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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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Great interest for new U.S. Government funded Vocational centers among Eastern youth

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today marked the successful completion of the final two out of a total of nine new vocational education schools. Located in both southern and eastern Sri Lanka, the vocational education schools were built with funds provided by the American people as part of USAID’s Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program. The two new schools in Central Camp and Sammanthurai will provide a new opportunity for the young people of Ampara to become proficient in trades in high demand by the Sri Lankan workforce, such as apparel, masonry, electrical and electronic repair, and information technology.

Indian experts challenge Jayalath Jayawardana's pro-LTTE press release

Jayalath Jayawardena,Indian National Congress activists and anti-terrorism groups expressed shock at recent utterances of the Sri Lankan politician Dr Jayalath Jayawardana who urged Indian intervention to save the beleaguered Tamil Tigers in Kilinochchi. They said that Dr Jayawardana’s Press Release issued in New Delhi stating that the Tamils in the north are starving and India should intervene to save them is contrary to the reports issued by UN bodies and various INGOs on the humanitarian situation.

Rajapaksa, Singh cover familiar ground, fail to bridge the India-Lanka divide

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on the sidelines of BIMSTEC summit covered the familiar ground but failed to bridge the India-Lanka divide. The meeting took place against backdrop of a call by Tamil Nadu assembly for a ceasefire in the Eelam War IV. Expectedly, the safety of ethnic Tamils dominated the discussions. While the Indian leader talked about the 'humanitarian' of the on-going conflict in the island and underlined the need to ensure 'protection' and 'welfare' of 'innocent' Tamils caught in the war, the Sri Lankan President apprised him of the steps being taken to protect the interests of Tamils and made it clear that the military offensive against the LTTE would continue.

Burmese junta’s action to sentencing 61 democracy activists deplored

U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Co-Chairs of the Senate Women’s Caucus on Burma, condemned the recent harsh and unjust sentencing of 61 democracy activists by Burma’s ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). Senators Feinstein and Hutchison also urged the military junta to release all political prisoners, including democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

U.N. Seeks Bailout Package for World's Poorest

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The buzzword in the international community these days is "bailout" -- the multi-billion-dollar economic rescue packages aimed at helping a rash of faltering investment banks and insurance companies, mostly in the United States and Western Europe. The United Nations, which has expressed fears that its poverty and hunger eradication programmes could be wrecked by the spreading global economic crisis, is now calling for its own bailout plan: a 300-billion-dollar package to help the world's poorest nations.

Top UN Officials Tell World Leaders To Join Fight Against Global Woes

The General Assembly President told global leaders the world is facing its most difficult period since the founding of the United Nations and urged them to use their “moral strength” in finding solutions to the problems plaguing the Earth, such as global hunger, poverty and climate change. Speaking to over 70 heads of State and high-level officials at the "Culture of Peace" gathering, Miguel D’Escoto said that the world must choose between the values of consumerism and greed, or social responsibility and ethical behavior, including the economic and political spheres. "The United Nations has very appropriately elaborated a complex agenda for making the world a better place," D’Escoto said in his opening remarks to the two-day meeting in New York.

London Earns SLR. 17 Million For Soldiers Housing

By Walter Jayawardhana

The "Api Wenuwen Api" variety entertainment program performed by artists from Army ,Navy and Airforce has earned more than 94,000 British Pounds to be contibuted to the very ambitious housing projects cureently being built for the serving soldiers and the disabled ones. "In a simple ceremony at the Sri Lanka High High Commission in London the organizing committees of the of the of the London, Birmingham and Manchaster Api Wenuwen Api programs handed over a check worth UK Pounds 94,108 to Sri Lankan envoy Nihal Jayasinghe," said Brigadier Pasad Samarasinghe , the chief organizer of the events.

Sri Lanka establishes diplomatic relations with Botswana

Sri Lanka and Botswana have established formal diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 1961. The Joint Communiqué to this effect was signed on 27th October 2008 by the Permanent Representatives of Sri Lanka and Botswana to the United Nations in New York.

Obama Cabinet Appointments: Likely Candidates

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

President-elect Barack Obama is deeply involved in his transition work and the selection of his cabinet in his home town Chicago. Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States on January 20 next year.

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian called on India to Complete its unfinished agenda in Sri Lanka

N.Sri Kantha MPPressing for an "acceptable" political solution to Sri Lanka's ethnic problem, the proxy LTTE Tamil political party of Sri Lanka today sought India's intervention to stop war and suggested it could bring LTTE chief V Prabhakaran "on board" for a negotiated settlement. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) appealed to India to "complete its unfinished agenda" in Sri Lanka and ask Mahinda Rajapaksa government to stop its "obsession with a military solution" to the ethnic issue. Senior TELO leader N. Sri Kantha and a member of parliament from the TNA said the Sri Lankan government should commit itself to resolve the conflict through a political settlement to avoid "a split" in the country.

Sri Lankan authorities neglect domestic workers

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The National Workers Congress (NWC) conducted a full day seminar to coincide the United Nations ‘World Day for Decent Work’ at the Mahaweli Centre with a large number of domestic workers drawn from various parts of the country. Anton Lodwick, Secretary General, NWC welcoming the guests and participants and making opening remarks said that the National Workers Congress has been campaigning the cause of the domestic worker in Sri Lanka for the last five years. He said that they have formulated a draft legislation covering the protection and facilitation of the domestic workers and the draft legislation was submitted to the Labor Department and to the International Labor Organization for consideration and comments.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama briefed Nepal on the democratization efforts of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama when he met the Nepal Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav briefed him on the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in combating terrorism and bringing democracy to all parts of the country. He also outlined the efforts taken towards constitutional reforms through the All Party Representative Committee.

N.Sri Kantha MP

Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena,

Indians Without India

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

There are at least over one billion 'Indian' nationals in this world. How many of them really feel that they belong to a country called 'India', a country born after a unique peaceful struggle, called Satyagraha led by Mahatma Gandhi. That non-violent way of protest had succeeded in expelling the colonial masters who at one time ruled almost the whole world. But Satyagraha is a word that finds no place in the lexicon of politicians who rule independent 'India'. Fissiparous movements meet no challenge from the rulers who are supposed to defend 'India'.