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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

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What is the US Policy on Burma?

Kanbawza Win -

Virus concerns take back seat on Janmasthami day

M Rama Rao - Indians did not allow their concern for H1N1 virus to engulf them just for one day and celebrated the birth day of Lord Krishna in the traditional boisterous manner across the country.

Post Conflict Sri Lanka a catalyst for optimism

In his keynote address at the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Tea Exporters Association – 14 August Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister said that the Colombo All-Share Index has gained 33 percent in the past three months, the second-best performance worldwide following the defeat of the LTTE in May.

Sri Lankans Celebrate Madhu Festival In Grand Scale After Years’ Lapse

Anjana Jayashan - Devotees who gathered from all over the Sri Lanka are ready to hold the annual festival of the most sacred Madhu Church in Mannar from (today) August 15 to 20 as the government has made all necessary arrangements to hold the event in grand scale. For the first time in four years a large number of Catholic devotees from the South and the North with non-Catholics participated at the first Novena service on August 6. This year's festival in Madhu church is a noteworthy as the present regime has made direct access for the feast of Our Lady of Madhu confirming the security as they fully released the area from the disastrous LTTE clutches after 33 years.The Madhu church is considered as the holiest Catholic shrine in the island and is also a symbol of unity not just between Tamils and Sinhalese, but also between people of different religions of the country.

U.S. Says No to Nukes, Yes to Conventional Arms

Thalif Deen -U.S. President Barack Obama’s pledge to take concrete steps towards "a world without nuclear weapons" has garnered overwhelming support from peace activists worldwide.

India: Prez’s I-day Message: Govt must be responsive to people needs

M Rama Rao - As India got down to celebrating its 63rd Independence Day in an atmosphere of unease created by Swine Flu pandemic and lengthening shadow of drought, President Pratibha Patil asked the government to be more responsive to people’s concerns and advised the public to lend a helping hand in dealing with the situation.

Not Audible Enough

Allabaksh - Following the ‘regime change’ in the US, most Indians are convinced that the Obama administration has ‘downgraded’ relations with India. The new rulers in America have said repeatedly that relations with China are going to be of utmost concern to them and that certainly makes it clear that for Washington relations with India are of secondary importance.

One fourth of India hit by drought, growth projections in spin

M Rama Rao - Drought is not official as yet in India. But that has not prevented the governments in Delhi and states to try to come to grips with the problem of crop failure and consequent low purchasing capacity in villages in at least 200 of the 600 districts.

Elephant kills French tourist

S Murari - A wild elephant on Friday trampled to death a French woman tourist in the Udhagamandalam hills in Tamil Nadu when she went trekking in the forests.

Bangladesh : One more swine flu case detected totaling to 37

M.A Qader - A Bangladesh authority has confirmed one more case of swine flu taking the total of detected cases to 37 across the country.

General Nalin Seneviratne VSV 1931- 2009

Major General (retd.) Lalin Fernando - General Nalin Seneviratne VSV the 10th Commander of the SL Army died on 12 August 2009 aged 78 years. He joins in Valhalla those who were in the thin red line of defenders of the nation who predeceased him. History will record that he was the first army commander who defeated the LTTE in 1987, resisting abortive attempts by the faint hearted to abort the epic Vadamarachchi battle in its first hour. The war was finally won when the LTTE was wiped out by General Sarath Fonseka in May 2009.

India: Singh’s I-Day gift: promise of fair deal to farmers

M Rama Rao -As India celebrated its 63rd Independence Day on Saturday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held out the promise of fair deal to farmers who are hard hit by drought conditions in one fourth of the country. Addressing from the ramparts of historic Mughul era Red Fort, where he unfurled the tri-colour for the sixth year, economist –bureaucrat turned politician, assured the country of political stability and price control under the UPA-II rule. We will strengthen the economy to march towards a ‘golden future’, he declared, assuring that his government to would take everyone along to create an environment of consensus and cooperation.

Cyber crime has to take back seat; upgraded 'cyber lab' commissioned

Gopal Ethiraj -The upgraded ‘cyber lab’ at the city police commissione’s office at a cost of Rs. 70 lakh was formally inaugurated on Friday by City Police Commissioner T Rajendran. Now equipped with most sophisticated facility in the country, IT- related crimes will be solved faster, the CoP said.

India: Swine flu toll mounts to 24

S Murari - The swine flu toll in India has mounted to 24 with the death of a 70-year-old woman in Pune and an 18-year-old boy in Raipur, Chattisgarh, who contracted the disease after a recent visit to Pune. Of the casualties, Pune itself accounts for 15.

Dr.Kohona to Assume Duty as Permanent Representative of SL to UN

Anjana Jayashan - Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry is to assume duties as the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York, the Asian Tribune reliably learns.

Shah Rukh Khan detained at Newark airport for 2 hours; Indian enraged

M Rama Rao - President Barack Obama may have greeted people of India on the occasion of their country's 63rd Independence Day and hailed India as a natural friend of the United States but his officials at the Newark-New Jersey airport landed Washington in a diplomatic row with India by detaining their superstar icon Shah Rukh Khan on Friday night for two hours ‘because my name is Khan’.