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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2219


Sri Lankan journalist, first to publish book on the campaign of Barrack Hussein Obama

By Walter Jayawardhana

Barrack Hussein ObamaSri Lankan Journalist, Philip Fernando's book "Barack Obama Feasting on Freedom" hit the newsstands this week. Former Deputy Editor of the Sunday Observer, currently domiciled in California, became the first commentator to analyze the two-year campaign of Obama in all its details. He had a ringside view of the battle when it all began. He wrote "Barack Hussein Obama burst into the political landscape as the one of the most dynamic personalities of this decade. Obama is really your standard corn-fed kid from Kansas who has a funny name but with unstoppable traction towards greatness” The book contains all aspects of the grueling campaign in an easy to read style.

Serial blasts rock Assam; 66 dead, 470 injured in 13 blasts; HUJI hand suspected

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

In 13 blasts that rocked Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta towns of Assam left 66 dead and 470 injured on Thursday Morning. Officials suspect the blasts to be the handiwork of Bangladesh-based HuJi militants with the active support of ULFA. The first of the explosions took place at around 11.30 am near the high-security assembly building complex, followed by explosions at Paltan Bazar and Fancy Bazar in Guwahati - in all six blasts within a span of five minutes. Around the same time, bombs went off in crowded market places of in lower Assam of Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta.

Did President Abbas vist Save the Life of Sri Lanka President

A news item from Palestine poses a question, whether Palestinian President saved the life of Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka? According to the news report, on 10th October President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas was due to arrive in Sri Lanka on a state visit and on the very same day Sri Lankan President was scheduled to attend a traditional agricultural function. The report went on to say, “However President Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to be at the airport to welcome President Abbas personally as an expression of his close friendship with the Palestinian cause.

US Embassy to educate public on "Diversity Visa Lottery Program – 2010"

The 2010 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery which was formally declared open in Washington, DC on October 2, 2008, will select 50,000 individuals through the lottery worldwide will win Green Card. Sri Lankans are eligible to apply for the lottery. Individuals wishing to participate in the visa lottery are strongly urged to apply early to avoid any possible delays. U.S. Embassy officials will hold a presentations to educate the Sri Lankan public on the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program – 2010”'

The Government urged to be flexible in dealing with the extension of GSP+

Kelly Senanayake, General Secretary of the Prayathna People’s Movement (PPM) has called upon the Sri Lanka government to show flexibility in dealing with the extension of GSP+ facility which is decisive for the economic development of the country. In a press statement Kelly Senanayake said, “We are compelled to make this request to the government as the Foreign Minister has officially informed the European Union that Sri Lanka will not agree for an investigation on granting the GSP+ facility. He added that this announcement of the government has brought a serious situation that could trigger a negative impact on the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka.

Term of Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Japan to end by 31 December

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry has notified Ambassador Ranjith Uyangoda that his term in Japan would expire by the end of 31 December 2008. It was only on 20th October, Ranjith Uyangoda was given extension. But Asian Tribune reported quoting reliable sources in the Foreign Ministry that Ambassador Ranjith Uyangoda’s stay in Japan has been "extended indefinitely." Now it seems that the Director General of the Overseas Administration has informed that his term expire by end of this year. Sources in the Foreign Ministry said that at present the Ministry is considering the appointment of ambassadors to Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, Maldives and Brazil.

Australian Senate condemns Anuradhapura suicide bomb attack

The Upper House of the Australian Parliament, the Senate has passed a Resolution condemning the LTTE suicide bomb attack in Anuradhapura on 06th October, in which 28 people were killed, including the former Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia, retired Major General Janaka Perera and his wife. The President of the Senate, Senator John Hogg has in a letter dated 20th October, transmitted the text of the Resolution to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Australia, Senaka Walgampaya PC.

Colombo Municipal Council suspended

Colombo Municipal Council which has another one and a half years left to complete it term, was suspended yesterday and a retired High Court judge has been appointed to go into the allegations of short comings and lapses against the Mayor and the Municipal Council. Alavi Mowlana, Governor of the Western Province speaking to "Asian Tribune" said that Colombo Municipality was under the UNP for the past 25 years, and remained UNP oriented. The present lapses and short comings, it was said has been inherited from the past mayors and councilors.

Probe on journalist on Norway's payroll

BY Janaka Perera

Investigations are underway to find out how a Sinhala journalist on the payroll of the Norwegian Agency NORAD got himself invited to cover the London and Hague photo exhibitions depicting LTTE atrocities. According to sources in contact with the Defence Ministry it has been revealed that this 'peacenik' has been instructed to make a note of members of PLOTE, EPDP and other anti-Tiger Tamil groups, attending the two exhibitions. The journalist in question is a senior staffer of a leading privately-owned newspaper company.

Nuwara Eliya city and Yongzhou city signs MOU to enhance economic cooperation

Sri Lankan delegation led by Governor, Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, together with Mayor of Nuwara Eliya Deshamanya P.D. Chandana Lal Karunaratne, visited Yongzhou City (Hunan Province) to sign an MOU to establish sister city ties on 12th October 2008. The MOU entails cooperation in economy, trade, science, technology and tourism. It is envisaged with the signing of the Sister City Agreement, Sri Lanka would be able to harness rapid economic and infrastructural development, greater market access and increase people to people contact with the cities in Eastern China.

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