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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2640

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Russia to sell five Mig-29 fighter jets to Sri Lanka’s Air Force

Moscow’s Russian Information Center announced that the State Corporation for Russian Defence Export has concluded negotiations to sell five Mig-29 fighter jets to Sri Lanka ’s Navy. Believed to be used in the final assault on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the modern Russian aircraft is widely used by the Russian and Indian Air forces. Unlike the older versions of Migs Sri Lanka bought earlier the air crafts are not only capable of carrying air to ground missiles but also air to air missiles that could destroy enemy aircraft flying. They could also do night flying. Mig 29 ‘s were originally developed to fight the powerful US aircraft F16 Falcons and F/ A 18 Hornets of the United States air force.

All the parties in UPFA, including TMVP to contest under betel symbol – Basil Rajapaksa

Basil RajapaksaMahinda Rajapaksa government’s strongman Basil is confident that the TMVP and many other parties will contest the Eastern Provincial Council elections under the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA). He says that the TMVP is already a member of the Alliance and all constituent parties could contest under the UPFA symbol of betel leaf.

Democracy Has Taken Root In the East, Same will Happen in the North Soon, President Rajapaksa Pays Glowing Tribute

Sivageetha Prabakaran President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday spoke glowingly of democracy taking roots in the East. He said that it reminded everyone of the manner Sri Lankan obtained universal franchise for the first time. The President reiterated that with the successful conclusion of the local polls in Batticaloa, the main focus was directed not only with regard to the Eastern polity but also to the international arena. "The country could now demonstrate to the entire world that we are a Nation which respects democracy". President Rajapaksa made this observation addressing Members of Local Government bodies from Batticaloa, elected at the recent elections, at the Presidential Secretariat. He congratulated all elected Local Government members from Batticaloa on their becoming representatives of the people of Batticaloa.

Mettananda - fighter for Buddhist rights

By Janaka Perera

Today (March 19) marks the 114th birth anniversary of Lokusathu Hewa Mettananda – better known as L.H. Mettananda – the indefatigable fighter for Sinhala Buddhist Rights that were suppressed for over 400 years by alien rulers. Born at Kalawadumulla, Ambalangoda he was the brains behind the Buddhist Commission Report, that accelerated the United National Party's ignominious defeat in the 1956 Parliamentary Elections, reducing the number of party's seats to eight.

Obama Confronts Racial Issue in Major Speech

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for Asian Tribune

The most comprehensive exposition of race relations surfaced as Senator Barrack Obama addressed the voters near the historic site in Philadelphia, the US Constitution Center, called the birthplace of America. While distancing himself from statements by his longtime pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, that have aggravated racial divisions in the contentious Democratic primary battle, he urged both sides to tone down their rhetoric.

If the liberation struggle of the LTTE failed the Tamils all over the world would perish - Thamilendhi

By Walter Jayawardhana

The finance commissar of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) Thamilendhi has identified the group’s struggle with the Tamils of India and Malaysia and has accused India of enslaving the millions of Tamils living in India. In India’s southernmost state of Tamil Nadu, the origin of Tamil Language, more than 60 million people speak the language and in Malaysia more than 3 million speak it. In Sri Lanka 1.8 million Sri Lankan Tamils speak the language. The LTTE is fighting for a separate state for the Tamil speaking people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country. Few months ago, the group controlled most of both provinces but now their power is restricted to two tiny districts called Mulaithiviu and Kilinochchi.

EU looks forward to an ambitious final APRC proposal in the coming months

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A delegation of senior officials from the European Union (EU) called "Troika" is made up of representatives from the current Presidency of the European Union (Slovenia), the future presidency of the European Union (France), the European Commission and the Council of Ministersled by Mr Janez Premoze, Asia Director in the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Sri Lanka, to discuss EU concerns at the current situation in the country. The team said the EU and Sri Lanka have deep, long-standing relations, covering economic, and trade, political and cultural matters. The EU is committed to maintaining these, and welcomes the opportunity provided by this visit for open and frank discussions. Speaking to media in Colombo on Tuesday the team said the EU welcomes such steps as have been taken towards a politically sustainable devolution plan for Sri Lanka. Having taken note of the interim proposal from the APRC, the EU looks forward to an ambitious final proposal in the coming months.

