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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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Mahinda Rajapaksa's birthday celeberated in Palestine

Sri Lanka Committee for Solidarity with Palestine donated a computer and a printer to "Al Shoroq School" in Beitunia in Palestine on the occasion of the 63rd birthday of the President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa. The computer and the printer were handed over to the Principal of the school, Mrs. A’edah Sihwiel by Dr. T. Jayasinghe, Representative of Sri Lanka in Palestine. The presentation was followed by simple ceremony attended the Mayor of Beitunia Municipality, Arafat Khalaf, Mr. Siraj Ahamed of the Representative Office, and the Vice Principal, Raeda Karakrah, the Principal of the school and staff.

Whither The Sanity Of Parents?

By Shobha Shukla

By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day on 20 November, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. The day of 20 November, marks the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child,Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.No child asks to be born. It is a conscious decision of both the parents to become instruments of bringing God’s greatest gift to this world. But, very often, the motive behind this serious decision is either just to keep their family tree blooming, and/or else to create crutches for themselves in their time of need/old age. Is this the right attitude with which to embark upon the crucial phase of parenthood?

Regaining Pooneryn will now benefit people of Jaffna with a land route to link the South – Minister Bogollagama

The regaining of Pooneryn offers many strategic advantages to the Government. From a humanitarian point of view, the people of the Jaffna peninsula who have had to depend on sea and air routes for travel as well as supplies of food and essential items will now have the benefit of a land route link to the South. There will be many associated benefits that will accrue to the people of Jaffna and those who live on the A 32 main road. In this context, you would be aware of the many instances where the LTTE had attempted, albeit unsuccessfully to disrupt the supply of food and essential items to the people in the Jaffna peninsula, by attacking unarmed ships, as well as to the people in the Wanni itself by targeting the road convoys carrying humanitarian aid.

The Fundamental Threat to Sri Lankan University Education

By Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake - Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

his statement provides a yardstick against which the modern university education can be measured. The purpose of this article is to examine the fundamental challenges the Sri Lanka universities face in realizing the above laudable goals. As a university academic serving for over 15 years at Sri Lankan Universities and 6 years in international universities, I had the opportunity to read and closely observe the inner workings of the Universities and the challenges they face both in Sri Lanka and outside. As highlighted by many policy makers and academics, a long list of factors have contributed towards the decline of the Sri Lanka universities. Among them, the politicization of the universities, poor quality academics, lack of competition among the departments and the universities, opening up of universities with minimum facilities, in sufficient research grants and facilities and the brain drain among both faculty and students are most significant and warrant detailed examination.

A Gem Studded Throne to celebrate President’s Birthday

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

Celebrating the birthday of the President Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, a Gem Studded Chair – studded with 90 valuable gems - was presented to the Venerable Sangarakkhitha Thero, the chief incumbent of Kelalniya Royal Temple today (19th) in President’s honour by the Minister of Labour Mr. Mervin Silva. In the 5th century BC the Lord Buddha in his 8th year of enlightenment visited Kelaniya in order quell a quarrel between two Naga leaders; Chulodara and Mahodara. They were quarrelling over a Jewel encrusted Throne gifted by a Naga king named Maniakkhitha.

All of Jaffna welcomes Pooneryn victory

By Janaka Perera

The "Isira Radio" Correspondent in Jaffna reported today (November 19) that all three- wheeler taxis numbering nearly 300 in Jaffna town joined a procession waving Lion flags to celebrate Sri Lanka Army's victory at Pooneryn. Celebrations took place along Hospital Road and Stanley Road. He quoted businessmen in the area as saying that this was the first time after 30 years that people bought fire crackers for a celebration. There was now a big market for fire crackers and more stocks would be required from Colombo.

Veteran Tamil Movie Actor M.N. Nambiar passed away

B. Ravikumar in Chennai for Asian Tribune

M.N. NambiarThe doyen of South Indian Film industry a well respected and reputed film artist veteran M.N. Nambiar (89 Yrs) passed away in Chennai yesterday due to brief illness. He was suffering from age-related ailments for the past four months and breathed his last at his residence. He is survived by his wife (Rukmani), two sons - Sukumaran (senior BJP leader) and Mohan, and a daughter (Snehalatha). Nambiar has worked in a well over 1,000 films in a career spanning more than 70 years. The actor, with his unique style and mannerisms, redefined villainy in Kollywood.

Jayalalitha sends legal notice to Karunanidhi, demands apology

B. Ravikumar from Chennai for Asian Tribune

JayalalithaaA day after Chief Minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi dared AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa to file a defamation suit against him, she sent legal notice to Karunanidhi on Wednesday seeking an unconditional apology for alleging that she had instigated the law college clashes recently. Karunanidhi should tender an unconditional apology in writing for alleging that the hand of the leader of opposition is involved in the clashes in the Ambedkar Law College campus last week or be sued for Rs.1 crore to be paid for defaming Jayalalitha," her party lawyer Navaneethakrishnan told reporters.

U.N. Looks to Doha Summit for Answers

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As the spreading global financial crisis threatens to cripple banks, stock markets and manufacturing industries in the developing world, the United Nations is now focusing on the outcome of a major international conference on Financing for Development (FfD) scheduled to take place in Doha next week. The oil and gas-rich emirate of Qatar, which is hosting the conference, is seeking a high political profile for a meeting open to all 192 member states, compared with last week's economic summit in Washington which was restricted to 20 developed and developing nations.

Juan Somavia elected to third term as ILO Director-General

Juan SomaviaJuan Somavia was elected to a third term as Director-General of the International Labour Office (ILO) today, and pledged to work to ensure social justice amidst a growing series of challenges in the global economy. Mr. Somavia, a Chilean who became the first representative of the Southern Hemisphere to head the ILO when first elected to the post a decade ago, received 43 of the 56 available votes of the titular members of the ILO’s Governing Body with 13 abstentions. The vote was conducted by secret ballot, and there was no other candidate for the position. Mr. Somavia is the ninth Director-General to hold the office in the Organization’s 89-year history and formally begins his new five-year term in March 2009.

People of South Asia are the stakeholders of SAARC

The City of Kandy, welcomed delegates yesterday, on 19th November from the eight Member States of SAARC, the SAARC Secretary-General Dr Sheel Kant Sharma, officials of the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu and Directors of SAARC Regional Centres to the thirty-fourth Session of the SAARC Programming Committee. This was the first SAARC Meeting of Senior Officials from the Ministries of Foreign and External Affairs of the SAARC Member States since the 15th Summit in Colombo in August 2008.

Meeting in progress

Juan Somavia

In Palestine

Palestine

M.N. Nambiar

AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa


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