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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

Monthly archive

Insane Polyglots : Their brains are just different

By Antonio Graceffo

When the aliens mother ship finally arrives, Pramjeet Singh will be the only one who can talk to them. He’ll make lots of money and they will put him in charge. The rest of us will be sent out to labour in the fields, and if we complain, Pamjeet Singh and his UFO buddies will say, “Shut up and eat your pudding.” But we won’t understand, because our brains just don’t work that way. Learning a new language rewires your brain. Could learning a new language make you crazy? I have known some linguists who were completely off their nut. Others seem to exist on some intellectual plane that the rest of us could never achieve and can’t quite understand.

Sri Lanka : The budget for 2009 passed with a majority of 42 votes

The fourth budget of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government was passed today evening after the third and final reading with 126 voting in favor and 84 against. The JVP, UNP, TNA, SLMC and Western People's Front voted against the budget while UPFA, NFF and JHU voted with the government. The Fourth Budget of the UPFA Government was presented to Parliament last month by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Budget contained a number of proposals aimed at spurring local production and reviving the rural economy.

Arrest of eight fishing vessels and 42 fishermen from Sri Lanka

Eight Sri Lankan fishing vessels with forty two crew members were apprehended by the Indian Coast Guard and were brought to the Chennai fisheries harbour on 7th December 2008 in the presence of officials of the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai. The forty two crew members hailed from various parts of Sri Lanka including from Devinuwara and Trincomalee and Negombo. The officials from the Deputy High Commission in Chennai met the crew members and ascertained their health and wellbeing.

UNP hands over a No Confidence motion against government

UNP has handed over ‘No Confidence Motion’ to the Secretary General of the Parliament against the government this morning. The Opposition said it was over the huge loss incurred by the controversial hedging agreement. Speaking to media, General Secretary of the UNP, Tissa Attanayake said that this no faith motion was signed by the UNP leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, Parliamentarians Jayawickreme Perera, Renuka Herath, Joseph Micheal Perera, Ravi Karunanayake and Dayasiri Jayasekera, along with him.

New diplomatic appointments to Sri Lankan Missions abroad

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced the nomination of ambassadors to five countries, namely Japan, Lebanon, Brazil, Nepal and Myanmar, among other diplomatic appointments that have been made recently. Three senior career diplomats belonging to the Sri Lanka Foreign Service have been selected for posting to Japan, Lebanon and Brazil, while a senior civil servant and a veteran broadcaster have been designated for Nepal and Myanmar respectively.

Over 200 Asian Legislators urge UN Sec-Gen to travel to Myanmar,

In what is believed to be the first time in history, a large group of parliamentarians from all over Asia have sent a public letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging him obtain the release of all political prisoners from Myanmar / Burma by 31 December 2008. The letter comes just after a group of 112 former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 50 countries wrote to the Secretary General, also urging him to meet the year-end deadline in travelling to Myanmar to secure the release of all of the over 2,100 political prisoners in the country. Members of Parliament from Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia joined the effort by parliamentarians from Asia who are extremely concerned about the lack of progress in Myanmar’s human rights situation.

DMK, India and Sri Lanka's fight against LTTE

By K.T.Rajasingham

Terrorism in Any Other Country Is Just The Same

By Darmitha-Kotte

The news media around the world has been reporting the horror and brutality wreaked on unsuspecting citizens, tourists, businessmen & buildings in Mumbai during the last week. As a country that has suffered terrorist brutality for nearly 30 years, we Sri Lankans offer our condolences to the families of all victims be they Indians or foreigners; be they injured or dead it does not matter.

Final phase of Indo-US-Israeli gory drama and our response

By Asif Haroon Raja

After 9/11, India fabricated another 9/11 by stage-managing a terrorist attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001. It gave a ready-made excuse to deploy over one million troops along Pakistan border to bully Pakistan and extract concessions. While the military coercion made no impact because of tit-for-tat response by Pakistan armed forces, USA helped India in forcing Musharraf to cede to Indian demands. India has once again manufactured 9/11 like drama in Mumbai to extract further concessions from Pakistan which are the ultimate of Indo-US-Israeli sinister plan. Mumbai attacks had similarities with 9/11 attacks particularly with regard to hostile media warfare and the anger expressed.

Sri Lanka Government to dissolve Northwestern and Central Provincial Councils

Sri Lanka Government has decided to dissolve the Northwestern and Central Provincial Councils and call for fresh elections shortly. "Asian Tribune" learns that this decision was taken at a meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse had yesterday with the Governors of these two provinces. It is also learnt that Alavi Moulana, Governor of the Western Province also participated to discuss about the Western Provincial Council. Meanwhile our parliament sources said that the Gazette notification dissolving the North Western and Central provincial councils at 12 midnight today was handed over to the Government Printer a while ago by the office of the respective governors services.