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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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Jendayi E. Frazer

Eritrea Arming, Training and Financing Terrorists from Somalia to Sri Lanka: U.S. Takes Strong Stand

Daya Gamage of US Bureau Asian Tribune

Jendayi E. FrazerThe U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Jendayi E. Frazer said that regime change can enable Eritrea avoid going to the US list of "State Sponsor of Terrorism", amid Eritrea's continuing and growing associations with international terrorists. According to her the second option requires, even after being designated as state sponsor of terrorism, at least 6 months of no longer harboring, arming, training and financing terrorists; acts Eritrea has repeatedly been accused of as engaging in from Somalia, Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia all the way to Sri Lanka.

Australian Parliamentary Petition on Sri Lanka calls for Sanctions against the LTTE

In a ground breaking development on Monday 17 September 2007, Don Randall, Member for Canning, Western Australia, tabled a Citizens Petition in the Federal Parliament seeking Australian support for a resolution of the Sri Lankan conflict that satisfies the aspirations of all communities without compromising the Unity and Territorial Integrity of Sri Lanka. The petition, addressed to the Speaker and Members of the Australian House of Representatives, was facilitated by a number of committed Sri Lankan organisations and individuals across several states in Australia, also called for stronger sanctions against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its front organisations, including their listing under the Australian Criminal Code Act of 1995.

Fate of 25,000 families hinge on Sept 20 NCA meet

By Bobby Ramakant

Narmada Control Authority (NCA) is likely to meet on Thursday 20 September in New Delhi to assess the current rehabilitation status of the 25,000 families affected by the Sardar Sarovar Dam (SSD) reservoir, and to decide on completing the dam height by installing the gates. Although the legitimate rehabilitation of more than 25000 families in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat is far from complete, yet the authorities have been pushing strongly to install the remaining 16 meters of gate.

Ramadan – the Muslim month of Fasting (Part 5)

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

It is common practice among Muslims to go to "masjid" (mosque) to offer congregational prayers and recite the Qur'an. In addition to the five daily prayers, during the month of Ramadan they also perform a special prayer called the "Taraweeh"(night) -- after the "Isha" prayer. This is considered a virtuous, and thus, highly recommended, deed. The common practice is to recite one Para (one-thirtieth of the entire Qur'an) during each night of the "Taraweeh" prayer, so that before the end of the Ramadan the entire Qur'an has been recited.

Palestinian Propaganda Prize for Israel

By Nicola Nasser

The inter-Palestinian war of words and the mutual violations of the freedom of press and expression by the Hamas - led government of Ismael Haniyyeh in the Gaza Strip and the Fatah – led government of Salam Fayyad in the West Bank have presented Israel with its biggest propaganda prize that is overshadowing the violations of human rights committed by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).

Libyan unwarranted interference: Bangladesh ‘Should merge with India’ -2

By T R Sharma-contributing for Asian tribune

The new phase of political development under the operation of the Act of 1935, followed by the British decision to quit India and the rise of Muslim separatism politics had completely changed the political edifice on which the revolutionaries of Hindu ideas of revolution was built. The revolutionaries were facing the new politics of communal award. The Revolutionary Terrorism thus came to an end by 1936 and followed by elections in 1937. As part of the machinery of political reform in India leading to the Government of India Act of 1935,the government of London, after consultations with Indian leaders, had announced the Communal Award in August 1932-against which Gandhi had started his 'fast unto death', stopped by the conclusion of the Poona Pact in late September.

Uganda Indians in Troubles Again

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

It was only last April when South Asians in Uganda, Indians in particular, were jolted by the racial overtones of an angry mob of blacks that took the life of a young Indian who had nothing to do with the cause of their rage. The mob fury was directed at the Indians because a leading businessman from their community was asked by the government to develop a sugar cane project in a national park. The young slain Gujarati had nothing to do with the project; his only fault was that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Share Market gained momentum with optimism

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the Share Market gained momentum with the optimism that prevailed during the week. However, on Monday the market started on a low note but picked up on Tuesday and the rest of the week thus ending substantially higher than previous week’s closing levels. Both the indices gained considerably with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) concluding at 2632.4 points, which was a 3.37 percent or 85.7 points increase while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) rose by 3.52 percent or 121.8 points to 3583.2 points.

Basil Rajapakse

Basil sworn in as MP

Basil RajapakseBasil Rajapakse took his oaths as national list Member of Parliament before the Speaker W J M Lokubandara today morning at 9.30 AM . A Senior Presidential Advisor and formerly the Campaign Manager of his Brother Mahinda Rajapakse’s presidential election campaign, has filled the vacancy created by the demise of Irrigation Minister Anwar Ismail. It is expected Basil will be sworn in as a Minister of Nation Building. In addition it is rumored that President would also appoint him as the Minister for Overseas Sri Lankans.