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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Buddhism online: A global spiritual force

By Janaka Perera

"The Internet gives us many opportunities to promote Buddhist values, understandings and insights on a global scale" - Ven. Pannyavaro. When the Information Superhighway i.e. Internet, was launched in the mid 1990s Buddhist communities worldwide vigorously took up the challenge. With Buddhism becoming one of the fastest growing religions in the West, they converted Buddhist literature into the electronic format with a great deal of enthusiasm. Today Buddhist websites are proliferating covering almost every known school of Buddhism ranging from Theravada to Mahayana to Tantric.

Econo(co)mics and the need of a robust new index

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London….

The share values are in freefall; banks go cap in hand to shareholders for cash to boost their depleted reserves; the unemployment figures are projected to rise exponentially; growth forecasts are menacingly alarming; the food shortages lead to endless queues; queues lead to stampede and even death. The forecasters are crying wolf: gloom, gloom, gloom; the great depression is on the way and just around the corner!

First Breast Care Unit by Ceylinco Healthcare

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a bid to mitigate the alarming increase in the incidence of breast cancer in Sri Lanka Ceylinco Healthcare Centre has launched the first ever Breast Care Unit in Sri Lanka and the Unit offer primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, treatment and counseling. In this regard a Press Conference was held at the BMICH. Ceylinco Healthcare Service Ltd (CHSL) which set up the Ceylinco Healthcare Centre, the country’s first sand-alone cancer detection facility and subsequently established Sri Lanka’s most advanced radiation treatment unit, has now created a dedicated Breast Care Unit at its Park Street, Colombo Complex to encourage more women to undergo early screening.

A Glimpse of the Future

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The war is the Rajapakse administration’s one and only justification. Its self-assigned role is to wage the war as it should be waged and win, paving the way for peace and prosperity. It is in the hope of reaching that Promised Land (and soon) the masses are putting up with unprecedented hardships. But at his recent meeting with a group of foreign correspondents the Army Commander hinted at a vastly different future, a future in which the war might continue forever in the form of an insurgency: "Even if we finish the war, capture the whole of the north, still the LTTE might have some members joining them…. There are people who believe in Tamil nationalism. The LTTE might survive another even two decades with about 1,000 cadres. But we will not be fighting in the same manner. It might continue as an insurgency forever" - BBC – 30.6.2008.

Reports describes how LTTE conscripts children reaching 17 years and the death of 30 % of the recruits

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) since 2007 has been conscripting boys and girls who had just reached 17 years of age as cannon fodder for war and by now 30 percent of those thus recruited have been killed, declares the a human rights body of the Tamils. The University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), which has been constantly on the watch about child soldiers of the Tamil terrorist group says, "Assuming there are around 200,000 people or 40,000 families living under LTTE control, it places the number dead in this round of war roughly at the order of 5000. This would be fairly commensurate with other estimates from the Vanni, that about 30% of those conscripted in this round of war are, by now, are dead."

Ranjan UNP CM candidate for Sabaragamuwa

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Ranjan Ramanayake was nominated as the UNP chief ministerial candidate for the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Election at a meeting held in Ratnapura, a spokesman of the UNP said.

Mark Twain Provides Relevance to War Weary Americans Today

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Alaska for Asian Tribune

TV viewers in the US took a break from the “sarcastic five-some” David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher. They were suddenly talking of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, popularly known as Mark Twain. His writings are very much in the lime-light. July 4th historical essays made him the obvious focus. May be the incessant election campaign debates and Iraq war dulled their senses and they shifted gears taking a new look at Twain. The last days of George W. Bush also contributed to the longing for something wholesome. Internet bloggers were also probing for new insights into the American psyche. Twain fit the bill.

Iran and Turkey: Towards a Patch-up?

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

One of major bottlenecks causing dangers to global Muslims, Islam and its unity has been the infighting, mediocrity, insensibility, hatred and intolerance that get displayed in relations among Muslim nations. This has been happening in Islamic world, in spite of the serious threat to Islam from anti-Islamic forces and insults being unleashed on Muslims the world over. In fact, even many Muslim nations have used the "terrorism format" to settle scores among themselves, as the case of Pakistan-Afghanistan. In countries where Muslims are in minority, one group of Muslims considers the other as the main enemy; that's how the majority system operates in non-Islamic world. Relationships among the Arab nations are a case in point, but Turkey-Iran ties would be focused here.

Indices on a roller coaster ride

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that bargain hunting on selected market heavyweights towards the latter part of the week helped regaining the lost ground on Monday and Tuesday. Indices stumbled during the early part of the week with market falling to its lowest level for year 2008 on Tuesday. Overall the All Share Price Index (ASPI) edged up during the week gaining 20.9 points or 0.87 percent to close at 2425.4 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) notched up 29.5 points or 1.02 percent to end at 2921.0 points on Friday.

Did G8 Summit give answers to the Global Energy Crisis?

By Dr Rahul Pandey

The recently concluded G8 summit in Japan placed rising fuel and food prices, besides climate change, at the top of its agenda. While fuel crisis is enough to stoke panic, it has also partly induced the food crisis due to both high fuel cost of producing and transporting food as well vast bio-fuel cultivation in the West. With unabatedly rising price of oil and uncertainty about its reserves, energy security is today every nation's concern. This also reflects in the desperation with which the Indian government is pushing ahead nuclear deal with the US.

Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka Ambassador designate reports at Washington DC

Jaliya WickramasuriyaJaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador designate to United States reported at his working station in Washington DC, yesterday. The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC held a religious ceremony to welcome the newly arrived Ambassador designate, Jaliya Wickramasuriya on Saturday, July 12, 2008 at the Embassy premises. Wickramasuriya is the 15th Ambassador to represent the Government of Sri Lanka in Washington DC since its independence in 1948.