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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1687


A Muslim Sermon in a Christian Church

By Muqtedar Khan

I was once again reminded of the amazing degree of religious tolerance that many Christians in this country display habitually. Last Sunday, on the 29th of June, I had the rare honor of giving the sermon in a Christian service at the St. Thomas Episcopalian Church in Newark, Delaware. I have given the Islamic sermon (Khutbah) at mosques but giving one at a Church was an extraordinary ecumenical experience. Quran, the holy book of Muslims, teaches that diversity has a divine purpose. God could have created us all the same if He chose to, but in his infinite wisdom he created us as people of different ethnicities, races and beliefs in order that we get to know each other, and compete in doing good (Quran: 49:13, 2:148). It was in this spirit

Veteran diplomat Bernard Goonetilleke– and diplomatic postings

Bernard Goonetilleke, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to USA has completed his tour of duties in Washington and has left for Colombo on 29 June. It is still not clear how Sri Lanka Government is planning to make use of this veteran diplomat, who has served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to many countries, and later as Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sri Lanka Peace Secretariat was the brain-child of Bernard Goonetilleke and when he was the Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat, six rounds of talks were held between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka.

Anti- terrorism protest rally in Italy

Sri Lankans and other nationalities participated in a huge anti-terrorism protest rally in Milan, Italy. The demonstration against terrorism was held on 29 June, at Piazza Castello, Milan. The aim of the demonstration according to the organizers was to invite people all over the world to get together to defeat terrorism. More than 5000 Sri Lankans - Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Italians and other nationalists who live in Italy participated in the anti-terrorists rally. “We are” Sri Lankans, we live in Italy" was the theme of the demonstration. The demonstration was organized by various Sri Lankan committees and organizations in Italy.

Sri Lanka: Jayantha Wickremaratne the New Inspector General of Police

Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickremaratne will assume duties as the new Inspector General of Police by taking over the reins from the outgoing IGP Victor Perera who retires today. In the meantime the outgoing IGP Victor Perera met President Mahinda Rajapakse at Temple Trees to bid farewell before going on retirement.

World Bank agrees to support Sri Lanka Tourism

World Bank has agreed to allocate funding to assist the Sri Lanka Tourism. Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda, concluded his recent visit to Washington DC with very productive meetings involving the leadership of the World Bank, where he presented his vision for Sri Lanka tourism & possible ways the Bank could support a pioneering project involving all the stakeholders, including the rural communities & small entrepreneurs.

U.S. Embassy to Reopen for Normal Operations

US Embassy in Colombo to reopen from 1st of July, according to a press release of the Embassy.The U.S. Embassy in Colombo, which has been closed to the public since June 25 after a suspicious powder was found, will reopen for normal operations Tuesday, July 1, after an investigation determined that the powder did not pose a danger. Visa and other appointments postponed by the closure are being rescheduled on an individual basis."

U S Scientist Falsely Implicated in 2001 Anthrax Attack Awarded $5.8 Million

By Philip Fernando in Alaska for Asian Tribune

U S Army scientist Steven Hatfill implicated in the deadly anthrax mailings to Washington offices soon after the terrorist attack of 9/11 in 2001, won his law suit against the Bush administration. U S Justice Department said on Friday it would pay Hatfill over $ 5.8 million to settle his lawsuit accusing officials of violating his privacy rights by talking to the media and unfairly implicating him in anthrax attacks in 2001.

Sri Lanka denies arrival of any foreign troops for the security of visiting heads of states

Sri Lanka denied yesterday the news reports about the arrival of the elite Indian and Afghanistan troops for the special security of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Indian delegation and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. A highly placed Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry official flatly denied those reports appearing in a section of the Sri Lankan newspapers that 3000 elite Indian troops are coming from India to give security to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Indian delegation coming to participate in the 15th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) scheduled to take place from July 27 to August 3, in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.

Asistant Governmennt Agent of Thunukkai killed under mysterious circumstances

The Assistant Government Agent of Thunkkai, located in the Mullaithievu district, was killed yesterday around 5.00 p.m., under mysterious circumstances. Thunukkai is an AGA Division, coming under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Reports revealed that N.Nanthakumar, (36 yrs.) succumbed to a claymore attack when riding a motorcycle. The incident reported to have taken place between Ampalaperumal Kulm and Koddaikasiya Kulam.

Create performance driven culture

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Disengagement is what happens when people continue to work at a company, but have effectively quit as they put in the minimum effort to get their pay cheque and not get fired. These employees do not give their talent, creativity, energy or passion to their work, said Ronnie Peiris, Group Director /CFO, John Keells Holdings making the Keynote Address at the 3rd Lanka Business Online (LBO) – Lanka Business Report (LBR), Chief Financial Officers Forum held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

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