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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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Dhakeswaei Temple

Christmas spirit of Love and joy has special relevance in Sri Lanka - President Mahinda

The spirit of love and joy that Christmas brings has special relevance in Sri Lanka today as we come closer to bringing down the barriers of mistrust and overcoming the fear of terror that have torn our society apart for so long said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Christmas Day message. "The Spirit of Christmas has greater meaning as it reaches out to comfort the poor and distressed among humans, protect all beings that share this earth with us, and is celebrated with the simplicity of Christian teaching," the message said.

Judas helped Jesus, did not betray, says Meher Baba

By M Rama Rao, India, Editor, Asian Tribune

Thailand to host ASEAN Summit Feb. 13 – 16 in Bangkok

The Thai government has initially decided to hold the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Bangkok February 13-16, if the dates are agreeable to the Chinese government, according to Satit Wongnongtaey, Minister to the Prime Minister's Office. However, the exact date of the summit, originally scheduled to be held in the Thai capital this month, is still not fixed as Thailand is still awaiting confirmation of the proposed date from the Chinese government. The Thai foreign ministry has tentatively set the date of the summit to be held between next February 13-16, he said. Other participating countries have already confirmed they are prepared to attend the summit on those dates, except the Chinese government.

The fiasco in the maths paper

L. Jayasooriya -Colombo

The President has telephoned the Commissioner of examinations stressing the need to ensure a realistic system of marking a paper and saying that there is no need for a fresh maths paper if a proper mechanism could be worked out to help the affected children. We the public regret to say that even having a fresh maths paper will not do justice to the children who are affected because after the shock of the maths paper in question their performance at the rest of the examination has been affected. Justice can only be done if the entire examination is cancelled and those responsible are brought to book.

The message of Christmas is a message of peace and harmony - Rohitha Bogollagama,

The message of Christmas is a message of peace and harmony which is valued and upheld by all religions and indeed by all humanity. It is therefore important to promote peace and understanding between individuals as it leads to a deep sense of solidarity within nations and between nations, said Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs. In a Christmas message he pointed out, "May the spirit of Christmas and its message contribute towards promoting goodwill, fraternity and peace in our country."

US Ambassador Visited Dhakeswari Temple

U. S. Ambassador to Dhaka James F. Moriarty met with the minority leaders at the Dhakeshwari Temple on 23rd Dec 2008 at noon. He was there for two hours and had a tour of the temple. Mr. Moriarty sat with the minority leaders for a meeting also. In the meeting, Ambassador Moriarty told the minority leaders that he was fully aware of how the minorities were persecuted / tortured during the 2001 election period and the failure of the Caretaker government to protect the minorities.

Chandana Silva – An Image of Decency

By T.K.Premadasa - Katubedda

It was exactly one year ago Chandana Silva the great scholar, screenplay writer, film director, and a professional critic on cinema passed away leaving his family and friends in unbearable sorrow. This is a tribute of my admiration of this decent personality – "Sonduru Minisa" on his first death anniversary falls on December 29, 2008. Chandana made a demanding contribution towards the expansion of Sri Lankan cinema with his vast knowledge of cinematic technology not for public reputation but for the progression of cinema industry.

Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe to our Soldiers

Christmas – we are celebrating and some credit is due to all of the Service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities. This poem was written by an Australian Peacekeeping soldier stationed overseas. The following is his request. I think it is reasonable and very appropriate with regard to the soldiers in the battle front in our country too. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us. Please, do your small part to plant this small seed.

Self-rgulation myths in trp driven tv media

By Y Siddaqui - Syndicate Features

The Mumbai terror attacks have left an unlikely casualty in their wake—the Indian media, particularly the electronic media. The India media has been assailed in both India and Pakistan, though for entirely different reasons. The Indian criticism is about the 'irresponsible' manner in which the channels covered the 60-hour terror attack on our financial capital. In Pakistan, the 'awaam' (people), the impotent Zardari government and the country’s self-proclaimed 'iercely independent' media, all have combined to launch a relentless tirade against the Indian media for what they see as anti-Pakistan and jingoistic campaign taken up allegedly at the behest of government in New Delhi. This, say the Pakistanis, shows that the Indian media is slave to its government.

Sri Lanka Government Challenges UN Figures on IDPs

A senior Sri Lankan government official has strongly disputed a UN report on the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the politically-troubled northern province. "The number of IDPs is only around 100,000. And the entire population of Vanni is approximately 120,000, he told "Asian Tribune," challenging the figures released by the UN. In a letter to the Sri Lanka Government last week, Walter Kälin, the Secretary-General’s Representative for the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), placed the figure at an estimated 200,000-300,000 IDPs in the region.