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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2009

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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.

AIT and Asian University launch a 5-Year Unified International Bachelor's-Master's Degree Program

Asian Tribune: Sri Lanka Bureau

Leading the way in innovation for education, The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has launched a Five-Year Unified International Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program with the Asian University (AU). The new joint program is the first of its kind in Thailand and provides a fast-track opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree recognized by both schools in less time and at lower cost than traditional programs.

International court representatives' conference to examine current legal challenges

Under the Swedish chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe is organising a wide-ranging conference at Lancaster House in London on 6 and 7 October, gathering some 120 participants, including Presidents, Prosecutors and Registrars from 15 international courts and tribunals (see list below), legal experts, academicians and practitioners. International justice answers to the common desire to resolve peacefully conflicts between states, to try the most atrocious crimes, and to contribute to human rights protection. Ensuring the functioning of international courts and tribunals in view of the full achievement of their respective missions is the best support that states and international organisations can provide to international justice.

Statement by the Chairmen of the Friends of Pakistan

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune US Bureau

Following is the text of a statement by the Chairmen of the Friends of Pakistan following the Friends of Pakistan Group meeting in New York on Friday, September 26, 2008: "Begin text:" The Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and Turkey, and representatives of China, the European Union and the United Nations met under the co-chairmanship of President Zardari of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Foreign Ministers of United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, to launch the 'Friends of Pakistan' Group in New York on Friday, 26 September.

Sri Lanka FM meets South Asian counterparts in New York

Sri Lanka is keen to assist the new government of Nepal by sharing its expertise in the fields of health, education and investment promotion stated Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka when he met Nepal's Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav recently in New York. Minister Bogollagama elaborated on the operations of Sri Lanka's Board of Investment which he pointed out is an autonomous body and a one-stop shop for facilitating investments to Sri Lanka. In this regard, he invited the Nepalese Government to study the legal provisions on which the BOI had been established.

Exit the opinion poll…?

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

With the country preparing for a long poll season, from early winter this year to next summer, it is not surprising that the controversial move to ban the opinion and exit polls has been revived. The government and most political parties are in favour of the ban while others see the move as another of those attempts to ‘gag’ the media. The government might introduce a change in the Representation of People’s Act 1951 in parliament when it meets in October to impose restrictions on pre-poll forecasts. It will require the major opposition parties, which support the move, to desist from playing the customary role of opposing whatever the ruling party does.

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