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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

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In Nagaland

Celebrate with a deference: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Directorate of the Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland has put up excellent "Pre-Christmas Celebration Program" here at the New Directorate Office Building, below the New Secretariat Complex today, with Medical Minister, Secretary, Principal Director, Director, senior officials and their staffs attending it. Eulogizing Christ and how He changed the course of the entire history on earth to save the humanity, Dr TM Lotha, Minister for Health and Family Welfare agreed that many of them were busy on their own areas of assignments.

The Universal Lessons of Hajj

By Faisal Kutty

Millions of pilgrims from all over the world will be converging on Mecca in the coming days. They will retrace the footsteps of millions who have made the spiritual journey to the valley of Mecca since the time of Adam. Hajj literally means, "to continuously strive to reach one's goal." It is the last of the five pillars of Islam (the others include a declaration of faith in one God, five daily prayers, offering regular charity, and fasting during the month of Ramadan). Pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who have the physical and financial ability to undertake the journey.

Solheim praises Balasingham and implicitly criticizes the LTTE leader, observers say.

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Erik Solheim In a English language eulogy to the departed ideologue of the LTTE, Norway's Minister for International Development Erik Solheim said that Anton Balasingham died when he was most needed. "It is hard to see whether anyone can take his place as one of the overwhelming influences in the peace process in Sri Lanka," said Solheim, who had visited Balasingham earlier in the month when the ageing LTTE chief negotiator was virtually on his death bed. In a speech that was telecast by LTTE television that covered the whole proceedings at Alexandra Palace autorium where Balasingham's body lay until its removal in the afternoon for cremation.

Dr Bernard Kouchner nominated to Sri Lanka ‘International Eminent Persons’ group

Bernard KouchnerEuropean Commission Commissioner Ferrero Waldner today announced the nomination of former French Minister Bernard Kouchner as the EU ‘Eminent Person’ on the International Independent Group of Eminent Persons (IIGEP) in Sri Lanka. The IIGEP is being established to observe the work of the national Commission of Inquiry into recent human rights violations. Active EU support to this initiative is further evidence of the Union’s strong commitment to human rights in Sri Lanka , and to a peaceful settlement of the conflict.

The Murali Controversy: Or Is It A Conspiracy?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

MuraliThe "Asia Tribune" is usually dedicated mostly to political matters, and not sports. However, when politics, especially dirty politics and blatant racism enters sports, it is time to air one’s views in this forum. The latest issue confronting cricket and Muttiah Muralitheran is the action taken by former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe to report Murali to the International Cricket Conference or ICC for possible violation of the arm bending rule when bowling. Mahela Jayawaredena, the Sri Lankan cricket captain has stoutly defended Murali and what he has said has been reported in the Sri Lankan news papers and some New Zealand news papers.

South-South Trade Boom Reshapes Global Order

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The world's new economic powerhouses, including India, Brazil, South Africa and China, are largely responsible for a dramatic surge in trade and investments among the 132 developing nations in the global South. "The South as a whole is not only richer in absolute terms but their combined economic weight relative to the global economy has also substantially increased," says Yiping Zhou, director of the U.N.'s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation. According to the latest figures, South-South trade has grown rapidly over the last decade: from 222 billion dollars in 1995 to 562 billion dollars in 2004. The figures for 2005 and 2006 are expected to be significantly higher.

Election of first Muslim to US Congress a threat to America’s traditional values, says Republican Congressman

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune News Analysis

At a time the United States is waging a global war on terrorism against Islamist extremists and endeavor to separate millions of moderate Muslims away from those whose agenda is to hijack the ‘Great Islamic Faith’ while, never before, making a global diplomatic effort to convince the Islamic World that Western values and culture are not in any way conflict with Islamic way of life, a Republican Congressman in U.S. warns that the election of a Muslim to Congress is a threat to America’s traditional values.

TNA MPs seeking Indian help to prevent the defeat of Tamil Tigers.

Five TNA MPs -- R. Sampanthan, Mavai S. Senathirajah, Selvam Adailakanathan, K. Premachandan and Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam -- launched their anti-Sri Lankan government campaign on Wednesday in Chennai by accusing the government of depriving the Tamil people of food, medicine and launching genocidal attacks and ethnic cleansing. After the meeting with M.Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in the morning, the five Sri Lanka’s Tamil MPs met in the evening the media personnel. They told the Chennai media that the Sri Lanka Government's public claims of being involved in peace talks were merely to fool India and the international community.

IWS plans to introduce GIS system to locate vehicles

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s first vehicle location system - using GIS [Geographic Information Systems] technology is scheduled to commence early next year by one of Sri Lanka’s blue chip conglomerates the IWS Holdings Group. IWS’s group Chairman Arthur Senanayake says the company has invested heavily on this project in technology, equipment, expert staff and training. "We will receive soon approval from the Defense Ministry and we have already completed obtaining GIS data of Colombo and its suburbs, Greater Colombo area and the main roads in Sri Lanka," he said.

How sub Saharan Africa is coping with radicalism

By Prof JP Sharma - Syndicate Features

The emergence and growth of radicalism particularly the use of violence and terror to attain political, economic and social objectives during the last few decades has completely changed the thrust of the struggle for development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Radicalists have no fixed agenda, no legitimate sovereignty, and no known sources of finance. Radicals, indoctrinated with blind belief in dogma use the magnetic force of theory and religion to bring impetuous youth into their fold. Terrorism inflicted on people in developing countries of Afro- Arab and Asia, however, went unnoticed by the West particularly the United States, till 9/11 happened and the twin towers in New York came down as the Big Apple was waking up to a new dawn.

Sri Lankan unions betray plantation workers strike

Just days after an angry meeting of Sri Lankan plantation workers demanded their pay campaign continue, union leaders have called off the two-week strike and accepted an offer that falls far short of their demands. All the unions—above all, the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), the Up-country Peoples Front (UPF) and the All Ceylon Plantation Workers Union (ACPWU)—bear responsibility for this betrayal. The task of stitching up the deal was left to the CWC and several other unions that had opposed the stoppage by 500,000 tea and rubber workers from the outset. At a meeting on Tuesday evening presided over by President Mahinda Rajapakse, CWC leader Arumugam Thondaman and his allies met with representatives of the Sri Lanka Employers Federation (SLEF) and agreed to drop the strikers’ demand for a daily wage of 300 rupees, or less than $US3.

Erik Slheim at Balasingham's funeral in London

Bernard Kouchner


Murali Conntroversy 1

Murali Controversy 2

Virgil H. Goode

Keith Ellison

TNA Mps with M.Karunanidhi