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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Anura Bandaranaike

Mangala’s mother passed away

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s mother Mrs.Kema Samaraweera passed away at a private hospital a short while ago. She was the wife of late minister Mahanama Samaraweera.

Obama’s Passport File Broken Into Illegally

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Barack ObamaSenator Barrack Obama's confidential passport details have been broken into. Two State Department employees have been fired and another suspended following an investigation, which began after it was learned that his computer file with all passport information had been accessed. The breach in security occurred first on January 19th, 2008, and twice later even though Obama was informed of it only today. There were three separate breaches of security detected; the most recent last Friday. "This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy," Obama's spokesman Bill Burton said last night, warning the Bush administration that it had a responsibility and duty to protect private information and not use it for political purposes.

The myth of a traditional Tamil Homeland unmasked; when did the tradition begin?

By Rizana Gazzali

Bernard GoonetillekeSecession is not a remedy for every ethno-religious conflict in the world. It is certainly not the solution for the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, which is viewed by some as an ethnic conflict. However, the roots of the conflict lie in poverty and underdevelopment. Sri Lanka Ambassador in the U.S., Bernard Goonetilleke, explained that Sri Lanka Tamils’ cause was later hijacked by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in aiming to establish a mono-ethnic fascist state in the north and the east of Sri Lanka, through violent means. He was referring to a statement by U.S. constitutional lawyer, Bruce Fein, published in the web site of "Tamils for Justice," a front organization of the LTTE.

Vote Sinharaja Forest, to be the new 7 Wonder of the World

By Leel Pathirana

The New7Wonders Foundation based in Lisbon has invited people around the word to vote for conservation works of monuments worldwide under the motto; “Our Heritage is our Future” The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Sri Lanka has invited all the Sri Lankan Citizens those in and out of Sri Lanka to vote for the Sinharaja Forest to be included in the "New 7 Wonders of Nature” in the World.

Take Leadership in Sri Lankan Conflict, Mano Ganesan Tells Canadian High Commissioner Angela Bogdan

Canada which is home to largest Tamil Diaspora has the global standing and rationale grounds to lead the international community in the Lankan issue. Such a lead role should help to push the Lankan ethnic conflict towards a political solution which meets the reasonable aspirations of the Tamil community, suggested Western Peoples Front Leader and Civil Monitoring Commission Convener Mano Ganesan to Canadian High Commissioner Angela Bogdan. Media communiqué issued from the office of Mano Ganesan stated that he met Canadian high commissioner Angela Bogdan and Canadian foreign affaires South Asian division director Jim Nickel yesterday at the Canadian High Commission.

Significance and expectations of people by commemorating the death of Christ on the Cross

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Today, religions have come in to focus, more than ever before in the history of mankind and history is believed to have proved that men sitting on judgment are capable of condemning the even deities to death, merely to safeguard their worldly possessions. Further, even though there had been founders and the philosophies of great religions while almost all of them have preached for the people to be peaceful, non-violent, just, honest, to be equal and to respect each other and help each other, mostly what has been happening is quite contrary to those preaching and negates the whole concepts and doctrines of those religious perceptions.

Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 2

By Habib Siddiqui

Islam was a new faith amongst the Arabs of the 6th century C.E. that challenged the old order - customs, traditions, rules and regulations, requiring uncompromising belief in an unseen God – Allah. It challenged the Makkan aristocracy. It required the believer to change his/her lifestyle so that he/she won't lie, deceive, gamble, intoxicate, kill, murder, steal, fornicate, commit female infanticide, etc. It required fasting (without food and water) from dawn to dusk, during the entire month of Ramadhan, a task which was very difficult in unusually hot summer days of Arabia. It required praying five times daily to remind the believer of his/her servitude to Allah and accountability of his/her deeds – good and bad, large and small.

Anura – an eulogy by Sangaree

Anura BandaranaikeIn a condolence message, V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front eulogized Late Anura Bandaranaike. Anandasangaree in his message recalled the olden days of his association with Anura Bandaranike. He writes that he knew the young Anura when he entered the parliament for the first time in 1977 as the third Member representing the three members Nuwera–Eliya Parliamentary constituency. The veteran Tamil leader recalled the 28 year old youth who was in opposition along with him and said “What I had to admire in him was the boldness with which he faced the seasoned seniors in Parliament.”

