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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

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Lourdes Saab with Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Clinton office rejected and returned campaign funds from LTTE supporters in America

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Leading Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton through her Office in Washington D C announced that they have already rejected the election campaign funds sent by the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) proscribed as an arm of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. A New Jersey resident in U S A, allegedly connected to TRO had sent in the funds. This was revealed to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona and Bernard Goonatilake, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Washington and also to me.

John McCain: Master of the Subtle Art of Compromise

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA

The virtual Republican nominee for president, John McCain, Senator, navy pilot, war veteran, and POW in Vietnam, a pretty impressive record. His most satisfying achievement according to political observers was his ability to reach across the aisle in the US Senate where loggerheaded- partisanship reigns. One of his first efforts was teaming up with John Kerry to help normalize US-Vietnamese relations. He excelled in bipartisanship. It is no mean achievement for a man who was known for his blunt approach, sharp temper, and unwillingness to toe the status quo. Legislation he initiated or coauthored also spoke volumes for his uncanny ability to “tap into other peoples’ desire to join him,” said one close friend.

Heart to Heart Chat with Somawansa - 4

By K T Rajasingham

Somawansa AmerasingheThe J V P Leader Somawansa Amerasinghe expressed the view that they will establish a democracy where everyone would have equal rights. He added “as I told you few days back we will have a political system that we are building at the moment. It is to establish an economy based on both state and private sector. And both sectors will be encouraged by the government and all the support will be given by the government. That is our economic policy. Continuing the discussion JVP Leader Somawansa Amerasinghe stated that a number acts needed to be put together and done simultaneously.
What are those?

Record Crowd Attended Sixtieth Independence Celebration of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles

Lourdes Saab with Jaliya WickramasuriyaSixtieth Sri Lankan Independence Celebration in Los Angeles attracted a record crowd of over 1,000 covering representatives from the Governor’s and Mayor’s Office, County Office of the Board of Supervisors, Consular Corps Members, Officials of the U.S. State Department and other officials. A cross section of the Sri Lankan community gathered at the California State University,Long Beach on February 3rd to celebrate the event. Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya in a press release stated, “We are delighted by the strong showing of unity and patriotism for Sri Lanka on the 6oth Anniversary of her independence. I particularly want to thank my small staff and all the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make the event a great success. This is a good example of how team work and working together forgetting all the differences could achieve. We pray for Sri Lanka’s safety, unity and prosperity now and in the years to come.”

Gains in high cap stocks enables market hold ground

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

According to the HNB Stockbrokers the market had a shaky start responding to the bomb attacks in the Country during the weekend, but thereafter picked up gradually with interest generated on selective stocks, to close the week on a slightly positive note. Hence at week’s close the All Share Price Index (ASPI) gained 10.2 points or 0.42 percent to 2463.8 points while to the contrary, the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) dropped by 29.4 points or 0.94 percent to end at 3123.4 points. Contradicting signals given by the two indices is due to substantial 17 percent and 14 percent price gains of the high-capitalized stocks Carsons & Bukit Darah, which are not included in the Milanka Price Index.

Terrorism Indigenised.. .. ..

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The discovery that terrorist training camps were being run in the dense forests of Dharwad and Uttara Kannada districts of Karnataka should not come as a surprise. It is the same state where the inaccessible jungles had provided a safe sanctuary for a ‘dreaded’ sandalwood smuggler and bandit called Veerappan who was able to stay out of reach of the law for a long time even though some scribes were able to reach his hideout with remarkable ease. But the discovery of these terrorist training camps, following the arrest of suspects, has to be seen as the larger designs of the main exporter from across the border and its efforts to ‘indigenise’ terrorism in India so that it can run on its own steam in the unlikely event of the exporting nation actually forced to dismantle the entire edifice of its officially sponsored terror business.

Excellent Humanitarian Work Continues Under Trying Conditions: ICRC

The escalated fighting in the north and east also posed greater risk for humanitarian workers and complicates aid delivery. However, thanks to its longstanding record as a strictly humanitarian and neutral organization, the ICRC is known and accepted by the parties to the conflict and is thus able to gain access to persons in need of protection or assistance on either side of the front line.

War and Governance

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

These are times which favour the cynics. In his Independence Day Address President Mahinda Rajapakse proved that the APRC was what the cynics said it was: an exercise in deception, an attempt to hoodwink democratic Tamils, India and the International Community. The maximum "this" President is willing to concede in terms of devolution is the continuation of the 'status quo' – which is a "step forward" from his earlier plan to replace provincial councils with district councils and inadequate devolution with administrative decentralisation!

Senator Barrack Obama

Somawansa Amerasinghe

Obama and Clinton Looking for Super Delegates: Primaries Go on Giving Momentum to Obama

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Senator Barrack ObamaAs Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama battle for leadership in the delegate country, Obama quietly swept Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington picking up more delegates. Obama giving a brilliant winning speech last night seemed bent on going for the kill. Clinton was more sobering as she looked ahead to the next round of primaries. The Republicans, though far more satisfied, saw Mike Huckabee win Kansas last night. However, John McCain’s lead over Mike Huckabee is substantial. Huckabee pressed on regardless “he has majored in military affairs, I am a miracle major” seems to be his slogan.