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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1265


Norwegian Government Funding for LTTE Film - My Daughter the Terrorist

The 50 minute documentary "Min Datter Terroristen" (my Daughter the Terrorist) attempts to glorify the motivations of two Black Tiger women. The documentary follows the training and indoctrination of Dharsika and Puhalchudar (possibly not the real names) for a suicide mission against the Sri Lankan state. The main emphasis of the documentary is to give some pseudo-justification to the act of suicide terrorism by the LTTE. Sections of the documentary are narrated by Maria (actor playing the role of Mother).

Promotion of Belgium and Sri Lanka Business

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Benelux Business Council together with the Belgium Consulate in Sri Lanka organized a presentation on “Strengthening Trade Relations Between the Flanders Region of Belgium and Sri Lanka” at the Hotel Taj Samudra. It was conducted by Marc Schiltz, Investment and Trade Commissioner and Ralph Moreau, Technology Attaché, Flanders Investment and Trade. Ravinatha Ariyasinghe, Ambassador Designate to Belgium and Pierre Pringiers, Consul for Belgium in Sri Lanka also addressed the participants.

Philip Gunawardena in his prime: 1940 to 1960

Dr. Susantha Goonatilake

Philip Gunawardena is known as a pioneer of anti-colonial and people oriented thinking in the country, as a fighter in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s against the fascist Franco regime, and as an author of a book on the Sitawaka Kingdom which fought the Portuguese. Philip Gunawardena also was part of those Sri Lankan leaders who were educated in the West and saw from the belly of the beast, the real dynamics of colonial rule. They included S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike, N.M. Perera and Colvin R. de Silva. Their experience paralleled that of Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Chou En-lai and Ho Chi Minh - leaders from other Asian countries who also got conscientised in the West.

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.

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