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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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Nivard Cabraal

UNP urged to study 1956 Buddhist Committee Report

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

Buddhist organizations are urging the government to implement five proposals to arrest the decline of Buddhist values and culture in Sri Lanka. The Venerable Medagama Dhammananda of the Asgiriya Chapter, Kandy read out these proposals at a meeting held at Ananda College, Colombo on October 3. The event was in connection with the republication of the Report of the Buddhist Committee of Inquiry that helped the SLFP victory of 1956. The report was reprinted to mark the 2550th Buddha Jayanthi and 50 years since the document was first published. All Buddhist organizations in the country were represented at the ceremony. The Ven. Dhammananda, who is also Project Director, `Jayagrahanaya Sri Lanka,' called upon the government to stop television programs that corrupt young minds and lower the level of language standards.

S. B. Dissanayake all out to upset proposed MOU, makes a scathing attack on Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Walter Jayawardhana

S.B.DThe United National Party’s National Organizer S. B. Dissanayaka vehemently attacked President Mahinda Rajapaksa and said the leader was suffering from a war mentality for the military campaigns he wages against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE).He ridiculed the President and said the head of state was masquerading as Dutugemunu and Parakramabahu , two kings during the periods of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms, who brought the country under one rule defeating foreign invasions and divisions. Dissanayaka was pardoned, only months ago, by President Mahinda Rajapaksa while he was languishing in a prison spending a jail term of two years RI for contempt of court.

Army controlled Burmese Government shows gross discrimination against Muslims and Christians

While strongly refuting the figures provided by Burmese junta’s on the religious beliefs of the Burmese population, The National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR - exile) USA, pointed out that Muslim population in Burma is approximately 20 percent of the county’s total population, which amounts to 7 to 10 million people of the country. Meanwhile the State Peace & Development Council (SPDC), Burma in its population statistics report recorded that almost 90 percent of Burma’s population are Buddhist, 6 percent are Christians and 4 percent Muslims. NDPHR in its statement contradicted the Burma Government’s figures and said, "Unfortunately, this statistics is flawed and has grossly under estimated the non-Buddhist proportion of the population."

Nivard Cabraal, Governor of Central Bank, optimistic about growing Sri Lankan economy

From our Political Correspondent

Nivard Cabraal The Governor of the Central Bank, Nivard Cabraal, has forecast that the Sri Lankan economy will grow at 7 - 8 % with a low unemployment record of 6.3 %. He cited these statistics in response to questions posed to him by the Asian Tribune. Sounding a positive note Cabral states:1. the Sri Lankan economy moved on to a high growth path as evident in economic indicators; 2. the monetary policy is aimed at curbing inflation and inflation expectations; and 3. external trade continues to expand.

JHU warns government of an intended massive attack by the LTTE

By Vandana Jayasinghe

The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), advising the government to strengthen its security measures, warned of a massive attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) LTTE, which faces a serious set back after the Mavil Aru and Sampur victories. Puravidya Chakkrawarthi Ven. Ellawala Medananda Thera, Leader of the JHU and MP told the Asian Tribune that the JHU has enough evidences to show that the LTTE is preparing for a major attack. Ven Medananda thera, who returned after a tour in the East, said that LTTE was in the process of acquiring traditional homelands belong to Sinhala villagers.

Garment Industry in Sri Lanka at Cross Roads: Manufacturers concerned of high cost while the workers demand a "Living wage"

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Initially the Free Trade Zone or better known then as the Investment Promotional Zones were basically set up to solve two major problems in Sri Lanka viz to solve unemployment and to earn more and more foreign exchange to boost the economy. As in all other investments, the first priority of the investor has been to ensure their share of return on the investment. Though every government enjoyed the benefits of FTZ and some even went on to criticize the whole programme, no one tried the shortcomings of it rectified such as lack of boarding facilities for these girls, the utter disgusting living conditions in their present boarding houses, their safety and sexual harassment and the worst among them all the utterly inadequate remuneration they receive.

Will it or will it not?

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

So finally the Center has come out with a clarification about the proposed ‘Joint Mechanism’ with Pakistan to deal with terrorism. It says, "The Group is mandated to deal with all forms of terrorism." And "there is no doubt in our minds as to what constitutes terrorism." If that is the case, it should clear the air in Pakistan as well, which has been coming out with official statements that the mechanism does not cover the lists of terrorists India has provided to it. Though the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had said earlier also that the deal is off if Pakistan does not curb terror, an explicit official statement by India should clear all doubts, and thus, pave the way for the ‘Mechanism’ to come into being. And become an effective tool in fighting terrorism.

Hanguranketha House of S.B. Dissanayaka-

Susanthika Jayasinghe


"Tamils will not to accept any solution other than a federal solution," - V. Anandasangaree, D. Sithardhan and T. Sritharan

Tamils of Sri lanka will not accept any other solutions other than a federal solution based on Indian model said V. Anandasangaree, D. Sithardhan and T. Sritharan on their visit to New Delhi, when they met Indian Leaders to appraised them. They emphasized, despite the fact that some political leaders in the South are opposed to the term "Federal," the Tamils support an ‘Indian Model’ which is welcomed by many people. They categorically stated that "the Tamils will not accept any other solution. The main topic for discussion at all levels was the ethnic issue. Disputing the claim of some others, who had mis-represented facts, we pointed out that in the fifty year history of the ethnic problem, for the first time two major political parties that take turns to rule the country, had committed to a Federal Solution.," a statement released by V. Anandasangaree, Leader of the Tamil United Liberation front revealed.