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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

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President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Good response on reducing HIV/AIDS workplace discrimination in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

American Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Robert O Blake said that since 2005, through collaboration with various chambers of commerce and trade unions, and with funding from the U.S Department of Labour, many have worked hard to devise this plan of HIV/AIDS Workplace Education Programme. He was speaking at Dissemination Workshop on ILO/USDOL HIV/AIDS workplace Education Programme Sri Lanka held at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. He said that the knowledge on employment related discrimination against people living with HIV has improved to a remarkable level.

A Historic Victory and an Unsustainable Budget

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

When an African American man with the un-American name of Barrack Hussein Obama was elected the President of the USA, the world rejoiced. The CNN responded to an avalanche of congratulatory messages from its global viewers with a question: Can a member of a minority community become the elected leader of your country? America, which was built on slavery and where segregation flourished just half a century ago, has managed to come to terms with its ugly past and make a seismic shift towards a different future. Noam Chomsky once described the US as a ‘frightened country’ (Imperial Ambitions). Fear was the secret weapon used by Mr. Obama’s opponents against him, the fear felt by the White majority of the Black minority, that irrational fear of the ‘other’.

The fall of Pooneryn imminent - Minister Keheliya Rambukwella

Keheliya RambukwellaThe fall of Pooneryn, the last bastion of the LTTE in the Western front is imminent, as the LTTE cadres have already removed their three big artillery guns installed in the area, further east, towards Paranthan. Kalmunai Point located around Pooneryn is known to be one of the major LTTE naval points on the western coastal belt and from where LTTE used their long-range artillery and mortar guns to fire at Palaly Military complex, located in the Jaffna peninsula. Incidentally, it was from this same location that the LTTE shot down a Lion Air passenger flight 602, killing all 55 people on board in September 1998.

The Obama Effect

By Sadia Ali Aden

Barack ObamaThe body, the mind and the soul were all ready; but, the night was long and the morning was painfully a distant dream. It was around 2 AM, the night before the 2008 presidential election, when I tossed and hastily checked the time to sadly realize that I still had 4 more hours to wait before I could cast my vote. I laid and reflected in the dark, dreaming of the possibilities that await all of us, Americans and non-Americans alike. Electing President Barack Hussein Obama to reassert United States as the land of opportunity-where people of all races and creed can dream and reach their highest potentials.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa to participate in BIMSTEC summit in New Delhi

Mahinda RajapaksaSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to attend the summit conference of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to be held in New Delhi on 13th of this month. The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) comprising of Bay Bengal states such as Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand was established in 1997, is a $810 billion economy, sharing about 22% of world population and 3.64% of surface area. After a gap of three years, India is to host the second BIMSTEC summit during November 11-13, 2008 at New Delhi.

World Leaders Seek Culture of Peace

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When more than a dozen world leaders meet in New York next week to discuss "the culture of peace", the primary focus will be the growing misperception of religion, specifically Islam, and the increase in racism, xenophobia and intolerance worldwide. An overwhelming majority of heads of state who will participate in the high-level meeting are from Muslim countries: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. U.S. President George W. Bush is also expected to address the two-day meeting of the 192-member General Assembly, his second visit to the world body this year, after September.

Tamil Tigers failed to deny of not targeting to assassinate Jayalalitha

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam failed to publicly deny categorically that they are not targeting to assassinate J.Jaylalitha, the Leader of the Opposition in the state of Tamil Nadu and also the chief of the All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. When the Tamil weekly "Kumudam" published from Tamil Nadu, in its latest issue dated 12 November, pointedly asked P.Nadesan, the head of the Political Division of the LTTE: Jayalitha herself has disclosed that you are targeting to assassinate her and that is why she is provided with Z class security?

Bangladesh High Court delivered Rule Nisi on government hearing HRCBM's writ on Vested Property Act

By Rabindranath Trivedi - Dhaka

The High Court division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh delivers its Rule Nisi upon the Government on the Enemy Property (Continuance of Emergency Provision) (Repeal) Act 1974 and subsequently promulgated Arpita Sampatty Protyrapyan Ain -2001 and circulars, administrative orders.

Stoning Death Of Somali Teenager Sparks Outrage From UN Advocate

The United Nations envoy tasked with advocating for children caught up in armed conflict has voiced her horror at last week’s stoning to death of a 13-year-old Somali girl who was a victim of rape. Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, issued a statement condemning the killing and calling for better protection for children in Somalia, which remains beset by widespread fighting. "The incident highlights the extreme nature of violence against children and women in Somalia, which has been heightened by the increasing lawlessness," she said.

Sri Lanka denies shooting any Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam

Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commission in Chennai, categorically denied the allegation of Sri Lanka Navy firing at Indian fisherman from Nagapattinam on 7th November, off Kodiakkarai (Point Calimere). While denying the allegation of shooting Indian fishermen /fisherman, Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission pointed out that this could have been a LTTE orchestrated incident with a view to damaging the bilateral relations between India and Sri Lanka.

Youth Fashion – not a licence to kill modesty through the barrel of excitement

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London….

Let’s face the fact; the young are rebellious and good at passing the trends – good, bad or life-threatening - on to their peers by the simple process of social osmosis - faster than, perhaps, we can visualize the fashion icon, Kate Moss in a Bikini. The speed, at which youth fashion catches on, reflects this simple, yet undeniable truth.

An Urgent Appeal - Let our Soldiers in the Battle-ground be free of Foot Infections

Mr. Ranjith Jayasooriya, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Sweden has sent an urgent appeal to the President of The Sri Lankan Association of Sweden in Stockholm requesting a donation of Foot Spray/Foot Powder for the Soldiers in the Battle-ground fighting the LTTE. In a letter to Ms. Mali Aluthgamage, the President of the Sri Lankan Association of Sweden, the Ambassador says that, there was an urgent appeal from Sri Lanka stating that, "our urgent and personal attention in obtaining supplies of Foot Spray/Foot Powder to be used by the security forces, which has become a dire need".

Unrepentant alliance of National Christian Council of Sri Lanka …..

By Ranjith Soysa – Melbourne

The partisan role of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka in the context of Sri Lanka’s socio-political issues and more specifically concerning the war against the LTTE is obvious to discerning observers. The main objectives of the NCCSL and its affiliates seem to be the creation of space for the LTTE and strengthening of the separatist agenda. National Christian Councils in other Western countries who are continually fed with information from NCCSL have constantly adopted a stance to brush aside the realities facing Sri Lanka, a sovereign country, and, her people. Their past and present actions compel one to conclude that they prefer Sri Lanka to be Balkanized and LTTE to hold sway in the North and the East of Sri Lanka.

Keheliya Rambukwella

President-Elect Barack Obama

Guilt Engulfing Some Folks After Sea-Change Obama Caused

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

The sea-change that Barack Obama caused brought with it a tinge of guilt all over the world. What can’t this happen elsewhere? Pundits went berserk analyzing how Obama won and why it is not happening in their neck of the woods. They ignored that India had a Muslim as their President while a Sikh was the Prime Minister and the Congress party was run by an Italian woman. Sri Lanka had the world’s first Prime Minister long before anyone else. Are we inflicting guilt upon ourselves and others for no reason? Guilt is one of the world’s largest dilemmas and must be faced squarely.