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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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Letter from America: Blackwater, Iraq and the Bush Administration

Habib Siddiqui -If you have been following the Iraqi Invasion and the subsequent American Occupation, you probably did not miss hearing about the trigger-happy Blackwater mercenaries. Blackwater is the largest private military (mercenary) company in the USA that trains more than 40,000 people a year. The training consists of military offensive and defensive operations, as well as smaller scale personal security. The company has nine business units. Its Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS) provide services to the CIA, and its aircrafts have also been used in the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” programs.

In 2003, Blackwater attained its first high-profile contract when it received a

Myanmar told to stop the influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh

M.A Qader - Myanmar has to improve its internal environment to stop the influx of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, said a Bangladesh foreign ministry statement, which was released, after a meeting between the Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Raymond Hall, regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday.

Sunday Celebrity: Pratap Raju’s adept fingers and ‘Puthur Kattu’ for bone-setting

Gopal Ethiraj - Traditional medicine (also known as indigenous) comprising medical knowledge systems and practices are popular all over the globe. In India there are innumerable treatment systems within various societies, and some successful treatment practices are kept as family secret and hereditary.

KP's abduction illegal: LTTE

S Murari - The LTTE has described as illegal the alleged abduction of its leader Selvaraja Pathmanathan alias KP by the Sri Lankan intelligence agencies with the help of local intelligence from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo and called upon the international community to ensure his safety and security and enable him to have legal access

Aesopica to Bridge the Gap between Fiction and Science

Hemantha Abeywardena - The fans of Aesop, the legendary story teller, were elated this week with a news item published in the journal, Current Biology: the story about the Crow and Pitcher – one of a vast collection known as Aesopica - that stimulated the imagination of millions of children all over the world, is not just a figment of imagination on the part of the legend, after all; Cambridge scientists have found out – through laborious experiments, of course – that the birds of the crow family are capable of problems solving, indeed.

Maoist Chairman leaves for London on a week-long visit

Kosit R. Koirala - At a time when political crisis is deepening in the country, Chairman of the Unified CPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has left for London, UK.

Letter from America: Blackwater, Iraq and the Bush Administration

Habib Siddiqui -If you have been following the Iraqi Invasion and the subsequent American Occupation, you probably did not miss hearing about the trigger-happy Blackwater mercenaries. Blackwater is the largest private military (mercenary) company in the USA that trains more than 40,000 people a year. The training consists of military offensive and defensive operations, as well as smaller scale personal security. The company has nine business units. Its Aviation Worldwide Services (AWS) provide services to the CIA, and its aircrafts have also been used in the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” programs.

In 2003, Blackwater attained its first high-profile contract when it received a

Swine flu deaths touch 4 in India

S Murari - Swine flu has claimed two more lives as of Sunday, one in Pune and another in Ahmedabad, taking the total toll in India to four, while a four-year-old boy is in a critical condition in a Chennai hospital

Ruling UPFA won Jaffna Municipality

J.Yogaraj - Jaffna People have spoken. Ruling United People Freedom Alliance led by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has won handsomely in the Jaffna Municipal Council election. Out of the 23 seats in the Jaffna Municipality, UPFA won 13 seats, while Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi (ITAK) also known as Tamil National Alliance (TNA) won 8 seats, and Independent Group 1 and the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) led by V. Anandasangaree won one seat each.

A Government spokesman said that

Karunanidi unveils Tiruvalluvar statue in Bangalore

S Murari - Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Sunday unveiled a statue of Tamil savant Tiruvalluvar in Bangalore, marking the end of an 18-year-old standoff between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the issue.

When Chickens Come Home to Roost

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.” Francis Bacon (The Works of Francis Bacon)

Salusala to be restored to the earlier glory

Quintus Perera - If things happened according to what media (Paththarawala) said we would neither won the war nor defeated terrorism, Said Basil Rajapakse, MP and Senior Presidential Advisor while opening old Salusala with a new name “Lak Sasusala” at Jawatte, Colombo.

North Korean cargo vessel ‘anchored’ in Indian territorial waters

M Rama Rao - A North Korean cargo ship, M V San, has anchored in the Indian territorial waters putting the Indian navy and coast guard in a tizzy. The ship captain claims that he was forced to be in the Indian waters as his vessel developed mechanical problems on Wednesday but his claim doesn’t appear to be corroborated.

Elections: Resounding victory for Sri Lanka’s Ruling UPFA

J.Yogaraj - Sri Lanka’s ruling United People's Freedom Alliance scored handsome victories in the two local-body elections in the Northern Province and in the Uva Provincial Council election.

Aesopica to Bridge the Gap between Fiction and Science

Hemantha Abeywardena - The fans of Aesop, the legendary story teller, were elated this week with a news item published in the journal, Current Biology: the story about the Crow and Pitcher – one of a vast collection known as Aesopica - that stimulated the imagination of millions of children all over the world, is not just a figment of imagination on the part of the legend, after all; Cambridge scientists have found out – through laborious experiments, of course – that the birds of the crow family are capable of problems solving, indeed.

Maoist Chairman leaves for London on a week-long visit

Kosit R. Koirala - At a time when political crisis is deepening in the country, Chairman of the Unified CPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal has left for London, UK.

Market subdued on mixed corporate earnings

Quintus Perera - Acuity – HNB Stockbrokers Research in their weekly market review indicated that the market lost ground on early trading before picking up towards the latter part of the week to close marginally higher Week on Week (WoW). Early price dips due to mixed earnings results paved the way for higher investor attention towards the last two days of the week on selected stocks.


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