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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Unconvincing Resignation Drama of Muslim Congress Will Fail to Persuade Voters in the East, Minister Ameer Ali

Ameer AliMinister Ameer Ali speaking to 'Asian Tribune' said that the resignation drama staged by the Rauff Hakeem and the other two members of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress will not have any impact on the provincial council election. He said that United Peoples Freedom Alliance would win convincingly despite the unconvincing drama staged by the SLMC leadership. He cautioned the Muslims and Tamils not to fall headlong into the traps of the UNP–SLMC combine, who might arouse racial tensions for political gain. Ameer Ali, Minister of Disaster Relief Services said that they earlier invited Sri Lanka Muslim Congress to come forward to contest jointly with all the other Muslim groups and parties together under a common platform. A meeting was organized by the Muslim United UMMA, Muslim Ministers, Ulamas (religious leaders), scholars and other eminent persons from the Muslim community.

Eastern Provincial Council Nominations: 1,342 Candidates Vying for 37 Seats

Filing of nominations for the East Provincial Council concluded yesterday noon without any incidents reported. Commissioner of Elections, Dayananda Dissanake said that the elections for the Eastern Provincial Council will be held on 10 May. A total of 1342 candidates are contesting for the 35 elected seats and for the 2 bonus seats in the Council. The three districts in the regions would have in Batticaloa 11, Trincomalee 10 and Ampara 14. Many observers believe that this is a land-mark election due to the fact that only a year ago the East was still being liberated by the government armed forces from the dictatorial LTTE rule.

U.N. Aims For an AIDS-Free Generation

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations is intensifying its worldwide efforts to help create a new generation of children who will be born free of HIV/AIDS, a disease that has particularly devastated parts of sub-Saharan Africa. While the news is "mixed", achieving an "AIDS-free generation is possible", predicts a new U.N. report released Thursday. In 2007, an estimated 290,000 children under age 15 died from AIDS, and 12.1 million children in sub-Saharan Africa lost one or both parents to the widespread disease. "For millions of children, HIV and AIDS have starkly altered the experience of growing up," says the report.

Sonia Gandhi visit to Tamil Nadu: Police launched surveillance operation to monitor Sri Lankan Tamil refugees

By Walter Jayawardhana

Special surveillance methods have been utilized by the Police to monitor Sri Lankan Tamils in refugee camps in Central and Southern Tamil Nadu since Congress President Sonia Gandhi is visiting the state, police said. There are 108 Sri Lankan refugee camps existing in the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and many of them are infested by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, (LTTE). The leader of the Tamil Tigers and his intelligence Chief have been convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi , who was killed in the suburb of Siriperumbudur, near the city of Chennai. It is believed some refugee camp residents also were connected to the plot.

Ranjith Page clinches top award of 'Business Leader of the Year'

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Ranjith Page, Chief Executive Officer at Cargills (Ceylon) Ltd was honoured with the ‘Business Leader of the Year’ (Large Scale Organisation) Gold Award at the glittering CIMA Janashakthi Pinnacle awards held at the Cinnamon Grand on Wednesday 02 April 2008. The most distinguished honour on offer, this national level award is held in high esteem by the business community and recognises leaders who have made a significant contribution not only to their organization, but also to the business community. The Gold Award winner of the Business leader will receive a scholarship to the Annual Programme on “The Job of the Chief Executive” at the Singapore Institute of Management, Singapore.

Burmese Continues Pre-Referendum Arrests,says US

Daya Gamage - US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The United States April 2 vehemently denounced the Burmese ruling military junta for continuing to arrest political dissidents who are peacefully opposing the draft constitution. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack issued the following statement at the daily briefing. "We condemn the Burmese regime’s continued arrests and attacks on peaceful political activists. On March 29, Burmese authorities arrested six youth activists who had participated in a peaceful rally against the regime’s draft constitution. The following day, five Muslim community leaders in Rakhine state were arrested, reportedly for peaceful political activities."

Dictators and beauties

By Sunita Paul

Many readers must have read novels on the hidden episodes of Wahabi dictators in Saudi Arabia or those Oil Sheikhs in Arab countries. In at least dozens of stories written about those Arab harems, I was astonished to learn that, beauties in many cases, become so influential that they become much stronger than those wives of the Arab kings and sheikhs as well as they start dictating in state policies of the country. If we haven't yet forgotten Saddam Hussein or his sons. The former dictator and his sons were surrounded by beauties, both locals and 'imported', who were in some cases, much powerful than any of the ministers in the cabinet.

Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 7

By Habib Siddiqui

Muhammad (S) holds a unique position among the founders of world's major religions. Unlike Moses, Zoroaster, Buddha, Rama and Krishna, his life is not shrouded in myths and legends, conjectures or hearsays. He lived in the limelight of history. From his birth to death, everything was documented and preserved with a trustworthy chain of narrations that trace such information back to the original sources.

Muhammad (S) was born 53 years before the Hijri (BH) of the Islamic calendar (570 CE) in the illustrious family of the Quraysh that claimed as its ancestors several apostles and prophets of God. He was a descendant of the Prophet Isma'il (Ishmael) alayhis salam (AS), the son of the Babylonian Abraham (Ibrahim (AS)) and the Egyptian Hagar. He was born in the Holy City of Makkah that housed the Ka'bah, the oldest House of Worship of God on earth. His family was the custodian of the Ka'bah.

Anti-Mosque Agenda of Secular India

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

Not many people doubt the tacit understanding between the so-called secular and democratic parties like the Congress party and the overtly anti-Muslim communal parties like the BJP. Anti-Muslim agenda seems to be common in both these streams, but Congress party quite effectively hide it from public view, especially from the Muslims. Historically, BJP emerged form Congress foundations in Delhi state. In fact right from the 1947, when then premier Nehru brought Hindus from Pakistan and got them settled down in Delhi and else where, the Congress and the earlier versions of BJP have operated on a secret understanding on issues concerning Muslims and Mosques.

Minister Ameer Ali

Ballot Power – Political El Nino Effect In South Asia

By Asian Tribune India correspondent

A political El Nino effect has hit South Asia that has seen ballot power manifesting itself with full force all across the region, which with the exception of India, was long suffering from a severe drought of democracy. There were times when chances of reviving democracy in some of the deficient South Asian countries looked remote. For India it was not a matter of embarrassment that it was the only functioning democracy in the region: it was more a matter of concern to be surrounded by unstable nations ruled by unpopular autocrats.