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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2793

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Engaging philanthropists: This time it's personal

Engaging individual or corporate philanthropists is not simply a matter of sending the same fundraising proposal to a different contact. In many instances, new family foundations and corporate giving programmes reflect a personal motivation to make a difference in the world. In addition to being more 'business-like' than institutional donors (e.g. requiring higher levels of clarity and accountability), individual founders are often actively involved in their foundations. This means that understanding the underlying motivation of personal giving is vital to designing a sustainable philanthropy outreach and engagement programme.

The Modi Circus

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

There is something curious about the way the Modi Circus moves and shakes a lot of people. First, reports and ‘surveys’ that he will make a great prime minister are circulated at frequent intervals. More spice is added to these reports to suggest that within the Bharatiya Janata Party, the party to which he belongs, he is considered a very promising and competent contender for the post of prime minister. Business tycoons join the chorus to boost Modi’s image as a pragmatic, business-friendly politician. That is hardly surprising because they have always applauded anyone who they think listens to them with an open mind, ready to cut the red tape and is liberal and generous in offering concessions for starting new business in his state, Gujarat.

Six Compete for Agriculture Agency Head

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

Against the backdrop of rising hunger, declining agricultural production and food shortages, the Rome-based International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is set to elect a new president next month. The upcoming election has triggered a North-South divide with six countries competing for the job: Pakistan, Germany, Niger, Israel, Nigeria and India. "We need a strong leadership at IFAD, particularly at a time when we are still trying to recover from last year's food shortages caused partly by setbacks in agricultural production," says one Asian diplomat.

Obama: Sending the Right Signals

By Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan

Barrack Hussein Obama's first week as President of the United States has come like a pitcher of cold water to one who has been parched by the relentless heat of the Texas desert. His first few foreign policy moves underscored what all was missing from Washington DC for years – sanity, prudence, foresight and compassion. The change that has come to Washington is truly remarkable. Contrast Obama's first few foreign policy measures with Bush's last hurrah.

Administering People’s Needs before politicized political solutions

By Shenali Waduge

With the fall of Mullaitivu, the last of the rebel held towns it is timely to look forward critically but positively. The LTTE of the 1980s is certainly not the LTTE of present day. The Tamil people who backed the LTTE in the 1980s do not do so now. LTTE cadres enthusiastically joined the movement in the 1980s – today conscription is by force and even resorting to kidnapping. Those who enjoy filling the LTTE kitty are actually comfortably domiciled abroad & able to gradually bring their families over and so they have little care for the suffering of their own Tamil people cornered into LTTE "territory". There is significant scampering for political solutions before the collapse of the LTTE. It is to avoid the inevitable question that should ask "whether political solutions should suit those living abroad or those comfortably living in urban Sri Lanka or the actual people who have been suffering over 25 years?"

U.S. Ambassador Urges Protection and Announces Food Aid for Displaced Persons in the North

The LTTE must immediately desist from firing heavy weapons from areas within or near civilian concentrations. The Government must also resist the temptation to launch retaliatory shelling into areas populated by civilians," stated U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake. "Both sides must exercise maximum restraint to ensure civilians are not caught in crossfire," he said today at a ceremony in Wellampitiya to hand over US$6.9 million in food aid to the World Food Program (WFP) for distribution to internally displaced person in the North. He said: "The LTTE leadership must live up to its obligations under international humanitarian law to allow those trapped by fighting freedom of movement so they can escape the fighting".

Sri Lanka Tourism Ministry’s 2008 Travel and Tourism Award Ceremony

The second successive Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism was held on 26 January 2009, at BMICH, Colombo, with the participation of a distinguished gathering of industry personnel. The Chief Guest of the award ceremony, Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayake, was accompanied by the Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Faiszer Musthapha, Member of Parliament Arjuna Ranathunga and the organizing committee. Continuing on the success of the inaugural Travel and Tourism Awards held last year, the Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism, organized the Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism 2008.

Mukherjee visit and 'Indian agents'

By Janaka Perera

Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's reported arrival in Sri Lanka comes in the wake of Tamil Nadu jingoes strongly urging Delhi to pressure Sri Lanka to go for a ceasefire. Their aim is obviously to give breathing space to the cornered LTTE. Is this what Mukherjee has in mind? We earnestly hope it is not. However we now are hearing again the hackneyed "political-solution-to-the ethnic-problem" garbage if we go by the January 27 "Daily Mirror" report. What exactly is meant by this is known only to those have been parroting this theme for the past 25 years.

India still talking of war option

By Asif Haroon Raja

After 9/11, India fabricated another 9/11 by stage-managing a terrorist attack on Indian Parliament in December 2001. It gave a ready-made excuse to deploy over one million troops along Pakistan border to bully Pakistan and extract concessions. While the military coercion made no impact because of tit-for-tat response by Pakistan armed forces, USA helped India in forcing Musharraf to cede to Indian demands. India once again manufactured 9/11 like drama in Mumbai to extract further concessions from Pakistan which are the ultimate of Indo-US-Israeli sinister plan. Mumbai attacks had similarities with 9/11 attacks particularly with regard to hostile media warfare and the anger expressed.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister urged European Union to view developments in Sri Lanka

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has called upon the European Union to view developments in Sri Lanka and the Tamil diaspora within a post –LTTE paradigm which better reflect the new ground realities in Sri Lanka and to become partners in Sri Lanka’s post-conflict development. The Minister made this call when he met the European Commissioner responsible for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and the European Commissioner responsible for Trade Catherine Ashton, in Brussels on Monday (26 January 2009). Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union Ravinatha Aryasinha and Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on International Legal Affairs Dr. Rohan Perera were associated with the Minister.

Sri Lanka Assures India: To Provide Adequate Security Measures To Civilians Trapped In War Zone

Issues of Civilians safety dominated the discussion held yesterday in Colombo between the Sri Lanka President and Indian External Affairs Minister . Sri Lanka President assured the visiting Indian Minister that Sri Lankan forces would provide the necessary safety precautions for civilians to leave through the demarcated safety zones to the Government controlled areas. India’s External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee who rushed to Colombo, on an unscheduled two-day visit on the invitation of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa met with Rajapaksa immediately upon his arrival for talks, as the LTTE fighters struggled to defend their last remaining strongholds in Puthukkudiyruppu and Viswamadhu located in the country’s northern sprawling Vanni region.