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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

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Nagaland: Sechu final

United States’ Dismal Human Rights Record has Influenced to Disregard: Rights Violations by Third World Nations like Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune News Analysis

Mangala SamaraweeraIn less than three weeks, the United States Department of State is scheduled to release its Annual Country Reports on Human Rights mandated by the Foreign Assistance Act for the benefit of both branches of the Congress. The United States, in fact, sits on judgment of about 180-odd countries of their human rights practices for the year 2006 as it had done in previous years. This congressionally mandated document is expected to be released in a ceremony attended by state department officials who occupy the human rights division, sometimes graced by the secretary of state, to tell the world, and the US Congress, that the United States administration is serious about safeguarding and promoting human rights worldwide.

Palestinian Worshippers Barred from Jerusalem

By Mohammed Mar'I

The Israeli police arrested more than twenty Palestinians in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday as clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli police over Israeli continued excavations at Al Magharbah Gate at Friday prayers on the Al Aqsa compound. More than 3000 Israeli police officers closed the old city of Jerusalem and the gates of Al Aqsa Mosque in an attempt to prevent Palestinians from entering the Mosque to protest the works. The Israeli Police restricted access to the city. It allowed only women and men over 50 years old and holders of Israeli identity cards on the Old City of Jerusalem, fearing violence from Palestinians and Islamic Wakf officials over excavations.

Uttar Pradesh heading for Central rule

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

Uttar Pradesh, the largest state in India, is heading for a short spell of Federal Government's rule with chief minister Mulayam Singh finding himself in a spot with elections round the corner. For the Samajwadi supremo, it is a self-inflicted wound, according to political observers, who consider the Supreme Court verdict disqualifying the 13 BSP 'deserters' as a severe indictment of his brand of politics.

International Terrorism and Asymmetric Warfare

M.K.Narayanan - National Security Advisor, Republic of India

M.K.NarayananI am delighted to have the opportunity to speak before this distinguished audience on an issue that is of direct relevance to India’s security. I propose to address the issue of financing of terrorism in the context of a sustained and multi-pronged combat against international terrorism. International terrorism is recognized today as one of the gravest scourges facing mankind. Terrorism is not a new technique, and the view of many experts is that it may never be fully eradicated.What has made terrorism more lethal and widespread is the adoption of ‘suicide’ tactics, the availability of modern instruments, and global communications. The effectiveness of terrorism is often enlarged by the elements of theatre in it, magnified further by the reactions of targeted societies.

Nagaland: Western Angami sports begins

Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The mega-sporting event of the Western Angami Sports Association, WASA, has kicked off amidst much fanfare with the Nagaland Speaker Kiyaneilie Peseyie opening it here on Friday. Large number of athletes under four contingents has turned up to vie various disciplines in these two-day premier sporting event of the WASA.

Capacity Building to boost private sector ICT

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The ICT Capacity Building Programme (ICBP), a US $ 5.2 million initiative to provide a short term boost to private sector ICT firms, is to launch several categories of grants, to encourage innovation in the ICT industry, by providing part subsidies for innovative ICT projects. The Programme is implemented by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the initiative intends to provide a short term boost to private sector ICT firms.

Fulcrum round which political protagonists should polarize

By Oscar E V Fernando

When several other countries that started together with Sri Lanka have solved or are solving similar problems such as ethnicity and religion, why have we not solved ours, even with our glorious and supposedly peaceful past? Was freedom granted to us too abruptly after 500 years of subjugation and are we still trying to get used to it?: should the lions have been gradually released as in the style of the lion cub in the novel--Born Free?

'Ready for a new day' Microsoft Sri Lanka unveils a new world of work culture

By Quintus Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka ushered in Windows Vista,Microsoft 2007 Office System and Microsoft Exchange Serve 2007 - the biggest launching the software industry in the recent history. This historic launch which took place at the BMICH, Colombo is the Microft's latest version of its flagship operating system, opening windows to hither to untapped vistas of opportunity and productivity, ease of use, security, stability and connectedness. It would also be the biggest and most strategic launch in the history of Microsoft and will be meaningful to virtually all 500 million personal computer users across the world.

Tsunami affected and war displaced families in the NE receive Solar lighting systems

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The World Vision and the World Foundation have assisted around 1200 tsunami affected and displaced families by the civil war to illuminate their houses in night using solar light systems. The project could cover a number of remote villages in the north and the east. According to the displaced families who benefited by this project said they did not had electricity and found it difficult with their meager earnings even to buy Kerosene oil. However they said at present they do not have any barriers to light their houses due to this project.

Normative prognosis of American quagmaire

By Prof Jan R. Hakemulder - Syndicate Features

It is indisputable that the most powerful ideas of our times came from Samuel Huntington’s thesis of the Clash of Civilizations and Francis Fukuyama’s postulate of The End of History & The Last Man; they provided the worldview and doctrinal basis for the Project New American Century (PNAC). A single casting vote of the US Supreme Court late 2000 brought the Bush Administration to White House translating this PNAC to global strategy.

US and UK worst places in developed world to be a child

The United States and Britain are the worst places in the major industrialized nations to be a child, according to a new report produced by UNICEF. The organization, which usually highlights the plight of child soldiers and children living in poverty in the so-called developing world, has turned the spotlight on 21 wealthy OECD countries. Its findings have exposed the appalling results of growing social inequality in both the UK and US. The report thoroughly refutes the claims of both governments to be reducing child poverty.

Rauff Hakeem

Mangala Samaraweera


Tamil Tigers must honor agreement with Muslims to resettle them with security

Rauff HakeemRauff Hakeem, Minister of Post and Telecommunications, and the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said in an interview with the Asian Tribune that the LTTE should not refuse to respect the agreement it has with the SLMC in resettling the displaced Muslims who were driven out of Jaffna by the LTTE cadres. Referring to the SLMC-LTTE meeting held on April 13, 2002 in Killinochchi he said it was a "milestone". At this meeting in Kilinochchi he had discussed in detail about the plight of the Muslims in North as well as in the East According to Rauff Hakeem problems confronting the Muslims of the North and East were resolved at that meeting. The Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran had appealed to the displaced Muslims from the North and Vanni to come back and resettle in their original homes