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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Sri Lanka backs Iran's peaceful nuclear Technology

Sri Lankan ambassador to Tehran Muhammad Zuhair has voiced support for Iran's inalienable right to attain peaceful nuclear technology. Expressing support for Iran-IAEA negotiations, Zuhair asserted that the International Atomic Energy Agency's conventions allow Iran to conduct nuclear researches. The ambassador denounced the spread of rumors of a US attack against Iran and voiced doubt about such a move adding that Sri Lanka opposed the imposition of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

CSW welcomes new EU sanctions on Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today welcomed the European Union’s decision to impose targeted sanctions against Burma’s military regime in response to the current crisis in Burma. The measures, adopted at a meeting of EU foreign ministers yesterday, include a ban on investment in, and imports of, Burmese timber, metals and gems. The EU is considering a ban on all new investment if there continues to be no progress towards democracy in Burma.

Concept of the Shri Shri Durga Puja

By Rabindranath Trivedi

Goddess DurgaMarkandiya Purana commonly known as Shri Shri Chandi is recited from Mahalaya day . Shri shri Chandi is recited the following episode of the revelation of Mother Goddess Shri shri Durga ‘Manydark, Primordial moons ago when evil went stampeding through the heavens in the form of Mohisashura, the buffalo demon, the gods in their hour of need turned to Shiva and Vishnu. The pitch dark of wrongdoing and heedless ignorance were threatening to swallow up the steady glow of light in thinking and knowledge. The golden moments of heavenly existence were beginning to show the tarnish of demonic misconduct. The might of the gods, the Devas was in danger of being snuffed out by the misrule of the Ashuras, the demons. The light was going out their lives.

South East Asian Countries and UN can do more to restore democracy in Myanmar - Ibrahim Gambari

Ibrahim GambariIn an interview in Bangkok, Ibrahim Gambari said that the United Nations is committed to doing everything it can to promote a peaceful resolution to the crisis and help Myanmar address the political and economic challenges underlying the recent unrest. He added, any efforts by the United Nations will require working closely with Myanmar's neighbors and ASEAN partners. The sustained and active support of the region, through the strong voice and engagement of regional partners, has to be there in order
for Myanmar to move forward. Answering to a question, UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor reminded, “Well, the purpose of the Secretary General’s good offices role is to change the behavior of the regime and we believe that all those who have influence in that process ought to be engaged."

No Woman Should Die Giving Life, Says UNFPA

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

In this 21st century, when medical science and gender empowerment are rising progressively, "no woman should die giving life", declares Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). "It is unacceptable that one woman dies every minute during pregnancy and childbirth when proven interventions exist," she adds. "Millions of lives are at stake, and we must act now." Obaid will be one of the keynote speakers at a major international conference in London that will call for increased investments for health care for women, mothers and newborns.

Minorities, Women and Elections in Bangladesh - Part-II

It may be recalled that the crux of the political problem was the Hindu-Muslim divide in the sub-continent, including Bengal, not evaded. The Hindu leadership in the Pakistan Constitutional Assembly in February 1948 conceived the historic State-Language issue. It was the Hindu leadership (1947-54), as the Leader and member of the opposition that led the nation to the definitive direction to the constitution, parliament and democracy. Hindu leadership had abandoned the separate electorate system and their advocacy for the joint electoral system was a milestone in our national history. If there were no joint electoral system in 1970, Bangladesh would not have her genesis as a Republic in 1971.

Tamil Tiger credit card racketeers busted in New York

Tamil Tiger ring leader and his accomplices were caught when NYPD raided their lair and found the stolen credit cards and a scheme to loot million world wide from ATMs. Muslims too were involved in this racket. There is suspicion that this is a racket linked to Al-Qa-ida though the lawyers for the defendants deny any such political motives. "The New York Daily News" said: “The operation was accidentally uncovered in the Chelsea Inn on 11th Ave. when NYPD narcotics detectives raided the hotel and one investigator shouted to everyone in the lobby, "Freeze! I will shoot you if you move!" That's when one rattled suspect, Ibrahim Abdifatah, 27, dropped 67 blank credit cards on the floor, police said."These are playing cards. We play with them," Abdifatah said. Cops found more than 250 blank credit cards, a coding machine, lists of financial account information and a laptop in an upstairs room that four of the defendants shared.”

Sri Lanka Air Force launched air strike on LTTE’s logistic centre: Five civilians injured

Fighter jets of Sri Lanka Air force launched another successful air strike yesterday afternoon around 2.PM. on the LTTE supply and ordnance base located south of Puthukudirippu in the Mullathievu district. However, the LTTE said the target was a civilian settlement and five civilians including three children were wounded in the bombing. The Media Center for National Security said in a statement that Air Force jets bombed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebel's military hardware supply and transport center at Pudukuduirruppu south area in the northeastern Mullaitvu district.

Symposium on Sustainable Consumption and Production

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) coordinates a Symposium on “Sustainable Consumption and Production in Sri Lanka” organized by the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) in association with the Ministry of Industrial Development. It will be held on 5th and 6th November at the BMICH and several Senior UNIDO and UNEP officials are expected to address the symposium. This is the first symposium on the Topic and researchers, academics and practitioners from Sri Lanka and from the Region are scheduled to present papers on the New Thinking, Practices and Research Findings related to enhancing economic development in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

Bandh Politics

By Tushar Cahran - Syndicate Features

The Indian brand of democracy has many peculiarities one of which is the propensity of the party in power to adopt a protest tool usually identified with the Opposition, such as the ‘bandh’ or total shut down. It sounds peculiar because a ruling dispensation does not have to protest against its own actions or decisions and if there are shortcomings in their implementation the corrective measure does not lie in calling for what actually amounts to a government-sponsored strike. The Dravid Munnetra Kazhagham, which rules Tamil Nadu and is a coalition partner in the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, called for a ‘bandh’ in the state over the Sethusamudram project that is supposed to reduce the distance covered by vessels sailing between the east and west coasts of India—and bring good shipping revenues to Tamil Nadu.

Chamila Fernando

Goddess Durga

Ibrahim Gambari


Sri Lankan female firebrand fighting for London Mayoralty

Chamila FernandoSri Lankan-born Chamila Fernando is the youngest person to have been short-listed by a mainstream political party to be a mayoral candidate for London. 28-year-old Chamila, a barrister from Finchley (North London,) has a tough task ahead. To win the race she will have to first beat the other two short-listed candidates (both middle aged men) from her own Liberal Democrats party and then defeat the 8-year Labour high profile incumbent Ken Livingstone and ward off Conservative Celebrity Politician Boris Johnson MP. When asked how she would tackle such senior political heavyweights, Chamali stated that she would push celebrity to one side and force the debate on party policy. She argues that her daily courtroom battles with senior legal figures have prepared her for what lies ahead.