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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

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Ranaviru Sandyawa

Combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations a challenge - Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse while speaking at the banquet in honour of visiting President Maldivian Abdul Gayoom yesterday evening in Colombo pointed out the challenges of an unprecedented scale, such as combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. In his speech, Mahinda Rajapakse emphasised to be conscious of the importance of peace and security for the development the region. He added that success in developing a legal framework of cooperation and assistance will help in promoting regional peace and stability. President went on saying “We are also faced with natural disasters of unprecedented scale such as the tsunami of 2004. Our central goal is to face these challenges and usher in social and economic progress and political stability in a manner, which preserves and enhances our natural spiritual and cultural heritage.”

Time to punish parties who use or abuse children in armed conflicts – UN envoy

US Bureau Asian Tribune Presents

Radhika CoomaraswamyThe Security Council must “take concrete and targeted measures” against those parties that persistently use or abuse children during armed conflicts around the world, the United Nations envoy on the issue said today, urging that well-meaning words be transformed into effective actions. Addressing the Council during a day-long open debate on Monday, 12 February, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy noted the ongoing impunity for those persistent violators that use or abuse children during wars.

Potomac Primaries: Obama Takes the Lead and McCain Sails Smoothly

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sen. Barack Obama The Potomac primaries are over and Barrack Obama and John McCain won them all. After the first 26 contests Obama and Clinton remained neck-and-neck in the pledged delegate count. But by winning the next eight--Washington State, Nebraska, Maine, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Louisiana, District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland (3 Potomac states), Obama has taken the lead of the pledged delegates for good. To be the of the party either Barrack Obama or Hillary Clinton needs to capture 2,025 delegate votes. So far Obama has 1195 delegates and Clinton 1178. Next round of primaries from March 19th to April 8tth will be decisive for both, when Wisconsin, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont and Obama’s birth state, Hawaii select delegates.

Sri Lanka Calls for Paradigm Shift in Environmental Thinking

Addressing a meeting of the UN General Assembly on climate change, Sri Lanka's Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Patali Champika Ranawaka said the degree of impact of climate change varies from country to country. "But the stark reality is that the countries with lower economic status and with low emission levels are the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change," he told delegates. The minister said the present generation, "including you, me and all of us together", have the responsibility of ensuring a better life for future generations.

Sri Lanka's Zero Tolerance on Child Soldiers

Addressing the UN Security Council debate on Children and Armed Conflict, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said the Government of Sri Lanka reiterates its long held policy of zero tolerance towards the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. He said the Government believes strongly in addressing issues of children and armed conflict pursuant to Resolution 1612."And in this context,we reiterate our view that the Security Council must consider this issue on the basis of supporting the establishment of security and consolidating peace in conflict afflicted societies, to enable States to protect their children from non-state actors who violate children with impunity."

Indian fishermen cautioned not to stray and poach in Sri Lanka territorial waters

Indian fishermen were told to avoid entering the Sri Lankan waters and poach in the demarcated High Security Zone. As threats to Sri Lanka’s sovereignty looms large from the sea, Sri Lanka Government is forced to take required actions to defend its sovereignty, pointed out Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, South India. “Therefore the Indian fishermen should refrain from straying into Sri Lanka’s water demarcated as high security zones,” cautioned P.M.Amza, Deputy High Commissioner.

Maldivian President Abdul Gayoom arrived in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse warmly welcomed the Maldivian delegation led by President Abdul Gayoom. The delegation arrived at the Katunayake Airport yesterday afternoon approximately at 1.20 in the afternoon. Maldivian President was received to the island with full state honors at a ceremony attended by several dignitaries including government ministers, ministry secretaries and foreign diplomats. The Maldivian president held a discussion with president Rajapakse at the president’s office yesterday evening. The two leaders were to enter several bilateral agreements.

M J Akbar Speaks out in a Dhaka Diary

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

M J Akbar, an Indian writer, chief editor of the ‘Asian Age’ and former Member of parliament, recently in his column ‘Byline- A Dhaka Diary’ satirically exposed the poorness of leadership of some Asian Muslim countries-like Iraq, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Allah, worried about the fate of the faithful, called a conference of leaders of Muslim nations. The President of Iraq had only one question to ask: "When will I see peace and prosperity in my country?" Allah looked at him compassionately and said that would happen in about a hundred years. The Iraqi President began to weep, saying, "Alas, it will not happen while I am alive!, “ writes Mr Akbar and added: “The President of Pakistan had the same question, but the answer was different. Pakistan, said Allah, would become peaceful and prosperous in about a hundred and fifty years.

"An Evening with the War Heroes," by Ranaviru Foundation USA to Help Sri Lankan Veterans

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Ranaviru Sandyawa, ‘an Evening with the War Heroes’, will be staged by renowned Sri Lanka Defense Forces Cultural Troup in Los Angeles on Saturday February 16, at the Bovard Auditorium, University of Southern California. According to the sponsors Ranaviru Foundation USA, a non-profit charitable organization, all proceeds will go towards the welfare and rehabilitation of disabled veterans in Sri Lanka. Ranaviru Foundation is also sponsoring a raffle with a 2008 Honda Civic car as the grand prize. Raffle tickets are priced at $100.00 each and 1500 tickets will be available for sale. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Ranaviru Sandyawa performance on Saturday.

La’ Affaire Harbhajan

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

La affaire Harbhajan might have come to an end after the ICC-appointed Appeals Commissioner, New Zealander John Hansen overturned the three Test ban on the Indian off spinner while awarding him a ‘lesser’ punishment of imposing a fine of half his match fee. Yet, it may be too early to believe that the ugly fall-out of the incident or incidents during the third cricket Test between India and Australia at Sydney will be quickly erased from memory. Cricketing bodies everywhere need to sit together urgently to go to the root of the problem that leads to the kind of bitterness witnessed in Sydney.

Members of lost generation

Radhika Coomaraswamy

Barrak Obama

Ranaviru Sandyawa

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says sorry to Indigenous Australians

Sumane Liyanaarachchi , Sydney Australia

Members of lost generationThere were emotional tears, sadness and joys across Australia as thousands of people, including some of those forcibly taken from their families, watched the historic, formal apology delivered by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Australian National Parliament this morning. In Canberra hundreds of people packed in the National Parliament, as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd formally apologised for the “ laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss” on the stolen generation.