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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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SL's economic growth rate will increase to 7% this year

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific region forecasts Sri Lanka’s economic growth rate will increase to seven percent this year. This growth will stem due to increased efficiency in agricultural, industrial and services sectors. Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Studies Dr. Saman Kelegama says rising inflation has posed problems to a number of countries in the world.

The Constitution and Judiciary of Sri Lanka could give adequate recognitions and rights - Sri Lanka Supreme Court

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in an opinion sought by President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the constitution of Sri Lanka and the Supreme Court rulings could give “adequate recognition to the provisions contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.” A bench of five judges headed by Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva said in the ruling that the people could derive the benefits of the international covenant through the judiciary and the constitution. Under the constitutional provisions, the President could seek the opinion of the supreme court of the country on any legal issue and this opinion was sought under that.

UNESCO acknowledges no media deaths in Sri Lanka in 2007

UNESCO has accepted that not a single journalist had been killed in Sri Lanka in 2007. UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura’s report for 2007 listed names of 53 journalists killed in number countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia DPR Congo, Palestine and Myanmar. There had been no killings of journalist in Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Russia, Colombia, Ecuador, Lebanon and Pakistan, where there had been killings of journalists in the previous year. The Director General of UNESCO stated this in his report submitted to the Intergovernmental Committee of the International Programme for Development of Communications held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from March 26 to 28. Sugeeswara Senadhira, Minister Counsellor of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris represented Sri Lanka at this meeting.

Series of seminars by FCCISL on popular demand

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Due to incessant demand the HRD and Industrial Relations Division of FCCISL has organized three seminars on: Termination of Employment (Disciplinary and Non-Disciplinary); Employment of Women and Children and Leadership and Teamwork. The course content of the seminar on Termination of Employment would include: Non-disciplinary termination, disciplinary terminations, vacation of post, frustration of contract and constructive termination and termination of probationary contract.

Q&A: "A World 'Unfit' for 2.2 Billion Children"

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Agneta UckoAs the United Nations plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its landmark Convention on the Rights of the Child next year, the world's 2.2 billion children continue to suffer the consequences of growing poverty, rising illiteracy, increasing sexual abuse and widespread military conscription in conflicts worldwide. As with many other global agreements, protocols and international conventions, we see that there is a gap between the pledge and the reality on the ground," says Agneta Ucko, director of Arigatou International, liaison office of the Tokyo-based Arigatou Foundation and Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC).

Eelavar Democratic Front (EDF) Expected to Join UPFA to Contest Eastern Provincial Council Elections

The Eelavar Democratic Front (EDF) of EROS will be contesting the forthcoming Eastern Provincial Council elections in May, it was announced today by their Senior Leader Nesan Shankar Raji. It is expected that the Eelavar Democratic Front will forge an alliance with the United Parties Freedom Alliance (UPFA) which is already contesting the PC elections. The senior politburo of EROS based in London headed by Nesan Shankar Raji have been engaging in talks with the SLFP party leaders through their UK branch and are keen to contest in the Provincial council elections under the UPFA alliance although no confirmation or formal agreement between EROS and the UPFA has been signed. They have been holding talks during the last two weeks.

Sri Lanka’s response to the US State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – 2007

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has issued today (31/03/2008) the detailed Response of the Government of Sri Lanka to the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices–2007 that had been released by the US Department of State relating to Sri Lanka, on 11th March 2008. In a letter forwarding the Government’s response, addressed to US Ambassador Robert Blake, the Foreign Minister has referred to the preliminary response that had been conveyed to him when he was called into the Ministry on 14th March 2008. At that meeting the Minister expressed the concern of the Sri Lankan Government on the substance of the report which presented a distorted view of the actual situation in Sri Lanka during the year 2007 and appears to have been based on unsubstantiated allegations.

