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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Sri Lanka Travels and Tourism awards

Sri Lanka's latest peace proposals push for the Indo-Lanka pact, wants polls in East

By Joseph Thavaraja

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka's latest peace proposals handed over to President Rajapakse on Wednesday January 24 pushes the 13nth amendment to the constitution forefront while calling for polls in the East. It also calls for devolving police powers and 'official languages provisions' to the constitution. The proposals are formulated by the All Party Representative Committee – the collective of southern political party representatives to formulate the 'southern consensus' to the protracted ethnic conflict. But the main opposition UNP has boycotted the APRC since its beginning and more recently, the JVP too withdrew from the committee.

Democrats fight it in S. Carolina Vying for Black Vote: Obama Slightly Ahead in Polls

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Following Monday’s Democratic presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and razor-sharp retorts that erupted between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama, the two frontrunners, may have brought “race” into sharper focus according to most observers. For the first time the volatile economic and stock market crisis in the US took second place. The large gathering at the event sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as the prime time TV audience were in for a rare treat as Clinton, Obama and Edwards went toe to toe exchanging verbal blows. Obama may have gained a slight advantage many pundits felt the day after the debate. Edwards though came in with some livelier retorts. Clinton and Obama went jab for jab about their political records.

Proposals to devolve power handed to President Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda RajapakseThe joint proposals of 14 political parties to devolve power as a political solution to the current crisis in Sri Lanka was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapakse yeterday (January 23,) at the Presidential Secretariat. This group constituted the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) which drafted the porposals. Its Chairman Prof Tissa Vitharana handed over the draft proposals of the APRC to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

US Agency for International Development Opens New Playground on Negombo Beach

On a warm January morning, children and adults alike gathered near brightly colored swings and slides at the Negombo Beach Park in the Gampaha District just north of Colombo. The congregation was not waiting in line for rides, but was instead gathering to celebrate the opening of a new playground built through joint funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bush-Clinton Tsunami Fund, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Sri Lanka Election Commission recognizes five new political parties including TMVP

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dishanayake has recognized another five new political parties including Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by Pillaiyan faction. Accordingly, the total recognized political parties in the country increased to 58.These five parties have the right to contest in elections to be held in future. Meanwhile, the elections commissioner’s secretariat announces that the accepting of nominations for the forthcoming polls for nine local government bodies in the Batticaloa district will end at 12.30 pm on Friday.

Maulana Madani Most Deserving of Bharat Ratna

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

The towering freedom fighter, reformist and educator Maulana Hussain Ahmad Madani is the most deserving for Bharat Ratna, said Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF). In a press statement AUDF president Maulana Badruddin Ajmal who is also the president of Assam State Jamiat Ulama-e Hind and member of Deoband’s executive committee strongly demands to both Prime Minister and President of India to consider Maulana Madanis name positively because his name has been taken in Muslim forums as the most appropriate name for the prestigious national award.

Abu Dhabi Dialogue Concludes With Declaration

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Ministers from Asian labor countries of origin and Gulf destination countries, together with Malaysia and Singapore , concluded the two-day Abu Dhabi Dialogue by adopting a forward-looking declaration that paves the way for the better management of temporary contractual labor mobility. The Abu Dhabi Declaration, which was adopted by ministers from 20 countries of origin and destination recognizes that properly managed temporary contractual mobility will benefit both countries of origin and destination and improve the well-being of temporary contractual workers.

LTTE military spokesman denies the bombing of LTTE leader’s base

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam refuted the claim by the Sri Lanka Air Force that it had hit a base of the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Pirapaharan on Wednesday morning around 11.15 am. However unconfirmed reports revealed that after the reported bomb attack, shops in Kilinochchi districts were closed down and even satellite phones used by the middle level LTTE leaders were retrieved by the intelligence officers of the separatist Tamil outfit. But by a belated response, Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan on Wednesday evening refuted the claims by the Sri Lanka Air Force that it had hit a location of the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Pirapaharan

Awards for Travel and Tourism Course

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka, an affiliate of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, awarded certificates of competence to those successfully completed a two month Course on Travel and Tourism, recently. The course was conducted by Peter Hooper, Director of Studies, Louis Preston School of Travel & Tourism. Classes were held twice a week and covered a comprehensive lecture module designed by the Louis Preston School of Travel & Tourism. Students were also placed in TAASL member companies to obtain on the job training. Amadeus Lanka (pvt) Ltd provided practical training on their GDS system.

Leader with only date of birth

By R.K.bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Perhaps Subhash Chandra Bose is the only leader worldwide who had a date of birth (Jan 23, 1897) but no date of death. Even after three Commissions of Enquiry people do not believe that he is no more. Netaji, as he is endearingly addressed, Subhash was an embodiment of rare courage and bravery coupled with a sense of mission to free his motherland from the clutches of the British. The Justice Mukherjee Commission appointed by the NDA government has submitted its report to the Central Government and after a large number of questions under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, and political pressure, the Government decided to share the full findings, which by and large don’t appear to resolve the mystery. There are people who hope that their beloved leader would return to steer the country out of the chaos.

Mahinda Rajapakse

APC members

Mahinda Rajapakse

Deadly Find : Seventeen civilian bodies discovered south of Vavuniya

Seventeen bodies have been found from south of Vavuniya, Sri Lanka Police said.Reports said that the bodies were found in two garbage dumps. All victims are civilians with gunshot injuries. According to Police sources, they were found in Kiriketuwewa GS area of Kebitigollewa division in the Anuradhapura district, 22 km south of Vavuniya. The bodies are still at the crime scene.