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Modi ‘New’ Speak

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

The poster boy of the Hindutva forces, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, has challenged the Centre to file a sedition case against him for demanding that Gujarat be allowed to keep all its tax collections—income tax, customs duty, excise levies etc--for at least a year. Such a loaded statement from him is the kind of political gimmick that thrills his admirers in and out of the state. It further consolidates his position within the Bharatiya Janata Party as a combative, ‘natural’ heir to the Lauh Purush, L.K.Advani.

Thousands Gather in LA to Celebrate Life of Fr. Flavian Wilathgamuwa

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Thousands from the six counties of Southern California gathered in Los Angeles to pay their last respects and celebrate the life of Father Flavian Wilathgamuwa (89). For the large Sri Lankan community who knew him, he was their chaplain, friend and cheer leader. He never failed to be their guide in moment of need. There were old boys of St. Sebastian’s Moratuwa, St. Benedict’s, Kotahena, St. Bede’s Badulla and de La Salle Mutuwal who cherished his friendship for over four decades. The President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in a message that Sri Lanka had lost a true patriot. This was echoed by everyone at the funeral service and memorial ceremony held at San Gabriel Mission in Southern California.

Sri Lanka – Russia exchanges views on current and bilateral issues

A thorough exchange of views on the current state of and prospects for Russian-Sri Lankan relations took place during consultations between Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexei Borodavkin and Sri Lanka Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona. Both sides noted with satisfaction that the high level of bilateral political dialogue and the positive dynamics of mutually advantageous cooperation in a whole array of growth areas.

Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates to visit Sri Lanka next year

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Bill Gates, Chairman Microsoft Corporation during a 20 minute interview I had with him in Indonesia has assured that he would visit Sri Lanka next year, said Prof Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Science and Technology, addressing the launch of INFOTEL the biggest Information Communication Technology (ICT) event in Sri Lanka that is scheduled to be held on 30th October at the BMICH. The launch and a press conference to reveal the details of INFOTEL was held at Trans Asia Hotel last week where Prof Vitarana was the Chief Guest. He said that Bill Gates was invited to inaugurate Infotel, but he has said that he would be unable

No negotiations with the LTTE in this moment, says Sri Lankan PM

Asian Tribune - SL Bureau

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickremanayake said the Sri Lankan government would not hold any discussions with the LTTE until they lay down their arms. He said Tiger organization is facing its biggest defeats now. The Prime Minister at a meeting with the new New Zealand ambassador to Sri Lanka Rupert Hall Biro at the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday said that the LTTE must lay down their arms before arriving at the negotiating table.

The Upshot of the Somali Peace Express

By Abukar Arman

Naturally, the Somali people are anxiously trying to find some sort of inspiration and are galvanized by the optimistic appeal of this latest one. However, this is hardly unique. Like a person lost in a desert for a long period finds hope and motivation to survive upon seeing a desert mirage, Somalis found temporary comfort to ease their desperate psyche in every one of the aforementioned peace conferences. That said, objective assessment of what was signed in Djibouti by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) would require focus on the most critical issues of contention.

LTTE Military Intelligence Wing Leader in Trincomalee shot and killed

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army shot and killed Thangkan Amman, (38 Yrs.) yesterday morning at Manal Chenai, located in Muthur, in the Trincomalee district. Thangkan Amman alias Sounderarajan is an intelligence operative of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Thangkan provide Intelligence to LTTE Military wing. He was involved in the gathering of intelligence regarding Sri Lanka Navy camp in Trincomalee, movement of Navy ships and boats. He was actively involved when Sri Lanka Air Force planes attacked Muttur, Kaddaprichchan and Mavilaru in 2006.

Government recruits ex-military men to protect the state transport

Asian Tribune - SL Bureau

Government of Sri Lanka decided to recruit six hundred Security officers who had military training in the government forces. These officials will assist security of commuters who use state transport services. This measure aims at preventing terrorist attacks targeting civilians and school children. According to a spokesman of the local transport ministry nearly 190 security officers have been recruited to the Sri Lanka Transport Board.

USAID and AmeriCares provide safe water to Ampara community

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the international relief organization AmeriCares to fund the completion of a Water Distribution Network for the Ulla community in Ampara District. The completed project will serve an estimated 2,400 inhabitants in the Arugam Bay area by distributing clean and safe drinking water directly to the people.

Why should Pakistan be heading towards an Emergency?

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Talk of impeachment of Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf has been in the air for quite some time now causing uncertainty and contributing to the stability of the nation. Democracy talk is Ok, but it seems PMLN supremo Nawaz Sharif depends too much on the lawyers to help him oust President Pervez Musharraf and he thinks if the currently available chance is missed, he might not get another opportunity to make his sweet dream come true: to remove Musharraf form Presidency and, if that comes to him, to assume the post himself. It seems Sharif is trying to use his political strength to coerce the PPP-led government in order to settle score with his arch enemy who now occupies presidency. PMLN has already withdrawn its ministers from the government protest against the delay in restoring the judges.

USAID Provides Additional aid to Burma Cyclone Victims

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $3 million to the UN World Food Program to support its logistical operations in Burma, which have dispatched more than 2,649 metric tons of humanitarian assistance to those in need in the wake of Cyclone Nargis. The total USAID contribution to WFP for logistical support in Burma is $4 million to date.


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