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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2957

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United States Takes the Lead to Help Bangladesh Emerge from Cyclone Disaster

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Henrietta H. Fore arrives today (November 20) in Bangladesh for a 24-hour visit. During her stay, Fore will observe first-hand the devastation caused by Cyclone Sidr and inspect USAID-funded relief assistance. She will meet with senior government officials to discuss how the United States can continue to assist Bangladesh in this time of need. She will also present an airlift of USAID emergency relief supplies including 300 rolls of plastic sheeting for constructing temporary shelters, 5,000 blankets, 2,500 10-liter water jugs and 2,500 family hygiene kits. The commodities will benefit an estimated 15,000 people. The value of all USAID assistance to date is more than $2.35 million.

Anandasangaree urges Leaders and people of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate against Prabaharan

AnandasangareeIn an emotive appeal V. Anandasangaree has urged the Leaders and the People of Tamil Nadu to demonstrate against Mr. Prabaharan demanding him to cry halt to his meaningless war. He had pointed out that Tamil Nadu not to make a historical blunder by supporting the LTTE. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front told categorically the counter productiveness of the support presently extended by Tamil Nadu and its Leaders to solve the ethnic problem. “Hence I make a strong plea that all concerned parties in Tamil Nadu should forget their differences and work united towards finding a reasonable solution within a United Sri Lanka,” he said.

Losing Endemic to Ranil: Security Pre-empts All

By Philip Fernando from Los Angeles

The dramatic tableau of the Budget debate just concluded saw Ranil Wickremesinghe's credibility plummet to an all-time low. Like the augurs of Roman times used as forecasters or interpreters of thunder and lighting, Ranil's predictions about the impending fall of the Rajapaksa government were not fulfilled but crash landed, reducing him to just a run-of-the-mill politician. He had re-defined his parliamentary role "leading the opposition" to a damning demolition derby trying to destroy an elected government like when he once did dethroning Chandrika Kumaratunga with political skullduggery.

UNP to protest on the Budget again on December 14, JVP will 'decide depending on the circumstances'

By Joseph Thavaraja

The main opposition party UNP will vote against the Budget -2008 after the conclusion of the final debate scheduled for December 14, said UNP's Tissa Attanayake speaking immediately after yesterday’s Budget vote. In the meantime, Wimal Weerawansa of JVP, who also spoke in the aftermath of today's vote said that the JVP will decide their stance based on the developments on December 14. Yesterday's Budget debate and voting has been one of the most closely watched Budget votes ever in the Sri Lanka's 225 members Parliament.

Dhaka Diary : Cyclone Hits Bangladesh Coastal areas

By Rabindranath Trivedi – for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

The resurrection of Cyclone in Bangladesh coast , after alternate two decades , is synonymous with the inner conflict of people and governance in Bangladesh. ` Cyclone is an event in nature that is not fully understood; like Bangladesh politics is a phenomenon of the sixties. The Cyclone in November 1970 was the first turning course of actions in the Bangladesh history. The people of Bangladesh realized how fragile and unreal was the tie of the so-called ‘Islamic brotherhood’ and one nation-hood with the Pakistanis. This aftermath behaviour of the central government of Pakistan made people compel to give a befitting reply in the ensuing first ever general election in December 1970.

Sri Lanka: Vehicle Emission Testing programme

By Quintus Perera from Colombo

As a result of a citizen going to the Supreme Court in 1998, to get an assurance to breath fresh air the initiative to alleviate the air pollution was set in motion by the authorities and after nearly 10 long years, things appear to be moving to put a stop to vehicle emissions as the government has awarded the task to two private companies – CleanCo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Laugfs Eco Sri (Pvt) Ltd to test and issue emission certificates and they are expected to commence work in April next year. Obtaining of the certificate would be mandatory.

Sri Lanka – The business of ‘Peace’

By Palitha Senanayake.

Gehan Perera, the Director General of the ‘National Peace Council’(NGO) condemned the killing of S.P. Tamilselvan through his newspaper columns and his e mail circulars stating that the ‘killing of leaders will not solve the problem’. The way he phrases his condemnations it appears to the average reader that his reasoning is magnanimous and he has a large heart. But beyond that seemingly harmless façade of magnanimity and sympathy the discerning reader should note that that the quintessence of his writings is to confer the title of ‘a leader’ on Thamilselvan and then to place him in par with other leaders who have been killed as a result of this conflict!

Oriflame captures appreciable share in the market

By Quintus Perera in Colombo

Oriflame performances are expanding all over the world while in the Asian Region, among India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka’s performances is the highest of 61 percent growth, while the sales force grew by 50 percent, said Per Gunnarsson, Oriflame Sri Lanka Managing Director, last week at Galle Face Hotel. Greatly encouraged by the high performance Oriflame Sri Lanka introduced several children’s products - Kids' Range - to the Sri Lankan market. They are Oriflame Tear Free Hair and Body Wash, Oriflame Buddle Bath, Oriflame Detangling Spray for children and old people.

Dear Oil

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

It is really funny even though it hurts. Oil prices first rocketed in the 1970s, leaving the world in a state of shock. Within a matter of few months after the Arab-Israel war in 1973 oil prices shot up from 3 dollars a barrel to 11 dollars a barrel. Ever since we have been hearing about oil prices heading for the skies—when they were 25 dollars a barrel, when they jumped to 50 dollars a barrel and now when they break the 100 dollar ‘barrier’. But if we take inflation into account, the 100 dollars a barrel barrier was breached back in early 1980s!

Budget - 2008: We will vote against even on the third reading – JVP Leader

The leader of JVP Somawansa Amarasinghe says that his party will vote against the Budget even on its third reading scheduled for December 14. "We will maintain the same stand of yesterday's second reading. But we will observe political developments in the next few weeks" Mr. Amarasinghe said speaking to the press today. Yesterday's Budget debate and voting has been one of the most closely watched one ever in the Sri Lanka's 225 members Parliament. Sri Lanka's ruling party managed to pass its crucial vote on the Budget with a majority of 16 votes - 118 votes in favor and 102 votes against.