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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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Churning in Dravidian politics; DMK-PMK alliance on rocks

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

KanimozhiKarunanidhi's lawmaker daughter Kanimozhi is formally launched in the Tamil Nadu politics at the first ever Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) convention of its women activists at Cuddalore, a short distance from Chennai. DMK patriarch was present with a benign smile as senior party leader Vasanthy Ganesan unfurled the party flag on Saturday morning. Kanimozhi plunged into politics hardly a year back and has been on a low key since then confining herself to an odd cultural event. She has been sent to the Upper House of Indian Parliament where also she is maintaining a low profile despite initial expectation that she would be the new DMK voice in Delhi.

With the passing away of Rev. Flavian Wilathgamuwa, Sri Lanka lost a true patriot - President Rajapaksa

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka in a message of condolence on the passing away of Father Flavian Wilathgamuwa (89) said Sri Lanka has lost a true patriot. In a message issued in London he said, “With the passing away of Reverend Father Dr. Flavian Wilathgamuwa, CMF in Duarte California, Sri Lanka has lost a true patriot who has fought fearlessly to protect the good image of the country against separatist vicious propaganda.

Duglas & Sons Star Night 2008

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

DSL Star Night 2008 the felicitation of the sales forces - the agents spread all over the country of Duglas and Sons Ltd- took place at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, in a grand functon where they were entertained, recognized, and rewarded. On asessment of their performances and achievements these sales agents were rewarded.

Russert’s March into History

By Adnan Gill

Today political junkies lost a TV legend and an icon. One of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, Tim Russert died at the age of 58. A journalist, commentator, talk show host, mentor, and a legendry political analyst was known for his love for politics, honesty and integrity. But those who knew Tim off the screen knew a deeply family oriented man who marveled his father and adored his son. His kindness and love for the children was not a secret, they remember him as Uncle Tim. Since mid 80s, Tim was the Vice President of NBC and the Washington Bureau Chief. His down to earth and caring demeanor elevated him to the stature of a fatherly figure for his colleagues, friends, and family.

The Habit of Excess

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Speaking at the recent Ranaviru celebrations, President Mahinda Rajapakse once again pledged not to leave the LTTE problem to the next generation. A worthy determination and a necessary undertaking - so long as it is based on a real, factual analysis of the enemy and his physical, material and psychological strengths and capabilities rather than on that familiar and deadly concoction of wishful thinking and hubris born of fatal incomprehension.

Burma heading toward a new civil strife due to fall in rice production

By Zin Linn

As information reveals of permanent damage to rice production in Burma, international aid agencies expressed their concerns that that there could be shortages of food in the cyclone-hit country in the years to come. On the contrary, Burma has enough rice to feed its people, National Planning Minister Soe Tha of the ruling junta said on 10 June, 2008, accusing foreign aid agencies of miscalculating the devastation in the Irrawaddy delta or Burma’s rice bowl. In remarks reported by official media, National Planning Minister Soe Tha rejected warnings that Burma's food security could be "jeopardized" if delta farmers cannot plant a new rice crop by the end of July.

Sri Lanka invites Indian PM for SARC Summit in Colombo

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama will arrive today to New Delhi to extend the formal invitation to Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India to attend the 15th SAARC Summit in August to be held in Colombo. The next meeting of the Heads of State and government of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is scheduled to be held from 2 – 3 August, in Sri Lanka.

Market beaten continuously

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the bourse took a beating this week as the indices fell throughout the week recording the fifth consecutive weekly drop. Dampened investor interest led the indices to close down with losses for the week with the benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI) falling by 44.2 points or 1.77 percent to close at 2455.4 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) reaching its lowest level for the year to stand at 2942.8 points, by losing almost 62.4 points for the week. Hayleys was in the spotlight this week with the counter contributing almost half of the total weekly market turnover and share price appreciating by 24.5 percent WoW to close at Rs.125.

The other side of Jeffrey Archer you must know

By Syed Ali Mujtaba - Syndicate Features

On Saturday the May 24, 2008, a man who calls himself the greatest story teller on this planet was in Chennai. The celebrated author was none other than Jeffrey Archer, who was in the city to promote his latest book 'A Prisoner of Birth.' It was packed crowed at Landmark, the city’s leading book store. I presume more than 1000 copies of his book were sold that evening. I saw more than 500 people queuing up with two books in their hands to get the author’s autograph, perhaps one for him and other for the aunt who lives down the lane. The enthusiasm of the crowd undoubtedly demonstrated that Archer is the top man in this business of story telling today.



Sangaree – Douglas Spat: Rankling continues

V. Anandasangaree, the President of the Tamil United Liberation Front has taken an uncompromising stance and let loose barrage of accusations against Minister Douglas Devananda in his latest communication. This time Anandasangare addressed his letter directly to Douglas Devananda and asked, "Did I ever look at you or smile at you?" He gave his reason. Sangaree said “Even after enjoying power as Member of Parliament and as a Minister, you did not change your attitude towards the suffering masses." He added "I had been complaining about you to both presidents: President Mahinda Rajapakse and his predecessor in office Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge, a number of times. You can still verify that." Sangree said, "As it is now, you will never serve your community. Instead you will only ruin them."