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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1800

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Parliament approved SAARC Budget

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Parliament of Sri Lanka approved supplementary budget of the Foreign Ministry without any division. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama presented this supplementary budget while UNP did not ask any division during the debate. Participating the debate on Wednesday Minister Bogollagama said the forthcoming SAARC summit would bring immense opportunities to Sri Lanka. The minister said USA, Japan, China, South Korea, Iran , EU, Mauritius Islands and Australia will participate as observers.

24 Black Tigers and an instructor killed and more than 30 injured on an air raid

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

At least 24 LTTE suicide cadres who are known as ‘Black Tigers’ and an instructor was reported killed and over 30 injured in the air raid carried out this morning (July 22) at the Uddayarkattukulam LTTE camp located in the Mullaitivu district. According reports, today very early in the in the morning, a squadron of Kfir and MiG fighters took off after a briefing by their superiors. Their target was a well-fortified Black Tiger training base at Udayaarakattikulam, which remains heavily camouflaged.

US Elections: Obama Steals Limelight on Foreign Policy

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Limelight is what gets you the front runner status. Barrack Obama proved it during the primary season when campaigning against Hillary Clinton. Now he is at to again. Teased by John McCain for his failure to visit Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama made the trip and he has not failed to steal the limelight away from McCain. His front page photos with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki made continuous headlines for days. What was even better was Prime Minister Maliki’s statement that US troops must leave before 2010. Obama’s message resonated with vigor. This was dramatically the opposite of what President George Bush and McCain said-that leaving Iraq meant cut and run, a sign of surrender.

ASEAN Plays a Major Role in Responding to Burmese Cyclone Disaster

Today, the Government of the Union of Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) released the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment (PONJA) report. This assessment – commissioned as part of the tri-partite cooperation between the Government of the Union of Myanmar, ASEAN and the United Nations – provides the first comprehensive picture and objective analysis of the devastating impact on the people in the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon affected by Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on 02 and 03 May and killed over 84,530 people, with a further 53,836 still reported missing.

Indian PM Singh faces trust vote in Parliament today, likely to scrape through

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will face the first trust vote of his 50-month rule on Tuesday in the Lok Sabha amidst expectations that he could scrape through. By what margin remains unclear though. At the beginning of the trust vote debate on Monday, both the ruling and opposition appeared almost evenly poised in the 541-member strong House to which the executive is answerable under the Indian constitution. Singh's Congress party led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is banking on at least 10 abstentions from the opposition BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for a bail out and thus reaches the magic mark of 271 for simple majority.

Sri Lanka laid the foundation, Centre for Intellectual Property

By Leel Pathirana - Asian Tribune

The foundation stone was laid for the construction of the Center for the protection of the Intellectual Property at D.R. Wijayawardene Mawatha in Colombo on the 16th July under the initiative by the President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse and the estimated cost of the project is Rs.100 million. All the Intellectuals, Authors and the various Artists working in the different field praised the President for his idea and his effort of protecting their creative works and the rights of the Artists.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Spells Out Benefits of Hosting SAARC

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Responding to critics who have accused Sri Lanka of spending nearly three billion rupees on the SAARC summit in times of economic hardship, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama gave a positive spin to the benefits that could accrue from hosting regional leaders. Holding the first of a series of meetings with the media in connection with the SAARC conference starting later this month and culminating with the summit in the first days of August, the minister said that only regional summits allow Sri Lanka to bring together leaders of South Asia so frequently.

Karunanidhi Delusionary on Katchativu

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

The article by K T Rajasingham was an eye opener about the factual situation regarding the status of Katchativu that dispelled all canards perpetuated from time tot time by Tamil Nadu politicians bent on arousing chauvinistic tantrums among their followers. Those who followed the talks between former Prime Ministers Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Indira Gandhi witnessed a classic example of amity that prevailed between Sri Lankan and Indian leaders on a thorny issue at that time. Kudus to Rajasingham for recording the way the Katchativu agreement was brought to fruition.

South Asia Maps Its Own Development Destiny

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When Pierre Trudeau, a former prime minister of Canada, was once asked what it was like to share space with a "giant" neighbor like the United States, he said the Canadians always felt they were living next to a monstrous elephant. "One feels the beast's every twitch," said Trudeau, even as the United States continues to influence its neighbor politically, economically and culturally.

Breaking News: LTTE announce of a unilateral ceasefire during SAARC Conference period in Colombo

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has declared a unilateral Ceasefire announcement during the period the SAARC Conference and 15th SAARC Summit being held in Colombo. The press release put out by the LTTE’s Political Wing anounced that, “As a sign of goodwill, our movement is glad to inform that it will observe a unilateral ceasefire that is devoid of military actions during the period of the SAARC conference from 26th July to 4th August and give our cooperation for the success of the conference.”

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