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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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U.S. Congressional Approval of Nuclear Accord a Watershed in U.S.-India Relations

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune US Bureau

The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) hailed October 1st vote in the U.S. Congress, which ends 34 years of a "technology denial regime" imposed against India, opening a wide vista of opportunity for U.S.-India collaboration in commerce, civil nuclear research, technology transfer and nuclear fuelsupply -- essential inputs to power India's dynamic, fast-growing economy. On the operational level, the U.S. Congressional ratification of Section 123 of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act -- referred to as the 123 Agreement -- sets the parameters for U.S. Industry participation in India's civil nuclear build-out, but on a symbolic level represents a historic breakthrough, shoring up a durable foundation upon which U.S.-India relations will flourish and America's partnership will deepen with the world's largest free-market democracy, says the Council.

What have the LTTE’s NGO/INGO friends being doing in Sri Lanka?

By Shenali Waduge

Sri Lanka’s NGO/INGO sector number 3500 (7 per every square mile). Many of those who question the actions of these “humanitarian aid workers” base their argument on the type "work" that has been done by them, why they are unmonitored & why they lack transparency and impartiality. As the Sri Lankan armed forces march to liberate the North of LTTE hegemony what these NGOs/INGOs have been doing can be finally unearthed (pun intended) & expose who actually benefitted from their "humanitarian" kindness. Many of the NGOs/INGOs present in Sri Lanka have benefitted by the continuing conflict in the country -the conflict being the very reason why they continue to remain. The 2004 tsunami was another reason for a further influx of NGOs into Sri Lanka & four years on it seems the tsunami victims are still without homes though less than 125,000 were displaced & the number of NGOs entering Sri Lanka is ever increasing.

SLAF targeted LTTE Peace Secretariat and Political Head Office

Sri Lankan Air force yesterday targeted the LTTE Peace Secretariat and the Political Head Office in Kilinochci. Details of damages are not known yet. It was Norwegian Government which funded huge sum of money, amount undisclosed, to build the LTTE’s Peace Secretariat as well as the Political Head Office after signing of the peace agreement between the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE in February 2002. According to reports, Norwegian Government not only funded huge amount of money to build those two buildings, but to date it continues to fund a large sum of money for the running of the Peace Secretariat as well as the political Head office, even after Sri Lanka Government has withdrawn from the peace agreement with LTTE, which was brokered by Norway

USAID Assists Sri Lanka’s Local Governments in Sanitation Management

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Water and Drainage, and the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government have sponsored a national workshop in Sri Lanka to disseminate best practices in sanitation management. Septic tanks are common throughout Sri Lanka, including urban areas like Colombo. Plugged or overflowing septic tanks compromise water quality and are a primary cause of diarrhea, the fifth-leading cause of hospitalization and third-leading cause of infant deaths in Sri Lanka. Correct maintenance of septic tanks through regular de-sludging, treatment and disposal of septage are important steps in improving public health, the environment and the economy.

BOI signs agreements for hydro power projects with Eagle Power

Asian Tribune: Sri Lanka Bureau

The Board of Investment (BOI) of Sri Lanka entered into agreements with Eagle Power and Ithopa Super Trust recently. The ventures are to establish small scale power projects and to undertake seed potato cultivation respectively. Mr. Dhammika Perera, Chairman / Director General signed the agreements on behalf of the BOI and formally presented the BOI Certificate of Registrations to the investors. The hydro power project carried out by Eagle Power (Private) Limited will set up three small scale power plants at Maduru Oya, Sudu Gaga and Kala Wewa.

Apollo to introduce near vision correction using radio frequency in Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s Apollo Hospital has introduced a new method of eye sight correction in near vision using radio frequency energy, the website said. "In its attempt to introduce new and improved methods of technology and means of treatment, the Apollo hospital has introduced the new technology for Presbyopia correction, CK Near vision in Sri Lanka," the website said.

Detecting deadly salmonella pathogen easier says AIT award-winning student

Asian Institute of Technology Ph.D. candidate Udaya Rathnayaka, a student of food engineering and bioprocess technology at the School of Environment, Resources and Development, says he has found a better way to detect the deadly pathogen salmonella found in chicken meat. Udaya’s peers would seem to agree. His academic presentation on the topic won him top prize at a recent international symposium organized by Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka, from 8 - 12 July.

