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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Professor Dina Titus

As Thai Army refused to cooperate with the elected Thai Government, unsettled situation prevails

Unsettled situation continues in Thailand, when Thai Army considered an autocratic outfit within the government with extra- authority with impunity to stage coup and overthrow governments, refused to cooperate with an elected government to put down the anti-government protesters and clear them from the airports they occupy despite the declaration of emergency. Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat declared a state of emergency around Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports last night and authorized police to end the demonstrations by thousands of supporters of the People's Alliance for Democracy.

Mumbai massacre brings Pakistan on India, US firing line

By M Rama Rao, - India Editor, Asian Tribune, New Delhi

The Mumbai massacre will bring Pakistan into the firing line of India and the United States, say American intelligence experts. The shape of the crisis will consist of demands that the Pakistanis take immediate steps to suppress Islamist radicals across the board, but particularly in Kashmir. New Delhi will demand that this action be immediate and public. This demand will come parallel to U.S. demands for the same actions, and threats by incoming U.S. President Barack Obama to force greater cooperation from Pakistan, a commentary by Stratfor has put out even as the Mumbai events were unfolding in their full terrorist fury. Stratfor opines that as a consequence of Islamist attack on Mumbai, India and Pakistan would plunge into the worst crisis they have had since 2002.

Mumbai Siege: A Complex Picture of Responsibility

By Sanjeewa Karunaratne

Last Wednesday, Mumbai, India’s financial capital, rocked by a dozen of powerful explosions and exchange of gunfire, which led over 125 people dead and 300 injured. The 1903 landmark Taj Mahal hotel is still engulfed in flames. This unprecedented siege in India’s soil is well-planned, well-orchestrated and executed probably by Islamic extremists. It gives a glaring eye of the capabilities of terrorists, their networks and masterminds. Even though a little known group called "Deccan Mujahideen" has taken the responsibility, the nature of this attack, its precision and surrounding political circumstances paint a different picture.

The 13th Amendment and Its Vision of the State

Professor Laksiri Fernando - University of Colombo

Many countries in transition from colonialism to independence, underdevelopment to development or from conflict to peace have envisaged or rather compelled to envisage different visions of the state during their arduous transformations. The period relevant to this scenario is the post WW II context and some of the countries that confronted the said dilemma sharply in Asia include India, Myanmar (Burma), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and even Japan. Sri Lanka is no exception. While the compulsions for visioning and re-visioning the state have been both internal and external, those who succeeded in settling into a 'suitable form of state' earlier on, ensuring stability, have been the most successful in achieving their objectives of independence, development and peace.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister condemns terrorist outrage in Mumbai

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has strongly condemned the multiple terrorist attacks on the Indian financial hub of Mumbai last night (26 November 2008), which claimed the lives of over a hundred civilians and left scores of others injured. In a message to his Indian counterpart, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister has stated that the savage terrorist attacks underscore the urgent need to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He has also expressed Sri Lanka’s readiness to stand shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against this menace, with resolve, which poses a clear danger to international peace and security.

'Thanksgiving Massacre' in Mumbai targets Jews, Westerners, and Indian business

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune, New Delhi

All the terrorists who had seized Mumbai's iconic hotel, the Taj, have been killed but seize of Oberai's Trident is continuing. The assault on Nariman House, a Jewish centre, which has also been taken over by well armed militants, is under works. Termed as the worst ever terrorist attack in Independent India, the attack has claimed 14 police officers, 6 foreigners. A British tourist, a Japanese businessman and an Italian national were confirmed to be among the dead in the "Thanksgiving Massacre" which targeted Westerners, Indians and Jews.

WDF transforming health policy through DIPAP

By Shobha Shukla

Prevalence of diabetes is increasing globally and this includes pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). GDM is defined as a transient abnormality of carbohydrate/ glucose intolerance of variable intensity - a condition in which women without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. Women with this condition are at an increased risk of diabetes in future, as are their children and the following subsequent generations.

