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Dr. P.L. Joshi

An Insider Look on How To Get A US Visa: Student Intern Reveals All

By Nerissa Octavio

For many people, getting a US visa, whether a non immigrant student visa or an immigrant visa more commonly known as the 'green card' is a dream come true. Whether a student or a family member waiting to join loved ones in the United States, many people attempt to enter the United States legally through one form of visa or another. One way to accomplish this is through the Diversity Lottery, wherein only 55,000 visas for permanent residency are allocated to new immigrants. The US Department of Homeland Security randomly selects 110,000 applicants to fill up the 55,000 visa quota.

Tigers behind the killing of Raviraj -- International Center

In an analysis of the various "stakeholder" groups that could have engineered the assassination of Nadarajah Raviraj, the outspoken Tamil National Alliance MP, the Colombo-based International Center for Strategic Defense (ICSD) has pointed the finger at the Tamil Tigers as the prime source. Eliminating all other "stakeholder" groups ICSD states that the Tigers stand to benefit most from the killing of the Raviraj.

Return of a Sandinista

By Leel Pathirana

Daniel Ortega, the former Revolutionary President of the Sandinistas led Government in Nicaragua (1979-1990) has broke the silence after 16 years and was re-elected as President of Nicaragua last week and the voters brought in the country’s second Sandinistas government. Ortega was elected President 38.7% of the vote compared to 29% for his rival Eduardo Maontealegre of the Nicaraguan Liberal Alliance. Born in 1946 to a middle class family, he comes from anti-Somoza background and both his parents then were imprisoned by the Somoza’s regime.

Rumsfeld’s War and War Crimes

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

The 2006 election was a referendum on America’s war in Iraq. The results displayed widespread mistrust of the Bush administration. Some of the most pro-war Republican hawks in the Senate and the Congress have been replaced by Democratic candidates that appeared to be anti-war or less pro-war. As a face saving measure, President Bush had to find the fall-guy, and so his ‘trusted’ Defense Secretary, the 74-year old neocon idealist, Donald Rumsfeld, had to be replaced with a realist - Robert Gates, former CIA Director.

Failed Norway steps back and Britain steps forward to start peace talks in Sri Lanka

By H. L. D. Mahindapala - Editorial Advisor, 'Asian Tribune'

The entry of Tony Blair's handpicked emissary, Paul Murphy, into Killinochchi yesterday marks a new phase in the Sri Lankan peace process. Murphy, former Northern Ireland Minister, and currently Chairman of the British Intelligence and Security Committee, has moved in to kick start the peace process at a time when the Norwegian "facilitators" have announced that they will not return soon to initiate any new moves as they had run of strategies. This British initiative was prompted by President Mahinda Rajapakse who met Blair at No: 10, Downing Street and requested him to lend his influence and British expertise in resolving the Sri Lankan crisis.

Indonesia’s democracy and fighting terrorism Lauded by US Secretary of State Rice on eve of Bush visit

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

As President George W. Bush is scheduled to meet with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bogor, Indonesia on November 20, his secretary of state Condoleezza Rice says that the U.S. president’s trip will be a chance to discuss bilateral military ties while lauding Indonesia has been a good partner in the struggle against terrorism. She said Indonesia has demonstrated democracy in action even as it fights terrorists on far-flung archipelagoes.

India, Pak talks make 'small' progress on core issues

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Ice is broken between India and Pakistan with the foreign secretaries of the two countries meeting in New Delhi for two days. The meeting has some symbolism but no substance. There was no progress on the core issue of Kashmir and the new bugbear, terrorism. In the run up to the talks Pak foreign minister Kasuri claimed that both sides were close to an agreement on Siachen glacier, where India has neutralised Pakistan's localtional advantage. The Shiv Shankar Menon - Riaz Mohammad Khan dialogue did not live up to that hype.

Human Rights group wants Bush to raise Munir Rights Case with Indonesian President

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"The United States President George W. Bush has spoken passionately about the importance of human rights around the world. Now he should encourage justice in a case that is central to the progress of human rights and democracy in Indonesia" when he meets the Indonesian president on November 20, states Maureen Byrnes, Executive Director of Human Rights First. The Human Rights First, which wrote two letters this week, one to Bush and the other to the U.S. Congress, says President Bush should ask the Indonesian president about his government’s failure to convict anyone for the fatal poisoning of Munir Said Thalib two years ago.

Growing Rowdiness in Some North Indian Universities: My Sharp Reactions

By Dr. Prem Lal Joshi, Professor, Bahrain

Dr. P.L. JoshiIt was very shocking and disgusting to watch videos clips and a news report on Starnews ( November 16, 2006) in which students and their so called CHAWANEE CUT (a quarter in a rupee) leaders were misbehaving and even beating the Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Chaudhary Charan Singh Meerut University (CCS). The policemen were just keeping quiet and were seen even buttering those students leaders to be calm. This is indeed a gross act of indiscipline on the part of the students and inaction by the police. The student leader seen misbehaving with the VC, was claiming himself to be the National President of Samajwadi Party of Mulayam Singh Yadav, (the present but highly incompetent, Chief Minister of the State of Uttar Pradesh). The law and order situation in this state has become worst than Bihar in recent years. The whole educational system has gone down the drain which is a clear reflection of? Jungleraj? In this state, the biggest state in India, which produced for Prime Ministers for
the country.

How long this "Convenience Facilitator Agreement" (CFA) should be allowed to torment this Island nation?

Sudath Gunasekara - President Senior Citizens Movement-Kandy

It is now almost 5 years since Norwegian-LTTE conspired Ranil-Prabha -so-called-Cease Fire Agreement was singed in Feb 2002. Today it has not only become the bone of contention between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE but it has also come to stay as the main weapon used against the legitimacy of the Sri Lankan government to defend its territory and the very sovereignty of the motherland and its right to protect its citizens from being killed by a brutal pack of savage murderers, by the so-called International Agencies.

Daniel Ortega

Mahinda with his deputy

Mahinda Rajapakase

Mahinda Rajapakse

Thai military attempts to contain opposition to coup regime

Thailand’s interim Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, who was installed following the September 19 military coup, detailed his government’s program in a speech to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on November 3. It was the first major policy statement since the overthrow of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) government. The generals, led by armed forces commander General Sonthi Boonyaratkalin, have tried to portray Surayud’s government as a step toward a return of democratic rule. The policy speech, however, indicated that the military cabal is deeply concerned about potential discontent, and unwilling to relinquish martial law.

U.S. Senate approves pact to share civilian nuclear technology with India

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States Senate, in bipartisan fashion, passed the U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation bill on November 16 cementing a landmark agreement between the two countries to share civilian nuclear technology. The incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democratic-Nevada) hailing the passage of the bill stated in a statement "India has grown into a respected global power and passage of this legislation is positive step forward in the growing relationship between the two countries. It helps strengthen our strategic relationship with India. At the same time, it will give India the opportunity to responsibly address its growing energy needs. As we go forward, I am certain that the U.S.-India relationship will continue to thrive at the two countries cooperate on traditional matters and uphold the standards that make India and the U.S. role models among democracies."