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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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Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe

Obama Wins Mississippi Big, Clinton Campaigning in Pennsylvania

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Barak ObamaBarrack Obama won Mississippi primary 60 to 40 percent over Hillary Clinton bringing the delegate totals to 1,608 to 1,478 respectively. Meanwhile. Clinton immediately started campaigning in Pennsylvania which polls on April 25th. Judging by what most exit polls in Mississippi showed, it is safe to predict that Hillary Clinton's chances of getting the Democratic nomination would hinge on her winning the Pennsylvania primary on April 25th and that also by over 15 percent of the votes cast. If not, the contests will go on until the last primary in Puerto Rica in June. Bill Clinton is already predicting a very optimistic picture about Hillary's chances.

A philosophical backdrop to theory of life in the universe

By Walter Jayawardhana

Prof. Chandra WickramasingheThe world’s chief exponent of the theory that tells life began in deep space and reached earth riding on comets said the philosophical backdrop for his theory was provided by Buddhism. “In the 1970’s it was generally believed that the Earth must be the centre of life in the whole universe, an antithesis of Buddhist cosmology of course,” said the Cardiff University Mathematician and Astronomer Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe in an interview with this writer. “It became amply clear to me that Buddhist cosmology was incredibly modern in its outlook, even perhaps post-modern. According to Buddhist texts, life is prevalent across the universe and life is not confined to Earth. Buddhism talks about a multitude of planetary systems and an infinity of “inhabited worlds”. In common with Hindu and Vedic ideas, Buddhism holds that life is a truly cosmic phenomenon,” the reputed astronomer added.

Prabakaran, Pottu Amman and other key LTTE leaders indicted in the murder of Lakshman Kadirgamar

Velupillai Prabakaran and his key lieutenants are charged in the murder of former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. In Colombo, Sri Lanka’s Attorney General filed the case against Velupillai Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman alias Shiva Shankar, Charles alias Charlis Master, Komadee Manimekala alias Madee, Muttaiyah Sahadevan and Isithor Arokyanathan alias Babu for conspiring with another LTTE member Vinothan to assassinate Minister Kadirgamar and committing the murder as a result of the conspiracy. The former Minister was assassinated in a sniper attack at his residence in Longden Place, Colombo as he was entering his premises after a swim on August 12, 2005.

Dawn of a New Era for People of Eastern Province

By Philip Fernando in Seattle

What a big change a year makes. Last year we were watching somewhat amazed the Sri Lankan armed forces trying to drive out the last vestiges of separatism from the East. Thoppigala got etched permanently into our vocabulary. Yesterday we saw elections to pradeshiya sabhas being held after a lapse of 14 years. The specter of the ruthless Tiger menace extinguished and democracy starting to take root was rewarding to watch. It is far from over. The people have to be nurtured and given all the tools needed to make a speedy climb back into normalcy. Yesterday's headline said :"Liberation of East Completed, Overwhelming Response by People."

Burma’s Longest Serving Prisoner of Conscience Must Be Free

BY – Zin Linn

Do you remember the name of Burma’s longest serving prisoner of conscience and prominent journalist? That famous imprisoned journalist is U Win Tin who has constantly refused to sign a confession promising to abandon his political career as a condition of his release. The 78-year-old journalist U Win Tin admitted to the hospital for second surgical treatment to a hernia in January, according to his close friends. The journalist was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom Award and Reporters Without Border/Foundation de France Prize for his efforts to defend and promote freedom of expression.

Burma: Thousands of Karen civilians displaced in fresh attacks

The Burma Army has launched fresh attacks on civilians in northern Karen State this month, causing the displacement of over 2,100 villagers. According to the Free Burma Rangers, a relief organisation working in the conflict areas of eastern Burma, the attacks are “the largest against civilians in northern Karen State since the Burma Army completed the re-supply of its camps and construction of roads at the end of 2007.” Over 30,000 people are displaced in northern Karen State, and it is estimated that there are over one million internally displaced people (IDPs) in Burma altogether.

'Fitna' movie can only harm peace within society

As the film entitled "Fitna" produced by Geert Wilders (a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands) is set to be released, the spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has said that such films can only have a negative effect on the peace of society at large. Abdul Aziz, the Press Secretary of the Ahmadiyya Community, Sri Lanka said: "For the past few years Mr Geert Wilders has conducted a vicious and cruel campaign against Islam during which he has caused great pain to millions of Muslims worldwide through his attacks on the blessed character of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the Holy Qur'an.

Way out from Jamiat Crises is in Maulana Marghoobur Rahman's Suggestion

Mohammad Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi, Executive member of the Jamait Ulama-e Hind and Darul Uloom Deoband has appealed to everyone, especially, IHazrat Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, Qari Mohammad Usman and brother Syed Mahmood Madani to take practical note of our elder Hazrat Maulana Marghoobur Rahman Saheb's advice and make the constitution of Jamait Ulama the only means to solve the present deadlock within India's prestigious Muslim organization, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind (JUH).

Micro Cars of Dr Lawrence Perera fame penetrates into Caribbean Island automobile market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dr Lawrence Perera’s name has gone down in the annals of the history of Sri Lanka as the first man tosuccessfully manufacture utility motor cars in Sri Lanka and is one who risked and took up the challenge of first local manufacture of cars and the product - economical and affordable ‘Micro Car’ is now fast selling in the local market and expected to export soon.

Bruce Fein labours to Justify contractual payments each month from Tiger Terrorist Front - Tamils For Justice

By Mahinda Gunasekera

Bruce Fein a Harvard Graduate and a Reagan era Deputy Attorney General of Justice attached to The Lichfield Group who in an article published in the Washington Times dated February 3, 2004 fully endorsed the banning of terrorists including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), also known as the Tamil Tigers. He subsequently offered his services effective October 1, 2006 to lobby on behalf of the Friends of Sri Lanka to have the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran brought before an appropriate tribunal for war crimes, and to bring criminal charges against supporters and sympathisers of the LTTE in the US Courts amongst other services at a fee of $25,000 per month. He renewed his offer in February 2007 to defend the listing of the LTTE for a fee of $40,000.

Africa Caught Between Peacekeeping and Development

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The beleaguered U.N. peacekeeping mission in Sudan, handicapped by lack of troops and helicopters, has come under fire for its unusually high costs. Alpha Oumar Konare, chairman of the African Union Commission, says it is "scandalous" to spend 2.0 billion dollars annually on the upkeep of a proposed 26,000-strong joint African Union-U.N. Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), when Africa's urgent needs are elsewhere.

Politics of the Budget And Congress Sandesh

By Kshama Sunil - Syndicate Features

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has suddenly become silent. The man who chided Sonia Gandhi of taking the Gujarat defeat so much to heart that she needed hospitalization, is now silently feeling that Congress is getting its act together ahead of the next elections BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani also feels that it was a mistake on the part of the saffron to speak of “India Shining” before the 2004 elections indicating thereby that it cooked the NDA goose.

Barak Obama

United States Impeaches Sri Lanka on Human Rights and Governance In its 2007 Annual Human Rights Report

Daya Gamage US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

In its 2007 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices released here Tuesday March 11 in the State Department, graced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the United States in its report on Sri Lanka totally condemned, criticized and, in fact, impeached its human rights record and the style of governance highlighting that “the overwhelming majority of victims of human rights violations, such as killings and disappearances, were young male Tamils”. The State Department report charges that the Government of Sri Lanka was responsible in the deterioration of human rights and conveys that the ethnic Tamil minority are the worst affected.