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D-8 Summit in Malaysia

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

The 6th summit of the leaders of the Developing-8 Muslim nations, popularly known as D-8, is scheduled for on July 4-8 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The D-8 group established in 1997 has a volume of trade among themselves that stands today at US $49 billion, up from US $14.5 billion in 1999. The secretariat is based in Istanbul, Turkey. The senior officials called Commissioners in D-8 met on y 3-4 for doing the groundwork. The summit to be held on July 08 and the Venue for the Summit is Hilton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Coronary Artery Disease in the increase in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dr Y K M Lahie, Resident Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Nawaloka Hospitals PLC speaking on Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) (Blocks in the Heart) said that it is a very common condition worldwide and is increasing the incidence in Sri Lanka too affecting both males and females. Also the occurrence in younger patients is on the rise (may occur in twenties). He said the risk factors for CAD are multiple such as high plod sugar – diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, high lipid levels (cholesterol, triglycerides), smoking, stressful lifestyle, lack of exercise, dietary factors and genetic factors.

Manicured Front Lawns Turned into Farmed Plots for Food

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Well-manicured front lawns are much more than status symbols. Many Californian cities now boast of residents turning their front lawns into vegetable gardens. An estimated 30 million homes have cultivated their gardens in the United States. Some cities also provide plots of land for families to grow food. The community plots get water supply for a nominal fee. Front lawns are veritable sources of profitable pastime for thousands. It is spreading rapidly in many US cities. Neatly trimmed yards are yielding tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, beets and herbs.

Oil crisis: Boon for traditional paddy farming

By C.P.Kuruppu

Sri Lanka's farmers who grow paddy for their home needs are now discovering a new trend. Instead of the widely-cultivated hybrid varieties they have opted to grow more traditional varieties of paddy as the latter are more nutritious, rich in taste, pest-resistant and need no artificial, petroleum-based fertilizer. This trend had been there for some time among the home growers but gathered force with the rise in paddy and rice prices and skyrocketing prices of chemical fertilizers. Some of these farmers now grow the traditional varieties for special markets in addition to home consumption.

Nepal accepted invitation to participate in the SAARC summit in Colombo

Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama met Prime Minister of Nepal Girija Prasad Koirala in Kathmandu to hand over the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the 15th SAARC Summit to be in Colombo on 2-3 August 2008. On accepting the invitation, the Nepalese Prime Minister assured that Nepal would participate in the Summit. During the discussion, they exchanged views on the internal situation in their respective countries, and matters of bilateral and regional interest.

On the Road to Eliminating Terrorism-Agitation is Not the Need of the Hour

By Darmitha-Kotte

Sri Lanka is now at an extremely crucial stage of the war on eliminating terrorism and this is surely the time to test all the patriotic forces in the political arena for us to understand their true hidden agendas. The forthcoming months will truly expose realities that have thus far been obscure. A tiny report in a weekend Sinhala newspaper dated 29th June,2008, stated that UNP Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe apart from being re-elected President of the Asia-Pacific region for IDU, has also been elected as a Vice President of the International Democratic Union(IDU) at their 25th AGM held in Paris which of course, will not augur well for the IDU given the negative track record of his capabilities to lead any organisation.

LTTE appeal to Karunanidhi to assist in their Eelam struggle

P.NadesanLiberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has urged that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Kalaingnar M. Karunanidh should come forward to assist in their struggle to establish a Tamil Eelam state. In an interview P.Nadesan, Political Head of the LTTE said that Karunanidhi “should turn into supportive of our struggle.” Nadesan was interviewed by ‘Kumudam,’ a popular Tamil weekly from Chennai. In that interview, Nadesan categorically denied that Tamil Tigers are weekend. He said it was a vicious propaganda by the Sri Lanka Government. In the interview, Nadesan confessed that more than twenty thousand LTTE cadres have died and many of their commanders too were killed in the battle against the Sri Lanka Government.

Liberation Tigers celebrated Black Tiger Day glorifying demised Black Tigers

LTTE held its Black Tiger day celebrations yesterday at an undisclosed venue in Vanni to celebrate the deaths of more than 300 Black Tiger suicide bombers, they claimed to have given their lives , since its inception 19 years ago. Their first suicide bomber Vasanthan Vallipuram alias Captain Miller drove an explosive laden truck into a Northen Sri Lankan military camp at Madhya Maha Vidyalayam, at Nelliyady, killing nearly 50 soldiers in 1987. According to a LTTE Peace Secretariat press release, the celebrations began yesterday at 9.00 am with the hoisting of the ‘Tamil National flag’ – LTTE flag, all over the land. "People paid homage to the martyred Black Tigers by lighting lamps at 7.05pm."

This is Indian Politics after all

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

The Amarnath shrine is claimed to be some thousand years old and forms an important part of Hindu pilgrimages. The Hindu legend has it that Shiva recounted to Parvati the secret of creation in a cave in Amarnath, situated at an altitude of 12,760 ft, about 141 km from Srinagar and 44 km from the town of Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir. According to Hindu belief the Amarnath cave was first discovered by a Muslim shepherd, Buta Malik, and to date, a percentage of the income through donations made by pilgrims to the shrine is given to the descendants of Malik.

Indices head south as selling pressure creeps in

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the lack of any positive developments in the macro front led the stocks in the Colombo bourse to close in red for the week amidst heavy trading witnessed on few selected counters. Indices, which picked up during the last two weeks were seen loosing ground throughout the week. The All share Price Index (ASPI) lost 65.9 points or 2.67 percent to close at 2404.5 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) declined by 109.3 points or 3.64 percent to stand at 2891.5 points on Friday.

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What should Energy Security mean to India?

Dr Rahul Pandey

Energy security is a function of the ability of a nation to satisfy energy needs of current and future generations of all citizens in an affordable manner without adverse impact on the environment and sustainability. Such an energy policy must be centered on a wide mix of renewable energy options -- solar, wind, small-hydel, biomass and others. Given the fast declining costs of such technologies globally, diverse resource base of India to support them, and their suitability for integration with decentralized community-managed systems, they fit the bill.

Key LTTE gathering point raided by SLAF

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

SLAF fighter craft launched air strikes at a LTTE gathering point in general area Vaddakachchi in the non-liberated Kilinochchi district this evening at 3.30. Vaddakachchi is located approximately 8km northeast of the Iranamadu Tank. According to defence sources, the air raid was taken based on real time ground information received.


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