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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Basil Rajapakse

Who Change Administrations at Elections in U.S.: Whites, Educated and Affluent

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

If a research analysis determines that those who are registered and vote are not representative of the overall United States population eligible to vote then that means the composition of the Congress is changed by a fewer percentage in a nation of 310 million. If that proportion of the U.S. population that registers to vote and that does vote is highly skewed toward Whites, the educated and the wealthy then the changes in the composition of the Congress and even the change in the White House do not exactly reflect the sentiments of the vast majority of the Americans who are eligible to vote.

U.S. Asked to Curb Military Excesses in Iraq

By Thalif Deen. UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The United Nations has asked the United States to help prevent military excesses by multinational troops and private security firms accused of using indiscriminate force against civilians in Iraq. "The U.S. government should take steps to ensure that offences committed in Iraq by all categories of U.S. contractor employees are subject to prosecution under the law," says a new 37-page report released Thursday by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

Indonesian Man Charged With Attempting to Export Arms from U.S.

Daya Gamage - US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

An Indonesian citizen was indicted today for conspiracy to export from the United States to Indonesia defense articles without having obtained from the U.S. State Department the required license or written authorization for such export, U.S. Attorney Erik C. Peterson for the Western District of Wisconsin announced October 11.

Democracies vulnerable to the scourge of terrorism, says Sri Lankan Envoy

Prasad KariyawasamSri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassdor Prasad Kariyawasam said that terrorism continues to pose a serious threat to global peace and security by causing economic and political instability in states, and destroying the fundamental and traditional ethos on which states and societies are founded. By targeting populations and institutions of state which serve civilian needs, terrorism seeks to annihilate societies, subvert established order and deny people their basic rights and freedoms. Democracies have become especially vulnerable to the scourge of terrorism in the world of today.

Amnesty International Calls on U.N. Security Council to Focus on Concrete Action in Burma

Daya Gamage - US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Amnesty International welcomes today's statement from the United Nations Security Council on Myanmar, formerly known Burma, which "strongly deplores" the use of violence against peaceful demonstrations in Myanmar. The Security Council also stressed the importance of the early release of all political prisoners and remaining detainees.

'Establish Anagarika Dharmapala Award'

Senaka Weeraratne - Hony. Secretary, German Dharmadutha Society

Whatever crisis Sri Lanka finds itself at this juncture in its history, this country's repute in the international arena would improve if an award in the name of an outstanding Sri Lankan were to be inaugurated in Sri Lanka along the lines of the Nobel Prize, Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize or Ramon Magsaysay Award. The case in favour of establishing such an Award is strong. One advantage in sponsoring an International Prize is the opportunity it provides for influencing people and promoting particular values that the host country would like to be publicly associated with.

Basil Rajapakse surveys Sri Lankan politics after the rise of President Mahinda Rajapakse

Basil RajapakseThe maiden speech of Basil Rajapakse Member of Parliament, delivered at the Emergency Debate held on October 9, 2007 in Parliament presents an overview of the moves and counter-moves in the politico-military front that developed after President Mahinda Rajapakse came into office. The following is an edited and translated version of his speech:As the members of the House know, during the last presidential campaign various political parties, 27 of them including the JVP, JHU, MEP and many other political parties, got together and went before the people to get a mandate based on the election manifesto of Mahinda Chintanaya (Mahinda Vision). Accordingly, H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected by the people and on the 19th November 2005, he took oaths as President of Sri Lanka and when he was settling down to go ahead with Mahinda Vision on 08th January, 15 days after he took oaths, seven Army Officers were killed by a claymore bomb. With this the LTTE signaled that it was not going to give this government an opportunity to go ahead with the mandate given by the people to implement the Mahinda Chintanaya.

Jaffna children received school books for first time this year

Jaffna children received their school books, distributed at their schools this year. The distribution of the school books was supported by the UNICEF. “At the request of the Ministry of Education, UNICEF has ensured the distribution of school kits to every school student in Sri Lanka's troubled Jaffna Peninsula,” UNICEF press statement revealed. Speaking from Colombo, the head of UNICEF's Education section in Sri Lanka, Ita Sheehy, said that the month-long distribution had reached an estimated 140,000 primary and secondary school children, all of whom are affected by the ongoing conflict.

International Lion’s launches worldwide project to eradicate Childhood Blindness

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Lion’s Club International launched its worldwide project to eradicate Childhood Blindness at a simple ceremony held in Colombo. The Lion’s International and the World Health Organization jointly address the childhood blindness project and deliver preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitative eye care services for 71 million children under the project. According to the Lion’s, this project will focus on school children between the ages of 4 to 15 years and plans to provide the preliminary education to the teachers who will screen these children , class by class and where ever spectacles or special treatment is required they will be channeled to the proper authorities.

Bihar: ‘The end of civilisation’

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Even after the death sentence awarded to him by a sessions court in Patna for inciting a mob to lynch the Gopalganj district magistrate, G. Krishnaiah, in December 1994, the former Member of Parliament Anand Mohan may still escape the gallows. The higher court may not confirm the sentence or the notorious snail’s pace of justice in India may come to his rescue. However, a lot of people, not the least the family of the young and bright IAS officer in Hyderabad, are happy to note that justice has caught up with an influential ‘politician’, actually said to be a mafia leader for whom brushes with the law has been a second nature.

Prasad Kariyawasam

Basil Rajapakse

Sri Lanka Navy Continues to Disturb Tiger Supplies in Pallimunai

Naval personnel conducting a search operation in Pallimunai-Kattupalliya area recovered 3200 litres of Diesel, Petrol and Oil hidden in jungle patches of the shores of Kattupalliya area around 4.30 a.m. today (12). The Navy has continued to monitor the above areas both from land and sea in order to avoid these supplies being ended up in Tiger hands. It is quite evident that the tigers are not only struggling to smuggle in their artillery rounds, arms and ammunition, but they are now in a position where they cannot even smuggle fuel and other minor items using Fibre Glass Dinghies in Pallimunai area.