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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Leprosy in Sri Lanka

By Oscar E V Fernando

Manifestations of leprosy are seen in its effects on the skin, nerves and mucous membranes generally related to the respiratory system-the sticky thick fluid secreted by the mucous membranes is termed mucus in medical terms; patches seen on the body of an effected person makes that part weak with no sensation. Contrary to popular belief, Hansen's bacillus does not cause rotting of the flesh; rather, a long investigation by Dr. Paul Brand yielded that insensitivity in the limbs’ extremities was the reason why unfelt wounds or lesions, however minute, lead to undetected deterioration of the tissues, the lack of pain not triggering an immediate response as in a fully functioning body.

Who won the debate?

By L. Jayasooriya

Contrary to the tone set by Sarah Palin which would have put the entire audience off to the point of switching off their sets or walking out of the hall where the debate took place the second presidential debate proceeded in a manner that was in accordance with civilized public behavior. The audience was the largest jury in human history consisting of jurors not only from America and the effluent countries like those in Northern lands but also in Asia, South America and whoever had access to television in Africa.

Rukmani Devi –Nightingale Queen of the Silver Screen

By T.K.Premadasa

Rukmani DeviThirty (30) years have lapsed since the startling news on the unendurable demise of the acclaimed the Nightingale Queen of Silver Screen shocked the entire country on October 28, 1978. Every Sri Lankan around the world was emotionally disturbed by this horrifying accident that stilled the colorful life of a legendary jewel worthy of treasure. She was the beauty queen, cynosure of all eyes indisputably the "Nightingale Queen of the Silver Screen – Rukmani Devi." The brimful gratitude disported by the Sri Lankan citizenry paying their highest tribute in commemoration of the 30th Death Anniversary of Rukmani.

FCCISL felicitated its long service staff team

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) set up in 1973 has come a long way fathoming 25 year journey as an umbrella organization of the private sector, playing a key and dynamic role in promoting business and industry in the country. Throughout these years it provided its member bodies with a wide spectrum of services ranging from advisory, consultative, promotional, information sharing and representative services.

Late General Janaka Perera - In reminiscence

By Gamage Bandulahewa

Janaka PereraMy deepest sympathies to the members of the Family of the Late General Janaka Perera, and the families of all those who were the victims of terrorism. It is sad and most regrettable that the General Janaka Perera had been another victim of the terrorists. General Janaka Perera, was a National Hero the Nation was proud of, it is a great loss we will live to regret. Major General Janaka Perera proved the bete noire of the Tigers in the battlefront. He was also a guiding force, along with Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka, that helped the Forces to wrest control of Jaffna and save the beleaguered troops trapped in the peninsula

Preparing for the Next Crisis: When the Troops Come Home

By Stephen Long, Los Angeles

I sincerely hope the Government of Sri Lanka is looking past the destruction of the LTTE to the day when the troops finally come home. This will be a joyous time of celebration, no doubt, but it will also be a time of crisis: what are you going to do with the excess force in the military? You will reduce the size of your army, of course, but what are you going to do with the men and women who served you so valiantly and rid your country of terrorists? This is a problem faced by all nations who find themselves in similar situations after the war is over. Julius Caesar faced it. In the last century America faced it four times, and is facing it again with the returning Iraqi war veterans. In the case of America, they botched it badly after Vietnam, and they are botching it again with Middle East returnees.

Poaching of Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan waters and the plight of Tamil fishermen in Sri Lanka

Dr. Susai SiluvaithasanAn interaction titled ‘Fishing in the Palk Strait: A Sri Lankan Perspective’ was organised by the Observer Research Foundation (Chennai Chapter) on 20th September 2008 in Chennai. Dr. Augustine Susai Siluvaithasan from the Department of Geography, University of Jaffna was the speaker. The purpose of the interaction was to create awareness in Tamil Nadu about the problems, challenges and the plight of Tamil fishermen in Sri Lanka, who are the most affected by the poaching of Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lankan waters and the restrictions imposed on fishing due to security concerns.

Is a Food Bank Answer to the Crisis?

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

Bangladesh, one of the world's 49 least developed countries (LDCs) described as the poorest of the poor, is calling for the creation of a global food bank. "We have suggested that a Food Bank could allow countries facing a short-term shortfall in production to borrow food grains on preferential terms," says Bangladeshi Prime Minister Fakhruddin Ahmed, who was in New York last week to address the General Assembly. Once they overcome the shortfall, these countries could return the quantum to the Food Bank, he added.

