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Walter Kulasooria

Children and Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka: United Nations Secretary-General Report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

The United Nations Secretary-General office here in New York released its comprehensive study, research and analyses of children in armed conflict. Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict gave an outline of the Annual Report to the international and local media at UN headquarters on January 30. Asian Tribune exclusively carries the Sri Lanka section of the UN Secretary-General’s report on the situation of child recruitment for the period October 2006 through August 2007.

Global Integrity’s latest findings on global governance and corruption

By Professor P. Radhakrishnan

Global Integrity, based in Washington, D.C., is an independent international non-profit organization tracking governance and corruption trends around the world. It has been highlighted by the World Bank as one of three key, “Independent civil society organizations [making] a variety of noteworthy contributions to the monitoring of the quality of checks and balances institutions."

Sri Lankan President Expected to Invite Opposition Leader for Talks on 13th Amendment

By Our Political Correspondent

President Mahinda Rajapakse is expected to invite Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe for talks about the 13th Amendment to the constitution which is at the center of the All Party Representative Committee (APRC) recommendations. 13th Amendment to the 1978 Constitution was enacted following the Indo Sri Lanka Agreement of July 1987. It resulted in the setting up of Provincial Councils throughout Sri Lanka and it would devolve power to the Provinces under the unitary Constitution. Unitary constitution and power devolvement may be areas unifying the government and the opposition.

New Sri Lanka Ambassador to Sweden Presents Credentials

Ranjith JayasooriyaRanjith Pemsiri Jayasooriya, new Ambassador to Sweden, presented his credential to the King of Sweden on 31st January 2007 in Stockholm. He was Director General/Consular Affairs Division in the Foreign Ministry, prior to his appointment as ambassador. Sri Lanka's newly appointed Ambassador, Ranjith Jayasooriya, was born in 1950. He entered the Foreign Service in 1981 and in recent years has been Director General of the Consular Affairs Division, Director General of the Political Affairs Division, Middle East and Africa and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Sri Lankan Embassy in France.

Artist Kulasooria: Sensitivity and Courage at His Exhibition at Sri Lankan Independence Day in L A

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Walter KulasooriaIn the age when people buzz around frantically, with cell phones pressed to their ears, Sri Lankan artist Walter Kulasooria communicates a sense of serenity rarely experienced by us. His art exhibition at the Independence Day celebrations in Long Beach will connote the message that life can arise out of debris. Walter and al his worldly possessions got demolished on tsunami day in December 2004. Reduced to mere clothes covering his body, he rose like phoenix depicting indomitable courage. His paintings looked as if several artists have worked on the same canvas-a unique style- profiling a deep sense of sharing with his fellow beings the slice of life we all try to impart each other.

Sri Lanka ready to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Arrangements are being made to celebrate Sri Lanka's the 60th independence anniversary in a gallant manner. The government has announced an independence week from 30 January, till the 5th of next month. The main Independence Day celebrations will be conducted at the Galle Face Green in Colombo. Commemoration ceremonies have also been conducted on the provincial and district level.

Informatics reaches quarter century milestone with excellence in IT

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Year 2008 is a significant milestone for one of Sri Lanka's pioneering Information Technology giants. On May 31st 2008 Informatics (Pvt) Ltd the parent company of the Informatics Group completes 25 years of service to the industry and to the country. Informatics was established in 1983 with a mission to be a leading Systems Integrator providing quality innovative IT solutions to its customers. The company's record of successes in the IT industry in Sri Lanka is overwhelming. With a varied clientele ranging from Government Institutions, state and private sector banks and other private sector establishments of varying sizes, Informatics have provided quality solutions that have far exceeded customer expectations over the years.

Export promotion display and sales centre of edb at Bandaranaike International Airport – Katunayake

By T.K.Premadasa - Deputy Director/Marketing, Sri Lanka Export Development Board

The Sri Lanka Export Development Board has taken steps to establish Export Promotion Display and Sales Centre of EDB at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake. The opening ceremony of this Export Promotion Display and Sales Centre of EDB at the Bandaranaike International Airport will take place on 7th February 2008 at the Katunayake Airport under the patronage of Hon. Prof. G.L. Pieris, the Minister of Export Development and International Trade and Hon. Chamal Rajapakse , Minister of Ports & Aviation and Irrigation & Water Management.

Threat of Talibanisation

By Asif Haroon Raja

As late as 2004, there was no organised group of local Taliban of the type of Afghan Taliban in Pakistan . Pakistani Taliban came into being in Waziristan after the army was inducted in 2002 and it started to comb the area to locate foreign terrorists and its harbourers reported by USA . For over a year neither the locals admitted the presence of any foreign elements nor any arrest made. During the military operation launched in Waziris dominated South Waziristan in October 2003, presence of foreign elements was confirmed for the first time. The tribals however, did not consider Afghans, Chechens, Uzbeks, Tajiks and Arabs settled in FATA since eighties, married with grown up children, as foreigners.

Terrorism menace & Indian state

By G.S. Bhargava - Syndicate Features

There is a story of a potter who married a blind woman because in those days of buying brides she came cheap. Poor woman as she moved about the house with a stick in hand she would inadvertently break the pots her husband kept out to dry. A tragic case of penny wisdom and pound foolishness! The Manmohan Singh Government is similarly handicapped in its Home Minister. An otherwise good man, Shivraj Patil, was a tolerably efficient Lok Sabha Speaker. He had combined suavity with firmness while presiding over the country’s apex legislature.

Obama - Clinton

Ranjith Jayasooriya

California: Test of Mettle for Clinton and Obama

By Philip Fernando in Hollywood

Obama - ClintonThere were barbed exchanges but cordiality reigned most of the time as millions watch on TV the one on one debate between Hillary Clinton, the first woman and Barrack Obama, first black man to seeking nomination for presidency. Looked like a chess game said one critic, intense yet great to watch. It was a test of mettle and ultimately the voters had a tough choice: experience versus judgment. Hollywood Kodak Theatre known for hosting the annual Oscar awards with 3,500 seats was filled to capacity. The candidates vied for the biggest prize, California with 370 delegates to be won. New York (232) and Illinois (153) are the next highest on Tuesday’s mini national election for supremacy repertoire.