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Sri Lanka President wishes tranquility on Vesak Day

By Walter Jayawardhana

The President of Sri Lanka issuing a Vesak Day message said his government’s hope is to bequeath a prosperous country by ridding the country, torn by terrorism, of robbers and turn it into a land of tranquility. “Our resolve on this Vesak Day is to work with a correct vision in keeping with the Dhamma. This will see the fruition of our actions to build a new Sri Lanka,” he said in the message issued to commemorate the birth, attaining Buddha hood and passing away of Siddhartha Gauthama, more than 2550 years ago.

Chandrakanthan says he will work for the betterment of all ethnic groups

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Chief Minister of Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan says that he is committed to work for the betterment of all ethnic groups in the province. At a special interview with the SLBC today, he said that the first task of his agenda is to develop the province. The people of the area have been suffering for over 20 years due to lack of proper administration. However the avenues are now open to focus lights of development towards the gloomy areas in the province. The areas which the priority should be given have already been identified.

Love Marriage by V. V. Ganeshananthan - A Book Review

Reviewed by Shelton Gunaratne

Love MarriageThis is an unusual post-modern novel of 284 pages (A Random House publication), elegantly sketched in simple English—mixed with non-grammar and sentence fragments—by a 20-something woman of Sri Lankan Tamil origin born and raised in the United States. I say sketched because this autobiographical novel is written in fragmented vignettes divided into nine parts (preceded by a 56-page introduction of principal characters) numerically designated in Romanized Tamil—ondu, rendu, mundu, nallu, anju, aru, elu, ettu, ompathu—to give it somewhat of an Oriental (Jaffna-specific) flavor while deftly crafting the plot in the backdrop of the ethnic violence in Sri Lanka. As if to stress its essential Tamil-ness, each section begins with a quote from Tirikkural (a collection of 1330 Tamil couplets organized into 133 chapters).

Venerable Buddhist Mahanayake’s invoked blessings on the Chief Minister of Eastern Province

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Newly appointed Eastern Provincial Council Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan alias Pillayan visited Kandy yesterday around 2.00 PM, to get blessings from Mahanayake theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters of the Siam Maha Nikaya. He met Chief Incumbents of the Malwatta and Asgiri Chapters. He also visited Gangarama Temple. He attended religious ceremonies at these places. Invoking blessings, Asgiriya Mahanayake Udugama Sri Buddharakkhitha Thero commended the CM for joining democratic process leaving the arms behind.

What is next step of the JVP?

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Rumours are spreading on JVP’s behavior on inaugural Eastern Provincial Council meeting .At present both the UPFA and the UNP are waiting the JVP’s act on this issue. The JVP said it could now play a crucial role because the UPFA and other opposition parties were tied at 17-seats each. Leading JVP front-liner said the party believed the newly-elected council was in crisis even before it started functioning but he did not indicate the JVP would respond.

Be Mindful and Be Diligent

By Ven. Horowpothane Sathindriya Thera, Samadhi Buddhist Meditation Centre, Victoria – Australia.

Today as human beings, we are fortunate to reflect upon the Path of Peace and freedom that the Supreme teacher, the Buddha profoundly expounded. This is the 2552nd anniversary of Parinibbana of the Buddha which millions of his devotees celebrate in the globe. Not only Buddhists, but also many wise members in other faiths respect and admire remarkable and incomparable inner qualities of the Buddha and his marvelous teachings.

New Zealand’s Fonterra invest US$11 million to double yogurt production in Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

New Zealand owned Fonterra, a yogurt manufacturing company already in business in Sri Lanka will double its production, by investing Eleven million US Dollars reports said. “Fonterra's existing yoghurt plant near Colombo has a capacity of 6 million cups a month and this latest investment would boost capacity to 13.5 million,” company reports appearing in the New Zealander press said. Fonterra , according to reports, is investing 14.6 million New Zealand Dollars (11 million USD) and it’s the New Zealander company’s largest offshore investment the report further said, quoting a company spokesman.

You Can Bet, Eastern Racial Overtures no Stumbling Block for Pillaiyan

By Keith Amarasiri in Long Beach

Asian Tribune writer, Tisaranee Gunasekara in her article prior to the eastern elections argued: “whatever the outcome of the election, the campaign must not result in a further deterioration of inter-ethnic relations in this fractious district; it must not cause greater erosion in minority confidence in the Lankan state; it must not exacerbate ethno-religious suspicion, fear and hatred.” She pointed out that a similar situation existed under J R administration when TULF contested elections in the North in 1981, and that JR handled it so badly that ethnic strife arose out of it. This week, Gunasekera has conveniently forgotten about that matter. The East, most believe, is in good hands with Pillaiyan in charge.

Pakistan still in grip of opportunist leaders

By Asif Haroon Raja

Pakistan is a unique country that has suffered at the hands of external forces right from the time of its birth. India having never reconciled to its existence has all along initiated steps to undermine Pakistan. Its belligerency and expansionist designs forced Pakistan to accord priority to its security at the cost of its socio-politico-economic uplift. External threat led to growth of bureaucratic-military oligarchy and weakening of political institutions. As a result, it has always lurched from one crisis to the other and each crisis took a heavy toll on the growth of genuine democracy and democratic institutions.

It’s Over: Obama Reaching Winning Delegate Count of 2,025 as Oregon and Kentucky Vote on Tuesday

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Senator Barrack Obama is only 23 short of the required 2,025 pledged delegate votes as Oregon and Kentucky go to polls today. He is also ahead in super delegates by 15. He would be heading to Iowa where he took his first "Primary baby steps" months ago prior to triggering a stampede winning 14 states in a row, and then to a much needed rest in Florida. Senator Hillary Clinton is expected to win Kentucky handily even though the result would be immaterial at this stage, she cannot overtake Obama. George Bush’s “appeasing the enemy” speech before Israel Knesset received a thumping reprisal immediately from Democratic presidential front-runner Barrack Obama last week. Republican presumptive nominee John McCain joined in the fray and traded furious barbs.