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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2492

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UN Security Council Commends Sri Lanka for Steps Taken To Prevent Child Recruitment for Armed Conflict

Daya Gamage – UN National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Working Group of the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict at its special session in New York Thursday February 21 expressed serious concern about continuing recruitment of children by the LTTE and the Karuna Faction while commending the Government of Sri Lanka for actions taken to follow-up on recommendations made by the Working Group at its meeting last year, and for the commitment of the Government to work with the Working Group of the Security Council to eradicate the recruitment of children for violent purposes. The Working Group will formulate its conclusions and recommendations shortly on the basis of presentations made by Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, and the Sri Lanka delegation as well as views of the member States of the Security Council.

Katankudy Sufi Muslims Prevented from Entering Their Homes

Tension mounted yesterday, as a group of minority Muslims tried to return to their homes in Katankudy in Batticoloa as ordered by the Supreme Court. They were prevented from occupying the homes they had left during times of religious violence in 2004 and 2006. Nearly 500 Sufi Muslims, thus, had to go away to their temporary abodes away from their traditional Katankudy homes. The matter will now be reviewed by the Supreme Court on February 27th according to those who described their ordeal to the "Asian Tribune." Periodic religious clashes between the Sufis and the majority Wahabists were reported frequently in the past. The matter received the attention of the Supreme Court which ordered the Sufis to return to Katankudy.

Navy Petty Office Bandara for Ranaviru Sandyawa cultural show in New York

The world famous cultural troupe of the Sri Lanka defense forces will perform in New York on February 24th. They have already performed in UK, France, Australia and California to full houses and rave reviews, and the New York "Ranaviru Sandyawa" promise to be an evening of vibrant music and dance as well. The entire proceeds will go towards the welfare and rehabilitation of disabled Sri Lankan war veterans and their families.The brave act and vigilance of Petty Officer NWSI Bandara of the Sri Lanka Navy, had averted a large-scale carnage and mayhem at the Sunday fair in Anuradhapura on 10th February 2008. PO Bandara who was commended by the Commander of the Navy for his brave act, will be attending this event as a special guest.

United Nations Angela Kane, a Seasoned Troubleshooter In International Conflicts, Focuses on Sri Lanka Issue

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Ms. Angela Kane, Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs of the United Nations is in Sri Lanka this week at the request of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The UN spokesman, announcing her scheduled visit to this South Asian nation Tuesday 19 February, said that “the primary purpose of her visit is to review the work of the United Nations Country Team in Sri Lanka in all key areas” and that the visit was “part of her regular consultations in the areas of her responsibility.” The UN spokesman did not elaborate what her ‘areas of responsibility’ were but sounded as if it were an inspection tour in UN facilities in Sri Lanka.

Industrial Development Minister Worries on the Interference on Ministry Matters by Another Minister

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Minister Kumar Welgama, Minister for Industrial Development said one of the leading ministers in the present government interferes and intimidates his Ministry matters and trying to show a false heaven for the masses. Addressing a news conference today at his ministry premises Minister Welgama said that the Engineering Services Minister Dr.Rajitha Senaratne tried to forward a cabinet memorandum on local cement sector without his consent as the Industrial Development Minister.

Assam Congress is in deep water

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

The alarm bells for the Gogoi-led Assam Congress had already started ringing in 2006 when Badruddin Ajmal's nascent Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) snatched 10 assembly seats from its minority strongholds in the general poll. Eastern Crescent, an English monthly from Mumbai, had carried cover story on the issue in May 2006 and opined that in post -AUDF Assam the vote-bank politicking of the Congress to secure Muslim support will be genuinely challenged. EC also pointed out that the emergence of AUDF was unlike other Muslim-led political parties in post-independent India because Maulana Ajmal, a visionary for some, had chosen to tread on the thorny political path and would woo the voters with full vigor. By the beginning of 2008, Ajmal, the perfume merchant, is turning into a mature politician, trying to raise the political consciousness of minorities in Assam beyond the constricting real politick of the Congress.

NIIT and Open University (UK) Launch first top-up degree programme in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

NIIT, leading Global Talent Development Corporation and Asia’s largest trainer has announced that it will offer B.Sc. (Hons) Computing and its Practice top up degree program of the prestigious Open University of UK, to its DNIIT (Hons) students in Sri Lanka. Students who have successfully completed 2 ½ years of DNIIT (Hons), can now have opportunity to join the OU degree program.

Navy Scored a Direct Hit on Falling Spy Satellite

By Philip Fernando in Seattle

The USS Lake Erie launches a Standard Missile-3 The US Navy shot down the spy satellite free falling to earth last night. “Asian Tribune” reported the news of the planned shoot-down last week. The remnants of the destroyed satellite are being tracked over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It appears that the shattered parts are too small to cause any damage on earth, according to the US military. They were certain that everything went as planned, just hours after a Navy missile scored a direct hit on the failing satellite.

Clinton-Obama Debate: Most Likely A Farewell for One of Them

By Philip Fernando in Seattle

Enthusiasm and power versus experience and poise: the titans met in a classic debate last night. Most believed that it is was a dead heat. Barrack Obama, the front runner and Hillary Clinton, the indefatigable fighter clashed at times but for the most part were courteous. One of them was saying farewell before one of the largest audiences in recent memory to watch them debate so well. No matter what happens we are going to be fine, said Hillary Clinton and everyone broke out in loud applause. Some said that it was the fond farewell—but by whom. Only the next two primaries in Ohio and Texas on March 2 will tell.