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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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FM calls for increased economic cooperation with Zhejiang

Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama has sought increased investment from, and enhanced market access for Sri Lankan exports to the Zhejiang Province in China. He made this call during a meeting with a high level delegation led by Mr. Zhong Shan, Vice Governor of the Zhejiang Province of China, which is currently visiting the island on an invitation of the Minister, made during the Minister’s visit to the Province in December 2007. The meeting took place at the Foreign Ministry yesterday (23 April 2008). The visiting Vice Governor briefed the Foreign Minister on recent developments in his Province, in particular on the rapid economic progress that has been achieved in recent years.

MP's from UK's Labour and Liberal Democrats Party linked to Tamil Tiger Terrorists

A handful of the UK's Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrats MP's have been working closely with agents of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for a considerable time which resulted in the formation of the "All Part Parliamentary Group for Tamil Tigers APPG(T) chaired by Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, who has consistently been scrutinized in the British media over his clandestine links with the LTTE otherwise known as the British Tamil Forum (BTF) in the UK. Keith Vaz MP is also chairperson of the UK's "Home Affairs SelectCommittee" and is described to be "above the law".

Ads versus news reports: Credibility gap

By C.P. Kuruppu

Ensuring advertising revenue and preventing the erosion of credibility has posed a challenge to sections of the so-called independent media in Sri Lanka. The Sinhala-Tamil New Year period saw the anti-government press and television contradicting themselves in their over-enthusiasm to paint a gloomy scenario during the festive season. From the first week of this month news reports were churned out to indicate that prices of all essential food items would skyrocket during the period. The UNP-led Opposition fuelled this alarmist campaign saying this New Year was going to be one the worst that Sri Lanka would experience. Columnist after columnist argued that the government would be helpless in preventing price hikes and food shortages.

English as a Life Skill" programme launched in Colombo

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha

India has begun aiding English-language teaching in Sri Lanka in a major way to enable young Sri Lankans to get jobs in the corporate sector. The "English as a Life Skill" programme, started by the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, aims to train at least 50,000 persons between the ages of 18 and 24 in the use of the language with assistance from the High Commission of India and the English and Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad. The course will be short-term in order to get quick results.

American Policy in the Burmese Context

Prof. Kanbawza Win

What the former Soviet Union did for the cause of Socialism, --- is this what America is doing for the cause of democracy? This will be the first question asked of the current US administration. It seems that a high-profile "Democracy Promotion" agenda has provided repressive regimes, especially the Burmese Junta and its apologists with an excuse to label any popular pro-democracy movement that challenges them as foreign agents, even when led by independent grassroots nonviolent activists in Burma.

American Soul And Hip Hop Tour Sri Lanka

The American Embassy in Colombo and Jazz at Lincoln Center present American soul and hip hop artists "The Maya Azucena Band "at two great shows titled “The Rhythm Road” in Sri Lanka. Performance dates are Monday, April 28th at 6:00pm at the Galle Town Hall in Galle, and Wednesday, April 30th at 6:30pm at the New Town Hall in Colombo 7. Entrance to both shows is totally free! Passes for the Colombo show can be picked up at the American Center, 44 Galle Rd, Colombo 3 or at the performance – on First Come, First Served basis.

CTA Schaffter Award” for top scholars in Insurance and Valuation at Wayamba University

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

In recognition of his invaluable contribution to insurance in Sri Lanka, and, Janashakthi Insurance Co Ltd which he founded 14 years ago, the company’s management in collaboration with the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka recently launched an awards scheme in honour of Mr. C.T.A. Schaffter. “The CTA Schaffter Award”, as it has been called, will be awarded annually to the top three students who excel in the B.Sc (Hons) degree programme in Insurance and Valuation at the Wayamba University.

Global warming due to commercialized luxuries will doom the earth: Prof Mohan Munasinghe warns

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

There are 1.3 billion in the world who live one less that one dollar per day and 3 billion on less than two dollars per day. So the sustainable development challenge is to alleviate poverty and to provide adequate food, especially for the 800 million people who are malnourished today—this will require food production to double in the next 35 years without further environmental degradation, said Prof Mohan Munasinghe, Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner as Chief Guest and Guest Speaker at the CIMA Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards 2007 that was worked out at Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

Ajmal's humanism on view in Bhatt's film tribute

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

Haji Ajmal Ali was born in a marginal farmer family of Haji Abdul Majid in 1923. It was in the 1950s that Haji Ajmal Ali ventured into a new world, far from his native place, Assam, and started selling agar wood to a friend in Mumbai, who used it to make perfume. Soon, he joined his friend and set up his first shop-- Al-Hafiz Traders at Nagdevi Street, across Mumbai's famous Muhammad Ali Road and Crawford Market. There has been no looking back since that early beginning.

Russia-Italy Ties

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

President Vladimir Putin and Italian Prime Minister-elect and the richest man of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi, on 18 April 2008 rekindled ties by talking up a possible new bid by Aeroflot for troubled airline Alitalia and hinted that a gas deal between Gazprom and Italy's Eni involving Libya could be in the pipeline too. Putin was visiting Berlusconi on the island of Sardinia just days after the Italian media mogul's victory in parliamentary elections. Putin arrived on the island 17 April after completing a two-day trip to Libya, where he signed a raft of deals on debt, railways and energy. On energy, Putin hinted that a Gazprom deal with Eni involving Libya could be close.

Sri Lanka Army attacks a Black Tiger Base

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

Army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara says the air force has launched a massive attack on a black tiger training camp in Pannikkamkulam north around 6.20 this morning using Kafir and MIG air craft. The camp was located north west of Mankulam. Spokesman for national defence Minister Keheliya Rambukwella says more than one hundred LTTE carders were killed in clashes in areas surrounding the forward defence circle in Muhamalai. Another 200 LTTE members were injured. 43 members of the security forces have also succumbed to their injuries. The Minister at a media briefing in Colombo this morning also said 22 injured soldiers have returned to the battle front. He added that the troops were able to capture the first defence circle of the LTTE in this operation.