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One student died, 28 others seriously hospitalized after Rubella injection

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

One student died this morning, among 29 hospitalized students of St. Thomas’ Girls College from Sri Lanka’s southern town of Matara, following the inoculation of the Rubella injection for for German Measles, leaving a huge furore in social and political circles. The dead student is Piyasala Hansani, a 12 year old year 8 student, who was exceptionally bright. President Mahinda Rajapaksa this afternoon directed the immediate cancellation of the vaccine and ordered a full probe on the incident and asked the family of the student to be paid Rs. 500,000 as compensation immediately. Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva told Parliament this morning that the Ministry has deployed a special team to conduct a full probe and that the findings of the report would be made early.

Sri Lanka’s battle for global hearts and minds and scrutinizing The 'mindset' of the West

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

The United States and Western Democracies, international community interested in Sri Lanka’s national crisis, the United Nations agencies dealing with humanitarian and human rights issues, global rights organizations mostly funded by Western Democracies have long been kept ‘informed’ by the international wing of activists, professionals and front organizations of Sri Lanka’s secessionist Tamil Tigers (LTTE) that the minority Tamils (12%) have been denied equal rights for many decades, facing shrinking educational and employment opportunities, denied economic opportunities the majority Sinhalese (74%) enjoy, deprived of the adequate participation in the nation’s governance and discrimination in the hands of the ‘Sinhalese-dominated government’ dismissing their basic human rights and a decent living.

Conflict In Paradise: An Address To The American Jewish Committee

Addressing the American Jewish Committee in San Francisco, the former Chief Executive Officer and President of the Pacific Area Travel Association "Lakshman Ratnapala said the LTTE has become the world’s most ruthless terrorist organization. They have perpetrated more suicide bombings than Hamas and Hezbollah combined, killing thousands of people, including their own Tamil dissidents and moderates alike; innocent civilians dragged out of buses; clergy and worshipers in temples, churches and mosques; innocent farmers and villagers, children and infants put to the sword as they slept at night. They have also a trained suicide squad, the Black Tigers, a separate Women’s Corps, a navy and an air force – the only terrorist organization in the world to have these.

Bangladesh Election Commission announces name of 45 women parliament members for reserved seats

M. A. Kader – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The Election Commission of Bangladesh declared the names of 45 new members of parliament (MPs) for reserved women's seats, on Thursday. An EC official said the women lawmakers, nominated by the three major parties, had been declared 'elected uncontested' as parties nominated just 45 candidates and Thursday was the deadline for withdrawal of nominations. The ruling party Awami League got 36 seats, BNP five and Jatiya Party four seats according to party quotas.

Sri Lanka’s European envoys to lobby against LTTE fund raising

By Ravi Ladduwahetty in Colombo

The Sri Lanka Government will shortly direct its envoys in Canadian and European capitals to enlighten their respective representative countries to lobby against terrorism financing. "The Government is deeply concerned about the recent pro- LTTE demonstrations and glorifications held in Toronto, Brussels and Geneva where the demonstrators were even waving the LTTE flags which could lead to fund raining activities which will in turn be channelled for LTTE’s destructive activities in Sri Lanka," Minister of Human Rights and Disaster Management Mahinda Samarasinghe told the local and foreign media at the Presidential Secretariat this evening.

Take advantage of financial crisis on the basis of nanotechnology - Professor Tissa Vitarana

By Manjari Peiris in Colombo

"The absence of scientific backgrounds among fund controllers in this country was the reason that created problems in setting up a state owned Nanotechnology Institute in Sri Lanka, although it was approved by the Cabinet in August 2006. Periodically waves of technology sweep in the entire world. Korea was a country who caught these waves of technologies at the correct time and could provide favourable living environments for their scientists. As such they could maintain their capabilities in science and technology at a very high level and let the industries to grow up."

FCCISL plants Na trees at Speaker's Residence

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) aiming to to boost the Country's on going tree planting campaign and to make a contribution to the environment has launched an island-wide tree planting campaign. This FCCISL CSR project was inaugurated at the Speaker's Residence. Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL joining the inauguration of the project handed over 50 Na Plants to the Speaker W J M Lokubandara and along with the Speaker, Mr Wickramanayake and with several other Ministers the Na plants were planted at the compound of the Speaker's Residence.

Try Bangladesh BDR mutiny case in regular court: US rights group in Dhaka

M. A. Kader – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

A US-based rights group on Thursday called upon the Bangladesh government to try the border guard Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny case in the country's regular courts or by special tribunal instead of any military court. As the the border force BDR is under the home ministry not the defence ministry, the trial process should go through the normal judicial system under civilian law, not military law , Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch, told reporters at a briefing in Dhaka. If be needed, the case could be tried by a special tribunal, with an assurance of protecting the full rights of the accused, Adams said.

Emerging political scenario in Pakistan

By Asif Haroon Raja

After taking over power through a military coup in October 1999, Gen Musharraf ensured that Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, leaders of the two mainstream political parties PML-N and PPP remain in exile. They had indulged in destructive politics in 1990s and inflicted heavy blows to the very foundation of democratic institutions. Having remained in wilderness they realized their mistakes and decided to befriend and embrace each other.

Sinhalese for Tamils

By Gomin Dayasri

Will you put up your hand to elevate the Tamil People or the Tamil Politicians? Sinhalese will raise both hands with sincerity in favor of the Tamil People. Not merely raise hands; they will clap with both the hands in support. Such is the bonhomie that prevails presently in Sinhalese electorates as they see flashes on the television screen, the helping hands of the security forces bringing the captive Tamil civilians to safety.

Regional Youth Conference in Colombo

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Youth Business Sri Lanka (YBSL), Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, International Alert and Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre of University of Colombo, held a regional youth conference under the theme "Youth as Partners for Sustainable Development and Socio-Political Stability: Experiences and Challenges with participants from Nepal, the Maldives and Sri Lanka" held recently in Colombo. A media release of YBSL indicated that together with the Secretaries of the Ministries of Youth Affaires in Maldives and Nepal, Secretary Ministry of Youth Affaires, Sri Lanka S Wirithamulla inaugurated the conference.

The People’s Coup

By Nazeer - Syndicate Features

It can only be described as a people’s coup, for Pakistan is more familiar with change coming after a military coup than from the power of ballot. To that extent people in Pakistan can congratulate themselves for forcing an adamant ‘civilian dictator’ president to bow before the wishes of the people articulated through massive street protests by lawyers and opposition politicians. After the euphoria in Pakistan over the ‘victory of democracy’ dies down—and that may not take long—some harsh realities would again stare the people in their face. The bubbly may have been opened too soon to celebrate the humbling of the ‘dictatorial’ Zardari.

Asif Haroon Raja

Probe report of attack on Sri Lankan team sent to Interior Ministry: No proof of LeT’s involvement, foreign hand seen

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

The investigation report on attack on Sri Lankan cricket team has been prepared and sent to Interior Ministry on Thursday. The investigation report has stated that no evidence of the involvement of the Lashker-e-Tayyaba (LeT) or the Jammatud Dawa has been found in the attack. According to the report, the negligence of the security officials was the main reason for the attack. Senior police officers had neglected their duties and none of the 12 terrorists involved in the attack could be arrested, the report added.