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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Letter from America: Goldhagen’s insincere attempt to explain eliminationist policy

Harry Truman, the thirty-third president of the United States was a mass murderer. He twice ordered nuclear bombs dropped on Japanese cities… In effect, Truman chose to snuff out the lives of approximately 300,000 men, women, and children.

All that Glitters is Gold – and in Turbulent Times!

The warning issued by the ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, that it may strip the US of its sovereign credit rating for long term - the prestigious AAA - by downgrading the outlook from stable to negative, prompted the markets to react as they always do in similar circumstances - by triggering off fiscal hurricanes across stock markets.

Sachin prays for Sathya Sai Baba, to skip match

Among lakhs of followers of the Sathya Sai Baba, now battling for life is ‘Master blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin who turns 38 on Sunday, has decided not to celebrate his birthday and is thinking whether to play in the IPL match against Deccan Chargers in view of the worsening condition of the spiritual leader.

Sri Lanka: More signatures against UN Advisory Panel’s report

Sri Lanka’s government minister today said that more than 65 thousand individuals have placed their signatures up to today against UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s Advisory Panel’s report.

Manmohan had opened “secret talks” with Pak army chief Kayani

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh opened secret talks with Pakistan Army chief ten months ago to build on the cricket-inspired diplomatic thaw between the two countries, a media report said on Saturday.

Sri Lanka: New life for former LTTE cadres

Sri Lankan government today handed back 483 former LTTE cadres to their family members after a successful rehabilitation process.

Battle of nerves

Pak-US relations that apparently ran smoothly from September 2001 till 2005 developed hiccups in 2006 and ever since the relations have been uneasy. Award of civil nuclear deal together with inking of several defence contracts with India and its efforts to make India a key player in Afghanistan exposed US pronounced tilt towards India.

Fleeing robbers jump into police station !

Two men landed, literally, in police custody after jumping a compound wall in a bid to escape following a robbery. What they didn’t realise was that on the other side of the wall was a police station, and the Station House Officer and his staffers were having their daily briefing session just then.

Why the Darusman Report?

On a dark January night in 2006, five students were killed in the town of Trincomalee. The authorities initially claimed that the victims were Tiger cadres who died when the explosives they were carrying went off prematurely.

El Bardei calls for probe

Nobel Laureate Mohamed El Baradei suggests that US leaders during Bush’s administration should be probed for war crimes. He condemns the grotesque distortion in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion.

Cash-for –Work of ILO creates employment opportunities

The Cash-For-Work programme, launched by the International Labor Organization (ILO) Sri Lanka Sector in Batticaloa District in the aftermath of severe flooding in the District, has helped to generate quick employment opportunities of more than 2,250 work days for floods-affected people and has provided the communities means to sustain their income until they engage in their own livelihoods and earn sufficient income to support their families.

President Rajapaksa directs to supply cold storage facilities for economic centers

Colombo, 24 April, ( Amidst the reports that outlined the rise in massive wastage of vegetables and food items from several economic centres in Sri Lanka, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa had recently directed Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando to provide cold storage facilities to the economic centers in the island nation.

Credit crunch restraints sentiments

Acuity Stockbrokers Research Ltd in their Market Review indicated that the week ended in the red as the 4 day trading week closed with both indices losing 1.56% and 1.66% respectively, with All Share Price Index ( ASPI) down by 118.04 points and Milanka Price Index ( MPI) shedding 117.14, as against last week’s position. The ASPI closed at 7456.82 and the MPI recorded 6947.11.

Time to create a united force in Sri Lanka

The Ban Ki-moon appointed panel report will not be the first and certainly not the last attempt to crucify Sri Lanka by western forces just because Sri Lanka entered history books by becoming the only nation to defeat a terrorist group militarily.