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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Somawansa Amerasinghe

Brass-Knuckled Punching by Obama, Clinton and McCain

Hillary Clinton

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

It is time for brass knuckles to deliver punches that hurt and exacerbate the damage. Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton are really on the war path. Boosted by eight straight primary wins Obama traced the present economic downturn in the US economy to failed pacts with North and South America and China of the Clinton era. Hillary Clinton, now the underdog hit back with a vengeance painting Obama as hiding under sugar-coated orations to evade tough questions and predicted big victories in Ohio and Texas on March 4. John McCain seemed to hint that hope espoused by Obama was mere platitudes with little substance. Between now and March 5th the debate would even get hotter according to most observers.

Muslims Community condemns reprinting of Danish cartoons

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has expressed their strongest condemnation over the reprinting of a series of caricatures of Prophet Mohamed in Denmark, which caused a great deal of controversy two years ago, have been again reprinted. Muslims have pointed out that such caricatures are extremely hurtful to all peace loving Muslims and not just those fanatical extremists who have tarnished the image of Islam. According to A. Abdul Aziz, Press Secretary, of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamath of Sri Lanka, "Let there be no doubt that such caricatures are extremely provocative and inflammatory."

JVP Plans to Challenge APRC Proposals Legally

Somawansa AmerasingheSomawansa Amerasinghe JVP Leader Somawansa Amerasinghe talks today of their plan to challenge the All Party Representative Committee proposals in the law courts of Sri Lanka. He said that according to his observation this was the beginning of a move to bring about federalism in the country. The JVP is of the view that there seems to be a move to ultimately merge the Northern and Eastern provinces that were de-merged by a Supreme Court decision. He said “we have a special committee, and we have already discussed with the lawyers. So what we say is that they have no mandate, the President have no mandate to take such drastic steps.”

Burma’s Referendum Will Be Nonsense without Essential Human Rights

By Zin Linn

The average population of Burma disapproved of the junta's abrupt statements made recently as nothing but duplicity. The regime is attempting to legalize the military dictatorship with a sham constitution and multiparty elections. Most citizens believe that the junta's referendum to approve a new constitution and new election as a declaration of war against the people of Burma. There is a conventional joke in Burma. The military dictator of Burma, Than Shwe, is just like a madman sitting in the middle of a stairway. Nobody knows of his idea when he will climb up or climb down in the staircase. But now, he has made a knee-jerk reaction. To everyone's amazement, he jumped out of the stairway unexpectedly. May he fall by head or fall on feet is a puzzle for people.

Maldives and Sri Lanka agreed to strengthen bilateral relations

In a joint statement issued after the conclusion of a two state visit to Sri Lanka by Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, it was mutually agreed between Sri Lanka and Maldives to enhance the existing close relations between the two countries, and expressed confidence that President Gayoom’s successful state visit to Sri Lanka would further strengthen the friendly relations and cooperation which are at all time high. Presidents of Sri Lanka and Maldives jointly chaired a session of highest-level ‘Bilateral Consultations,’ at Sri Lanka’s Presidential Secretariat. They reiterated their commitment to the promotion of economic development and social progress. They also agreed to expand and diversify the bilateral cooperation and maintain regular high level exchanges.

Human Rights a Matter for Concern in Chittagong Hill Tracts in Dhaka

Last week a 17-member civil society delegation led by Pankaj Bhattachariya, Vice President of Sammilita Samajik Andolon held roundtable conference on their recent visit to Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and expressed concern about the uneasy situation prevailing there. Numerous allegations, including intimidation and eviction of indigenous people by Bengali settlers, with the from the government agencies and the inability of the Jumma people to get back their land as well as other instances of threats to human rights had surfaced. Tension between the Muslim-Bengali and Buddhist groups was also noticeable according to some reports.

Mahinda Rajapakse renders commendable service for Sri Lanka

Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom says President Mahinda Rajapakse has rendered a commendable service for the development of the country while boosting cooperation among different communities. The visiting Maldivian President made this statement when he met the Sri Lankan President yesterday. He extended the support of his country to Sri Lanka's fight against terrorism. Speaking on the occasion, President Rajapakse pointed out the importance of having a cooperative mechanism to resolve problems common to the region.

Nalandians to Offer Scholarships to Children of Veterans

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Nalanda College Old Boys Association of America ( NCOBAA)in association with Seva Vanitha Army Branch in Sri Lanka launch “Ranaviru Kids Fund in USA” to offer financial assistance for the education of needy children of disabled and deceased Armed Forces Veterans. The most deserving eligible children are selected by a committee of Seva Vanitha Army Branch.

Hillary Clinton

Government refutes false propaganda

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says propaganda carried out by certain parties regarding foreign aid received by Sri Lanka could not be accepted. The Minister added at a meeting to covey cabinet decisions today said certain groups are attempting to fulfill their personal political ambitions by focusing on a statement alleged to have been made by the Japanese special peace envoy Yashushi Akashi. Minister Abeywardena also said Sri Lanka’s foreign relations have been strengthened. Palestine for the first time has joined Sri Lanka’s tourism activities.