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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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India's MuayThai Training Camp

Freshman US Congressman to take oaths on Holy Koran: And declare ‘Allahhu Akbar’ creating history in America

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Keith Ellison, elected to the United States Congress on the Democratic Party ticket from the State of Minnesota at the November 7 mid term elections, has already announced that he will take his oaths on Islam’s supreme holy book, the Koran, when the new 109th Congress convenes next January. Instead of ‘So Help me God’, Ellison, an African American and of Islamic faith, will pledge to uphold the Constitution of the United States ending with the phrase ‘Allahhu Akbar’ meaning God is Great in Arabic.

Sri Lanka Government importing 10,000 MT of essential food items directly from Tamil Nadu to Jaffna

Sri Lanka Government is making immediate arrangements to import 10,000MT of essential food items urgently needed to people in the Jaffna Peninsula from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Ship is being at present loaded in the Chennai harbor and expected to arrive either to Point Pedro or Kankesanthurai harbor within 07 to 10 days. Douglas Devananda, Minister for Social Services and Social Welfare speaking to "Asian Tribune," said that at present there is enough rice, sugar and flour available to an extent in Jaffna and what is presently needed are essential ingredients required to prepare nutritious food.

ANRPC hopes to improve natural rubber sector

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

International Natural Rubber producing countries have agreed to continue to improve natural rubber statistics in their member countries to strengthen status of natural rubber however Secretary General of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing countries [ANRPC] Mr.Phillip Pondikou said synthetic rubber producers make huge barriers on natural rubber prices. Speaking at their 29th General assembly held on Friday in Colombo he assured to monitor WTO activities, free trade agreements and regional agreements, which may influence the trade on Natural Rubber and natural rubber, affiliated products.

Oken Jeet Sandham in vigorous world-class MuayThai Training in Bangkok ahead of Asian MuayThai Champ in Iran

The president of the MuayThai Federation of India Oken Jeet Sandham has been undergoing vigorous world-class MuayThai training program along with various MuayThai fighters from around the world in the MuayThai Institute, Bangkok. Sandham led the Indian MuayThai fighters for this special world-class MuayThai training program at Bangkok aimed at giving more complex techniques and prowess of MuayThai to the Indian fighters so that they can perform better in the upcoming 2007 World MuayThai Tournaments to be held in Tehran (Iran).

Mahinda’s message & the majority report

By Dayan Jayatilleka

At long last, some reason for guarded optimism. Two texts, one a public speech, the other a leaked document, show the direction in which to head in order to exit the decades-long tunnel of the country’s crisis. But things are not that simple. There’s one proviso. We can make our way out of the tunnel if and only if the two texts are fused together as two sides of a single coin of state policy and strategy. The two declarations I refer to are the address to the nation by President Mahinda Rajapakse and the majority document of the Experts committee of the all parties’ conference. Coincidentally both declarations made it to the media near-simultaneously, hitting the headlines on the same day.

Why did UN send Allan Rock to Sri Lanka?

This question has been posed by Albert J.Fernando, from Edmonton, Canada. In his letter to the Editor he states, "Isn’t it strange that Allan Rock who has openly expressed his support for Gay and Lesbian Rights and who had participated in Gay Pride Parades in Vancouver and Toronto, should be selected by United Nations to inquire about children in Sri Lanka?" To be a gay, lesbian, supporting gay rights are of course individual’s preferences. However his question is something to consider and cannot be dismissed that easily. Albert J.Fernando writes, "He should be the last person who should get involved with any matter dealing with children."

Value based education

By N. Nakuleswaran

I’m a Srilankan living in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Violence has affected me, my country and I think the whole world is obsessed with it. I feel attitude against violence must be developed in human minds when people are young, through education. For that Human values ought to be imparted through education. One way to impart it is to teach values separately which becomes value added education. That in my view wouldn't succeed in today's fast competitive world. The other is to integrate the values into each subject in such a way that lessons are built around values, for the physical and mental wellbeing of human beings. This becomes value based education which I feel will suceed. The attached article is just my thoughts for consideration of the interested. I leave it for you to judge whether it is worthwhile to consider - Author

Top-rate students win Australian Leadership Awards

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Australian High Commissioner, Dr Greg French, yesterday announced that 10 Sri Lankan and four Maldivian high performers will receive prestigious Australian Leadership Awards. The Australian Leadership Awards are part of the A$1.4 billion Australian Scholarships initiative for the Asia-Pacific announced by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, on 26 April 2006.

Understanding a true Master…..

By Cyru Soumya Khambata - Syndicate Features

Meher Baba (25th Feb. 1894 – 31st Jan. 1969) was a spiritual Master of the highest order. Unshackled by dogma, ritual or attachment to any particular religion, His physically active role spans an extraordinary life. In Meher Baba, we find a perfect example for study of the working of a true spiritual Master. Even though He kept verbal silence for forty four years from 10th July 1925 till He dropped His body on 31st Jan 1969, he was a constant communicator. "I am never silent. I speak eternally. The voice that is heard deep within the soul is My voice…the voice of inspiration, of intuition, of guidance. To those who are receptive to this voice, I speak."

Roadmap for development of biofuels in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Energy Managers Association (SLEMA) in association with Winrock International India (WII) under a technical assistance programme sponsored by the European Commission have initiated a study programme ProBios to promote Biofuels in the region. The experts of this group has launched a road map under this study and it proposes 5 alternative routes to reach the 20% by 2020 target, initiated by fuel additives, where small percentage of Biofuels are mixed with traditional fuels to gain more mileage out of them. It also proposes to increase the blend of Biofuels from 10% to 100% with technology maturity. Zero import taxes on 100% Biofuel vehicles are also projected as a measure, which will drive this programme forward.

Sri Lanka: "Heroes Day" speech a symptom of the LTTE’s political bankruptcy

The annual "Heroes Day" speech delivered by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on November 27 revealed an organization in considerable political crisis—under siege from the Sri Lankan military, pathetically appealing to the major powers for support, and lacking any solution to the needs and aspirations of the Tamil masses it claims to represent. Over the past year, the Sri Lankan government has unleashed the military against the LTTE—firstly, in a dirty covert war of "disappearances" and assassination, and since July, in military offensives in open breach of the 2002 ceasefire. The "international community," far from rushing to shore up the "peace process," has blamed the LTTE for the conflict and pressured it to make further concessions in talks.



LTTE refuses government proposals to ease food shortages but continues harping to open A9 and A15 Roads

By Walter Jayawardhana

The liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) refused to accept the Sri Lanka government proposals claimed to ease the food situation in Jaffna peninsula and provide a safe haven for civilian refugees at Vakarai, in the East. The political head of the LTTE refused to accept the government proposals and said the opening of the A9 and A15 highways cannot be negotiated on conditions when the Norwegian peace facilitators led by Special Envoy, Jan Hansen Bauer, carrying government proposals met S. P. Tamilselvan at their headquarters in Kilinochchi.