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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

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No tie up with UNP: country should not fall from frying pan into fire – Somawansa Amarasinghe

Somawansa AmarasingheIn wide-ranging interview with Asian Tribune, Somawansa Amarasinghe, said that Mangala Samaraweera, the breakaway fragment of the SLFP, has ruined his future by joining the UNP. He said that the National Congress – a combination of UNP and Samaraweera’s two-man band -- was formed by the desperate UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to grab power. After failing 14 times Wickremesinghe is so desperate that he is prepared to sacrifice his party’s name, its symbol and all what it stood for in the past.
This statement has knocked on the head the rumours planted by the UNP in the media that the JVP is ready to tie with the UNP. This is the latest fiction floated by the pro-UNP media to boost the sagging fortunes of the UNP.

Libyan unwarranted interference: Bangladesh ‘Should merge with India’

By T R Sharma-contributing for Asian tribune

The Libyan media published an article titled 'Bangladesh 'Should Merge With India,' Posted: 2007/09/07 From: 'Mathaba net'. This news item is motivated with an ulterior sinister design and violation of decency and decorum of international practices and gross interference into the internal affairs of Bangladesh.. It's a piety that we don't get any comment from Bangladesh Care Taker Government. Are they in daytime snapping? The news item says: “A member of the International Scientific Committee of the World Centre for Studies and Researches on The Green Book says that there is a call for Bangladesh to merge with India in order to save it.

US Senate and the politics of double standards

By Raj Gonsalkorale

It is reported that a hitherto unpublicised vote in the United States Senate on September 6 approving the State Department Appropriations, if approved by President George W Bush, will have a serious impact on Us Military assistance to Sri Lanka.

Three Wheeler Drivers/Owners up for a lucrative time

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Not only any responsible government did anything towards three wheeler operators (drivers and owners), but they even failed to insert a definition of the three wheeler and its operation in the Transport Act, lamented, Lalith Dharmasekera, President, Sri Lanka Three Wheeler Welfare Association. Dharmasekera was commending the undertaking by the Rolling Wheels (Pvt) Ltd towards the overall uplifting of three wheeler drivers/owners at the launching of the Three Wheelers as a medium of advertising at Seafood Restaurant, Colombo last week.

Ramadan – the Muslim month of Fasting (Part 4)

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

According to Imam al-Ghazali (may Allah have mercy on him), one of greatest scholars of Islam (11th century CE), there are three grades of Fasting: ordinary, special and extra-speci "Ordinary Fasting" involves abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction. It is the Fast of ordinary Muslims.(This is the Fasting of ordinary Muslims. "Special Fasting" involves keeping one's ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet -- and all other organs -- free from committing sin. (This is the Fasting of 'Mu'mins, or pious Muslims'.)

Foreign traveler cautiously trickle down to Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

To see any substaintial progress in the tourism industry, the most important and the only prerequisite is to stop the war and to establish peace in the country, as you cannot have good tourism industry in the country, while there is war like the proverb "You can't have the cake and have it". While there are various views are expressed with regard to the present status of the tourist industry in Sri Lanka now, the ground realities are quite different from those views. Those in the industry never lets it down, while critics assert that the industry is doomed.

Anti-AFSPA activists file RTI application at PMO

By Bobby Ramakant

On Monday 17 September 2007, an application under the Right-to-Information (RTI) Act has been filed by Suchi Pande in New Delhi demanding PMO (Prime Minister's Office) to provide vital information pertinent to not only Justice Jeevan Reddy Commission but also Veerappan Moily Administrative Reforms Committee, which were Government-appointed bodies formed to review Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). It is understood that these two reports recommended repealing the AFSPA that had led to gross violations of human rights by Indian troops in the conflict ridden region.

Basil Rajapakse

Somawansa Amarasinghe

Picture of model three wheeler advertising

Basil Rajapakse to be sworn in tomorrow

Basil RajapakseBasil Rajapaksa is to be sworn in as a national list MP tomorrow. Following the swearing in he is to be sworn in as Minister with cabinet rank. At present Basil Rajapakse, a Senior Presidential Advisor and formerly the Campaign Manager of his Brother Mahinda Rajapakse’s presidential election campaign, is to fill the vacancy created by the demise of Irrigation Minister Anwar Ismail. Sources told “Asian Tribune” that Basil Rajapakse is also to be sworn in tomorrow as the Minister of Nation Building.