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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 103

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Mahinda Rajapakse: Photos tells it all

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse met several leaders attending the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. He was also a guest of honour at the luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan. The dignitaries listed to meet President Rajapakse yesterday included President of the Swiss Confederation Motiz Leuenberger, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ann Veneman, International Labor Organisation Chief Juan Somavia, King Abdullah Abdullah of Jordan and Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg. He also attended a President a reception hosted by US President George Bush yesterday evening.

B ye .. Bye .. Blair

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

On September 7 this year, a day after six of his party members of Parliament had resigned protesting his refusal to announce a timetable for his exit, the British prime minister, Tony Blair, announced that he would quit office ‘within a year’, certainly by May 2007, so that his successor had ‘enough time’ to settle in office and guide the destiny of Labour as successfully as he had. May 2007 is still a long way off, but the general speculation is that he will go before that as many in his party seem to think that the longer he stays in office the lesser the chances of the Labour’s hope for a fourth consecutive win at the hustings. One British poll shows that 58 percent of the Brits want him to step down now. An ignominious exit awaits the man who was once hailed as the greatest Labour prime ministers who had ended an 18-year-old spell of Tory rule.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide welcomes UN Security Council Debate on Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today welcomes the unprecedented move by the United Nations Security Council to formally add Burma to its agenda, pronouncing the country’s military regime a threat to international peace and security. Calls for the UN Security Council to discuss the crisis in Burma gained momentum last year with the release of the report Threat to the Peace: A call for the UN Security Council to Act in Burma, commissioned by Nobel Laureate and former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu and former Czech President Vaclav Havel. The decision on Friday 15 September to put the situation in Burma on the Security Council agenda was supported by ten nations, including the United Kingdom and the United States.

Construction Industry chamber to host seminar on Procurement Practices

From Sunil C. Perera – Reporting from Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka is to host a seminar on "Procurement Practices in the Construction Industry" with the view to assist the domestic construction consultants and contractors with the new procurement guidelines introduced by Sri Lanka Government. The seminar is also designed to enlighten the harmonized procurement procedures of multilateral development banks such as ADB, World Bank etc. The Seminar is scheduled to be held on 22nd Sept at the Ceylon Continental Hotel. This seminar is conducted by the Chamber under its continuous technical upgrading programme to benefit consultants and contractors attached to the construction industry.

World's Poorest Nations Slowly Get Online

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

An African diplomat from one of the world's 50 poorest nations, described as least developed countries (LDCs), once complained that it took about five to 10 years to get a landline telephone connection in his home country -- and an additional five years to get a dial tone on the new phone. But since the widespread availability of hand-held cellular phones over the last five years, most of the world's LDCs have made a quantum leap forward from one extreme to another: from no landline phones to an abundance of wireless phones.

Sri Lanka's first ever budget airline ties up with Asia's best

Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Bringing an end to months of speculation, HolidayAir, Sri Lanka's first-ever budget airline has officially re-launched as Air Asia Lanka, after sealing a deal with Malaysia-based Air Asia, reportedly the region's most successful budget airline. Air Asia Lanka Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arjun Ruzaik told the "Asian Tribune" that the deal signed in Malaysia early last month was primarily a technical collaboration, and thus his company remained a 100% Sri Lanka-owned Company.

Thai Army seized power in Thailand without a shot being fired

Reports emerging from Bangkok, confirmed that the Thai Army seized power in Thailand on late Tuesday. "The Thai army has taken control of Bangkok on late Tuesday without a shot being fired, dismissed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, revoked the constitution and promised a swift return to democracy after political reforms." Reports reveled that Thai Army Commander Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin is the chief architect of the coup. The Thai military and police declared on late Tuesday that they had seized power of the state from the caretaker government. Reports revealed that tanks and troops took over Government House in Thailand, a coup spokesman said that the army and police were in control of the capital and surrounding provinces.

Long Island fishing village in Sri Lanka: another token of goodwill from America

40 tsunami-affected families became happy owners of their new, compact houses located in a model 3-acre village in Paiyagala of southern Sri Lanka. As described by former-U.S. President Bill Clinton, the Special Envoy for Tsunami Relief for the United Nations, the tsunami was a "tragedy that touched the chord of our common humanity." Millions of Americans had contributed more than US $ 1 billion to the relief effort with the intention of helping the tsunami-affected "Build back better."

Former President Chandrika, "Queen of Thieves" – Victor Ivan, editor

Chaura Rajina Victor Ivan, editor of 'Ravaya', a left-wing Sinhala weekly, launched a book in Colombo on Monday branding his former political ally, President Chandrika Kumaratunga, as the 'Chaura Rajina', Queen of Thieves. The author levels some highly damaging allegations against the former President. It also implicates her in the murders of Kumar Ponnambalam, Ashroff the Muslim leader who was killed in a helicopter crash, Rohana Kumara and the arson attack on the residence of actress Anoja Weerasinghe. Political commentators agree that this is going to be the hottest book on sale for some time. Its controversial contents are bound to damage the image of Chandrika Kumaratunga who still has political ambitions of staging a comeback. Both were left-wing allies in opposing the right-wing UNP. Ivan comes from the extreme left-wing of the JVP. He lost one hand in his attempt to make a crude bomb. Some journalists refer to him as the "one-armed bandit".

Britain’s Labor Party: No honour amongst thieves

Only last week Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown staged a show of unity in an attempt to halt the internecine warfare within the party over the timing of Blair’s departure from office. Brown, who had come under fire from the media and sections of the Labor Party for orchestrating the campaign to force Blair into publicly setting a date, praised the prime minister and declared that the issue of timing was a personal matter for Blair.

'Chaura Rajina'



Chandrika "Queen of Thieves"