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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2059

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Italian Pabloites back Prime Minister Prodi in Senate confidence vote

Romano Prodi will continue to lead the Italian government. On Wednesday he won a confidence vote by 162 to 157 in the Senate, where his nine-party coalition has a razor-thin majority. A total of 160 votes were necessary for victory. The subsequent vote in the lower house was expected to be a formality. Prime Minister Prodi’s center-left Unione coalition has a comfortable majority in this chamber of parliament. Prodi thereby emerges in a stronger position following the cabinet crisis he brought about February 21 after he narrowly lost a foreign policy vote in the Senate. Since then, all nine coalition partners have declared their unreserved support for the basic tenets of Prodi’s policies.

Anandasangaree meets Karunanidhi, makes pitch for his 'positive' help

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

Muthavel Karunanidhi, the DMK patriarch and the chief minister of Tamil Nadu had an unexpected visitor at his Chennai residence with an unusual request. If he was surprised he did not show it. He did not appear to disappoint his guest from the land beyond the Palk Straits. The meeting assumed significance in the backdrop of CFA becoming a dead letter and both LTTE and the government get ready for the mother of all showdowns.

Hillary Clinton 44th US President - predicts Indian Numerologist

Hillary ClintonIndian Numerologist predicts that Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the 44th President of the United States of America. According to the Indian Numerologist analysis, the next U.S. Presidential election is on November 4, 2008. On that day, numerologists predict that signs would remain favorable for her. Besides, the next election is to choose the 44th U.S. President (4 + 4 = 8), Hillary will be in her 62nd year (6 + 2 = 8), to be more precise, on that day pf the election, Hillary will be 61 years and 10 days old (6 + 1 + 1 + 0 = 8). It is seen that generally number 8 persons are influenced by number 4 also. So, this will be an additional luck for Hillary in the November 4, 2008 U.S. Presidential election.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Dilemmas in Sri Lanka.

By Oscar E V Fernando

There is certainly no dearth of production of dilemmas in Sri Lanka—it can inflate the GDP that is already inflated with tsunami flow of monies and the construction of buildings done with capital floating for lack of productive investments. In fact these dilemmas may be the cause of our lagging behind the many countries that started with us after independence—but, of course—are we not a nation proud of our glorious past!

Sri Lanka: ICICI Bank Salary Accounts

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo branch of ICICI Bank Ltd, introduced its “ICICI Bank Salary Accounts” to the top management and decision makers of over 75 leading corporate entities in Sri Lanka. Sachin Sikka, Senior Vice President and Head of Retail Liabilities, ICICI Bank in Sri Lanka said that their bank has the experience of serving 5 Million salary account holders spread over 35,000 corporate relationships in India and ICICI Bank in Sri Lanka recently launched the product for corporate entities and their employees offering a complete product suite with convenience with a number of benefits to both.

Sachin Sikka

United Nation’s expert support constitutional reform to establish an independent judiciary in Maldives

The Special UN Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, has strongly encourages prompt adoption of the constitutional reforms and the urgent adoption of legislation which has already been submitted to Parliament, including the criminal code and the criminal procedure code. The United Nations Special Rapporteur Mr. Leandro Despouy, conducted a visit to the Maldives from 25 February to 1 March 2007 at the invitation of the Government.

Major women’s ware dealer on animal loving campaign

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ms Otara Gunewardene, Founder and CEO of ODEL, the first departmental store, specializing on women’s is also now involved in a new kind of activity of extending love to animals - exceptional Personal Social Responsibility (CSR) programme and as the first step, she has embarked on helping the Sathva Mitra’ (Animal Friends) an animal rights organization and Tsunami Animal-People Alliance to sterilize 500 stray dogs in Colombo. Through this initiative, Ms Gunewardene aims to prevent cruelty to animals in Sri Lanka by creating awareness, raising funds and simultaneously organizing individual projects in conjunction with other animal-welfare organizations to improve the living conditions of these animals.

Sarojini Naidu: Crusador for Women’s Rights

By R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

It is indeed surprising that the birth day of Sarojini Naidu on February 13 did not attract much attention even in these days of vociferous demand for reservations for women in Parliament and state legislatures. She was truly the first crusader of our times for women’s rights. She was the eldest of a large family, all of whom were taught English at an early age. She wrote, “I was stubborn and refused to speak it”. So one day when she was nine years old her father punished her the only time she was ever punished by shutting her in a room alone for a whole day. She came out of it full blown linguist. She never spoke any other language to him or to her mother, except in Hindustani.

US-India Business Council Tours India March 5-9 on Executive Mission

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) will mount a four-City Executive Mission to India on March 5-9, commemorating the first anniversary of the U.S. Presidential Mission to India, which took place last year on March 1, 2006, announces the Council. The jumbo-sized 38-company USIBC Executive Mission will attend a U.S.-India Economic Summit organized by CII in New Delhi on March 6 to take stock of the progress achieved in the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership over the past year, and to prepare a roadmap for the year ahead. Senior leadership of the Government of India and Captains of Indian Industry will greet the delegation.


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