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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Malini Fonseka

Terror Threats Weigh on U.N. Staff Abroad

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations is living under the shadow of terrorist threats, forcing some of its field staff to work from the safety of their homes. The attack on the U.N. premises in Algeria last month that claimed the lives of 17 staff members -- the second such attack after the August 2003 bombing of the U.N. compound in Baghdad -- has jolted the Secretariat in New York. "With the United Nations increasingly becoming a target around the world, no efforts should be spared to protect its staff, beginning with an independent investigation and the transparent sincerity of its purpose," says the New York-based U.N. Staff Union.

McCain and Romney in Front: Giuliani needs a Miracle to Pull an Upset

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sen. John McCain John McCain received two major endorsements: popular governor of Florida Charlie Christ and Cuban-born Senator Mel Martinez announced their support to his candidacy. He seemed edging Mitt Romney as both expressed confidence about the primary in Florida. Polls indicate that Rudy Giuliani may need a miracle to pull an upset. Both Giuliani and Mike Huckabee are still expressing hope about winning though. Republicans are basking in the limelight as Florida is the only primary on Tuesday. The spell-binding South Carolina primary on Saturday where Barrack Obama got an outstanding win almost dwarfed Florida in media attention.

Samak Sundaravej will be elected as 25th Thai Prime Minister today

Samak SundaravejThai Parliament when it meets today is expected elect Samak Sundaravej, a veteran Thai politician and the leader of the People Power Party as the new Prime Minister of Thailand. Party spokesman Kuthep Saikrachang said after a party meeting on Sunday,that Samak had told members, he was ready to lead the country, and intended to remain in office for a full term. Samak is expected to receive 312 votes in a Parliament of 480 Members, from government MPs, excluding those from the House speaker and his two deputies, who cannot vote while presiding over the chamber. The Cabinet, which will consist of both parliamentarians and technocrats, will be completed in the two days after Samak receives royal endorsement as prime minister, Kuthep said.

Soeharto died, funeral today

SoehartoFormer Indonesian president Soeharto has died on January 27, at Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta, at the age of 86. Soeharto, who ruled the world's fourth-most populous country, in iron-fist for more than three decades, was admitted to the hospital on January 4 and died around 1.10 PM on Sunday of multiple organ failure. He suffered his first multiple organ failure a week after he was admitted to hospital with heart, lung and kidney problems. Dr Mardjo Soebiandono, chief of the doctors who treated former strongman, announced the former leader's dead, flanked by three of Suharto's six children, who were in tears.

Sri Lanka: 187,500 Internally Displaced Persons

Updated figures of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka as of 31 December 2007 of those IDP movements after 7 April 2006, has been established to be 187,850 persons. Of this number, 31,843 still remain in welfare centres or temporary accommodation centres, while 156,007 are said to live with friends and relatives. However, numbers given for Killinochchi, Mullativu and the Southern part of Jaffna cannot be verified. This data is contained in a compilation published on 17 January 2008 by the Ministry of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services, the Ministry of Nation Building and Development and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Legendary Screen Actress Malini Fonseka Honoured in Los Angeles

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Malini FonsekaSri Lankans gathered in large numbers in Los Angeles to honor legendary actress Malini Fonseka at a special dinner hosted by the Consular General of Sri Lanka Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Mrs. Wickramasuriya and the Consulate staff. The event was well attended by representative groups of the community, Associations, renowned artists and actors and well wishers and fans of actress Malini Fonseka. At a special ceremony Malini Fonseka was presented with an Appreciative Plaque by the Consulate General of Los Angeles Jaliya Wickramasuriya for services rendered by the famed actress to Sri Lanka and the cinematic art.

Sri Lanka Alert – a new think tank to promote peace and national interests

A group of leading professionals have joined to set up Sri Lanka Alert – an independent think tank with a commitment to preserve the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka and protect the interests of the Nation.. Unlike other NGOs living off foreign funds Sri Lanka Alert is a self-financing body with no links to foreign agencies. The Board of Management of Sri Lanka Alert includes H L de Silva President’s Counsel, an eminent lawyer and former Permanent Representative to the UN, Professor G.H. Peiris, Gomin Dayasri, Attorney-at-Law and a delegate to the peace negotiations at Geneva, Neville Laduwahetty, a public intellectual, Major General Lalin Fernando (Retired), Hope Todd and Mrs. P. T. Hussan.

Sri Lanka's first Natural Mineral Water by Pership out in the market

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Pership Integrated Solutions, a company involved in shipping and airlines business as their core activates has now ventured to diversify into drinking water business. They have become the first in Sri Lanka to market manufactured Natural Mineral Water and it is branded as “Silver Springs” With the claim of being the only Natural Mineral Water manufactured in Sri Lanka, Silver Springs has long held a responsibility towards the consumer, the responsibility of providing the discerning Sri Lankan consumer with a product of guaranteed international quality at an afordable price. The producers are adopting the most stingent measures in bottling, packaging and delivery of Silver Springs to the market.

Coup attempt that nearly ignited a religious war

Janaka Perera

Lest we forget January 27 marked an important mile stone in Sri Lanka's national revival campaign that continued after February 4, 1948. It was the crushing in 1962 of the military and police officers coup. In its wake was born the Bauddha Jaathika Balavegaya or the BJB (Buddhist National Force) led by L.H. Mettananda. The coup was an eye-opener to the island's Buddhist majority which realized that a non-Buddhist minority still wielded real power in the country, even though the British had left our shores 14 years before after doing everything possible to undermine the Buddha Sasana and Buddhist culture for during their 133-year colonial rule.

First ever Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The first ever Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism will take place on 28th January at the Presidential Secretariat and President Mahinda Rajapakse is schedule to make the presentations. The event is organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority and Dialog Telekom are the sponsors. The awards are made in order to recognize the contributions made to the tourism industry by persons and institutions. The event will feature special award categories for tourism legends and pioneers through which significant contributions made by leaders in the industry in the past will be recognized.

Samak Sundaravej

Samak Sundaravej


Samak Sundaravej - the new Prime Minister of Thailand

Samak SundaravejThailand's newly elected House of Representatives elected today People Power Party leader Samak Sundaravej as the country's new prime minister. A total of 310 MPs voted to endorse the nomination of People Power Party leader Samak Sundaravej as a candidate for the post of prime minister. After this, House Speaker Yongyuth Tiyapairat will propose Samak for Royal endorsement. Samak then will form his government. The sharp tongued ultraconservative Samak Sundaravej, who heads the People's Power Party succeeds Thaksin Shinwatara, who was ousted in September 2006, by a bloodless coup, when he was away from the country in New York, to attend the General Assembly session of the United Nations.