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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2837

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East-West Center Delegation to Visit Sri Lanka

As the prominent Asia Pacific education and research institution nears its 50th anniversary,
EWC officials seek to reinforce ties with Sri Lankan alumni and prospective students.

Remnants of LTTE use U.S. as base to bifurcate Sri Lanka with passive State Department nod

In an interview to BBC a couple of days after he met with a group of Tamil Americans who claimed to be representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in the United States on August 11 at his Washington State Department office former U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka and now assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake echoed the sentiments of the Tamil delegation warning Sri Lanka not to forget that “Tamil Diaspora (in the U.S.) is still very energized.”

Sri Lanka to respond to EU Brussels next week; Defends GSP+ tax concessions

Hell-bent on retaining GSP+ tax relief, the Government will submit a report to the European Union in Brussels next week responding to its initial investigations.

Ambassador Butenis

This probably is your first appointment to a Buddhist country. It would therefore be in your interest to know what sort of people the Buddhists are. Buddhists do not have a religion because the two basic pillars on which all religions stand are the belief in a God that created everything in the infinity of space and a soul that he has given to every human being. Buddhists do not recognize the existence of a God and the existence of a soul in each person created by the God.

US dangerous designs against Pakistan

After 9/11, stated US objectives were to eliminate Taliban militia, capture Osama dead or alive, destroy Al-Qaeda network and affect a regime change of its choice. Bush and others roared belligerently that ‘we will smoke them out and push them into Stone Age’. Behind the rhetoric the actual objective was to gain control over energy resources of Central Asia. Pakistan fitted into its calculus because it provided shortest route to ship oil and gas through Balochistan.

The DMK's journey from Dravida Nadu to State autonomy

Winding up the birth centenary celebrations of DMK founder C N Annadurai at a grand function here on Sept 15, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi urged Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to make State autonomy a reality.

The Opposition has forgotten its Responsibility towards the Country – Media Minister

Sri Lanka’s Cabinet Spokesman and the Mass Media and Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa says the country’s Opposition has completely forgotten its responsibility towards the country’s citizens as well as to their party supporters. “The allegations they brought against the government are baseless and unwarranted”, Minister Yapa told the media today (September 17) while briefing the Cabinet decisions.

Channel 4 Fake Video Footage: At last the Original has Emerged

‘Original’ of Channel 4 fake has just appeared on an internet portal. This video footage punctures all claims to originality, clearly, categorically. It establishes that footage has come from a video camera and not from a mobile phone camera, as it was initially presumed.

Sweet and not so sweet news to Sonia Congress

Both bad and not so bad news greeted the Sonia Congress, which is getting ready for a fresh round of electoral battles in three states particularly the key western state of Maharashtra. The party lost two by-elections to the Delhi assembly but managed to wrest two seats from the Janata Dal –united in Bihar.

Is child malnutrition a challenge in Sri Lanka?

Malnutrition arises either from deficiencies or excesses of specific nutrients or from undiversified diets (wrong kinds or proportions of foods). Under nutrient is the outcome of insufficient food. It is caused primarily by an inadequate intake of dietary or food energy, says Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle of the Family Health Bureau.

Ravana International Chess Tournament in Colombo

The Blue and Gold Chess Club, an affiliate of the Chess Federation, is organizing the biggest Ravana International Chess Tournament 2009, a chess tournament ever held in Sri Lanka. is schedule to take place from the 12th to the 20th of September.

Sri Lanka: Vakarai Maha Vidyalayam in the East, constructed with the European Union's grant of LKR 300 million

Vakarai Maha Vidyalayam, the newly constructed education facility will be the "pride of the East" as the most modern and technically advanced school complex in the Batticaloa District.

Libya Brings Focused Agenda to U.N. Presidency

Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, the newly-anointed president of the 192-member U.N. General Assembly, hails from a country with a mostly radical and far-reaching political agenda.