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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2858

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Professor Chan Heng Chee

Is Singapore Ambassador U.S. favorite to be next U.N. Secretary General?

Daya Gamage – US Bureau of Asian Tribune

Professor Chan Heng CheeSeveral months ago United States ambassador to the United Nation John Bolton posed a question regarding the next secretary general of U.N: Why not from East Europe that never produced a secretary general, or why a male, why not a female? The first question, as Asian Tribune understands, is very much settled: The United Nations unofficial system of regional rotation has been accepted by most in the Security Council, which has the main say in the selection of the next secretary general, and it is now almost confirmed that Kofi Annan’s successor this December will come from Asia.

Sri Lanka: Japan antagonized by LTTE refusal

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Japan's special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi is unlikely to reconsider his 'lucky-unlucky' 13th visit to Sri Lanka anytime soon after being snubbed by LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran for the second consecutive time, sources said. The scheduled visit which was initially dubbed as an unlucky 13th visit to the LTTE because Akashi was hoping to severely reprimand them its continuous atrocities, is likely to be reconsidered only after the co-chairs meeting scheduled for early September.

Vesak Memorial Stupa Dedicated to the United Nations

The Vesak World Peace Buddhist Stupa was handed over formally to the United Nations at a ceremony held on 8th September, 2006 at the UN Headquarters in New York. The Stupa contains the sacred relics of the Lord Buddha gifted by Buddhists in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar is made of brass casket with pure gold leaves. The Stupa, named as Memorial Stupa, commemorates the auspicious occasion that UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution on International Recognition of the Day of Vesak by the UN Headquarters and other UN offices in 1999. Since the year 2000, under the patronage of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, the Stupa has traveled the world touching over 30 countries as a symbol of peace. The Memorial Stupa will be in continuous display at a solemn location in the United Nations and available for public viewing.

Ceylon Electricity Board overpaid 317 million to Inland Revenue department

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Highly irresponsible officers attached to the Ceylon Electricity Board's (CEB) financial department have made an overpayment amounting to a whopping Rs. 317 million as Economic Service Charge (ESC) to the Inland Revenue Department. The payment made in respect of the period beginning from April 1st to December 31st 2004 to the Department should have actually been Rs. 37.5 million, but the CEB has instead paid more than Rs. 354 million as the ESC which became operative from April 1, 2004.

Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum launches Landmine Monitor Report 2006

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The ‘Landmine Monitor Report 2006’ will be launched in Sri Lanka on September 13 2006 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies, Colombo, concurrently with the global release of the Report in Geneva. The British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka,. Mr. Dominick Chilcott, will be the Chief Guest. Organized by the Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum, this event is aimed at increasing public awareness of the socio-economic impact of landmines and the critical importance of a global ban on landmines.

Rights-9/11: War on Terror Equals War on Minorities

The U.S.-led global war on terror -- which began five years ago after a rash of terrorist attacks on the United States -- has been transformed primarily into a war against minorities, says a London-based human rights organization. "Too often the war on terror has come at the expense of human rights," says Mark Lattimer, executive director of Minority Rights Group (MRG) International.

Public Health Officials demand barcode emblem on Ice Cream products

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Local Small and Medium Scale Ice Cream manufacturers allege that some health officials make court cases against their members asking barcode on Ice cream products. "We are not aware of this law," said an ice Cream Manufacturer, who lamented over the last Samatha Piyasa –Exporters Forum conducted by the Ministry of Enterprise Development and the Investment Promotion, held at the EDB auditorium.

An evening with Rajiv Gandhi

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

To find the high and the mighty of the city strolling in Connaught Place in the 1960s and early 1970s was quite a common site. It was one place that guaranteed the plebeian a chance to find themselves walking along Delhi’s who-is-who. It was thus that one had the first close look at Rajiv Gandhi who would almost always come with his spouse, Sonia, and walk and shop like any other ordinary citizen and accepting greetings from passer-by. Decades later, after he had lost the general election, came another chance to be in close proximity of Rajiv Gandhi. It appears he had started the practice of calling journalists in small groups of four or five for an exchange of views.

On The Tigers' Pay List

By Rohan Nawaniwasa

The conflict situation in Sri Lanka has changed dramatically during the last two odd decades. The advanced nature of the tactics used by Tigers, their weaponry, craft, attempts towards forming up of an Air Arm and most importantly the methodology that the Tigers have used in taking their terror campaign to the international community. Helped their organization to develop during the past few decades, and they have taken the media battle to the international arena. The importance of having the media battle on par with the ground battle was identified by the Tigers when they were defeated mainly by the Government lead media sections locally during the mid nineties.

Capture of Sampur sets stage for intensification of civil war in Sri Lanka

After days of fighting, the Sri Lankan government forces last Sunday captured the key eastern town of Sampur from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Colombo government and media immediately hailed the operation as a great victory, indicating that the military intends to expand its offensive against the LTTE. The offensive, which involved thousands of troops, was launched on August 26 and took nine days to complete. The air force used fighter jets to indiscriminately bomb areas in and around Sampur, forcing thousands of civilians flee. LTTE fighters finally withdrew from Sampur well before soldiers entered the town.

Government food ship arrived in Point Pedro: Unloading begins today

MV Mercs Ruhuna the ship carrying nearly 3800 metric tonnes of dry rations and other essential food items arrived yesterday in Point Pedro. According to the Government Agent of Jaffna, the unloading is to begin from today. The items including rice, floor, sugar, dhal, milk powder, canned fish, cooking oil etc. are to be distributed among internally displaced persons (IDP) in the Jaffna district.