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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1831

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Foreign Ministers of SAARC Countries began their two-day deliberation

India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived on Wednesday, July 30 night to participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting. Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister MK Hussain Bahila and Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad received Mukherjee at the Colombo airport. The Ministerial meet is taking place in Colombo amidst tight security. The Sri Lankan Government has deployed 19,000 additional security personnel to provide protection for visiting leaders. Elite commandos of Special Protection group have already reached here. They will give protection to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh when he arrives here on August 1.

Burmese monks and students lashes at the UN for back stepping

All Burma monks and student have endorsed the views expressed by 5 Members of Burmese Parliament – elect that that United Nations is stepping back from its benchmarks, which is the realization of an all party-inclusive, democratic, participatory and transparent process of national reconciliation. Instead of working for these benchmarks, they have been allowing the Burmese military regime to embark on its unilateral and brutal path and forcing democracy forces to live in an untenable position.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister held bilateral parleys with SAARC counterparts

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama held bilateral discussions with his SAARC colleagues from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Pakistan, who have arrived in Colombo to attend the 15th SAARC Summit. The Foreign Affairs Adviser of Bangladesh, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury was the first Minister to call on Minister Bogollagama at the newly refurbished Republic Building of the Foreign Ministry.

New UN human rights chief speaks of personal understanding of discrimination

Navanethem PillayThe newly appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights says she comes to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during the apartheid regime when non-whites such as herself suffered from institutionalized discrimination. "I think I come with a real understanding of what it’s like to have your human rights violated and to have it violated for a very long time without any justice in sight, and the apartheid struggle taught that," Navanethem Pillay said today in an interview with UN Radio.

Sarcasm haunts 15th SAARC summit amidst doubts over Nepal's participation

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

There are question marks over Nepal's participation at the 15th SAARC summit which Colombo is hosting as a very prestigious event. The Maoists are locked in a tussle for power in the landlocked Himalayan and according to reports from Kathmandu, have asked caretaker Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to call off his planned visit to Sri Lanka. "Only a new government should represent the country (Nepal) at the Saarc summit failing which the summit should be called off", Maoist leader CP Gajurel, who is also in-charge of the party's foreign affairs cell, said in Kathmandu. He even moved the intervention of the Constituent Assembly with a request to stop Koirala from gong to Colombo.

LTTE supporter starts Thendral TV in UK

A well-known LTTE supporter in London commenced a new television transmission called 'Thendral' TV with the obvious intention of telecasting Tamil Tiger propaganda. The new transmission commenced telecast on July 14, 2008 barely a month after the Israeli decision to close down 'Tharishanam' TV transmission after the Israel authorities were informed about the link between the terrorist organization and 'Tharishnam.' The transmission license for telecast of 'Thendral' TV has been obtained by LTTE supporter Dr Nalliah Sivanathan through the 'Thendral' Medical Centre. The transmission rights have been acquired from Nepali Television, which is a Nepali language television service established several years ago in UK.

Tamil Nadu too in terror fear

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

As more and more bombs are being found – Wednesday's tally was 20 – in Gujarat and blast trail has taken sleuths to Mumbai and its suburbs, terror fear is spreading in Tamil Nadu too. The police have unearthed what they call a plot to target key installations like Anna flyover and DMK headquarters in Chennai and Tirunelveli collectorate on the Independence Day with the recovery of one kg of improvised explosive devices in Madurai and elsewhere. Three persons were arrested.

More than 1200 protesters marched against LTTE Tamil Tigers in Berlin

Now it is the turn of the Sri Lankan diaspora to protest against the reclusive Tiger leader Velupillai Prabakaran and his terror outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam throughout Europe. The latest successful protest march against the Tamil Tiger terrorists’ atrocities was staged in Berlin, Germany. These type of marches against the Tamil Tigers were something unthinkable a couple of years ago, but today Sri Lankan diaspora in Europe are determined to expose the terrorists atrocities to the world by protesting in all the European capitals. On 26 July, "Sri Lankans against LTTE Terror – Germany", successfully organized a demonstration against the Sri Lankan terrorist group, the LTTE also known as Tamil Tigers.

Resignation of Judge Navanethem Pillay

Judge PillayJudge Navanethem Pillay has resigned from the International Criminal Court (ICC) effective 31 August 2008. In her letter tendering her resignation to the President of the ICC, Judge Philippe Kirsch, Judge Pillay indicated that her appointment by the UN Secretary-General to the position of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was endorsed and approved by the UN General Assembly on 28 July 2008.

Arthur C. Clarke Center, Web Cast live Solar Eclipse of 01 August

By Leel Pathirana

The Solar Eclipse that takes place on August 1, 2008, will be a total eclipse of the Sun with a magnitude of 1.039 that will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia.

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