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Leftist-atheist-Islamist nexus

By Sunita Paul

Globally in recent years, Communists (leftists), atheists and Islamists are getting close and closer in forming anti West and anti American platform, which is gradually becoming a potential threat to international peace and stability. A number of top scholars in the West, including Daniel Pipes has written on such unique grouping of these elements. Although ideologically they seem to have very different agendas, in many cases, these groups have unified formulas such as anti-Semitic theory and spreading of religious hatred. While Islamists are rather open promoters of anti-Semitic theme, leftists and atheists promote such theory in a very tricky way.

Sri Lankan journalists demand the robbed film Prabakaran while some Chennai politicians think otherwise

By Walter Jayawardhana

Thushara PeirisMany professional journalist associations in Sri Lanka told the Indian High Commissioner (ambassador) in Colombo that since both India and Sri Lanka hold the freedom to express opinions as a fundamental right in their supreme law the envoy should make his good offices to get the robbed copies of the film “Prabhakaran” released from the studio immediately. In a joint statement the journalists associations told Colombo’s Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad, “We believe that right to hold and express opinions are fundamental rights accepted by both our countries (India and Sri Lanka) and enshrined in our respective constitutions".

Doha bank plans to strengthen trade and financial ties with Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

R.SeetharamanVisiting leading banker R.Seetharaman – CEO of the Doha Bank plans to promote trade ties with Sri Lanka and said the bank’s main aim is to promote non banking activities in Sri Lanka. Speaking to media he said his bank wishes to invest in infrastructure development, invest funds in economically viable sectors and promote fast money transferring activities with the local banks. He said that Sri Lanka has an opportunity to tap capital surpluses of oil-rich Gulf countries like Qatar as well as export professional services for a booming construction industry there. "The aim of my visit is to promote bilateral economic activity between Sri Lanka and Qatar and other Gulf Co-operation Council states," Seetharaman said.

A senior broadcaster launches website to support disabled and disadvantaged youth in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

Rohana Deva PereraA senior broadcaster and a drama therapist Rohana Deva Perera launched his official website - to assist local disabled and disadvantaged youth and to help them using Performing Arts as a therapeutic tool by respecting each and every individual and their contributions to the entirety while celebrating differences of all communities of Sri Lanka.

Speaking to media he explained the inception and concept of Thidora dates back to 1987, with its new phase, now being implemented.

Sinhala culture influenced Lanka's Muslims

By Janaka Perera

Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa addressing the Second Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) at the Mahaweli Centre on its second day March 29 told participants that the current crisis – which had "caused Muslims to be at cross roads in terms of their socio-political outlook" – has the potential to alter Sri Lanka and its Muslims if not addressed prudently. His paper titled, 'The Sri Lankan Muslim Minority: A Bridge to Harmony' analyses the historical background, present status and future challenges and opportunities the Muslims here have faced and shall face in its effort to become a bridge to harmony in Sri Lanka.

USD 23 million fro Saudi Arabia for the construction of Epilepsy and Neuro Trauma hospitals

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will provide 20 .25 million US dollars for a new epilepsy hospital for Colombo and another 3 million US Dollars for the extension of the Neuro Trauma Center of the Colombo General Hospital. The 15,000 square meter 242 bed epilepsy hospital will be the first of its kind for the country. The extension to the Neuro Trauma Center will add units to the buildings of the General Hospital which are being completed now. The Arab News of Saudi Arabia announced these soft loans to Sri Lanka quoting Riyadh Al-Kheneini, charge d’affaires of the Saudi mission in Colombo.

