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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Norway supports the Peace Secretariat for Muslims

Norway has granted Rs. 27 million to fund the Peace Secretariat for Muslims in Sri Lanka for the next year. The Norwegian Government appreciates the Peace Secretariat's commitment to facilitate dialogue and build consensus among Muslim political parties and interest groups to develop a co-ordinated position for Muslims as input to the peace efforts in Sri Lanka, a press release from the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo revealed.

Lanka Tamil leaders make their pitch for India's support

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

R Sampanthan While waiting eagerly for the audience with the Indian Prime Minister here, the delegation of Sri Lankan Tamil leaders is meeting intellectuals, opinion makers and political parties to make their pitch for India's support. The way the meetings are taking place though on a very low key, it is clear that the delegation led by R Sampanthan enjoys some official patronage of sorts. This by itself makes their mission some what less unwelcome. And they too are making the 'right noises' to win over their hosts. Like for instance the LTTE should properly express regret for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

No surprises await President Kalam on his visit to Rameswaram

By M Rama Rao, reporting from New Delhi

APJ KalamNo surprises await President APJ Kalam in his native Rameswaram which he is visiting on September 23. It remains as sleepy as it has always been, as this correspondent found out on his second visit in 20 –years to the place off Mandapam in the backward Ramanathapuram district. It is not normal to think that Rameswaram has been transferred into the cyber age because the first citizen is from the place. Reality check offers disappointments. I found one cyber café with just two computers dependent on the dial-up system. It is close to the west gate of the main temple. Between the gate and this café, there is a PCO with a single computer and it also uses dial up.

Alzheimer’s—A challenge to both sufferes and caregivers.

By Oscar E V Fernando.

Have advancement of science and technology enhanced ‘live-ing’ or mere existence—with today’s generation facing the burden of parental old age at a time when they themselves have to provide for their old age: the problem is inevitable unless both parties prepare and plan out well in advance: all the planning will be of little avail in circumstances such as; Alzheimer’s disease (AD), coming within the definition of dementia: Alzheimer's disease International web site says; Dementia affects memory, thinking, behavior and emotion and the symptoms are; loss of memory, difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, personality and mood changes.

Handing over of St. Mary College – Hambantota

Under the Tsunami damaged schools rehabilitation program, Norwegian Refugee Council reconstructed and handed over the second rehabilitated school in Hambantota yesterday. St. Mary College was the second school rehabilitated in the Hambantota district. Under the rehabilitation of the St. Mary College all infrastructure damaged by the tsunami has been rehabilitated. Moreover, a new single story building of 230 square metres has been constructed, new water supply provided, and the repair of class rooms and provision of furniture completed, a press release by the Norwegian Embassy in Colombo revealed.

Sri Lanka plans to host International conference on humid tropical ecosystems

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s National MAB Committee and the National Science Foundation, in collaboration with the International MAB Secretariat, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO organize International Conference on Humid Tropical Ecosystems: changes, challenges, opportunities in Sri Lanka. The International Conference will review the current status of the humid tropics and identify changes, challenges and cutting edge opportunities in terms of research, conservation and capacity building to ensure the future survival of the rich humid tropical ecosystems.

Military coup ousts Thai Prime Minister

Late Tuesday night, the Thai military deployed troops backed by armoured vehicles to seize control of the capital Bangkok, surrounding the parliament building, the prime minister’s office and taking over all television stations. The coup against Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra followed months of political intrigue fuelled by deep rifts in the ruling elites and a constitutional crisis that saw the April 2 national elections annulled by the courts. The army, with the tacit support of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej, moved to preempt the resumption of mass anti-Thaksin protests due to take place on Wednesday. In April and May, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bangkok, demanding that Thaksin resign over corruption allegations.

Iran President Upbraids US and alleged Security Council a Tool for Coercion

Mahmoud AhmadinejadPresident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday addressed the 61st annual session of the UN General Assembly in New York. In his speech, he criticized the new world order that has emerged in contemporary times as shown in global interactions where "certain powers equate themselves with the international community and whose decisions are to be controlling over those of 180 others." President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took aim at US policies in Iraq and Lebanon, and accused Washington of abusing its power in the UN Security Council to punish others while protecting its own interests and allies. Ahmadinejad insisted that his nation’s nuclear activities are "transparent, peaceful and under the watchful eye" of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog, AP reported.

Does anyone care for Darfur

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

For three years the world has been watching but has done little to stop the great human tragedy in the Darfur region of western Sudan, which has seen tens of thousands killed, close to two million rendered homeless and over 200,000 living precariously in refugee camps in next door neighbour Chad because of attacks on international workers carrying humanitarian aid for the sufferers—mostly black Africans. At least 30 world capitals—New Delhi not among them—have seen demonstrations to demand an end to the conflict in Darfur where ‘Arab’ militias, allegedly backed by the government in Khartoum, have been hunting out the black Africans without fear for three years, grabbing their land and property.

Muslims protest against police massacre in eastern Sri Lanka

Protests continued for the third day yesterday in the Pottuvil area of eastern Sri Lanka over the murder of 10 young Muslim workers. While the government attempted to blame the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), locals have accused members of the elite police commando unit, the Special Task Force (STF), of being responsible. Eleven workers went to repair an irrigation sluice gate at Rattal Kulam in Pottuvil on Sunday but did not return. The bodies of 10 of them were found the following day near the sluice gate. They had been brutally hacked to death. Meera Mohideen, 55, escaped but was severely injured and is now in the intensive care unit of Amparai hospital.


APJ Kalam

US-based Refugee International shocked of Sri Lanka’s deteriorating situation hampering humanitarian work

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

As shocking as the nature and scale of the crime is that it took place in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is not a rogue state. The country has a long history of engagement with the international humanitarian community and respect for humanitarian principles. Even in the midst of the long civil war, the government made a genuine attempt to maintain public services in the (separatist) LTTE-controlled areas and allowed humanitarian agencies to access them. The United States-based Refugee International (RI) makes the above testimony in favor of the Sri Lankan nation in its September 18, 2006 issued statement on the "critical" situation in Sri Lanka reporting obstructions to the operations of international humanitarian organizations.