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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Sri Lanka contributes an additional US$ 25,000 towards.....

[b]Sri Lanka contributes an additional US$ 25,000 towards hurricane Katrina relief[/b]

[b]New York, 24 September, ([/b] President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga) presented a cheque to the value of US $ 25,000/- to former President Bill Clinton at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C., on Thursday 23 September, to be credited to the ‘Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund’, towards disaster relief activities for those affected from hurricane Katrina, which caused considerable devastation in the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi in late August.

The Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund was set up by President George W. Bush to serve as an umbrella organization for the three special funds established by Governors of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi and will focus on collecting donations to assist in the long-term recovery plan for the states affected by this terrible tragedy.

Earlier, in the immediate aftermath of the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the U.S., Bernard A. B. Goonetilleke had handed over a cheque for US $ 25,000/- to the American Red Cross in Washington D.C., on behalf of the Government and people of Sri Lanka to express empathy with the affected victims.

Ambassador Goonetilleke had also informed the American Red Cross that members of the Sri Lanka Medical Association of North America (SLMANA) stood ready to provide medical personnel to serve the survivors of hurricane Katrina and had offered to provide a consignment of Sri Lankan tea for the victims.

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