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Abhisit Vejjajiva

Abhisit elected Thailand's Prime Minister

Abhisit VejjajivaDemocrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has been officially voted Thailand's 27th prime minister by a majority of 235-198 votes in Monday's special session of the House of Representatives. Mr. Abhisit surpassed former national police chief Pracha Promnok, Puea Pandin party leader, who won support from MPs loyal to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, convicted of corruption charges and now a fugitive at an unknown location. The new prime minister is expected to be formally named later in the day on the day.

SLBC Chief responds to BBC antics

By Janaka Perera

"BBC thinks that Sri Lanka is still a British colony." This was Sri Lanka Broadcasting Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe's response to a complaint by BBC's South-East Asia Regional Head saying that the SLBC had violated the agreement with his organization by jamming the broadcast of LTTE 'Sun God' Prabhakaran's so-called Heroes Day speech, last month. Speaking on the Isira Radio Channel's daily news discussion program on Sunday (Dec.14), Samarasinghe said that he preferred to violate an agreement rather than betray his country.

Arbitrary and illegal arrest of 'Nishan' Editor Lenin Roy

Lenin Kumar Roy, the editor of "Nishan", a Left oriented quarterly magazine published from Bhuvaneshwar (Orissa state in India) was arrested on 7 December 2008 around 1-1.30 pm and sent to jail on charges of writing provocative literature which as per the police version and the official report would disturb communal peace and harmony.

Government supply food and necessities to people in areas under the control of the LTTE - Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama

Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama has said that reports of a scarcity of food and essential items in the Wanni are far from true. On the contrary, despite prevailing adverse weather conditions and obstacles placed by LTTE, the Government has ensured that there is an uninterrupted supply of food and basic necessities to the civilians in the un-cleared areas of the Wanni, who are caught up in the current conflict.

Sri Lanka ICT innovations strike gold at APICTA

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka won 5 awards at the Asia Pacific Information Communication Technology Alliances (APICTA) Annual Competition and Awards 2008 at the awarding ceremony held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 15th November, bringing great honor to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka stood the test of not only the highest caliber of the contestants placed before this prestigious international competition, but also proved the excellent judging and selection process as five out of the 11 nominees from Sri Lanka were placed at the APICTA in the same order of ranking as was awarded at the national event.

Return of Indo-Pakistan antagonism

By Asif Haroon Raja

There has been massive uproar in India as well as in USA and western world over the recent Mumbai carnage which resulted in the loss of 164 lives and damage to two luxury hotels.. Surprisingly such feelings of anger together with compassion by sympathisers of India never get generated when the victims are Muslims. No eyebrow was raised when Babri mosque was demolished in Ayodhya in 1992 by Hindu extremists and Indian Muslims were vandalised in thousands. No concern was shown when state sponsored massacre of 2000 Indian Muslims in Gujarat took place.

Bangladesh Parties in Fray Fever-2008

Our Diplomatic Correspondent reports from Dhaka

Bangladesh's Two former prime ministers and theirs allies' unveiled 'plethora of election promises' for the ensuing the 9th general election to be held on Monday 29th December2008. Awami League declared short- and long-term social, political and economic reforms with an aim to build Bangladesh as a modern democracy putting an end to persecution, deprivation and inequality if the party was voted to power She prioritized five major issues, including combating rising prices of essential commodities and securing economic stability amid the global financial turmoil, effective anti-corruption measures, more electricity generation for industrial development, poverty reduction by generating more jobs and ensuring good governance.

ADB to provide $ 630 million within 3 years

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Explaining the Asian Development Bank and Sri Lanka Country Partnership Strategy 2009-2011 Dr Richard Vokes, Country Director ADB said that the indicative planning figure for 2009-2011 would be $ 630 million from the Public Sector Window of ADB. Dr Vokes was speaking at the 18th Business for Peace Initiative organized by the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) held at JAIC Hilton Hotel. Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL welcoming the guests said that all indications and roads lead to the likely ultimate analysis that the conflict in the NE will cease before long. He said that it would not mean that they could be at ease with the termination of the conflict alone.

Will UN be effective in tackling Pak sponsored terrorism

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

Let there be no ignorance. The Frankenstein of global terrorism, sponsored by Pakistan, has crossed all barriers. Now it is an open, undeclared and full-fledged war, waged by remorseless, barbaric and inhuman Islamic radicals, on the civilized world. The November 26 Mumbai carnage by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) operatives, which lasted for 62 hours, claiming nearly 200 lives, has changed the nomenclature and direction of world terror. India on its own has failed to contain the three-decade-long terrorist violence, for sheer lack of political will. When the North Indians were beaten up and driven out from Mumbai by MNS activists, the Pakistan-based terrorists came from the sea to ‘capture’ Mumbai. It is difficult to contain terrorism in India, till cowardice and corruption does not melt down.

Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Abuse Civilians in Stronghold : Forced Recruitment, Restrictions on Movement Put Lives at Risk

Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tigers are subjecting ethnic Tamils in their northern stronghold, the Vanni, to forced recruitment, abusive forced labor, and restrictions on movement that place their lives at risk, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 17-page report, "Trapped and Mistreated: LTTE Abuses against Civilians in the Vanni," details how the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which have been fighting for an independent Tamil state for 25 years, are brutally abusing the Tamil population in areas under their control. "The LTTE claims to be fighting for the Tamil people, but it is responsible for much of the suffering of civilians in the Vanni," said Brad Adams, Asia director for Human Rights Watch. "As the LTTE loses ground to advancing government forces, their treatment of the very people they say they are fighting for is getting worse."