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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

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Taslima Nasreen

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery ends 2 December: free entry

The 2009 DV Lottery Program ends on December 2, 2007, and interested applicants should be sure to apply before the deadline. The DV Lottery, or Green Card lottery, allows randomly selected applicants to immigrate to the United States on an expedited basis, provided they meet all the criteria. A person may only enter the lottery if he or she has: 1) citizenship of a qualifying country (Sri Lanka and the Maldives both qualify); and 2) either a high school equivalent education (Six GCE O-Levels including compulsory subjects) or work experience within the past five years in a profession that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform.

Taslima Nasreen: The Daughter of Eternal Bangladesh on the run in India -4

Rajen Thakur for Asian Tribune

Taslima NasreenIslam's conquest of India was incomplete. The South in India never fully fell under Islam. Majority of the Indians continued being Hindu and maintained their culture even though they labored under Islamic weight. Contrast the situation in India with Islamic conquest of Byzantium, Constantinople, Persia, Egypt, North Africa and Eastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, etc). Here, the local cultures and indigenous religious groups (Pagans, Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians) could not and did not withstand Islamic pressure and they succumbed. The Berbers of North Africa (the dominant ethnic strain in Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, etc) have
been Arabized. Africans in northern Sudan identify themselves as Arabs.

SAPPTA Pushing for Spice Production on Plantations

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Expansion of growing more spices should take place to meet the high demand in the global export market. This can only be achieved by getting the plantation sector involved in producing spices. There is a great potential in increasing our exports of Cinnamon, Pepper and Cloves as there is a ready market for these spices in the world markets.

First imported four seater Electric car on SL roads

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Local leading inventor and the Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa Dr.Ray Wijewardana says that he had never used petrol shed during the past few years due to the non use of fossil fuel car. Dr.Wijewardana uses electric operated car -Reva - an Indian motor car and said he spends only a few cents to charge his car and complete his day to day transport needs. Speaking after the launching of new Electric Car Electtrica on Tuesday. Dr.Wijeyawardana said that Sri Lanka needs green cars to protect the environment and save money.

India’s Pernicious Politics of Backwardness

Professor P. Radhakrishnan

When judicial populism, political opportunism, and executive excesses wreck well-conceived Constitutional provisions for social engineering and make them counter-productive, it must be the duty of concerned intellectual activists to caution the nation of the pernicious consequences and work for instilling the much needed social sanity and sensitivity in the dramatis personae. Arun Shourie is one of a kind of this rare breed of activists. In his view those who are making the new India by their innovations, hard work and by striving for excellence must speak up; they must organise. He has spoken up, and organised – as a one-man army through, among other things, his present book.

Nugegoda Bombing: Brutality had so hardened in their hearts that the LTTE will never reform themselves – Anandasangaree

Brutality had so hardened in their hearts that the LTTE will never reform themselves, says V.Anandasangaree who condemned the brutal attack on the innocent civilians at the Nugegoda junction by the LTTE, by exploding a bomb which caused the death of 17 people and injured over thirty five others. “While condemning this cruel act,” Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) in a press release said, “I express my deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of both incidents and plead with the people to keep calm without giving vent to their feelings and to see to the safety of the minorities living in their midst.

Storm-Stricken Bangladesh Gets Aid from U.S. Marines, Sailors

Daya Gamage - US Bureau Asian Tribune

Twenty-four hundred U.S. Marines and sailors are helping the Bangladeshi government provide clean water, medical aid, food and other relief supplies to victims of Cyclone Sidr, the most severe storm to hit the country since 1991, says U.S. State Department announcement in its USINFO official web portal.

UN chief condemns Sri Lanka attacks

Ban Ki-moonUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced outrage at yesterday's twin suicide attacks in the Sri Lankan capital, which have killed or wounded dozens of people, and of the aerial assault on a United Nations aid office in the far north of the troubled country. The statement from Mr. Ban's spokesperson noted that he was also concerned about yesterday's aerial attack in the town of Kilinochchi in which the office of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) was damaged.

Sri Lanka and Iran condemned terrorism as a phenomenon and called for the creation of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East

Sri Lanka and Iran condemned terrorism as a phenomenon, which is increasingly threatening our world and stressed the need for international cooperation to deal with the root causes of this problem. In a joint statement released at the end of the visit of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, upon the invitation of D. Mohmoud Ahmadi Nejad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, both leaders discussed the current important regional and international developments and stated that unilateral and interventionist policies are against the principles of democracy and harm world peace and stability. The two sides, while reiterating the importance of removing all nuclear weapons from the world, called for the creation of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.

Sri Lanka : "Groundless" allegations could threaten aid work - UN official

“Groundless public accusations can seriously compromise our ability to carry out humanitarian and development work and are also putting the safety and security of UN staff and non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners at risk,” Neil Buhne, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Sri Lanka, said in a recent statement released by the UN Inter Agency Standing Committee (ISAC) country team. Buhne’s warning came in response to recent accusations against the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by members of the Sri Lankan opposition, widely circulated in the local press.

Godhra Carnage Vs. Pundits Exodus

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

On-again, off-again nature of talk about 2002 Gujarat riots, on the heels of Godhra carnage, is preposterous. It is outrageous and disgusting to raise such issues, rendered irrelevant with the passage of time, to tarnish the image of India, booming with economic activity. It is disrespectful to the nation of one billion people. The so-called ‘Tehelka expose’ has, in fact, exposed the hollowness of pseudo-secularists, who flourish on such ‘gossip’. Such loose discussions, brought to the fore repeatedly, should be put to an end once for all. The drum-beaters of secularism are deliberately orchestrating of what they call ‘sting operation’, when the Assembly elections in Gujarat are approaching. It is the height of stupidity to claim that the ‘expose’ just ‘coincided’ with the announcement of the Assembly poll in Gujarat.

Provincial awards completed and now awaits Grand Awards for the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the year 2006

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Now that all the Provincial award winners of the Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 has been complete, Sri Lanka’s entrepreneurs now eagerly look forward to the most prestigious award of the year organized by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka – The Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 that would take place on the 30th November at the BMICH.


.Dr.Ray and Mr.Nissanka with the new car

Shouries Book

Benard Goonatilake

Ban Ki-moon