Latest Visit to Burma Yielded no ‘Immediate Tangible Outcome’, Gambari Tells UN Security Council

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Acknowledging that he had never been under any illusion that engagement with Myanmar, previously known as Burma, would be “smooth sailing”, Ibrahim Gambari, Special Adviser of the Secretary-General, reported to the Security Council March 18 that his latest visit to that country, unlike his previous two, had yielded “no immediate tangible outcome”. However, he said that, despite the lack of results during his visit to a country that had experienced nearly 60 years of armed conflict pitting its Government against multiple armed opponents, his 6-10 March mission should be assessed within the broader context of recent efforts.

Sudan-Chad Truce: Light at Darfur Tunnel?

Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

On the sidelines of the OIC summit in Dakar, Senegal, the presidents of Chad and Sudan Chad's Idriss Deby and Sudan's Omar al-Bashir, have signed an accord on 13 March aimed at halting five years of hostilities between the two neigboring countries. They agreed to implement past failed peace pacts at a Dakar summit. The deal - known as the Dakar agreement - commits the two nations to implementing past accords that have failed. The accord was struck under Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade's mediation. The signing ceremony was witnessed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade brokered the agreement at his palace in the capital.

Climate Change Deepening World Water Crisis

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last January, his primary focus was not on the impending global economic recession but on the world's growing water crisis. "A shortage of water resources could spell increased conflicts in the future," he told the annual gathering of business tycoons, academics and leaders from governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. "Population growth will make the problem worse. So will climate change. As the global economy grows, so will its thirst. Many more conflicts lie just over the horizon," he warned.

Wisdom dawns with the birth of Prophet Mohamed (Sal)

M.C.A. Hameed - President - All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen

Abayaseethul Busthami (Ra) writes of education by inference, and about those (Ilmul Ekeen book knowledge) who are imbibed in it as “obtaining a corpse from a corpse”, and of the knowledge of Hakkul Ekeen of (Avuliyars and true servants) as “obtaining from the ever living that which is ever living”. Brother! Do you believe that they would not repeat it? No, never. They will repeat it now, and in later years. If a person with flawless supporting evidences comes forward to state a fact, how many amongst us will like to understand it and get a clear meaning? Graduates and the learned being under the impression that they are already in the correct path, and that they have already got to know the truth, will ever listen to an ordinary man? When a truth emerges, instead of understanding and analyzing it, they oppose it by requesting the populace not to listen to it. Though, they do not themselves know who they are, but common sense will surely expose them. Quran and Hathees will give the genuine and correct judgment.

Thackerays’ parochialism

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray’s diatribe against Biharis is shocking. No one will demur from censuring his ‘angry’ outburst that Biharis are ‘not wanted’ anywhere in the country, “be it in Maharashtra, Punjab or Assam”. His vitriolic editorial in Saamna, the Sena’s mouthpiece, is not only provocative and biased, but pungent and horrific. These remarks are not only outrageous, but unconstitutional and anti-national. The editorial was titled: “Ek Bihari; sau bimari” (one Bihari, hundred diseases). To say Biharis are ‘unwanted’ in South India, Assam, and also in Punjab and Chandigarh, is totally out of tune with the spirit of the Constitution. It does not behove a person of his stature to speak in such a foul language, which his opponents charge is ‘politically motivated’.

Mrs.Kema Samaraweera

Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill.

Bernard Goonetilleke


Mangala’s mother passes away -Funeral on Monday

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Mrs.Kema SamaraweeraFormer Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s mother Mrs.Kema Samaraweera passed away at a private hospital after a prolonged illness.She was wife of late minister Mahanama Samaraweera. She was 79 at the time of her death. She was also a member of the Matara Urban Council in 1950 as well as from 1990-1997. The funeral will be held at 3.00 p.m. on Mar. 24th in Matara.