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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2003


US Senate approves bailout proposal

The US Senate voted 3-to-1 for a "sweetened" rescue bill which could provide $700 billion to the market but approval in the Lower House is far from certain. Senate leaders hoped the 74-25 vote would send a strong signal to the lower House of Representatives, which rejected an earlier version of the bailout plan on Monday and sent US stocks into a free-fall. "We have sent a clear message that we will not let this economy fail for any American," said Majority Leader Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate. Government officials and congressional leaders had warned that government intervention was critical to keep credit flowing from banks to average Americans and had warned that the US economy might not survive another legislative failure.

3 including Marempu Kabui of Manipur got Medals in Busan World Sports For All Games, Korea

Indian Muaythai Team under the leadership of Oken Jeet Sandham has once again created history as 3 players---2 girls from Uttarakhand and 1 player from Manipur---could manage to win 1 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in the Busan World Sports For All Games held from 26th September - 1st October, 2008 at Busan, South Korea. 2008 World Muaythai Championships is an Official Sports Program of Busan 2008 World Sports For All Games held from 26th Septmber to 1st October at Busan, South Korea.

Swearing in of Two New Judges to the International Tribunal For The Law Of Sea

At a public ceremony held this morning, Mr Boualem Bouguetaia (Algeria) and Mr Vladimir Vladimirovich Golitsyn (Russian Federation) were sworn in as members of the International Tribunal For The Law Of Sea. The two judges were elected on 13 June 2008 at the eighteenth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to serve a term of nine years, commencing 1 October 2008. Before taking up their duties, newly-elected judges are required to make the solemn declaration to exercise the powers as judges impartially and conscientiously.

Kingsley T. Wickramaratne Passes away

Asian Tribune : Sri Lanka Bureau

Kingsley T. WickramaratneKingsley T. Wickramaratne, Ex- Governor of the Southern Province passes away at a private hospital , in Colombo a shortwhile ago. He was a powerful minister during the Chandrika Bandaranayake regime. He was also Advisor on International Trade to the former President of Sri Lanka Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunge.

I wish all our Muslim Brothers Eid-Mubarak – Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda RajapaksaSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent his Eid-Mubarak wishes to all Muslim on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which is celebrated the world over by Muslims. On this day the Muslim community meditates and pays obeisance to their Lord in congregation, displaying loyal spirit of brotherhood, equality and fraternity through prayers and through the zest of meeting and embracing the Muslim brethren, notes the President in his message.

Are children neglected in Sri Lanka?

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

There are attempts to portray peace which is essentially and urgently required in Sri Lanka to provide a conducive environment for all the communities, ethnic groups and religious groups to live together as one family in this once peaceful Island. But this peaceful atmosphere was visible only prior to 1971. Peace, hegemony, majority race to dominate the minority and war to stamp out at whatever cost are being argued vociferously, while the government is said to be (because there is no verifiable independent war news) going hammer and tongs in pursuing the war.

UK To Send Food Supplies Avoiding Colombo Government, Tamil Group Says

Neville de Silva, Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

The British Government has decided to send food aid to the Vanni but it would not be channeled through the Sri Lanka Government, a British minister has said according to a Tamil group that met him. Shahid Malik, the minister responsible for the Department for International Development (DIfD) reportedly told a delegation from the British Tamils Forum (BTF) that he is very concerned that for "over two weeks no food supplies have reached the Vanni", a press statement from the BTF said.

Tamil Tigers made use of humanitarian relief food convoy to smuggle explosives

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has made use of the humanitarian relief mission convoy to smuggle explosives. According to Vavuniya Police sources, the Police have detected 2.5 Kg of C4 explosives in a motor lorry in the food convoy headed for the Wanni at Vavuniya last evening. Subsequently, when Sri Lanka army checked another lorry, they found out an inbuilt secret iron safe box and army opened the safe box with support of welder cutters and found in the box 28,500 pen-touch batteries, which are used by LTTE for joney mines.

UNICEF Donates 18 Vehicles: Continues Support For Child And Maternal Health Activities of the Ministry of Health

The UN Children’s Fund yesterday donated 18 vehicles worth more than Rs27 million to the Ministry of Health as part of UNICEF’s continued support to Government efforts to improve maternal and child health. The vehicles will be used to transport vaccines to some of the country’s most vulnerable children, and will help in monitoring and referring critically ill women and children in relevant areas.

Public Lecture on Dr B R Ambedkar : Advocate of political rights and social freedom for India's untouchables

Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism appointed a committee headed by Ambassador Mangala Moonesinghe recently to organise a series of guest lectures. The fist of the above series will be oration, on Dr B R Ambedkar, by professor S Thorat , Chairman, University Grants commission of India and is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 14 October, at the Hotel Management and Training School Auditorium, in Colombo.

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