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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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Adhistana Pooja

Government confident of winning; to hold PC Elections

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

Mr. Lakshman Yapa Aveywardena, the Media Minister revealed that government is making preparations to hold elections for five provincial councils after the vote of the third reading of the budget for 2009. A confident minister who says that government received a majority of 42 votes in the second reading vote of the budget, assures that there is no doubt of the Government’s victory at these elections. In this regard, the Minister reasons out by saying that, opening a land route to Jaffna from Colombo after a long time is a victory for all the people. He points out that it is clear that, during past three years the government has spend a huge amount money on national security and has carried many welfare programmes for the people.

Mangala is working on an agenda to inflate the collapsing propaganda machinery of the LTTE- Government spokesman

Minister Rambukkawella"What is Mangala up to? Obviously a deflated man with a deflated alliance, rejected by the public, consigned to the dustbin, is trying to inflate the collapsing propaganda machinery of the LTTE, revealed Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella, Sri Lanka Government’s official Spokesman for Defence and National Security. Charges are also leveled by the Minister against Mangala Smaraweera, as he was trying to paint an erroneous picture that what Sri Lankan soldiers are fighting to liberate the country from the terrorists grip, as an unwinnable war. Furthermore he was also accused of working on a private agenda with a deflated alliance.

Evolving facets of Sri Lankan Conflict – the Spirit Factor

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

It was reported a few days ago about the detection of a large consignment of bottles of Mendis Special, a reputed brand of arrack, along with hundreds of cans of beer, on their way to Wanni, in Northern Sri Lanka, which is under the control of Tamil Tigers. Neither the army nor the defence analysts accounted for the need of this semi-lethal cargo – especially in the absence of a festive mood in that particular region - leaving it to us, the humble mortals, for raising the stakes of unguarded speculation.

Pojaman, ex-wife of Thaksin asks the court to overrule jail sentence

Pojaman ShinawataraA court in Thailand accepted an appeal lodged on tax evasion charges by Mrs. Pojaman’s Shinawatara , ex-wife former Thai Prime Minister Thakshin. A lawyer Weerapat Srichaiya has filed the appeal against the Criminal Court verdict of July 31 which ruled Mrs. Pojaman, her step-brother Bannapote Damapong and Mrs. Pojaman’s secretary Kanjanapa Honghern, were guilty of tax evasion.

Jaffna Tamil women nabbed with gold bars in Meemabakam airport

By B. Ravikumar from Chennai

A Jaffna Tamil woman who travelled from Colombo to Chennai by Srilankan Airways was nabbed yesterday by the Indian Customs officials and detained on charges of smuggling INR16 Lakhs worth of gold bars. The flight to Chennai took off yesterday at 9 Pm from Colombo and landed at the international sector of the Chennai Meenambakkam airport at midnight. The lady passenger from Sri Lanka, who carried only a suitcase, declared that she was not carrying any dutiable items and tried to pass through the green channel, but was stopped by the custom officials.

Senator Hillary Clinton Considered Best Choice as Secretary of State

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

As the Obama Administration continues to take form, most analysts predict that Senator Hillary Clinton would fill the position of Secretary of State quite well. She has not been given the appointment yet. It is clear that Clinton is considering the job. She has dispatched lawyers to assist in the vetting process, but she could, in the end, still say no. That seems very unlikely. She has two options open: continue in the Senate as a leading figure or perhaps seek the governorship of New York later. Most predict that secretary of state would be the best of the choice. Obama seemed determine to pick the best possible people for the key jobs in his administration. Some warned him that the Clintons' penchant for ethical indiscretions may hurt his administration.

UNESCO Says 35 Million Computers Dumped Despite Spread of Toxic Substances

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched a free guide to computer recycling for entrepreneurs and project sponsors. The guide seeks to address the effect of computer equipment waste on health and the environment, which is a particular concern in developing countries.

The Politics of Big Capital and the Poor in Narmada Valley

Dr Rahul Pandey

On the 5th of November I was in Khandwa, a town in central India, taking part in a rally organized by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA), or Save the Narmada Movement. About 20,000 rural people, mostly landless farm labourers or small-medium farmers, many of them tribals, had traveled 50 to 400 km on tractors, trucks and buses to participate in the rally, all at their own expense. Every family carried a packet of food cooked at home to last for a day or two. The women with babies carried them along as well.

FCCISL among 15 finalists to be the best CSR in Asia

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) has been selected to be one of the finalists among 15 others according to a release by the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR). The overall winner will be announced at the 7th Asian Forum on corporate Social Responsibility held at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Singapore. The awards would be presented by Dr Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia.

Existence of hereafter, i.e. life after death?

Letter to the Editor by Sawmeer - Anuradhapura

Belief in the hereafter is not based on blind faith? Many people wonder as to how a person with a scientific and logical temperament, can lend any credence to the belief of life after death. People assume that anyone believing in the hereafter is doing so on the basis of blind belief. My belief in the hereafter is based on a logical argument. Concept of peace and human values is useless without the concept of hereafter. Is robbing a good or an evil act? A normal balanced person would say it is evil. How would a person who does not believe in the hereafter convince a powerful and influential criminal that robbing is evil?

Adhistana Pooja – May the realization dawn on them

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

The greatest number of Artistes from all spheres; Cinema, Stage, Television, and Music – actors, actresses, singers, musicians and technicians, ever to have assembled on one occasion, got together on the 13th of this month at the Independence Square in Colombo Sri Lanka in expressing solidarity to make a Wish or a "Prarthana". They all lit a lamp each and made a silent wish – "May all our brothers and sisters in Tamil Nadu be free from misunderstanding and realize the truth".

Criticizing Bush, And Copying Him

Analysis by Julio Godoy - Inter Press Service

Outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush has been unpopular in Europe, but his policies in fighting the 'war on terror' have found many takers. Daniel Finke and Thomas Koenig, professors of politics at the University of Mannheim, 500 km south of Berlin, have found numerous similarities between U.S. "homeland security" and European laws since 2001. "We do not want to attack all EU homeland security policies, but we have found there is a law-making trend across Europe that reduces civil liberties in exchange for more collective security," Koenig told IPS.

Anni Nasheed, a role model for Mumbai Manoos….?

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

The self-styled champions of the local ‘Manoos’ of Mumbai could have avoided earning the bad name they did if only they were genuinely interested in ‘saving’ Mumbai. Instead of resorting to physical attacks on ‘outsiders’—mainly from the Cow (Hindi) belt, they should have realised that a coastal city like Mumbai is under threat of inundation from rising sea level—not from the Biharis and
Doodhwalas (UPites) they love to hate.

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake

Minister Keheliya Rambukkawella

Mrs. Pojaman’s Shinawatara

Prime Minister to Lead Sri Lanka Delegation to Doha Summit

Ratnasiri WickremanayakePrime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake will lead the Sri Lanka delegation to a major UN Conference on Financing for Development scheduled to take place in the Qatari capital of Doha November 29-December 2. The Prime Minister is due to address the plenary, along with dozens of other world leaders, on the global financial crisis and its impact on developing nations such as Sri Lanka. The delegation will include several government officials, including Sri Lanka's former Permanent Representative to the UN, Prasad Kariyawasam, who is currently an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.