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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

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Letter from America – Obama’s Beer Party

Habib Siddiqui - Last week if you have listened to the American media, you could not have missed this single most important event of the week - President Barack Obama’s beer party in the White House! Every other news item seemed to get relegated to not-so-important status while the nation was abuzz with this one. So, what did really happen, leading to the White House beer party?

Stocks close higher despite month end profit taking

Quintus Perera - Acuity – HNB Stockbrokers Research in their Market Review indicated that the bourse extended gains from last week with the indices opening higher on Monday, after the country’s request for an IMF stand by facility was granted approval on 24th Friday.

Bangladesh raised price of natural gas

M.A Qader - The Bangladesh government has raised the price of natural gas for domestic and commercial users with effects from yesterday, 01 August.

Letter from America – Obama’s Beer Party

Habib Siddiqui - Last week if you have listened to the American media, you could not have missed this single most important event of the week - President Barack Obama’s beer party in the White House! Every other news item seemed to get relegated to not-so-important status while the nation was abuzz with this one. So, what did really happen, leading to the White House beer party?

Towards an Anti-Democracy?

Tisaranee Gunasekara - Lankan democracy survived a quarter of a century of war and the threat of the LTTE. Post-war, it may face a greater peril from patriots who dream of eternal rule and dynastic projects. At what price the victory over the LTTE has been won, whether this is another case of exchanging ginger for chillies (that classic Lankan proclivity), only time can reveal.

Stalin, Rahman, Annadurai conferred honorary doctorates

Gopal Ethiraj -

Prabhakaran's parents found in IDP camp

S Murari - Sri Lanka army officials say the parents of dead Tamil Tiger leader Vellupilai Prabhakaran have been found inside a camp for displaced people, Canadian website Vancouverite.com has reported. Quoting the Sri Lankan Government, it said "Prabhakaran’s father Veraswami Thiruwengadam Velupillai and mother Velupillai Parvathi Pillai(79) have been identified by military authorities while living inside one of the welfare villages in Vavuniya.” Quoting the Sri Lankan Government, it said "Prabhakaran’s father Veraswami Thiruwengadam Velupillai and mother Velupillai Parvathi Pillai(79) have been identified by military authorities while living inside one of the welfare villages in Vavuniya.” Quoting the Sri Lankan Government, it said "Prabhakaran’s father Veraswami Thiruwengadam Velupillai and mother Velupillai Parvathi Pillai(79) have been identified by military authorities while living inside one of the welfare villages in Vavuniya.” They escaped in the final stages of war and were living incognito inside the camp, but the Sri Lankan intelligence identified them, the report said. The two were living in Tiruchi in India when Prabhakaran engaged the Indian Peace-Keeping Force in a bitter battle between October 1987 and March 1990.

Sunday Celebrity: Gunavathy Maindhan, the film-maker poised to bring industry to Pondy

Gopal Ethiraj - In the southern states of India—Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala—the film industry rooted by and large, Bollyhood and Kollyhood being century old.

Letter from America – Obama’s Beer Party

Habib Siddiqui - Last week if you have listened to the American media, you could not have missed this single most important event of the week - President Barack Obama’s beer party in the White House! Every other news item seemed to get relegated to not-so-important status while the nation was abuzz with this one. So, what did really happen, leading to the White House beer party?

Delhi – Colombo U.S. Embassies, Robert Blake to decide

Daya Gamage - The United States diplomatic mission in New Delhi will soon endeavor to bring “sense” to the political establishment in India, reluctant so far to intervene in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka, the importance of bringing pressure on Sri Lanka to devolve power under the Thirteenth Amendment.

Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl killer arrested

Farzana Shah -Pakistani police officials said Saturday they had arrested a member of an outlawed, al-Qaida-linked group that was suspected of involvement in the 2002 beheading of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Stocks close higher despite month end profit taking

Quintus Perera - Acuity – HNB Stockbrokers Research in their Market Review indicated that the bourse extended gains from last week with the indices opening higher on Monday, after the country’s request for an IMF stand by facility was granted approval on 24th Friday.

Bangladesh raised price of natural gas

M.A Qader - The Bangladesh government has raised the price of natural gas for domestic and commercial users with effects from yesterday, 01 August.

Comparative study of Barack Hussein Obama and Asif Ali Zardari

Asif Haroon Raja - Election of Barack Hussein Obama as 44th President of USA was as astounding as that of Asif Ali Zardari as 12th President of Pakistan. Obama suffered from serious handicaps of being black and half Muslim, looked down upon by the white Americans. His promise of change catapulted his popularity and gave him a distinct edge over McCain who wanted to pursue flawed policies of Bush.

Maoists warn of fresh street protests

Koshit Koirala - Chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has warned of mass protests both in the streets and in the legislature-parliament if the ruling parties failed to address the issue of ‘civilian supremacy’ as their one-month deadline expires after four days.


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