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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1553


Senator Barrack Obama Clinches Democratic Nomination

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Senator Barrack Obama has effectively clinched the Democratic presidential nomination even if he were to lose both S. Dakota and Montana as many super delegates have just expressed their endorsements of Obama-he may win both primaries tonight. Based on a tally of convention delegates, both pledged and super delegates Obama has exceed the required 2,118 delegate count now. He becomes the first black candidate ever to lead his party into a fall campaign for the White House. He had greater sustaining power than his gamey contender Hillary Clinton who fought to the last primary.

UN loses credibility ignoring Asia's ascent

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations and its sister institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), are in danger of losing their credibility if they continue to ignore the resurgence of Asia as a potentially dominant power in a new era in global politics."The recent record shows that Western powers are extremely reluctant to give up their privileged positions," says Kishore Mahbubani, a former permanent representative of Singapore to the United Nations, and author of the recently released book "The New Asian Hemisphere".

Another rail bomb blast in Wellawatta

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

18 passengers injured due to a bomb explosion along the rail track between Wellawatta and Dehiwala railway stations, the Police said. The bomb has been exploded around 7.15 a.m. this morning. It is believed that the bomb had been triggered off targeting the Colombo bound highly crowed passenger train.

Land mines also a contributing factor to the current food crisis Said Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka addressing the World Food Summit in Rome yesterday said that the current crisis in food has been brought about by the growing demand for fuel, the failure to act in time on climate change, problems of distribution, and the negative impact of an open global economy and the ravages of terrorism. He said, in Sri Lanka, “Much arable land has been neglected due to land mines being laid by terrorists over two decades.”

Foreign Minister Bogollagama briefs Malaysia on the success of East Provincial Council election

Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama met the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Hajii Abdul Razak, during his participation at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia also holds the portfolio of the Minister of Defense. Minister Bogollagama met the Deputy Prime Minister on the margins of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

3 members of a Tamil family hacked to death in Kaathankudy

By Our Reporter

According to sources in Kaathankudy 3 members of a Tamil family were hacked to death by the suspected radical Wahhabist Muslim gang yesterday. Tensions between the Tamil and Muslims communities of Kaathankudy are at an all time high.

19 killed and 82,420 families affected by flood

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The National Disaster Relief Services Centre says so far 19 persons have died in the floods and four others are missing.The government has so far allocated 29 million rupees to assist persons affected by floods and torrential rains. Director of the National Disaster Relief Services Centre N.D. Hettiarachchi said that the highest allocation of 12 million rupees is for the Ratnapura district.

UNP and SLMC will boycott EPC inaugural sessions

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

General Secretary of the UNP Tissa Attanayake says the selected UNP and SLMC candidates for the Eastern Provincial Council will take oaths before Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe tomorrow in Colombo.However the Councilors will boycott tomorrow’s inaugural session of the EPC.Replying media quarries he said the UNP and the SLMC have decided not to attend to the inaugural sessions of the EPC. The UNP sources said the Government has failed to stand by its promises made at the recent Eastern provincial Council (EPC) elections to bring peace and prosperity to the people of the East.

Mystery deepens on the death of Balaraj and on the selective leaks of LTTE leaders’ movements

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Brigadier BalrajThe year 2008 so far has proved to be a bad year for the LTTE. In this year two prominent LTTE leaders and one of the most senior LTTE female leaders got killed in the battle within the LTTE control area. The LTTE had announced that its number two or overall operations commander Balraj died of a heart attack. However, well informed sources from Tiger territory said Balraj died in a clandestine claymore bomb attack at Pallamadu in north Mannar. After the Sri Lanka Army advanced on three fronts from January this year to the LTTE controlled area, LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran is said to have appointed battle-hardened Balraj to supervise the three battle fronts in North Mannar, Vavuniya and Welioya.

Needed facilities to schools in the East will be provided soon – East Provincial Council Minister

East Provincial Council Chief Minister Chanthirakanthan alias Pilliyan is a kind man. I love to work with him, said East Provincial Council Minister Wimalaweera Dissanayaka. He said the 20 years of war came to an end and East is now liberated. In this liberation battle Pilliyan played a big role. We people are thankful to Pilliyan’s greatest contribution, Minister Dissanayaka said. He added “I will work very closely with all the three communities in the East and treat all equal without showing partiality or discrimination.

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