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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2346

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Pray for the speedy recovery of Leena Perera

Leena Perera, wife of Quintus Perera, a senior journalist for Sunday Times and a regular contributor for the Asian Tribune, is seriously ill consequent to a severe stroke and now treated in the General Hospital, Colombo, Neurology Unit.

Sonia Gandhi endorses Manmohan Singh initiative on Pakistan

M Rama Rao - Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that there are no differences between the government and the Congress party on the Indo-Pak Joint statement issued in Sharm-el- Sheikh.

Left breaks ranks with AIADMK

S Murari - The two left parties, the Communist Party of India(CPI) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist(CPM), have broken ranks with the AIADMK by deciding to contest the by-elections to the Tamil Nadu Assembly scheduled for Aug 18.

China to hand over first Frigate to Pakistan Thursday

Pakistan Navy would receive first of the four state-of-the-art Frigates F-22P type on July 30 as Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nauman Bashir has reached China for formal taking over of the fighting vessel, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Production was told on Saturday.

Pray for the speedy recovery of Leena Perera

Leena Perera, wife of Quintus Perera, a senior journalist for Sunday Times and a regular contributor for the Asian Tribune, is seriously ill consequent to a severe stroke and now treated in the General Hospital, Colombo, Neurology Unit.

Nigerian national freed from militants’ jail in Pakistan

Farzana Shah - Pakistani security forces on Saturday recovered a Nigerian national along with a local man from a private jail of a militant group.

Dhaka one of the most tremor-prone cities in the world - Minister

M.A Qader - “Dhaka is one of the world's most earthquake-prone cities”, Food and Disaster Management Minister Abdur Razzaq said on Saturday.

India is developing a high temperature nuclear reactor.

M Rama Rao - India is developing a high temperature nuclear reactor, Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India, said. China is developing such reactors.

Big brother may be keeping a close eye

Tariq A. Al-Maeena - Hell hath no fury as a consumer spied upon. And that’s exactly what happened to Etisalat customers in the UAE who discovered that the telecommunications giant had planted surveillance software in Blackberries owned by its subscribers.

Letter from America: Robert McNamara and the Vietnam War

Habib Siddiqui - When Robert Strange McNamara died in his home on July 6 very few people noticed. He was 93. He joined a diverse band of celebrities who died within two weeks of his death. It included Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Steve McNair, and most notably Michael Jackson – the emperor of pop music.

IMF Board approved loan to Sri Lanka, US$ 700 million more

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Saturday that it has approved a financial assistance of USD 2.6 billion to Sri Lanka to support the country's economic reform program and its "much needed post-conflict reconstruction and relief efforts".

Black July and Post-war Sri Lanka

Tisaranee Gunasekara - The Black July was a collective punishment imposed on the Tamil community for a crime committed by a handful of Tigers. The Black July would not have happened if a segment of Sinhala society did not regard all Tamils as (real or potential) Tigers and acted on that belief - and acted as if the rule of law and common human decency were not tenets to be observed but ballast to be discarded. Remembering that mindset and that attitude which enabled the Black July is important, because these are very much alive, 26 years on, in post-war Sri Lanka.

DMK to contest three seats, Congress two of the by-elections

Gopal Ethiraj - The DMK has decided to contest three of the five seats in the August 18 by-elections to the State Assembly, and has allotted two seats to its principal ally, the Congress.

China to hand over first Frigate to Pakistan Thursday

Pakistan Navy would receive first of the four state-of-the-art Frigates F-22P type on July 30 as Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nauman Bashir has reached China for formal taking over of the fighting vessel, National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence Production was told on Saturday.

A Small Step for a Man + a Giant Leap for Mankind = A Gallop towards Self-Imposed Reclusion

Hemantha Abeywardena - 20 July 1969, was indeed a unique day for mankind; it was the day on which, a human being named Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon and by strange coincidence became spontaneously poetic too by uttering the famous phrase, “It was a small step for a man and a giant leap for mankind” – a rare feat for a professional astronomer, especially in the absence of an atmosphere draw inspiration from and strong-enough gravity to keep his mortal body in balance.

Bill Gates Foundation receives Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace for 2007

M Rama Rao - Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft on Saturday received the prestigious Indira Gandhi prize for Peace disarmament and development for the year 2007 on behalf of the Foundation he and his wife Melinda are running. The award is in recognition of the Foundation’s exemplary philanthropic work across the world and in India especially in the area of health. President Pratibha Patil conferred the award at a glittering function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. She commended Bill Gate’s mission to transform the lives of people through his foundation. She appealed to the people to come forward and show their knowledge, generosity and commitment to the higher cause of serving humanity.

Stocks gain due to IMF loan deal

Quintus Perera - Acuity – HNB Stockbrokers Research in their market review indicated that the much-awaited IMF loan reached a staff level agreement after four months of discussions on Monday with approval from the Executive board pending on 24th Friday. With hopes of an economic revival in the country,


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