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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Grain shortage

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Union Agriculture Minister, Sharad Pawar is optimistic that food grain production would reach a record level this year. His ministry officials have just revised the production estimates to 219.32 million tonnes, up from the previous estimate of 217.28 MT. Despite his optimism there are some worrying aspects on the food front with prospects of wheat shortage looming large, helped by fast rising international market price of wheat and many other commodities that constitute the basket of staple diet.

LTTE is moving to an irreversible final collapse

By Walter Jayawardhana

A research paper published by Israel and South Asian Intelligence Review said the Tamil Tigers are marching towards an irreversible final collapse. Professor Emeritus of the Peradeniya University G.H. Peiris in a research paper published in the website of the International Institute of Counter Terrorism of Israel said that although during former crises the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had the inner resilience for recovery, the losses it suffered more recently “appear to constitute an irreversible and aggravating trend” that could lead to its “final collapse“.

Mississippi State with Forty Delegates Polls Tomorrow

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Mississippi goes to the polls tomorrow to elect forty delegates to the Democratic convention. With eight weeks of primaries already completed, Barrack Obama leads the all-important delegate count. According to pollsters Obama had had 1,588 delegates to 1,468 to Hillary Clinton. A total of 2,025 are needed to win the party's nomination to stand in the November polls, and the party's 795 delegates are certain to play a deciding role in who is eventually crowned the nominee.

Batticaloa District Goes T M V P Way at First-ever Polls In Over Decade

The first ever local government elections in the Batticaloa district show Thamail Makkal Viduthalal Pulikal lead by Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan alias Pillaiyan, making a clean sweep in six of the pradeshiya sabhas where results were announced so far. The six sabhas including Batticoloa Municipality went TMVP way and they won them handily. Contrary to speculation from some quarters, including certain media institutions, no election-related incidents had been reported by the time polls closed today, according to Kinsley Rodrigo of the election-monitoring outfit Peoples' Alliance for Free and Fair Elections - PAFFEREL. The elections were eagerly awaited by the people of the Eastern Province as they went to the polls showing the country that the newly liberated areas were ready for full-blown democracy. Campaigning was brisk and participation high.

Buddhist blessings for new Hindu temple site in Berlin

By Janaka Perera

Sri Lankan Buddhist monks on Mahasivarathri Day March 7 blessed a site situated in Berlin, Germany, on which is planned the construction of Europe's second largest Hindu temple. The proposed temple's custodians are Indian Hindus who have received land in the city of Berlin free of charge from the German Government for building the Temple. Since no Hindu priests are presently living there, the founding members invited two Sinhala bhikkus currently residing in the Berlin Buddhist Vihara or Das Buddhistische Haus (The Buddhist House in Frohnau, Berlin) continental Europe 's main Theravada Buddhist temple to officiate at the foundation stone-laying ceremony.

India Talks of Peace and Welcomes Sri Lankan Army Commander: LTTE Denounces India's Duplicity

Calling it another historic blunder by India, the LTTE has condemned India welcoming Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. It also pooh poohed India's apparent commitment to a peaceful solution to the Sri Lankan ethnic situation on one hand while giving a Army Commander a royal welcome in India. It is counter-productive, LTTE states. LTTE has appealed to the Tamil Nadu government to protest vehemently India's duplicity in this matter. LTTE states that, the State welcome given by the Indian State to the Head of the Sri Lanka military Chief Lt. Col. Sarath Fonseka, who is heading the Sri Lankan State's war of ethnic genocide against the Eelam Tamils, has deeply hurt them. LTTE states that it holds India responsible for the escalating genocide that may result in India's action.

US State Department trains Sri Lankan police officers in counter terrorism

By Walter Jayawardhana

A reputed Counter terrorism school in the United States trained mid level and senior police officers in Sri Lanka to combat the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at the Police Training School Kalutara under State Department Funds during February. “Mercyhurst College Intelligence Studies Department Chair Jim Breckenridge and Assistant Professor Dave Grabelski recently returned from Kalutara, Sri Lanka, where they delivered counterterrorism training to Sri Lankan law enforcement, currently embroiled in battling a separatist insurgency” the reputed school, in Erie, Pennsylvania, which runs a successful intelligence studies department said.