Political Scene in Pakistan

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal,

Amid “terror attacks” killing many in the country, Pakistan's parliament convened on March 17, as promised by President Pervez Musharraf, and within minutes, it was apparent that the session in the coming days will devolve into a showdown between the newly-elected lawmakers and beleaguered President Musharraf. The opposition lawmakers said they would take their oaths under the constitution "as it was on November 2, 2007." Party members slapped their hands on tables in thunderous applause. Neither Sharif nor Zardari has a seat in the assembly, and they watched the opening day ceremonies from the visitors’ gallery. A party member reminded the assembly how Bhutto used to say that "the ultimate revenge is democracy", that is use people and poll to take revenge on your political opponents.

Prophet Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 1

By Habib Siddiqui

It may not be an exaggeration if I were to state that in the annals of human history, there has never been a man who has been so much loved and villified as Muhammad (S) the Prophet of Islam. To the faithful Muslims, he is the best of mankind that was ever created by God (Allah).

Construction Chamber collaborates with ADB for Development of National Consulting Services

By Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka will collaborate with Asian Development Bank to host a two day seminar on “ Development of National Consulting Services”. The seminar will be held at Hotel Taj Samudara from 27th -28th March 2008. The seminar is designed to target participation from consultancy firms, non governmental organizations, universities, research institutions and state agencies engaged in the procurement process. Asian Development Bank will provide the resource personnel drawn from the professional staff of ADB’s Consultancy Services Division in Manila.

Telling it like it is

By Sesha Samarajiwa

Comprador knives are out to still the brave voices of Lanka with the guts to say it like it is. For long, Western powers and power blocks have been exerting growing pressure on Sri Lanka to halt the war against domestic terrorism waged on her soil against her people by the LTTE – the world's most diabolical fascist terror group – which commands the allegiance of some ethnic Sri Lanka Tamils in the West. The relentless efforts of the LTTE have paid dividends in the form of money and influence. They have put to good use that money and influence, in tandem with a well-oiled propaganda machine churning out myths and canards in the guise of truth, engineered by Eelam strategists to tar Sri Lanka, to sway in the favor of their racist separatist cause powerful people and organizations in the West

Uththamavee Plus Savings Account by Sanasa Bank

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sanasa Development Bank re-launched their Uththamavee Plus Women’s Savings Account to suit the requirements of the present market and the re-launch took place at the BMICH. Uththamavee Plus is a savings account for women and any woman over 16 years of age are eligible to open an account with an initial deposit of Rs 250 and the account would accrue an annual interest of 7.5 percent, a 10 percent interest would be offered when the account reaches above Rs 100,000. Those women who open savings accounts with Sanasa upto April 30th will receive attractive gfts such as Umbrellas and ladies’ hand bags to those accounts that maintain Rs 25,000. There are also insurance policies offered to these account holders.

Poll talk: Wolf cry..?

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

For over a year alarm bells over a snap Lok Sabha poll have been sounded so frequently that it has all begun to sound like a wolf cry. So far the only reason for such a foreboding was the threat from the Left parties that they would withdraw support to the government if it went ahead with the civilian nuclear deal that was authored back in the summer of 2005 in Washington. Now the pundits who chant the poll mantra regularly say that the Congress-led ruling coalition wants early polls to cash in on the supposedly favourable reaction to the 2008-09 budget presented by the finance minister, P. Chidambaram, and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s railway budget.

Sri Lankabhimanya Arthur C. Clarke, Inspired the Explorer in All of us.

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, creative science fiction writer and pioneer internationalist, TV commentator and icon passed away quietly at the ripe age of 91 yesterday in the city of Galle, in his adopted home Sri Lanka. He was knighted in 2000 by the Queen of England and Sri Lanka bestowed the country's highest honor "Sri Lankabhimanya" Pride of Sri Lanka in November 2007. Clarke's most important contribution was the idea that geostationary satellites would be ideal telecommunications relays.