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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Police search Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission office in Chennai for bombs

Police found no truth in the bomb rumor in the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission office in Chennai. According to sources, Tamil Nadu police thoroughly searched the premises of the Deputy High Commission office, located at 196 TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai for suspected bombs materials and found nothing. Sources told "Asian Tribune," that Tamil Nadu Police received an anonymous call around 8.30 PM yesterday of bombs being planted in the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission office.

Sustainable Energy Masters program for Sri Lankan graduates under Swedish distance education

In the search for an alternative and cheaper power generating avenues without depending on petroleum sources, it is fervently hoped that transfer of education in the areas of Sustainable Power Generation, Sustainable Energy Utilization, Nuclear Power Technology and Solar Energy would be in a great way supportive in attaining country’s goals to find new avenues. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Sweden Ranjith Jayasuriya made this observation at the inauguration ceremony of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) which is the leading Technical University with First Class education and research, while inaugurating the distance education Masters program to a new batch of graduates from the Open University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

McCain and Republicans Distance themselves from Bush Legacy as Convention Begins Tomorrow

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Fast on the heels of the pageantry that Democrats offered in Denver, John McCain and the Republicans start their convention in St. Paul, Minnesota on Monday, making a valiant effort to look further and far away from the George Bush presidency. McCain seems willing to take on orthodoxies and to be a maverick at times. He proved it with his V P pick, Sarah Palin of Alaska. A new breed of Republicans is emerging on the scene as delegates assemble in Minnesota. This might turn out to be an incredibly compelling convention and we are definitely going to witness hectic times, according to some critics.

Georgia: Bush lights another fire and ushers in the second cold war

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Any one who watched the movie “Wag the Dog” will recall how US Forces went in to quell an armed conflict in a foreign country and triumph over forces that were a threat to peace and stability and how this war was “flashed” across all major TV networks, and how it helped in the re election of an unpopular incumbent US President. This was not a real war but one created in a studio to prop the credentials of the US President in that film. While the conflict in Georgia has not been created in a studio, it certainly is very reminiscent of that film, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s assertion that the Georgian conflict was precipitated by the US to help a US Presidential candidate has a ring of truth.

Winners and Losers

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

As part of its coverage of the Democratic National Convention, "Al Jazeera" interviewed a group of Black Americans while they watched Barrack Obama making his acceptance speech. Interviewee after interviewee declared ecstatically that it was a day they never expected to see in their lifetime. A middle aged woman put it best: a white man and a black man with their families on the stage, embracing, with the black man at the top of the ticket! Mr. Obama may or may not win the Presidency; even if he becomes the President, the economic, social and psychological gaps between whites and blacks will not disappear. Still, because he became the nominee of one of the two main political parties in the US, an absolute majority of Black Americans will feel a greater sense of belonging to the country of their birth. And as a result America will be a little stronger, a little more united, a little more capable of facing the challenges ahead.

Murky Political Situation

By Asif Haroon Raja

Benazir Bhutto was prematurely sacked in 1990 by President Ghulam Ishaq after completing only two years of her first stint in power. Her husband Zardari whom she married in 1988 was jailed on corruption charges. He was released once she regained power in 1994. Benazir Bhutto had proposed the name of her party member Farooq Leghari under the fond hope that with Leghari in the chair of president she will have a trouble free sailing with none to check her wrongdoings. She felt jilted and never forgave Leghari for sacking her in 1996 on similar charges of corruption and ineptness on which she had been shown the door earlier on.

Third president – CIMA Toastmasters Club

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The 3rd Presidential Installation of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Toastmasters Club was held recently at the CIMA Sri Lanka Division auditorium with Richard Ebell,a CIMA (SL) past president as chief guest. Ms Gowri Shankar, Fince Director, Hayleys PLC and President CIMA SL and Arunasalam Balraj, District Governorm District 82 were also present as guests of honour. Ms Padmini Samarasinghe, Deputy Division Governor, Education and Training and Training for Division A, Advanced Communications and Charter President of the Club installed the New Committee.

The Flop Idol of Asia – Velupillai Prabhakaran

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

When you are holed up in a bunker and your enemy is closing in on your last refuge on many fronts, the choices left for you, for the great game of survival, are dwindling faster than you can pronounce your own de-sanskritised name - Pirapaharan. One choice is to invoke the blessings of your favourite deity in such a way that you can turn yourself into a unicorn, the one-eyed ugly mythological creature which is capable of piercing even the granite. The alternative is applying a thick coat of soot on your persona to pretend that you are actually a coal miner who has lost his bearings.

Fake currency portends economic upheaval..?

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Fake currency, amounting to is currently afloat in the Indian banking system. Fake Money Detector Machines (FMDM) have become a common sight at show rooms, multiplex counters, post offices, petrol pumps and even fast food joints across the country. When people come in large numbers, checking each Rs.500 note (most ‘nakli’ notes are in five hundred denominations) is never easy. So no surprise ‘nakli’ notes are swelling in number. Official estimates are that Rs 1, 69,000 crore worth of fake currency is in circulation in India.

Sri Lanka: The Dangerous Delusion of an Imminent Military Victory

By Ravindra Wickremasinghe

The government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa buoyed by the victory in the two Provincial Council elections last weekend is well aware that the military campaign in the Tiger heartland will have to be halted or considerably slowed down in the coming eight weeks with the arrival of the pro-LTTE monsoon. Having failed to achieve the objective of taking the Tiger headquarters of Killinochchi by Election Day last Saturday, as predicted by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, the President may now hope to do so by the third anniversary of his own election victory on 17th November 2008. This will be about a week before the LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabkaran celebrates his 54 birthday – a day which is commemorated as Heroes Day.

Sri Lanka won the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2008

By Leel Pathirana

Sri Lanka won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award presented by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation in Manila Philippine yesterday 28th August and which is considered to be the Asian version of the Nobel Price for outstanding personals in Asia. Ananda Galappatti young medical anthropologist received the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, personal commitment to bring appropriate and effective psychosocial services to the survivors of war and natural disaster in Sri Lanka.

Speculators drive market activity to higher grounds

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the market closed slightly lower for the week despite remaining satisfactory in terms of volume. The indices were virtually unchanged during early week trading before picking up moderately on Thursday. Week on Week (WoW) the All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed down by a slight 5.8 points or 0.24 percent to stand at 2408.6 points while the more sensitive MPI (Milanka Price Index) declined by 23.0 points or 0.82 percent to 2812.0 points

Rizana’s Case: Confusion over the alleged Malayalee translator who was not present in the court – Was he a fictitious character?

The translator, said to be a Malayalee, alleged to have translated the confession of the killing of a four month old baby, by the teenaged Sri Lanka House maid Rizana Nafeek, when she was arrested and taken to the police station at Dawadmi, was not present yesterday at the Dawadmi High Court. It was only one Mr.Karim Mawiya Cader Mohammed, from Kanataka, who interpreted from Tamil to Arabic and Arabic to Tamil during the hearing in the Dawadmi High Court, was yesterday present in the court. Question is now being raised about the Tamil language proficiency of Karim to interpret Rizana Nafeeks statement in the court, who has been working for an electronics company in Dawadmi for 20 years, a Kannada language speaker, who is originally from the Indian state of Karnataka.