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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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British Labour Party conference: Brown stands up for health privatisation

For months, sections of the British Labour Party, the trade unions and the media have been insisting that Chancellor Gordon Brown represents a more "Old Labour" alternative to Prime Minister Tony Blair. Should Brown succeed Blair as Labour leader, the result would be a Labour Party more in tune with its former social democratic credentials, they argued. Events at this week’s Labour Party conference put paid to this fraud. The Unison trade union had tabled a motion to conference calling on the government to "rethink the headlong rush to a competitive system" in the state-run National Health Service (NHS).

Tamil Tigers caught in second sting operation while trying to buy surface to air missiles and war technology in US

By Walter Jayawardhana

In a second successful sting operation conducted by the US federal government Federal Agents arrested five Asian buyers and one Sri Lankan Tamil for trying to buy US Dollars 900,000 dollars worth of surface to air missiles and other sophisticated military weapons for Sri Lanka’s separatist terrorists, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The accused were negotiating with a bogus company put up by the US to buy surface to air missiles and other weapons, "an arsenal of U.S. military hardware -- enough to inflict serious casualties on any military force, let alone a civilian population," a US official said after the arrests.

LTTE intensifies military attacks killing scores of security men and civilians in the north and the east.

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) despite rumors that they were ready to sit down for peace talks have intensified their attacks on Sri Lanka security forces and civilians mostly Sinhalese in the East and the North. By a mortar attack the LTTE killed three soldiers and a civilian when the terrorist group attacked the Black Bridge Army Camp at Kalawanchikudy in the Eastern Province. In a second kidnapping and murder suspected LTTE terrorists killed two Sinhala traders when they went in search of two other missing colleagues who accompanied them in a group of six traders that went on a business trip to Vavuniya.

Frank Pallone Congressmen and State Department Officials Talk of 'Tamil Homeland' in Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger Clout Increases

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune US Bureau analysis

Former United States President Bill Clinton once told one of his closest acquaintances Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, senior associate dean at Yale’s School of Management that "when your critics are wrong, fire back on all cylinders. Take it on with full force and don’t let up." Quoting Boucher’s statement in Colombo endorsing the homeland concept, the New Jersey Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone, speaking in the House on Wednesday, September 27, said "I echo this sentiment and support a solution that retains Sri Lanka’s unity. Yet, it should grant a level of autonomy to ethnic minorities like the Tamils. We have seen very similar successful situations throughout the world. Places like Quebec in Canada, Wales and Scotland in Great Britain are all part of their Federal Nations but have significant autonomy."

Anti-LTTE rally opposite White House ready to take off on 4 October

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Media Coordinator for the Sri Lankan American Demonstration told Asian Tribune that the central purpose of the rally will be to condemn and expose Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger (LTTE) terrorism and express support for the United States Global War on Terror. The rally is scheduled to be held at Lafayette Park, opposite the White House in Washington between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Wednesday 4 October 2006.

UN Secretary General Election: Straw Poll at Security Council favors South Korean candidate

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

At the straw poll held Thursday, September 28 in the 15-member Security Council, South Korean candidate for the post of United Nations Secretary General received 13 votes in favor, the only one among the seven candidates to get the needed majority of nine votes. None of the other six candidates received the necessary nine favorable votes to make their candidacy alive. Despite South Korea’s foreign minister Ban Ki-Moon maintained himself as a clear favorite to succeed Kofi Annan end of this year as the World Body’s CEO, it was not known whether he received the approval of all five permanent members of the Security Council. A veto from one of the five – Britain, China, France, Russia or the United States – could clear the field for more candidates to enter the race.

Over 20,000 children languish as domestic aides in Sri Lanka

By Deshani Liyanage - Asian Tribune

While the world is ready to celebrate yet another Children’s Day on October 1, over 20,000 Sri Lankan children are still being used as domestic aides. According to the special unit – Children and Women’s Bureau – set up by the Police, the number may be higher than this figure but there is no proper statistics on child domestic workers. Bureau’s OIC Buddhika Balechandra said that the majority of the children are from estate sector and they are under 14-years-of age. According to Balechandra the main cause for the increasing number of child domestic workers in the country is due to their poor socio-economic conditions.

All Burma Federation of Student Union condemns the Burmese military Government for the arrest of former student leaders.

Chiang Mai based Foreign Affair Committee of All Burma Federation of Student Unions has strongly condemned the State Peace and Development Council, of Burma the arbitrary arrest and detention of the 88 generation student leaders. The Burmese military regime, the State Peace and Development Council, on September 27 arrested three 88 generation student leaders, Ko Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Ko Htay Kywe. Though the arresting officers claimed that high ranking officials wanted to talk with the three, they continue to be held.

RADA, ILO and the Government of Sri Lanka launches DLDP project in Ampara

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The District Secretary of Ampara will officially launch the Divisional Livelihood Development Plans for the nine Tsunami affected divisions of Ampara district on 2nd October this year. The divisions earmarked are Addalachchenai, Akkarapattu, Kalmunai Muslim, Kalmunai Tamil, Karaitiv, Ninthavur, Pothuvil, Sainthamarudu, and Thirukkovil.The making of these plans have been facilitated by RADA supported by the Income Recovery Technical Assistance Programme (IRTAP).

Nationalization Vs Globalization

By S. Ranjan - Syndicate Features

We are told day in and day out that India has become the chief destination for foreign investment. Our political economist class projects FDI as manna to India’s deficiencies in key infrastructure sectors. International agencies – credit rating agencies including, aver that India will outshine China in the next two decades. Global moolah managers have presented a developed India dream to our planners; computer based multimedia graphics highlight the symptoms of India’s growing economic muscles. India’s forex reserves have swelled to $ 160 billion. The number of poor people has been reduced by 30 million to 230 million. The GDP is clocking eight per cent plus.

Pre-dawn clash sees 12 Tigers dead in Eastern Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

A pre-dawn clash between Tiger rebels and the Special task Force at Pullimalai in Ampara today has resulted in at least 12 cadres been killed, military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told the "Asian Tribune. LTTE cadres attempted to attack the STF camp at Pullimalai and also the village, however the STF was successful in repulsing the attack which continued till early morning today," the spokesman said.