Tamil Tiger Terrorist Leader’s Speech Unplugged in Toronto

By Mahinda Gunasekera

The Tamil Tiger Terrorist front organizations’ well kept secret of the special location where the faithful cadres and the intimidated Diaspora sheep had been herded to listen to the Mass Murderer cum Birthday Boy wanted by Interpol , Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tiger Supremo and Sun God’s (Surya Thevan) annual gripe and threats against those standing in the way of his mythical Tamil Eelam/Eezham Empire, had somehow leaked to the Canadian authorities prior to the first light of dawn from the Rising Sun’s rays as the world turned to welcome the 27th day of November.

Mumbai attacks carefully planned, coordinated to impact geo-politics Needle of suspicion points to LET but the Pak groups denies

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune, New Delhi

The siege of Mumbai's landmark hotel, Taj (800 rooms) and the adjoining Oberoi (340 rooms) continues24 hours after it began on November 26 night. Intermittent gunfire is still heard and the commando operation is continuing. The attack has claimed 105 lives and left nearly 300 injured. Still several are feared trapped inside and while many others are held hostage. It is a carefully planned and well executed attack that also targeted a cafe, a cinema, a train station, a house of Jews (Nariman House), hospitals and police forces. All attacks were focused on Western and economic targets, revealing a dramatic shift in tactics and targeting of Islamist militant groups operating in India.

Activists decry India's deferment of pictorial health warnings on tobacco products

By Shobha Shukla

Civil society in India has strongly condemned the recent decision of the Group of Ministers (GOM) in India to defer the implementation of pictorial health warnings on tobacco product packages which was to come in to effect from November 30, 2008. The pictorial warnings have been deferred, again, till at least end of May 2009. This decision of GOM is very unfortunate and has appalled the public health community across the country, said members of Advocacy Forum for Tobacco Control (AFTC). By repeatedly postponing the implementation of pack warnings on tobacco packages, the government is failing from performing its important duty to provide essential information to make Indian consumers aware of the effects of tobacco, particularly to the vulnerable poor and the illiterate, further said AFTC members.

No air traffic in and out of Bangkok

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Bangkok is making arrangements for Sri Lankans stranded in Bangkok to leave Thailand via alternate routes. According to a press release from the Sri Lankan Embassy in Bangkok pointed out that the Metropolitan areas of Bangkok are not affected and people are attending to their routine work. It further said, So far, foreigners in Thailand are not targeted but the potential remains for them to catch up in the violence.

Indian politicians must mind their own business and not of Sri Lankan affairs

Dr.Madhuri Dr.Madhuri S.Balaji, India’s Consultant on Diabetes says that Sri Lankan government should end the terrorism menace once and for all and not provide any opportunity for its ugly head to rare again for ever. She said most of the Indian politicians are shedding crocodile tears on Sri Lankan Tamils but their aim is to grab more Tamil votes for political power. "Most Indians have no idea about Sri Lankan conflict and sufferings of Tamil in Sri Lanka. At present government forces have already 90 percent of the land area and near to close the terrorist activities in Sri Lanka," she said.

Newly Elected US Congresswoman from Nevada Dina Titus Establishes her Writ in Democratic Congressional Caucus

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Professor TitusSri Lankan expatriates in the State of Nevada who opened a dialogue with Nevada university political science professor Dina Titus who was running for US Congress on the Democratic Party ticket from this state in presenting Sri Lanka’s ongoing military offensive against Tamil Tiger terrorists to safeguard her territorial integrity, sovereignty and democracy achieved two major breakthroughs.

Dr.Madhuri S.Balaji

LTTE’s overtures to India will not find accommodation - Sri Lanka FM

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said that Velupillai Prabhakaran’s overtures to India contained in his latest message yesterday will not find accommodation. The Minister made this observation in the course of a Statement in Parliament today (28 November 2008), on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai on 26 November 2008. Condemning this terrorist atrocity, Minister Bogollagama referred to President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statement issued yesterday, in which he had drawn attention to "the urgent need for concerted action by all countries to eradicate terrorism, wherever it is, and whoever the leaders and manipulators of such violence may be."