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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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SL under needless scrutiny due to Fonseka’s baseless allegations – Human Rights Minister

Former military commander Sarath Fonseka has brought the country towards a totally unnecessary international scrutiny by leveling a false accusation. Stating this at a press conference today, Minister for Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) has closed the discussions on Sri Lanka after its initial resolution was defeated and a second resolution was adopted by a majority vote.

Edge back from the abyss - It's time to deliver on climate change

Climate change is happening faster than we believed only two years ago. Continuing with business as usual almost certainly means dangerous, perhaps catastrophic, climate change during the course of this century. This is the most important challenge for this generation of politicians.

Free Air Time for Presidential Candidates Allocated

The prime time TV slot on the last day of the Presidential election campaign went for the opposition’s candidate Sarath Fonseka after the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake drew names yesterday (December 22).

Breakthrough to Andhra impasse latest by Wednesday; Agitations take curious turn

The agitation in Andhra Pradesh is taking a curious turn even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi are grappling to come up with a middle path to resolve the impasse latest by Wednesday.

Maoists conclude third phase protests, warn of indefinite general strikes next month

The agitating Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on Tuesday concluded its third phase of its protest programs.

Former Army Commander’s Statement Cause Damage to the Country’s Economy

The demand by the United Nations on the Sri Lankan government to submit an explanation on the reported allegation made by retired Army Commander, General Sarath Fonseka to a weekend English newspaper was serious in nature and it would cause damage to the country’s economy as well as its image, Export Development and International Trade Minister, Prof. GL Peiris said.

Obama Doctrine In A Spin

Expectedly, the US President Barak Obama has defended his Afghanistan policy in his Nobel Peace Prize speech as a watershed event. Like his predecessor, George Bush Junior, he also cautioned the world of the consequences of not supporting the American war against Islamists. But at home, his policy has evoked a mixed response. The reasons would appear to be obvious.

Indian scientist finds post-Nobel laurels a distraction

Mr Venkataraman Ramakrishnan, who has won the 2009 Nobel prize for chemistry along with fellow scientists Thomas A Steitz and Ada Yonath"for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome", made it clear on Tuesday that he abhors limelight an unwanted attention and would like to be left alone to carry on his research.

UN probe into possible war crimes

In an interview to the Sunday leader (13 Dec.) Gen. (Rtd.) Fonseka had alleged that 3 LTTE leaders who came to surrender with white flags during the final stages were shot dead by ground troops and this had now led to a UN probe.

Baltic Sea to be pilot project in EU work for cleaner seas

The Baltic Sea will be a pilot project in European Union marine environment work. Phosphates in detergents will be banned in the EU. The European Commission will now draft a proposal aimed at phasing out and banning phosphates.

Poor Weather Drives Tea Prices To Record High in 2009 - FAO

Tea prices reached a record high in 2009, but should ease next year as weather improves in the main tea-producing regions in Asia and Africa, Reported yesterday the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

DMK wins two by-elections

The ruling DMK on Wednesday won the Tiruchendur and Vandavasi Assembly seats with its candidates trouncing their nearest All India Anna DMK rivals by comfortable margins in the by-elections held on Dec 19.