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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1645


Is Bangladesh Returning to Normalcy?

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

The Bangladesh government, charged with the task of cleansing the nation’s polity and bringing vigor to its economy by streamlining the country’s various institutions, has allowed on 11 June the former prime minister and opposition Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed - who is being held on corruption charges - to leave detention for eight weeks on medical grounds to enable her to obtain immediate medical treatment abroad. This step looks like an important step in government’s efforts to bring settled peace by meeting the political crisis in the country. And, Sheikh Hasina has left the country following her temporary release from prison to get medical treatment abroad. She left on a flight to London on her way to the US. She is due to have treatment for hearing, eyesight and blood problems.

Hindus in America protest the screening of Paramount Pictures - The Love Guru

Reneging on the promise to prescreen “The Love of Guru,” a Paramount Pictures movie, amounts to mocking the Hindu practices and spirituality alleged Hindu organizations in the United States of America. The Hindu American Foundation decried Paramount Pictures refusal to permit an advance screening of its 2008 movie, "The Love Guru." The film is scheduled to be released nationally on June 20, stars Mike Myers and depicts an American guru who tries to break into the self-help business using techniques honed after growing up in an ashram in India. The comedy's tagline "His Karma is Huge" and trailer appear to mock Hindu practice and spirituality, and have prompted national protest.

Sri Lankan Educator and Patriot Father Flavin Wilathgamuwa dies

By Walter Jayawardhana

Father Flavian Reverend Father Flavian Wilathgamuwa (89), the legendary former Director of St. Benedict's College, Kotahena, a close friend of both Bandaranaike and Senanayaka families who ruled Sri Lanka and a person who played a leading role against the separatist movement of Sri Lanka by working hand in hand with the Buddhist clergy in the United States of America, passed away at St. Theresita Hospital on Duarte California, close friends announced. "He passed away at 1 a.m. June 11 in the hospital adjacent to St. Therasita Home Care and Convalescent Center, where he lived for the last many years," said long time friend and caretaker Vicky Lopez speaking from Carson, California.

Delmege joins Aramex to offer total logistics solutions

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Delmege Freight Services (Pvt) Ltd., a member of the Delmege Group and Aramex have entered into a strategic alliance combining their strengths provide total supply chain solutions using state of the art technology for the benefit of its customers. The Delmege Freight Aramex alliance will offer sea, air, ground transportation, freight forwarding, consolidation, customs brokerage, warehousing and distribution. They also offer process analysis, design and management of the supply chain of its clients.

Thailand to support Sri Lanka’s counter- terrorism measures

Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama guaranteed Thailands cooperation in Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism measures. This was revealed when Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama had bilateral talks yesterday with his counterpart Noppadon Pattama at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok. The Thai Foreign Minister while welcoming Foreign Minister Bogollagama, referred to the excellent relations between the two countries based on ancient religious and cultural ties. He also referred to the positive mutual cooperation on regional platforms such as ARF,ACD, and BIMSTEC. Foreign Minister Bogollagama gave a detailed briefing on the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in Sri Lanka, which had ensured the clearance of the LTTE from the Eastern Province enabling the restoration of democracy and the holding of elections there after 20 years.

U.N. Warns of 650 Million Deaths by Smoking

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Of the more than 1.3 billion smokers alive today, about 650 million will eventually be killed by tobacco, warns a new U.N. report released here. "Unlike most other causes of death, tobacco kills people during their most productive years," adds the 19-page study by the U.N. Adhoc Inter-Agency Task Force on Tobacco Control. The 20-member task force comprises representatives of virtually all the key U.N. agencies and sister organizations, including the World Bank, U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF), the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Labor Organization (ILO).

More foreign students at OSC

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Overseas School of Colombo (OSC) which caters more for foreign students had their graduation ceremony recently and out of the 25 students from 15 different countries. These 15 overseas students included, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, South Africa, Switzerland, UK and USA. The balance 10 graduated were from Sri Lanka. At the Graduation Ceremony, reflecting on the foreign Sri Lankan mixture, Laurie McLellan, Head of School said that the Class of 2008 really represent the school motto "Unity in Diversity." The opening speech was made by Lavanya Jeyaratnam.

No Talks with Tamil Tigers before they agree to disarm – President Mahinda Rajapakse

No talks with the Tamil Tigers until the organization agreed to disarm, said Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka. "When they are weak they call on the international community to arrange a ceasefire. During this period they train and rearm and then fight back. This time if they want to talk, they should disarm first," he said. In an exclusive interview with 'The Times' – London, Sri Lanka President pointed out that even if the Tigers were to meet his preconditions it seems unlikely that he would ever be able to conclude a peace deal with Velupillai Prabhakaran. "This man and the three or four henchmen around him are blood-thirsty killers," said Mr Rajapaksa. "They have no feelings. It is very difficult to deal with them."

Terrorist Suspects in US Detention in Guantanamo Have right to American Courts – US Supreme Court

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

In a clear set back to Republican President Bush's anti-terror policies, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, June 12 that foreign detainees or enemy combatants as the administration like to describe held for years, at US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the right to appeal to U.S. civilian courts to challenge their indefinite imprisonment without charges. The court also recognized the habeas corpus as an important instrument in the discharge of justice.

Sri Lanka calls on EU to list as banned organizations- TRO and other LTTE front organizations

Sri Lanka's Foreign Secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona on Wednesday, called upon the European Union to list the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) and other LTTE front organizations as banned organizations. He pointed out that these front organizations have been clearly identified, including by the US government, as raising funds for the LTTE. He said a request to this effect has recently been made by the Sri Lankan Government to the European Union. He made this appeal at the Sri Lanka – EU discussion on "The Fight Against Terrorism", in Colombo, following the Sri Lanka – EC Joint Commission meeting.

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