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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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College of Nursing in Ampara

Red Cross opens new Nurses Training School in Ampara

The new Nurses Training School in Ampara constructed by the Red Cross was handed over in last week. This full fledged training college for nurses in the Ampara Hospital compound is one of the 77 health infrastructure development projects initiated by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with the collaboration with the Ministry of Health under the tsunami recovery programme. This project was funded by the Norwegian Red Cross and Danish Red Cross Societies.

The Divine Language – Mathematics

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

A recent survey conducted among the school kids in England indicated that most of them found mathematics boring as a subject. If we strictly believe in the cliché, "When the West sneezes, the rest of the world catches cold," it is just a matter of time before this trend becomes universal and then official, in that order. A development of that kind sends shivers along the spine of those of us who love this elegantly inspiring subject. If we listen to the list of things that kids love to do instead, we sense, the shiver being amplified into a thunderbolt of lethal strength: playing video games; watching football; mimicking the favourite Rap star; joining a gang; chatting to friends on the internet; just lying down on couch while munching a crisp packet and so on.

U.S. Public Diplomacy and Smith-Mundt Act

Daya Gamage – Presentation of US Bureau Asian Tribune

Sixty years ago, the elements of America’s national power – diplomacy, information, military, and economics – were retooled to meet an emerging threat. The National Security Act of 1947 and the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 were a direct response to a global ideological and military challenge posed by Communism. As is the case today, the U.S. was faced by opponents who considered winning "hearts and minds" an essential task in their war against America. Smith-Mundt was a largely successful bipartisan effort that established the foundation for the information and cultural and educational engagement that would become known as "public diplomacy."

Conservatives Trying to Avoid Wandering in the Wilderness after Obama Victory

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

In UK, Tony Blair buried the Tories more than a decade ago and their sojourn in the wilderness still lingers. The sane fate overtook the UNP in Sri Lanka under Ranil Wickremesinghe’s leadership. Panicked by their drubbing at the hands of Barack Obama, the Republicans are in denial, self-doubt and now trying to hammer out a formula for a comeback in 2010 Congressional elections. They are pressing several buttons at the same time: the core cultural value button is their favorite. Others want a more inclusionary policy approach.

U.S. Embassy helps Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes in Moratuwa

On November 7, Ambassador Robert Blake, Deputy Chief of Mission James Moore, and other staff of the U.S. Embassy Colombo volunteered for a day with Habitat for Humanity to provide impoverished Sri Lankan communities with decent housing. Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka works to provide simple, low-cost homes, not only to those people affected by the 2004 tsunami but also for those affected by poverty. U.S. Embassy volunteers laid roof tiles and poured cement floors at two homes for families in Moratuwa.

Sri Lanka Government feeding Prabakaran, his wife children, his men for more than a quarter of a century -V.Anandasangare

The T.N.A. Members of Parliament had failed in their duty to tell the Government of Tamil Naad that all these years, for more than a quarter of a century, it is the Sri Lankan Government that had been feeding the L.T.T.E. Leader, his family his cadre, and the people in the L.T.T.E. held areas. Also President of the Tamil United Liberation V.Anandasangaree challenged the Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians to dispute that whenever a fresh food stocks arrived in Vanni, the L.T.T.E. took all what they wanted and also replaced their old stock with the new arrivals and passed on to the people, the balance. Anandasangaree while emphasizing it was Sri Lanka Government which was feeding the LTTE leader, his family, his cadres he also pointed out that Tamil Nadu has simply ignored his earlier request not to allow the L.T.T.E. to create a "Jaffna" in Tamil Naad.

Psychological impact of violence on Kashmiris in India

By Kashif-ul-Huda

Twenty years of violence between Indian Army and Kashmiri militants has resulted in at least 20,000 deaths and 4,000 displaced, according to the government figures. But the toll is even greater in terms of psychological damage to the population. A recent study that looked at the psychological health found that a third of the study participants had contemplated suicide, a sign of extreme psychological distress. The study published in the latest issue of peer reviewed journal "Conflict and Health" was conducted by organization 'Medecins Sans Frontieres' (MSF)'s, Simon Fraser University of Canada, and Utrecht University of Netherlands.

LTTE & "Cats on Hot Bricks"

By Darmitha-Kotte

Today - Saturday, it has been reported that our Armed Forces have captured Pooneryn. On the 12th of November it was reported in the newspapers that the Combined Forces "….. had entered Kumulamunai located 13 Km south of the LTTE’s Mullaitivu bastion." The LTTE had abandoned their stronghold. Is there anyone so unpatriotic in Sri Lanka who wishes to deny the victories that our brave soldiers have achieved in what was formerly termed as "LTTE strongholds"? Who are the civilians who have suffered most in these areas- are they Muslims, Sinhalese or Tamils whom the LTTE proclaims to be representing and for whom they are supposedly fighting for a homeland?

Bharat Ratna Bhimsen Joshi Too

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Pandit Bhimsen Joshi richly deserves the Bharat Ratna, though the announcement seems to have given a surprise to many. It has also set off a hush-hush controversy. Is the government, under attack for failure to check the hate campaign against non-Maharastrians in Mumbai, trying to ‘appease’ the votaries of ‘Marathi Manoos?’ It will be, of course, tragic if Pandit Bhimsen’s name is dragged in any controversy over the award. There is no question that he is the foremost exponent of the Kirana Gharana of Hindustani classical music and is a supremely gifted singer blessed with a mellifluous voice. He has the envious ability to effortlessly glide across the full octave with amazing breath-control.

Changing Times

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Crises are times of change; the greater the crisis the profounder the change can be, either for good or ill. The Great Depression gave birth to the New Deal in the US and brought Hitler to power in Germany. Sometimes crises propel countries forward, enabling them to remake themselves more progressively. This is the path the US opted for, with the election of Barrack Hussein Obama as President. But crises can also make countries become more insular and more xenophobic, more prone to search not for innovative solutions but for convenient scapegoats, to retrogress rather than progress. Had a majority of the US electorate opted for the McCain – Palin ticket, the US would have been set firmly on that path, searching for enemies instead of solutions, a voluntary inmate in a binary world of Friends and Enemies, with no space in between.