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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Federico Mayor

CIA Applies Interrogation Methods on Terrorists when other Techniques don’t work

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune – News Analysis

"CIA’s terrorist interrogation program, lawful and effective, was born of necessity. As President Bush told the nation in September 2006, the Agency (CIA) applied its methods of questioning when other techniques did not work and when a captured terrorist 'had more information that could save innocent lives.' Unlike traditional law enforcement, the CIA’s chief objective in interrogations is not forensics on past events, but actionable, forward-looking intelligence." The 'Asian Tribune' quotes the above paragraph from a message sent by CIA Director Michael Hayden on February 13 this year to CIA employees.

India Slipping Into Election Mode with Cong-Left Unable to Resolve the N-Tangle

By M Rama Rao, Indian Editor, Asian Tribune

No longer there is a question mark over the poll date. For eleven months, the political pundits have been crystal gazing. Now after the stormy Wednesday (June 25) meeting of the UPA-Left alliance, it can be said their split is on course. The Congress would like to be the first to announce the break. So is the Left. Another round of absorbing fare of ‘Reality Show’ to the nation as great relief from the Saas-Bahu saga of Veerani family (Star TV) and the Great India Laughter show.

Catholic Community in Bethlehem, condemn LTTE for making use of venerated statute of Lady of Mdhu as shield

Making use of the venerated statute of Lady of Mdhu as a shield by the terrorists group, called LTTE in Sri Lanka has been condemned by the Catholic Community in Bethlehem- Palestine. They have appealed to the leaders of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka to persuade LTTE to return the statue to its original shrine so that it would be accessible to the devotees who belong to all religions in the island. The Catholic Community in Bethlehem- Palestine, the birth place of Jesus Christ has expressed their deep concern over shifting of the highly venerated statue of our Lady of Madhu to an area 70 kilometres inside the jungle not accessible to the devotee.

National Freedom Front invites JVP parliamentarians

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

National Freedom Front, newly setup political party of Wimal Weerawansa could attract more JVP parliamentarians. Anjan Umma MP is the new member who obtained her membership in the party today morning at the NFF headquarters, Pelawatta. Wimal Weerawansa General Secretary of the NFF said he invites all JVP parliamentarians to join with the NFF to make a good political culture.

Ambassador Nakandala is the new Deputy High Commissioner to London

Amralal Sumith Nakandala, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal has been appointed as Deputy High Commissioner to Britain. He will be replacing Sudantha Ganegamaarachchi, the present Deputy High Commissioner whose terms already expired and on extension till the end of July this year. Ambassador Nakandala, a career diplomat and he was the Deputy High Commissioner of Chennai, India from November 2001 until early part of 2006. While he was in Chennai, though holding the Deputy High Commissioners position, he was elevated to the rank of an Ambassador. A hard working diplomat and left his indelible mark in Chennai when he left for Nepal

SLT conducts valuable training programmes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has launched two training programmes in the first series of course in the Systems Administrator and Systems Engineer Tracks for Windows Server 2003 and serves a an entry point for other Course in the Windows Server 2003 curriculum. The first training curse is on Managing and Maintaining Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment and the other on Oracle Database 10g (SQL). Windows 2003 Server Course is held on five Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Oracle 10G course is on Wednesdays and Fridays and also starts at 9 and ends at 5 pm for five days. These training programmes are conducted in the SLT training centre at Mahabage Ragama.

Independence from India: Task for Kashmir Governor

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

After terrorizing and killing innocent Kashmiris for decades since 1947 when it tactfully annexed the neighboring Jammu Kashmir, India, amid international criticism of Indian atrocities, seems to have decided to change its course of policy in Kashmir with the appointment of a bureaucrat as its new Governor. Governors, not elected by people, but appointed by central government, play very important role, at times even by controlling the elected assembly. On 11 June, Indian government appointed N N Vohra a bureaucrat with a lot of administrative experience in various capacities as new Governor of Jammu Kashmir.

Former Chief Ministers will contest on UPFA ticket in the forthcoming PC election as CM candidates

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Former Chief Ministers Berty Premalal Dissanayake and Mahipala Herath will be nominated by the UPFA as its chief minister candidates of the North-Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces on behalf of the United People’s Freedom Alliance. This was disclosed by the Nomination Board of the UPFA which is selecting candidates for the Provincial Council elections.

Delmege powers local industry with Black & Decker

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Black & Decker Delmege Construction Products Pvt Ltd, a subsidiary of Delmege Group, will boost sales of the range of Black & Decker Power Tools and Home Appliances currently marketed by the Company via an island wide distributor network of dealers for both the power tool range and the range of home appliances. Black & Decker are global manufacturers and marketers of quality power tools and accessories, hardware and home improvement products, have been represented in Sri Lanka by Delmege Forsyth since 1994.

Ex-UNESCO Chief as New Chair of Inter Press Service

The IPS International Association has chosen Federico Mayor as new chair of its Board of Directors. He replaces Mario Soares, former President of Portugal (1986-1996), who has been guiding the IPS Board since 2002. IPS also elected its Board of Trustees, which includes two former U.N. secretaries general, Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros-Ghali; two former presidents, Mario Soares (Portugal) and Martti Ahtisaari (Finland); two former prime ministers, Toshiki Kaifu (Japan) and Inder Kumar Gujral (India); and IPS founder Roberto Savio.

Offshore Drilling

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

President George W. Bush wants to see the US lift the ‘outdated and counter-productive’ restrictions on offshore drilling, imposed since early 1980s ostensibly to protect US tourism and prevent environmental damage from possible oil spills. Ironically, his father, the senior Bush, had introduced a moratorium on coastal oil exploitation though he had restricted the ban to the western and central Gulf of Mexico region. Bush Junior apparently believes, as do many others in his Republican party, that the uncontrollable surge in oil prices coupled with the need to curb oil imports that come mainly from ‘unstable’ regions have left the US, already facing prospects of a recession, no choice but to start exploiting its own sources of oil and gas reserves. There are also many Americans, including the Democrats and its nominee for the Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, who strongly disagree with Bush and his reasoning.

Ambassador Amralal Sumith Nakandala,

24 dead bodies of LTTE recovered in Chiradikulam

Sri Lanka armed forces recovered 24 LTTE dead bodies this morning in a search and clearing operation conducted at Chiradikulam, located in the North of Vavuniya. According to Sri Lanka Army sources, "Fierce pitched battles erupted Thursday (26) evening around 6.30 p.m. when the troops were making headway towards the north amidst resistance of the enemy. Unable to meet the challenge, Tiger terrorists who were apparently running in panic had gone on firing towards the troops indiscriminately but the troops sustained no injuries except for negligible bruises."