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

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Sir Arthur C Clark

Sir Arthur C Clark felicitation tomorrow

Sir Arthur C ClarkThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to host a ceremony to felicitate Sir Arthur C. Clarke on the occasion of his 90th birthday, which falls on tomorrow (16th December). This ceremony will be held at the Central Bank Auditorium on 16th December 2007, under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama will deliver the welcome address. Several distinguished personalities in the fields of Space Exploration and Information Technology from abroad will participate in this ceremony. The special Guest of Honor of this occasion will be world renowned astronaut Dr. Alexey Leonov of Russia who was the first man to walk in space, when he stepped outside the Voskhod 2 spacecraft for about 12 minutes, on 18th March 1965. He is also a long standing personal friend of Sir Arthur C. Clarke. Dr. Leonov is due to present Sir Arthur a medal from the Federation of Cosmonautics of Russia and deliver an address on “Sir Arthur C Clarke: A personal memoir”.

Budget Aftermath: JVP Abstained But Appeared Bruised, Blatantly Insensitive and Mealy Mouth on National Security

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Budget passed 114 to 67 as President Mahinda Rajapaksa's demonstrable military prowess against a ruthless terrorist trumped all attempts to vilify him. The JVP saved itself from its own colossal blunder committed during the Second Reading by abstaining this time. The budget episode bruised the JVP for being perceived as blatantly insensitive to national sentiment, the defining moment in Sri Lankan politics today: Worse still, being mealy mouth about national security was very poor politics. Their excuses for voting with the UNP earlier were disingenuous. The tactical blunder bruised the JVP. Have their options hardened enough vindictively to a point of no return? Only time will tell, according to most observers.

Budget: Born losers expose their ' impotency'

By Janaka Perera

Friday's voting at the third budget of the Rajapaksa Government on Dec.14 exposed to the full glare of the world two born losers in Sri Lankan politics – Ranil Wickremesinghe and Anura Bandaranaike. The event also showed the pathetic idiocy of Sri Lanka's Westernized urban elite and sections of the business community who continue to look up to Wickremesinghe as 'leader' who would protect their class interests. His defeat this time should teach them a bitter lesson.

Sri Lanka Government sails through in the crucial budget 2008 voting

Sri Lanka Government won the crucial third reading of the budget yesterday with 114 voting in its favor and 67 opposing. The 38 JVP members abstained from voting. Chief Government Whip, Jeyaraj Fernandopulle told hat it was the LTTE and no one else that was behind moves to defeat the budget. "It was obviously an attempt to reverse the victories achieved by the security forces in the Eastern Province. Wimal Weerawansa, Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, addressing parliament said that his party was not ready to be anyone's catspaw and makes decisions in the best interest of the country and the people. Along with JVP, SLFP parliamentarian Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa abstained from voting. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and four Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MPs voted against the Budget - 2008 of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse.

President Rajapkse returned to the country

President Mahinda Rajapakse after his official visits to Japan and UK returned to the island yesterday. Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said when he met President Rajapakse during his 4-day official visit that Japan will officially approve economic assistance of 1.9 billion yen in grants-in-aid to Sri Lanka next week to promote peace and mid- to long-term economic development and to eradicate poverty in the country. Whilst in Japan President Rajapakse also met Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Emperor Akihitho and other officials of the Japanese Government. After the Japan visit President Rajapakse departed for United Kingdom to attend the passing out parade of Britannia Royal Naval College as the chief guest.

Sri Lanka, Britain’s Chilcott and Vienna Convention: Do’s and Don’ts for Diplomats

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka has expressed displeasure at outspoken remarks by Britain's envoy on national politics, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. "The British High Commissioner, Dominic Chilcott, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to express the deep displeasure of the Government of Sri Lanka at some of the comments made by him at a recent public gathering," a ministry statement said. It said Chilcott's remark at a public speech Monday in Colombo that aspirations by minority Tamil Tiger rebels for a separate state of Tamil Eelam were not illegitimate was unacceptable to the government.

Caritas commerates thrid year of the tsunami disaster

Caritas Sri Lanka commemorated three years of the Tsunami disaster with the handing over of 76 houses to beneficiaries in collaboration with Caritas Trincomalee–EHED and other implementing partners on Wednesday, December 12th 2007 at Konesapuri, Trincomalee. The theme for this year’s commemoration was, ‘Empowering communities through rebuilding lives.’

Historical Relationship with Egypt

By T.K.Premadasa

Year 2007 marks the historical milestone on relationship between Sri Lanka and Egypt as both countries celebrate their 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relationship this year. The historical relationship between Sri Lanka and Egypt has strengthened mainly due to the trade links between the two countries. The traders from the Arab world visited Sri Lanka quite often with various exotic items of manufacture in exchange of indigenous items of Sri Lankan products to start with.

Energy for Thailand, Tragedy for Burma

By Sann Aung

According to the reports of UN agencies and other International NGOs in 2006, 75% of people lived below the poverty line, one-third of Burma's children were moderately malnourished (half at the border), only half of the children could join the primary school and only one third could go to secondary school. Prevalence rate of HIV, Malaria, Tuberculosis and Infant Mortality rate, Maternal Mortality rate were one of the highest in Asia and the world. Moreover, SPDC has the largest number of forcibly conscripted child soldiers in the world. It is estimated to be 70,000 out of 350000 troops.

Traffic Drives

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

For the last three or four decades capital’s traffic police has been launching with much fanfare ‘special drives’ periodically--only to see the traffic worsen each year. Their latest innovation is a drive to catch the jaywalkers. It is a perfectly sensible thing to discipline the pedestrians in view of the heavy volume of vehicular, fast-moving traffic in Delhi. Perhaps in no other capital of the world are so many pedestrians killed or injured on the roads as in Delhi. Yet, the average pedestrian in Delhi is either unaware of the danger that he or she faces while walking on fast moving lanes or there is actually no other alternative for him or her but to step into the road where horn blazing vehicles whiz past with gay abandon. Whether it is the area outside New Delhi railway station or the busy Lajpat Nagar market pedestrian is an endangered species.

Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Sri Lanka Consul General in U.S. tours Southern Nevada To initiate public diplomacy campaign

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Jaliya WickramasuriyaSri Lanka's diplomatic representative for the eight Western states in the United States Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya, on his official visit to Las Vegas last Sunday December 09, would have undoubtedly felt that his entrusted task of public diplomacy for his South Asian nation has a conducive environment. The reason: the steady movement of Sri Lankan expatriates toward a single focal point that manifests an unprecedented togetherness as if a Tsunami has swept through the Vegas Valley sweeping away the debris that generated a foul atmosphere for the body politic of the Sri Lankan fraternity.