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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2156


Extradited Sri Lankan Tamil From USA Is Sentenced For Life AT The Old Bailey

A Sri Lankan Tamil gang member in London, who killed a fellow Tamil in cold blood, fled to New York to be employed as IT officer, using a stolen passport, but he was extradited back to the United Kingdom, and sentenced for life after trial at the Old Bailey, Scotland Yard said. Commenting about the man convicted after seven years from the day the gang member committed the crime Detective Inspector Andy Manning of the Scotland Yard said, that criminals "responsible are put before the courts no matter what the time delay or how far they run." In this case suspect Balagurubavan Bharakrishnabharthy was sentenced, November 3, to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years.

For the first time, vocational training in Sri Lanka to be affiliated with a prestigious Swedish University

Piyasena Gamage, Minister of Vocational and Technical Training met with Prof. Torsten H. Fransson at the University of Royal Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden and held discussions on Monday, 03rd November, 2008 to expand the existing Technical Diploma Education to a graduate level expanding opportunities for the students who are unable to enter into universities in Sri Lanka. The new University of Vocational Technology in Colombo, Sri Lanka is to commence in the beginning of 2009. Ambassador Ranjith Jayasooriya also joined with the Piyasena Gamage for the discussions with Prof. Fransson and Prof. Andrew Martin at the University.

US to elect the 44rh US President – brisk voting reported

Voters wait in lineUS opened the voting in their historic election on Tuesday, Nov 4 with front-running Democrat Barack Obama seeking to become the first black president and his Republican rival John McCain hoping for a poll-defying comeback. After an epic campaign, voters could also spark a political realignment in Washington, with Democrats targeting big gains in the Senate and House of Representatives after eight turbulent years under President George W Bush. Polls opened in the northeastern state of Vermont at 5 am (1000 GMT), an electoral official at a polling station in the town of Bennington. History's longest, most costly White House campaign ended with Obama the hot favorite, enjoying wide leads in national polls and the edge in a string of battleground states which could swing the election either way.

Crossing to the Liberals

By Adnan Gill

As blasphemous as the American Conservatives may think; yes, I crossed to the dreaded Liberals. Why? Because the so-called Compassionate Conservatives have literally handed me the death-sentence. I may not be around to see the day when I wouldn’t have to make a choice between the bread and medicine, but hopefully another Adnan will not have to make a choice between feeding his family and death in the Obama era. For the Conservatives, it’s the matter of the ‘survival of the fittest’ and not about the ‘Joe the Unfortunate’; a far cry from ‘what Jesus would do’?

Embarking on De-Weternizing Communications Planned at Seminar in Taiwan

Scholars meet to embark on a different path towards better communications at the Department of Journalism, National Chengchi University, Taipei, in Taiwan on December 12 and 13, 2008. The participants believe that this is the time for decentralization, de-Westernization, differentiation and pluralist thinking. Among those attending are leading scholars from Asia, UK and USA. Dr. Shelton Gunaratne Professor Mass Communications emeritus of Minnesota University at Moorhead, USA expressed the view that major research work on non-western communication methods has been growing at exponential rates. Hidden behind the proliferation of research publications in the non-Western world, however, are several important issues that need to be discussed. The workshop in Taipei would be a major focus group for that purpose.

Sri Lanka Government’s clarification on India’s assistance to people in the Wanni - Statement by Rohitha Bogollagama

The temporarily hardship people in Wanni presently experiencing will be over soon. Sri Lanka Government will never abandon them and will continue to take care of their needs and welfare, despite many obstacles. Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama assured this in the floor of the Parliament today when making a statement. He said "I must emphasize that it is the Government of Sri Lanka that has carried the major burden of feeding and providing essential services, including medical aid and educational facilities to the people in the uncleared areas of the Wanni, without any interruption, since the onset of the conflict, and despite several attempts by the LTTE to disrupt the smooth transport of these goods. Since August 2006, the Government through the Commissioner General of Essential Services has despatched 37,000 tons of food items to Kilinochchi and 35,000 tons to Mullaitivu."

Who is lying on the IDP figures in the two Vanni districts – GA’s or UN?

Who is misleading the general public and the international community by giving inflated figures of the Internally Displaced People in the two Vanni Districts – UN Organization in Sri Lanka? Sri Lankan Government agencies? Or the Government Agents of those two districts? Grave doubts have been raised in a meeting held yesterday at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights about the disputed figures of the Internally Displaced Persons in the Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts.

Obama Maintains Lead: McCain not willing to Concede

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune.

Barring the much feared closet racists invading the election booths in the millions, Barack Obama is expected to hold on to his lead as Americans go to vote on November 4th. As TV footages of crowds going berserk stops, they will face the realities of a steep economic downturn. Change will be sought and mostly likely happen tomorrow whether John McCain or Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of USA. Both Democrats and Republicans are beginning to own up to their party's "leadership style", it is a step in the same direction.

Indian Government should probe the end use of the money collected by Karunanidhi – Dr. Swamy

Dr. SwamyThe central government of India should probe the end use of the money and other relief materials collected in the name of suffering Sri Lankan Tamils by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi demands, Dr.Subramanian Swamy, Leader of the Janata Party in India. Dr. Swamy, a former Law Minister of the Union Government of India pointed out that, most of the suffering Sri Lanka Tamils are presently being held as hostage and a buffer by the LTTE against a Sri Lanka army attack. He added, "hence, India should assist the Sri Lanka government to free these poor hapless Tamils from the clutches of the LTTE and re-settle them in safe camps."

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.

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