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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

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Rohitha Bogollagama

Sri Lanka : The Quest for Peace

Rohitha BogollagamaForeign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said Sri Lankans are saddened by the misperceptions, distortions and deliberate aspersions cast upon the Government of Sri Lanka in foreign countries, for they do not reflect the reality of the ground situation, in a country that is endeavoring to rid itself of the menace of terrorism. The Minister added that such accounts are particularly disappointing and discouraging to those engaged in trying to end, what many have been content to dismiss as an “intractable problem”. The Minister urged greater objectivity in the reporting of developments in Sri Lanka. Minister Rohitha Bogollagama made these observations when he addressed the Royal Institution for International Relations (RIIR) Brussels on the theme “Sri Lanka: The Quest for Peace”

India and Sri Lanka establishes a joint committee on defense, hailed as a new important development

By Walter Jayawardhana

In a new development widely considered as an important factor in Indo-Lanka relations, a joint committee of defense consisting of high officials has been established. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse's Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and Rajapakse's two brothers,Gotabhaya and Basil are members of the Sri Lankan side, while India is represented by the powerful officals related to defense relations in Sri Lanka, Defence Secretary Shri Vijay Singh, External Affairs Secretary Shivshankar Menon and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan .

‘The Measles’ born and nurtured in a ‘Tunnel Vision’

By Dr. Mithra Fernando

Mr. Sumanadasa Wijayapala has written another article titled “Response to Glimpses from the Mahavamsa,” which has slung series of accusations against me and also has conferred few more new titles on me under the pretence of a response to an article by Mr. Raj Gonsalkorale appeared earlier. After all the answers given in my earlier essays and also in the works of other essayists Mr. Wijayapala pretends to be blind-or rather prefers only to read through his usual “tunnel vision” or perhaps “capillary vision”.

Standard Chartered educates export/import shipping industry

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council (SLSC) and the Academy for International Trade and Transport (AITT) the training arm of the Sri Lanka Freight Forwarders Association (SLFFA) together with Standard Chartered bank are conducting a seminar on the tools and products available to manage and hedge foreign exchange exposure. The primary objective of the seminar is to update those involved in international trade as well as international transport providers and allied service providers about the global products and best practices in the management of foreign exchange risks.

Death Penalty: U.N. Faults Iraq for Continued Executions

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

A new United Nations report on human rights criticizes the government in Baghdad for its continued executions of prisoners despite appeals by the United Nations and its human rights bodies for a moratorium on capital punishment. The death penalty in Iraq -- argues the report authored by Leandro Despouy, the U.N. special reporter overseeing the independence of judges and lawyers -- also denies crime victims the right to the truth.

Energy saving cost reduction tips

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

In an initiative to promote energy efficient practices and to facilitate businesses to reduce their energy costs, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce is organizing a seminar on “Practical Tips to Save Energy and Reduce your Energy Cost” At a time when fuel prices in the world market are at their highest levels in several decades, energy conservation and reducing energy bills have become of paramount importance for all types of business organizations.

Churches around the world prepare to pray for Burma

Churches in at least 13 countries in four continents are preparing for a special day of prayer for Burma on Sunday 9 September. The day of prayer follows a day of fasting held earlier this week. The special day of prayer was initiated by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and Burma Campaign UK, in response to the military regime’s brutal crackdown on recent demonstrations in Burma. Churches around the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand plan to include special prayers for Burma in their Sunday services.

Seminar on “Testing of Construction Materials”

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka (CCI) in association with the Industrial Technology Institute will host a seminar on “Testing of Construction Materials” on 27th this month at the EDB Auditorium, Colombo. Presentations will be made on all construction materials such as; Cement, Concrete, Aggregates and other related materials for concrete, Steel, Coatings, Roofing and cladding, Bricks, clay and tiles, Ceramic tiles -floor and walls, Paints, PVC products, Woodtreatment and fire resistance.

Coalition without Code

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

At the time of writing these words it is still not clear if the apparent climb down by the Left parties and the BJP assures continuity of the UPA government till its five-year term ends in 2009, or it has merely postponed mid-term polls by a few months. But it looks as if the massive political upheaval witnessed in recent days following trenchant criticism of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal by both the Left bloc, supposedly a government ‘ally’, and the opposition, ironically consisting of pro-US BJP and the NDA that it leads as well as the Third Front, now christened UNPA, has somewhat dented the faith that was building around the durability of coalition governments.

Dr. Subramaniyan Swamy

Sri Lanka opposes Sethu Samudram project of India on environment issues - Dr. Subramaniyan Swamy

By Walter Jayawardhana

Subramaniyan SwamyIndia’s Janatha Party President Subramaniyan Swamy said that he had been informed by the Sri lankan authorities that the island nation was against the construction of Sethu Samudram Canal Project as it harms the environment of the island nation divided by a narrow strait from India. Sethu Sammudram Canal Project is proposed to be constructed immediately by the Indian government by dredging a submerged land bridge between the two countries which obstructs big ship navigation between India’s Eastern and Western coast.