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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1471


Message from Jaipur blasts

By J. N.Raina - Syndicate Features

Serial bomb blasts in Jaipur on May 13, 2008 is a wakeup call. The auspicious Tuesday for Hindus became inauspicious when the Pink City, which had so far been spared from such barbaric acts, was laundered into Red City, just within ten minutes of obnoxious happenings. One blast after another rattled the city. It might be the 21st blast outside militancy-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir since jihadis’ attack in Ayodhya in July 2005, but it will be more cringing if Indians in unison do not take up the terrorists’ gauntlet seriously.

Kelanisiri Bridge linking Kolonnawa and Kelaniya opened

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Kelanisiri Bridge linking Kolonnawa and Kelaniya was opened Friday by the Minister of Road Development T.B. Ekanayake. The bridge, which is 130 meters long and 10 meters wide, has been constructed at a cost of 16.5 million rupees. The construction activities of the bridge begun as a result of a proposal made by former deputy minister of transport and highway Navalage Benet Cooray.

The Security forces capture a main LTTE camp in Mullaitivu

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Security Forces have captured a major terrorists' camp in Mulativu. Our sources say the captured Munnagam Base is regarded as a main supply and administrative centre of Tiger terrorists. The camp comprised of a complex of fortified bunkers and buildings erected according to much planning. There is a network of underground tracts and a 75 feet long tunnel in the sprawling camp located in an area of half an acre. The Army Headquarters say the camp has also maintained three centers to issue commands, which were made of concrete. In addition, there were two observation posts and a luxury house.

UN Humanitarian Chief condemns targeting of civilians in attacks in Sri Lanka

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes today condemned the continuing targeting of civilians in Sri Lanka. Since the beginning of the year, more than 200 civilian lives have been lost in bombings in Sri Lanka. Attacks have targeted mass transport facilities and busy public areas in both the immediate conflict areas and population centres. “The targeting of non-combatants is a contravention of International Humanitarian Law, for which those responsible must be held accountable,” Mr. Holmes said. “This despicable behavior must stop,” he added.

Democratic National Committee Ruling on Florida and Michigan Expected on Saturday

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

As Democratic Party National Committee (DNC) readies itself for a ruling on how many delegates would be assigned to Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton in the states of Florida and Michigan, the nomination process seemed almost a foregone conclusion. The steady endorsement of Obama by more super-delegates poured in. Such old-time Clinton backers as Roger Altman and Sarah Kovner stated that the battle is over. Nobody has any doubts about who will be nominated, which makes the DNC Rules and Bylaws committee decision expected on Saturday rather anti-climactic.

Education Survives Amid Separatist War in Sri Lanka

An Asian Tribune U.S. Bureau Presentation by Daya Gamage

This is an amazing story Asian Tribune laid its hand about the remarkable survival of education amid a separatist war going on in Sri Lanka between the government and the Tamil Tigers. Education has been the top priority of all Asians who are domiciled in the United States, and statistics clearly show how the children of Asian dissent match or most of the time surpass the Americans in the field of education and acquiring highly paid professional jobs in the U.S. entering the highest income bracket.

Teaching languages in schools - a measure to bridge communication gap in the midst of communities in Sri Lanka

Minister Education Susil PremajayanthaTeaching of Sinhalese language in Tamil Schools and Tamil in the Sinhala medium schools is a measure taken by the Ministry of Education to bridge communication gap that prevails for decade in the midst of students of Tamil and Sinhala ethnicity. After 1956, when the Official Language Act was introduced making Sinhala the official language of the country, the communication gap between the Tamil and the Sinhalese speaking people emerged and began to grow wider by leaps and bound. In 1987, when the 13th amendment to the constitution was effected, Tamil was also granted the status of the official language of the country. Unfortunately, it only remained in paper, but no action was made to implement the official language clauses enshrined in the constitution of the country.

Government plans to construct another flyover in Nugegoda

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasignhe

Minister of Road Development T.B. Ekanayake says the construction of the flyover in Nugegoda will commence next month. The 300 meter bridge will contain four strips. It is the plan of the Ministry to conclude the construction work within 90 days. The British government is funding the project. Meanwhile the second phase of the Kelaniya flyover is now in progress. The construction work of the Panadura flyover is also to be completed within this year. Speaking to media the minister disclosed 16 flyovers are to be built through out the Island.

Colombo District Court issues an interim injunction on UNP - Mangala agreement

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Colombo District Court has issued a standing interim injunction informing the suspension of the implementation of the agreement signed by MP Mangala Samaraweera with the United National Party. This order was given at the interim verdict of the petition filed by former UNP parliamentarian Anura Bastian and Western provincial councilor Anil Kumara Wijesinghe.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister on the important role of SAARC

The Secretary General of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Dr. Sheel Kanta Sharma, called on Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama, on 26 May at his official residence. Secretary General Sharma was accompanied by the Director (Sri Lanka) of the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu during this visit. Minister Bogollagama and the Secretary General discussed issues of relevance and significance of the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Colombo and broached and mapped out other pertinent areas and sectors with high potentiality.

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