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Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers swipes hard at United States alleging US favor Sinhalese in East development

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The LTTE sniper attack that hit the air craft carrying American Ambassador Robert Blake in a Sri Lankan eastern district city last year was accidental according to a statement issued by the LTTE immediately after the incident. But, here is a direct attack on the United States’ development assistance policy toward Sri Lanka by the Tamil Tigers clearly manifested in its web site TamilNet of 28 November using a TNA proxy parliamentarian to convey to the US that her development assistance policy toward Sri Lanka’s east is only benefiting the Sinhalese.

UN Aid Agencies Bring Relief To Flood-Hit Northern Sri Lanka

Three United Nations agencies are offering relief to tens of thousands of Sri Lankans who have been displaced from their homes after floods struck at least five districts in the north of the island nation this week. Aid agencies held a coordination meeting in the town of Jaffna today to plan their response to the floods, which follow several days of heavy rains, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported. Sufficient stocks of relief items, including food and shelter materials, are available across the Jaffna peninsula to help affected families for the next few days. The region is already affected by the conflict between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Thailand undecided on hosting 14th ASEAN summit, while protestors hold the country to ransom

Somchai WongsawatWhile protesters from the anti-Government People’s Alliance for Democracy occupying Suvarnabhumi international airport and Don Mueng Domestic Airport for a fourth day running, Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat has to decide whether to postpone next month's summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), after several member countries expressed concern over the protest that has closed the kingdom's two main airports, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Thailand is scheduled to host the 14th ASEAN Summit from December 13 to 18 in the northern city of Chiang Mai. ASEAN Affairs Department director-general Vitthawat Srivihok told reporters that the ministry was preparing two options, either Thailand would proceed with the original schedule in hosting the summit, or the government would delay the event after evaluations indicate that the summit could not run as smoothly as planned.

India reads riot act to Pakistan, ISI chief to visit Delhi to see 'Mumbai evidence'

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

Post-Mumbai siege, the relations between India and Pakistan have nosedived. New Delhi has literally read out the riot act to Islamabad with 'evidence of militants' links with Pakistan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani to send the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, to see the 'evidence'. Gilani agreed to send Pasha accepted the request. It will be ISI chief's first ever travel to India in connection with investigation into any terror attack. Hitherto every time India made a complaint of ISI and militant involvement in terror incidents, Pakistan denied the charge in a proforma exercise, and pose a counter question: where is the evidence.

World’s fastest animal, in race for survival, to get UN protection

The critically endangered cheetah, the world’s fastest land animal, is set to obtain added international protection next week at a United Nations-backed conference seeking to strengthen conservation of species that often cross national borders. The cheetah, which reaches speeds of up to 120 kilometres per hour but is now racing against extinction with only about 10,000 adults surviving, is among some 30 endangered land and marine animals on the agenda of the 9th conference of parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).

Sri Lanka Mission in Bangkok sets up an Emergency Coordinating Desk

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Bangkok has set up an emergency help desk to assist stranded Sri Lankans in Thailand as a result of the closure of two airports in Bangkok. Suvarnabhumi airport, the main international airport and Bangkok’s main domestic airport, Don Muang, have been closed due to the escalation of anti-government protests. The Sri Lankan Mission in Bangkok has informed that the Emergency Coordinating Desk will operate daily including weekends from 0800 to 2200 hours and will remain open until the situation returns to normalcy.

Around 180 million people affected by diabetes Sri Lanka Minister at the World Diabetes Summit in Chennai

Sunil C. Perera in Chennai-India

Nimal Siripala de SilvaSri Lankan Health Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva says Sri Lanka has formulated a National Policy for Non Communicable Diseases [NCD].Addressing inaugural session of the World Diabetes Summit for South East Asia Region held in Chennai on Friday, he said Sri Lanka is also one of the countries in the world with a high incidence of diabetes currently estimated at 7 to 8 percent. Rapid urbanization, dietary changes and decreasing levels of physical activity are considered to be some underlying for diabetes.

Predator Killer

By Adnan Gill for Asian Tribune

Obama or no Obama, Predator/UAV/drone attacks on Pakistani interests will remain a common theme for the foreseeable future. Because, it’s the Think Tanks that shape the American foreign policy and not the presidents. Presidents merely execute those policies with a tinge of their own flavor. We need to come with terms that Americans are not going to vacate from Afghanistan. Obama’s picks for the foreign policy team is a clear indication, it will be business as usual, minus NeoCon rhetoric. Obama is already taking national security advice from the Republican heavyweights, like Brent Scowcroft, who was national security adviser in the Bush senior’s administration. Scowcroft also happens to be close to the current Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who is will be staying in Obama’s Cabinet. Obama’s pick for the Secretary for State, Hillary Clinton is equally hawkish over Afghan and Pakistan policies. All of them want to beef up American presence in the Afghan theater.

Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat

50-hour Mumbai siege ends with 155 dead, 327 injured

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

Over 48-hour siege of Oberoi Trident hotel ended Friday night, but battle raged at the iconic Taj, amidst grenade blasts and exchange of fire. Commandos blasted their way into the nearby Nariman House in the flush –out operation that saw the death of two terrorists and five hostages. The building was badly damaged after a strong explosion took place at the third floor of the four-story building. An NSG Major and a commando were killed in the operation.