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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Sri Lanka: More and more Private and Government Universities but increasingly unemployed and underemployed grads

By Manoj Lanka Hettige

This is in response to the article "Sri Lanka: Free higher education is total mess" written by Mr. Janaka Perera on 26th May 2007 to the Asian tribune with thanks for initiating a timely important theme. On 22nd November 2006, Mr. Joseph Michel Pereira MP has raised his voice in Parliament over the limited higher education opportunities and the Convener of the Inter University Students Federation has reportedly said that they would hold an island-wide protest campaign against establishing of private universities ("The Island" on 26th November 2006). I am yet to hear of any campaign by parents or student-unions of International Schools demanding expansion of university entrance or establishing private universities.

Tthe legacy of enemy turned vested property act in Bangladesh

Rabindranath Trivedi: Contributing for the Asian Tribune

The vested property was known in Pakistan as ‘enemy property' after the 1965 Indo-Pak war. On 6 September 1965, Pakistan proclaimed a state of emergency under the Defense of Pakistan Ordinance at the outbreak of war with India. In exercise of the powers conferred by the Ordinance, the Central Government of Pakistan promulgated on the same day the Defence of Pakistan Rules. Under the rules, the Governor of East Pakistan passed an Order on 3 December 1965 regarding enemy property by which the property of the minorities was declared “Enemy Property”.

Burma: The Verdict of the People Can not be Stamped Out

by - Zin Linn*

2007 is an important year for the democracy movement in Burma. Political and diplomatic analysts are unanimous on this score. This is notwithstanding the latest Junta decision to extend the detention of symbol Burmese hope, Suu Kyi, for another year. For the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), a priority is drafting of the Constitution by the National Convention this year. It also has a dream, a day dream at that a referendum on the new constitution followed by elections in 2008. Majority of the people do not agree with the road map designed to put in place military dominated rule. The Junta is going out of its way to court the support of ASEAN and other neighbouring countries especially China and India for its constitutional makeover. At the same time it is riding roughshod over the National League for Democracy (NLD) which is the only challenger to its supremacy at home.

Japan won't slash aid to Sri Lanka, Yasushi Akashi returning in June with a new mission

Japanese Foreign Ministry announced that Japan will not scale down its aid to Sri Lanka. "Japan is not planning to re-consider aid to Sri Lanka" a Foreign Ministry Official said. He added "Tokyo`s peace envoy to Sri Lanka, former UN assistant secretary-general Yasushi Akashi, would return to the island on a new mission by early June" he added. Japan is the single largest donor to Sri Lanka, providing 63 percent of the international aid to the island in 2003.

India's ruling coalition consults allies on Presidential election, Arjun Singh, Motilal Vora are among front runners

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Hectic consultations are on between the Congress and its allies on the choice for the President. Congress leadership is also taking advantage of the chief ministers here to attend a conference on power and the 2-day NDC meeting to broad base the discussions. A final name is however expected to be made public in the first week of June. But a decision is likely to be taken in the next one or two days since the Left, which is the outside supporter of the UPA has already spelt its criteria for the selection of the next Rashtrapati Bhavan resident while the BSP, another outside supporter indicated its willingness to go along with the UPA decision.

Three hours after the LTTE blast killed six and injured 33, casualties are still being rushed in

Rath The claymore blast by LTTE killed six and injured 33 people yesterday at Rathmalana, a suburb south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Injured were rushed in to nearby hospitals.Rathmalana lies south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle highway and has the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase. In addition, some critically injured are being re-transferred to Colombo Intensive Care Units at this moment. The injured have been promptly admitted to the closeby Panadura and Kalubowila National Hospitals, said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the Military Spokesman.One injured admitted to Panadura Hospital has died, he added.

French Police join hands with European Police for more raids on Tigers

The findings of the French Police investigating the arrested Tamil Tigers on April Fool’s Day have prompted them to liaise with other members of the European Union to crack down on the wide network of Tamil Tigers violating international and national laws. French Police raided several Tiger offices and shops and arrested 19 Tamil Tiger agents and today there are 14 of them in custody. French Magistrate refused them bail. According to a reliable information, a team of a selected elite French police are now visiting some of the EU capitals and comparing notes and exchanging information based on the highly sensitive and shocking revelations they gleaned from the arrest of leading Tiger agents in France.

