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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

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Manmohan Singh in South Africa

India celebrates Vijayadasami and Dussehra festivals

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

India observed Monday Vijayadasami and Dussehra two festivals mark victory of good over evil. In Delhi, the day's highlight was burning of the effigies of Ravan and his two brothers – Meghnath and Kumbkaran marking the nine-days of Ram Lila celebrations.

Red Cross hands over 62 houses to tsunami affected families in Eastern Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Red Cross and Japanese Red Cross handed over permanent houses to 62 tsunami affected families of Fizal Nagar Grama Seva Division in the Trincomalee District on Friday 29 September 2006. "I think the completion of the project is a tribute to the beneficiaries, contractors, and government officials – all of who have been involved from start to finish. The wish from the Japanese Red Cross and the people of Japan is that you will become a vibrant and successful community," says Satoshi Kumahashi, acting Country Coordinator for the Japanese Red Cross in Sri Lanka.

Thai Military rulers set their sights on deposed Premier Thakshin Shinwatara

ThakshinThai military plot leaders have started hounding after Thakshin Shinawatara, the deposed elected Prime Minister of Thailand in a bid to disgrace him and his family . The coup leaders have undertaken to go after Thakshin Shinawatara with the view justify their coup as "one a necessary evil." Vindictive moves are afoot in haste to vilify the deposed Prime Minister and his family. The interim Prime Minister Gen Surayud Chulanont, a former Army Chief who was removed from his position as Army Commander and "kicked upstairs" as Supreme Commander, a position which does not command authority and power, four years ago by the deposed Prime Minister, it is alleged has now joined forces with the coup leaders to take revenge on Thaksin Shinawatra.

Democracy activists continues to be arrested in Burma

Two more prominent Burmese dissidents - Min Zeya and Pyone Cho - were arrested last Friday (Sept. 29) in Rangoon. Canadian Friends of Burma pointed out "Sadly, it took place a few hours after Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter MacKay issued a statement condemning the arrests of three student leaders in prior." Min Zeya already served 8 years and Pyone Cho 14 years in prison for their leading role in the 1988 Democracy uprising in Burma. Another activist Myint Aye, a former township leader of an opposition party (NLD), was also detained in the same day. The latest arrests are reported to be related to inquiring and demanding for the release of three student leaders detained on Sept. 27.

Lanka’s second biggest coal fired thermal power plant will be built at Sampoor, the former garrison town of the LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka ’s second coal fired Thermal power plant will be built at the newly occupied Sampoor , South of Trincomalee as an Indo-Sri Lanka joint venture. Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne told BBC’s Sinhala service Sandeshaya that a team of energy experts will soon visit Sampoor , South of Trincomale which was used by the Tamil Tigers until recently to fire artillery at Trincomalee naval base.

Goa to become SriLankan Airlines' 50th destination

Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting for Asian Tribune

The famed Indian coastal resort town of Goa is to become SriLankan Airlines' 50th global destination, and the 10 th in India, with the airline planning to launch services from Colombo in October. SriLankan is the largest foreign carrier operating to India, with nearly a hundred weekly flights to New Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Madras, Trichy, Trivandrum, Calicut, and Kochi.

Anti-War Activists Push for U.N. Arms Treaty

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A coalition of human rights organizations and anti-war activists has renewed its campaign for a new international treaty to regulate the world's fast-growing 1.1-trillion-dollar global arms trade. The campaign is timed to coincide with a meeting of the 192-member U.N. committee on disarmament and international security which will discuss later this month whether or not to start work on such a landmark treaty. "There are far too many vested interests in the arms trade firmly entrenched in the United Nations," says one Third World diplomat, "and they will do their utmost to protect their lucrative trade."

South Korean Foreign Minister Likely Next U.N. Chief

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Ban Ki-moonSouth Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, who consistently led a field of seven candidates, is most likely to be the new secretary-general of the United Nations, come January next year. At the fourth and final straw poll held Monday, the South Korean candidate garnered 14 out of 15 votes in the Security Council. Traditionally, the winner is expected to receive nine positive votes -- and no vetoes from any of the five permanent members: the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia.

Sri Lankan war refugees live in appalling conditions in southern India

Fleeing death and destruction in Sri Lanka, around 15,000 people have escaped to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu since January, amid an escalating war on the island between the security forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Most of the refugees are poor farmers, laborers and fishermen. They had to scrape together several thousand rupees to pay for their boat fares. In many cases, this was their life savings—some sold their belongings to meet the cost. They packed essential items into polythene-covered suitcases and bags for the 40-kilometre voyage. Dozens of people had died making the risky journey in improvised boats. The Sri Lankan navy, which patrols the straits between the two countries, has arrested hundreds of refugees this year and handed them over to the police.

All accused in the Tamil Tiger sting operation planning to buy missiles will not be returned to Baltimore immediately

By Walter Jayawardhana

The United States Justice Department sources said that the five Asians and one Sri Lankan Tamil who were arrested on the allegation of trying to buy and smuggle out missile and other sophisticated weapons to Sri Lanka would not be returned to the Baltimore courts in the mainland USA immediately and the initial proceedings against them are unlikely to be over even by Friday. The proceedings to determine whether the Sri Lankan Thiruvanakarasu Varatharasa had commited a prima facie crime would start only before a Guam magistrate judge Joaquin Manibusan only on Friday.

India remembers Gandhi

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

India Monday observed the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi amidst a renewed debate on the relevance of the Gandhian ideals and values. Gandhigiri as the subject has come to be known has come up front after a gangster comedy film 'Lage Raho (carry on) Munnabhai" which dwelt with the theme became a hit. The film has been sent to the Oscar awards as an independent entry. Sanjay Dutt, a 'he-man' of Hindi silver screen played the lead role Munnabhai in the blockbuster.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide Calls on UK Government to Ban Investment in Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) on Monday joined Burma Campaign UK, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Democracy in Burma, the Trade Union Congress and the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission in calling on the British Government to ban investment in Burma. A Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, broadcast yesterday at 8pm, revealed that the French oil company Total used British-dependent territories to invest in Burma. Total Oil is the largest European investor in Burma. Burma’s ruling military regime, the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), is believed to earn up to US$450 million a year from Total’s gas pipeline project.

From Job Protection to Worker Protection : World Bank Assess Sri Lanka’s Social Protection System

Sri Lanka’s extensive social protection system, while being remarkable for a developing country, needs to reach the poor more effectively to facilitate inclusive economic growth, says a new World Bank report "Sri Lanka: Strengthening Social Protection." The report reviews the three key areas of employment protection, social insurance, and social safety nets and proposes strategic options for enhancing their roles in promoting growth with equity. Identifying the poor and vulnerable groups, the report examines and evaluates employment protection and promotion policies and programs, social security/insurance schemes, and safety net programs. The concluding chapter summarizes key analytical findings and presents a unified policy framework to improve social protection.

President Kalam




Ban Ki-moon

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