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

Monthly archive

Pulmoddai Seas: Navy's Famous Hunting Grounds: Another Tiger Evacuation Attempt thwarted

The Sri Lanka Navy's elite fighting squadron successfully averted another attempt by the sea tigers to evacuate their cadres trapped in the Peraru/Kumburupiddi Jungles in the Trincomalee district after a fierce battle which started around 10.30 p.m. last night (27) and lasted nearly four hours in the Pulmoddai seas. Navy destroyed three (03) sea tiger boats killing around eighteen (18) sea tiger cadres including a self styled Lieutenant Colonel named "Nishnathan". One sailor who was on the shore was killed while another suffered injuries. No damages were reported to any of the FACs.

First Ever Sri Lanka Cultural Extravaganza in Las Vegas Unveiled

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Goddess Saraswati the only Goddess of the Hindu Pantheon which is devoid of any negative attribute. She is like that mythical river of the same name, flowing calmly and unhurriedly and nourishing the lucid of the devout with its serenity and profundity in a most peaceful way. She is the repository of wisdom and knowledge; she is the origin of all letters and the fount of all creativity. The four-minute eulogical tribute to Goddess Saraswati with the most impressive dance presented by Disna Perera will undoubtedly hold the Sri Lankan audience captive on Saturday, 29 September when the first ever Sri Lanka cultural extravaganza “SRI” makes its debut in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Afghanistan in Dire Straits

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Against the backdrop of an escalating military conflict, Afghanistan is facing a rash of new problems, including increased poverty, widespread corruption, a breakdown in the rule of law and a paralysed judiciary, according to a new report released here. On the global Human Development Index (HDI), Afghanistan is ranked 174 out of 178 countries, while the Human Poverty Index describes the country as "one of the worst in the world", far below Mali, which is considered one of the poorest of the world's poor.

Diplomatic offensive in Geneva knocks out attempts of pro-Tiger lobbies to censure Sri Lanka

The pro-Tiger NGO-INGO lobbies making a desperate bid to get the EU to table a resolution condemning Sri Lanka at the Sixth Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva were defeated due to most nations refusing to support such a move. Sri Lanka was solidly supported by India, Japan, China, South Africa, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cuba, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh. No support was expressed for any action on Sri Lanka by the Asian, African, Latin American and Eastern European Groups of States and cross-regional Groups of States such as the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). The Sri Lankan case was also well-received within the Group of Western States, which includes the USA.

Looking Ahead

By Gomin Dayasri

The difference between the SLFP and the UNP in time will be more in name than in policy or principle or spirit. The UNP’ers sit cozily in the SLFP benches more holy to the SLFP than its own lifelong members. The SLFP’ers who crossed the divide are catapulted to prime leadership within the UNP network which party stalwarts cannot aspire with a lifetime of dedicated service to the grand old party. Many of the Cabinet members of the past two decades in the Chandrika-Ranil-Mahinda administrations have drifted between the parties and some have traveled the full circle revealing their flexibility and adaptability being at home in any home provided it was a comfort home.

Sri Lanka China relations much beneficial to Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

China has a special place for the people of Sri Lanka as Sri Lanka realizing the value, established friendship and relationship with China 50 years ago, when the whole world did not realize the importance of China Said Dr Saratn Amunugama, Minister of Enterprises Development and Investment promotion addressing the Commemoration Celebrations of the Golden Jublee of the China Sri Lanka Deplomatic Relations organized by the Sri Lanka China Business Cooperation Council and held at Galadari Hotel. He said the Rubber Rice Agreement entered was most beneficial to Sri Lanka as China bought rubber at a higher price and sold rice to Sri Lanka at a lower price.

Sri Lanka: Summary of the cabinet decisions - Implementation of SAARC Social Charter

The Cabinet has granted its approval to a Memorandum submitted by Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka on the implementation of SAARC Social Charter in Sri Lanka. The SAARC Social Charter was signed in 2004 at the 12th SAARC Summit held in Islamabad. As required by the Charter, each member country was directed to prepare a National Plan of Action. The National Co-ordination Committee which held several rounds of meetings and discussions with government officials of the concerned ministries and departments as well as NGOs, has finalized the Sri Lankan Plan of Action for the Charter.

Pochury, Zeliangrong, Chakheshang students demand for reservation review

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Pochury Students Union (PSU), Zelaingrong Students Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) and Chakhesang Students Union (CSU) have, in a public rally held yesterday, here at Old MLA Hostel junction, demanded the State Government for a “total review of the existing 33% job reservation to the 9 backward tribes of Nagaland." In a joint representation submitted to the Governor after the public rally, the three student bodies sought the intervention of the former for a total review of “33% job reservation in consonance with the change of time and situation, so as to update and remove disparities.”

First symposium on Sustainable Consumption and Production

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) coordinates a Symposium on “Sustainable Consumption and Production in Sri Lanka” organized by the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC) in association with the Ministry of Industrial Development. It will be held on 5th and 6th November at the BMICH and several Senior UNIDO and UNEP officials are expected to address the symposium. This is the first symposium on the Topic and researchers, academics and practitioners from Sri Lanka and from the Region are scheduled to present papers on the New Thinking, Practices and Research Findings related to enhancing economic development in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner.

City of Los Angeles to accord a reception to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapakse will be accorded a civic welcome of the City of Los Angeles on Frday the 28th by its Mayor Antonio Villargoisa at the City Hall and the mayor will hold crucial discussions about developing cultural and economic relations between the city and Sri Lanka. The President is also scheduled to meet with the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles, the governing body of the County of Los Angeles for similar talks. He arrived at the Peninsula Beverley Hills Hotel with a small delegation accompanied by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Washington DC, Bernard Goonetilleke and Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya and received at a garlanding ceremony at the reception hall.