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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

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Hinduism Holding Roots in U.S.: Presidential Proclamation Sought to Recognize Festival of Lights ‘Deepavali’

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

With two million Hindus in the United States out of which 1,250,000 from India and South Asia residing in this predominantly Christian nation, despite no religion is recognized as a national religion, this largely Asian religion is recognized here as one of the major religions with the United States Congress adopting resolutions requesting the President to declare the Holy Hindu Festival ‘Deepavali’, or festival of lights, to give due and national recognition. The Senate and the House adopted resolutions recognizing the religious and historical significance of the ‘festival’ requesting the President of the United States to issue a proclamation recognizing ‘Deepavali’ which is also known as ‘Deewali’.

Chandrika white-washing her past crimes with lies

Chandrika KumaratungaAfter UNICEF kicked out the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga when accusations of her past political crimes were exposed by her close friend Victor Ivan, the editor of Ravaya, she has returned to Sri Lankan to present herself as snow white to the local media. In her latest interview to the media she state that “there were only one or two abductions during her tenure and those responsible were brought to book after thorough investigations.” Victor Ivan had pointed out that Chandrika Kumaratunga’s goons were responsible for the killing of Kumar Ponnambalam, the head of the All-Ceylon Tamil Congress. Oddly enough she told the media how good she was as president after meeting two Tamil MPs Mano Ganeshan and TNA MP Suresh Premachandran at her residence yesterday.

Burma junta cracks down on protests

Burma’s military regime is preparing to crack down on continuing protests which have resulted from their decision to increase fuel prices by 500 per cent. Almost all the leading democracy activists have been arrested for organising some of the biggest protests in Burma in a decade. On Sunday 19 August over 400 people took part in a demonstration in Rangoon and protests have continued throughout the week. Pro-junta mobs have been used to attack demonstrators, many of whom have been beaten up and detained. According to one report from sources inside Burma, police and pro-regime mobs from the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA) attacked protesters in Rangoon at 11am this morning. About 20 protesters were beaten and dragged into trucks and taken away.

Women Leadership in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh - Part- V

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

Bangladesh: the troubled Bangladesh in women’ hands “The Coup of August 15,1975 in which Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family were assassinated, shows how easy it really is to change a government by such means. The events of the three months following the coup, especially the power struggle in the week of November 3, 1975, have also shown that it is easier to change a government than to established and maintain an effective administration,” Prof. Raunak Jahan observed. “The doctrine of historic necessity” had come once more to justify a coup d'etat-in August 1975 if the administrative structure of the country could not be changed by "rule," the intervention of the Army was an absolute necessity.

Do not criticize the University-Industry interaction

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Please do not criticize universities, we do not criticize anyone, let us get together and work for a common goal, said Prof Ananda Jayawardane, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa, delivering the Keynote address at the Industrial Relations Forum (IRF) of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka on the theme “Importance of University Interaction with the Industrial Relations Forum. Prof Jayawardena was speaking at the Third IRF meeting of the General Body held at the Hilton Colombo Residence.

Dr. Fernando is wrong again

By Janaka Perera

With reference to Dr. Mithra Fernando's article, "An apology for mistaken identity but the measles remain a handicap" ("Asian Tribune," August 21) it appears that he is wrong again – this time on Anagarika Dharmapala. He says that Anagarika Dharmapala (1864-1933), was born in Colombo as a Christian named David Hewavitarane. He was mot born a Christian. He was born into a Buddhist family that hailed from the South. His father was Don Carolis Appuhamy (Mudaliyar Don Carolis Hewavitharane) - founder of H. Don Carolis & Sons furniture dealers - came from Matara to do business in Colombo. His father was Dingiri Appuhamy of Hittetiya Matara, who was a brother of the Venerable Hittatiye Attadassi, a leading bhikku at the time.

EPSI Computers partnering with Apple Inc

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

EPSI Computers (Pvt) Ltd - EPSI iStore - in partnering with APPLE Inc has now been awarded the authorized re-seller of the APPLE products in Sri Lanka and the launch took place last week at EPSI iStore main show rooms in Colombo. NIranjan Canagey, CEO, EPSI Computers said that the flagship EPSI iStore is located at 302 Galle Road, Colombo 4 with other outlets located at Majestic City and all Singer Mega stores island wide. He said they would be pening more outlets in the coming months.

Something Positive in India-Bangla ties

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

As usual both India and Bangladesh have described the two day Home Secretary level talks in New Delhi as “positive and constructive.” Despite this, one does not know for sure what action Bangladesh is going to take to address India’s immediate and most serious concerns about terrorism emanating from its soil targeted at us. Will Bangladesh take serious action to repatriate ULFA commander- in- chief Paresh Barua and his associate Anup Chetia to India ? Will Dhaka do something to contain the expanding network of the Bangladesh based militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad-al- Islam, HUJI.

New Zealand government introduces secretive new immigration and security laws

The New Zealand government announced on August 8 that it will introduce into parliament the most sweeping overhaul of immigration laws in 20 years. The legal rewrite of the 1987 Act, running into hundreds of pages, represents another major step in a series of attacks by the Labour-led government on basic democratic rights and civil liberties. Immigration Minister David Cunliffe said the changes would streamline the process to remove illegal immigrants, while making it easier for “desirable” migrants to enter New Zealand. Cunliffe said changes in the bill would also “clarify and strengthen border security, tighten the law against those who pose a risk to New Zealand’s well-being and facilitate the entry of those migrants we want.”

Chandrika Kumaratunga

Burmese protesting in London

More arrests in Burma: Carl Bildt, Swedish Foreign Minister has condemned arrests and called for immediate release

Burma army generals continue with their crackdown on the Burmese prodemocracy activists. Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt has condemned the arrests of pro-democracy activists and called for their immediate release. Latest reports emerging out of Burma revealed that there were 20 more arrests of pro-democracy activists this afternoon on Bogyoke Road nearby Railway Office and Central Hotel in Rangoon. Also it is revealed that about 15 women were picked up near Rangoon City Hall at about 3 pm. Ms. Nobel Aye has been arrested at her house this morning, but names of other women activist arrested are not yet confirmed.