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Mekong River: China’s Release of Water Reflects A Greater Environmental Crisis

VietRiceBargeA Lotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore: China would like to project its release of Mekong River waters from its dams this month to “assist” drought-stricken farmers and fisheries further downstream, especially in Vietnam, as a magnanimous gesture from a friendly neighbour, but, behind it is a reflection of a greater environmental and political crisis that is brewing in the region.

 

Thailand: Promoting A “Mindful” Economic Mindset Among The Young

By Kalinga Seneviratne

Lotus News Feature

Camp1Chiang Mai, 14 March, 2016: The Mindfulness fad sweeping across the West today may be the new money-spinner for those “gurus” who charge hundreds of dollars for each session to teach its applications, often to improve one’s ability to navigate the global capitalist system to make more money for yourself. But, for the Thais it's a 2500-year old philosophy taught by Gautama the Buddha to encourage moderation, self-reliance and contentment in your daily life.

China: Buddhist Revival Fuels Animal Welfare Movement

FeedDogLotus News Feature

By Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore, 2 February 2016: A Buddhist revival in China is fuelling a growing animal welfare movement across the country with the Chinese government poised to revise the decades-old animal welfare act.

Myanmar: Reforming The Jade Industry The Litmus Test For New Government

JadeLotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

As a new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi takes over in Myanmar this month, reforming Myanmar’s Jade mining industry and ensuring the benefits of it flow to the people and the national coffers would be the litmus test of its democratic credentials.

Can “Strategic Litigation” Stop Asia’s Modern-Day Slavery?

ThaiFishBoatLotus News Analysis by Kalinga Seneviratne

In the past two decades a labour-starved world has seen the flow of unskilled migrant labour increase many fold turning it into a business that trade in human beings. With recruitments agents right across Asia charging exorbitant fees and later dumping them in exploitative and life-threatening conditions, this trade has today come to be known as a modern-day slavery trade.

Sri Lanka: Bill To Control Monks Divides Buddhists

MultBudhaLotus News Analysis  by  Kalinga Seneviratne

Singapore, 20 Feb 2016:  A bill tabled in the Sri Lankan parliament in January to create a legal framework to control the behavior and conduct of Buddhist monks has created deep divisions within the majority Buddhist community in the country regarding its intentions and implementation.

India: Dalai Lama Celebrates 80th Birthday With Tributes From Indians

DalaiLamaA Lotus News Feature compiled by Kalinga Seneviratne

His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet has received tributes from a cross-section of Indians as he toured a number of Indian cities to mark his 80th birthday which fell on July 6th last year. In turn he has also emphasized the importance of ethics and compassion to craft a better 21st century.

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