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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 105

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Sri Lanka PM assures resettlement of IDPs undertaken “expeditiously"

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake said his country has now entered the post-conflict phase, in the aftermath of the military's defeat of separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters last May.

Letter from America: the UN General Assembly Session

With the opening of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly last Wednesday, September 23, the UN building and the entire New York City seemed to be abuzz with activities.

AIADMK’s protest rally against Centre’s ‘inaction’, Lankan delay on IDPs

Following a massive demonstration at Rameshwaram on Friday, the AIADMK held a protest near Chennai Collectorate on Saturday against the Centre’s ‘inaction’ on the continuing attacks on Tamil fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.

Visiting Maldives Opposition Movement blames Nasheed’s regime

The visiting Maldives Opposition Movement today lambasted the Nasheed administration over a host of issues, starting from economic mismanagement, lack of democracy to downsizing the civil service.

Thousands throng Tirunallar as Shani transits to Virgo

Thousands of devotees and pilgrims from various parts of the country on Saturday converged at the Darbaranyeshwarar temple, Tirunallar, Karaikal region of Union territory of Puducherry in connection with the ‘Shani Peyarchi’ festival and worshipped and offered special prayers to the Shaneeshwara Bhagawan.

The Formula 2 in Motor Racing: Victory = Fake Crash + Quantum Leap of faith in Optical Illusions

We know that there is a formula one in motor racing, the world’s most financially-vibrant sport, that attracts an audience of over 600 million viewers across the globe: a set of gifted young drivers goes around a circuit at break-neck speed along impromptu routes as dictated by both instincts and impulse in such a way, that both their corresponding rivals and the shapes defined in elementary geometry cannot keep up with them, in pursuing a prestigious goal – the world championship.

Sri Lanka: Major initiatives to flourish tourism

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse targets to achieve 2.5 million tourists arriving in Sri Lanka by 2016 to boost Sri Lanka’s economy, after completing 30 years’ battle, said K.A.D. George Michael, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism at a press conference held on Friday, the 25th of September at the Monara Restaurant of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism Hotel Management, Colombo in regard to World Tourism Day celebration to take place on Sunday, the 27th of September 2009 .

10 people killed in bomb blast in northwest Pakistan

At least 10 people were killed and over 100 injured in a powerful bomb last in Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan on Saturday.

Of Conspiracies and Kings

"One of the first arguments used to start a war or set persecution in motion is that we must stop a plot hatched against us, against our group, country or culture…. "
Umberto Eco (Turning back the Clock)

Obama Stuck between Wars on Iraq, Afghanistan

It was extraordinarily questionable why U.S. President Barak Obama chose not to credit the War on Afghanistan with a separate paragraph in his speech to the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 23, to “note” the war on Iraq with only a four – line paragraph, and instead to escalate his war of words on Iran, as if the expansion of the war on Afghanistan into Pakistan was not enough over-depletion of an already exhausted U.S. human, financial and military resources, and as if a threat of a third war in the Middle East would serve in any way the U.S. vital interests in the region or contribute to U.S. elusive victory in either one of both wars.

Sri Lanka’s Judicial Network To Expand With New 50 Courts

The Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms plans to expand the country’s judicial network with setting up of new courts. Justice and Law Reforms Minister Milinda Moragoda who recently took over the Ministry has planned to set up around fifty new courts island-wide as he has identified it as another timely need of the country.

Israel: The Nation that has violated more UN resolutions than all other countries in the Mid East put together

Some members of the West have taken a firm stand against Iran for a possible violation of agreed IAEA conditions about development of nuclear enrichment. Notably, Germany, Russia and China were not part of the alliance comprising the USA, UK and France that threatened Iran with harsher sanctions unless they responded positively to IAEA inspections of this new facility.

Will New U.S. Policy on Burma be helpful?

Burma’s military regime has recently announced that for the emergence of a peaceful, modern discipline-flourishing democratic nation it terminated the prison terms of 7,114 prisoners for their good conduct and discipline in consideration of their families, and released them from the respective jails on 17 September 2009 to enable them to serve the interests of the regions, their own and the State after realizing the government’s compassion and goodwill.

World Heart Day :Labour Relations and Manpower Ministry supports in creating healthy workplaces

The Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower has the access to 75% of the total workplaces in this country, said Minister of Labour Relations and Manpower Athauda Seneviratne, at a workshop organized by the Ministry of Labour relations and Manpower, Ministry of Healthcare and Nutrition, Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs, WHO and ILO, held on Friday in Colombo, to commemorate the World Heart Day which is celebrated worldwide today.

Eelamists in TN clutch at straw

The armed struggle for an independent Tamil Eelam may have come to an end with the Sri Lankan Government eliminating LTTE leader Prabhakaran and other top leaders in the final battle last May. But the die-hard Eelamists in Tamil Nadu are desperately clutching at the straw to keep the issue alive.

A Post-mortem on UNESCO Director- General Election

Post-mortems on elections of Director-General of UNESCO are common happenings at UNESCO. There is no harm if observers too engage in post-mortems in order to analyse what goes on at this great organization where world’s civilizations meet, not without trying to civilize each other; or, rather trying to impose one’s own value systems on others.

Gilgit-Baltistan rightly belongs to India

Pakistan has played another fraud and hoodwinked the people of Kashmir, by granting ‘political autonomy’ to Northern Areas, the erstwhile Gilgit Agency that formed an integral part of the undivided princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, which in too belongs to India. Pakistan has illegally occupied the Northern Areas since 1947.

Offer citizenship to Tamil refugees, DMK tells Delhi

In a significant move, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu on Saturday asked the Central Government to offer citizenship to the nearly one lakh Sri Lankan Tamils living as refugees in the State for several years, if they so desired.