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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Run-off ballot in the Congo

On August 20, the final result of the presidential election held July 30 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was announced. The current head of state, Joseph Kabila, won 45 percent of the vote and his rival, the former rebel leader and current vice president, Jean-Pierre Bemba, 20 percent. The election turnout was 70 percent.Two weeks after the polling stations closed it was already clear that the ballot was overshadowed by vote manipulation. A number of the candidates for the presidency complained of electoral fraud. Fifteen of the 33 candidates for the Congo’s highest public office signed a joint statement complaining of "substantial irregularities" in the ballot
The result means that the two rival candidates are obliged to take part in a fresh vote on October 29, since neither acquired the 50 percent necessary for outright victory.

Aerial bombardment exposes the vulnerability of LTTE

Aerial bombing of targets within the areas under the control of the Liberation Tigers Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has exposed the vulnerability of Tamil rebel outfit. Sri Lanka Government embolden by its initial success with precision bombing on several targets, continued to pound yesterday the LTTE base located in the east of Iranamadu. Reports reveal that bombings have destroyed several camps there. Sri Lankan military spokesperson Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said yesterday that Air Force planes carried out an air strike on an identified LTTE target in Kilinochchi. "We had information that they had some unauthorized air assets, and as they pose a threat to our Palali air base and to the region, we have conducted an air raid," he said.

"Water Wars" a Myth, Say Experts

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The world's future wars will be fought not over oil but water: an ominous prediction made by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the British ministry of defence and even by some officials of the World Bank. But experts and academics meeting at an international conference on water management in the Swedish capital are dismissing this prediction as unrealistic, far-fetched and nonsensical. "Water wars make good newspaper headlines but cooperation (agreements) don't," says Arunabha Ghosh, co-author of the upcoming Human Development Report 2006 themed on water management. The annual report, commissioned by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), is to be released in December.

LTTE heavily lobbied U.S. Judiciary and Congress To annul anti-terrorism law, ‘Material Support’

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The law under which the United States authorities charged thirteen ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils residing in U.S. and Canada allegedly conspiring to procure heavy military and communication equipments for Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn in New York on August 21 was the prohibition of material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Sri Lanka's tsunami victims to receive houses by 2nd anniversary of disaster

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Newly appointed Chief Operating Officer of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) Shanti Fernando has declared that all tsunami-affected families entitled to housing replacement will be provided with houses, in time for the second anniversary of the tsunami, which falls in December 26th this year.

Pakistan's increased role against Tamil Tigers angers India: Both set for a proxy war in Sri Lanka?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Pakistan is playing an increased role in Sri Lanka's counter-insurgency operations against the Tamil Tigers -- and this new development is worrying India. Indian intelligence sources claim that a group of Pakistani officers were drawing up plans jointly with the Sri Lankan Air Force for "a decapitation strike from the air, with bunker-buster bombs, to kill Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran."

Sri Lanka heading towards a possible blackout?

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

A fresh crisis has engulfed the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEBEU), owing to heightened tensions between engineers and the Board's vice chairman B.R.O. Fernando, with insiders cautioning that the crisis could even lead to a strike, thereby leading to a country-wide blackout.

Targeting Tamil Tiger international network is vital - Says Washington Times editorial, a second within a week

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The conflict between the Sri Lankan government and the (Tamil Tiger) separatists is regional, but Tigers’ network of finance and support is international. Targeting that network, as recent arrests show that the United States, Canada and Britain have, may be the only way to bring a cease-fire to the war-weary island, says Washington Times in an editorial carried in its August 25 edition. This is the second editorial opinion expressed by Washington Times this week about Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger terrorism, this time commenting on arrests of Tiger operatives by the United States authorities last Monday.

India irked by Sri Lanka's marxist party's demand to de-merge North East

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka's cordial relationship with its big neighbor will be on the rocks in the event of President Mahinda Rajapakse conceding to the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) pressure and decides to de-merge the North and East. It is reliably learnt the Indian government is extremely annoyed with the latest JVP 'stunts' including letters to the president, the fundamental rights petition filed in the supreme court and also the demand that the North East should be de-merged if they are to join the government.

Wild Elephant’ is set to stir up Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Ceylon Cold Stores Limited will go wild with its beverage portfolio, with its latest addition "Wild Elephant" - an energy drink containing vitamins and minerals that enhance physical and mental activity. The newcomer to the Elephant House beverage range, "Wild Elephant" promises to revolutionize the energy drink market, with an all new formula that combines the goodness of Taurine, Inosital and Vitamins B3, B5 and B6. The combined effect of the new formula has successfully proven to enhance concentration, reaction speed and awareness contributing to an overall increase in performance and well being. The compounds in "Wild Elephant" also help boost the body’s metabolism rate and improve its ability to breakdown fats and reduce blood cholesterol.

Who is right about nuclear deal?

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Impressive though his performance was it cannot be said that in his reply to the Indo-US nuclear deal, after the debates in Parliament, Prime Minister had really said anything substantive that he had not before in response to the spate of criticism of the nuclear deal from both the right and the left in the country. Manmohan Singh left no one in doubt that if there was any deviation in the text of the July 18, 2005 agreement that went against national interest India would not hesitate to walk away. He emphasised that there was no question of India’s civilian and military nuclear programme being capped or dictated by the US, much less the country’s foreign policy.

Six soldiers died and 18 persons arrested in two separate incidents.

Police discovered large haul of arms and ammunitions in the outskirt of Colombo. Earlier in the day, Police and STF personnel have found a bulk of arms and explosives inside a piggery in Uswetakeiyawa, Pamunugama on Saturday (26) morning at about 2.30 a.m. 02 claymore mines, 01 T 56 assault weapon, 08 Hand grenades, 02 magazines, 115 T 56 ammunition, 04 detonators and 20 meters of flexible wire have been found during a search and clear operation conducted by the Police and STF personnel.