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Sri Lanka Housemaid Rizana’s case back again to the High Court of Dawadmi for review on 30th June

Hussein BhailaSri Lanka Housemaid Rizana Nafeek’s case is coming up again on the 30th of this month at the High Court of Dawadmi. Hussein Bhaila, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking to "Asian Tribune", said that the Supreme Judicial Council has directed the High Court of Dawadmi to inquire into the objections of the lawyers of Rizana, into the first alleged confession made through (a) interpreter/s. Deputy Minister said the lawyers of Rizana wanted to know the details of the translator/s and on what basis that the interpreter /s name has not been disclosed. He said that the High Court of Dawadmi has been asked to look into the objections regarding the statement made by the interpreter who translated Rizana’s initial statement to the police from Tamil into Arabic.

UNP Election Stunts & The Aftermath-Isn’t It Time to Think?

By Darmitha-Kotte

Politics in Sri Lanka saw many facets during the NCP & Sabaragamuwa Elections held recently. The most unfortunate phenomenon witnessed was the fact that JVP (Amerasinghe Faction) finally showed their true colours when they decided to side with UNP and attack the GOSL and even our Indian neighbours. The results proved we hope to the JVP, that they are no longer the “cock of the walk” and that they are fast losing their grip as well as the backing (that they always felt) of the ordinary masses when they did a rather ungracious nose-dive. Just like the UNP, the JVP also seem to have forgotten within a very short time since their internal split, who are enemy No. 1 is right now-the LTTE terrorists. Their enemy No.1 happened to be the current GOSL on whom they lashed out strong criticism which proved to be useless indeed.

Fair and Free Elections: A Reply to Ambassador Robert Blake.

By Garvin Karunaratne, Ph.D.

The elections to the North Central and the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils have been held and it is reported that there were no major incidents of falsification. The actual results, specially the manner in which the elections were held is a sharp reply to the American Ambassador’s statement made recently that “the United States is interested in assuring a free and fair election” and he further added that “The United States takes a strong interest in free and fair elections around the world including here in S ri Lanka”. The Hon American Ambassador must understand that people in glass houses should not throw stones. It is sad that he has forgotten that his own master, the Hon President of the United States of America has stolen his Presidentship not once in 2000 but also in 2004.

Hemas Hospital Nurses Capping Ceremony

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Fifty-three including males and females were adorned with the ‘Cap’ symbolizing that they will be fully pledged nurses at the inaugural capping ceremony of the first batch of nursing students of the Hemas Nursing School. Caps were adorned by Mrs. Priyantha Abeygunawardena, Head of Nursing at the Hemas Hospital. The Chief Guest at the occasion was Dr Kithsiri Edisinghe,CEO Hemas Hospitals Pvt Ltd and the guest of honour was Murtaza Esufally, Chairman, Hemas Hospitals Private Ltd and Director Hemas Holdings.

Can America Change the Mindset to War?

By Habib Siddiqui

Fighting terrorism will not be easy in this age of ours when the superpowers and their allies have all the necessary ammos to justify their terrorization of unarmed civilians while the have-nots have very little to lose through their mindless suicidal acts of vengeance or retribution. As far as America is concerned, what is needed is thinking outside America's current paradigm to combat this menace. It is good to see that under a new leadership the Pentagon is realizing this fact. The 2008 National Defense Strategy, approved by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and released by the Pentagon on July 31 says that while the military’s top priority is to defeat al-Qaeda and other extremists, but winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone will not achieve that

Elephants, Ceylon Tea, And Kandyan Dancers Become The Main Attraction At The Washington National Zoo

By Walter Jayawardhana

Shanthi, and KandulaTwo performing Sri Lankan elephants- mother Shanthi and son Kandula joined by the Indian elephant Ambika, and a generous tea party given by Walter’s Bay international –the US subsidiary of Bogawanthalawa tea gardens at the tune of 70 staggering gallons of iced and hot tea on a sweltering summer day in Washington DC to 15,000 spectators became the main attractions of the “Asian Elephant Day” celebrated by the Washington’s national Zoo, August 23.

Hillary Clinton Got Supporters to Rally for Obama at Denver Convention

Hillary ClintonAmidst thunderous applause, Senator Hillary Clinton, the close runner-up to Barrack Obama at the primaries, called everyone to unite to defeat John McCain at the November elections. “No way, no how, no McCain,” she proclaimed trying to rally her ardent primary supporters to fall in line behind presumptive nominee Obama on the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. After coming so close in the protracted battle for the Democratic nomination, emotions were still raw for Hillary Clinton and some of her supporters, who were still disappointed that she did not win and that she is not on the ticket as the vice presidential candidate.

Learning English by ulama is a need now

Ulama are the real spirit of the Muslim ummah, they have deep knowledge of Islam and they can only lead the Muslim community to the eternal success,’ observed by the speakers yesterday at a Convocation ceremony of Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC) at M.H. Saboo Siddique Musafirkhana, Mumbai. The MMERC Convocation 2008 was chaired by Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatehpuri. Mufti Khairul Islam, Amir-e Shariat Assam, was the chief guest where prominent Muslim scholars and intellectuals from Mumbai city were profusely present.

LTTE air attack on the Trincomalee naval base repulsed

LTTE aircrafts suddenly emerged from nowhere and dropped bombs on the Sri Lanka naval troops in the China Bay naval camp was resisted at about 9.15 p.m. Tuesday (26) evening. Initial reports from Trincomalee said two Tiger crafts have reportedly drop two aerial bombs on the Navy camp premises and turned away when the troops begun to open fire towards the light air craft. However reports said that one of the bombs had not exploded according to the Navy Spokesmen.

Swedish Prime Minister was urged to stop fund collections by the TRO

An anti-LTTE demonstration took place at Sergels Torg, in the heart of city of Stockholm, on 24th August by the Sri Lankan nationals living in Sweden. This was the 5th demonstration that took place in the Nordic region and the 3rd time to be held in Stockholm, which was aimed tobring to the notice of the international community brutal terrorist activities committed by the ruthless Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. A large number of Sri Lankan nationals living in Sweden and Swedish nationals took part in the public protest and expressed their growing discontent with the LTTE’s extortion.

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