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

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Prof (Dr) Rama Kant

US Military Assistance to Human Rights Violator Colombia Denounced by Amnesty International & Human Rights Watch

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Watch on Thursday called on members of Congress to question Colombian Defense Secretary Juan Manuel Santos during his two-day trip to Washington about the steep rise in reports of extrajudicial executions by the Colombian military. The rights organizations urged Congress to maintain a hold on $55 million in military assistance until substantial progress is made in addressing key human rights concerns. Defense Secretary Santos is currently in Washington on a two-day visit.

UNIDO National Cleaner Production celebrates five year stay

By Quintus Perera - ASian Tribune

The National Cleaner Production Centre established five years ago has assisted over 200 industries in Sri Lanka to reduce their waste of raw material, water and energy which improved the productivity, profitability and enhance environmental performance, said V R Sena Peiris, Director, NCPC at a Press Conference last week at Hotel Galadari, held to announce the NCPC Awards Ceremony and Roundtable conference scheduled to be held on 5th and 6th November at the BMICH. Kumara Welgama, Minister of Industrial Development presided the Press Conference. Peiris said that NCPC is a project under UNIDO Integrated Industrial Development Support Programme and is funded by the Norwegian Government.

Erik Solheim new Norwegian Minister of Environment: Will he shoot moose to prevent them burping and farting?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stotenberg has re-shuffled his cabinet allocating two key ministries to Erik Solheim – the man from the Socialist Left who is projected as Norway’s heavyweight in international affairs. In addition to the current post as Minister of International Development – a key post he holds to boost his image as a leading negotiator in the Middle East and Sri Lanka – he has been given the post of Environment too. Media reports said that he did not want to leave his post as Minister of International Development. However, Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has taken over the duties of development assistance to the Middle East, which is meant to slightly lessen Solheim's workload.

Durga Puja and Hindus in Bangladesh - Part -II

By Rabindranath Trivedi

DurgaLeaders of World Hindu Federation (Bangladesh Chapter), Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad, Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad, Mahanagar Sarbojoneen Puja Committee, Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Parishad and Bangladesh Christian Association yesterday alleged that idols of the Goddess Durga had been desecrated at various places in the country including Faridpur, Khulna and Satkhira. They urged all to keep vigilance to maintain communal harmony during the five-day-long festivities. They also urged the government to step up security measures and ensure peaceful observation of the occasion.

LTTE 'killing machine' is now a global issue

By Janaka Perera

Chairman, Anti-Terrorist Judges of France, Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere commended Sri Lanka for being ahead many other countries in recognizing the threat of terrorism. "The fight against terrorism – under whatever form – has become global. It doesn't belong to one state. In this matter solidarity is an adamant requirement." Judge Bruguiere was addressing the three-day International Conference on Countering Terrorism, at the BMICH, Colombo on October 19, on 'International Responses to Terrorism,' under the theme, "Terrorism: A Challenge to Democratically Elected Governments."

Turkey’s PKK is a Terrorist Organization and US Wants to put it out of Business

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

At the daily press briefing at the State Department in Washington on Thursday, October 18 when a correspondent asked Tom Casey, the deputy spokesman, if the United States was having a dialogue with Turkey’s separatist group PKK he categorically said “we consider the PKK a terrorist organization. We don’t engage in conversation with terrorist groups.” PKK or the Kurdistan Peoples Party which is militarily battling the Government of Turkey to establish a separate independent state for Kurds in the north-east of Turkey has been designated by the United States a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). The PKK is mostly operating from the Iraqi soil. It engages in terrorist activities against the Turkish authorities.

Retailing in gloom

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

If the social activists and righteous busy bodies are to be believed India faces an imminent threat of a sixth of its population—about 160 million, the population of Pakistan--reaching starvation levels. Not because of an impending catastrophic spell of drought or food shortages but perhaps for just the opposite reason. The grave danger supposedly comes from the business houses and multi-nationals who are trying to enter the retail and traditional small trade business in the country in a big way.

The World Bank Warns Sri Lanka: Where will the World Bank & the IMF take us.

By Garvin Karunaratne, former G.A. Matara

In the last few weeks the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have warned the Sri Lankan Government to get on track. Earlier the IMF had expressed concern. They all require the government to further follow the Structural Adjustment Policies they had laid down, to stop expanding the public sector, to further increase interest rates, to reduce the budget deficit, to privatize public assets, to further liberalize and deregulate. These two Brettonwood Institutions yet fail to grasp the basic fact that it is none other than they themselves who created the problems that the Third World countries face today.

