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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

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Kyndiah meets representatives of hill district Councils

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Minister for Tribal Affairs and Development of North Eastern Region, P.R. Kyndiah met Chief Executive Members (CEMs) and Executive Members (EMs) of Autonomous Hill Council and Autonomous District Council of North East States here, yesterday.

Dr. Goonatilake challenges pro-NGO critics

By Janaka Perera – From Colombo

Sociologist, former UN Consultant, Engineer and Author, Dr. Susantha Goonatilake, responding to criticism of his views on politically-motivated NGOs, told the “Asian Tribune” that he did not wish to re-enter a lengthy debate on the subject, since the issue had been dealt with much earlier at seminars where the several NGO representatives including National Peace Council Media Director Jehan Perera had been present.Discuss

Chandrika preempts Election announcement

Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga sought a Supreme Court interpretation on the date of the next Presidential Election preempting the election commissioner’s announcement which was expected in the last week of this month.

Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs to visit Sri Lanka today

Norwegian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vidar Helgesen, will arrive in Sri Lanka today for a four day visit.

Manipur Ministerial team held talks with ANSAM at Senapati

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

A ministerial delegation of the government of Manipur had a preliminary meeting with the representatives of the ANSAM at the DC office, Senapati, today at 3 pm. The representatives of both sides had discussed on the ongoing over 40 days economic blockades on State's two national highways---39 and 53. They later agreed to have further talks to resolve the issue at the earliest in the interest of the general public.

Greens say dredging Palks Strait will destroy marine ecology

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The environmentalists continue their protests over Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), while the Sri Lankan government denied the report that Colombo had given the green light to the project. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that no such decision was conveyed to the Indian authorities during the bilateral talks held in New Delhi yesterday on the Sethusamudram project aimed at dredging the narrow Palk Strait between the two countries.

Chandrika beats Ranil again on deciding the date of the next presidential election

From our Colombo Correspondent

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has fixed her arch rival Ranil Wickremesinghe once again by taking the issue of the date of the presidential election to the Supreme Court.

UN will go to sleep on LTTE child soldiers -- SPUR

Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights (Sri Lanka)(SPUR) -- an Australian-based NGO -- has expressed doubts as to whether UN will take action after the latest resolution passed on child soldiers.

Any takers for purifying water?

There is water practically everywhere but is it drinkable?
Inexpensive water purification is an essential requirement for survival.
Now two engineers are modeling new techniques to purify water at very affordable prices.

Chandrika wants Mahinda’s "Helping Hambantota" funds transferred

Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

President Chandrika Kumaratunga wants the funds deposited in Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse’s controversial Helping Hambantota account to be transferred to the National Fund for Disaster Relief account at the Central Bank. She has instructions to this effect within days of naming Rajapakse as presidential candidate of her Sri Lanka Freedom Party.