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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1797


Somali Section: The Ascendancy of the VOA under a New Leadership

By Mohamed Hassan

Despite the Voice of America’s abundant resources and political power, the Somali section has been struggling ever since its re-instatement in terms of quality and popularity. Of course, at first, VOA attracted some well-known radio personalities but whether or not they were able to produce good, insightful and challenging media pieces is everyone’s question or matter of a discussion/debate. However, with its current new leadership, indications are that the VOA has a good promise to not only become a reliable and trustworthy source of information in a highly saturated market, but in remaking the Service’s less than stellar performance.

Karunanidh humours Congress in Delhi and Left in Chennai

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Muthavel Karunanidhi, the DMK patriarch, is unperturbed by the snapping of relations between the Left parties and the Congress. This is a Delhi centric development and we are not affected in Chennai, he told reporters during a flying visit to ‘congratulate’ Sonia Gandhi, the Congress chief and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the 'trust vote' victory. Unlike in Delhi, where the alliance goes by the tag, United Progressive Alliance (UPA), in Chennai it is DPA- Democratic Progressive Alliance though only DMK is running the government with the Congress and the Left lending support from outside.

Prabakaran targeted: Norway wants to remove him to a safe haven

PrabakaranSri Lanka war weary troops have begun to lay siege of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, targeting a high valued crucially figure. In the meantime ‘Asian Tribune’ reliably learnt that an untenable situation has arisen over the safety of Velupillai Prabakaran, the reclusive Leader of the Tamil separatists and terrorists outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as the defensive arrangement to safeguard him turning out to be more and more porous and indefensible. Defense spokesperson, Minister Keheliaya Rambukawella said, So far by our successful operation in the North, LTTE is in a disarray and we found them very weak and their resistance might crumble at any time. According to our Intelligence report Prabakarn keeps on shifting from one bunker to another for his security. However, Sri Lankan forces are determined to capture him alive.

Western Interests Dictate Security Council Agenda

Analysis by Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The continued political deadlock over a rash of ongoing crises -- including Iran, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Kosovo, Zimbabwe and Sudan -- is threatening to paralyze one of the world's most powerful political bodies, harking back to the days of the Cold War when it was turned into a battleground for U.S.-Soviet confrontation. The 15-member Security Council, the only U.N. body with the power to make war and peace, remained incapacitated when China and Russia double vetoed two different resolutions, over the last 19 months, aimed at punishing Burma and Zimbabwe.

Sri Lanka Parliament to debate on the oil exploration

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Petroleum Minister A.H.M.Fowzi said the government plans to hold a parliamentary debate on oil exploration in mid of next month. The debate was a request of the JVP Group Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Replying to a earlier statement of the NFF Ledear Wimal Weerawansa, Minister Fowzi told the forth-coming Oil exploration business would bring 100 percent successful results to the government of Sri Lanka. The Cabinet of Ministers already approved the agreement. The Attorney General Department thoroughly went through this agreement and the Supreme Court also approved it, said the Minister.

BPI the model that facilitates peace

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Equitable distribution of wealth and economic benefits among the people could be successful method of achieving peace and the Business for Peace Initiative (BPI) of Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) is just doing that and proved successful in the segments it has applied, said Mr Nawaz Rajabdeen, President FCCISL consequent to handing over the report "Achievements and Impact" to President Mahinda Rajapakse. He said that BPI project completed two years of its activities in May 2008 and said that the programme continues to act as a catalyst to contribute towards the peace building efforts of the country through an active and organized effort of the business community.

Vavunikulam falls to Sri Lankan troops. 25 LTTE cadres killed and scores injured

Sri Lanka Army has captured about 10 sq.kms of land around Vavunikulam bund area in the western flank of the Mullaitivu district, located 3 km south of Mallavi- a town also known as Yogapuram unit 3. Sri Lanka troops have now established a new front in the Mullaitivu district
According Defence sources, at least 25 LTTE cadres were killed and scores injured in the clashes. Sri Lanka’s 57 Division troops operating at the combined Mannar - Vavuniya front advanced yesterday from its newly established positions at Pandiyankulama and forced further into non-liberated area, 3 km Southeast of Mallavi and have reportedly captured the Vavunikulam Tank bund, in Mullaittivu District yesterday at around 10 a.m.

We will not stop aerial attacks on LTTE-SL Government

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Government of Sri Lanka says it has not decided to stop ariel attacks on LTTE hideouts. "This type of decision never taken by the government, said Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa at the Cabinet press briefing held on Thursday at the parliamentary complex, in Colombo. He said the Sri Lanka Air Force clearly targets LTTE hideouts and attack them.

Laugfs - first Sri Lankan company to enters the lubricant industry

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

W K H Wegapitiya, Chairman, Laugfs Group of Companies lashed out at some multi-national companies that stood their way to enter into lubricants market and added to that he said that there were stringent regulations making it near impossible for them to enter into this market. He made these comment at the launch of Laugfs lubricants of four varieties of engine oil which created a landmark to be the first Sri Lankan Company to enter the local lubricant industry. The launch took place at Waters’ Edge Hotel, Battaramulla last week. He urged the Sri Lankans to purchase products manufactured and marketed by Sri Lankan companies and said that it is the way India has become a powerful economy in the region.

Iran Now: A Lesser Evil?

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

looks like the United States is now ready to accept Iran, hitherto viewed by it as a vital part in the ‘axis of evil’, as a lesser evil. Why else it will make two gestures in quick succession that encourage the belief that after months of threatening Iran with military attack the US has revised its policy of unalloyed hostility towards that country. Washington sprang a sort of surprise by deciding to send a high-ranking official, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, to Geneva where he will personally hear the Iranian response to a European offer aimed at resolving the nuclear stand-off. The importance of the occasion will be heightened by the presence of P5+1 nations Iran.

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