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

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Another South Indian Film actor is taking plunge into politics

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

ChiranjeeviThe popular Telugu film star Chiranjeevi is the latest in a long list of film actors to be drawn to the dazzling world of politics. He will make his political baptism on his birth day August 2, though India's Independence Day on August 15 is also talked about as the suitable time for him to go public with his eight -month long plan to launch a political party.

Sri Lanka government has taken positive steps to look after media personnel - Anura Priyadarshana Yapa

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Anura Priyadarshana YapaMedia minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa inaugurated the IV SAARC Journalist Summit of the South Asian Free Media Association –SAFMA in Colombo on Wednesday. Around 130 local and foreign Journalists attended the media summit and highlighted grievances on media men in the Asian region and said most of Journalists were killed and harassed by the paramilitary forces and separatists. Speaking at this occasion Sri Lankan Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said the government has taken positive steps to look after local media men and already appointed a special committee made up of ministers to look into the complaints of journalists. This is an additional body set up as institutional safeguards against rights violations.

Sri Lanka’s "Envelope Journalism"

By Shenali Waduge

"In many developing countries, so-called "envelope journalism" (accepting financial benefits for certain action or inaction), is the corruption which destroys the image of our profession, deepening cynicism about the media and making us part of the problem, not the solution" - Christopher Warren (President of International Federation of Journalists.) The developed world replaces "envelopes" with trips, gifts or privileged access. Both examples nevertheless cannot deny that media is not without bias & certainly not without corruption.

Arthur C. Clarke Center, Web Cast live Solar Eclipse of 01 August

By Leel Pathirana

The Solar Eclipse that takes place on August 1, 2008, will be a total eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.039 that will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia.

Resignation of Judge Navanethem Pillay

Judge PillayJudge Navanethem Pillay has resigned from the International Criminal Court (ICC) effective 31 August 2008. In her letter tendering her resignation to the President of the ICC, Judge Philippe Kirsch, Judge Pillay indicated that her appointment by the UN Secretary-General to the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was endorsed and approved by the UN General Assembly on 28 July 2008.

More than 1200 protesters marched against LTTE Tamil Tigers in Berlin

Now it is the turn of the Sri Lankan diaspora to protest against the reclusive Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran and his terror outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam throughout Europe. The latest successful protest march against the Tamil Tiger terrorists’ atrocities was staged in Berlin, Germany. These type of marches against the Tamil Tigers were something unthinkable a couple of years ago, but today Sri Lankan diaspora in Europe are determined to expose the terrorists atrocities to the world by protesting in all the European capitals. On 26 July, "Sri Lankans against LTTE Terror – Germany", successfully organized a demonstration against the Sri Lankan terrorist group, the LTTE also known as Tamil Tigers.

Tamil Nadu too in terror fear

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

As more and more bombs are being found – Wednesday's tally was 20 – in Gujarat and blast trail has taken sleuths to Mumbai and its suburbs, terror fear is spreading in Tamil Nadu too. The police have unearthed what they call a plot to target key installations like Anna flyover and DMK headquarters in Chennai and Tirunelveli collectorate on the Independence Day with the recovery of one kg of improvised explosive devices in Madurai and elsewhere. Three persons were arrested.

LTTE supporter starts Thendral TV in UK

A well-known LTTE supporter in London commenced a new television transmission called 'Thendral' TV with the obvious intention of telecasting Tamil Tiger propaganda. The new transmission commenced telecast on July 14, 2008 barely a month after the Israeli decision to close down 'Tharishanam' TV transmission after the Israel authorities were informed about the link between the terrorist organization and 'Tharishnam.' The transmission license for telecast of 'Thendral' TV has been obtained by LTTE supporter Dr Nalliah Sivanathan through the 'Thendral' Medical Centre. The transmission rights have been acquired from Nepali Television, which is a Nepali language television service established several years ago in UK.

Sarcasm haunts 15th SAARC summit amidst doubts over Nepal's participation

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

There are question marks over Nepal's participation at the 15th SAARC summit which Colombo is hosting as a very prestigious event. The Maoists are locked in a tussle for power in the landlocked Himalayan and according to reports from Kathmandu, have asked caretaker Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to call off his planned visit to Sri Lanka. "Only a new government should represent the country (Nepal) at the Saarc summit failing which the summit should be called off", Maoist leader CP Gajurel, who is also in-charge of the party's foreign affairs cell, said in Kathmandu. He even moved the intervention of the Constituent Assembly with a request to stop Koirala from gong to Colombo.

Amirthalingham remembered in Canada

A.AmirthalinghamMr. A. Amithalingam, the great Tamil leader and former opposition leader in Sri Lankan parliament, who was brutally murdered by LTTE, was remembered by the Tamil Community in Toronto. This commemoration meeting was organized by the Canadian Branch of the Tamil United Liberation Front, in Toronto, Canada on 27 July,where all Tamil political parties were in attendance. Mrs. Rajakulasuriyar lit the lamp and inaugurated the function. Mr. M. Nadarajah of TULF chaired the function. He elaborated the noble work of late Mr. Amirthalingam and the strong leadership he gave to the Tamil community. He insisted that TULF or its leadership never, ever believed in violence but showed a clear political path under its late leader Mr. Amirthalingam.

Iran to expedite development projects in Sri Lanka

Ahmadinejad with Bogollagama Iran to expedite the implementations of all development projects it has undertaken in Sri Lanka. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranian President assured that projects Iran has undertaken in Sri Lanka would be speedily concluded, as a manifestation of Iran's goodwill towards President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. This assurance was given to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Rohitha Bogollagama, when he called on the Iranian President during his brief visit to Tehran to attend the 15th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Ministerial Conference.

G-8 Summit & After

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Was the just concluded G-8 summit at Hokkaido, Japan, just another summit or it did succeed in achieving some of it’s’ goals? On the face of it, it did not appear to achieve anything tangible which is an unfortunate thing to happen. But it would be too simplistic to say that it was an exercise in futility. Even before the summit had begun, it was clear that the leaders of 8 richest nations of the world will have to deal with a number of issues that stare into the face of the world today. These include global warming, instability in the international financial institutions, energy and food security, non proliferation issues, debt crisis, trade issues and a host of others.



Media minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa

Map of the Solar Eclipse August 01st / NASA

Judge Navanethem Pillay