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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1195

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My country, My life & My lies..

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Of all the political parties in India it is the Bharatiya Janata Party that is known to manage its media relations most effectively. The party’s so-called ‘ideology’ may be regularly subjected to criticism in the media but its leaders, especially the ones at the top, are almost invariably eulogised by most of the well-known columnists. If there is to be a criticism of party leaders like former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and ‘prime minister-in-waiting’ L. K. Advani in the editorials, it is almost mandatory to mix it with suitable panegyric references to them. A leading English newspaper that has become the mouthpiece of the Marxists has transferred its bile from the BJP to the Congress.

On the climate changes, challenges and perils of development, Sri Lanka President emphasize for an Asian Consensus

Mahinda RajapaksaMahinda Rajapakse President of Sri Lanka addressing BOAO Forum Asia 2008 at Bo’ao in Hinan pointed out that the world, in the last century, had made remarkable progress in science and technology bringing many positive attributes for human development. He said that these human developments saw the significant improvement of living conditions in so many ways, great advances in health care and education, the expansion of industry, widening of opportunity for travel, and overall brought more comforts to a larger number of people. Sri Lanka President also cautioned that the world has also seen the emergence of many challenges, including the fight against terrorism that pervades the world today, the continuing spread of nuclear weapons, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, international trafficking in drugs, women, and children; and in recent years the most alarming problem of the depletion of the earth's natural resources; and the destruction of the environment.

Attitude of the Government and LTTE on Madhu Church, perturbs Sri Lankan Catholics

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Bishop Joseph RayappuCatholics in Sri Lanka have decided to use one of their most powerful weapons to change of heart by the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE as the Catholics believe that due to the military pursuance of the two warring factions there could be serious damages and destruction to this Holy Shrine of Madhu which has been most devoutly venerated by the Catholics of Sri Lanka. Bishop of Mannar Rayappu Joseph has requested all Catholics to fervently recite Holy Rosary to save Our Lady of Madhu Shrine from military and political activities. Reciting of Holy Rosary has been a powerful weapon to change of hearts of the two warring factions to save Our Lady of Madhu Shrine.

Britain cautions travel to Sri Lanka

Britain has cautioned its subjects on visiting Sri Lanka. It has revealed of a high threat of terrorism in the island nation. Travel advisory cautioning those visiting Sri Lanka has been issued by Britain. The advisory warns against all travel to the north and east of Sri Lanka, and to Yala National Park and the areas around it. It states that for the purpose of this travel advice:” We consider the north to be all areas north of the A12 road (which runs from Puttalam in the west to Trincomalee in the east) including the Jaffna peninsula. We consider the east to be the districts of Trincomalee and Batticaloa, as well as coastal areas of Ampara district east of the A25 and A27 roads. We define the areas around Yala National Park as that east of the A2 and south of the A4. See the Terrorism and Local Travel sections of this advice for more details.”

Sri Lanka President expressed happiness over people in the East celebrating New Year Happily

Mahinda RajapakseIt is comforting that this New Year has dawned at a time when the nation is conscious of its dignity says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a Sinhala and Tamil New Year Message. It is also most fortunate to see the people of the East enjoying the New Year happily with their families, he further adds. Sri Lanka President also expressed his gratitude to members of the armed forces and the police, as well as others who are on duty during the New Year season to ensure security and other services to the people.

Sri Lanka Seeks Experts in the field of Petroleum Exploration and Development

The Ministry of Petroleum & Petroleum Resources Development of Sri Lanka is seeking information regarding Sri Lankan expatriates with expertise in offshore petroleum exploration and development, and those who are involved in the petroleum and natural gas industry overseas. Due to the scarcity of local expertise in this field, the Ministry of Petroleum & Petroleum Resources Development is in urgent need of this information in order to select personnel for appointment to a Committee of Consultants whose services the Government will avail of as required.

Sri Lanka Faces ''Food Emergency" says FAO

Sri Lanka has been identified as one of the 14 countries facing "Food Emergencies" due to rising prices and a shortage of rice in the world market. The list was released Friday by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). According to a survey 14 countries, including those affected by high prices for sorghum, wheat flour, millet and maize.

Family Planning Gets Mere Sliver of Aid Pie

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations warns that a sharp decline in international funding for reproductive health is threatening global efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and empower women worldwide. "This is especially evident in the case of funding for family planning where absolute dollar amounts are lower than they were in 1995," says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a report released here. If this trend is not reversed, he cautions, it will have "serious implications for the ability of countries to address the unmet need for such services, and could undermine efforts to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce maternal and infant mortality."

Pakistan ready to assist Sri Lanka to defeat terrorism - President Musharaff

Mahinda Rajapaksa with Pervez Musharaff President Pervez Musharaff of Pakistan reiterated his country’s opposition to terrorism in all its manifestations, its readiness to strike against terrorism and assured Sri Lanka of all assistance to defeat terrorism in the country. This assurance came when the Pakistani President met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in China today. Two South Asian leaders are at present in China to participate in the 2008 Annual Conference of the BOAO Forum for Asia. President Musharaff, who expressed his condolences at the assassination of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, condemned such acts of terror which underlined the need for its elimination.

Vaiko appeals to European Union to save the LTTE to Prevent an ancient race being wiped out

By Walter Jayawardhana

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra kazagam (MDMK) maverick leader Vaiko appealed to the European Union and said they must bring pressure on the Sri Lanka government to stop the military offensive against Velupillai Prabhakaran led Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Vaiko’s appeal came after the LTTE’s political head Nadesan made a similar appeal to Norway and its International Minister Eric Solheim to intervene in the situation and bring a stop to the war few days ago.

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