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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554

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Whither democracy in America?

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

America goes to the poll in November of this year to elect its president. While in recent weeks the list of candidates from the two major political parties has narrowed down significantly it is not yet clear as to which party will eventually capture the citadel of power. One thing is, however, clear: for the first time in the last half a century a senator (and not a governor) will head for the White House. Notwithstanding all the excitement generated by the coming election, one should not lose thought of the bigger reality that there is a deep disquieting deterioration of democratic powers in America today. In 1980 the right-wing coalition of Christian Conservatives (whom Professor Cornel West of Princeton University calls the Constantinian Christians) and Jewish neoconservatives (the modern-day Judean High Priests) helped to elect Ronald Reagan. The fact that 35 percent of the most liberal group – American Jews – voted for Reagan was a discerning moment in American history forewarning what was to expect later.

Sangaree expresses shock over JHU and MEP withdrawing from APRC for not including TMVP

The Tamil United Liberation Front Leader V. Anandasangaree expressed shock and concern over the decision by the JHU and MEP for withdrawing from the All Party Representative Committee for not including TMVP in the Committee. Anandasangaree said in a statement, “I am perturbed over the decision of the APRC to postpone the meeting of the APRC due to the objections raised by the representatives of some political parties demanding the inclusion of the T.M.V.P. at its deliberations. I understand that the T.M.V.P. has claimed that they are the real representatives of the Eastern People and that no deliberations can take place without their participation." He categorically said that first and foremost the claim of anybody that they are the real representatives of the East should not be entertained. He pointed out that such a claim is almost similar to the claim of the L.T.T.E. that they are the sole representatives of the Tamil People.

Obituary: A Legendary Bangladesh Editor passes away

Rabindranath Trivedi for AsianTribune

BBazlur Rahmanazlur Rahman, a legendary editor of the Bengali daily Sangbad and a freedom fighter, died Tuesday, 26th February night from a massive heart attack. He was 67. Bazlur started his career as a reporter with the Sangbad in 1961. Born on August 3, 1941 in Baneshwardi village under Nokla of Sherpur, he graduated in economics from Dhaka University. He joined Sangbad in 1961 and worked there till death. His worked for daily Ittefaq for some time before joining Sangbad. A progressive thinker, Bazlur Rahman also worked for the weekly Ekota, mouthpiece of the Communist Party, in 1960s. He also served the party as a member of its secretariat for quite a few years. He was actively involved in politics of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, and National Awami Party (Mozaffar) at a point of his life.

Time to invest in real estate

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A group of property developers and building construction contractors held a joint press conference in a bid to inform the general public about certain misconceptions on their industry held at Nawaloka Hospital premises. Managing Director Sanken Lanka Ranjith Gunatilleke, Director HR Residencies Ananda Jayasekere, General Manager Nawaloka Construction Kalana Alwis, Chairman Benison International Dr Sunil De Silva and General Manager Marketing City Developers, Prasad Moraes, addressed the media. Gunatilleke said that there is a misconception among the people that real estate prices would tumble further. He said that on the contrary they are going to escalate by over a 100 percent soon due to price increases in material, labour, transport, overheads, service connections, as well as the new tax levied by the government whereby 5 percent of the total construction cost has to be paid to the UDA even before construction starts.

Sri Lanka: UNICEF 100 % committed to complete additional 11 schools

UNICEF says that it will support the Government of Sri Lanka to complete an additional 11 tsunami-affected schools in the southern and eastern provinces. It has issued a notice for expressions of interest from construction management companies, which will be published in newspapers this Sunday nationwide. Speaking from Colombo, UNICEF’s Chief of Education, Ita Sheehy, said that there was no question that UNICEF will finish the schools, noting that it has already completed 15 schools in Sri Lanka with six more due to open by June 2008.

Dr Manmohan Singh avoids saying Naga integration issue at Kohima

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Sensing the sensitivity of the nature of the Naga integration issue, the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has tactfully avoided mentioning about the contentious point (Naga integration issue) while addressing a mammoth Congress Party election rally here at Kohima Local Ground on Tuesday. He however assured the people of Nagaland that the Congress Party would do “whatever is required to address all the genuine aspirations of the Naga people.” It may be mentioned that the election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) that said the “Indian National Congress in Nagaland will continue to urge upon the Government of India the need to implement the 16-Point Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit,” had already created furor in neighboring Manipur demanding even to the extent of removing the text from the “manifesto.”

CACCI president and delegation visit Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

An eight member delegation, led by CACCI President Harvey Chang, President, Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) came to Sri Lanka on a two day visit. CACCI delegation held a meeting with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and also expressed their delight on the hospitality afforded to them. CCC has arranged the CACCI delegation with President Mahinda Rajapakshe, Prime Minister, Rathnasiri Wickramanayake, Minister of Export Development and International Trade, Prof. G.L. Peiris and the Chairman of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka, Dhammika Perera.

President identifies shortcomings in the national economic policy

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

President Mahinda Rajapakse identifies shortcomings in the national economic policy as the source of the issue of shanty dwellers. He noted that the shortage of dwellings for the masses drawn into the country's economic centre Colombo has resulted in illegal construction. The president said the target of the government is to ensure that each family has a house. As a result the government is implementing programmes such as "Diyawara" which solves the housing problem of fishermen and "Arunodaya" which addresses the problems of shanty dwellers.

Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta -The Bangali Nationalist Leader of bygone days - Part-III

Rabindranath Trivedi for Asian Tribune

From 1955 to 1958 they shared power with the Muslims, both at the centre and in East Pakistan, with the exception of the two months of I. I. Chundrigar ministry in 1957. They received ministerial rewards disproportionate to their size. The Abu Hussein Sarkar ministry had four Hindu representatives in a cabinet of ten. They were also successful in implementing the 23 per cent service quota for the Hindus. Most importantly, Hindu collaboration with the coalition governments resulted in a sense of security among the ordinary Hindus. They shed their fear, and their migration to India dropped considerably. Thus this period has been described by the Hindu leaders as the time when the Hindu minority lived most happily in East Pakistan.

Ram in India & Indonesia

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

The Congress is in a dilemma, whether to go ahead with the Rs –2600 crore Sethusamudram project to please ally DMK or abandon it for the sake of Ram with an eye on conservative Hindu votes. In fact, the Congress is excessively worried—and in trouble too—about the expert Committee’s report on the project, that Ramayana was just a "Fairy tale, without factual basis". The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project was set-up to look into various concerns raised by the BJP, its allied parties and a number of individuals. The report has quoted two German scholars, calling the Ramayana a ‘fairy tale’.

Bazlur Rahman

French TV Report about Ethnic Cleansing by Government in Colombo, A Canard: Embassy in Paris Protests

Sri Lankan Embassy in France has strongly objected to France 24, an English TV channel distorting the situation in Sri Lankan when they broadcast a the special report "Sri Lanka:Tamil Mothers Waiting for Their Sons,". 'Asian Tribune' published news of this Special report yesterday. The Embassy stated that the special report was one-sided, factually inaccurate and exaggerated. The Embassy has insisted that if the Special Report is to be telecast once again on February 29, 2008, the Sri Lankan Ambassador in France be allowed to have a slot in that programme to clarify the position.