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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2786

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Professor (retired) Dr GD Agarwal

Hayley’s group building a wind-power farm from strong gusts of Indian Ocean

By Walter Jayawardhana

In its continued effort to produce “green energy” non dependent on fossilized imported oil, Sri Lanka’s Hayley’s Group is currently building a wind power farm on the Western coast of Sri Lanka, the company has announced. The company’s energy sector Chief, Mervyn de Silva said, "A 10 MW wind power plant is being built at Nirmalapura at Kalpitiya in Puttlam District now to augment Hayley’s already existing green energy power generating plants like the Hydropower stations."

LTTE to train Muslim youths in the East: Thamilenthi in Amparai for groundwork

What is S. Thamilenthi, the Head of the LTTE Financial Division doing in Amparai? This is a million dollar question. ‘Asian Tribune’ learnt that he has been seen moving around in group, in some Muslim villages in the Amparai district. Also along with him people has seen Kalairupan, Head of LTTE Pistol Unit from Vanni. According to report reaching ‘Asian Tribune,’ increased activities of LTTE cadres reported in Muthur. Many new faces are seen roaming and they are going in groups and seeking assistance and support from the Tamil youths in Muthur.

Overcoming state suppression, Prof Agarwal continues Save-Ganga fast in Delhi

By Bobby Ramakant

Retired IIT Kanpur Professor (retired) Dr GD Agarwal, 76 years, is sitting on a fast-unto-death since 13 June 2008 to save the Ganga from the aggressive onslaught of strings of dams and hydel projects in Uttarakhand. On 21 June 2008, the Uttarakhand government had to forcibly disrupt the peaceful and non-violent agitation of Prof Agarwal, forcing the unflinching crusader to move to the nation's capital to continue his agitation.

Hundreds of Detainees Died under US Custody, at least 25 Murdered – Ex-US State Department Official tells US Congress

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A February 2006 America’s foremost rights organization Human Rights First report found that although hundreds of people in U.S. custody had died and eight people were tortured to death, only 12 deaths had “resulted in punishment of any kind for any U.S. official.” On June 20, U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Rights hearing on torture, Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to President Bush’s first secretary of state Colin Powell, told Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) that over 100 detainees have died in U.S. custody, with up to 27 of these declared homicides.

What is ailing Indian secularism?

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Buoyed up with the election results in Karnataka, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has got emboldened to rake up certain contentious issues, including secularism. Its President Rajnath Singh, while addressing the party’s National executive, raised the issue of ‘true’ secularism, embodied with other issues like Article 370, guaranteeing special status to Jammu and Kashmir (which it wants to abrogate), uniform civil code and ‘cultural nationalism.’ He chastised political parties for using the word “dharmanirpeksh” (neutrality with regard to religion), instead of “panthnirpaksh” (neutrality with regard to sects).

U S Elections: McCain and Obama Launch Summer Offensive

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Just two weeks into the campaign the thrusts and parries of the debate consumed John McCain and Barrack Obama to the full. The swampland land of the political summer engulfed them. This is the time to either falter or forge a winning coalition with the voters. Obama has softened his stand on trade packs with countries, drifting away from the hard-line against free trade. McCain was talking of being a reformer candidate, a far cry from the perceived status quo of a George Bush presidency. Eventually, one of them will emerge as an authentic candidate worthy of peoples’ respect.

American Politics, Terrorism and Islam

By Habib Siddiqui

As is well-known among experts, terrorism cannot be fought without understanding its underlying causes (and not symptoms). Unless the sources of the motivation for terrorism are diluted, attempts to thwart and eliminate it will see little success. Hatred will breed fresh recruitment. In his must-read book – " The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership "– Dr. Brzezinski argues that to make certain that their ranks are not replenished, however, a careful political strategy is needed in order to weaken the complex political and cultural forces that give rise to terrorism. Bottom line: what creates them has to be politically undercut.

Burma Urgently Needs Serious Democratic Reforms

By - Zin Linn

Food security situation in cyclone-hit Burma is worsening due to food shortages and soaring food prices. Out of 2.4 million affected people, hundreds of thousands in the remote rural communities of the Irrawaddy Delta still do not have sufficient food to eat. After cyclone Nargis hit the delta, food disruption took place as the areas were inundated and communication severely cut. As a result, sharply mounting food prices in other parts of the country are posing a risk to national food security. In Rangoon and surrounding townships, a 50 kg bag of rice – mediocre grade – which cost 12,000 Kyats before the cyclone, is now selling above Ks. 24, 000. Poor people in Myanmar spend on average 70 percent of their household budget on food, and they cannot afford to buy the same quantities of food at the present high prices.

Barrack Obama and the Arab World: Policy Planks Emerging

Philip Fernando and Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Third World developing countries have shown an additional interest in the presidential election campaign in the United States and the policy planks the two contenders, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barrack Obama, are currently shaping and taking new twists and turns. Presidential election is schedule for November 4 but policies of the two candidates are beginning to shape that will reflect what type of administration the United States will inherit in 2009.