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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Eleven Lessons Learned After 9/11

The atrocity of 9/11 and the bloody fury that it subsequently unleashed have profoundly dominated the political, social, economic, and religious debates of the 21st Century. These catastrophic events have—directly or indirectly—touched and impacted almost every individual, family, community and nation on the face of the earth. And this author is no exception.

Letter from America: The 10th Anniversary of 9/11

This Sunday is the 10th anniversary of 9/11, which, by any account, was a momentous event in American history. In the post-World War II period, never before has the USA suffered such a massive loss in human lives and properties.

Weekly Spotlight: Hue and cry over committee allowance

Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee would not have thought that their decision to institute a lump sum of Rf. 140,000 (US$ 9000) as back pay allowance from January to July on a top of a hefty salary could have led to such public outcry.

Danger: NASA’s 6-ton Satellite On Its Way to Crash

NASA warned us this week that there would be a risk of being hit by falling debris of one of its satellites – a six-ton monster – which is out of orbit – and hence, out of control too. While announcing the danger, Nicholoas Johnson, the chief scientist for space debris, did some maths to minimize the anxiety of the 7-billion strong earthlings.

9/11 nightmare: Terror alert from US to India on anniversary

Osama bin Laden may have been shot dead but the terror legacy he has left behind, continues as US recalls the 9/11 anniversary of al-Qaeda terror attack that left hundreds dead, on Sunday.

Idol of Lord Buddha unveiled at the entrance of International Buddhist Museum

High Commissioner of India Ashok K. Kantha and Governor of Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, in presence of Most Venerable Mahanayake Asigiriya, Most Venerable Anunayake Malawatte, Most Venerable Mahasangha and Diyawadana Nilame, unveiled a 16 feet high idol of Lord Buddha at the entrance of the International Buddhist Museum complex in Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Govt’s communal violence Bill faces heat from non-Congress CMs

The proposed Communal Violence Bill on Saturday ran into trouble with NDA-ruled States and some other governments, joined by UPA-constituent Trinamool Congress, opposing the “dangerous” legislation and arguing that it would hurt the federal structure of the country.

“There is much work to be done: We do not get distracted by politics’ - Milinda Moragoda

CMC UPFA candidate Mr. Milinda Moragoda visited 15 neighbourhoods of Colombo North and he interacted with a variety of residents from all communities, including a fishing community in Mutwal.

Hazare to write to PM on audit of MPs’ performance

Diversifying his campaign against corruption to electoral reform, social activist Anna Hazare will write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking his views on having an annual performance audit of the MPs.

What is the Emergency?

Last week President Mahinda Rajapaksa issued a gazette notification, under the Public Security Ordinance, allowing for the island-wide deployment of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, to maintain law and order.

Southern cinema sweeps National Awards

Malayalam film ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’ (Abu, son of Adam), a simple yet evocative narrative of a man’s pursuit of religion, was adjudged the best feature film and its star Salim Kumar shared the best actor honour with Tamil star Dhanush in a clean sweep for Southern cinema at the 58th National Film Awards on Friday evening.

“Pre-judgment of the Commission’s outcome is unacceptable and unwarranted”: Response by Tamara Kunanayakam

Claims by Amnesty International (AI) that they have analyzed the work of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) is questionable when the final report of the LLRC is due only on 15 November 2011, said Tamara Kunanayakam .

Swedish police arrested 4 terror suspects

Four people have been arrested in Sweden's second largest city on suspicion of preparing a terror attack, the country's security police said today.