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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2896

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Minister Keheliya Rambukawella

Sri Lanka expressed serious concern over workers held halve-starved by US military contractor in Iraq

Minister Keheliya RambukawellaGovernment has expressed deep concern over the plight of Sri Lankan workers languishing in Iraq. These workers are being employed by a US Military contractor and held against their wishes, halve-starved and under despicable conditions in warehouses and tents in Baghdad. Minister Keheliya Rambukawella told that it was deplorable and condemnable that Sri Lankans being held in such pitiable conditions by a US military contractor in Iraq. "Asian Tribune" already reported quoting news sources, that about 1,000 Asian men from Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Bangladesh who were hired by a Kuwaiti subcontractor to the U.S. military have been confined for as long as three months in windowless warehouses near the Baghdad airport without money or a place to work.

Mini General Elections bring smile to Congress, despondency to the BJP

By M Rama Rao - India Editor, Asian Tribune

India's mini-general election spanning five states has thrown up a mixed bag pleasing and disappointing in equal measure the two major players – the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). These results will pave the way for an early Lok Sabha election. The Congress party, which feared the backlash on account of Mumbai terror attacks, created a record by winning the Delhi for the third time. It also stormed back to power in the far away north-eastern state of Mizoram on the borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh. And as a bonus, wrested power from the BJP in Rajasthan after five-years in wilderness.

The Terror Nights of Mumbai: Boom-Boom News Channels

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

These were horrendous scenes on all news screens for as long as 60 hours. Our two kids- Bushra and Ammar were asking childish questions. We wanted them away from these scenes for which we did not have much to reply. Yet I couldn’t help keep my eyes off the TV screen. The CST station, Cama hospital and Metro cinema are just 4-5 minutes walk to the south-west of our home where the first Mumbai horror actions got shot and the rest of the shooting places— Oberoi-Trident, Nariman House and the Taj Mahal Palace are also not far though— within a two kilometer radius.

A Tribute to Sri Lankans’ Ambassador in Thailand

The closure of Swarnabhoomi Airport in Bangkok recently due to the political unrest which prevailed in Thailand and the protest of People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) for nearly one week affected very many foreigners who happened to visit the country during this period. The travelers all over the world suffered severely in many respects. I too was among them, but was fortunate not to have been affected severely; because I was with Professor Carlo Fonseka, the eminent medical professor, I had the fortune to stay at the residence of the Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Thailand until we returned home safely in a special flight

Communication scholars gather in Taipei to discuss de-Westernizing

A group of predominantly Asian communication scholars will spend this weekend (13-14 December) here discussing the pros and cons of de-Westernizing communication research and try to arrive at a consensus on the universality of current theories that underlie communication research in Asia. The international conference is convened by the National Chengchi University. Conference participant Shelton Gunaratne, an emeritus professor of mass communication at Minnesota State University, said, "Defining what communication means will be an essential task of the group." Scholars have defined communication in more than 100 ways. Numerous disciplines have contributed to this field, which Americans have subdivided into mass communication and speech communication.

8.7 Million North Koreans in Need of Food Assistance

Around 40 percent of the population of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an estimated 8.7 million people, mostly young children, pregnant and nursing women and the elderly, will urgently need food assistance because of an expected cereals deficit in the coming months, FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a joint report released here. Despite favourable climate conditions during the past growing season, the country's agricultural production will not meet basic food needs this year, according to the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission report. The joint mission visited the DPRK from 9-24 October 2008; it was the first such comprehensive field assessment mission since 2004.

SL Navy Turns 58: Strategic Disposition, Tactical Maneuvers and Novel Concepts Change Direction of Present SLN

At a time where the whole country is rallying around the Security Forces of our motherland, Sri Lanka Navy celebrates its 58th anniversary on the 09th of December. A naval force in an Island nation have a significant value as its task and mission have a direct impact on the country’s long term strategical decisions, economical sustainability as well as protection of vital sea routes that run across this Island making it a nerve point. Despite been the first line of defence in an Island nation SL navy’s role in protecting the motherland at a time of crucial importance have been discussed both at local and international level. Although the role played by the navy was not so significant during the inception of terrorism in the country, we have come to a stage where specific missions, tactical measures and employment of innovativeness to the naval warfare resulted in bringing decisive victories for the ongoing successful operations of the Security Forces.

UNP Leader Exposes His True Colours

How patriotic is the UNP under the leadership of Ranil Wickramasinghe has been exposed to the maximum today when they handed over a "No Confidence Motion" against the government of President Mahinda Rajapakse. To those who are still holding onto his bandwagon, overthrowing the government in the hope that they can come back to power, is more an illusion than a day dream. During the past months we saw hoe he was ranting and raving about media freedom until he himself blasted the Daily Mirror for their pro-government reporting! He certainly has a "memory block" when he cannot remember what happened to Richard de Zoysa and how the UNP kidnapped and murdered Richard who was not only a journalist but also a highly talented actor.

US Task Force Delivers Blueprint to Prevent Genocide and Mass Atrocities

The Genocide Prevention Task Force has released its final report on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The report makes the case for why genocide and mass atrocities threaten core American values and national interests, and how the U.S. government can prevent these crimes in the future. Jointly convened by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The American Academy of Diplomacy, and the United States Institute of Peace, the Task Force began its work last November with the goal of generating concrete recommendations to enhance the U.S. government’s capacity to recognize and respond to emerging threats of genocide and mass atrocities.

India’s hysterical response to Mumbai carnage

By Asif Haroon Raja

Within hours of the Mumbai carnage Indian media hype was taken to dizzying altitudes and near-war hysteria was built disregarding all norms of decency and morality. All in unison and in chorus sung the tune that Pakistan had perpetrated the crime and should be guillotined. Pakistan was held responsible for the mayhem without carrying out any investigation or collecting any evidence. They built the entire story on the single terrorist arrested whose name was initially given as Kasab, later changed to Ajmal Amir and now Muhammad Ajmal Amir Iman belonging to Faridkot and was linked to Lashkar-e-Taeba.

President addressing

A New Dawn development proposal for North while liberating them from terrorists

President addressingSri Lanka President anounced of a New Dawn development proposal New Spring, to the North of Sri Lanka while liberating the people of the North from the Yoke of terror. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse said "now, in addition to the Negenahira Navodaya or New Dawn in East we are ready to launch the New Spring in the North. This is the New Spring of development in the North. We have already taken steps to free the people of the North who have been under the yoke of terror for so many years and launch developments for them in those areas. Our troops are not only gaining territory and liberating the people, they are also moving ahead with development of those areas. We need to allocate funds for these. However, this is no reason to cut down relief to the people."