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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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President with Hindu devotees at Kataragam

Sri Lankan Tamil sets up Buddhist TV channel

In an interview with the Asian Tribune, Muhunthan Kanagey, a Sri Lankan-born Hindu Tamil, said that he set up the Buddhist TV channel because he felt that all religions must be respected. He said that he set it up and gifted it to Ven. Kusaladhamma Thero, the Chief Incumbent of Sri Sambodhi Viharaya, Gregory’s .Road, Colombo, and he has nothing to do with it now. He said it cost him Rs. 60 million. It would have cost about 100 million but because he works in the IT industry it cost him less.

Disarm Karuna group – Douglas Devananda

In an interview with the Asian Tribune Minister Douglas Devananda said that that no group in the East should be allowed to carry arms or hold on to lethal weapons. He said that only the Sri Lanka Government forces should have weapons to protect the sovereignty, and independence of the country and there should never be a parallel organization allowed to hold on to their arms which is a threat to the safety and security of the people of the East. Leader of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party and Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare said rightly or wrongly when the Government led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickereamasinghe under Chandrika Kumaratunga’s Presidency entered into a Ceasefire Agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and EPDP was asked to disarm by the then Government.

House of Commons committee urges UK government to quadruple aid to Burma

The House of Commons International Development Committee will publish a report today urging the British Government to quadruple aid to Burma, fund cross-border humanitarian assistance to the internally displaced people (IDPs) and support pro-democracy initiatives. In a hard-hitting report, the Committee criticises the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) for failing to provide adequate aid to Burma. “This crisis-stricken country, which suffers from immense poverty and pernicious human rights abuses, receives the lowest aid of all Least Developed Countries,” the Committee argues. “We believe this level of assistance is unacceptable …. We believe that UK aid to Burma should be scaled up substantially.”

President receives ‘Pada Yaththira’ Hindu Tamil devotees at Kataragama

President with Hindu devotees at KataragamamSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse met and welcomed dozens of Hindu Tamil devotees from North and East of Sri Lanka, who made pilgrimage by Pada Yaththira to Kataragama Murugan temple, located in the down south of the island. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse visited Kataragama to attend Kataragama Asala Perahara and religious ceremony at Kiri Vihara on 24th morning. Later, the Tamil Hindu devotees were received by Mahinda Rajapakse and also by Gotabaya Rajapakse, Defence Secretary at the Hindu Temple entrance.

Gifts galore with Elephant House ‘Dig & Win’ ice cream promo

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

For the first time in the local industry, ice cream fans across Sri Lanka now have the opportunity of winning over hundred thousand exciting prizes by simply eating their favorite Elephant House ice cream. Mr. Shashika Nilanka from Madiwela became the first ever winner of the current ‘Dig and Win’ promotion launched by Elephant House and takes off to Bangkok next month , on an all expenses paid holiday

Sri Lanka: The Unit of Devolution

By Dhammika Herath

It is heartening to see a healthy public discourse on the unit of devolution and the character of the Sri Lankan state, particularly through electronic media and the traditional print. This demonstrates that the Sri Lankan civil society is becoming more and more active in the quest for peace and democracy. A careful study of the opinions expressed in the media point to a sort of consensus that the security forces have made significant progress in the East; yet a sustainable solution to the conflict must involve a negotiated settlement. The public discourse revolves around the understanding that until the grievances of the minorities are addressed, permanent peace cannot be guaranteed.

Janashakthi in value addition drive for policy holders

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Janashakthi Insurance (JICL) recently signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Nawaloka Hospitals to jointly provide a better service to the public. Under this agreement Nawaloka Hospitals offers all JICL customers a host of special generous discounts ranging from 05% to 15% which includes room rates, OPD services, ambulance services etc. In addition, JICL customers will also be treated as priority customers at the hospital. Both organizations have expressed their commitment to adding on further benefits to this joint venture in time to come.

Lax safety at nuclear plants

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Japan is no stranger to earthquakes that bring with them loss of life and property. But the one in mid-July had caused an additional damage that must be a cause of worry here in India too. It was an earthquake that had measured 6.8 on the Richter scale and had damaged a nuclear plant located 9 km from the epicentre to such an extent that its ‘indefinite’ closure had to be promptly enforced to contain radiation leaks. The city of Tokyo faces the prospect of power cuts, just as we do in Delhi!

Royal Dutch Shell and the struggle for Iraqi oil

Despite growing popular opposition, the Dutch government coalition of the Christian Democrats (CDA), Social Democrats (PvdA) and Christian Union (CU), under Christian Democratic Prime Minister Jan Pieter Balkenende, continues to provide military support to US imperialism in the Middle East and Central Asia. One of the greatest beneficiaries of this support for American militarism is the oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell. The company was driven out of Iraq by the nationalization of the oil industry in the 1970s under Saddam Hussein. Now, this Anglo-Dutch company is again preparing to exploit the most profitable oil fields in Iraq.

Muhunthan Kanagey

Pratibha Patil takes over as India's first woman president

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Nw President of India Pratibh PatilThe historic Central Hall of Parliament of India on Wednesday played host to a historic event- the swearing in of the first woman President of the country in the 60th year of its independence. Mrs. Pratibha Patil took over the reins as the 13th President with a call for ‘socially inclusive’ growth and ‘empowerment of women’ which she said ‘leads to the empowerment of the nation’. Describing herself as ‘the Republic’s first servant’ and frankly confessing that she is ‘humbled by this experience’, she said her ‘sincere endeavour’ would be to ‘live up to the high expectations’ of the people who have elected her to the top post. She spoke first in English and later in Hindi.