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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

World Vision contests Murali's allegations

[b]World Vision contests Murali's allegations[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 14 February, ([/b] Contesting recent allegations leveled against them by Sri Lankan ace spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan, World Vision Sri Lanka yesterday reiterated their 'surprise' over the spin wizard's charges on grounds that the Organization has so far spent US $ 42 million for tsunami reconstruction for the year 2005 in Sri Lanka alone.

World Vision's Lanka Tsunami Response Team Communication's Manager Jan Butter also extended an invitation to Muralitharan and his team mates to go over to the areas and take a look at what the organization has been doing so far and what they have completed doing since the tidal wave catastrophe of December 2004.

"I think he has been misinformed," Butter claimed.

In January last year, a day-night match was played between a World XI, led by Ricky Ponting, and the Sourav Ganguly-led Asia XI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), to raise funds for the tsunami hit nations. The total money raised at the cricket match was $ 14.6 million (Australian dollars), which was handed down to World Vision Australia, which utilized it for the four worst hit tsunami nations, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand.

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