Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

Monthly archive

Mahinda Ranil

Prabhakaran with Gangrened Leg Holed Up in Wanni Awaiting Hospitalization

PrabakaranVelupillai Prabakaran, the reclusive leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is immobile and holed up in a highly secret location in Wanni, which is out of bounds for the senior cadres of the outfit including Pottu Amman, the intelligence Chief and Sosai, the head of the Sea Tiger. Prabakaran who suffers very badly from his critical diabetic condition as well as a gangrened leg, and an injured shoulder needs immediate hospitalization. His diabetic conditions are reportedly fluctuating day to day for lack of proper medical care. Reliable sources revealed that a specialist doctor and a medical team were brought from Tamil Nadu, India to treat him.

U.N. Takes Lead on Ending Gender Violence

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations has launched a multi-year global campaign to intensify its efforts to help eliminate violence against women, which has long remained hidden in a "culture of silence. With this campaign, we are breaking the silence, and ensuring that women's voices are heard," says Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, executive director of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA). "We need strong and sustained leadership such as yours," she told Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who shared the podium, "to change norms and attitudes. It is time to end complicity and impunity."

Sri Lanka President and the Opposition Leader Agreed to Implement 13th Amendment

Mahinda and RanilRanil Wickremasinghe, the leader of the opposition who met President Mahinda Rajapakse agreed to extend the UNP's fullest cooperation to implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution which has been proposed in the APRC proposals. UNP leader announced that his party will extend its fullest co-operation to the implementation of the 13th amendment to the Constitution. The two leaders met yesterday around 7.30 PM at the Temple Trees, the official residence of the Sri Lanka President. During the discussion, President Rajapakse briefed the Opposition Leader on the implementation of the 13th Amendment proposed by the APRC proposals.

Government Should Correct Distorted Version of Sri Lankan Situation Aired in Europe by France 24 TV channel

By Dr. Edward Perera in Germany

"Tamil civilians locked in endless war" was the current topic of the France 24, the concurrent channel of the CNN, stationed in France. On Ferburary 21, 2008, this channel telecast a TV documentary to highlight the present situation of the Tamils, some of whom are supposed to have disappeared, arrested and evicted. Completely one sided, the Tamil politician in the telecast, Mano Ganeshen openly speaks on behalf of the Tamils as if he is the LTTE, but does not state that he is a terrorist. His words were inflammatory and strengthen the terrorist's cause.

Picking up export opportunities at International Trade Fairs

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

As exports are key to economic development various avenues are sought, One such avenue is the participation in trade fairs. With globalization there is heavy competition in the export market and for a country like Sri Lanka which has not been fully geared with modern technology in par with some of the competitive countries and also shortfalls in productivity; Sri Lanka has to make an extra effort in promoting exports. Thus encouragement of the local business and industry to participate in international trade fairs and arranging trade fairs in Sri Lanka for the international trading and industry community and this much needed impetus is what the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka – (FCCISL) has exactly been doing and FCCISL has achieved great success in doing so.

High Level Trade & Investment Delegation from Jilin Province of China to visit Sri Lanka

The Department of Commerce of the Jilin Province of China is making arrangements to send a high-powered delegation consisting of decision makers in the Dept of Commerce and a number of businessmen to Sri Lanka in order to explore trade and investment possibilities. The 9-member delegation is scheduled to leave for Sri Lanka on 5th March 2008 and the local program will be arranged by the National Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of the Dept of Commerce of Sri Lanka. The delegation is scheduled to meet the Minister of Export Development & International Trade and senior officials of EDB, Dept of Commerce and the BOI.

Shaheed Dhirendranath Dutta-”The Bangali Nationalist Leader of bygone days - Part-II

Rabindranath Trivedi for Asian Tribune

When the Gana samity or People’s Forum was liquidated, The United Progressive Party which was formed out of it under the l dynamic leadership of Dutta stood for undiluted joint electorate. The UPP thus had a clear, distinguishing stand under Dhiren Dutta vis-a-vis Congress leadership. On important issues the two parties continued to work, however, in close co-operation.. He moved the adjournment Motion against the promulgation of governor’s Rules in East Bengal in 1954. Dhirendranath Dutta was the for Health and Social Welfare Minister in the Ataur Rahman’s Cabinet from 19 September 1956 to 7 October 1958, the day martial law was proclaimed.

Part of anniversary celebrations Colombo Hilton goes back to 1987 prices on selected items

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Hilton Colombo is ready to offer its customers the 1987 prices at the Echelon Pub February 25 to March 20 from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. on selected items. As part of its 21st anniversary celebrations, the Echelon Pub will offer customers a selected range of beverages – at 1987 prices. Ms Gigi De Silva, Marketing and Communications Manager, Colombo Hilton said that from time to time Hilton comes up with attractive packages and promotions to offer its customers with the best deals and services, and with the hotel celebrating its 21st year in Sri Lanka they have thought it would be apt to offer our customers with this special deal.

Sporting row :it is time to find a solution

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The row between federations and the Ministry of Sports over the lack of proper accessories is as old as Independent India. It is a blame game with nobody the winner and their confrontational attitude only makes matters worse. In fact, the charges and counter charges almost sound like a broken record. In the run-up to the latest problem the National Rifle Association of India and the Badminton Association of India have both blamed the Ministry for not making arrangements for cartridges and shuttlecocks respectively and have spoken about cancelling or postponing camps and training scheduled and what not.

Clinton - Obama


Obama and Clinton: Super-Delegating Time Soon

By Philip Fernando in Seattle for Asian Tribune

Clinton - Obama Like two heavy weight boxers slugging it out in the twelfth round, the two Democratic contenders Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton punched and counter punched without landing a knockout. Obama looked very presidential while Clinton was factually armed to her teeth exhibiting experience. How the seasoned two-term Senator from New York had her followers leave the fold to let one-term Senator from Chicago take the lead is one of the mysteries of campaigning. In a few days Texas and Ohio will vote and then everyone will go “super-delegating” at the convention. McCain is the virtual Republican nominee while a new term is coined for the endless campaigning of Mike Huckabee, 'Huckabean'.