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Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Supermarkets versus Public

By L. Jayasooriya

A shop may revise its prices on any product and charge for shopping bags. That is no problem. They are free to offer advice on protecting the environment. That too is okay but when they advice people against using polythene bags and then ask their customers to pay for re-usable bags it surely is an insult to the public to say the least. What is intriguing is how the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) joined the supermarkets in this farce.

Let My People Go In Peace

By Dr Noel Nadesan

We are living in sad times where most Tamils are feeling desperate not knowing what to do next. Each day the situation of our people is getting worse as all our hopes are crumbling before our own eyes. Our people have gone through terrible times. Our people have suffered enough. They have gone through enough. Our people have faced the worst. When the Sri Lankan Army came our people faced severe hardships. When the Indians came it was no better, When the Tigers came ….I don’t have to tell you what happened, Should we watch the suffering of our people without any hope of ending it?

The humanitarian mission to free the North is proceeding according to military strategy - Secretary Defence

Gotabaya RajapaksaThe Humanitarian mission to free the Northern Province is proceeding according to the strategies devised by the military stated the Defence Secretary Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the media briefing held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Hall on Thursday (28). The Defence Secretary stated that the key issue raised during the conference held with the diplomats was the Internally Displaced Persons. According to Government statistics around 31713 families are displaced in Kilinochchi alone. These families have fled from combat areas in Mullaitivu. He clarified that the Security Forces continue to consolidate their positions in the North. There are no shortages of food and other essential commodities for those displaced in those area. Government sources have clarified that the mechanism which controls the supply of food and medicine to those areas are functioning perfectly.

Sri Lanka calls for intensified action to combat terrorism in the BIMSTEC Region

Rohitha Bogollagama Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has emphasized the urgent need for enhanced cooperation among Member States of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi–Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to combat terrorism. The Minister made this call, when he addressed the tenth Session of the BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting held today (29th August 2008) in New Delhi.

USAID boosts job opportunities for Sri Lanka’s youth

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today marked the completion of the first two out of nine new vocational education schools in Southern and Eastern Sri Lanka, built with funds provided by the American people as part of USAID’s Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program. “Of all the initiatives by the United States to help Sri Lanka recover from the tsunami, promoting vocational training is in many ways our most important project,” U.S. Ambassador Blake said at the opening ceremonies. “Training young people in the trades will help to provide good paying jobs in the near term, and will help boost both family income and economic opportunities in Sri Lanka.”

Telugu Mega Star Chiranjeevi overcomes setbacks to mega political stardom dreams

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

ChiranjeeviTelugu Mega star Chiranjeevi has overcome the setback to his mega political stardom dreams by deft foot work and behind the scenes efforts by his advisors and well wishers. Two days after he made his political 'arangetram' and announced the launch of "Praja Rajyam' (Peoples' Rule) party in the temple town, Tirupati, the actor and his advisors woke up to their shoddy homework. Months of preparations preceded the Aug 26 rally attended by an estimated 10 lakh fans and yet they were beaten in the race to register the party name with India's poll body.

McCain Picks Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as Vice Presidential Choice

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

MaCain with SarahJust after the reverberations of a four-day Democratic extravaganza in Denver ended, Senator John McCain picked Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, a move aimed at obliterating the bounce that Barrack Obama got out of his masterly dissertation of yesterday at the convention in Denver. McCain upped the ante with his announcement of a V P candidate. This would keep the news cycle going. Monday marks the beginning of the Republican convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The much talked of VP picks like presidential primary candidates Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty disappeared out of the lime light like morning dew on a sunny day.

Bomb Explosion in Colombo, 45 civilian injured, 4 in critical condition

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

A bomb explosion has taken place near the Bo-Tree Junction, located in the Olcott Mawatha, Pettah in Colombo, around 12.15 p.m, today. Dr. Anil Jayasinghe , The Director of National Hospital, Colombo told ‘Asian Tribune’ that around 43 Civilians were wounded and out of them 4 Civilian are in critical condition. Those victims who suffered severe injuries were already taken for immediate surgeries. Further details awaited. In the meantime according to a an Army spokesman, the explosion is suspected to be caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) placed along the pavement.

An Honest President, Too Much to Ask?

By Adnan Gill

Pakistan deserves a non-partisan, honest, nay a president of impeccable reputation. Not the one who came to fame through the tales of corruption; not the one whom more people recognize as “Mr. Ten Percent” than by his real name; not the one who is thought to have his brother-in-law assassinated; not the one who had been convicted for money laundering; not the one who Transparency International used as a case study for corruption; not the one who is said to have doctored his wife’s living will; not the one with psychiatric issues; not the one who breaks signed contracts; and certainly not the one who makes unconstitutional deals with dictators. In case anyone is wondering, the above traits are generally associated with the PPP co-chairperson, Asif Ali Zardari.

Sri Lanka contradicts BBC news report on refugees, while Catholic Bishops disassociated themselves from it

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka government contradicted a news item broadcast by BBC relating to the internally displaced persons in Wanni they sourced to "Catholic Church" and said the two Bishops of the area have disassociated themselves from the statement issued by the purported "Catholic Commission", that had written to the UN Secretary General. "The story on BBC which quotes a purported communication from the "Catholic Church" addressed to UN Secretary-General relating to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Wanni, does not present an accurate picture of the reality on the ground," said Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, coneyed by the President’s Secretariat to this correspondent.

Nepal: Prachanda PM at last

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

That Nepal’s long search for an executive head to replace the caretaker Prime Minister G.P. Koirala has finally ended is something of an achievement. Push Kamal Dahal, alias Prachanda (‘the fierce one’ who was actually born as Chabilal Dahal)) won an 80 percent support in the constituent assembly (also doubling as parliament till another election in another two years by when the Constitution is drafted) to end a long stalemate on August 15. But that is only one major hurdle crossed on way to making Nepal a true democracy, a nation at peace with itself and ready to root out poverty.

The group photograph of the BIMSTEC Ministers

MaCain with Sarah

Telugu Mega star Chiranjeevi

PPP led democratic rule heading for another failure

By Asif Haroon Raja

On receiving inkling from Haqqani as early as June that the Americans desired safe exit for Musharraf, Zardari changed his tunes and hastened to indicate his intention on 16 June in Governor House Lahore of placing a Jayala in the Presidency. While he made a secret deal with USA and UK that Musharraf would neither be impeached nor put under trial, he kept passing harsh statements against him. As per Aitzaz Ahsan, "It’s Brits (Sir Mark Lyall Grant) who stitched the deal".