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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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All Countries in BBC Poll Prefer Obama to McCain

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

All 22 countries in a BBC World Service poll would prefer Democratic nominee Barack Obama elected US president instead of his Republican rival John McCain. Obama is preferred by a four to one margin on average across the 22,000 people polled. The margin in favor of Obama ranges from just 9 per cent in India to 82 per cent in Kenya. On average 49 per cent prefer Obama to 12 per cent preferring McCain. Nearly four in ten do not take a position.

Visit to U.S. two weeks after 9/11

By Janaka Perera

This week marks the seventh anniversary one of the most horrifying terrorist attacks in world history. September 11th morning in Sri Lanka is Sept. 10 evening in the U.S. So the Consular section of the American Embassy, Colombo was open to visa applicants that fateful day in 2001. I happened to be one of those interviewed. Having obtained the visa, I was hoping to depart in a couple of days' time. My brother-in-law and family had already left for the U.S. on Sept. 11.

Withdrawal of international staffs would leave civilians trapped in Wanni more vulnerable to LTTE – Amnesty International

Amnesty International has expressed concern over the withdrawal of international staffs and pointed out that it will leave civilians in Wanni more vulnerable to abuses by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Furthermore, it said that it has received credible reports that the LTTE has prevented civilians from moving to safer places in government controlled areas. Also it has alleged that the LTTE at present is actively recruiting minors in camps for the newly displaced. These fears and concerns were expressed in a press release of the Amnesty International, a human rights organization based in London. It has also alleged that Sri Lanka Government has blocked international aid workers from helping civilians trapped by ordering the aid agencies to leave Wanni.

Use of Bio-fertilizers preserves soil nutrients and helps produces crops good for health

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

World food habits are changing and now more and more people are becoming health conscious with regard to consuming food.. On the one hand people are learning that fast food or junk food which are soaked in oil are injurious to the health, the developed world already go for agricultural produce that use less or no chemicals and chemical fertilizer. in growing food crops. They are restricting import of fruit, vegetable that contain chemicals and also they are restricting import of animal that contain chemicals.

China thanked Sri Lanka for its unshaken support for ‘One China Policy: Pledged to uphold Sri Lanka’s sovereignty

Yang Jiechi met Mahinda RajapaksaThe Chinese Foreign Minister stressed the importance of continuing the strong and good relations between China and Sri Lanka. He was appreciative of Sri Lanka's unshaken support for 'One China Policy' and thanked the President for continued support on the issues of Taiwan and Tibet that are matters of China's core national interests. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi who is on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka called on the President Mahinda Rajapakse at the President’ House yesterday expressed China’s confident under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and said Sri Lanka will play an important role in promoting and ensuring peace and stability in Sri Lanka and South Asia.

The Singur Disease

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

The crisis created by opposition to land acquisition in Singur, West Bengal, for producing the world’s cheapest passenger car, the rupees one-lakh Nano of the Tatas, is not just a tragedy but a pointer to a disease that will threaten the pace of further industrialisation in the country at a time when for the first time in years the economy seems to be slowing down in the company of spiralling prices. In the particular case of Singur, the Trinamool Congress supremo, Mamata Bannerjee, must share the major portion of blame for creating a stir that has been denounced very widely. Bu it will be facile to let off the rest of the political class lightly for contributing to the disease that arises from blind opposition to land acquisition and the use of violent forms of protests.

Gary Seaton and Dr Lakshmi Prasard

America's "Undimmed by Tears Mind-set" Shattered as Twin Towers Fell on September 11th

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

My friend Janaka Perera’s very readable account in the "Asian Tribune" prompted me to write this piece. The Twin Towers, an American icon due to its engineering and symbolic stature fell on September 11th 2001. We saw the second plane hit the Tower early morning on TV that day as my wife was getting ready to go to work in Torrance California. The dense hum of humanity gasping for breath was a sorry sight. Chaos reigned. Telephones died, power collapsed, the command center drowned in debris necessitating 24 hour air sampling as air borne chemicals inundated everyone. Some New Yorkers attended 40 funerals in one month.