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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

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Ambassador Warnakulasuriya’s appeal to Holy Sea hits Vatican headlines

The Vatican Daily New Paper ‘Petrus’ has given much prominence to the statement made by Sri Lanka Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya at a press conference called by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Italy on the removal of Statue of Our Lady of Madhu, from the Church of Madhu, to the interior of the territory controlled by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – A separatist Tamil outfit which is waging a war against the sovereign Sri Lanka Government for the last two decades.

Sri Lanka: Low Priority for United States Foreign Assistance

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

National security concerns are certainly considered in determining the allocation of our foreign assistance resources, as are development concerns. By acknowledging that an appropriate balance must be struck between the two, the Secretary of State has clearly articulated our overarching transformational diplomacy goal as: "helping to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system." The above paragraph was taken from the testimony given by State Department’s Deputy Secretary for Foreign Assistance Henrietta Fore at the June 12, 2007 US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

U.S.- Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission reaches to the South

Early this month the U.S.-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission (US-SLFC) launched an educational advisory service project in association with Mahinda College, Galle and its Past Pupils’ Association. The primary purpose of the US- SLFC is the furtherance of mutual understanding between peoples of Sri Lanka and the United States through mutual educational exchange programs. “I am pleased to be a part of this pioneering effort of the Fulbright Commission to reach out to the student community in the South,” said U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake at the launching ceremony.

Councilor Thaya Iddaikadar organizes meeting to support London's Mayor Ken Livingstone

The LTTE's chief campaigner in London Councillor Daya Idaikadar is rallying pro-LTTE sympathizers across London to attend a meeting organized by him and funded by the LTTE's (UK) branch the British Tamil Forum (BTF) and the London Tamil Councilors Association. This meeting is scheduled for today at the Zoarastrian Centre, in North London which is being organized by the LTTE (UK) branch to rally support for the UK's Labour party candidate Ken Livingstone, who is the present Mayor of London contesting in the forthcoming elections for London's Mayor.

Gilani for a Stable Pakistan

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Upon assuming office of the topmost executive power of Pakistan, Premier Yousaf Raza Gilani, seems to have already begun his job quite earnestly. His chief concern has been to make the country a stable nation and is trying to bring the economy back into rails. In order to achieve maximum success in his initiative, Gilani is keen to secure a unified political class committed to national rebuilding. In this context, the announcement by the prime minister to cut down the size of the PM House budget is a welcome development. He rightly says austerity is the solution to all economic problems.

Priyanka takes 17 years to make peace with father’s assasins – a possible opening for India to take a direct role in Sri Lanka

By Shenali Waduge

Would it be an exaggeration to say that Sri Lanka has had a raw deal (pun intended) with India politically? Being close neighbors one would have thought otherwise however, where the geopolitics of Sri Lanka was concerned India saw to it that no decision was taken that effected India’s dominance of the region. From creating & nurturing the present conflict to wanting to remain a silent observer to the negotiations, peace talks or facilitations that took place, India ensured that its place was sealed & never forgotten. While initially India preferred not to directly involve itself in direct negotiations towards the solution of the crisis in Sri Lanka in view of its double standards there are renewed calls for India’s intervention.

Drop terrorism and choose the path of democracy tells Minister Rambukwella

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Sri Lanka government is only ready to start peace negotiations with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) if the warring rebels are ready to give up terrorism and choose a democratic path said Minister Keheliya Rambukwella the government’s cabinet defence spokesman. "The government security forces are currently taking a definitive action to install democracy in areas where it is not available and rid the same of terrorism," Rambukwella said. He said under no circumstances of peace, terrorism cannot be allowed and the country’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity could be compromised.

Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 9

By Habib Siddiqui

When Muhammad (S) preached Islam amongst the Arabs, they were an illiterate people. There were hardly a dozen people who could read and write. The Prophet himself was unschooled. However, as we well know within a few generations Arabs became the torchbearers of knowledge in the world. Arabic became the language of learning, culture and intellectual progress for the entire civilized world with the exception of the Far East. Arabic literally became the language of the educated people, much like what English has become nowadays. That transformation owes itself to Muhammad (S) who taught the wisdom of knowledge – exoteric and esoteric, material or physical and immaterial or meta-physical.

Quota Politics

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Politics in India is now so closely tied to populism that fighting the quota regime in jobs and seats in state-run institutions of higher learning will be an exercise in futility. No, the affirmative policy is not being trashed but what is meant is that the idea of fixing quotas for admissions (and jobs) under various categories finds support from nearly all political opinions, though some of them, who want to sail in two boats simultaneously, might look somewhat ambivalent in expressing support to the reservation policy. Does anyone doubt that electoral gain—or loss, depending on how one views it-- is the driving force behind the politicians’ support?

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After meeting Priyanka - Nalini and Murugan attempted to commit suicide

Rumours are afloat of a high human drama of two separate unsuccessful suicide attempts in the Vellore Central Prison by Rajiv Gandhi assassins Nalini and Murugan - her husband. On last 19 March, Priyanka Vadra, the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi met with Nalini at the Vellore Central Prison facility. According to a Tamil news portal "That’" Murugan who is in the death row waiting execution was furious over Nalini meeting Priyanka. It is said that after meeting Priyanka, Nalini on 22nd March, met her husband who is also in the Vllore jail. According to the Tamil News portal when Murugan met Nalini it seems he has asked why she agreed to meet with Priyanka and both started arguing and as the allocated time for their meeting was over, they went back to their respective jails but their argument remained inconclusive.