Controversial writer Thaslima Nasreen had left India for fear

By Leel Pathirana

Thalisma NasreenControversial Bangladeshi Writer Taslima Nasreen left India last week due to increasing death threats for her life by Islamic extremists and also for her failing health reasons to an undisclosed European destination, her publisher Sibani Mukherjee said. The 45-year-old Gynecologist turned Author, whose destiny became similar to the Indian born British author Salman Rushdie currently exile in United Kingdom. Taslima Nasreen was forced to flee her home country Bangladesh after her controversial book LAJJA (Shame) was published on 1994. She fled Bangladesh shortly afterwards, following calls for her execution by Islamic radicals. Her book Lajja became one of the Best Sellers and translated to many languages in the world.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama on Visit to UK to Discuss Matters of Bilateral Importance

Rohitha BogollagamaMinister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Rohitha Bogollagama, would be leaving for the UK to hold discussions on issues of bilateral importance with his counterpart and other political dignitaries. Minister Bogollagama is scheduled to meet the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband, Secretary of State of Wales, Paul Murphy, Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Haugue and All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka which is chaired by Lord Naseby, among others, during his brief visit to the UK.

A Muslim or a Tamil should be the Chief Minister in the East: Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle

Minister Jeyaraj FernandopulleExpressing his views on the forthcoming Provincial Council elections in the East, Minister Jeyeraj Fernandopulle stated that a Muslim or Tamil should be the Chief Minister. Recent local government election results clearly showed that the people are happy with the Government and with the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal. They now control 9 local government bodies. They have a choice at the Provincial Council elections that is between the government coalition or any other group contesting the elections. He added whatever is said and done, the people in the East will vote with the Government at the Provincial Council elections, because the people in the East know that they have to get lot of things done by the Government in their areas as it had been neglected for a long time.

Violent clashes continue in parts of Nepal ahead of upcoming polls – UN report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Campaigning for Nepal's upcoming Constituent Assembly election continues in relative calm across much of the South Asian nation, but a significant number of districts have experienced a surge in clashes between different political party supporters, according to a report released March 30 by the United Nations. Prepared by the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) in conjunction with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal, the report is the second in a series being published on conditions for the polls, scheduled for 10 April.

Political parties start propaganda for Eastern Provincial Council polls

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Leading political parties are now engaged in preparations to commence propaganda for the eastern provincial election later next week. The period for accepting nominations ends on Thursday. The main political parties will begin handing in their nominations from tomorrow. Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva says another discussion takes place later today regarding nominations of the UPFA. A UNP spokesman said that they are in the process of preparing nominations. The JVP is finalising its nominations. The SLMC says they will begin finalizing nominations after deciding tomorrow on the manner of contesting the eastern election.

Manmohan Govt too faces prices heat, no longer talks of early polls

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune, Delhi

Surging prices push India's Congress to back foot, New Delhi: Surging prices have pushed the Congress party to the back foot. BJP and the Left parties are joined by RJD and Lok Janashakti party (of Ram Vilas Paswan) in bashing Chidambaram, the finance minister. " In his excessive zeal for growth rates, he has forgotten simple facts of life for aam admi", is the new refrain in political circles, who were till only the other day going gaga over his farmers' dream budget and plans for loan waivers. Interestingly, Sharad Pawar, the NCP leader, who is heading the food and agriculture ministry and therefore should be in the eye of raging storm, has escaped criticism thus far.

Multi-Ethnic Demonstration in Sweden against LTTE Terrorism

Demonstration in SwedenA multi-ethnic demonstration against terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was held with the participation of Sri Lankans living in Sweden in front of the Stockholm cultural house (Sergels Torg) on Saturday 29th March, from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm, to urge the Swedish and the European Union authorities to ban forthwith the LTTE activities in Sweden. Around 200 Sri Lankans gathered at the centre of the Stockholm city to demonstrate against the LTTE’s atrocities. The aim of the protest was to request the International community to condemn the LTTE for its campaign of political assassinations, violations of Human rights, killings of innocent civilians and to help to liberate the innocent Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE.

Moscow Diary: President-Elect Medvedev speaking…

By Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s chosen successor to the Kremlin, Dmitry Medvedev seems to have begun to get into the shoes of his mentor, albeit as a trail basis, by slowly asserting the Kremlin’s diplomacy in international arena even much before officially taking oath as Russia’s most powerful man. Throughout his several years of working in Kremlin, he has never shown his grip over the foreign policy matters and has been busy with special projects and other domestic economic issues.

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Thushara Peiris

A Scene from film Prabaharan

A scene from film Prabhakaran