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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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Hemas provides pre-school for kids in Ganthalwa, Kantale

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hemas Piyawara Initiative recently opened its newest Pre-School in Ganthalawa, a remote village,6 Km off Kantale. Built at a cost of Rs. 5.3 million, the Pre-School has 78 children and is headed by three dedicated teachers. Funding for this project came from Ness Yammin, a generous donor in Monaco, through Ms. Chintha Senanayaka, a Sri Lankan resident there. Ven. Bandagiriye Somawansa Thera, Director, National Children’s Education Foundation speaking as chief guest at the occasion said that it is a blessing to have corporates such as Hemas which are dedicated to the uplift of ECCD in Sri Lanka.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama orders investigation into Kuwait returnee’s allegations

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to media reports on allegations by a Sri Lankan housemaid, Ms. Chandani Dissanayake, who had recently returned from Kuwait, that she had received no assistance from the Sri Lanka Mission in Kuwait, after being allegedly pushed from the upper floor of a house by her employer.

Imminent LTTE Downfall & The Caution Needed For Success

By Darmitha-Kotte

In the recent past, the news that has been broadcast through the radio, TV, internet and emails we hear of the advances and the successes of Sri Lanka’s Armed Forces who are systematically moving forward towards the inroads of the LTTE terrorist territories. There is no doubt, that the combined efforts of Sri Lanka’s Combined Services are proving to be successful efforts in their mission to eliminate terrorism from Sri Lanka for which every peace loving citizen of this country is ever grateful to them. In a war environment, needless to say that there will be casualties on both sides in the form of the wounded and the dead but unfortunately, this is the sacrifice we make for a much larger benefit for the entire country and its sovereignty.

Sri Lanka Government has has a zero tolerance policy on child soldier recruitment - Rohitha Bogollagama

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has reiterated the Sri Lankan Government policy of zero tolerance towards child soldier recruitment at a meeting with the UN Under - Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, who called on him at the Foreign Ministry yesterday. The Foreign Minister stated that the Government accorded the highest priority for the rehabilitation of ex-child soldiers who had been rescued or released. In this regard, great care is taken in handling these children who have been traumatized, to ensure that they are able to be re-integrated into society, after a period of counseling, and vocational training, so that they would become law abiding citizens.

Scholarship Program for Sri Lankan Children by 'Educate Sri Lanka Foundation' in Washington

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Program to support underprivileged children of Sri Lankan launched by Educate Lanka Foundation of Washington D.C. received a major boost with the Foundation's 4th annual Seven-A-Side softball Cricket Tournament, its signature fund-raiser. Educate Lanka Foundation (ELF), established in 2006 by a group of Sri Lanka students in the USA, is registered in the state of Maryland. Chairman Dr. Patrick Mendis praised the efforts of the Sri Lankans who are behind this laudable project promoting education opportunities of children back home.

Chamber to debate on the "Importance of Transport Infrastructure for National Development"

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

With the Government of Sri Lanka being faced with the challenge of maintaining surface transport infrastructure networks adding new capacities in strategic areas warranting very large investment, alternative models characterized by increasing use of private sector resources including expertise are required. The need for legislative enactments and institutional framework as well as administrative procedures for creation of a conducive environment for Public Private Partnerships are areas that should be addressed.

What Lessons do we get from Georgia in the Burmese Context?

Prof. Kanbawza Win

Now that the world media is highlighted by the Beijing Olympics and the conflict in Georgia, and as a teacher of the history of Imperialism may I take this opportunity to highlight some of the facts and figures of the Georgia crisis especially to the pro ethno democratic forces and draw lessons as we can no longer afford the trial and error method. A country living under the shadow of the evil Chinese empire must be able to see things clearly and visualise all the trappings for the future of Union of Burma.

The Tigers shocking counterattack: A worst case scenario

By Ravindra Wickremasinghe

At an unlikely hour between 23:00 and 03:00 in the coming days the LTTE launches a massive counterattack on six fronts thereby taking the rapidly advancing Sri Lankan forces by surprise. The Tigers crash six bomb-laden aircrafts onto the troops and several other suicide planes into high-level military and political targets in Colombo and its suburbs. Large bombers continue the assault. A first wave of over 2,000 Black Tigers dressed in Army uniforms, blast their way through the troops and destroys tanks and other heavy equipment. They sabotage all communication links and then a second wave continues the surprise attack.

India turns 61; Prime Minister Singh wishes 'all neighbors well'

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

Dr. Manmohan Singh chanting 'Jai Hind' India turned 61 on Friday. And the Independence Day was celebrated amidst tight security across the country except in Srinagar where the day was marked by calls for boycott of official functions and police firing that resulted in injuries to four persons, and in Assam which witnessed three bomb blasts. For Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who unfurled the national flag celebrations from the ramparts of the Moghul era Red Fort (it was built of red bricks), for the fifth year in a row, the day was a reminder of the elections round the corner. So he turned populist and spoke of plans aimed at a better deal to rural India and farmers.

Thai court to try Thaksin and wife who jumped bail in absentia in graft cases

Thaksin & Pojaman,The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions on Friday ruled corruption case against ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife, who jumped bail and fled to Britain, could proceed in absentia. The court's decision came after the couple's lawyers asked it to suspend the hearings on a graft case concerning Mr. Thaksin, who was ousted in a bloodless coup on Sept 19, 2006, and his wife Pojaman, who purchased land in Bangkok's prime business area while he was prime minister, as both of them are now living in Britain.

8888: A Grisly Episode of an Epic Struggle

By: Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

8888-The massacre of August 8, 1988 is a "turning point in the history" of Burma and it has laid the groundworks for the "second struggle for the independence" of Burma as the daughter of Burma's independence hero Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said. The bloods of the 8888 martyrs and tears of their mothers have laid the foundation of the protests, which has drawn thousands of ordinary people onto the streets around the country over the last two decades. It was an unprecedented uprising of the common people from all walks of life against the tyrannical rule of General Ne Win who seized power in 1962 overthrowing a democratic government and then unleashed a reign of terror all over the country.


Thaksin Shinawatra with his wife Pojaman,