Diabetes wake-up call after years of neglect in Asia

CNS Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Diabetes mellitus is emerging as a major health problem in Asian countries with world's highest number of people with diabetes living in the region. This warning came from International Awardee (2005) of World Health Organization (WHO) Prof (Dr) Rama Kant, who was delivering a guest lecture on 'newer horizons in management of diabetic foot' at McCormick Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Countries like India have an estimated 34 to 35 million of people suffering from diabetes, which is the highest in the world. The prevalence of Diabetes in urban population is 17% and in rural it is 2.5%. This indicates impact of life style and nutritional habits. Among the chronic complications of diabetes, diabetic foot is the most devastating complication and is the leading cause of leg amputation among diabetics. It is estimated that in India alone about 50,000 legs are amputated every year, of which almost 75 percent are potentially preventable, said Professor (Dr) Rama Kant.

Imkong replies to Dr Shurhozelie’s “ism” charges

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Leader of Opposition and CLP Leader I Imkong said he was never against the “capital development” but only against the “misuse of fund in the name of capital development.” In a statement issued here on Friday, the Leader of Opposition expressed surprise the way Urban Development Minister Dr Shurhozelie took his statement made during a meeting at Mangkolemba as “being ‘ism’ color” when he pointed out about the “discriminatory allocation of developmental funds to Mokokchung district which is represented by 10 MLAs comparing to the allocation of funds to the Northern Angami I and II.”

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Doping in Sport World

By Atul Cowshis - Syndicate Features

The Czars of Indian sport are a worried lot these days because of the tardy progress in the preparations for the Commonwealth Games due to be held in Delhi in 2010. While they may still pull it off and eventually win appreciation for successfully conducting one the biggest (number-wise) sport events in the world, there is one thing that also demands a good deal of their attention: how to ensure that the games are ‘clean’, or at least the widespread scourge of doping does not touch the participating Indian athletes.

Profile of the Terrorist Insurgency in North East India

By Isha Khan

Asom Sanjukta Mukti Morcha or the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was formed on April 7, 1979 by Bhimakanta Buragohain, Rajiv Rajkonwar alias Arabinda Rajkhowa, Golap Baruah alias Anup Chetia, Samiran Gogoi alias Pradip Gogoi, Bhadreshwar Gohain and Paresh Baruah at the Rang Ghar in Sibsagar to establish a "sovereign socialist Assam" through an armed struggle. Arabinda Rajkhowa is the 'Chairman' of ULFA. 'Vice Chairman' Pradip Gogoi was arrested on April 8, 1998 , and is currently in judicial custody at Guwahati. 'General Secretary' Anup Chetia is under detention in the Bangladeshi Dhaka after being arrested on December 21, 1997. The outfit's founding member and ideologue Bhimakanta Buragohain, 'Publicity Secretary' Mithinga Daimary and 'Assistant Secretary' Bolin Das were arrested during the military operations in Bhutan in December 2003. Earlier, 'Cultural Secretary' Pranati Deka was arrested at Phulbari in the West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.

Sri Lanka China trade relationship

By T.K.Premadasa, Deputy Director/ Marketing, Sri Lanka Export Development Board

February 2007 will glow writ large in letters of gold in history as Sri Lanka & China both celebrated 50th Anniversary of its establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The visit of President Mahinda Rajapakse to China at this historic occasion is valued highly significant as eight bilateral agreements were successfully signed. The other point of great importance is that the Year 2007 has been declared Sri Lanka China Friendship Year.

A Half-Million-Dollar Vacation at U.N. Expense

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The U.N. Secretariat has doled out over half a million dollars on a single staffer -- an assistant secretary-general (ASG) -- who has been temporarily suspended with full pay while under investigation on charges of mismanagement and fraud. Since the investigations have dragged on for nearly 21 months, Andrew Toh, a national of Singapore and head of Central Support Services (CSS), continues to enjoy the luxury of an extended vacation at U.N. expense.

Amnesty International Wants United States to Improve its Human Rights Practices

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

“Amnesty International is very concerned by the practice of "extraordinary renditions" in which the United States transfers individuals for detention and interrogation to countries with a record of using torture. "Renditions involve multiple layers of human rights violations including torture and enforced disappearance," said Cox the head of Amnesty International USA. "Every one of the victims of rendition interviewed by Amnesty International has described incidents of torture and other ill-treatment. It is an assault not only on the idea of human rights; it's an assault on the most basic values of this country."

Listening to Thai in Bangkok : Automatic Language Growth, a new approach to absorbing a hard language.

By Antonio Graceffo

“The way we found out that our mother had diabetes was that ants would appear every time she peed.” The teachers had been standing at the front of the room talking about bodily functions and toilet humor for nearly an hour. The next story was a Thai legend about a half woman and half snake spirit monster, which fed on human waste. I would have been appalled, except that it was all in Thai, and yet, after only a few weeks of study, I understood what they were saying. Maybe it would have been better if I didn’t understand. I could have tuned out. But I had paid money to learn the Thai language through this innovative approach, and apparently it had paid off. The shocking humor of the subject matter forced me to remember the new language.