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Sanskrit Vedic recitations at the funeral of a Christian Head Bishop

Sanskrit recitations from ancient Hindu scriptures ‘Rig-Veda, Upanishad,’ and ‘Bhagavad-Gita’ formed part of the funeral service held on Wednesday of a prominent Christian Head Bishop. Starting with highly revered Gayatri Mantra and ending with Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti (Peace, Peace, Peace be unto all), Rajan Zed, prominent Hindu chaplain, read from 'Brahadaranyakopanisad' and 'Bhagavad-Gita' at the funeral service of Most Right Reverend Douglas Eugene Savoy, Head Bishop of International Community of Christ with headquarters in Reno.

"I am not a Sinhala chauvinist but a Sri Lankan nationalist" - Mahinda Rajapakse

By Inderjit Badwar - Exclusive interview with President Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda RajapakseThe two-part interview report by the popular Indian journalist and writer Inderjit Badwar with Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse that were carried in IANS and PTI recently were the truncated versions that simply did not carry the full flavor and complexities of the comprehensive Question & Answer session that has major international policy ramifications. “Asian Tribune” gives here the full, unedited text. Even Indrajit Badwar is of the candid opinion that those edited versions in two parts -- did not reflect cardinal nuances --- Rajapakse's, more than broad hints that he is willing to bend and acknowledge that the preservation of Tamil honor, ethnicity and human rights are fundamental to any solution and that he is mentally prepared to give "an out-of-the box" (read autonomy) status to the North. (Editor - Asian Tribune)

A “a powerful president” and a weak UNP opposition is good for Sri Lanka’s future growth -- Asian Development Bank

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Highlighting Sri Lanka’s “impressive 7.2% growth in 2006 (which) reflected continued strong performance of services of 7.7% and an unexpectedly high outturn in agriculture of 5.9%” the latest Asian Development Bank report, 'Outlook 2007,' says that the weakening of the UNP, the right-wing opposition, as a result of crossovers to the Mahinda Rajapakse government augurs well for future economic growth.

Flood in Assam: Isn't it a National Disaster?

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Ladies fleeing"The flood situation in Assam is grim once again, nearly 50 lakh people affected in the deluge". "Army called out in flood-hit Assam, 8 million displaced". "At least 21 of Assam's 27 districts are now hit by the third wave of floods that began Wednesday (5th September), affected 10 million people". These and similar news about Assam were making headlines about the third wave of devastating floods in Assam in almost all national and international media portals till mid September. This year the state has been hit by the killer flood three times, successively, within a short span of three months.

EU Colombo Office clarifies about EU-Ampara partnership

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

There have been some misunderstandings concerning the Memorandum that the European Commission signed last week with the Ampara Government Agent concerning the “EU-Ampara Partnership”. This Press Release clarifies these points as raised in the media. The EU-Ampara Partnership is an ongoing programme of Euro 78 million for post-tsunami reconstruction and housing reconstruction for conflict affected communities. Through the Memorandum signed last week with Government Agent for Ampara, the European Commission promises to coordinate and report on implementation of our tsunami reconstruction support in Ampara.

Gujarat: Heart Burning Against ‘Hridya Samrat’

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

There are obvious reasons why the Bharatiya Janata Party would like to play up the Ram Setu fiasco by the Congress-led UPA government. As the self-proclaimed voice of the Hindus, the BJP will not miss any opportunity to berate the Congress as ‘anti-Hindu’; certainly, not at a time when a number of state assembly polls are round the corner. One of the states likely to go to polls before the year-end is Gujarat now ruled by the ‘Hindu Hridya Samrat’ Narendra Modi—a BJP appellation given to him in gratitude of his role in furthering the party’s Hindutva agenda from the time of the Gujarat riots.

Mahinda Rajapakse

Hollywood Spotlights Growing Trade in Humans

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Kevin Kline, an Academy Award winning movie star, is outraged at the impunity with which human traffickers ply their trade in one of the world's growing multi-billion dollar businesses: the global sex industry. "We are trying to put a human face to the problem," says Kline, who plays the role of a police officer in the movie "Trade", which premiered in the U.N. Trusteeship Council chamber Tuesday. He said the movie, which is to be commercially released shortly, will probe the inner workings of the global human trafficking network.