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

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Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya.

UN Darfur Mission Hit by Lack of Choppers

By Thalif Deen, UN Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service

The United Nations has received pledges from 16 countries volunteering to provide either troops or logistical support for the proposed 26,000-strong hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping force urgently needed in crisis-stricken Darfur, Sudan. As demanded by the Sudanese government, most of the troops are coming from 10 African nations: Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. The remaining non-African troops are coming from Bangladesh, Jordan, Nepal and Thailand, while engineering and medical units are being provided mostly by the Netherlands and Nordic countries.

"Bread Prices Going Up"

Japan donates orthopedic equipment to the Kalutara Hospital

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Tendai Sho Buddhist Association of Kawasaki, Japan, donated orthopedic equipment valued at Rs. Three million to the Kalutara General Hospital on Monday. This specialized equipment will be used for fracture fixation, deformity correction etc., and manufactured by Orthofix s.r.l, Italy. This donation will help the masses of the area immensely in the treatment of difficult and complicated Orthopedic ailments. The Japanese Buddhist Association handed over the equipment and said that they were willing to assist the hospital to improve its special medical units.

Let dogs bark but give no respite to Tigers

By Janaka Perera

Let the dogs bark but the caravan must go on. The above we believe should be the government's stance from now on in battling the LTTE. The `dogs' are of course the NGO `peaceniks, the anti-war crusaders, their foreign sponsors, the loony Left and every one else who have been shouting themselves hoarse screaming for a "negotiated settlement" with a gang of bandits. The caravan driver should however be wary of the wolves in sheep's clothing on the way. Needless to say they are the so-called international community. A better term for them, as one political observer has noted, is the International Mafia for the Preservation of the LTTE (IMPOL).

Vassa, The Buddhist Lent

By Antonio Graceffo

Most of us have some aspect of our personality or our life that we wish to change. We want to lose weight, quit smoking, save money, or develop the discipline to meditate daily and heal our minds. Some people wish to become less materialistic and to appreciate the simple things in life. Our biggest holidays, Christmas and Thanks Giving (and Chanuka) are good opportunities to overeat, overindulge, overspend, over-consume, and overdo. What most westerners need is a prolonged fast, a quiet return to the simple life and an escape from the modern world of consumer culture. The Buddhists have such a holiday.

CCC Business Delegates visit surges orders from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Trade Fair Unit concluded yet another successful Business Promotion Mission recently and identified markets were Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, a communiqué issued by the CCC indicated. The CCC realizing that the way forward to explore the vast potential in these markets would be through a trade mission, organized a business promotion mission to Riyadh, Bahrain and Oman with objectives to strengthen existing trade ties and to look for new avenues to penetrate into these markets. The CCC with the support of the Sri Lankan missions in Riyadh, Bahrain and Oman organized a very useful programme for the visiting delegation to source suitable business partners.

Impact of the Media on Religious Intolerance

Addressing the UN General Assembly's high-level dialogue on inter-religious and inter-cultural understanding, the UN Bureau Chief for Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, Thalif Deen, singled out the impact of the media on the growing religious intolerance world-wide. "We in the media have been accused by some, of being responsible-- either wittingly or unwittingly-- for instigating or provoking religious or ethnic tensions in areas of conflict or in the ongoing war on terrorism," he told delegates, religious leaders and representative of non-governmental organizations.

Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing

By Sesha Samarajiwa

Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya.I am at the ancient Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya in Sri Lanka. I have come to this sacred Buddhist place seeking some sorely needed serenity. In a great hallway there, I see once again a painting – a panel of paintings – that tells a familiar story of brutal intolerance. It shows an army of Portuguese soldiers destroying this very temple. In fact, they did set fire to this sacred place and partially destroyed it. They also confiscated the temple, banning Buddhists from entering the precincts. Later, they reclaimed and rebuilt their temple.

AEB sale has no effect on AEC - NTB relationship

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

American Express Company announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its international b anking subsidiary, American Express Bank Ltd (AEB) to Standard Chartered PLC. The sale agreement, announced, relates only to the AEB international banking unit, while American Express’ international Card, Travel and financial services businesses operate independently from AEB.

Questions before Indian leadership…

By J. N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Catch them young. India needs dedicated leadership in various fields of activity; be it political activity or economic activity. Rather ‘raise’ them young; like plant species in greenhouse nurseries, if it is meant well to generate better quality leadership, befitting this ancient nation ; like the ones we had during freedom struggle .We need to search for good youth—Indian Idols—and groom them from "ab initio." The quality of leadership is in dire straits. It has degenerated over the decades. The concern is universal. Obviously, the end result is rampant political corruption, which is eating into the vitals of the government and the society.


Japan donates

Kelaniya Temple

Sri Lanka -Egypt Relationship - Special Reference to Trade

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

Year 2007 bears a historical milestone for Sri Lanka on her 50th Anniversary Celebrations of diplomatic relationship with China, Russia, Poland, Nepal and Egypt. As a new government elected in 1956 significant changes took effect in the political, economic and social field in Sri Lanka. The new government introduced a new foreign policy of non-alignment. Accordingly in its inaugural policy speech the government declared that she would adopt a non-aligned foreign policy moving towards opening diplomatic relations with all the countries.