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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702


United States Global Image on the Decline: Interaction with others is Monologue not Dialogue

By Daya Gamage – US Bureau of Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 18 June, ( With limited success with its revamped Global Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs campaign with the inauguration of a special bureau in the State Department fifteen months ago, the United States global image has slipped further, an indication that, since September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the American soil, U.S. is still to come out of its monologues posture to engage in a dialogue with the international community especially the Third World nations. A new Global Opinion Poll to assess America’s image overseas, released last week by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, contends that in both allied nations and other parts of the world the U.S. suffered adverse effect on its global image.

Sri Lankan security forces unearths LTTE conspiracy which planned on blaming Thursday's attack on Karuna

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan security forces have unearthed a LTTE conspiracy which attempted to blame the Karuna faction (led by former LTTE commander Colonel Karuna Amman) over Thursday's claymore bomb attack on a bus at Kabithigollewa which killed some 64 civilians including more than 15 children and injured more than 80. Reports claim that the LTTE had got prepared with two of its cadres who was to claim themselves as distraught Karuna faction cadres, who had fled Karun because they were unhappy the way he has been conducting himself in the recent blast. "These two so called karuna cadres were to claim that they were behind the incident."

Three Sri Lankan Navy sailors feared dead after a boat capsized

By Our Colombo Correspondent

One Sri Lankan Navy sailor was killed and two others were missing -feared dead on Saturday, when a Naval boat capsized in off Pamunugama due to rough seas. The ill-fated fiberglass boat, which is generally used in shallow sea Patrol by the naval forces, was on a search mission in the seas off Pamunugama, where three suspected LTTE cadres were caught this morning. A body has been recovered. A search and rescue mission is in the progress in the area, said the Navy Spokesman Commander L.H.K.Dassanayake.

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka condemns the brutal killings of civilian bus passengers

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns in the strongest terms the savage and brutal attack on the bus carrying civilians to Kebithigollewa which killing over 64 innocent poor unarmed civilians including many children and fatally injuring more than 75 others. "This barbaric and brutal attack by claymore mine carries the message and hallmark of terrorism and there is no iota of doubt amongst the people as to who are the perpetrators of the attack and is a blatant violation of the cease-fire agreemement," Muslim Council anounced.

Norway condemns attack on bus load of civilians without blaming terrorists

Sri Lanka’s The Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, went on Norwegian TV yesterday and pinned the blame on the LTTE for the massacre of a busload of Sinhalese passengers. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry issued a condemnation without mentioning either the word “terrorism” or the LTTE. Erik Solheim, the failed facilitator, offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the latest LTTE attack on civilians. Norwegians Against Terrorism (NAT) told the Asian Tribune that when a bus or a train is blown up in London it is condemned as brutal terrorism. But when a bus load of Sinhalese passengers are blown up in Sri Lanka it is condemned merely as “a gruesome attack” by the Norwegian facilitators.

Pak in looking for new envoy to India

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan is sorting out several names for the slot of new High Commissioner to India to replace Aziz Ahmed Khan whose extended term expires in August this year. The Foreign Office is currently preparing a list of in-service diplomats who qualify to fill the high-profile slot. Informed sources said names of four career diplomats are being considered for the key diplomatic posting.

Sri Lanka will increase cess on palm oil imports

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The government of Sri Lanka will increase cess by four per cent on palm oil imports to protect the local coconut oil industry. Coconut Development Minister Salinda Dissanayaka says the will forward a cabinet memorandum to obtain its approval to increase the cess. He said due to bulk palm oil imports, local coconut oil products have faced number of barriers.

Mass burial of 64 victims of claymore mines attack

The government sponsored mass burial took place at the Kebithigollewa cemetery yesterday evening for the 64 civilians who were killed in a claymore attack on Thursday morning. Earlier, Sri Lanka Government decided to hold the funeral yesterday evening at the Kebithigollewa cemetery. Accordingly, all the 64 bodies had been taken to the Kabithigollawa Maha Vidyalaya. Religious ceremonies commenced at 2 pm before the burial.

Guns Don't Kill People, Bullets Do

By Thalif Deen - - Inter Press Service

The National Rifle Association, one of the most influential pro-gun lobbies in the United States, has philosophically argued that "guns don't kill people, only people kill people". But Oxfam, the international relief organization based in London, raises that argument to a more realistic level: it's bullets that kill people. "The bullet trade is out of control," says Oxfam, and "it is fuelling conflict and human rights abuses worldwide."

Pak for promoting inter-civilisation harmony

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has emphasized the need for promoting inter-faith, inter-civilization and inter-cultural harmony for peace and development in the country. Addressing the seminar on Islam and Sikh religion in historic prospective in connection with 400th death anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev in Lahore on Thursday, Mr. Shaukat Azizi said Islam is a religion of peace, understanding, tolerance and harmony and it has great links with Sikh religion which also believes in these things.

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