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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2346

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Muslim pilgrims camp in Mina

Peace the hope of all: Stock market improves this week over last week

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their last review of the stock market indicates that the market gained during most part of this week, however fell on Friday on profit taking. Compared to last week the All Share Price Index (ASPI) picked up by 10.6 points or a marginal 0.39 percent, closing at 2722.4 points. Meanwhile the Millanka Price Index (MPI) rose by 15.1 points or 0.41 percent to close the week on Friday at 3711.8 points. Though trading volumes remained low this week, the market picked up amid improved retail participation.

The Hajj: step by step

Dr. A.R.M. Imtiyaz

To carry out the pilgrimage rituals a pilgrim needs to be in a state of Ihram - a special state of ritual purity. A pilgrim does this by making a statement of intention to perform the Hajj, wearing special white clothes (which are also called Ihram), and obeying certain regulations.

Two dead and 25 injured when six bombs went off in Bangkok and suburb on the New Year’s eve

Two persons were killed and at least 25 injured, as a series of bombs or grenades exploded in at least six areas in Bangkok, capital of Thailand and in the neighboring province on New Year's Eve. Bangkok authorities ordered all public New Year's Eve parties cancelled. Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin appeared at the huge Bangkok Countdown 2006 venue at the downtown Central World shopping complex and told the crowd to "go home and stay in peace."

George Steuarts – pioneers of tea plantation in a new look

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

George Steuart, as the oldest mercantile firm in Sri Lanka with a rich heritage of 171 year of existence has unveiled its new corporate logo at a function arranged for this purpose at the Hotel Hilton, with the Company Director Board. The visual composition of the logo portrays the company’s history, stability, and diversity and the colors read and blue denotes dynamism, vibrancy, vitality and a spirit of adventure.

Plantation Ministry plans to grab private sector assistance to make a heaven in the dry zone in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Plantation Ministry and its affiliated institutions plan to obtain private sector assistance to develop and expand some commercial crops and make a green environment in the dry zone in Sri Lanka. According to the ministry sources, a number of foreign aid packages are on card and the Ministry has decided to obtain local donations to expand the commercial crop. Under this plan the ministry hopes to grow rubber, cashew and sugarcane in the dry zone.

India 2006 leaves a mixed bag of highs and lows

By R.C. Rajamani – Political Editor, Asian Tribune

India in 2006 lived up to its popular image – a nation of two contrasting sides. A middle class of 300 million, bigger than the entire population of many nations in every continent, increasingly growing richer on the one hand and some 350 to 400 million remaining poor by an official index - Below Poverty Line (BPL)- on the other tell the story of two Indias. Coming ever so close to a 10 per cent economic growth, its Diaspora doing the country of its origin proud in various ways, its Mittals and Tatas putting it on the global business map and a fast growing upbeat middle class living in style, India enters 2007 shining.

On Learning the Awful Korean Language

By Antonio Graceffo

When I called home, my brother asked me how hard it was to learn Korean, and after a lengthy explanation, “But Chinese is easier than Korean.” I concluded. The average person, normal people who haven’t dedicated their lives to being language and martial arts study-monks, would imagine that learning Chinese is about the hardest things someone could do. But two weeks into my study of Korean, I began to suspect that Korean was harder. Six months later, when I could read and write with ease, and possessed thousands of vocabulary words, and countless grammatical structures, but still couldn’t order off a menu, I was convinced, Korean is the hardest of the ten languages I have studied.

Left-right nuclear honeymoon…

By Atul-Rama - Syndicate Features

It is never easy to decipher the finer points in agreements and legislations written on reams of paper, mainly by bureaucrats known for their abstruse use of the language. When the subject in question is about things like uranium enrichment, breeder reactors and fusion, all seen within the context of ‘sovereign rights’ of one party, it becomes even more difficult to comprehend the ‘hidden’ meaning. But the arguments advanced by the critics in the two countries against the civilian nuclear agreement between India and the US have only clouded the issue by sowing doubts through their partisan and often contradictory comments. The whole debate over civilian nuclear cooperation between India and the US is clouded by political considerations—votes--in India and the excessive and misplaced zeal of the NPT ayatollahs in the West with a penchant for moral preaching.

Douglas Devananda

Douglas Devananda proposed ferry service as alternative to A-9 road controlled by Tigers

Douglas DevanandaDouglas Devananda, Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare has proposed the opening up a ferry service between Kurikadduwan in Kayts and Pesalai in Talaimannar to ferry passengers and to transport agricultural products of Jaffna farmers to the South. Minister Douglas Devananda who is also the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party told the Asian Tribune that Kurikadduwan to Pesalai by ferry would be just a four hour journey. People from Jaffna may be able to travel by ferry to Pesalai and from there to Colombo and back without any difficulties. The current problems faced by the Jaffna people was caused by the Tamil Tigers control of the land route (A9 - road). Minister Douglasd Devananda is presently stationed in the Jaffna Peninsula exploring ways and means of attending to the needs of Jaffna farmers who are finding it difficult to market their agricultural products to South of Sri Lanka.


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