UNESCO ExCo Chairman condemns LTTE bomb attack in Anuradhapura

Chairman of UNESCO Executive Committee Olabiyi Babalola Joseph Yai expressed deepest condolences to Sri Lanka on the LTTE suicide bomb attack in Anuradhapura on October 5 killing General Janaka Perera and 27 others. He urged the Sri Lankan delegate to the UNESCO Executive Committee, Education Minister Susil Premajayantha to convey his condolences to the families of the victims. Immediately after Mr Premajantha’s speech this morning at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Mr Yai, who is also the permanent delegate of Benin expressed offered his sympathies on behalf of the Unesco Executive Committee. He offered the international community’s support for the fight against terrorism. The Chairman looked at Mr Premajayantha and said, “We are with you”.

Sri Lanka - Time to Heal the Wounds

Dr Palitha Kohona, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka

Dr Palitha KohonaSri Lanka is at a decisive phase in its history. All Sri Lankans, whether living in Sri Lanka or abroad, have an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to ending the two decade old conflict and ushering in an honorable peace - the unrealized dream of many. We have the opportunity to end the violence and hopelessness that pervades some parts of our society and usher in an era of hope for all. Sri Lanka's security forces are unremittingly pushing in to territory hitherto controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). Now they are at the gates of KIlinochchi, the pretend capital of the illusion that was Elam. In parallel, the Government has embarked on a deliberate programme of extending democratic and inclusive governance to those parts of the country that are continuing to fall under its control.

Sri Lanka Tourism Minister and Gujarat Chief Minister in meeting of minds

Milinda Moragoda with Narendra ModiMinister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda met with Chief Minister Narendra Modi of the Indian state of Gujarat and his senior officials. This was the first time in recent years that a senior cabinet minister from the Government of Sri Lanka had met the Chief Minister for this state. The two held bilateral discussions which focussed on cultural, economic and tourism issues. They agreed that further meetings between their respective officials should be held to pursue a number of areas of mutual interest.

Explosion reported in Boralasgamuwa : Bomb targets Minister Sirisena

Asian Tribune: Sri Lanka Bureau

Around five people were injured due to a bomb blast occurred at the Privena Junction , Boralasgamuwa a short while ago. Police say the terrorists targeted Minister Maithreepala Sirisena's convoy. However the minister is safe, said our sources. According to the police sources the explosion has caused no heavy damages.

Another LTTE assassination attempt: Minister Maithripala Sirisena miraculously escapes

Maithripala Sirisena,An LTTE woman suicide bomber made an abortive attempt on the life of Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Agricultural Development & Agrarian Services Development, who is also the General Secretary of the ruling Sri Lanka Freedom Party. Minister had a narrow escape from an LTTE assassination attempt this afternoon at about 1.15 PM, near Katuwala , Prirvena Road Junction on - Boralasgamuwa and Pilliyandala main road, when the Minister’s convoy was speeding past the location.

The integrity of Roberts Evan questioned, who attempts to sully the good name of Sri Lanka in the European Eye

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the EU, Ravinatha Aryasinha has said that contradictory messages communicated to different audiences by Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Robert Evans, Chairman of a visiting European Parliamentary Delegation to Sri Lanka in July 2008, were “an attempt to sully the good name of Sri Lanka in the European eye, while at the same time scoring brownie points with a constituency due to vote in the upcoming European Parliamentary election”. Describing the delegation’s draft report prepared by the Chairman and Secretariat as “replete with unsubstantiated allegations, deliberate distortions and blatant falsehoods”, Ambassador Aryasinha said “it underlines the patent bias of its authors against Sri Lanka” and “seeks to merely highlight negatives, ignore positives, and disregard the context of a country fighting one of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world - the LTTE”.

Terrorism & It’s Brutality-Who Wants to Protect it?

By Darmitha-Kotte

It is no secret that where there is terrorism, there will always be brutality & there is no difference whether it is in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, USA, UK, EU, Philippines, Indonesia or Sri Lanka-the results are equally gruesome and gory. However, when the problem of terrorism raises its head and thrives in small countries like Sri Lanka we seem to be having many "pundits" who love to advise on humanitarianism, peaceful co-existence, peaceful negotiations or what is termed as "political solutions" rather than military solutions!

Sri Lankan grassroots group wins special recognition fromUN-backed biodiversity prize

Five community groups, including one from Sri Lanka, have been singled out for special recognition by the United Nations-backed Equator Initiative for their innovative efforts to slash poverty and conserve biodiversity. These groups, each receiving $20,000, were selected from the 25 winners of the 2008 Equator Prize, which reward exceptional leadership in adapting to climate change and preserving biodiversity while boosting the livelihoods of their communities. The initiatives receiving special recognition were chosen by an eminent jury including founder of the UN Foundation (UNF) Ted Turner and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

Rukmani Devi