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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

Monthly archive

Chandra Nihal Jayasinghe

US Elections: Pollsters Give Obama Early Front Runner Status

By Philip Fernando in Alaska for Asian Tribune

Opinion polls, the heart beat of US politics came out kicking this week as Senator John McCain and Senator Barrack Obama took to campaigning like ducks to water. Pollsters spared no pains to look masters of everything they purveyed. There were half a dozen polls showing that Obama was ahead in close races in many states-sometimes by double digits. However, the week was dismal in many ways mainly due to the two candidates trying to dislodge each other in different spheres of influence. Obama defied odds and opted not to go for public financing but to rely on individual donors. McCain was quick to ward off attacks about his wartime record.

Chandra Nihal Jayasinghe, the new High Commissioner of United Kingdom

By Walter Jayawardhana

Nihal JayasingheVenerable Bogoda Seelawimala, the Chief incumbent of the London Buddhist Vihara said that he was glad that Sri Lanka has appointed a former senior Supreme Court Judge who is also versatile international jurist and a person who is having a deep knowledge in Buddhism as Sri Lanka’s London High Commissioner. He was addressing a religious ceremony to bless Sri Lanka High Commissioner Chandra Nihal Jayasinghe at 13 Hyde Park Gardens London when he assumed duties as the country’s envoy in the United Kingdom.

UNP still keeps secretly names of its Chief Ministerial candidates for the two Provincial Councils

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The UPFA and the JVP are announced names of their Chief Ministerial Candidates but the United National Party is still not announced its Chief Ministerial Candidates and a party spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said names of their Chief Ministerial candidates are still kept secret due to the government pressure on their candidates. However UNP General Secretary General Secretary, Tissa Attanayake m revealed that a team leader too has been appointed to each district: Gen. Janaka Perera, Anuradhapura; H.M. Donald, Polonnaruwa; A.A. Wijetunga, Ratnapura and Jayatilleke Podinilame, Kegalle. But he too has failed to disclose UNP’s chief minister candidates for the two provincial councils.

Study on National Strategy for Maritime Security unveiled

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has emphasized the paramount need for Sri Lanka to adopt a national strategy for maritime security, given her geo-strategic location in the Indian Ocean straddling the vital sea route linking the Orient and the West. He made this observation at a meeting held at the Foreign Ministry on 27 June 2008, when a Concept Paper on “National Strategy for Maritime Security of Sri Lanka” was presented to him. The in-depth study and analysis on this subject was commissioned by the Minister and conducted by a Committee appointed by him under the auspices of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies.

SLPI, Lake House and Tiger journalists

By Janaka Perera

In the midst of the heated controversy over the allegation that the Sri Lanka Press Institute had sent eight Tigers masquerading as journalists to Norway, some real issues seem to have been overlooked. The SLPI has threatened legal action against the Lake House for publishing the unsubstantiated report. Nevertheless it is intriguing to know whether the persons in question actually returned to Sri Lanka after participating in the Media Democracy Program in Copenhagen. If the Immigration Department records show that they have come back and are now working in media organizations in Sri Lanka that is all the proof required to knock the bottom out of the Lake House 'Dinamina' news story.

Veteran Journalist U Win Tin- World’s longest serving prisoner of conscience

By - Zin Linn

U Win Tin is the world’s longest serving "prisoner of conscience" and a "veteran journalist of Burma". Two press freedom associations, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association issued a statement calling for the release of the veteran journalist, who has spent 19 years in solitary confinement under the inhumane detention camp of Burmese junta. His health has deteriorated in the past few days. "It will be exactly 19 years on 4 July since Burma’s military arrested Win Tin," the groups’ statement highlighted. "The government, which has a responsibility to protect the life of its citizens, should now release him," the group statement urged.

SANASA Development Bank to modernize parapet wall of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

First time in Sri Lanka’s bank history , SANASA Development Bank – a Sri Lanka’s most popular rural bank which has over 800, 000 membership plans to modernize the ancient stone parapet wall of the Jaya Siri Maha Bodhiya, Anuradhapura, which was erected during King Devanampiyatissa [247 -207 B.C.] Chairman of the SANASA Bank Dr.P.A.Kirivandeniya says the bank plans to raise funds through the public and hope to complete the entire modernization project within six months.

Resist or Not to Resist NATO?

By Adnan Gill

Unless, somehow Pakistanis manage to hand President Bush a farewell gift, so enormous and so sought after, that it will put a shining jewel in his otherwise depressingly disastrous legacy; NATO will enter Pakistani territory to pick the jewels themselves. It will take nothing short of Osama Bin Laden in Guantanamo prison or his dead body in a Freezer at Langley Headquarters to shine Bush’s legacy. Pakistanis will have to pony up Osama’s (proverbial) head on platter to Bush, or be prepared for a short but extremely ugly showdown on its border with Afghanistan.

Bhutan extend fullest cooperation to make the SAARC Summit a great success

Bhutan has accepted the invitation to participate in the 15th SAARC Conference to be held in Colombo from 27 July to 3 August. Foreign Minister Rohitaha Bogollagama was in Bhutan as part of his tour of SAARC countries to hand over invitations from President Mahinda Rajapksa to the counterpart Heads of State or Government for the forthcoming Summit in Colombo.

Electoral Nuclear Nightmare

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Is the Indo- US nuclear deal dead? Will the UPA and the left part ways now? Will there be snap elections in the country? Or, will the government survive with the help of Samajwadi Party which would mean elections sometime next year. These are the questions people are trying to find answers for. Answers, which are not easy to come by. After 9 rounds of discussions in the coordination committee set up by the UPA and the Left parties, the fate of the Indo -US nuclear deal continues to hangs in balance. If anything, the latest stormy round on Wednesday June 25 and subsequent bytes from both camps make it clear that the parting of ways is imminent. But the final decision has again been put on hold, at least for the time being.

Victor Perera the new Governor of the Northern Province

Retired Inspector General of Police Victor Perera was sworn in as the new Governor of the Northern Province, by Sri Lanka President by Mahinda Rajapakse, at a brief swearing in ceremony at the Temple Trees this morning. Lalith Weeratuna, Secretary to the Sri Lanka President was also associated in the ceremony. This is the first time, a former head of the police department has been appointed as a Governor to a province.