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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Iranian President in Nuclear Theatrics

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad completed his three-day political theatrics in New York, drawing large crowds and angry demonstrators, he left the United Nations with a defiant warning: Iran will not be cowed by any new sanctions either by the United States or the European Union. He said that "certain powers" hostile to Iran for the past 30 years, including the United States which he refused to name, have turned "a legal issue into a loud, controversial political issue." "From our point of view, our nuclear file is closed," he told reporters at a crowded U.N. news conference Tuesday.

Myanmar: Military response to snowballing public protests

By Col R Hariharan (retd.)

After seeing the massive participation in the public protest led by the monks against the military regime, in which as many as 100,000 people of Yangon took part on eighth continuous day on September 25, 2007, the military regime slapped a dawn to dusk curfew in the capital and moved in troops. With the stage set to confront the defiant monks, the troops prevented them today from getting out of the Shwedagon pagoda, the holiest Buddhist shrines in Myanmar. Troops have been stationed in strength to control such movement of monks in Sule pagoda and other vantage points in the city.

Roteracts teams up with Amana Takaful in community service

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Rotary International which was launched in 1905 and expanded throughout the world had a special place for the youth and to formalize the youth related activities in 1962 the Interact Clubs were launched specially to serve the your between the ages of 14 and 18 as they are the future of any country, said Governor Thariq Thulba, Rotary International District 3220. He expressed this view while addressing a Press Briefing held to announce the teaming up of Amana Takaful Insurance with the Interact Clubs to be the strategic partner in the Community Service activities of the Interact clubs under District 3220 during 2007/2008, held in their office at Automobile Association Building in Colombo.

Is Prabhakaran genuine about justice for Tamils?

By Geoffrey Evarts

There is no doubt that the current regime is extremely successful in militarily weakening the LTTE. The present government has also declared that they will pursue the complete annihilation of the LTTE, and then offer a political solution to the ethnic question. And with the way things are going right now, that day doesn’t seem too far off. There is also no doubt that a majority of the average Sinhalese, Tamil, Muslim and other communities in Sri Lanka firmly believe that Sri Lanka is too small an Island to divide into 2 states. Hence, it is only Velupillai Prabhakaran and his men who want a separate “Eelam” and definitely "not" the Tamil Community.

CSW condemns crackdown on Burma protests : Urges Christians around the world to pray for Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today condemned the crackdown against protestors in Burma and called on the international community to take urgent action to bring change to Burma. CSW also encouraged Christians around the world to pray for Burma and urged leaders of international denominations to speak out. Earlier yesterday, Burma’s military regime began attacking and arresting Buddhist monks and civilians following continuing demonstrations in Rangoon and other cities. Despite the crack down, several thousand demonstrators, led by Buddhist monks, continued to march.

Burma juntas brutal crackdown on the peaceful demonstrators condemned

Call to convene the UN Security Council emergency meeting to examine the deteriorating political situation in Burma is being raised by numerous organizations and Government agencies. The latest was from Altsean-Burma which has strongly condemns the SPDC's brutal crackdown against peaceful demonstrators and urges the UN Security Council (UNSC) to convene an emergency meeting to examine the deteriorating political situation in Burma. In a statement, Altsean-Burma said, “We also call on the international community, particularly China, India, and ASEAN countries to increase pressure on the SPDC to immediately cease its violence against unarmed peaceful protesters and to commence political dialogue focused on genuine reforms. We believe that the region's muted response on Burma for the past few weeks has emboldened the regime to be violent.

NOLIMIT awards the grand prize Toyota Avansa

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

NOLIMIT and Glitz Fashion Shore Chain carried out a Promotional Campaign for a period of three months and offered valuable prizes and gifts to those who participated in raffle draws and other competitions. The Campaign has attract more than one and a half million applicants and the first prize of Brand New Toyota Avanza was awarded to D E M Wasalatantry of Negombo at a ceremony held at NOLIMIT shopping complex at Maharagama.

Bangladesh: Army faces first taste of dissent

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

It happened in the most unexpected manner—an objection to an obtrusive head at a football match—that snowballed into riots against the presence of a military picket on campus at the Dhaka University that brought the “army-backed government” face to face with reality or “back to the crossroads” as one commentator put it. Universities and colleges in six major cities had to be closed. The posting of military personnel on campus was part of the larger agenda of preventing students from participating in the activities of the mainstream national parties hitherto sought to be dubbed thoroughly corrupt and its leaders damned to arrest and jail.

Dual Citizenship: Sri Lanka President to consider lowering fee

President Mahinda Rajapaksa assured Sri Lankan expatriates living in the US that their request for lower rates on obtaining dual citizenship would be considered favorably by the Government. Lankans domiciled in New York and the Tri State area made this appeal to President Rajapaksa at a gathering at the New York Buddhist Vihara. The expatriates pointed out that they were keen to respond to the President's earlier call to Lankans living abroad to assist the country's development process. However, the high rates charged by the Lankan immigration authorities for the dual citizenship procedure was a stumbling block, they said.


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