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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Vaiko appeals to European Union to save the LTTE to Prevent an ancient race being wiped out

By Walter Jayawardhana

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra kazagam (MDMK) maverick leader Vaiko appealed to the European Union and said they must bring pressure on the Sri Lanka government to stop the military offensive against Velupillai Prabhakaran led Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Vaiko’s appeal came after the LTTE’s political head Nadesan made a similar appeal to Norway and its International Minister Eric Solheim to intervene in the situation and bring a stop to the war few days ago.

Pakistan ready to assist Sri Lanka to defeat terrorism - President Musharaff

Mahinda Rajapaksa with Pervez Musharaff President Pervez Musharaff of Pakistan reiterated his country’s opposition to terrorism in all its manifestations, its readiness to strike against terrorism and assured Sri Lanka of all assistance to defeat terrorism in the country. This assurance came when the Pakistani President met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in China today. Two South Asian leaders are at present in China to participate in the 2008 Annual Conference of the BOAO Forum for Asia. President Musharaff, who expressed his condolences at the assassination of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, condemned such acts of terror which underlined the need for its elimination.

Family Planning Gets Mere Sliver of Aid Pie

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations warns that a sharp decline in international funding for reproductive health is threatening global efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and empower women worldwide. "This is especially evident in the case of funding for family planning where absolute dollar amounts are lower than they were in 1995," says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a report released here. If this trend is not reversed, he cautions, it will have "serious implications for the ability of countries to address the unmet need for such services, and could undermine efforts to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce maternal and infant mortality."

Sri Lanka Faces ''Food Emergency" says FAO

Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the 14 countries facing "Food Emergencies" due to rising prices and a shortage of rice in the world market. The list was released Friday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to a survey 14 countries, including those affected by high prices for sorghum, wheat flour, millet and maize.

Sri Lanka Seeks Experts in the field of Petroleum Exploration and Development

The Ministry of Petroleum & Petroleum Resources Development of Sri Lanka is seeking information regarding Sri Lankan expatriates with expertise in offshore petroleum exploration and development, and those who are involved in the petroleum and natural gas industry overseas. Due to the scarcity of local expertise in this field, the Ministry of Petroleum & Petroleum Resources Development is in urgent need of this information in order to select personnel for appointment to a Committee of Consultants whose services the Government will avail of as required.

Sri Lanka President expressed happiness over people in the East celebrating New Year Happily

Mahinda RajapakseIt is comforting that this New Year has dawned at a time when the nation is conscious of its dignity says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Sinhala and Tamil New Year Message. It is also most fortunate to see the people of the East enjoying the New Year happily with their families, he further adds. Sri Lanka President also expressed his gratitude to members of the armed forces and the police, as well as others who are on duty during the New Year season to ensure security and other services to the people.

Britain cautions travel to Sri Lanka

Britain has cautioned its subjects on visiting Sri Lanka. It has revealed of a high threat of terrorism in the island nation. Travel advisory cautioning those visiting Sri Lanka has been issued by Britain. The advisory warns against all travel to the north and east of Sri Lanka, and to Yala National Park and the areas around it. It states that for the purpose of this travel advice:” We consider the north to be all areas north of the A12 road (which runs from Puttalam in the west to Trincomalee in the east) including the Jaffna peninsula. We consider the east to be the districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa, as well as coastal areas of Ampara district east of the A25 and A27 roads. We define the areas around Yala National Park as that east of the A2 and south of the A4. See the Terrorism and Local Travel sections of this advice for more details.”

Attitude of the Government and LTTE on Madhu Church, perturbs Sri Lankan Catholics

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Bishop Joseph RayappuCatholics in Sri Lanka have decided to use one of their most powerful weapons to change of heart by the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE as the Catholics believe that due to the military pursuance of the two warring factions there could be serious damages and destruction to this Holy Shrine of Madhu which has been most devoutly venerated by the Catholics of Sri Lanka. Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph has requested all Catholics to fervently recite Holy Rosary to save Our Lady of Madhu Shrine from military and political activities. Reciting of Holy Rosary has been a powerful weapon to change of hearts of the two warring factions to save Our Lady of Madhu Shrine.

Rohitha Bogollagama in his New Year message recalls sacrifices of all involved in protecting country’s sovereignty

In his New Year message wishing all Sri Lankans a peaceful and prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has recalled the sacrifices with gratitude made by all persons including those serving in the armed forces who were involved in protecting the sovereignty, territorial integrity and national security of the country. Sri Lanka Foreign Minister further added, “The Sinhala and Tamil New Year is a time of renewal and rejuvenation. It provides a respite from the year that has passed and an opportunity to begin anew with a fresh perspective. Particularly for a multi-ethnic, multi religious and multi-lingual country such as Sri Lanka, it provides an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the social fabric and the commonalities that exist among the communities.”

Essay Competition on Knowledge Economy by World Bank Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In an effort to raise awareness and understanding of issues related to building a Knowledge Economy, the World Bank recently launched an essay competition for students and faculty members of higher education institutes in Sri Lanka. The competition, which is seeking views on how Sri Lanka can build a Knowledge Economy, was launched simultaneously as the recent study “Building Sri Lanka’s Knowledge Economy by the World Bank South Asia Finance and Private Sector Development Unit.

Burmese Government told to hold referendum on the draft constitution with international observers monitoring

The National League for Democracy, Burma’s opposition political party led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has urged for international monitors including United Nations to observe the forthcoming referendum planned to be held by the ruling army generals of the country. The Central Executive Committee of the National League for Democracy met on 09 April in Rangoon and reviewed the circumstances under which Burmese Government has decided to hold a national referendum to ratify the ‘Republic of the Union of Burma Draft Constitution (2008).’

Mahinda Rajapakse

Bishop Joseph Rayappu

Bishop Joseph Rayappu

Mahinda Rajapakse

What After Bali

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

It is rather unusual, if not unimaginable, to expect the world’s mightiest and the richest nation face the prospect of isolation. Yet that is what the United States of America, the sole super power of the world, faced at the two-week conference on climate in the holiday island of Bali in mid-December. The fear of becoming a pariah nation forced the US delegation at Bali to fall in line with the wishes of the majority of the 190 nations that had assembled in the hope of preparing the roadmap for a new climate treaty after the Kyoto protocol ends in 2012.

Thailand Election Commission to ask Constitution Court to disband two coalition party partners

Thailand's Election Commission by majority vote on Friday resolved to ask the Constitution Court to dissolve two coalition political party partners -- the Chart Thai and Mahachimathipataya parties-- charging that they had committed electoral fraud in relation to the December 23, 2007 general election last year. The five-member poll agency voted 4-1 to passed the ruling after considering the personal judgment made by EC chairman Apichart Sukhagganond, in his capacity as registrar of political parties, according to Suthipol Thaveechaikarn, EC secretary-general.

Sri Lanka and Chinese Foreign Ministers met to review bilateral relations

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who was in China to attend the annual meeting of the BOAO Forum met yesterday his Chinese counterpart Yang Jlechi and exchanged views on pressing issues that mutually confronts their countries and had wide ranging discussions on issues of bilateral and international importance. The Chinese Foreign Minister briefed Minister Bogollagama on the situation in Tibet and appreciated Sri Lanka's support in this regard which he stated was consistent with Sri Lanka's One-China Policy. Minister Yang Jlechi welcomed the invitation to attend the forthcoming SAARC Summit as an observer. Minister Bogollagama stated that he looked forward to the presence of Minister Yang Jlechi at the SAARC Conference.