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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1554

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Bush Lied about Iraq War, Stunning Revelations by Former Press Secretary Scott McClellan

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Former Presidential Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s memoir is a scorching tells all revelation that President George Bush told bald faced lies why he was invading Iraq in 2003. Washington press corps now believes that McClellan had to step down as press secretary because he told damning face lies so often that after a while everybody just laughed at him. He was waffling every time someone asked questions like "Why did this administration cherry pick intelligence and lie us into war in Iraq?" and "Why is your statement today different from the one you gave us last week?" McClellan’s book is a telling indictment of how Bush administration cooked up a false pretext for going to war.

Sri Lankan Tamil couple arrested for allegedly killing their two children and grievously hurting other by stabbing (Update 1)

A young Sri Lankan Tamil couple were arrested by the New Scotland yard police for the suspected murder of their five year old boy , four year old girl and grievous hurt of a six month old baby girl, by cutting their throats the police said. "The matter is being investigated by our child abuse unit and not by the terrorist unit right at the moment," a spokesman for the New Scotland Yard said. He said the woman was also treated for minor injuries and both of them are in the custody of different police stations until the investigations are over and charges are framed. They would be eventually produced in a court of law after that.

Business of the East Provincial Council to be conducted in Tamil

The business of the East Provincial Council will be conducted in the Tamil language. At the same time translation also would be provided in the Sinhala language for the benefit of the Sinhala speaking Members of the Council, said Rear Admiral Mohan Wijeyawickrema, Governor of the Eastern Province. Rear Admiral Mohan Wijeyawickrema said that the inaugural session of the Provincial Council will be held on 4th of June.

Clinton Failed to Get Full Florida and Michigan Pledged Delegates Counted

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Senator Hillary Clinton’ last ditch effort to seat all of the delegates from Florida and Michigan failed as Democratic Party Rules and Bylaws Committee decided to allow only half the number of pledged delegates to be eligible as both states violated the calendar set for primaries by the party. The number of super delegates will not change. Senator Barrack Obama currently has a lead of 201 among all pledged and super delegates. It was a testy and contentious DNC Rules committee meeting as both Obama and Clinton sides argued the final numbers from Florida and Michigan. It belied party loyalists’ call for unity.

UNP plans to launch an island wide protest campaign

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka's main opposition the United National Party has decided to launch an island wide protest campaign against government's unreasonable fuel price hike. According to the Secretary General of the UNP Tissa Attanayake the UNP will request all vehicle owners to stop their vehicles and blow the horns and glare the lights for five minutes from 12.00 a.m. on Tuesday 3rd June. "This campaign is to be covered island wide ", said Mr.Attanayake.

IFC sponsored Banking Road Show in Matara

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

International Finance Corporation (IFC) the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is organizing a banking road show for SMEs to be launched in Matara at the Lalitha Hotel on June 6 – 7, 2008. This is a unique concept which has been very successfully implemented earlier in Colombo and Hambantota. This programme is sponsored by the South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) of the IFC. A multi donor agency, IFC promotes sustainable private sector development in developing countires with a particular focus to promote economic development by encouraging the growth of productive enterprise and efficient capital markets in member countries.

Sri Lankan Tamil couple arrested for allegedly killing their two children and grievously hurting the other by stabbing

By Walter Jayawardhana

A young Sri Lankan Tamil couple, said to be from Chunnakam in the Jaffna district, were arrested by the New Scotland Yard Police for the suspected murder of their five year old boy , four year old girl and for grievously hurting of a six month old baby girl , by stabbing them the police said. “The matter is being investigated by our child abuse unit and not by the terrorist unit right at the moment,” a spokesman for the New Scotland Yard said. He said the woman was also treated for minor injuries and both of them are in the custody of the police until the investigations are over and charges are framed. They would be eventually produced in a court of law after that.

Sixty-Years of UN Peacekeeping: Sri Lankan Peacekeeper Honoured

The United Nations has honored peacekeepers from over forty Member States, including Sri Lanka, who laid their lives during the year 2007. In recognition of their service and as a tribute to the fallen blue-helmets, the United Nations posthumously awarded 90 peacekeepers with the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal at a solemn ceremony held in the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday. Sri Lankan Peacekeeper, Lance Coporal A. Jayantha, who died, while serving in the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was among those honored. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations accepted the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal, on behalf of the Government and the Sri Lanka Army.

Negative trend in the Colombo Stock Exchange continues

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that Colombo bourse continued on its negative trend with indices drifting down further this week. The market incurred considerable losses during the early part of the week, despite a recovery on Friday where market picked up by 31.8 points. Week on Week (WoW) All Share Price Index (ASPI) shed 47.4 points or 1.83 percent to close at 2538.4 points while the more liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) lost 55.4 points or 1.77 percent to end the week at 3066.9 points.

Enforce existing tobacco control legislations in India: WHO Awardee 2008

By Bobby Ramakant

Despite of five years having passed by since the globally acclaimed national tobacco control parliamentary Act (The Cigarette and other tobacco products Act 2003) was formed, and more than four years since India had ratified the FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) - which happens to be the world's first global public health and corporate accountability treaty – the urgent need to contain tobacco-related diseases, morbidity and mortality, remains as compelling.

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