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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2132


WFP convoy departs for Vanni with 438 metric tonnes of food items

The World Food Program has dispatched another 29 truck load of food items totaling 438 metric tones, this morning from Vavuniya which according to UN "is part of a continuing humanitarian aid effort to reach the estimated 230,000 civilians displaced behind the lines of confrontation in the districts." It is not clear how the UN has obtained the figure of 230,000 as the total number of internally displaced persons in those two districts. However UN says that it has delivered 2,300 metric tons of food items to the Vanni since the beginning of October. UN spokesperson said that they have sent mainly flour, oil and pulses to Vanni.

Sri Lanka to open up a mission in Libya

Libyan delegationSri Lanka Government has decided to open up an embassy in Libya, to carry on bilateral and friendly relationship with that country. The mission is expected to be started by the end of the year or by early next year, according to Keheliya Rambukawella, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare and Government Spokesman on National Security. A government delegation from Libya led by Prof. Mathoon M. Mathoon, Secretary of General Peoples's committee for Manpower Trainng and Employment (Minister) is in Colombo.

Final Stretch: Obama Clings Tenaciously to his Lead as Campaign Heats up

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

As Barack Obama clung to his lead in the polls tenaciously, the Republicans warned that an Obama victory would prove cataclysmic, in their latest attack. The redistributionist charge went round the rallies hinting that wealth would be taken away from the haves and given to the have-nots by an Obama administration. Some defined Obama as closeted college radical palling around with "Marxist professors" speaking the language of socialists like William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and Father Pfleger, the radical catholic priest. These may reduce Obama’s lead, somewhat, but it had not rendered him unelectable, said one analyst.

Thakshin wins the hearts and minds of Thais in his phoned-in speech

ThaksinDeposed Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra phoned-in and greeted tens of thousands of his supporters who gathered at the pro-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rally at Rajamangala National Stadium, Bangkok, on Saturday. The core member of the UDD Veera Musikhapong, who co-hosts the "Truth Today" political talk show, received the former premier’s phone call yesterday at around 8.50pm.

Sri Lanka Navy Destroys Four Sea Tiger Craft

By Shafiq Gafoor

Sri Lanka Navy yet again proved that LTTE sea tigers are not a match for them. Yesterday, (01st Nov.) around 0530 hrs Sri Lanka Navy's elite Special Boat Squadron (SBS) and Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) spotted, intercepted and attacked a cluster of 20 LTTE sea tiger craft off Nagarkovil, in the Northern Peninsula including a few of their Special Craft (stealth suicide craft) inflicting heavy damages on them in terms of men and material. Sri Lanka Navy has once more time proved that they are the sole authority to dictate terms in the seas of this Island-Nation, and more importantly has given a strong message to all other elements who venture out into the sea for whatever the purpose that it is only the Sri Lanka Navy which has the sole authority to carry guns to the sea.

Terrorism Breaches The 'Hindu' Barrier

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Even if it is assumed that Pragya Singh Thakur, a young Madhya Pradesh born 'Sadhvi' (for many it means a woman saint) ordinary resident of Surat (Gujarat), and others arrested in connection with a bomb blast in Malegaon (Maharashtra) on 29 September which killed six, has nothing to do with that incident, it is still a pointer that there are elements in the majority community who are gravitating towards 'terrorism' —mindless violence against the innocent.

Prabakaran honors his Air-wing cadres for causing destruction and damages on Sri Lankan peoples’ properties

Prabakaran with an Air Wing cadreAir Tigers - the air wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was honored yesterday, for killing innocent civilians and causing damages and destruction to Sri Lankan peoples’ properties at a special event held in an undisclosed location in the Vanni. According to a press release from the LTTE Peace Secretariat, Velupillai Prabakaran, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam honored the Air Tigers who performed exceptionally well in killing innocent civilians and causing damages and destruction to Sri Lankan peoples’ properties.

Ousted Thai PM Thakshin’s speech expected to create a furore in Thailand

Thaksin ShinawatraFormer Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Phone in speech today is expected to create a furore in Thailand. In the meantime newspaper reports reveal that Thakshin has changed his plan of phone in speech to a pre-recorded message to tens of thousands of his supporters expected to show up today at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium. Previously, Thaksin planned to phone in from overseas for a live speech to his audience. However, this was reportedly cancelled out of fear of worsening the political situation.

Will "Socialist" Label Stop Runaway Obama Train?

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

The latest political slogan against Barack Obama is “If Barack Obama is not a socialist, he does the best imitation of one I've ever seen.” This is what the reputed Republican Analyst Pat Buchanan stated today. Will the latest Republican attacks stop the runaway Obama train? Not according to the latest polls that put Obama ahead in key battleground states of Ohio, Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. The only unknown factor in next week’s US election is whether the pollsters were lied to by the voters.

Sri Lanka condemns serial bomb blasts in Assam

Sri Lanka has denounced the multiple bomb blasts that occurred in the Indian State of Assam on 30 October, causing death and injury to a large number of civilians. Issuing a message, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has extended the heartfelt condolences of all Sri Lankans to those bereaved by these attacks and expressed the hope that the challenge posed by the terrorists will be met with resolve. The Minister also underscored the SAARC stand that terrorism is a major threat to all civilized societies and to democracy, and its determination to combat the menace with greater resolve.

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