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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Basil Rajapakse

The new people's mandate given to the "Mahinda Chinthana"

Mahinda Rajapakse"I see the convincing victory by the United People’s Liberation Front (UPFA) at the elections to the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils held yesterday as a victory for all our people who love our motherland. It is an election where the country has won," states President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a message on the results of the elections to the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces held yesterday.

Sri Lanka comparatively backward and failed to develop technologically

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka is faced with problems - largely the problems of poverty and because we are a poor country, we are facing problems of unemployment, malnutrition and even the Conflict Situation in the country could be traced to poverty and lack of employment, said Prof Tissa Witharana, Minister of Science and Technology addressing the press briefing held at Hotel Galadari to announce the holding of the “Techno 2008” to be held from 17th to 19th October, at the BMICH. ‘Techno 2008,’ is organized by the Institution of Engineers of Sri Lanka and it is being held for the 23rd consecutive year.

People has approved Sri Lanka President’s humanitarian war to liberate the north

Basil RajapakseBasil Rajapakse MP and the Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse, when speaking to ‘Asian Tribune said, “This Provincial Councils victory is the verdict given by the people. By this election, President has sought a mandate from the people for the 32 months administration of the UPFA Government and they have overwhelmingly endorsed it. The Senior Advisor to Sri Lanka’s President further said, "Our president has asked for their verdict and requested whether they approve the humanitarian war, what he is doing in the North and how its works in liberating the people of the Northern Province and about the activities we are undertaking to develop the local economy, giving priority to make the country self sufficient in food and to produce everything in Sri Lanka where we can produce.

Gambari Burma Mission Not Accomplished, UNSC should intervene more directly

By Zin Linn, Burmese Journalist in exile

Foreign Minister proposes linking city of Colombo and Frankfurt

A move to tie-up and strengthen links between Sri Lanka’s metropolitan city of Colombo and Frankfurt, considered Germany’s Banking, Financial & Trade Centre. This was discussed in Frankfurt, when Mayor Mrs. Petra Roth, welcomed Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama to Frankfurt at recent meeting in the ‘Rathhaus’ (Town Hall. During the discussion, both parties noted that Sri Lankan Airlines flies direct to Frankfurt four times a week and that an average 45,000,00 German Tourists visit Sri Lanka annually.

New UNICEF supported Health Facilities In the Eas

Today two new health facilities will be added to the health network of the Eastern Province. The new Maternity & Children’s Ward of the Pottuvil District Hospital will be declared open in the morning, while the Regional Medical Supplies Division (RMSD) Kalmunai will be inaugurated later the same day. Both projects are part of the UNICEF-supported Tsunami Infrastructure Reconstruction Programme in Sri Lanka. The new maternity and paediatric ward complex, costing Rs 103.5 million, will serve more than 45,000 people in the area and include: a paediatric ward, maternity ward, emergency treatment unit and an administrative block. Each ward has a capacity of 30 beds.

Seething lavas of FATA and Baluchistan

By Asif Haroon Raja in Rawalpindi

During the rule of Taliban, Pakistan’s western border had become safe for the first time and India lost its influence completely. After Musharraf’s infamous u-turn, which many in Pakistan regarded as wise and thoughtful, he embraced untrustworthy USA, arch enemy India and Afghanistan ruled by American puppet Karzai and India-friendly Northern Alliance.

Investors in a cautious mood to drop the activity levels

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that t he Colombo bourse witnessed a quiet week as investors cautiously waited for more corporate earnings. Week on Week (WoW) the All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed down by 17.4 points to stand at 2414.4 points while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) declined by 28.4 points or 1 percent to 2812.0 points. Major contribution this week came from CIC (voting), which amounted to Rs.136.3 million, accounting for almost 17.9 percent of the total weekly turnover. The week saw heavy trading on CIC (voting) shares on all five days, while in total the volume traded stood at 3.1 million for the week.

Defeating terrorism is a hidden agenda behind this PC election results

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The long-awaited Provincial Council elections for the North Central and Sabaragamamuwa Provinces are over. The Government party has won the two Provincial Council defeating the Opposition. It has witnessed bloodshed as well as damage to the property of not only the politicians but also of the civilians who sincerely supported them. It is a fact that the Government used it s all the power and authority to win the elections. It was an issue of life and death for the Government and the Opposition since one side was supporting the war with the LTTE and the other which was leaned to peace also inclined to the battle to win the elections.

The Truth About "Attack on The Talahena CalvaryChurch" in Sri Lanka

In mid-July 2008 emails were circulating among Christian circles both local and international, through their Christian news networks about "Sri Lankan Church Under Attack………..very serious…………" Commencing from 10th July when Ted Rubesh & George Niranjan Vice President/Gen. Supervisor Four Square Gospel Church Sri Lanka sent out a message of the Talahena Calvary Church coming under attack "… a mob of Buddhist monks and supporters just last Sunday." Stories such as this is not strange to be circulated among Christian news networks because their intention as always is to show the international world that Buddhists and Buddhist Monks here in Sri Lanka are intolerant morons who do not respect minority religions!

Bill and Hillary Clinton Key to Success of Democratic Convention Today

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Invesco Field in Denver is ready. Hillary and Bill Clinton will lend their luster to the Democratic Convention with cameo appearances making a solid pitch for unity. Said one analyst, there will be no rebellion but resignation from Clinton supporters who are determined get a democratic man elected to White House. So, over 4,000 delegates, 15,000 journalists from over 100 countries, over 200 local and international TV channels with their crew, 2,500 security forces and the glimmer and glitter choreographed to the last word and gesture will bring Barrack Obama’s presidential bid to a climax. Michelle Obama is expected to address the delegates on Monday.