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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1312


Buddhist Temple in Oslo

By S. Akurugoda

According to media reports, United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayewardena has requested the assistance of the Royal Norwegian Government to establish a Buddhist temple in Oslo, Norway, for the benefit of Sri Lankan Buddhists living in Norway. In addition to the above proposal of Dr Jayawardanena, let us rush through some of his involvements for the ‘upliftment’ of Buddha Sasana, both in Sri Lanka and India, during the last few years.

UNICEF commends 2nd TMVP release

UNICEF today commended the release by the TMVP of 28 children from their ranks, characterizing it as a “very encouraging sign that the TMVP intends to comply with their national and international legal obligations.” Speaking from Colombo, the head of the UN children’s agency in Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle, highlighted the important role played by the government in securing the second major release of children by the TMVP in just two weeks.

Sri Lanka Army liberated historically renowned Holy Madhu Shrine

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army liberated the Holy Madhu Church by chasing away the remaining armed cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who were forcefully occupying the internationally renowned Holy Madhu Shrine and also earlier removed the Virgin Mary Statute with the connivance and consent of the Bishop of Mannar. Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said troops seized the Madhu area and today morning at 6.15. Sri Lanka Army entered in to Holy Madhu church premises without firing any single shot.

Sri Lankan Ambasador Ravinatha Aryasingha Urges Europe to Stay Firm with Anti Terrorism Action

In his interactions with Members of European Parliament (MEPs), Sri Lankan Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha , appreciated the action taken by the EU to proscribe the LTTE as a terrorist organization in 2006. He stated that it was imperative that all EU Member States also proceeded to take action against the front organizations of the group which acted in the guise of economic, humanitarian, religious and social bodies and were engaged in fund raising for terrorist purposes in many parts of Europe. Continuing the dialogue between Sri Lanka and the European Institutions, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Brussels has strengthened a programme to actively engage Members of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the Member States, as well as the respective European Political Groups. Ambassador Ravinath Aryasinha held consultations with leading MEPs of the South Asia Delegation in the European Parliament, as well as MEPs who have shown interest in developments in Sri Lanka in recent times.

President has not conceded to the final report of the Group of Eminent Persons

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

At the press briefing Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said the President has not conceded to the final report of the Group of Eminent Persons led by Mr. Bagawathi. The President rejected the statements made by the group deviating from its task. The Minister questioned the ability of the group to make statements on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka when a majority of the members of the group visited the island only once or twice.

Is a Global News Agency of the South Viable?

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the tart-tongued prime minister of a Southeast Asian nation was once asked what the leading newspapers were in his country, he remarked rather cynically: "We don't have any leading newspapers because all our newspapers are misleading." They were "misleading", he explained, because the local newspapers were forced to depend on Western news agencies for their coverage of global events, mostly lacking a Third World perspective. Moreover, he said, the mainstream Western media rarely focused on issues relevant to developing nations, including poverty, hunger, population, health care, children, gender empowerment and the environment.

Madhu Shrine: Catholics and Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka Warn Vatican about Sinister LTTE Intentions

Sri Lankan Embassy in Rome has successfully convinced the Italians that LTTE is no protector of the sacred statue of Madhu and that they should leave the Madhu Church grounds altogether. Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya’s appeal to Italians has been very productive. Over 20,000 Italians and Sri Lankans signed the petition, appealing to the Holy See requesting the LTTE to leave the Madhu Shrine. It has been published in the Vatican newspapers. In fact, one newspaper carried the headline: “Appeal of Ambassador Warnakulasuriya to the future Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi: ‘Save us from the terrorists’” Looking like a sequel, the Catholic Bishop’s Conference in Sri Lanka made a statement signed by Most Rev. Bishop Rayappu Joseph and Most Rev. Bishop Norbert M. Andradi, urging the LTTE, who are occupying the sacred precincts at the moment, to leave the Madhu Shrine.

Sri Lanka's children and 'Watchlist' baloney

By Janaka Perera

Sri Lanka's 'human rights' crusaders have fully mastered the art of mixing fact and fiction. They never seem to tire of manufacturing doomsday scenarios that can be easily confused with reality to mislead the world in the context of the ongoing armed conflict here. And these endless horror stories, like the celluloid fantasies churned out by the dream factories of Hollywood and Bollywood, ensure that money keeps rolling into the coffers of the producers.

Sri Lanka Postal Department in Collaboration With Western Union in International Money Transfer services

Cabinet has granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Mahinda Wijesekara, Minister of Posts & Telecommunications, to set up an international money transfer service through the Sri Lanka Postal Department to enhance the foreign currency inflow to the country in collaboration with Western Union Money Transfer. Western Union officials in a discussion with the Minister and relevant officials of the Ministry including the Postmaster General have agreed regarding the money transfer.

Sri Lanka Army attacks a Black Tiger Base

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

Army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara says the air force has launched a massive attack on a black tiger training camp in Pannikkamkulam north around 6.20 this morning using Kafir and MIG air craft. The camp was located north west of Mankulam. Spokesman for national defence Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says more than one hundred LTTE carders were killed in clashes in areas surrounding the forward defence circle in Muhamalai. Another 200 LTTE members were injured. 43 members of the security forces have also succumbed to their injuries. The Minister at a media briefing in Colombo this morning also said 22 injured soldiers have returned to the battle front. He added that the troops were able to capture the first defence circle of the LTTE in this operation.

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