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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Jehanabad Buddha statute

Remembering Vinoba Bhave

By R K Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Acharya Vinoba Bhave emerged on the Indian scene in 1940 and became world figure with the birth of his unique Bhoodan Movement in the early fifties. The then Primer Minister Jawaharlal Nehru met him for the first time at the Sevagram constructive workers conference in March 1948 after the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Nehru often said “whenever I am in difficulty about a problem, I think of Gandhiji”but since Bapu was no more, his thoughts invariably turned to Vinobaji whom he (Nehru) regarded as the best interpreter of Gandhian thought and tradition. Later Indira Gandhi too held him in the same esteem and regard.

Fifth quake of 6 hits southern Indonesia, no tsunami reported in Sri Lanka

By Joseph Thavaraja

Another quake, the fifth in a series off southern Indonesian seas, hit the southern Indonesian sea bed at 14:40:07 UTC. At a magnitude of 6, it took place at a depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey centre announced. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Centre lifted its tsunami warning for Sri Lanka saying 'there's no effect'. As this news report is being filed at 3:09 UTC/GMT, no tsunami has been reported anywhere in Sri Lanka. 3:00 UTC/GMT was the time at which a tsunami was expected to hit Sri Lanka.

Sustaining Palestinian Division, Reviving a Partner

By *Nicola Nasser

Saving a Palestinian partner, whom they have rejected until Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in mid-June, has become the most important mission preoccupying the U.S. Administration and the Israeli government, a mission which nonetheless Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is taking seriously, against all the odds, pursuing a “hope” that their preoccupation could yet be a window of opportunity to revive serious Palestinian – Israeli peace negotiations and break through the siege imposed on him and his people by the both deadlocked inter-Palestinian and the peace process crises.

Honouring a pledge

By Dr Shabir Choudhry

'I am ashamed to be a Pakistani', one Pakistani educationalist, Imtiaz Ul Maqsood said, after he saw what Pakistani rulers did to Nawaz Sharif. He further said, 'This is a slap in the face of a civil society, rule of law, democracy and the highest organ in any civilised society – Supreme Court.' Imtiaz Ul Maqsood was part of a group of Pakistanis who came to see me in IKA London office. They came to discuss the Kashmir dispute and also to request me to abandon the idea of an independent Kashmir, as in their opinion it was not in the best interest of Muslims of South Asia, especially Pakistan.

Ramadan – the Muslim month of Fasting (Part 1)

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. In this month adult and sane Muslims are obligated to fast from dawn to dusk. Fasting, however, is not unique to Islam, and many other religious communities do fast. The Qur'an says: "O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil)." (2:183)

Talibans attempted to desecrate the Gandhra Buddha statute

By Walter Jayawardhana

Buddha statuteAfghan Talibans, attempted to destroy a beautiful first century Buddha statue carved into a rock in the North Western Frontier Province of Pakistan, located on the border of Afghanistan, but failed in their attempt and ended up destroying a nearby rock, Pakistani sources said. The dynamiting to demolish the huge Gandhara era statue occurred in the small village of Jehanabad in North West Frontier Province, a stronghold of pro-Taliban militants that lies on the border with Afghanistan, officials said.

Why many Sri Lankans are held in prisons and in the immigration detention center in Thailand

Reports reveal that Sri Lanka is to send a diplomatic team to explore why many Sri Lankans are held in custody in many prison facilities, as well as detained in the immigration detention centre in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella, Sri Lanka Government Spokesman and Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare was recently in Bangkok and he told “Asian Tribune” that Sri Lanka Government has decided to go into this issue to ascertain the reasons why Sri Lankan are in Thailand and why presently, many Sri Lankans are held in custody in several prisons, as well as in the Bangkok, Immigration centre.