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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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American Idol finale

Season 9 finale of the hugely popular American idol is scheduled for this week. The program watched by millions in the US on Tuesdays and the elimination on Wednesdays is equally popular in the other parts of the world, including the kingdom.

Homage paid to Rajiv Gandhi on death anniversary

President Pratibha Patil led the nation in paying homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 19th death anniversary on Friday.

Fonseka's First Court Martial on June 1

The first Court Martial hearing against Sri Lanka’s former Army Commander turned politician, General Sarath Fonseka is to be taken up on June 1, Sri Lanka Army spokesman Major General Prasad Samarasinghe told Asian Tribune.

Manmohan Singh Govt’s second innings: Hits and misses

The Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance celebrates the first anniversary of its second consecutive term in office on Saturday after a year marked by misses and hits in governance and its delicate balancing of coalition politics.

International Crisis Group helps some to sell themselves for a few pieces of Silver

The International Crisis Group, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are relentlessly pursuing Sri Lanka about alleged human right abuses by the military during the final phase of the war against the LTTE last year. If what they say is true, it would have been an appalling situation for those civilians who were caught in the cross fire during those final days of the war.

Certain groups with ulterior motives trying to downplay our victory: Keheliya

The Sri Lankan government has accused a section of the opposition as well as certain international rights groups and international organizations which have ulterior motives attempting to downplay Sri Lanka’s victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last year.

Ambassador Amza: ‘We are rebuilding Sri Lanka’

As Archbishop Desmond Tutu and veteran UN adviser and envoy Lakhdar Brahimi rightly point out, there have been many achievements in northern and eastern Sri Lanka in a very short period of time since the end of the conflict, the Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to London, Mr. P M Amza said yesterday.

Senior Officials Delegation participates in EU-Sri Lanka GSP+ Dialogue

A delegation of Sri Lankan Senior Officials led by the Attorney General Mohan Pieris, which included Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara and External Affairs Secretary Romesh Jayasinghe, met with Senior Officials of the European Commission in Brussels on 20-21 May 2010 to continue their dialogue on Human Rights in the context of GSP+.

Air India Express overshoots runway at Mangalore, about 160 killed

Chennai, 22 May ( An Air India Express aircraft from Dubai, carrying 173 passengers, overshot the runway and ploughed into the forest while landing at the Mangalore airport on Saturday morning, killing at least 160 people. It happened around 6.30 am.
There are some survivors. At least 5-6 people in critical condition have been rescued. Rescue operation was hampered by the thick smoke that engulfed the plane, airport authorities said. About 25 fire tenders and ambulances are on the spot, authorities said.

India: Foreign Minister Krishna differs with US, welcomes Iran policy

Despite the clearly stated view of the US that it does not agree with Iran’s nuclear policy, India seems determined to toe an independent line.

Lalin's Coloumn: Sri Lanka’s National Question

Neville Ladduwahetty’s book must contain one of the most, if not the best, readable, detailed analysis of SL’s National Question’. There cannot be any questions that have not been probed or plausible answers missing in it, to resolve the question.

TN Legislative Council bill gets the Presidential assent

President Pratibha Patil has given her assent to a bill passed by Parliament for establishing the legislative council in Tamil Nadu. The act was notified in the gazette after the Presidential assent.

National War Heroes commemorated in Kuwait

The first anniversary of the liberation of motherland by the valiant forces from scourge of terrorism was commemorated at an event organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait on 18th May.

Saudi King to pay for students studying overseas at their own cost

About 5,000 students who are currently paying from their own pocket to study overseas will now have their costs covered by King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.

Order restored, but challenges remain, says Thai PM

Thailand's Prime Minister said on Friday that order has been restored after a deadly crackdown on anti-government protests triggered mayhem in the capital Bangkok, but the divided kingdom faces "huge challenges".

Kerala’s famous ‘snake boat race’ to be showcased on London’s Thames

Kerala’s famous “snake boat race” is to be showcased in the river Thames in London. Keraleeyam, a cultural organization that has members in the state and across the globe, including Britain, organizes the snake boat race.

India can lessen its anxieties by truthfully working for peace

During his last meeting with Obama in Washington on 11 April, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh once again became hysterical and wailed loudly that Pakistan was contriving to pursue terrorism as a policy option relentlessly because of which India felt insecure.

Fallen Heroes remembered in a major religious ceremony in London

Large number of patriotic Sri Lankans and few other nationalities gathered at the London Buddhist Vihara to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of the valiant Security Forces, those who engaged in the noble mission of liberating the country from the clutched of brutal terrorism ending 30 years of war.