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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Minister Susil Premajayantha

UNP’s role in inciting violence exposed by Media Minister

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

All arrangements have been finalized by the Election Commissioner's Department to conduct free and fair Provincial council election today. Over 20,000 Police officials are deployed by the government and over 22,000 officials are now engaged with the election works.

Canadian daily on “The Call of the Conscience” exhibit that focuses the worst human rights abuses by the Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Canada’s 'Globe and Mail' newspaper has highlighted an exhibition which it calls an eye opener to some of the worst human rights abuses perpetrated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that zero in on “torture, child conscripts and suicide bombings.” In a write up about the exhibition which has been funded by Canadian trade unions and organized by dissident Tamils who do not belong to the banned terrorist organization, the LTTE, the 'Globe and Mail' said, “The ordeal of a Canadian Tamil who says he survived torture at the hands of the Tamil Tigers will be among the shocking stories delved into this weekend, when artists and activists hope to expose the full range of human-rights abuses perpetrated in Sri Lanka.”

Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attack in Pakistan

The Government of Sri Lanka has strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack on an ordnance factory in Wah, near Islamabad on Thursday (21 August 2008). In a message to his Pakistani counterpart, Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, while unequivocally condemning the terrorist attack, has expressed sympathy for those who had suffered as a result of this atrocity.

The Government will win comfortably in the two provinces

Susil PremajayanthaPolling in the two provincial councils would bring handsome victory to the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance, said it’s Secretary General Minister Susil Premjayantha. Defeat of terrorism has brought a new lease of life to the and terrorism. Minister Susil Premajayantha speaking to 'Asian Tribune' expressed confidence in winning the two provinces in today’s voting.

Foreign Minister inaugurates Sri Lanka - German Business Council in Frankfurt

The Sri Lanka – German Business Council was established on the initiative of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt and it was inaugurated by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on 21st August, at the Marriot Hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. The Business Council has been established to bring together Sri Lankan and German businessmen engaged in trade between the two countries. Minister Bogollagama speaking to the business community expressed the hope that this forum would help to enhance connectivity given the tremendous potential in increasing bilateral trade.

Sri Lanka President to address UN General Assembly

Mahinda RajapaksePresident Mahinda Rajapaksa will be the first speaker on the second day of the UN General Assembly sessions in New York next month. He is expected to speak on Wednesday September 24, a day after President George W. Bush addresses the Assembly. The General Assembly session, which continues through early October, will formally open on Tuesday September 23. During his visit to New York, President Rajapaksa is scheduled to meet several heads of state and senior officials of the United Nations, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Voters will give UPFA another term in the two provinces – Dinesh Gunawardene

Dinesh GunawardenePeople will definitely give another term in the two provinces to the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance where voting is taking place today. In an interview with Dinesh Gunawardene, Minister of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development and the Chief Government Whip speking to Asian Tribune said with confidence that UNP today is finding it very difficult to hold the party from collapse. When commenting about General Janaka Perera he said though he was a retired general, but he still remains a ‘Private’ in politics.

Obama and Bidden To Start Campaigning in Springfield Illinois Today

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Barack Obama with Joe Biden It’s final. Barrack Obama and Joe Biden will head the Democratic Party ticket at the presidential election. Obama used the vice-presidential announcement to extend until the very last minute, and teed up the coverage of the convention. Speculation was rampant and they gained control of the media waves for days. That also helped them block McCain news out, making it difficult for him to garner positive press attention for a longer stretch of time. So the unending flow of coverage lasted till this moment.

America will get the President she deserves

By L. Jayasooriya

For any one who has watched the relentless propaganda against Obama over CNN and Fox News by the combined forces of all the trillions of dollars in the United States the manipulation of opinion polls could not be ruled out because what is at stake is Obama unshackling the nations on whose wealth the entire West acquired its high standard of living incomparable to those who were robbed. Nikita Khrushchev of Soviet Union once remarked Europe without Africa would be like a hen without feathers.

Mr. Narayanan’s Free Advice

By Palitha Senanayake.

The recent public statement by Mr N K Narayan, the Indian Security advisor, on the Sri Lankan situation, to say the least, is incoherent. His reference to "winning the battle and not the war" insinuating that a military operation has to be coupled with an operation to win the hearts and minds of the subject people is not something new that Mr Narayanan suddenly realized in his national security wisdom. This debate has been going on for sometime now in Sri Lanka and the military has been conducting their activities as best as they could.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse

Minister Dinesh Gunawardene

Barack Obama with Joe Biden

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MC Konyak says BJP crises will be resolved soon

By Oken Jeet Sandham in Kohima

Senior BJP leader and Minister for Forest and Environment MC Konyak lamented on the ongoing crises in the State BJP. He further urged the party functionaries not to go to the press for their differences, saying that allegation and counter-allegations through media would not bring any solution for the party crises. It will only snowball their problem, he warned.

Bangladeshi Hindus - Coveted Enemies Under the Vested Property Act

By Rabindranath Trivedi for Asian Tribune

The Vested Property Act (VPA), a controversial law in Bangladesh that allowed the Government to confiscate property from individuals it deemed as an enemy of the state. Before independence it was known as the Enemy Property Act and is still referred to as such in common parlance. The act is criticized as a tool for appropriating the lands of the minority population The vested property was known in Pakistan as ‘enemy property' after the 1965 Indo-Pak war. On 6 September 1965, Pakistan proclaimed a state of emergency under the Defense of Pakistan Ordinance at the outbreak of war with India. In exercise of the powers conferred by the Ordinance, the Central Government of Pakistan promulgated on the same day the Defence of Pakistan Rules.

Oil Rigs Occupy Center Stage in US Politics in Hot Muggy Days of Summer

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

The wacky side of politics got the better of the two presidential candidates during the hot dog days of summer. The POW John McCain looked just an old kook who's been in Washington for years and wanted to go out into the Gulf of Mexico during a major storm. He used the symbol of an oil rig to campaign for votes and drill home the point that oil rigs are now the fad. Obama supporters countered: hugging oil rigs may not be prudent for those who had castigated the green environmentalists as tree huggers. With gas prices exceeding four dollars in many cities, the focus on gimmicks to get the point across prevailed. Senator Obama had opposed oil drilling but flip-flopped slightly indicating that on-shore drilling may be permitted. President Bush wanted the Congress ban on oil drilling removed completely.

Over 65 percent voters turnout says Election Commissioner

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Centre for Monitoring of Election Violations said over 39 election violations were reported from the North Central and the Sabaragamuwa provinces. However the Election Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said no major incidents were reported from both provinces. He said the provincial polls were conducted peacefully. According to the statement made by the Election Commissioner on Saturday evening he stated that the voters turnout was over 65 percent in both provinces.