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Lonely Congress In Aryavarta

By Atul-Rama - Syndicate Features

To no-one’s surprise, the two major political alliances, the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA, have seen desertions. This is a phenomenon that surfaces vigorously on the eve of any major poll. And the April-May election for the 15th Lok Sabha is no exception to the trend. If comparisons can be made it will look that the current bout of making and unmaking alliances may hit the Congress harder than its rival. It is virtually forced to fight a lonely battle in the larger chunk of the Hindi heartland, comprising UP and Bihar, which sends the largest contingent to the Lok Sabha.

No cuts in social welfare from IMF package – Deputy Finance Minister

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

There will not be any cuts in social welfare from the US $ 1.9 billion International Monetary Fund package, Deputy Finance Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama assured yesterday. He was addressing the post Cabinet press conference. He also said that the IMF Managing Director Dominic Strauss himself was a former Minister of Social Welfare in France and had assured that there will not be any cuts on the social welfare net. The thinking of the IMF has changed unlike a few decades ago where there were conditions attached to the aid packages and the IMF MD was very particular that the welfare measures were not pruned down, Dr Amunugama said.

Pakistan Cricket Board officials give evidence on Sri Lankan cricket team attack

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistani cricket officials Wednesday appeared before the commission investigating the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan squad in Lahore and their statements were recorded. Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt, chief operating officer Salim Altaf and umpire Ahsan Raza -- injured in the attack -- as well as other senior PCB officials appeared before the commission. ‘The commission summoned us for our statements which we recorded today and hope that once the inquiry is completed action will be taken against those who were responsible,’ Butt told media persons.

War Crimes—ICC, USA and Sri Lanka

By Albert J. Fernando, Edmonton, Canada

"Genocide," "War Crimes." These are some of the terms used to lash out against the Sri Lanka military by the Eelam supporters in various capitals of the world these days. It is understandable and must be expected because the Sri Lanka military is closing on last groups left of the much feared LTTE. Out of desperation, LTTE has activated its supporters to hold demonstrations in various cities in Canada and Europe blaming the Sri Lanka military for so-called atrocities among the Tamil civilians in the Wanni. Of course, they would not say that these helpless Tamils are being used as hostages by the LTTE.

Confronting False Dichotomies: the ‘public good’ and the challenge of meeting the ‘terrorist front organization phenomenon’

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha has called on EU member states to take action against LTTE terrorist front organizations operating in Europe "as a public good”, saying “not only are these organizations a problem as they serve terrorists and contribute to the mayhem they create, they also effectively exploit the generosity and decency of civic minded people in these countries. Additionally, they undermine financial systems, particularly at a time when it already is in deep crisis". Ambaddasor Aryasinha made these observations when he delivered the keynote address at a Tactical Meeting on "LTTE Front Organisations" hosted by Eurojust (the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit) which was held in the Hague on 30 – 31 March 2009.

Sri Lanka Parliamentary Select Committee to probe pro – LTTE journalists- Defence spokesman

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

The Government has appointed a Parliamentary Select Committee to probe the writings and the contributions of pro – LTTE Sri Lankan journalists who have been contributing articles to foreign Non Governmental Organisations which is detrimental to the interests of Sri Lanka , Defence Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told Asian Tribune' The Government is in receipt of the names of the Sri Lankan journalists who have contributed these articles and the findings will be made in a fortnight, he said.

12 killed in US drone attack in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least 12 people were killed and 13 wounded on Wednesday in a US drone attack in Khadizai area of Orakzai Agency in tribal areas of Pakistan. Residents of Khadizai village said the missile hit a Taliban headquarters killing 12 people. According to sources the attack was aimed at targeting leadership of Baitullah Mehsud’s Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Bangladesh labor minister hopeful about the fate 55,000 Bangladeshi workers visa cancellation by Malaysia

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday after returning from Malaysia in Dhaka assured the Malaysian government would positively look into their decision on cancellation of 55,000 Bangladeshi workers visa last month. The minister at the same time blaming some unscrupulous recruiting agencies and brokers of the country said, "Our workers were jobless because some unscrupulous businesses hired excessive workers. While a company needed 20 workers, it hired 100," "It is our people who spoiled the labor market in Malaysia."

India offers help to address power woes in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Amidstt worsening power crisis in the Himalayan nation, the Power Trading Corporation (PTC) of India has offered to sell 200-MW electricity to Nepal.The revised proposal comes after Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the sole state-utility to supply electricity in the country, did not respond to the PTC's proposal to sell 500-MW electricity last week. Officials at NEA confirmed that the revised proposal sent by PTC's Chairman and Director Tantra Narayan Yadav has already reached to them via fax.

UN suspends relief operations in Balochistan due to security reasons

The United Nations has suspended all its relief operations in Balochistan due to security reasons. According to sources United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has suspended its activities in 10 Afghan refugee camps across Balochistan. The operations suspended include provision of health, education and sanitation facilities to the Afghan refugees living in these camps. UNHCR also stopped its relief activities in the earthquake stricken districts of Ziarat and Pishin since the abduction of John Solecki, head of UNCHR sub-office in Balochistan. The staff working in the affected areas was withdrawn due to security reasons.

