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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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Violet Wickremasinghe – mother of First Lady passed away

Ms. Violet Wickremasinghe, Ms. Shranthi Rajapakse’s mother passed away today afternoon in a private hospital in Colombo. She was 78 years old.

Bouquets & Brickbats for Raman Singh Govt in Chattisgarh

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

There are bouquets and brickbats for Raman Singh government in Chattisgarh. Bouquets for enforcing the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, and brickbats for the fault-lines in the process. The Forest Rights Act provides for election of forest rights committees in every village. These committees in turn are expected to invite claims for recognition of forest rights. This process will be completed by June 30, 2008, according to the state chief secretary. There is a hitch though.

American Casualties in Iraq Rise to 4,000 as Political Debate Heats up

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles for the Asian Tribune

Iraq war took front stage as the presidential candidates gave vent to their concerns about the situation in Iraq. The number of US soldiers who have died in Iraq stood at 4,000 as eight more succumbed to violence during the weekend. Seven soldiers were killed in two separate roadside bombs in Baghdad, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The eighth was killed by “indirect fire”—mortar shells or rockets—on Friday south of Baghdad, according to the US military.

Sri Lanka's traitors: enemies within, on the prowl

At last 'Asian Tribune' was able to unravel the traitors within the country. It is a well known fact that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam led by its reclusive leader V. Velupillai Prabakaran challenges country's sovereignty, freedom and independence. We as a nation are at war with them. But so far, the country has not been able to unravel the enemies within. When 'Asian Tribune' came up with the details of corrupt diplomats who have not performed their duties and served the country well then the whole Pandora’s Box has been thrown open for the world to identify the enemies within us, lurking as democrats, writers and journalists.

Anandasangaree urges to disarm all armed groups

The role of the Government in the coming election for the East Provincial Council should be that of an umpire. In the election, Government should encourage every political party including that belongs to the ruling party and Independent Groups to stake their claims. V. Anandasangaree, in a letter to Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapakse wrote that while the Government functioning like an umpire, it must protect all democratic norms including dis-arming all armed groups. That is the only way the Government can regain its lost prestige and convince the International Community of its genuineness to bring back normalcy and peace to the country.

Western 'Fitna'

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Fitna meaning mischief in Arabic is the name of Dutch right-wing MP Geert Wilders' 15-minute film on the Qur'an which is already inducing paroxysms of rage before actually it is screened. It was first announced as coming by the end of February, but did not appear. Right minded people both politicians, social activists and even UNO officials have warned him not to widen the gap between the West and the Islamic world but Geert Wilders is still insisting to air his "Fitna" before the end of March, in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities. He is in preparation for its showing in all other European countries.

Crocodile tears over China's role in Tibet

By Janaka Perera

We need to have a glimpse at South Asian history to understand Beijing's current role in Tibet. China's policies on this issue are deeply rooted in the events of the last two centuries. Many have forgotten that Britain during her imperialist adventures was using Tibet to undermine China when latter was a helpless sick giant. She was then at the mercy of the gunboat diplomats – the ancestors of today's `human rights' champions. Tibetans are the most widely distributed ethnic groups in the People's Republic. In addition to Tibet, they also inhabit Qinghai, Sichuan, Gansu and Yunnan provinces. The Tibetans are one of China's 56 'nationalities' as Beijing calls them. They are spread over one fourth of the country's land area.

Have they stumbled across a new species of a Mountain Deer endemic to Sri Lanka in Horton Plains?

By Walter Jayawardhana

Latest reports by a wild life photographer and a naturalist indicate that they may have either discovered a very rare new species or a sub species of a Mountain Mouse Deer, known as "Meeminna" in Sinhalese , endemic to Sri Lanka. The renowned wild life photographer and specialist Gehan de Silva Wijeyratne and naturalist Nadeera Weerasinghe have for the first time encountered the alleged new species of the mammal in the Horton Place National Park, the report said.

Kashmir Singh and Sarabjit Singh

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Even before the people in the Indo- Pak Subcontinent could savour the jubilation of Kashmir Singh returning to India after spending 36 years in Pakistani Jails, mostly in solitary confinement waiting on death row, Pakistan President Musharraf has turned down the mercy petition of another person Sarabjit Singh. Sarabjit has been in Pakistani Jails for the last 17 years. The rejection of the mercy petition came within less than 24 hrs of Kashmir Singh returning to India. The story of both is identical. They strayed into Pakistan inadvertently at different points of time. Pakistan refuses to accept this in the case of Sarabjit Singh. Even the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had spoken to President Musharraf for the release of Sarabjit Singh. He was awarded death sentence by a lower court which was confirmed by the Lahore High Court and subsequently upheld by the Pakistan Supreme Court.

The 13th Amendment, Anti-Indianism & Sri Lanka’s Security Imperatives

By Dayan Jayatilleka

One of the most laughably absurd of all the criticisms directed against the incumbent administration, is that its commitment to the full and immediate implementation of the 13th amendment which makes for provincial autonomy, is somehow a betrayal of the election mandate of President Rajapakse as contained in his manifesto. This criticism, levelled by radical ultranationalists, betrays triple ignorance: ignorance of a Constitution and its role in the polity; ignorance of the election manifesto and mandate of the incumbent President; and ignorance of forms of government and systems of state.


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