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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 103

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Thai military interfering in political system and courts cannot function properly - lashes out former Thai premier Thaksin

Ousted Thai Prime Minister flays the Army and the judicial system of interfering in politics and destroying democracy in Thailand in a pre-recorded speech delivered to his supporters who rallied at Bangkok's National Stadium Saturday night. On a prerecorded video shown at a regular pro-Thaksin rally organized by the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD) on Saturday, Thaksin said Thailand is undergoing a "coup d'etat" which is aimed at destroying the democracy system, with the military top brass interfering in the formation of the new government.

Job opportunities for Sri Lankans in Gadafi-land

By K.T.Rajasingham

Muammar GaddafiSri Lanka is to build two hotel schools and a nursing school in Libya. Already Libyan Government has entered into an agreement with Sri Lanka, for the construction and running of two hotel schools, in Tripoli as well as in Bengasi and also to train Libyans in the hospitality trade. The proposed nursing school is to train nurses and paramedics needed in Libya. Teaching and coaching in the hospitality and the health sector too are to be conducted by professors and professionals from Sri Lanka. It is a complete package. Minister Keheliya Rambukawella speaking to "Asian Tribune" in an interview conducted over the telephone, said that already Agreements have been signed for the setting up of these academies and also to supply required manpower to Libya from Sri Lanka.

Searching For Enemies

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

According to media reports a principal in a Galle school had ordered the father of a Muslim pupil out of his office for wearing a prayer cap. This act of bigotry demonstrates that the toxic anti-minority propaganda of Sinhala supremacists has begun to poison the social soil in Sinhala society. Last week posters and banners appeared (by a hitherto unknown organisation) exhorting Buddhists to save Buddhist schools. For the Sinhala supremacists some Muslim girls wanting to wear headscarves to 'Buddhist' (read state) schools is a crisis while the closure of 660 schools over a decade is a matter of little concern. These self-designated saviours of the Sinhalese seem as "sang froid" about the plummeting of education expenditure by a massive Rs. 34.54 billion in the last two years as they are about the alarming increases in malnourishment and under-nourishment.

The 21-year-old blue-eyed blonde from Russia is Miss World 2008

Miss World Kseniya SukhinovaRussia's Kseniya Sukhinova won the Miss World 2008 crown on Saturday in a glittering African-themed pageant where she outshone 108 other international beauties and pledged to "help people." India's Parvathy Omanakuttan was adjudged the first runner-up at the Miss World pageant. The second runner up was Gabrielle Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago. The others in contention in the final five were Miss South Africa and Miss Angola. The 21-year-old blue-eyed blonde beauty, Kseniya Sukhinova declared shortly before her win was announced that being nervous made her "feel stronger," takes over from Zhang Zi Lin of China to become the 58th Miss World.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Should Practice What he Preaches

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has condemned terrorism before the Lok Sabha in no uncertain terms. He proclaimed that "the use of terrorism as an instrument of state policy is no longer acceptable. There should be no double standards in the global fight against terrorism. There are no good or bad terrorists. There is no cause that justifies the massacre and killing of innocent people…" We concur wholeheartedly Dr. Manmohan Singh. Apply the same principles to that cabal of jackals who exercise diabolical influence over Indian policy towards Sri Lanka, yes, over that bunch of chauvinistic Chennai politicos making a mockery of India’s attitude towards terrorism! Live by your words, Sir. The world is watching.

Poll blow to the Saffronites

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

First it tried the ‘Hindutva’ mantra for winning electoral battles. The ‘Hindutva’ spell worked once in the 1998-99 polls but not later. The search for the next magic mantra began and the gaze stopped at ‘terror’. To make it more potent it was generously daubed with communal colours and presented with political coating. That was to provide the Bharatiya Janata Party a short cut to power. Or so it thought before the recent elections in six states—Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir. The new mantra failed during the ‘semi finals’ of the national polls.

The Jokers – Carriers of the Comical Gene

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…….

Some politicians in the state of Tamil Nadu were up in arms against a remark made by much-loved Sri Lankan army commander, Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka, this week. Vaiko, a vociferous supporter of ‘Tamil Eeelam’, went on to say that the entire Tamil Nadu had been insulted by the use of the term, joker; however, Chief Minister Karunanidhi took a more cautious approach: he partially vented his fury while taking a swipe at his arch rival, Jayalalithaa, by saying she was not Tamil – meant Tamil enough - making a vituperate reference to her silence on the issue – potential explosive stuff when an election is just around the corner; he cannot encourage effigy burning on his doorstep, for obvious reasons – his state has to clear the mess in the end.

UN to Loan $30 Million to Micro-Finance Poor Rural Women in India

The United Nations is to provide over $30 million in new loans to boost the social and economic power of rural women in India’s largest pocket of poverty. Women from an estimated 108,000 poor rural households will be targeted by the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which aims to give women in the Mid-Gangetic Plains of northern India easier access to microfinance and business development services.

Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha

Minister Keheliya Rambukawella

Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi

Act now to curb the LTTE front organizations in Europe - Sri Lanka urged at the Europol seminar

Ambassador AryasinhaSri Lanka’s Ambassador to the EU, Belgium and Luxembourg Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said, sufficient evidence was available that the operations of front organizations are an integral part of the LTTE, as seen in recent action against the LTTE fronts in the US and Canada. Taking concerted action against such entities who act for, or on behalf of, or at the behest of terrorist organizations, is an obligation countries have voluntarily undertaken under the numerous UN conventions on terrorism. Doing so also casts on countries the obligation to implement these provisions equally, to all terrorist entities across the globe.