Veteran Sri Lankan Singer, Christopher Paul in the Town - to Brighten Up the Sinhala & Tamil New Year in London

Hemantha Abeywardena from London

Christopher Paul who has been entertaining three generations of Sri Lankans of all races with a sweet unique voice, is in London to entertain a huge army of fans during the forthcoming Sinhala & New Year festival in Feltham, a suburb of London. Christo, as he loves to be called by both the young and old alike, looks remarkably fit for his age: the humble human being is a living monument to modesty. Christo who was a heartthrob in 1950’s still carries the traces of the personality of a jolly-good-man, who loves to live the life to the full. A brief chat with him rekindles the good old days of Sri Lankan music which had a irreversible soothing effect on the past generation.

CIMA Vice President at CIMA Sri Lanka Convocation

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Associates, Fellows, Passed Finalists, Prize Winners – all received their certificates and gold medals at the biannual Convocation of the CIMA Sri Lanka Division, held at the BMICH, with George Glass, CIMA’s Global Vice President as the Chief Guest. There were 147 newly elected Associate and Fellow Members, 176 Passed Finalists and 13 Sri Lankan Prize Winners, including a Sri Lankan world prize winner at the November 2008 examination received their certificates and gold medals at this Convention. Dilshani Gunawardena (20) - the latest CIMA World Prize Winner who brought honour to Sri Lanka by winning a world prize for Finance Accounting and Tax Principals at the November 2008 examination was given special recognition.

Maharashtra AUDF all set to put candidate in Mumbai North-Central

The AUDF, a political amalgamation of different socio-religious and educational organizations of all the Muslim denominations and other religions in Maharashtra received nearly 50 applications from various constituencies out of which only 7 candidates have been selected to contest in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections by the party president Badruddin Ajmal, says Tarun Rathi, Mumbai president of Maharashtra AUDF has so far nominated candidates in Assam, West Bengal and Maharashtra. AUDF may nominate a few more candidates in Bihar, Jharkand and UP in next few days with Lock & Keys as party’s election symbol.

Sri Lanka: 8000 CEB Trade Union Employees in token strike Friday

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Eight thousand employees in 23 Ceylon Electricity Board Unions will stage a token strike Friday (3) in protest of the Government not providing its salary increases due January 2009, and due triennially. This is absurd as the Government and more so, Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne has assured us that they will be giving us the due alary increase which is due triennially (one in three years) and it has gone back on its word, the Head of the CEB Stores Union and Convenor of the 23 Trade Unions Ananda Nimalaratne told "Asian Tribune."

Confab on South Asian Local Economic Development

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

'Enter Growth' a project under the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Sri Lanka will organise a Sub-regional Conference on Local Economic Development (LED) for South Asia to be held in Colombo from June 16 to 17, 2009. The Conference will be held in Colombo from June 16 – 17, 2009 followed by a study tour to two LED examples in Sri Lanka.‘Enter-Growth’ works with public and private sector in Kurunegala, Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts, to improve business for micro and small enterprises. Local Eonomic Development (LED) has emerged as an attractive alternative to traditional development strategies, its advantage being the ability to tailor-make strategies to suit the local setting.

Eurojust hosts tactical meeting on 'LTTE front organisations'

A Tactical Meeting on "LTTE Front Organisations", was hosted by Eurojust (the EU institution responsible for co-ordination of investigations and prosecutions between competent authorities in the Member States), on 30-31 March 2009 in the Hague, Netherlands. The Meeting was attended by representatives of the Intelligence and Criminal Justice communities of EU member states, non-EU countries including Sri Lanka, and the Europol.

Buddhism and Quantum Physics - The space between two things

Abstract. Rudyard Kipling, the famous english author of "The Jungle Book" , born in India, wrote one day these words: "Oh, East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet". In my paper I show that Kipling was not completely right. I try to show the common ground between Buddhist philosophy and quantum physics. There is a surprising parallelism between the philosophical concept of reality articulated by Nagarjuna and the physical concept of reality implied by quantum physics. For neither is there a fundamental core to reality, rather reality consists of systems of interacting objects. Such concepts of reality cannot be reconciled with the substantial, subjective, holistic or instrumentalistic concepts of reality which underlie modern modes of thought.

WHO team recommends new conditions for immunization vaccines : Rubella vaccination program to be recommenced soon

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

The three member World Heath Organisation team of Doctors which was in Sri Lanka on the invitation of Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva following the Rubella catastrophe, has recommended that the innoculations have to be done under the supervision of an MBBS qualified doctor. This follows the recent death of Peshala Hansani a 12 year old student from S. Thomas Girls School Matara and where 29 students from the same school were hospitalised following the innoculation of the Rubella vaccine which was made by an Assistant Medical Practitioner.

Weapons of Self-Destruction and Road to Perdition of UNP: MP Madduma Bandara tells on US soil

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune – An Interview

Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is possessed to destroy others, and everyone in this era of terrorism and counter-terrorism knows that. But does anyone procure weapons for self-destruction? To destroy yourself, people around you and an organization you lead? For that matter if the leader of an organization knowingly procures those weapons he is blind to reality with absolutely no vision endangering his organization and those around him. That organization is then on the road to perdition. This is the impression Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP) Member of Parliament Ranjith Madduma Bandara gave this writer at an exclusive dinner interview held in Las Vegas, Nevada last week when he opened up about the plight of his political party in this South Asian nation’s politics, the party’s aimless mixed agenda and its equally aimless leader Ranil Wickremasinghe.


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