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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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U.N. Warns of Faltering Goals on Aid, Trade

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the United Nations approved a set of development goals on poverty, health, gender empowerment, and sustainable environment back in September 2000, it laid down a deadline of 2015 to reach these targets. Of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) endorsed by the General Assembly, seven had a clear-cut deadline of 2015 as the target date. But the eighth goal -- a North-South partnership for development, mostly underlying the obligations of Western industrial nations -- did not carry a rigid deadline.

A third evil force responsible for attacks on the Tamil Nadu fishermen - Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner P.M. Amza

P.M. AmzaBlaming Sri Lankan Navy for various incidents of alleged attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen was denied and it was pointed out of the presence of a third ‘evil force’ in the sea, referring very clearly to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Mr. P.M. Amza, the Deputy High Commissioner cleared a lot misinformation and false propaganda viciously let loose against the Sri Lanka Navy. A television talk show ‘Neethiyin Kural’ (Voice of Justice) telecast on WIN TV recently dealt with the issue of Katchativu, reclaiming it and the attacks on Tamil Nadu fishermen. The panel consisted of the Deputy Secretary of the DMDK, Mr. Subbu, a former DMK MP, Mr. Veerapandiyan of the ‘Tamil Desiya Pothu Udamai Katchi.’

McCain Draws Stark Policy Contrasts to Obama in Accepting Presidential Nomination

Senator John McCain Atop a T- shaped stage reflecting a Town hall-type forum, which John McCain loves very much, the Republican Presidential nominee interacted and basked in the glow of a receptive audience as the Republican Convention ended in St. Paul Minnesota. He reviewed his career in public service — first as a Naval Academy midshipman and wartime pilot and then as a 26-year veteran of Congress — while drawing stark policy differences with Democratic candidate Barrack Obama.

In Sri Lanka, Investors are offered a constitutional guarantee by the government – assures Dr. Kohona

Sri Lanka is at the threshold of a decisive phase in her history. The security forces are engaged in operations to clear the last hideouts of terrorists. The government has embarked upon a comprehensive program to extend governance; we take for granted, to all parts of the country and restore democracy and civilian administration. “After the successful military campaign to free the Eastern Province from the LTTE stranglehold, the civil administration has been further enhanced with the holding of elections in the Eastern Province. The Government has allocated USD 200 Million for the development of the East,” said Dr. Palitha Kohona.

Soccer: Thaksin Agrees To Sell Manchester City To Abu Dhabi Investors

Thaksin ShinawatraThaksin Shinawatra, the former billionaire prime minister of Thailand deposed in by a military coup two years ago, has agreed to sell his English Premier League soccer club, Manchester City, to the Abu Dhabi United Group. ADUG is an investment group backed by the Abu Dhabi royal family. According to a memorandum of understanding signed with Thaksin, it will take a 90% stake with Thaksin becoming honorary chairman of the club and retaining a 10% shareholding. While a final price has yet to be struck, ADUG reportedly values the club's equity and debt at $360 million. In our last annual rankings of the world's most valuable soccer clubs, we pegged Manchester City's value at $191 million.

Korean Buddhists Rally against 'pro-Christian bias.'

The Buddhists of South Korea strongly protested accusing President Lee Myung Bak and his administration of showing religious bias against Buddhists and favoring Christians. South Korea by law is a secular state. Article 20 of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea stipulates the prohibition of state religion, and the separation of religion and politics. It was alleged that, since the inauguration of the new government, some of the high government officials and the President himself have been violating the Constitution as if intent upon turning the country into a Christian state. We strongly regret the government's physical suppression of the civil rights of peaceful assembly and demonstrations demanding the principle of democracy.

Give up differences behind: Contribute in the battle of unite the country - President

President called on the nation to leave petty differences behind them and contribute to the battle of uniting the country. President made these observations at the swearing in ceremony of newly elected members of Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Councils held at the Presidential Secretariat today. Maithreepala Herath and Berty Premalal Dissanayake have been sworn in as Chief Ministers of the Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Councils respectively. President assured to set up the ninth Provincial Council soon in North and commended the service rendered by the security forces to liberate the country from the clutches of the terrorists.

Registration of Persons Act to be amended

Cabinet has granted approval to a memorandum submitted by the Minister of Internal Administration, Ratnasiri Wickramanayake to amend the Registration of Persons Act No. 32 of 1968. This amendment has been necessitated by the conversion of the issuance of National Identity Cards (NICs) from a manual to a computerized process and the introduction of new features to the NIC, which will make certain existing provisions in the Act redundant while requiring new provisions. It was also noted that the Act has never been amended and that the penalties stipulated for various offences in the Act do not serve as effective deterrents in today's context.

Late Lakshman Kadirgamar fondly remembered in Canada

"Lakshman Kadirgamar was proud to be Sri Lankan. He wanted the new generations to look at each other in the spirit of Sri Lankan brotherhood and sisterhood, transcending narrow differences. He steadfastly stood for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka." Mrs. Suganthie Wijayasuriya Kadirgamar, widow of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar said, "despite threats to his life from the LTTE, he was not deterred from standing for what he believed to be right." She further said , “When he undertook the Foreign Minister’s portfolio in the Government of Sri Lanka in 1994 he had a daunting challenge ahead of him. The new government extended the hand of peace to the LTTE along with a devolution package, which the latter rejected and recommenced hostilities."

Kashmir : Perilous Religious War

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

For all intents and purposes the state of Jammu and Kashmir is now in the grip of a ruinous religious war. The agitation in Jammu will not die unless the demand for transferring a 40-hectare piece of government land to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board is accepted, say the people in Jammu who now think that only the board can provide transit facilities for the pilgrims who flock to the holy cave once a year during the summer for a ‘darshan’ of the ice Shivling. There is vehement opposition to this demand in the Kashmir valley where protests have reached hysterical levels with the allegation that it is all part of some diabolic design to change the demographics of the Muslim-dominated valley. The two opposing sides are sending a similar poison-coated message that the two leading communities in the state cannot coexist. Neither side is willing to listen to any voice that does not endorse their misleading views.

P.M. Amza - Sri Lanka's Deputy High Commissione

Thaksin Shinawatra

Tiger proxies evicted from UNESCO NGO Conference

Three members of a pro-LTTE Non Governmental Organization were evicted from the 61st Annual UNESCO Conference of DPI/NGO at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris yesterday. Three members of Tamil Centre for Human Rights (TCHR) have registered as participants submitting false information to the Department of Public Information of UNESCO and the DPI/NGO Conference Secretariat in Paris and New York. According to reliable sources, UNESCO conference authorities have cancelled the registration of the three members – S.V.Kirubakaran, Director TCHR, France, Mrs Deirdre McConnel Kirubakaran, Director TCHR, UK and Mr J. Jean-Marie, Program Officer, TCHR, Paris. While the registration batches of the first two were removed and they were evicted from the UNESCO conference hall immediately, Mr Jean-Marie could not be found at the conference venue until the day’s proceedings were over.