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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala

Pure Economics At Play : Indo -US nuclear deal- 123, Go

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Washington has not approached the civilian nuclear deal with India as a sort of a social obligation of the First World towards a promising Third World country. It is nothing but pure economics about which nobody is willing to talk even in whispers. Simply put, it means more business for American companies and more jobs for Americans at home. Just as Manmohan Singh wants to leave his stamp on modern India and usher it into a real bright shinning phase. Well, it is a new global version of made for each other.

Foreign Minister urged to explore reason for the breakdown of talks between Sri Lanka Government and LTTE since 1985

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Sunday (29 July) asked the International Crisis Group which works to prevent conflict worldwide, to undertake an in-depth study on the reason for the breakdown of a number of previous rounds of peace talks between the Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE since 1985. He said such a study will show that it was not a lack of commitment of successive Sri Lankan Governments, but the lack of interest and incapacity on the part of the LTTE to engage in a political dialogue with sincerity, that resulted in the prolongation of the conflict in Sri Lanka. The Minister made this observation when the Chairman and CEO of the Belgium based International Crisis Group; Former Australian Foreign Minister Garath Evans called on him on Sunday morning (29 July). Mr. Evans is visiting Colombo to deliver the annual Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial oration.

Pepsi to print 'public water source' on labels

By Bobby Ramakant

After years of mounting pressure against corporate control of water and demand for accountability, Pepsi has agreed to provide consumers with more information about the source of the water used for their bottled water brand 'Aquafina'. In direct response to a national day of action earlier this month, Pepsi agreed to spell out "Public Water Source" on the Aquafina label. As part of the 'Think Outside the Bottle' campaign, thousands of people have been urging Pepsi to make changes in the Aquafina label, which includes an image of snow-capped mountains and states "pure water, perfect taste". Though the image implies that the source of Aquafina is mountain spring water, it actually uses tap water as its source. In fact, up to 40% of bottled water uses tap water as its source.

Malwatte Mahanayake Thero snubs –storm is gathering for Ranil in his political horizon

By Walter Jayawardhana

Head of Malwatte Chapter Sri Lanka’s foremost Buddhist monk, the Head of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siamese Sect, regretted the recent statement made by Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of the United National Party, calling Buddhist monks ‘a corrupt company or “Dussila Samagama” and said no service could be expected out of such leaders to the country, the religion and the Buddhist monks in the future.’ “Some leaders who do not know the value of Buddhist monks over a simple matter, publicly call Buddhist monks a “Dussila Samagama” and I regret such words being used against the Buddhist monks,” said the most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala, head of the Malwatte Chapter of the Siyam Nikaya in an obvious reference to Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Make a cold blooded realistic assessment of strategic interests: Think tank tells India

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

India needs to make a 'cold –blooded realistic' assessment of its strategic interests to 'realise' its super power aspirations, says an American think-tank. It opines that this is what China is doing at present. "Contrary to what many in India might think, China is not a malevolent, sinister international entity out there to demolish India, but a state which is simply pursuing its own strategic interests in a hard-headed fashion on its way to great power status", it said in a commentary.

LTTE training base bombed and destroyed: SOS sent out for blood in the Vanni

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s Defense Ministry sources said the country’s Air Force destroyed one of the biggest training centers that turned out both Tamil Tigers land forces as well as its fighters in its marine wing, the Sea Tigers. “Intercepted radio communication among the LTTE terrorists have revealed that "Senkadeer" sea tiger base was almost destroyed in the recent air raids conducted by SL air force, said the Defense Ministry, referring to the important LTTE garrison at Alampil in the still rebel held Mulativu District.