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV throughout the world, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. Around 95% of people with HIV/AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.

Tracing the road to White House

- Reviewed by Ernest Corea - Former Editor Daily News Sri Lanka

The election of Senator Barack Hussein Obama as the next American president, the first African-American to hold the position, is the kind of seismic political event that happens perhaps once in a lifetime, creating a special kind of "shock and awe". As Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, a pioneer of the civil rights movement and a victim of its opponents' brutality, described it: "We have witnessed tonight in America a revolution of values, a revolution of ideals. There's been a transformation of America, and it will have unbelievable influence on the world".

Christians remembered soldiers martyred to safeguard the freedom of Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

By this holy mass, Christians of the United kingdom remembered with gratitude – and gave thanks for the brave and determined soldiers, sailors and airmen and women who have sacrificed their lives to protect Sri Lanka against what is perhaps the most evil form of terrorism in the world said Rev. Tony de Alwis addressing a service of remembrance and thanksgiving holy mass at the Church of St. Mary Magdalen, Willesden Greeen, London.

Sri Lanka faces a daunting task in the midst of a global financial crisis - Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona

Despite the undoubted uncertainty in the financial sector, Sri Lankla Government is committed to pursuing its policy goals of achieving economic and social progress, with special emphasis on bridging regional disparities through rural livelihood and infrastructure development. Rural development remains a priority for the government. The major infrastructure development projects which are already underway, are clearly demonstrative of this commitment to ensure that the fruits of prosperity are shared equitably. The Budget proposals of 2009 that were recently submitted to Parliament, are ample evidence of this policy approach of the government, emphasized Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona.

Lectures of Prof. Win : In Response to Burma Digest

General Than Shwe considers himself to be the modern embodiment of Burma’s ancient warrior kings and, to a certain extent, he models his deeply authoritarian rule on royal tradition. Like the ancient royalty, the power of the Junta relies not on popular support, but on popular fear and servitude, using the Buddhist Sangha (organization of monks) to legitimize itself with the people. Burmese armed forces, traces its roots to the anti-colonialist nationalistic Burmese army, formed originally by General Aung San, and it still harbours all the fervour it once had against foreign control, meddling, and influence inside the country.

Sri Lanka Ptesident Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka: President calls for global action to fight terrorism

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Mumbai terrorist attacks should remind everyone about the risk of terrorism and the need for international cooperation to stop it. Rajapaksa spoke to Adnkronos International (AKI) during an unofficial visit to the Italian capital Rome where he was to meet Pope Benedict XVI on Monday. "It is an eye opener to everybody in the international community because it targeted foreigners especially Americans, British and Israelis," Rajapaksa said. "It is like 9/11 (attacks) in India - an experience that everyone must take seriously."