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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

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An apostle with a different mission

With the development strategy in the country is on, there should also be a simultaneous spiritual revival in the people, said His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the brief religious ritual held at Tewatte Our Lady of Lanka Shrine en-route to Colombo’s St Lucia’s Cathedral, after his elevation to the position of a Cardinal, when he arrived in Sri Lanka from Rome.

Of Cabinets and Kings

President Rajapaksa defeated the Tigers. He won the presidential and parliamentary elections and is still popular in the South because he defeated the Tigers. But that historic victory does not entitle him to a permanent carte blanche, to do with Sri Lanka as he wishes, to treat the country as his and his family’s private fiefdom.

Devolution for political expedience will exacerbate the ethnic divide in Sri Lanka

The visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna has raised the issue of devolution as a political solution to the ethnic conflict with the Tamils of Sri Lanka. If this suggestion came from a credible honest broker, it would have had to be taken with due care and seriousness.

Foxes as ‘advisers’ to government

We live in strange times. There is absolutely no question in the drive to eliminate crime and terrorism governments need to try their utmost to eliminate the causes. We know the complex issues chiefly Indian manipulations that gave rise to Prabhakaran and his political mafia But does it in anyway mean this unrepentant criminal (now dead) and his admirers deserve the same consideration given to an ordinary law-abiding citizen?

New Zealand mine tragedy

The miners in New Zealand were not so lucky as those in Chile, as all 29 Pike River miners perished in the second blast. We salute the brave men who risk their lives to the benefit of others.

Simple, safe and effective medication is a right of all TB patients

A new report, presented at the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health held recently in Berlin, Germany, by a consortium of international TB organizations (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Global Drug Facility (GDF), Treatment Action Group, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the Global Alliance for Drug Development (TB Alliance), and Management Sciences for Health) has highlighted that many TB patients, especially in the developing countries, are still not getting simple, quality assured first line medicines which are available in the global market.

Sri Lanka - the “beach-head” for A Tamil Homeland - Ven. Walpola Piyananda, Chief Sangha Nayake of America

There are over 100 million ethnic Tamils scattered throughout the world without a “motherland” they can call their own. This has instilled in the Tamil consciousness an unfounded sense of low self-esteem. Tamil academics decided the way to remedy this situation was to establish a “beach-head” for a national ethnic identity; their own country.

Sri Lanka: A Budget positioned for future growth-people opine

The budget proposals for 2011 that were announced by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 22 were viewed as a budget that is positioned to develop country’s economy further it was a development budget proposal for the first time after ending 30 years war against terrorism.

Sri Lanka’s global role in spreading Buddhism

How did Buddhism survive in Sri Lanka? This issue came up at a public lecture Dr. Ananda Guruge, Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists gave last week at the auditorium of Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, Colombo under the title ‘Sri Lanka’s role in the Spread of Buddhism in the World.’ It is the first in a series of lectures under RASSL auspices to mark the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.

America’s two-fold strategy in Afghanistan

Purpose of troop surge in Afghanistan in March 2009 was to dismantle and defeat Al-Qaeda, stabilize the country, gain effective control over all major urban centres as well as agricultural and poppy growing areas, dominate main supply routes, minimize civilian casualties, weed out corruption, improve governance, win over moderate elements within militants and convince them to surrender arms in return for jobs and financial assistance, expand and upgrade proficiency levels of Afghan National Army (ANA) and police to be able to operate independently, build capacity of Pak Army to enhance its capability of tackling militants in FATA.

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