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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

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SAARC paves a smooth passage for itself

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

The 14th SAARC summit in New Delhi will be hailed as a landmark for a variety of reasons. For the first time in its 22- year history, it witnessed an expansion by formally inducting Afghanistan as its 8th member. Five other counties, China, Japan, South Korea, the US and the EU, attended the Summit as observers. On top of it the summit concluded on a cheerful note without any bickering and rancher. The atmosphere has never been too good for holding the SAARC summits. Understandably, therefore, the focus of the summit was on poverty alleviation and dealing with the challenge of militancy to be able to achieve the first objective. It addressed both the issues in a forceful way.

Security Council Accused of Overstepping Bounds

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The 130-member Group of 77, the largest single coalition of developing countries, has lashed out at the Security Council, accusing the U.N.'s most powerful political body of violating the organisation's charter by planning an open debate next week on energy, security and climate. The Security Council's primary responsibility is for the maintenance of international peace and security as set out in the U.N. Charter, according to the G77.

Global Park Sri Lanka becomes Marks & Spencer Stores for Sri Lanka, India and Bungladesh

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Marks & Spencer, a British centered, global garment giant has selected for the first time in Asia, Sri Lanka’s Global Park – Global Transportation and Logistics as their outlet store division to pick, pack and ship operations of garments from Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. M&S has a vast number of garment factories in the Indian sub-continent and GTL functions as its sole warehouse provider.

Children in Areas of War and Conflict Get Little Help for Education - New Report Shows

The world’s richest countries are failing to help millions of children in conflict-affected nations get an education, a new Save the Children report reveals today, ahead of a series of crucial world donor meetings. For example, in the Sudanese region of Darfur, over 50 percent of children are out of school, many forced from their homes due to violence, but almost no funding has been provided specifically to educate these children. The new report, “Last in line, last in school” shows that most donor nations prioritize education assistance to more stable countries over those affected by conflict, leaving millions of children in conflict-affected countries with little hope of breaking the cycle of poverty and conflict, despite pledges from donor countries to ensure that every child receives an education by 2015.

Tamil Tigers entered a Sinhalese village preparing for the New Year festival and slaughtered ruthlessly six women and a man

By Walter Jayawardhana

Suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gun men raided an ethnic Sinhalese village randomly killing six women and one man, who were getting ready to celebrate the Sinhalese and Hindu New Year celebrations. Subsequently The Ministry of Defense termed the indiscriminate killing of the unarmed civilians “ethnic cleansing.” The killing of the unarmed civilians took place in the Northern Province village of Avaranthulawa, in the District of Vavuniya.

Australian support for rural Sri Lankan communities

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Acting Australian High Commissioner, Dr Matthew Hyndes, presented funds worth over Rs 4 million to five local organizations under the High Commission’s Direct Aid program (DAP) in a ceremony on 11 April. Speaking at the occasion Dr Hyndes emphasized that “the Direct Aid Program aims to support local organizations to carry out projects that produce immediate benefits to communities in all parts of Sri Lanka”.

With inadequate cessation services, what will Kerala smokers do after April 16?

By Bobby Ramakant

'We will sell no cigarettes from 16 April 2007' said the President of 'Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi' – the leading traders' association in Kerala state of India on 12 April 2007 in a Kozhikode board meeting. The Cigarette and other tobacco products Act 2003 also had a provision of ban on smoking in public places across India. But without quality tobacco cessation and counseling services, how will we ever effectively enforce these bans? These tobacco control policies came into being after mountainous healthcare and non-smokers' rights' advocacy initiatives and are indeed vital. I don't mean to push the tobacco control efforts decades back.

Arpico Supercentres and superstores offer Loyalty Cards to offer more benefits to customers

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Richard Peiris (Arpico) has been in successful business for the 75 years and the success is mainly due to their care for their customers. Thus they are fulfiling the cherished norm of any successful business in making their customers “The King” in Arpico Supercentres and superstores. To crown the Arpico supermarket customers, they are introducing an exclusive loyalty Card to their customers - Silver Card and Gold Card. The Silver will be awarded to all those who shop at Arpico supercentres and superstores and customers who shop for over Rs 250,000 within a year will automatically qualify for a Gold card to enjoy enhanced privileges.

French presidential elections: Four in ten voters undecided

The presidential election campaign in France has now entered its official phase. Posters of the 12 candidates have been put up in front of the country’s 65,000 polling stations, every household will receive their election statements, and up to the first round of the election on April 22, every candidate has 45 minutes, divided into several short clips, to present his or her election programme on public radio and television. The election campaign in fact began weeks ago, months ago if one counts the process of selecting candidates. The candidates have travelled through the country, holding election meetings, and participated in numerous rounds of discussion on television. The election has dominated the media for a long time, and the standpoints of the candidates are well known.

Hit by Intelstat closure Tamil Tigers plans a new TV satellite channel in France

After the decision of Intelstat to close down National Television of Tamil Eelam (NTT) "within days" Tamil Tiger agents are planning to launch its second channel on the Hindu New Year day through Globecast which is at present said to be up-linking of the TTN television on Hotbird satellite. TTN, a satellite Television operating out of Paris, is owned by the Taiml Tigers, formally known as Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), an internationally banned terrorist organization. Kailayapathy Vagan Ponniah, Managing Director of the TTN France with branch office in London, is a cousin of Mathivathani, wife of Velupillai Prbhakaran, Leader of the LTTE. is a leading global content management and delivery company. It is the subsidiary of France Telecom.