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Musharraf’s moderation blues

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Musharraf’s spin-doctors have made much of the Pakistani efforts to restore a 6th century Hindu temple near Lahore. They suggest that the so-called restoration work on the temple complex is actually aimed at attracting ‘tourists’ from India—up to a million in a year to ‘offset’ to outgo of Pakistanis to Muslim shrines in India, especially the Dargah at Ajmer. A team of Pakistanis archaeologists, unfamiliar with temple architecture, has toured India to learn about restoration of Hindu temples. India has said it is ready to help in whatever way Pakistan wants ‘Millions’ of rupees have been earmarked for the Katasraj temple project, which was kicked off somewhat ironically during the Pakistan visit of L. K. Advani, the Rath Yari, who lost his ‘crown’ on returning home.

Sluggish share market attributed to profit taking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly market review indicated that overall, the market remained sluggish this week, except for Thursday, which saw indices picking up moderately. The dampening in the market could mainly be attributed to profit taking. With the market on average retaining an upward trend from the start of this year, a market correction due to profit taking remains a healthy sign. The upward movement in indices witnessed on Thursday could not deter the market closing below the levels recorded last week. Comparing Week on Week (WoW) the All Share Price Index (ASPI) slipped 24.5 points to close at 2986.7 points, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) fell by 14.2 points closing on Friday at 4165.1 points.

Sri Lanka hits back at tendentious article in British press

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

In a hard-hitting riposte to The Guardian newspaper which referred to President Mahinda Rajapakse as "mindless" as a terrorist bomber, Sri Lanka's envoy here has accused it of "grave factual inaccuracies and general bias." Referring to a comment piece by foreign correspondent Jonathan Steele on February 9, High Commissioner Kshenuka Senewiratne's reply published only on Saturday, almost three weeks after the offending article, dismisses several of his assertions and his attempt to whitewash the Tamil Tigers, officially known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Paddy husk could be used as a fuel –Scientists

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A recent survey carried out by a group of Scientists attached to the Rice Processing Research and Development Centre and the Resource Management Associate Ltd say that an average of 50 percent of paddy husk produced by the Rice Mills, use husk as their fuel for steam generation. Scientists D.P.Senanayaka, U.Daranagama and M.D.Fernando said Paddy husk is a major by-product of the rice milling industry and at present around 540,000 metric tons of husk is produced annually.

Rahman English song is UN anthem

Poverty has found a new singing voice -- the voice of India's music virtuoso A R Rahman, whose English single 'Pray For Me Brother' will be the UN's anthem for its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One of the eight promises of MDG -- a program drawn up by world governments -- is to end poverty, hunger and disease by 2015. In his song he asks: "Are you searching for a reason to be kind?" Rahman says: "Poverty and hunger have no religion or gender and this song is to inspire people to do a little bit about the world. We all believe in a creator and even a prayer can change things," Rahman said at the launch of 'Pray For Me Brother' and its music video here today.

Sri Lanka tries to impress China, bigtime

Sri Lanka will be trying to impress China 'big time' when President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrives in Beijing today with 'one of the biggest ever delegations' that Sri Lanka has sent-100 officials and 40 business personalities including 15 government Ministers. What remains to be confirmed is whether this is another world's first in the aftermath of Colombo's recent record of creating the worlds biggest cabinet. A special Sri Lankan airlines flight was chartered for the delegation to China on Sunday February 25 midnight. Rajapaksa delegation will be arriving in China just as the week-long holiday of the Chinese ‘Spring Festival’ ends in the Red Country and the citizens are getting back to work.

Sri Lankan government finances Tigers by buying their Tamil TV programs

Sri Lanka’s National Television station Rupavahini buys Tamil programs from the extensive global network of Tiger TV organizations. Rupavahini operates two networks: 'Rupavahini' (Channel 1) primarily in Sinhalese, and 'Channel Eye' (Channel 2) primarily in Tamil and English.One of the main sources that produce TV programs for Tigers is in Tamil Nadu. Tigers have an office and TV studio at T. Nagar in Chennai, to produce programs for their TTN TV. Mallaiyappan of Tamil Nadu is the head of this Tigers office. He use to frequent Colombo to meet with Rupavahini officials for the sale of TTN TV programs.

Nervous parents watch University of Jaffna opening doors to students

University of Jaffna, which opened on February 19, 2007 after it was closed on August 11, 2006, is returning to normalcy. 2006 have commenced since from 22 February and reports reveal that relative calm prevails. According to the Acting Vice Chancelor of the University, Prof. R.Kumaravadivel, students boycotted the lectures after learning that Krishnar Kamalathas (24) a final year student of the Art faculty, was killed in the morning of 18th at Iyathalai, Varany in the Chavakachcheri area.


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