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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2908

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Former President Chandrika changes her residence to Horagolla

President ChandrikaPresident Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who was the fifth president of Sri Lanka from 12 November 1994 - 19 November 2005 has taken up residence at her ancestral family home in Horagolla, Nittambuwa, from the 01st of December. According to a press release from her office, she will henceforth reside at Horagolla as well as at her official residence in Colombo.

Indonesian President calls for united stand in fighting terrorism

Indonesian President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a united stand in the fight against terrorism. The Indonesian leader made this remark during a call on him by Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama, who is leading the Sri Lankan delegation to the Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua, Bali yesterday (10 December 2008). The President said, "We must remain united in the fight against terrorism. We cannot allow terrorism to defeat democracy".

From Wanni With Love

By Gomin Dayasri

Do not be under the spell of yarns churned out by the spin merchants, of a life in misery for those who lived under the LTTE administration. There are many aspects of the terrorist rule that appealed to them before life became intolerable, a recent phenomenon. The ending of the CFA accelerated the process. Those Tamils who made the crossing from the uncleared areas to government controlled areas retain mixed feelings of the days under the rule of Prabhakaran. It was a bitter pill with a sugar coating. With the sugar having melted, capsule tastes more like cyanide.

Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thero Remembered: Mystery shrouds his death yet to unravel

By Ven. Maharagama Dhammasiri Thero

Soma TheroThe demise of the late Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thero occurred in December 2003, in Russia in a mysterious manner. It is still a mystery to the people of Sri Lanka, especially to those who associated him very closely. The purpose of writing this is to let our readers know that we may forgive but will never forget this crime against the Buddha Sasana. 5 years have passed since this tragedy, and we continue to see those evil forces responsible for this tragedy, active again surreptitiously behind an important temple and a Seela program planned for tomorrow – the 12th of December, the 5th death anniversary.

EDB in Hambantota

By T. K Premadasa

The historical capital of Ruhuna now known as Tissamaharamaya and Hambantota area is in renaissance of vast development into a city of prosperity for the next generation. Today, Hambantota is the model of accelerated development in urbanization. The construction of the International Airport, Hambantota Harbour, development of infrastructure and the abundance of greenery will help alleviate the lifestyle of the residents of Hambantota and the suburbs. The establishment of a regional office in Hambantota is a momentous share of contribution made by the EDB as a responsible partner of Hambantota Navodaya Program in its effort to expand the development structure in this native village.

US Government partners with Brandix to train 600 workers for new jobs

USAID and Brandix Lanka Limited are working together to train 600 people for employment at a new Brandix apparel factory in Batticaloa District. Under the Apparel Sector Training Partnership, USAID’s grant of $100,000 will provide a monthly stipend and a meal allowance for the workers during eight weeks of pre-training. Brandix, the largest apparel exporter in Sri Lanka, has committed $500,000 to fund all of the training costs, plus the monthly stipend during an additional six months of on-the-job training.

Four Sri Lankan Housemaids Stranded in Gaza

Four Sri Lankan housemaids are stranded in Gaza as they are unable to leave due to closure of exit points by Israel and Egypt. They along with their employers are facing immense difficulties due to shortages of food, medicine and fuel. In view of this situation they want to get back to Sri Lanka. These housemaids had been working in Gaza for the last seven or eight years and they do not have proper work permits as the Palestinian National Authority has no power to extend visas or give work permits.

U.S. continues to warn Sri Lanka of human rights record: Gives Human Rights Achievement Award to US embassy official

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in presenting America’s highest human rights award "Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award" to the Head of the Political Division of the American Embassy in Colombo the U.S. sent a renewed signal to the Government of Sri Lanka that its human rights record is seriously flawed and dismal. Political Division head Michael De Tar was one of the only three persons who received the U.S. Government's distinguished award, in the words of Secretary Rice "enriched our reporting on human rights conditions in Sri Lanka".

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister highlights threat of terrorism to democracy

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogallagama has highlighted the potent and ominous challenge that many democracies face today, emanating from the threat of terrorism. He pointed out that in Sri Lanka, the seeds of its present day vibrant multi-party democracy were sown long before its independence from the British in 1948. He said "Sri Lanka’s deeply rooted democratic tradition can be traced to the granting of universal adult franchise in 1931, just 14 years after the people in the United States were granted this right." He added that Sri Lanka became the first country in Asia to enjoy this right to vote without discrimination of race, gender, educational or property qualifications. He was speaking at the inaugural session of the Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua,Bali on Wednesday.

Addressing diabetes is vital for strengthening tuberculosis control

By Amit Dwivedi

Patients with type-2 diabetes may be at increased risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB) because they generally have a compromised immune system, which results in life-threatening lung infections that are more difficult to treat. Research at the University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville shows that type 2 diabetes, especially when it involves chronic high blood sugar, is associated with altered immune response to TB. Patients with diabetes and TB take longer to respond to anti-TB treatment, and that patients with active tuberculosis and type-2 diabetes are more likely to have multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB). Almost six percent of people with diabetes had MDR-TB, reported this study. 30 per cent of those with MDR-TB also had type 2 diabetes.

Renton resigns from the post of Chairman – Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau

Renton de Alwis who held the position of Chairman SLTPB since October 2007 has opted to resign from the post with effect from 15. December 2008. The resignation was handed over to the Tourism Minister, Milinda Moragoda and action is being taken to appoint him by Minister as Tourism Advisor for Ministry. De Alwis would take up his new function as the Tourism Advisor to Ministry with effect from 16th December 2008.

Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind

Jeanne Jayasinghe - Australia

The recent terrorist attack in Mumbai is a warning to leaders of all those countries that have stood silent and inactive in the face of repeated terrorist attacks over the years in Sri Lanka. To those countries that actively supported terrorism in Sri Lanka and are still providing encouragement to them, it is more than a warning – it is a sign of things to come.

People Living in Hunger Reach the One Billion Mark, says UN Agency

With 40 million people being pushed into hunger this year, mostly due to soaring food prices, the number of undernourished people worldwide is approaching the 1 billion mark, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced. The total number of hungry people has risen to 963 million this year, up from 923 million last year, and FAO cautioned in the latest edition of its global hunger report that this number could rise further as a result of the ongoing financial and economic crisis.

Sri Lanka Investment Destination For Chinese Leather Industry

Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing has initiated a programme to promote Sri Lanka’s leather industry in the city of Baigou, in Hebei Province where the leather industry is prominently established in China. The Baigou city is famous for its bag industry and is hailed as the "City of Bags" in China. The seminar was conducted by the China Light Industry Association as a result of the proposal made by Ambassador Karunatilaka Amunugama to this powerful association which has membership of more than 10000 entrepreneurs belonging to 41 associations.

President Chandrika

Ven. Gangodawila Soma Thero

Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights Chief, Reminisces as Victim and Enforcer

Navi Pillay,On the day that the United Nations celebrated the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the world body’s new top human rights official brought her own special focus to the issue – as victim and nemesis of abuse. "I was told things like 'white secretaries can’t take instructions from a black person,'" said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, who is of Indian descent, recalling her years growing up in apartheid South Africa when she wanted to become a lawyer in a society stratified by institutionalized racial discrimination.