Mega Lifesciences introduces skin care products

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

When the skin is exposed to such environmental conditions, sun, air-conditioning and pollution it would drab in such hectic lifestyle in global backdrop and therefore it is important that care should be taken to improve the texture of the skin, said Ms Rosy Senanayake at the launch of Flexsa – Glucosamine Sulphate Orange flavoured drink and NNO – Nourishing Night Oil, enriched with Vitamin E. Mega Lifesciences (Australia) Pty Ltd, launched two new products to the Sri Lankan market at a Press Conference and fashion show held at the Hilton last week with the presence of Mega Lifescience’s Country Head Praveen Viswakumaran, Director A Baur & Co, A Mahanama; Brand Ambassadors for Glow Mrs Rosy Senanayake and Rozanne Diasz, Beautician Ramani Fernando, Fashion Guru Kirthi Sri Karunaratne and Dr Harshini Fernando.

Arbour's Hasty and Clouded Departure as Human Rights Boss

By Philip Fernando in Seattle - for ASian Tribune

The departure of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, came as no surprise to many U N Observers. Her style as well as some of the editcs emanating from her office was the main bone of contention. She was drawn into untoward criticisms of democratically elected governments while letting go of human rights violations of other groups like the LTTE. Under fire from the United States and several developing countries, for alleged dereliction of duty and reliance on unsubstantiated and dubious sources for some of her decisions, Arbour has decided to quit when her four-year commission ends on June 30, according to foreign news sources.

Asian Development Bank doubles its funding commitment to Sri Lanka Highway project

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Asian Development Bank announced it’s doubling the bank’s funding commitment of 90 million US dollars to develop a highway project connecting Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo with the country’s populous Southern Province. The additional funding will now add up to 180 million USD to build a super highway with four lanes to Southern Province connecting Colombo, Galle and Matara with the aim of bringing rapid development in the Southern Province, an election promise, by the current President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka government sources said.. The area voted heavily for President Rajapaksa at the last Presidential election.

UN special envoy meets Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi for the second time

Ibrahim Gambari, UN Sepecial Envoy y met detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the second time yesterday during his five-day mission to Myanmar. Suu Kyi, leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) party, was taken from her home, where she is being detained, to the Sein Le Kan Tha State Guest House to hold talks with Gambari for about an hour. They also met earlier for the first time on last Saturday.

Industrialists and exporters shocked of Goverment electricity tariff hike

By Quintus Perera _ Asian Tribune

Industrialists and the business community are shocked on the intention of the government to raise the electricity tariff and they have indicated that government is really going for the ‘kill’ –‘killing the goose that lays golden eggs’ as if the electricity tariff is increased as proposed most of the industries would have to be closed down. The business community in general and the industrialists in particular are continuing against tremendous odds such as the insecure situation of the country due to the escalation of hostilities, inflation, escalating material costs for inputs, high rates for skilled labor etc.

Liberation of East Completed, Overwhelming Response by People

The Liberation of the East from the clutches of LTTE terrorism is over. People overwhelmingly gave their mandate to the government, repudiating the canards and unfounded allegations heaped by anti-democratic forces and sections of the media. The people mirrored other ideas and showed that they wanted representative democracy. Tamil Tigers who de-stabilized their region have been driven out for good and separatism died a natural death. The elections also may have driven the last nail in the coffin of the Tamil National Alliance holding proxy to the LTTE. Fifty six percent of the people voted at the elections to nine local government bodies after fourteen years. A section of the media down-played the significance of the historic vote citing that about 200 people were turned away for lack of valid IDs. People of the East had already disregarded these prophets of doom who had predicted dire happenings if the polls were held to the pradeshiya sabhas. The gloomy forecasters were debunked.