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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2789

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Lectures of Prof. Win : In Response to Burma Digest

In order to understand Burma one will have to know its history and the history of Burma is quite complicated. Several ethnic groups have lived in the region, the oldest of which are probably the Mon or the Pyu. In the 9th century the Bamar (Burman) people migrated from the Tibeto Burman tribe residing in Kansu in China and migrated along the valley of the Irrawaddy River. Humans lived in the region that is now Burma as early as 11,000 years ago, but the first identifiable civilization is that of the Pyu. The Pyu arrived in Burma in the 1st century BC and established city kingdoms (Binnaka, Mongamo, Sri Ksetra, Peikthanomyo, and Halingyi).

'Diabetes doctor is at your doorstep' in Chunampet villages

By Shobha Shukla

The phrase 'the doctor at your doorstep' sounds incredible! But it is true. This is what the ‘MDRF-WDF Chunampet Rural Diabetes Prevention Project’ is about. Recent studies have proved that diabetes has reached a pandemic stage, not only in urban India , but its prevalence rate in rural areas is also increasing rapidly. As of now, an estimated number of more than 20 million people with diabetes live in rural areas. According to Dr Viswanathan Mohan, a renowned diabetologist, ‘the incidence of diabetes in rural Kerala is more than in its urban areas. This could be due to eating of more rice (which is a staple food of south India), changing life styles leading to a more sedentary existence, and the genetic Indian disposition towards diabetes.’

Mumbai Terror Attacks Turned Prabhakaran’s Heroes’ Day Message into a Total Fiasco

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Velupillai Prabhakaran’s heroes’ day message was a damp squib. There seemed to have had a hush silence as the speech was awaited. But it turned out to be a total fiasco due to what the terrorists in Mumbai did to Tiger hegemony in Sri Lanka. Prabhakaran’s chauvinistic kith and kin in Tamil Nadu did not know where to hide their faces. Prabhakaran’s devious plan to manipulate Delhi through Chenai got busted. The embarrassment caused by the terror attacks on Mumbai decimated the Prabhakaran mystique. His ego was damaged beyond repair.

Somali Piracy and the Enchanting Water Circus

By Abukar Arman

If you ever felt this whole saga of these invincible maritime desperadoes getting away with the most fantastic piracy operations along the Somali coast is so incredibly bizarre, you are not alone. Regardless of what many media groups have sensationally been reporting, there is not enough information available to adequately explain the nature of this high sea drama or to pinpoint all those who are involved. However, there are some, state and non-state actors, who are openly positioning themselves to be the beneficiary.

The Law of Karma and the Glimpses of Compensation

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…….

If an unfortunate human being is struck by a thunderbolt while seeking shelter under a tree in the middle of a thunderstorm, we react to the news in different ways, depending on our religious or moral bearings. Christians, for instance, may attribute the tragedy to God’s will. An atheist - for instance, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who laughs at the civil engineering skills of Rama - may take refuge in a law of statistics, while giving it a mathematical dimension in terms of a ratio of big numbers – say, one in a million or something.

The Tiger Speaks

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Almost more shocking than the CPC’s ‘iniquitous’ hedge on oil futures was the lackadaisical official response to it. The prospect of losing US$96 million (at the least) would have galvanised any sane government into action. Not the Rajapakse administration, which reacted to the news of this massive loss with unnerving equanimity. Given this context the only hope was judicial intervention and the Supreme Court did not disappoint. Its timely intervention will not only prevent a massive financial haemorrhage but also be a warning to inept or corrupt politicians and public officials.

Sinister plans of our adversaries to balkanise Pakistan

By Asif Haroon Raja

From 2005 onwards, dreadful concepts of balkanisation of Pakistan have been appearing in western and US media. The US think tanks and western press have gone out of the way to predict doomsday scenarios for Pakistan. Recently a map of South Asia has been published in New York Times showing truncated Pakistan which throws light on the sinister designs of our adversaries. This map had first appeared in 2006 which indicate that the ones having evil designs against Pakistan are still at it. Once Barack Obama shifts into Oval Office on 20 January, he will be briefed by the State Department, Pentagon, House of Representatives, CIA, FBI and some leading think tanks on foreign policy and security issues faced by the sole super power and initiatives required to be taken to uphold unipolarism.

SLBC Chief blasts BBC buffoons

By Janaka Perera

HudsonSri Lanka Broadcasting Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe on Saturday (Nov. 29) blasted those who demanded to know why the SLBC had blocked out LTTE boss V. Prabhakaran's so-called Heroes Day speech. Speaking over the "Isira" radio channel Samarasinghe asked whether those raising this matter expected in the name of media freedom a state-run radio station (maintained with public funds) to broadcast the "voice of a bloodthirsty animal" trying to bisect the country.

Our struggle has reached a critical stage: Mavai S. Senathirajah M.P.

By K.T.Rajasingham

MavaiThe Sri Lankan MP, Mavai S Senathirajah believes that the Tamil Nationalist Alliance (TNA) struggle has reached a critical stage though he is unwilling to commit himself to participation in APRC in case government send an invitation. In an exclusive interview to Asian Tribune, Senathirajah who is general secretary of Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (Former Federal Party) and deputy leader of the TNA Parliamentary Group is willing to spell out their bottom-line. And its is separate state for Tamils..

President Mahinda Rajapakse in Rome to meet the Pope on Monday

In RomeSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to arrive in Rome this morning with a small delegation to meet Pope Benedict XVI on Monday and then to proceed to Ankara, Turkey on a two-day state visit. President Mahinda Rajapakse, First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse, President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, Mrs. Bogollagama, Presidnt’s Coordinating Secreatary Sajin Vas Gunawaednena left by the inaugural Sri Lanka airlines - national carrier, in its inaugural flight to Colombo – Rome yesterday evening from Colombo. Sri Lankan President is to meet Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Monday. This will be Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second audience with the Pope. He had his first audience in April this year when he visited Rome to participate in the FAO conference.

History of The Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka: Tribute to late Mr. D.A.Abeysekera On His 33rd Death Anniversary

By Ramani D.Wickramaratne

"Shramadana" or offering one’s strengths and commitment on a voluntary basis to the welfare of lesser fortunate human beings is an extremely noble endeavour. This concept was purely to give of one’s time, energy and money on a non-profit making voluntary basis towards the upliftment of lesser privileged communities in this country. On a national scale & with government patronage this endeavour began as far back as 1958 when the Dept. of Rural Development under their programme to help backward communities in Sri Lanka namely the Rodhiyas, Veddahs & Kinnerayas which were considered social outcasts and neglected. Under the wholehearted commitment & guidance of a Senior Rural Development Assistant (SRDA) by the name of Mr. D.A.Abeysekera launched this programme.

India to introduce new standards on processed food products

Sunil C. Perera in Chennai

Indian Health Minister Dr.Anbumani Ramadoss says the Indian authorities would impose stern regulations on processed food products. It will make product information mandatory on all processed food labels. Labeling rules would be amended under the proposed food standards. Addressing on the second day of the World Diabetes Summit in Chennai, he said the Indian Health Ministry wants to remove junk foods.

Photos by Sudath Silva


Abeysekera gives a haircut to a Rodiya Child

Hudson Samarasinghe

Mavai S Senathiraj MP

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse