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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Minister Mervin Silva

Appropriation of properties belonging to Hindus in Bangladesh challenged

Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM), an NGO possessing special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, has by its Bangladesh Chapter‘s Secretary General Mr Rabindranath Trivedi, who is an ex additional secretary to the Government of Bangladesh, filed a writ petition to the High Court Divisions of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh on the complete abolishment of Vested Property Act. It is alleged that interest groups of political parties in power and individuals by making use of this Vested Property Act, continue to appropriate property belonging to the Hindu community, and indeed to do so with the complicity of the authorities and the influential people.

Human misery escalates in Vanni as LTTE continues with hostile military operations

Sri Lanka Government has taken all possible measures to provide facilities to the Internally Displaced people from Vanni and also to provide food and medicine needed to those civilians trapped in the war zone. But the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam instead of laying down their arms and coming forward for a negotiated settlement in the interest of the Tamil people, are continuously involved in hostile military campaigns against the Sri Lankan armed forces. As the war rages on in the Vanni region, thousands of internally displaced persons are languishing without proper food and roof over their heads, as LTTE which claims controlling the Vanni region has ignored the welfare of the displaced as usual and forcefully removing food and medicinal supplies sent by the Government to the civilians in the region.

Unveiling of Robert Evans and his agenda

Some political analysts and media wiz kids try to defend Robert Evans with more vigour and professed conviction than Evans himself after Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama lashed out at the team of European Union representatives led by Evans for its one sided statement issued following few meetings with few selected individuals with their own agendas. These self-righteous analysts seem to take the version of the EU delegation as gospel truth even without trying to find out whether there was any truth in the charges leveled against Evans and questions on his alleged past links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The Sad Saga of American Democracy

By Habib Siddiqui

It is said that Americans are the most schooled and least educated nation on earth. This is a severe assessment when we reflect upon the fact that most of the best universities of our world are located in the USA, which graduate thousands of brightest minds every year. Living in an expansive country that is separated by the two great oceans, the in-house prosperity and America's status in the international arena as the most dominant power of our age have not pushed most Americans to have a decent education about the world they live in, or the world that their elected representatives like to shape.

Mervin Silva: Our local Hero, says Kelaniya residents

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Mervin SilvaResidents of the Kelaniya electorate asked the government to ban MTV and SIRSA television networks and said these channels violates local cultural norms and slinging mud against the government and the Hero of the Kelaniya residents Minister Mervin Silva. The residents of Kellaniya organized a demonstration at the Lipton Circus in Colombo on Monday and appreciated the service rendered by the Minister and said MTV and SIRASA networks are working with Tigers.

Global Trends that will Shape the next Decade

By Muqtedar Khan

We live in a time when rapid change is the norm. We experience more technological, cultural and political transformation in a decade now, than there was change over centuries in the past. Globalization has put history in a permanent fast forward mode. We will witness significant changes in the next ten years and I hope I can identify the five major drivers of global change. The challenge of climate change -- global warming – is going to have the biggest impact on the planet. It not only threatens the topography of our planet, but it demands that we systematically alter our lifestyle.

Fierce Campaigning Ahead in US: Dogs not out of Kennels Yet

By Philip in New York for Asian Tribune

Attacks Ads are coming. The dogs are not out of the kennels yet, we will see fierce campaigning, the analysts agreed. Senator John McCain is behind in opinion polls slightly and seems closing in on this election that he has no business winning. Experts maintain that he is running against a popular, rock-star quality, rhetorically skilled opponent in a disastrous year for the GOP.

USAID continues to boost Sri Lanka’s fishing industry

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday (08 August) marked the completion of another of its large-scale tsunami reconstruction activities, the revitalization of Puranawella fishing harbor. The harbor is the source of livelihoods for 11,000 fishermen and family members in this tsunami-affected area.

American National Security in the Age of Insecurity - Part 2

By Habib Siddiqui

The Bush Doctrine echoes many of the ideas of the neoconservative think tank - Project for the New American Century (PNAC), which was founded in 1997. PNAC, in its founding "Statement of Principles", stated the "need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad." The following year, it called for deposing Saddam Hussein. Among the signers of PNAC's original Statement of Principles were a number of people who later gained high positions in the Bush administration, including Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle.

Our Lady of Madhu


Evans with Tamilselvan

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Evans 1

The 450 years old statue of Our Lady of Madhu is opened for devotees

Our Lady of MadhuThe 450 years old statue of Our Lady of Madhu, Queen of Peace is opened for limited number of worshippers from today onwards up to 17th of this month. The Government has made all the necessary arrangements to open the Madhu church for devotees. Accordingly 200 devotees will be given the opportunity of engaging in religious observances at the statue of Our Lady of Madhu everyday. On Sunday, the statue of Our Lady of Madhu has been moved back to the Madhu shrine by the Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, who had taken it to Devanpitty, four months ago, deep behind the LTTE frontline located close to A 32 Road in the Northwest of Mannar.