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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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Temporary monks for better society

After six years, the largely negative attitude among many Sri Lankan Buddhists towards temporary ordination has undergone a welcome change. The credit for this achievement goes to the Buddhist Cultural Centre (BCC) Nedimala, Dehiwala, which arranged for lay Buddhists to become monks and nuns temporarily in 2003.

Sri Lankan Government Plans to Cultivate the Mines Cleared Lands

Sri Lanka Army announces that they would be able to clear the 'Rice Bowl' (Sahal Neliya) area in Mannar from land mines by the middle of next month. As the ‘Rice Bowl’ area is important for paddy cultivation, the government has made arrangements to expedite the mines clearing process in the area, the project In Charge Major General Deepal Alwis says.

Nepal Maoists warns of decisive movement soon

Chairman of Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal on Friday threatened to launch what he said ‘decisive movement’ after two Dashain and Tihar—two important festivals of Hindus—are over if other political parties failed to agree to correct the move of President Dr Ram Baran Yadav over his move to reinstate army chief.

Sri Lanka: Northern Province Holds ‘Province Sports Festival’ after 15 Years

The Northern Province Sports Festival 2009 kicked off at the Duraiappah stadium in Jaffna yesterday (September 18) and the festival will continue today and tomorrow too. A sports festival has not been held in the province almost in the last 15 years and Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim children and youth participated in the event.

Suicide attack kills atleast 33 people in Northwest Pakistan

A suicide car-bomber killed at least 33 people in northwest Pakistan on Friday in an explosion on a road that brought down nearby shops.

IDPs of Sri Lanka: Unraveling Fact, Fiction and Faction

Sri Lanka has become a carnival ground for international players, a sort of Hawkers Street for foreign experts peddling their wares. Do we really need foreign experts to advise us on how to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the State?

Support smoke-free public places

There is a fast-growing campaign around the world demanding for 100 percent smoke-free laws that ban smoking in all work and public places. Public health authorities worldwide have concluded that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure. Secondhand smoke causes serious diseases and premature death. Secondhand smoke has been proven to cause lung cancer, heart disease, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), low birth weight, and serious respiratory conditions.

Lynn Pascoe says he is “encouraged’ by the progress made in the north of Sri Lanka

The United Nations Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Lynn Pascoe who arrived in Sri Lanka on 16th September 2009, called on Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 17th September 2009.

Maldives: News in Brief - MPs against President’s decision to lay off CSC staffers, slashing salaries

Protesting a decision by President Mohamed Nasheed to downsize the Civil Service Commission staffers and slash their salaries, a group of parliamentarians had filed a petition with the Commission.

Chidambaram election challenger’s silence surprises

The election petition, challenging the victory of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, from Sivaganga constituency in the Parliament Elections held in May last, is yet to be numbered, due to silence on the part of the petitioner and the defeated candidate S Raja Kannappan. It has raised eye brows in the AIADMK as well as in other circles.

Pakistan elected to IAEA board of governors for two-year term

Pakistan on Friday was elected to the board of governors of the UN atomic watchdog IAEA for a two-year term against a regional seat reserved for the Middle East and South Asia.

Sri Lanka should permit impartial probe into alleged execution video – UN expert

United Nations human rights expert has called for an independent probe into the authenticity of a video of alleged extrajudicial executions by Sri Lankan soldiers, stating that the investigations carried out so far have not been impartial.

Sri Lanka: 125 new recruitments to Wildlife Department

Onehundred and ten new wildlife rangers received appointments from the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Patali Champika Ranawaka at the Central Environment Authority at Battaramulla recently.

Swine Flu workshop for Sri Lankan community in Kuwait

Sri Lankan community in Kuwait receives information about the dreaded Swine flu epidemic.

At least 87 political prisoners released

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) (AAPP) confirmed that so far 87 Burmese political prisoners have been released from 16 different prisons in Burma.