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Pofessor Tissa Vitarana

AI – Subjective and Misleading on Sri Lankan IDPs

Amnesty International (AI) has failed to present an objective analysis of the challenges and successes of the Sri Lankan Government in addressing the needs of Sri Lankan persons affected by the conflict. Its account is littered with misleading innuendo compounded by outright falsehood and, upon a holistic reading of their report, it becomes clear that the intent of the report is to present a skewed picture unfavourable to the lawfully elected and popularly mandated Government of Sri Lanka, states the Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights in its official response to the AI Report of November 19, on the conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.

Ranil gheraoed on his way back from the Temple of Lord Saturn in Thirukollikadu

Rani Wickremasinghe, Leader of the Opposition and the former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka was 'gheraoed' yesterday, when he returned after a merit making ceremony and a special pooja at the 'Pongu Saneeswarar' Temple in Thirukollikadu village in Tiruvarur district, located in Tamil Nadu. He arrived from Chennai to Tiruchrapallai by a scheduled flight and later he went by road to the famous temple of Lord Saturn - one of the 'Navagrahas.' At the temple he received temple honors and offered prayers at the temple. A report revealed of a merit making ceremony was conducted to pacify the malefic Lord Saturn.

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Italy to remain open on Sundays and Public Holidays

Sri Lanka Embassy in Rome to remain open on Sundays and even on Public Holidays. On last Sunday 16th November, Sri Lanka Embassy opened a new chapter in the history of the Consular services of an Embassy. That is, it became the first Embassy to open the doors to more than 100,000 Sri Lankans living in Italy, as it decided to open on Sundays and on public holidays.

“The Fortress in the Sky” To be Brightened up

Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune.

SigiriyaMinister of Cultural Affairs; Mr. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena speaking at the Cabinet Press Briefing revealed that Sigiriya, the famous world heritage site is to be given a face lift. Sigiriya, with its significant cultural, archaeological and architectural importance has been the highest income earner to cultural triangle fund among the archaeological sites in Sri Lanka.

State sector has to play an important role in riding present financial crisis urges Professor Tissa Vitarana

By Manjari Peiris in Colombo

"The critics of the Budget 2009 should take into consideration that this Budget has been prepared in the context of a global economic Tsunami and as such it must be adjusted to minimize the impact." Minister of Science & Technology, Professor Tissa Vitarana, expressing his views on the recent budget said that in this budget an attempt had been made to meet the objectives of the Ten Year Development Plan envisaged by the Mahinda Chinthanaya, while addressing the economic burdens experienced by the people, in the context of the financial and economic recession that is sweeping the world.

Expectations attached with Barack Hussein Obama

By Asif Haroon Raja

In the 16th and 17th century the Americans forcibly carted away African youth from Africa in ships like animals and employed them on their plantations to till their lands under most subhuman conditions. Practice of forced slavery continued till Abraham Lincoln came on the American scene and was elected president in 1860. He won the elections on the basis of his resolve to end slavery in USA and to harmonise relations between the whites and blacks. Once he took over, the southerners who favoured continuation of slavery rebelled and formed Confederate States of America. It propelled Union of Northern States to wage a war which raged for four years in which 620000 soldiers died. The culmination of civil war in 1864 led to abolition of slavery but the prejudice against blacks continued unabated.

Sri Lanka chairs ICT Committee of ESCAP

Lalith WeeratungaSri Lanka’s representative Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President, was yesterday (19) elected Chairman of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee of ESCAP – the Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The unanimous election took place at the ESCAP meeting in Bangkok which opened Tuesday (18) bringing together ICT experts and policy makers from governments, the academia, UN and other international agencies, and the private sector.

People’s Bank Loan scheme for entrepreneurs developed by Vidatha

By Peiris Manjari from Colombo

Tissa VitaranaPofessor Tissa Vitarana, Minister of Science & Technology said that the budget presented by the President was a very favourable one for local producers, where a levy has been introduced on all luxury items as well as on imported food items. "This policy decision would definitely help the local producers to get a good market share for their products and boost the local industries." he said. Minister Vitarana expressed his views at a programme held at the People’s Bank Training Centre in Colombo, to raise awareness of the staff of Vidatha Centres and the People’s Bank who is working on the scheme developed by the Bank to lend loans for entrepreneurs developed by Vidatha Centres.

South-East Asian Diabetes Summit to open up in India

By Shobha Shukla

The Diabetes Summit for South East Asia is being organized in Chennai from 28th to 30th November 2008, by the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), South East Asia Regional office (SEARO), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Bank. The aim of this summit is to serve as forums where key stakeholders, in the area of non communicable diseases (primarily diabetes), can interact with key opinion leaders, international media and WDF partners, with a view to encourage policy makers to prioritize prevention, care and treatment of diabetes in the developing world in a sustainable manner.

Asian Students on U.S. Universities at All-Time High

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Accounting for 61% of total international student population, Asia remains the region sending the most students to the United States, with a 10% increase this year, the United States Institute of International Education in its 2008 Open Door report released last week notes. The total number of students from Southeast Asia increased by 11.5%, led by Vietnam’s dramatic growth and additional increases from the Philippines (12%) and Singapore (7%). The number of students from East Asia increased by 9.5%, with a 7% increase from Hong Kong and a 13% increase from Mongolia, supplementing the record highs from China and South Korea.

Ganga by another name

By Atul Cowshish – Syndicate Feature

The River Ganga has just been declared a ‘national river’. The timing of the announcement has expectedly raised suspicions that it is a sort of poll-eve ‘gimmick’. As for now few expect the fortunes of the ancient river of India to change even if it is henceforth considered more ‘national’ or important than other rivers.

Sigiriya fresco


Lalith Weeratunga

NGO operation to save Killinochchi for tigers revealed

Military experts have stated that tiger organization has decided to deploy maximum force to defend Killinochchi from advancing troops of S.L. Army and use the facilities left to them by NGOs which have left the area. According to 'Lanka' Sinhalese weekend newspaper published by the JVP , the deployment of NGO offices at strategically important points in Killinochchci town had been carried out ten years ago with a plan to make use of them by tiger terrorists whenever the town is threatened by government forces.