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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

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USAID Tops $1.39 Billion in Emergency Food Aid Provided in FY 2008

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing assistance in response to the increase in food prices worldwide. USAID will provide an additional $240 million in food aid to meet emergency needs around the world, bringing the total emergency food aid provided by USAID, on behalf of the American people, to $1.39 billion since October 2007.

SLID/SIM Power Breakfast forum

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Michael Morrison, a visionary expert with experience in the discipline of sensorial marketing and experiential retailing, presently attached to the Department of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University is scheduled to address the meeting - “Power Breakfast” organized jointly by Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Sri Lanka Region. The lecture would on 7th May at Taj Samudra Hotel and he would be speaking on "The Power of Emotional Branding; in driving consistent, competitive and profitable market growth". The forum is meant for company Directors, CEOs and strategic level managers.

American Elections: Senator Obama Not Black Enough for Rev. Jeremiah Wright

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

The continuous harangue that Rev Jeremiah Wright chose to inflict on America politics by his embarrassingly offensive remarks about “race relations” came out as nothing more than a private invective muddying the decent political debate that had occupied center stage recently. Most analysts I listened to concluded that it looked like Obama is not black enough for Rev Wright. His vituperation sounded nothing more than a jealous outrage and smacked of personal aggrandizement. Even the highly critical Fox News commentators felt that Obama should not hesitate to distance himself from the preacher immediately. The irony was that Obama had to stomach these homilies for 20 years.

Please Tell Me Why?

By Adnan Gill

Thanks to the dozens of political talk shows, the ordinary Pakistanis have become one of the most politically aware populace. It may be a good time to grade their knowledge through a political science quiz.

People should pay their attention on two important facts in casting their votes

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa says that the public should focus their attention on two important facts in casting their votes in the eastern provincial council election. The people have the responsibility of not giving the LTTE a slightest room to carryout their activities in the eastern province which was completely liberated from them by the security forces. The public should block all opportunities that lead to the remerging of the northern and eastern provinces by using their right of franchise wisely.

People Appreciative of Iran's Noble Gesture-Uma Oya Reservior Project and Modern Refinery - President Rajapaksa

Mahinda RajapakseTwo gifts by Iran to Sri Lanka to build Uma Oya reseervior project and a modern oil refinery were the noblest of gifts we have received recently. Sri Lankans are visibly moved by this great gesture said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A reservoir is the noblest gift one could give the Sri Lankan people. He added reservoirs are like the arteries in our body. The sustenance of our nation was due to huge reservoirs and great irrigation works like the one we are launching today. We breathe life to our nation through these reservoir projects. You know that we mentioned in the Mahinda Chinthana policy document that we would build huge multi-purpose irrigation projects such as the Deduru Oya, Rambukkan Oya, Moragahakanda and Uma Oya projects in addition to the Ten Thousand Reservoirs project. These comprise the very life of our nation. With the modern refinery Sri Lankans will be able to ward of the dependence on imports and help build the country, he said.

Wimal and Nandana join hands against Somawansa

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Wimal WeerawansaJVP dissident group leader Wimal Weerawansa said he plans to form a new political movement if the party leadership fails to approach them for talks before 1st of May. "We are waiting for a green light from the JVP to patch up the problem. But the behavior of the party never shows a green light. "Even yesterday some of the JVP supporters have threaten the dissidents. If it will fail he will form a new political party with the support of the National patriotic Movement," he said.

Iran and Sri Lanka Agree on Need To Fight Terrorism and Broaden Areas of Mutual Interest

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Mahainda Rajapaksa President of the Republic of Sri Lanka agreed to broaden and deepen their bilateral cooperation, in a spirit of mutual goodwill and friendship. They also agreed to continue regular high-level exchanges between the two countries follwoing their historic meeting yesterday in Sri Lanka. The two Presidents also discussed important regional and international issues and stated that unilateralism would undermine internationally accepted norms. Both sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and emphasized the need for enhanced international cooperation to eliminate this global menace.

LTTE to use May Day parade for propaganda

The Tamil Tigers continue their attempts to carry out propaganda in Europe despite the proscription as a terrorist organization. The latest attempt is to use the May Day rally for the publicity and fund raising for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Seelan, head of the Tamil Coordinating Council in Paris, which is a front organization of the LTTE issued a statement urging the Tamils in France assist for the May day parade organized by the TCC. The letter also called on the Tamil shops in La Chappell area to close down on May 1st and attend the rally to support the LTTE cause. Sri Lanka Embassy has brought this to the notice of the French authorities.

Certain Victory for De-merged Eastern Province and End of LTTE Tyranny Says Minister Ameer Ali Sihabdeen

Ameer Ali Ameer Ali Sihabdeen, Minister of Disaster Relief Services and the Leader of Ceylon Muslim Congress campaigning in the East told the Asian Tribune that the Eastern people will never want the merger of the North and the East again. The election will prove that Muslims, Tamils and Sinhalese are united in gaining a victory for them and celebrate the end of LTTE tyranny. He added that the situation in the Batticaloa district is quiet under control. In Batticaloa we are doing our election campaign very smoothly. There are no major incidents reported in our district except for one or two minor incidents. We are able to do our campaigning very smoothly in the majority Muslims populated areas such as Valaichchenai and Meeraodai.

LTTE's Illegal Phone Card Racket Busted in Palermo, Italy

Telephone card LTTE illegal phone card racket was busted in the southern Palermo area in on April 15th, amidst the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festivities. Italian authorities swooped on and took into possession five telephone cards operated by the LTTE. The cards were impounded pending further investigations. Money laundering which is a very serious crime in Italy was linked to the Cards with the LTTE operating them. The LTTE was so sure of the operations they had picture of a Tiger on the card. These cards with other cards with dubious Tiger connections were banned by the Italian authorities. Their names are: BOSS, SMS, EUREKA and EUROPA. Sri Lankan embassy has been actively helping the authoitries to combat the LTTE activities. Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, earlier had helped in the stopping the transmission of LTTE channel in Milan.

Disinformation campaign against Sri Lanka financed by Norwegian, Switzerland and German Governments

By Sumane Liyanaarachchi Sydney

Is book presentation on International Dimensions of the Conflict in Sri Lanka in New South Wales Parliament another attempt to mislead Australians by Norwegian, Swiss and German NGO supporters It has been scheduled to hold a book presentation on International Dimensions of the Conflict in Sri Lanka at the New South Wales Parliament on Tuesday 6th May 2008 by the Australian branch of the Centre for Just Peace and Democracy. According to John Gormley, Convener, the Centre for Just Peace and Democracy is financially supported by Norwegian, German and Swiss Governments. This publication by CJPD comprises papers presented at a seminar held in Luzern Switzerland on 17th June 2007, to explore the international dimensions of Sri Lanka’s five decades old conflict.

Renovation of the Sapugaskanda Refinery commences

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinhe in Colombo

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Renovation of the Sapugaskanda Refinery commences. The government of Iran will provide financial aid for this renovation. President Mahinda Rajapakse and Iranian President Mahamoud Ahamedinejad attended a ceremony at the Sapugaskanda refinery premises yesterday morning. The Iranian President planted a sapling symbolizing the commencement of renovation. Speaking on the occasion, President Rajapakse said the Iranian President’s visit has further strengthened the bilateral relations of the two countries.

Laying Foundation

Mahinda Rajapakse

A section of the Crowd Pix - Sudath Silva

Wimal Weerawansa