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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Twists & Turns in BJP’s Monsoon Hangama

By M Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

The Monsoon session of Parliament is drawing to a close. Whether it is to linger on for till September 14, the date fixed for its last sitting or adjourned sine die before that date, it makes no difference to this parliament which has become thus far a forum for display of lung power. Most sessions of this Parliament have been drowned in din. By conventional wisdom, the BJP has to be made to wear the cross for reducing parliamentary proceedings to what may be called a zero sum game.

Certificate courses by FCCISL

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka is launching the Second Series of Certificate Courses for 2007 in October and these courses are to ensure Quality Training and enhance awareness and proficiency in selected subject areas, combined with developing the desired confidence towards improved performance in a competitive working environment.

Ramadan – the Muslim month of Fasting (Part 3)

By Dr. Habib Siddiqui

Ramadan is the month of mercy, the month of forgiveness and the month of salvation. Like a very generous guest, it brings with it all sorts of goodness and happiness; a guest that brings with it the perfumes of Paradise; a guest that gives away at least seventy cents for every cent bartered; a guest that elevates the status of the believer and leads him/her closer to Allah; a guest that invites the believer to Paradise, away from Shaytan (Devil) and Hell Fire. Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, the month of charity, the month of solidarity and mutual help, the month of all blessings.

Provide jobs of choice to prevent youth dying from heart failure by stress

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

One of the main heart disease risk factors in rural Sri Lanka is stress due to poverty and unemployment said Dr S J Steven, President, Sri Lanka Heart Association (SLHA) at the Press Briefing to announce the awareness programme on promoting heart healthy living to coincide the world Heart Health Day at Water’s Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, last week. To mark the “World Heart Day,” SLHA has also organized an exhibition to be held at the BMICH and a Heart Health Walk to promote heart healthy living through Awareness Campaign.

Sri Lanka in a bid to increase its market share of Tea in Canada

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka is vigorously trying to increase its market share in tea in North America’s second largest market of Canada by ten percent in the coming year says the Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa. “Within the next one year Ceylon tea imports to Canada can be easily increased from the present level of USD 8 million by ten percent ,” said the Trade Secretary Susiri Kumararatne of the Sri Lanka High Commission of Ottawa in a telephone interview from Tororonto, Canada.

The games Norwegians play

By Sesha Samarajiwa

Norway’s partiality to the Tamil Tigers is now well documented. To recap the key point, let me quote from my analysis of two years ago in a widely reproduced article titled "Lanka’s New Nordic Overlords:" Norway’s sinister agenda bodes ill for Lanka. Behind the suave façade beats the heart of a marauding Viking on a power trip. It is time to learn the lessons from the long history of European subterfuge, for those who refuse to do so are doomed to repeat them.

He found 'gold' in mountain streams

By Janaka Perera

Monday September 17 marks the 133rd birth anniversary of one of Sri Lanka's greatest sons – Devapura Jayasena Wimalasurendra, father of the island's hydro-electrical power. Yet, 54 years after his death around 40 percent of the country's population still does not have electricity, although work on Sri Lanka first hydro-power project the began in 1940 - before the British left our shores!

New insights into Al Qaeda: a new avatar with wider reach and firepower

By M Rama Rao reporting from India

Al Qaeda, the Islamist terror group responsible for 9/11, is donning a new avatar which gives it the strength and stamina to strike new targets at will, latest reports on the outfit created by Osama bin Laden say. While the whereabouts of this aging and sickly Saudi are a matter of conjecture since Pakistan steadfastly denies the US claims of his presence in its tribal lands bordering Afghanistan, new evidence is surfacing to show that the bin Laden and his brains trusts have rejigged their strategy.

Lankan navy seized vessel with Pak weapons for India's NE insurgents

By M Rama Rao reporting from Delhi

Giving a lie to Pak denials of its links with Northeast India 's insurgent groups, Sri Lankan navy seized a Panamanian registered vessel carrying Pak military supplies to ULFA. The NE insurgent groups generally pick up their military hardware and weapons from the Chittagong port where these are dumped by the supplier. About a year ago, an arms dump was exposed in the Chittagong port area rather accidentally and the then pro-Pakistan BNP government did its damnest to over up the expose.