Proposed 42-day pre-charge detention in the United Kingdom: PACE expresses "serious doubts"

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today expressed concern about elements of draft counter-terrorism legislation in the United Kingdom that would enable the detention of a terrorist suspect for up to 42 days without charge, with limited judicial review. The parliamentarians expressed "serious doubts" whether all the provisions of the draft legislation are in conformity with the European Convention on Human Rights. "A lack of appropriate procedural safeguards may lead to arbitrariness", the unanimously adopted text underlines.

UN food convoy crosses into Vanni yesterday

The UN says that a convoy carrying 650 metric tonnes of food crossed the Omanthai border at 10 am yesterday morning, en route to 200,000 civilians displaced behind the lines of confrontation in the Vanni. The convoy will transport and distribute food to four locations to the east of Kilinochchi, where the majority of displaced civilians are thought to have concentrated. The convoy is accompanied by 7 UN international staff, who will monitor the initial distribution. The convoy was reduced from 60 trucks to 51 after explosives and other illicit items were discovered on government-provided trucks that were due to join the convoy.

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Now Open

The 2010 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery will be formally declared open in Washington, DC on October 2, 2008. This program allows randomly selected applicants to immigrate to the United States on an expedited basis, provided they meet all the criteria. A person may only enter the lottery if he or she has: 1) citizenship of a qualifying country (Sri Lanka and the Maldives both qualify); and 2) either a high school equivalent education (Six GCE O-Levels including compulsory subjects) or work experience within the past five years in a profession that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. Individuals wishing to participate in the visa lottery are strongly urged to apply early to avoid any possible delays. 50,000 individuals will be selected for the lottery worldwide.

Minister Bogollagama briefs Indian counterpart on developments in Sri Lanka

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama met with the External Affairs Minister of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, and discussed several issues of bilateral interest, on the sidelines of the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Minister Bogollagama outlined the developments in the North of Sri Lanka, in particular the ongoing operations by the security forces to free the civilians in the Vanni from LTTE control, as was successfully accomplished in the Eastern Province. The Minister emphasized that the Government would take every precaution to avoid civilian casualties and that the decision to relocate humanitarian workers in Vavuniya, a new hub for humanitarian operations, which is not far from Kilinochchi, is part of this considered effort.

ACF: Reveals Its Humanitarian Face

By Gomin Dayasri

It is in the zone of the bizarre to the bewildering. Action Contre la Faim(ACF) the controversial French NGO made a dramatic entry to the sittings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Violations purporting to safeguard the interest of their deceased employees but soon took to heel when the relatives of the deceased employees turned tables and blamed the ACF for negligence and holding their employer answerable for the 17 deaths.

Election of Judge Luis Jesus as President of the Tribunal

Judge José Luis Jesus was today elected as President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for the period 2008-2011 by the 21 members of the Tribunal. President José Luis Jesus has been a member of the Tribunal since 1999. In accordance with the Rules of the Tribunal, the President is elected for a period of three years and may be re-elected.

Aneile Kenye, 1st Naga, became Referee in 2008 Busan World Sports For All Games in Korea

Aneile Kenye of Nagaland was the only official from India who became the Official Referee in the 2008 Busan World Sports For All Games in the discipline of Muaythai Games held from September 26 to October 1 at Busan, South Korea. It may be mentioned that she was already an Observer in the last 24th SEA Games held in Korat, Thailand.

Befriending Zardari

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It is hardly surprising that the first meeting between the newly elected president of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, and the prime minister of India, Manmohan Singh, took place in far off New York where they had gone to attend a meeting of the UN general assembly. It brought home the point that the two neighbours have a lot of distance to cover before they become close. By all accounts Singh-Zardari meeting went off well. Instead of the acrimony that often marked meetings between leaders of the two countries in the past there was what may be called a Punjabi bonhomie—bear hugs and lavish praise for each other in Punjabi, Singh’s mother tongue and apparently a naturally acquired language for Zardari in the Punjabi-dominated country.

No Alaskan Bear Bourguignon or Caribou as Palin and Biden Defined a "Maverick"

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

The U S vice Presidential debate last night saw Democrat Joe Biden tip-toeing his way trying to define the hubristic campaign of Sarah Palin without being called a sexist. Palin never got the favorite Alaskan dinner menu item bear bourguignon or at least caribou. Instead Biden went on dissecting John McCain and at one point stating that John is no maverick. No knockout punches were delivered by either candidate as ninety minutes of debating elapsed. Alaska, with the title the bridge to nowhere state, put a damper on Palin’s ability to garner serious consideration as a foreign policy expert. Her repeated references to Russia and Canada being neighbors had not given her stature either. Thus the audience waited for the make or break point to emerge, but without success.