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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

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Viking LTTE agents back in action?

By Janaka Perera

Mystery surrounds the return on a tourist visa to Sri Lanka of former Norwegian Ambassador, head of Red Barna and LTTE sympathizer Jon Westborg. He was instrumental in getting powerful radio communication equipment for the LTTE under the so-called ceasefire agreement during Ranil Wickremesinghe's Premiership. Equally suspicious is the visa extension granted of two members of the notorious Norwegian NGO People's Aid which was found to have given 38 vehicles to the LTTE.

The Budget – Good or for Bad?

By Raja Arabewela

A significant feature in this Budget for the year 2009 is the massive Defense expenditure. The president wishes to do this regardless of the great increase of the budget deficit and the global recession in order to “establish a stable economic environment to restore democracy, consolidate human rights and achieve economic development as a priority need”. The government obviously expects, to finish the war soon, to hold Provincial and Local elections, to establish democracy in the North and to start on long overdue development work.

Talibanisation has assumed dangerous proportions

By Asif Haroon Raja

After the terrorists’ attacks in the two cities of USA on 9/11, Al-Qaeda based in Afghanistan was blamed for the terrorist attacks and Mulla Omar was asked to hand over Osama bin Laden and other leaders of Al Qaeda for interrogation. When Omar refused to hand them over without furnishing proof of their involvement, Afghanistan was invaded by USA and its allied forces in October 2001 under the pretext of ending human rights violations and restoring democracy. Pakistan ditched its neighbour and became a frontline state to fight the US war on terror and helped US troops in capturing Afghanistan. Finding themselves cornered from all directions, the Taliban as well as the Al-Qaeda considered it prudent to make a tactical retreat and go underground. Majority took refuge in FATA, NWFP, western Baluchistan and AJK, while some went to Iran and other Muslim countries. Thereafter they were hounded by the whole world to liquidate them.

Sri Lanka presents a development oriented budget

Mahinda RajapaksaPresident Mahinda Rajapaksa presented the 2009 Budget on 06 November, and appealed for the Tiger terrorists to lay down their weapons and enter the democratic mainstream even when the terrorists are now in their final stage. He said if they do not surrender operations would continue to defeat them and establish democracy. Thereafter, the President said a development programme unforeseen in the past three decades would be implemented in those areas. He said troops have already liberated a large area in the districts of Mullativu and Kilinochchi. President Mahinda Rajapaksa said despite various challenges the national economy has achieved a development rate of seven percent over the last three years. The per capita income which was one thousand US dollars in 2004 has now doubled. Unemployment has dropped from 800 thousand to 500 thousand.

Diplomatic Breakthrough for Sri Lanka: Opponent of Tiger Terrorism Elected to U.S. Congress from Nevada

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Dina Titus While on the campaign trail for the Third U.S. Congressional District in the State of Nevada political science professor and incumbent opposition leader of the Nevada State Senate Dina Titus had a dialogue with a group of Sri Lankan expatriates of issues, challenges and crises faced by the South Asian nation Sri Lanka. Dina Titus is a political scientist in the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and no one could mislead or hoodwink her. She has a twenty-year experience as a state senator, well informed of political developments here and abroad, and teacher of political science for twenty years.

European Commission earmarks EUR 23 million for Asia to co-finance sustainable consumption and production projects

The European Commission seeks proposals under the new SWITCH-Asia programme which will focus on the promotion of sustainable production and consumption patterns and behaviours in the Asian region. Essentially the SWITCH-Asia programme aims to promote economic prosperity and poverty reduction in Asian countries through sustainable growth with reduced environmental impact by industries and consumers, in line with international environmental agreements and processes. The main applicants of this programme are expected to be, intermediary business organisations and networks such as Chambers of Commerce, Industry Associations, non-profit-making organizations, which aim at pursuing sustainable development as well as Government institutions both at the central and local level.

Internally displaced person in Vanni are harassed, threatened and intimidated by Tamil Tigers – reports reveal

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Civilians in the uncleared areas of Vanni are being prevented by Tamil Tiger cadres to cross into Visuwamadhu area, which has been already declared as a safe-haven by the Sri Lankan security forces. Earlier, Sri Lankan security forces in an attempt to safeguard the people in the uncleared Vanni areas from being caught in the crossfire as well as artillery and aerial bombardments has requested civilians to move on to Visvamadu area, located in the Kilinochchi district. Even the Government agent’s office too has been shifted to Viswamadhu and internally displaced persons are being provided with temporary shelters and dry rations.

Alzheimer’s disease and the family

By Oscar E V Fernando.

Has advancement of science and technology enhanced ‘living’ or mere existence; today’s generation faces the burden of parental old age at a time when they themselves have to provide for their old age: the problem is inevitable unless both parties prepare and plan out well in advance: all the planning will be of little avail in circumstances such as: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) coming within the definition of dementia: the website on Alzheimer's disease says-dementia affects memory, thinking, behavior and emotions; the symptoms are-loss of memory, difficulty in finding the right words or understanding what people are saying, difficulty in performing previously routine tasks, personality and mood changes.

Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojama

British revoked entry visas of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojama

Thaksin and his wife PojamaThe British Embassy has revoked entry visas of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojama, reports "The Nation," the English Language daily published from, Bangkok, Thailand. According to the newspaper, The cancellation, which was decided by the United Kingdom Border Agency, while the couple was outside England, has been notified to airlines yesterday. It was a big political blow for Thaksin, who was believed to be on his way from China to the Philippines yesterday. It was understood that the cancellation had to do with the recent court rulings that found Pojaman guilty of tax evasion and Thaksin guilty of breaking the conflict of interest law in the Ratchadapisek land purchase scandal.