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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

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Bolton Continues To Get Bush Endorsement For UN Post

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

In his first press conference since he was inaugurated for the second term in January his year, President George W. Bush, told national and international press corps on Thursday that John R. Bolton, whom he nominated to be the nation’s diplomat to the United Nations and since run into difficulties at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was the correct person to represent the United States who is capable of taking a bold stand in the much needed reforms in the world body.

India, Japan identify eight–fold initiative for strategic partnership, resolve to launch a gas and oil cooperation dialogue

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Marking the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to India, both countries have agreed on strategic partnership to realise the full potential of their cooperation in diverse fields. An eight fold initiative has been outlined towards this end in a joint statement issued at the end of Koizumi-Manmohan Singh talks that covered a wide-range of bilateral, regional and international issues.

Bill Clinton Takes Center Stage of Tsunami Recovery Efforts

Daya Gamage – US Reports to Asian Tribune

Former United States President Bill Clinton, now United Nations Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, at a high level conference at the U.N. head office here last week stressed the need to “finish this job, do it right and use it as a model for the future,” saying “the really hard stuff (of reconstruction and rehabilitation) starts now.”

The Country needs US$ 1.5 billion annually from donors

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Sri Lanka will urge the donor countries to increase their assistance by 50 percent over the already pledged amounts. The finance ministry is currently formulating its growth strategies for the next five years and that will be presented at the Sri Lanka Aid Club meeting scheduled to be in the hill capital of Kandy on May 16 and 17.

Move to block Erik Solheim stepping into Sri Lanka

Sunil C.Perera , Reporting from Sri Lanka

The National Bhikku Front, an affiliated body of the government's main ally Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP), has warned that they would not allow Norwegian Special Peace Envoy Eric Solhiem to visit Sri Lanka again , until such time he stops issuing onesided bias statements on the proposed Joint Mechanism issue.

Govt. launches a full-scale investigation into the death of Tamil journalist, Sivaram

Our Colombo Correspondent

The Sri Lankan government has initiated a full-scale investigation into the murder of D. Sivaram, the editor of the pro-LTTE online daily, TamilNet on April 28,

Tamil Nadu Minority Commission allows Christians to cremate

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Reporting from Chennai

Tamil Nadu
Monorities Commision Chairman, M Prakash said those
Christians who wish to cremate bodies of their family
members may do so against the belief of a majority of

In memory of Sivaram

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Dharmaratnam Sivaram was way above the run-of-the-mill journalists working in Grub Street. He was a leading Tamil intellectual who is the latest to sacrifice his life in a beastly war that nobody wants to continue, except those who thrive in it.

Chennai to have Disaster Management School

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Reporting from Chennai

In the aftermath of tsunami waves that struck the
coasts of Tamil Nadu, leaving behind a trail of
devastation, the Government seemed to have finally
woken up and realised the importance of setting up a
disaster management school.

The Junta's Mentality and the APC Weapons

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

Taking into considerations of the Burmese regime's egregious records of human rights violations, if there are any people on earth who harbor serious doubts about the will of the Junta using chemical weapons, maybe two screws lose in their upper storey. Maybe this category of people is under the secret pay roll of the Junta hired to soften the carnage. Previously, the Junta has openly hired lobbying firms for its cause and now may have switched to new tactics and instead contract with some jobless diplomats or a chicanery Burman, whose intellectual capability can be fully used for its ethnic cleansing purpose.

A Sri Lanka Film nominated for the International Cannes Film Festival award

Sunil C. Perera , Reporting from Sri Lanka

Vimukthi Jayasundara, the second Sri Lankan Filmmaker to be honoured at the International Cannes Film Festival after Dr.Lester James Peries . However, there were no Indian and no other South Asian entries selected this year, says the organizers of the Cannes Film Festival.

Two accused in Sankararaman murder case gets bail

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Rporting fom Chennai

Two persons
accused in the sensational Sankararaman murder case,
Devaraj and Sekar were granted bail by the Madras High