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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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Irony of soaring oil prices

By Tukoji R. Pandit- Syndicate Features

Early in January this year the world was shaken when crude oil touched $100 a barrel. The frightening prospect of oil prices hitting $200 a barrel looms large. That dreadful day was not expected before 2010. But when oil prices crossed $ 135 a barrel in May it began to look as though the $200 a barrel ceiling will be hit much earlier—perhaps before the year ends.

UN loses credibility ignoring Asia's ascent

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations and its sister institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are in danger of losing their credibility if they continue to ignore the resurgence of Asia as a potentially dominant power in a new era in global politics."The recent record shows that Western powers are extremely reluctant to give up their privileged positions," says Kishore Mahbubani, a former permanent representative of Singapore to the United Nations, and author of the recently released book "The New Asian Hemisphere".

Another rail bomb blast in Wellawatta

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

18 passengers injured due to a bomb explosion along the rail track between Wellawatta and Dehiwala railway stations, the Police said. The bomb has been exploded around 7.15 a.m. this morning. It is believed that the bomb had been triggered off targeting the Colombo bound highly crowed passenger train.

Land mines also a contributing factor to the current food crisis Said Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka addressing the World Food Summit in Rome yesterday said that the current crisis in food has been brought about by the growing demand for fuel, the failure to act in time on climate change, problems of distribution, and the negative impact of an open global economy and the ravages of terrorism. He said, in Sri Lanka, “Much arable land has been neglected due to land mines being laid by terrorists over two decades.”

Foreign Minister Bogollagama briefs Malaysia on the success of East Provincial Council election

Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama met the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hajii Abdul Razak, during his participation at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia also holds the portfolio of the Minister of Defense. Minister Bogollagama met the Deputy Prime Minister on the margins of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

3 members of a Tamil family hacked to death in Kaathankudy

By Our Reporter

According to sources in Kaathankudy 3 members of a Tamil family were hacked to death by the suspected radical Wahhabist Muslim gang yesterday. Tensions between the Tamil and Muslims communities of Kaathankudy are at an all time high.

19 killed and 82,420 families affected by flood

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The National Disaster Relief Services Centre says so far 19 persons have died in the floods and four others are missing.The government has so far allocated 29 million rupees to assist persons affected by floods and torrential rains. Director of the National Disaster Relief Services Centre N.D. Hettiarachchi said that the highest allocation of 12 million rupees is for the Ratnapura district.

Obama Looking for a Democratic State Governor as His Running Mate

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

With party nomination a near certainty, Senator Barrack Obama was reportedly looking for a Vice Presidential candidate from among the 28 Democratic governors in the country. He has scheduled a meeting with the governors in Chicago on June 16th according to several news sources. State governors targeted were those where a shift in allegiance from Republican to Democratic was considered highly likely in November this year.

UNP and SLMC will boycott EPC inaugural sessions

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake says the selected UNP and SLMC candidates for the Eastern Provincial Council will take oaths before Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe tomorrow in Colombo.However the Councilors will boycott tomorrow’s inaugural session of the EPC.Replying media quarries he said the UNP and the SLMC have decided not to attend to the inaugural sessions of the EPC. The UNP sources said the Government has failed to stand by its promises made at the recent Eastern provincial Council (EPC) elections to bring peace and prosperity to the people of the East.

Senator Barrack Obama Clinches Democratic Nomination

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Senator Barrack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination even if he were to lose both S. Dakota and Montana as many super delegates have just expressed their endorsements of Obama-he may win both primaries tonight. Based on a tally of convention delegates, both pledged and super delegates Obama has exceed the required 2,118 delegate count now. He becomes the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House. He had greater sustaining power than his gamey contender Hillary Clinton who fought to the last primary.