Realignments likely in Indian political scene

By M Rama Rao - India Editor, Asian Tribune, Delhi

Realignment of political forces is being talked about in the capital's power circuit. A couple of factors are responsible for the development. Firstly, the Congress leadership is not keen on pre-poll alliances. And has turned a cold eye towards NCP leader Sharad Pawar. He wants the UPA to fight the next Lok Sabha elections as a time tested alliance and project Manmohan Singh as the Prime Ministerial candidate. Secondly, a thaw is developing between Congress and the Samajwadi party. Political pundits visualize the possibility of some understanding or at least seat adjustments between the Congress and the SP in Uttar Pradesh. For both, BSP is the common enemy.

Chief Ministership in Eastern Provincial Council to be Shared in Rotation by A Tamil and a Muslim-for Two Year Period Each

Chief Ministership of the Eastern Province would be shared in rotation among a Tamil and a Muslim, according to the parties to the UPFA coalition currently contesting the Eastern Provincial Council Elections. United Peoples Freedom Alliance has reached consensus on this. There is agreement among the constituent parties making it possible to share this important post by the two communities. A Tamil and a Muslim will serve as Chief Minister for a period of two years each. A Tamil is to be given the chief Ministership for two years first followed by Muslim for the next two years. In the meantime the UPFA constituent parties’ are allocated seats and all of them will be filing their nominations by tomorrow.

Youth Ex-patriots of Sri Lanka (Y E S 2008) Launched at Channa-Upuli Dance Extravaganza in Los Angeles

By Philip Fernando in L A for the Asian Tribune

Sponsored by Sri Lanka Foundation, the world-renowned dance troupe of Channa Wijewardena and Upuli Panibharatha -Channa-Upuli Dance-performed to a packed audience who were mesmerized by the show’s, authenticity as well its awesome professionalism. Dr. Walter Jayasinghe Founder-President of the Sri Lanka Foundation appealed to the altruism of everyone present to help sent groups of Sri Lankan youth back home every year as an inspirational trudge back to their roots, away from their domiciled environs. Dr. Jayasinghe announced the Foundation’s annual World Youth Conference named “Y E S 2008” Youth Ex-patriots of Sri Lanka conference scheduled for August. “Your money will be devoted one hundred percent for the Sri Lankan youth project and very well spent” he said. Channa-Upuli brought together the traditions of Sri Lankan dances in an evening of gorgeous sensitivity almost unparalleled in its depth and grandiosity.

Sri Lanka ‘Salpila’ at UNESCO

Many visitors from different parts of the world to the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on March 28 were seen enjoying a meal of "appa or kotturoti" with a cup of delicious Ceylon tea. The occasion was the Sri Lanka Salpila at the UNESCO Delegation Office Complex at rue Miollis in Paris. The visitors admiring the Bathik paintings and beautifully carved handicrafts, silverware, jewellery and many other Sri Lankan products on display were pleasantly surprised when they were treated to aromatic Sri Lankan tea at the Tea Stall which was one of the most popular stops at the Salpila.

Muhammad (S) – The Prophet of Islam – Part 6

By Habib Siddiqui

It is said that a great leader always leaves behind a great leadership cadre. Muhammad (S) was definitely very successful in generating some of the best leaders ever to emerge in human history. For our purpose here, the examples of Abu Bakr Siddiq, Umar ibn Khattab and Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) may be sufficient. When Muhammad (S) died at the age of 63 in 11 A.H. (632 C.E.), the news of his death was shocking to all Muslims. He occupied a unique place among the nascent community of believers in Islam. He had transformed them from warring pagan Arabs to an Ummah (nation) of God-fearing, trustworthy, truth-seeking, honest people.

Cost factor must not undermine product quality

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is aware of the importance and interest on BPO industry and said CIMA has become the most sought after management and business qualification with potential to contribute towards BPO industry and national economy of the country, said Anura Fernando, President, CIMA Sri Lanka Division making the welcome address at CIMA BPO Roundtable 2008 held at Trans Asia Hotel. Rick Sturge, Director, employer and Strategic Development, CIMA making his presentation on "The Global Perspective of the BPO Economy" said that organizations prefer to outsource for many reasons some of which are mainly due to the changing society and technology, pressure to reduce cot, globalization of finance, the war for talent, the changing role of the finance professional etc He said that Business Processing Outsourced (BPO) is where an organization contracts with a third party to provide the required back office services.



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