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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Nagaland Team declared - Best National Muaythai Team

The biggest National Muaythai Championship has concluded successfully with over two hundred players from 22 states from across the country taking part. The Nagaland Team has finally emerged as the Best National Muaythai Team with seven gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals. All the eleven players from the State managed to get medals that led them to be finally adjudged as the “Best National Muaythai Team” of the 2008 National Muaythai Championships.

Bangladesh – Sri Lanka Bilateral Talks - Establishment of New Air Link

The establishment of new air links between Sri Lanka and Dhaka was among the key subjects discussed between the Head of State and Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at bi-lateral talks yesterday, held at the Presidential Secretariat. The Bangladeshi leader, who commented favorably on the historical ties and friendship between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, recalled the story of the arrival of Prince Vijaya to Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa stated the continuing friendship between the two countries manifested the people to people relations between them, which were continuing to progress.

Afghanistan : What we didn’t know

By Shenali Waduge

Will Presidential Candidate Barak Obama answer how he see’s the relationship of US dependency on the manufacture & sale of arms & ammunition as against the terrorism nightmare the world is presently faced with & the reality of his promise to withdraw US troops from Iraq? History has been manipulated by world leaders, their Governments, transnational corporations, & intelligence agencies & in this backdrop the people of the world are today faced with problems related to global warming, food crisis, health factors & most importantly the curse of terrorism that enables powerful nations to have a carte-blanche in invading nations, declaring wars on them & disintegrating that nation ultimately disillusioning its own citizens & soldiers. Iraq was one such example, Afghanistan the present discussion & Iran’s time being marked out as well.

The fourth SAARC Journalists Summit adopted the ‘Colombo Declaration’

The fourth SAARC Journalists Summit adopted the ‘Colombo Declaration’ on Thursday, with a call for taking concrete remedial measures to remove hindrances towards greater connectivity, partnerships, people to people contact, and free movement of information, goods and services across borders. The declaration, adopted after consultation among attending journalists, urged the member states of SAARC to take short and long term comprehensive measures to eradicate extremism and violent practices by both the state and non-state actors against civilians and journalists. It called on SAARC and professional associations to struggle at all levels in stemming and eradicating the tide of intolerance and violence against one section of the people or the other, journalists in particular.

Veteran Marxist Surjeet dead

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Harkishan Singh SurjeetVeteran Marxist Communist leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet, who earned the sobriquet of modern day ‘Chanakya’, died on Friday after a brief illness. He was 92. A life-long fighter against communalism, Surjeet, who started his political innings as a student in pre-partition India, is better known for keeping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of power in Delhi and helping the Sonia Congress to form the present UPA coalition government led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Political commentators are unanimous that had he been active the UPA government would not have faced the music it had experienced at the hands of the Communist leaders in July over the issue of nuclear agreement with the United States.

IAEA clears decks for India's N-deal with United States

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Taking India and the US a step closer to inking the N-deal, nuclear watch dog Friday adopted an India specific safeguards agreement. The approval was unanimous by the 35-nation Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, which met in Vienna. While there has never been a doubt that India will sail smoothly at the IAEA meet, the unanimous approval to the agreement comes as a shot in the arm to the Manmohan Singh government which is facing lot of flak over the nuclear deal with the US and was in fact close to losing power a week back.

Tamil Nadu threats needs strong response

By Janaka Perera

SAARC summit in Colombo notwithstanding Tamil Nadu mobs laid siege to Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commission in Chennai. Yet the JVP and the JHU with all their rhetoric against Indian hegemony are yet to 'return the compliments' by staging a protest demonstration opposite the Indian High Commission. The Marxist JVP in particular needs to make a statement on this, since it is the Tamil Nadu Communists who are leading the anti-Sri Lankan demonstration over alleged harassment by our Navy of TN fishermen despite the Indian Navy's denial of such harassment. Obviously the LTTE has manipulated these events in the wake of Sri Lankan Security Forces dealing crippling blows to the Tigers who are now running short of fire and manpower.

Singh, Rajapakse discuss fishermen problem, economic cooperation

By a correspondent in Colombo

Singh with Mahinda'One cannot envisage a prosperous India without strong links with her neighbors and the present SAARC Summit in Colombo provided an opportunity for such a partnership', said the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Friday in discussions with President Mahinda Rajapakse at the Presidential Secretariat. The talks between the two leaders took place on the sidelines of the 15th SAARC Summit. Prior to the bilateral discussions they met without aides for a while.

Are we inviting malnutrition and further terror?

By Oscar E V Fernando

The average Sri Lankan is complaisant; say anything adverse about the country and there would be a chorus of voices in disagreement; but could it be that complaisance, resignation to karma and lack of enthusiasm in the economic front, are retarding growth-to the extent of inviting malnutrition and further terror. With the advances presently made on the war front, haven’t the powers that be broken the back of the LTTE sufficiently to commence negotiations for power devolution, in order to make way for economic development?

Sri Lanka and Bhutan faces the common challenge of climate change

Mahinda Rajapakase welcomes Lyonpo Jigmi Y.ThinleyBhutan and Sri Lanka share common ideals and traditions, as well as challenges, said the Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonpo Jigmi Y Thinley. Among the challenges faced by the two countries were the pressing issues of climate change. While Bhutan faced the crisis of melting glaciers, Sri Lanka faced the problems caused by the rise in sea levels and changes in weather patterns. The Bhutanese leader made these observations when he met with the Sri Lanka ’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, at bi-lateral talks held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday, arranged as part of the 15th SAARC Summit in Colombo.

Malaysian Timber Industry visits Construction Chamber

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka (CCI) will once again collaborate with the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) to host an interactive session for construction industry stakeholders including Construction Contractors, Architects, Designers, Property Developers and Furniture Manufacturers, which will be held on 12th August 2008 at Trans Asia Hotel. Malaysian Timber Council has also facilitated the visit of a ten member trade delegation comprising Manufacturers of Furniture Mouldings & Flooring, Suppliers of Plywood, Particle Boards and Sawn Timber, with whom one to one business meetings will be arranged by the Chamber on 11th and 12th August 2008.

Final Mayuthai in Nagaland

Harkishan Singh Surjeet

Singh with Mahinda