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

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Burma: 2007 Uprising and Transitional Challenges

By Nehginpao Kipgen

The biggest uprising in nearly two decades, since 1988, has once again brought Burma* into the spotlight of international politics. The 2007 uprising is the consequence and subsequence of the 1988 mass uprising. The students’ community, under the aegis of 8888 Generation Students, led the peaceful march on August 19. To prevent further escalation, the military authority arrested prominent student leaders and other active pro-democracy activists.

US former Vice President Al Gore and United Nations' climate panel together won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007

Al GoreThe United Nations' climate panel and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore together today won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to raise the world's attention on global warming and find solutions to the growing problem. The Norwegian Nobel Committee anounced yesterday that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

Sri Lanka President in New Delhi

Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapakse, arrived in India yesterday evening. He is on a two-day visit to India, and expected to deliver a keynote address at the fifth Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on October 13, under the theme “The India that can be.” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the conference yesterday. Other distinguished speakers on that day included Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of the United People’s Alliance, P. Chidambaram, Indian Finance Minister, Mayawati, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Gujrat, Mohamed El Baradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Sir Bob Geldof, Songwriter, Activist.

Ranil Wickremesinghe goes down the drain again: MPs rebel

Each time Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament, makes a move to hit President Mainda Rajapakse it turns around and knocks him down. The latest is the no-confidence motion brought against his former ally, Milinda Moragoda who is now the Minister of Tourism in the Mahinda Rajapakse’s Government. This motion has thrown the UNP into a spin giving Wickremesinghe another political headache. Mohammed Maharoof, a UNP MP, has written a letter to the Wickremesinghe protesting against the move to bring a no-confidence motion against Moragoda. He has said that he and some of his other MPs would not support this motion. They argue that this is a motion brought by Mangala Samaraweera, and Sripathi Sooriyarachchi, two renegades from the SLFP, who formed the SLFP (M) wing.

Countries with Despicable Human Rights Records Receive Unabated United States Military Assistance

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Research Analysis

The report released October 01 by the non-partisan independent U.S. Congressional Research Service, a division of the Library of Congress, “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations”, while noting that the United States maintained its role as the leading supplier of weapons to the developing world, made it very clear that it has signed weapons-sales agreements with nations whose records on democracy and human rights are increasingly dismal and despicable. "The New York Times" commenting on this issue said “the announcement of major new arms agreements with Pakistan last year renewed debate over whether the Bush administration was elevating its counter-terrorism priorities above its pledge to spread democracy round the world.”

President Rajapakse reiterated commitment for seeking negotiated settlement, hinted for understanding and assistance from India

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse in his address while reiterating Sri Lanka Government’s determination to fight terrorism, reminded Government’s determination and commitment in seeking a negotiated and sustainable solution to the conflict in Sri Lanka. Mahinda Rajapakse said, “If those who carry arms against the State are willing to enter a process of genuine negotiation towards a peaceful and democratic solution, the government and the people will reciprocate.” President also clearly pointed out, “it would not be out of place to look forward to understanding and assistance from our regional neighbors and friends, especially those with whom we share the strongest bonds throughout history. We will see in such understanding and assistance the true signs of emerging greatness," said President Mahinda Rajapakse, in his Keynote Speech to the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi today

Navy Welcomes Men of War at Trincomalee

By Jaya Rohana

The five naval ships which took part in destroying the tenth tiger arms smuggling ship named "Matsusima" at a location Southeast of Dondra Head on last Sunday (07) reached Trincomalee harbour where Navy's Eastern Naval Command is located. These ships were welcomed by the Navy Chief Vice Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda, senior naval officials and the sailors stationed in Trincomalee Friday (12). It is the practice of the Navy to both cheer their men when they proceed for war as well as to welcome them when they return after confronting the enemy. The ceremony is known as "Man and Cheer Ship" in naval terms. On this occasion Sri Lanka Naval Ships Sayura, Sagara, Suranimila, A-520 and A-521 received honours and greetings from their comrades on arrival after a successful mission conducted at a distance of 1700Km away from Sri Lankan shores.

A Sufi saint’s message on this day of Eidal-Fithr to attain peace

M.C.A. Hameed, President – All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen

The All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen is a Sufi order, striving to propagate the fundamental principle in Islam “La Ilaha Illallah”, the Kalimathuth Thayiba towards attaining peace and tranquility. The true meaning of the Kalima is that there is no “Ilahu” (creation) but Allah (God). This is the noble message of peace from the Lord, bestowed on the humanity through all the Prophets from Adam (Al) down to Mohammed Rasool (Sal). Since the true meaning of Kalima has been misinterpreted and interpolated by many, the humanity has lost the right path towards peace and tranquility.

Permanent Exhibit in Smithsonian to Depict Indian American Contribution to the Growth of America

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"There are millions of Indian Americans, but the story of their struggle and emergence in this country is largely unknown to the general public, and it’s time to tell the story of the people of India who have made their home in America for more than two centuries," was the sentiment expressed by Franklin Odo the Director of Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program at a press conference here Thursday October 11.

Mounting public pressure against dams in Uttarakhand

By Bobby Ramakant

People of Uttarakhand state, are fasting since 9 October 2007 against the state government's approval to building dams on Ganga and other rivers. The native people of Uttarakhand who are to be affected from the dam constructions on rivers in the state,organized themselves and representatives of many people's movements including journalists joined their agitation. These dams have been sanctioned in Uttarakhand in the absence of comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or Socially Impact Assessment (SIA). In India, though EIA came into existence around 1978-79, it was made mandatory only in 1994.

Sri Lanka Prsident in New Delhi

Cartoon - Ranil & Mangala

Mahinda Rajapakse

Gathering at the Leadership conference

Mahinda Rajapakse

Ahmedinejad’s show at Columbia

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

Next time an exasperated American asks about the unpopularity of his country in the outside world he would do well to recall words spoken by someone like the president of the prestigious Columbia University, Lee Bollinger. Introducing the irrepressible Iranian president--a guest invited by him--to an audience on the campus on September 24 he showered imprecations on Mahmood Ahmedinejad, calling him a ‘petty and cruel’ dictator and a man who is ‘astonishingly uneducated’. Americans freely using harsh words against certain foreign personalities is, of course, nothing new.

Peace, understanding and coexistence, the message of Islam - Sri Lanka President

Mahinda RajapakseWe look forward to the continued partnership of the Muslims of Sri Lanka in forging the Sri Lankan Nation, living with dignity and harmony with all, and contributing to the achievement of peace in the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a Ramazan message. He said: “I extend my greetings to all followers of Islam in Sri Lanka on this Eid-ul-Fitr Ramazan festival day. The Eid-ul-Fitr Ramazan festival comes at the end of the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.