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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Sri Lankan Foreign Minister held bilateral parleys with SAARC counterparts

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama held bilateral discussions with his SAARC colleagues from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Pakistan, who have arrived in Colombo to attend the 15th SAARC Summit. The Foreign Affairs Adviser of Bangladesh, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury was the first Minister to call on Minister Bogollagama at the newly refurbished Republic Building of the Foreign Ministry.

Red Alert: Scientologists creeping back

By Janaka Perera

Among the 'garbage' that was washed ashore in Sri Lanka in the immediate aftermath of the tsunami were a number of foreign-funded, unscrupulous evangelist groups. Among these were the 'Scientologists' trying to fish in troubled waters. After exposure by several foreigners including some German journalists as well as the Venerable Medagama Dhammananda of the Asgiriya Buddhist Chapter Sri Lanka, the group kept a low-profile, while 'helping' in the tsunami relief operations for sometime. It now appears that these nefarious crusaders are creeping back into the island. Buddhists and followers of other established religions here need to be the high alert against these frauds.

Burmese monks and students lashes at the UN for back stepping

All Burma monks and student have endorsed the views expressed by 5 Members of Burmese Parliament – elect that that United Nations is stepping back from its benchmarks, which is the realization of an all party-inclusive, democratic, participatory and transparent process of national reconciliation. Instead of working for these benchmarks, they have been allowing the Burmese military regime to embark on its unilateral and brutal path and forcing democracy forces to live in an untenable position.

Washingtonians Rally to Lend Support to Historic Temple

By Philip Fernando in Washington D. C.

Led by the erudite Ven. Maharagama Dharmasiri thera, the Washington Buddhist Vihara is an inspirational mainspring for the Washingtonians bent on seeking solace from their daily chores. They gathered recently in large numbers to participate in their annual food festival to raise funds. It was a way of showing their gratitude to this haven of peace, the oldest Theravada Buddhist Vihara in USA. Sri Lankan Ambassador, Jaliya Wickramasuriya the Patron of the temple led the way mingling with the laity who visited the food festival.

Foreign Ministers of SAARC Countries began their two-day deliberation

India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee arrived on Wednesday, July 30 night to participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting. Sri Lanka's Deputy Foreign Minister MK Hussain Bahila and Indian High Commissioner Alok Prasad received Mukherjee at the Colombo airport. The Ministerial meet is taking place in Colombo amidst tight security. The Sri Lankan Government has deployed 19,000 additional security personnel to provide protection for visiting leaders. Elite commandos of Special Protection group have already reached here. They will give protection to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh when he arrives here on August 1.

Tamil Nadu politicians hell-bent to lay siege to Sri Lanka High Commission in Chennai

To lay siege to In early July, the Communist Party of India announced a demonstration opposite the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission to be staged on 30th July 2008 to protest against the killing of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lanka Navy and to call for the retrieval Katchativu. When the Leftists did hold the demonstration, long after most of the other political parties in Tamil Nadu had made all the noise possible on the issue with adequate media coverage for their protests, the Communists held their protest on Wednesday, on the main road leading to the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai.

Sea Tiger's arms buyer Daniel arrested in Chennai, India claims breakthrough in unraveling LTTE arms racket

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Indian police have claimed a major breakthrough in unraveling the arms smuggling racket to Sri Lanka with the arrest in Chennai of Thambianna alias Daniel (46), the chief of LTTE procurement module and a member of the Sea Tigers. He landed in Rameswaram by a ferry from Northern Sri Lanka about a month back. Tamil Nadu police trailed him ever since he entered the state and that gave them a rich harvest of clues. Police trailed Daniel just to crack his contacts before arresting him; the Intelligence IG Jaffer Sait was quoted as telling reporters in Chennai.

Bangladesh used a peaceful way to end terrorism and boost economic development

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Visiting Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr.Iftekhar Ahamed Chowdhury who condemns the terrorism concept said the Bangladeshis successfully eliminated the terrorism from the country. “We ended poverty level of the masses and we also obtained support from the masses from all the levels to increase gross domestic production, increase food products and develop the country using their man power. We used micro credit plans and some other financial assistance to encourage masses to obtain their participation for the development activities of the country. “We used these concepts to improve the quality of the life of the masses, he said.

Jayalalithaa crosses swords over Katchativu, threatens to take '74 agreement to court

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Jayalalithaa All India Anna DMK leader and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram has crossed swords over Katchativu. She is the second senior TN leader after CPI's D Raja to openly question the 1974 agreement between India and Sri Lanka over the island in the Palk Straits. Interestingly, most neo-champions of Katchativu in Tamil Nadu cite 'harassment' of Indian fishermen at the hands of the Lankan Navy around Katchativu as the reason for their rhetoric. But none has threatened as Jayalalithaa did on Thursday to drag the government to the Supreme Court over the validity of the Katchativu accord.

Jayalalithaa Jayaram

Section of the participants at the food fair