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

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TULF Canada Discusses Permanent Political Solution and Humanitarian Situation

The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) – Canada Branch hosted a discussion on a Permanent Political Solution, at Cedar Brae Community Centre, Toronto, Canada. The speakers included Mr. V. Anandasangari (President of TULF Sri Lanka), Mr. Nadarajah (President of TULF Canada) and Mr. James. The discussion was chaired by Mr. Namu Ponnambalam. Mr. V. Anandasangari called upon all Sri Lankans to work towards a political solution that will fulfill the aspirations of all the communities. He praised all the communities for their tolerance and understanding and expressed the importance of all Sri Lankans to live as brothers and sisters alike. He stated that a permanent political solution could be achieved by adopting Federalism or by adopting an "Indian model".

Sri Lanka forges closer ties with the Chambers in Jiangsu, Fujian, Hunan, and Anhui in Eastern China

The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) signed Cooperation Agreements in August 2008 with the Regional Offices of the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in Jiangsu, Fujian, Hunan, and Anhui in Eastern China. Mr. Lal de Alwis, Senior Deputy President signed on behalf of the National Chamber of Commerce while the respective Presidents of the CCIPT Regional Offices inked the Agreements from the Chinese side.

Open the gates of hell - and let my people go …

By Selva Gnanam - Melbourne

I was not at all surprised to read the article by Dr. Nadesan in the ‘Asian Tribune’ explaining why it was time to release the long suffering people from the clutches of the LTTE and their despotic leader. I applaud him wholeheartedly for writing what most Tamils wanted to say, but did not have the ‘ticker’ to take the first step. I, as he once was, was an ardent supporter of ‘Eelam’ I came to this country by using the excuse of ‘genocide’ by the Sinhala, Buddhist people when in reality, I left the country with a passport issued by the Sri Lankan Government, and boarded a plane from her international airport.

TULF President Anandasangari Meets Bob Rae

Anandasangari with Bob Rae TULF President and ex. parliamentarian who represented Kilinochchi for decade Mr. Anandasangari who is on a brief visit to Canada to lobby against LTTE met Bob Rae former Prime Minister of Ontario, at his office. Both had a brief discussion regarding LTTE activities in Canada and explained his position for a political solution to Sri Lankan Tamil minority based on Indian type federal model which is accepted by almost all the political parties in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Day in Los Angeles A Glorious Event to Remember

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Day in Los Angeles organized by the Sri Lanka Foundation turned out to be an extravaganza building awareness, recognition and strengthening of Sri Lankan cultural values in the area. Over 10,000 participants over a period of ten hours thoroughly enjoyed the day at the 3rd Street promenade in Santa Monica, California. It culminated with the staging of the Kandy Perahara with Nilames drummers, dances and the "Tusker" carrying the Relic Casket traversing the length of the promenade. The festivities covered over four blocks of space with two stages at either end where performances by artists, musicians, dancers resonated through out the day.

Mirror neurons bring science closer to Buddhism

By Janaka Perera

Buddhist perception of the mind and existence as reflected in modern medical science was among the main topics discussed at the two-day Fourth National Conference on Buddhist Studies held at the All Ceylon Women's Buddhist Congress Hall, Colombo 7 on August 30-31. The Buddhist Times and the Pali University of Sri Lanka organized the event in association with the Bodu Sahana Aramudala (Buddhist Relief Fund). Guest of Honor was Professor Emeritus N.A. Jayawickrema.

Dialog Telekom hosts regional GSM Mobile Telecom event in Colombo

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dialog Telekom PLC; Sri Lanka hosts the 29th GSM Asia Pacific Conference of the GSM Association in Colombo, from 7 to 10 September. This year’s conference aptly titled ‘Beyond 21’ will coincide with the 21st Anniversary of GSM. Selection of Colombo, as the venue for this important event in the regional GSM Calendar indicates the stature of the local telecommunications industry, and the acceptance of Sri Lanka as a preferred location for international summits.

North will be freed soon - Dr. Palitha Kohona

Dr. Palitha KohonaNorth will be cleared soon from the terrorists and the people of the North will be soon enjoying the same freedom and democracy which their East and Southern brothers and sisters enjoy. Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated as a special guest arranged by Canadian Democratic Tamil Cultural Association at Scarborough Civic Centre, Toronto.

Sarah Palin Fiercely Battles Democrats: Defends Experience

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Sarah Palin blows a kiss to her family In a well-delivered speech with no punches pulled, Sarah Palin took the battle straight into the Democrats as she accepted the nomination of her party to be the Vice President. She defended herself against attacks of inexperience, saying her job as a small-town mayor compares better than the work done reportedly by Democrat candidate Barrack Obama. “Since our opponents seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small- town mayor is sort of like a `community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities down playing Obama’s much vaunted experience in Chicago as a community organizer. She was connecting to thousands of small towns in America with her remarks.

File legal action against ‘Kumudam’ for illegally visiting Katachtivu - urges SPUR

In an urgent facsimile message despatched to Sri Lanka’s Attorney General, the Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka has urged Sri Lanka's Attornet General to take legal action against ‘Kumudam’, a Tamil language weekly magazine published from Chennai, for its journalist illegally entering Katchativu islet, located within the territorial waters of Sri Lanka, which is an undisputed territory of Sri Lanka. The copy of this request has been also forwarded to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, writes Ranjit Soysa, spokesperson of SPUR. In his appeal, Ranjit Soysa has pointed out, "There is no reason why you should extend a Nelsonian eye to this incident, as Pushkin Rajkumar has openly challenged Sri Lanka to ‘catch him if you can’. The 1976 agreement between India and Sri Lanka clearly confirmed that even the Indian fishermen have no right to enter the waters of Katchchativu."

It’s time for seniors to withdraw

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The just concluded Test series in Sri Lanka should make the BCCI sit up and take notice. Lamenting the loss to Sri Lanka is not the main issue. The host deserved to win and did so convincingly. The regret is that India’s main batsmen failed to come to terms with the opposition. Agreed that the hosts had, in addition to Murlitharan, a bowler of rare calibre, a player who is bound to shake up world cricket. But to submit to him without a fight is something difficult to understand, particularly from players who have both experience and performance behind them.

Kenyan elephant researchers to study Kaudulla herds

By Walter Jayawardhana

Kenya’s world famous Amboseli Elephant researchers led by Nairobi based Elephant conservationist Dr. Joyce Poole of 26 years elephant experience will team up with local expertise like Manori Gunawardena to start a long standing study of Asian Elephants along the lines of the African project focusing on the Minneriya-kaudulla Wewa elephant population.

Elephants seen in Minneriya

Elephants in Minneriya attracting tourists

Short play depicting a Sri Lankan Wedding

Short play depicting a Sri Lankan Wedding 2

Short play depicting a Sri Lankan Wedding 3

Short play depicting a Sri Lankan Wedding 4