Foreign Terrorist Charitable Fronts in U.S. Left Undetected Due to Limited Scrutiny, Reveals Government Report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The failure of the Internal Revenue Service of the U.S. Department of Treasury to identify tax-exempt charitable organizations that may have links to foreign terrorist organizations because the IRS investigators use a limited terrorist watch list to ascertain possible ties between charitable and other non-profit groups and terrorists is a risk that these charities will not be reported to the federal government authorities fighting terrorism. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does a poor job of identifying charitable tax-exempt groups that may have links to foreign terrorist organizations.

Judge Weeramantry in World Future Council

Judge WeeramantryJudge C.G. Weeramantry participated in the founding meeting of The World Future Council (WFC) – a forum for the protection of the Rights of Future Generations – held in Germany early this month. He was one of the 50 Councilors selected from across the world, representing expertise and experience different fields. In the international area WFC is considered to be the strong new voice addressing issues that threaten the future of the world. Its main aim is to draw on our shared human values to champion the rights of future generations. It argues that humanity is today on a collision course with its own future.

Miss Japan wins Miss Universe 2007

Miss Universe 2007During one of the year’s most exciting live international television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Japan, Riyo Mori, as Miss Universe 2007. A lifelong ballet dancer from a village near Mount Fuji, Mori wore a striking black gown with colored lapels for the final. Winning surpassed the ambition of her grandmother, who told her as a child she wanted her to be Miss Japan one day. Mori, 20, clasped her hands and trembled with joy as she received the crown from last year's winner, Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico. "My mind went blank," she said of the winning moment. "I'm really happy, I cannot believe it yet," said Mori, whose ambition is to open an international dance school. Mori has been dancing since she was 4 years old.

Significant basis to restart peace talks in Sri Lanka

By Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera

It is obvious from the current news dominate in Sri Lanka and international news media that peace talks, which were at halt in Geneva due to dissatisfaction of conditions between Sri Lanka’s government and LTTE, will be possibly recommenced under the initiatives of the UK government. The main reason to halt peace talks was the mistrust between two parties and LTTE abortively attempted to gain unfair advantages through European mediators with a view to regrouping and acquiring sophisticated resources to attack Sri Lankan government forces, Sinhala and Muslim community. The serious failure of LTTE after signing the cease fire agreement was breaking away Karuna and LTTE’s inability to face two fronts, Sri Lanka’s defense force and Karuna’s group, which challenged LTTE and its affairs with Norway officials.

China's new threat to Indian union

N.Nandhivarman - General Secretary Dravida Peravai

Speaking in Indian Parliament on 20 th November 1950, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru states " Maps of China for last thirty years have shown a certain portion of that North Eastern Frontier which is now part of India…. Our maps show that McMahon Line is our boundary and that is our boundary map or no map… and we will not allow anybody to come across the boundary " The problem between India and China, which now stakes claim to Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh, started actually not by the tongue slip of Jawaharlal Nehru, but by the fact about the weakness of both side over the maps.

Unorthodox view of up verdict

By Syed Ali Mujtaba - Syndicate Features

While doing the post-mortem of the Bahujan Samaj party’s victory in Uttar Pradesh, many writers have analyzed the electoral verdict in terms of the subaltern movement in the state. There is no denying the fact that a great deal of Dalit resurgence is taking place at the grass root level in India's heartland, but there is little evidence to suggest that the victory of this pro- low caste party owes to any revolutionary trend in the making. The victory of Bahujan Samaj party was more due to default rather than any calculated design in what was essentially a triangular contest. But the high profile Samajwadi Party and the BJP had lost the electoral sweepstakes even before the electioneering had begun. Congress, which has been relegated to a distant fourth place, was not there in the fray in any big way.



Armed guards

Judge C.G. Weeramantry

Miss Universe 2007