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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2788

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Minister Dayasritha Thisera,

India extended the ban on the LTTE by another two more years

A special tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge upheld the Centre's notification for extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for another two years. The notification extending the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, declaring it as an unlawful association, was issued by the Union Home Ministry on May 15. Justice Vikramjeet Sen, who was heading the special tribunal constituted under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, upheld the government decision saying that there is sufficient evidence against the organization to justify the extension of ban.

Sri Lanka President participating in the swearing in ceremony of the new Maldivian President

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse arrived in the Maldives Islands capital Male to participate in the oath-taking ceremony of the Maldives' fourth President Mohamed Nasheed (Anni), scheduled to be held today morning. President Mahinda Rajapakse is the only head of state who have arrived in Male, to participate in the swearing in ceremony in the Maldive Island. He arrived in Male yesterday evening with his Foreign Minister Rohitaha Bogollagama, Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Coordinating Sectretary Sajin Vas Gunawardhana.

Tamil youths from East rush for job training

Minister Dayasritha Thisera,More than 60 percent of the youths taken this year for vocational training in various training institutions are from the recently liberated eastern province. Stating this at a lecture on ‘Current Political Situation in Sri Lanka’ organized by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Paris Brach, Minister of Vocational and Technical Training Dayasritha Thisera said that Tamil youths in the east are quite keen to get the maximum advantage of the training schemes organized by the Ministry so that they could live in peace and work for the development of the province.

Dr. Sima Samar wins Taiwan Foundation for Democracy’s 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) Chairman Wang Jin-pyng announced that Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and founder of the Shuhada Organization, has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADHRA). Dr. Samar is recognized for her contributions to advancing human rights and especially women’s rights and welfare in Afghanistan. She will formally receive the Award sculpture and a grant of US$100,000 at a ceremony in Taipei on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

Can Asian politicos become Barak Obama?

By Shenali Waduge

The US Presidential election took global center stage no sooner Barak Obama won the Democratic Party’s Nomination beating a very confident former first lady Senator Hillary Clinton. That Barak Obama was a formidable figure goes without saying and as the Obama campaign team steadily built its Presidential campaign strategy the McCain camp in many ways would have thought that John McCain’s second bid to the White House would become successful. Beating the odds, Barak Obama won with a landslide victory obtaining an impressive 349 Electoral College votes and winning the popular vote to become the 44th President of the United States of America.

Obama energizes Burma’s ethnic minorities

By Nehginpao Kipgen

Electing Barack Obama as president of the United States of America is a new history in the making. It not only gives a new hope to the Americans, but excitement is felt around the world. He is the first president from a minority community in a predominantly white society. His election to the White House may have proven wrong to people who have prejudices about white supremacy in American politics. African-Americans make only 12.8% of the United States population as per the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006 estimate.

Somalia : The Specter of Detrimental Trusteeship

By Abukar Arman

As America and indeed the rest of the world were counting down the last few days before a historic election, Somalia was hard-pressed to face another less promising replay of an old history; one destined to take it where no other sovereign state has ever gone before- to the oblivion! Though it is not officially being called that, by de facto, Somalia is now the first country in the 21st Century to be placed under trusteeship. The trusteeship system was established to help the Trust Territories (former colonies) attain the capacity for self-determination and self-governance. This is good so long as there is a trustee willing to help in capacity-building and a trustee council providing the necessary supervision and scrutiny.

Obama: A ray of light at the end of the tunnel !

Dr. Edward Perera

In a letter addressed to the US President-elect Senator Barack Obama, a Sri Lankan domiciled in Germany has pointed out that, there is no ethnic minority called Tamils in Sri Lanka as these Tamil speaking communities namely Tamils and Muslims are inseparable parts of one nation including Sinhalese living in this country. He went to caution that "Anyone who doesn’t understand the real nature of the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, may fall into the trap of false propaganda against the people of Sri Lanka and the democratically elected government."

"No ceasefire", reiterates Sri Lanka Government

Government of Sri Lanka said the government would not agree for a ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Attending the parliament debate, Minister Maithreepala Sirisena who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party said the government has informed the LTTE to lay down their arms. In the Patrliament the Minister was responding to a question raised by JVP Parliamentarian Ranaweera Pathirana and stressed that there is no change in this stance of the government. He further said the successful military campaign launched by the Government to defeat LTTE terrorism will not be suspended at this juncture, as our heroic Armed Forces have achieved numerous victories.