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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2902

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Sri Lanka: Rain causes floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Flood situation is reported yesterday from several areas of Sri Lanka due to the prevailing rains. Heavy rains have hampered transportation on a number of roads. It is reported that the old bus stand and the public ground in Ratnapura have submerged due to the overflowing of Kalu Ganga. Divisional engineer of the Irrigation Department in Rathnapura S.P.C. Sugeeshwara said water level of Kalu Ganga has increased to 22 feet causing floods in the area. Rathnapura received a 114 millimeter rain fall during the period starting at 8.30am fron Sunday and ending at 11.30 Monday morning.

Moscow Diary: President Putin Speaking…

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Alina KabayevaEven as the latest love-affair controversy, reported by the media linking him with a gymnast Alina Kabayeva, Russian president Vladimir Putin is busy streamlining the future course he has to pursue while in the White House, the office of new Russian Prime-Minster on the other-side of the Kremlin across the Moscow (Moskva) river. Dmitry Peskov, Putin's chief spokesman who speaks four languages and has been Putin's voice to the world media since 2000, has been named spokesman for the prime minister and a deputy government chief of staff on 26 April. In activity after the close of business in Moscow, Putin signed into effect orders freeing his press secretary, Peskov, and other senior aides from their duties in the presidential administration.

ABC Insurance registers 300 percent increase

Feeling the pulse of the masses, ABC Insurance is totally dedicated to fulfilling the insurance requirements of people. Over 3 years in business, the company has won the hearts of people maintaining a truly Sri Lankan company, being the youngest in the fraternity of Sri Lankan Insurance, ABC Insurance made an indelible mark in the industry providing General and Life Insurance Polices. Though they are comparatively new to the Insurance Business in Sri Lanka as their life-span is almost three years, they have been able to quickly move into this specialized market and the first quarter of 2008 showed an increase of 300 percent in their business, said Vinnie Gunasekera, Managing Director, ABC Insurance Co Ltd addressing a press conference held at Hotel Gladari last week.

If There's No Rice, Let Them Eat Potatoes

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When a gaggle of unruly and starving peasants complained about a shortage of bread in 17th century France, the queen consort Marie Antoinette is said to have infamously remarked: "Let them eat cake." Historians have since disputed the apparently callous comment, arguing that she was either misquoted or mistranslated. However, there was no ambiguity about a statement attributed to the Bangladeshi army chief, General Moeen U. Ahmed, who told his compatriots last month that if they don't have rice, they should eat potatoes.

Australian Commando killed by Afgan terrorists

By Sumane Liyanaarachchi in Sydney

An Australian army commndo was killed and four others were wounded in a gun battle with Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan 27 April. Lance –Cpl Jason Marks,27, a farther of two children and member of the 4RAR Commando Battalion, died during an attack about 25km southeast of the Australian base at Tarin Kowt. He is the fifth Australian soldier to die in Afghanistan since 2002. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the security situation in Afghanistan is "grim" and Australians need to prepare themselves for more casualties in a "difficult, dangerous and bloody" year ahead.

Dr. Sarath Amunugama Foresees a Healthy Intellectual and Physical Developmental Future for Sri Lanka

The Rajapaksa Government has placed the highest emphasis on investment covering not only the physical infrastructure development which is going on at an unparalleled level in this country, in all parts of the country, but also the need to upgrade the intellectual infrastructure and social infrastructure. The President has called this a very vital life skill, stated Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise development at a seminar at Galadari Hotel organized by the Boil and Presidential Secretariat recently. He added like what late Shri Jawaharlal Nehru envisioned a great future for India based on an open cultural mind, influenced from the brilliant thoughts of men like Rabindranath Tagore, President Rajapaksa has launched a modernizing project. That is a link to globally achieving a highest level of growth and also set itself the highest possible standards for the country's growth.

Red Carpet Welcome for Iranian President in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived at the Bandaranaike International Air Port around 7.30 pm local time on a two-day state visit. He was welcomed at the International Airport by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Navy accorded a Guard of honor by offering 21 gun salutes to the visiting President. Iranian President headed a high ranking delegation which included Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Commerce Minister Mir Kazemi, Deputy Petroleum Minister Ali Kordan, Deputy Power Minister Dr. Rasool Zagar, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Asia and Pacific Seyyed Mohammad Ali Hosseni and General Abdol Ali Najafi, Chief of Security.

Sri Lanka Toes Indian Line on Iran: Sri Lanka Supports Iran’s Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune – A News Analysis

Iranian news agency, Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported yesterday quoting Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa that he “expressed his country's opposition to sending Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council and said Colombo supports Iran's right to use peaceful nuclear energy.” This statement is in the heat of the Indian Foreign Ministry statement last week snubbing the U.S. State Department pronouncement on Monday 21 April by its spokesman Tom Casey that Indian Government or any government that was engaging with the Iranian, including with President Ahmadinejad, “would call on him to meet the requirements that the (UN) Security Council and the international community has placed on him in terms of suspending their uranium enrichment activities and complying with the other requirements regarding their nuclear program.”

Dr. Mervyn injured in accident

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha

Minister Mervyn Silva suffered injuries following an accident in Aralaganwila, Dehiattakandiya, a short while ago and is being airlifted to Colombo for treatment. Kelaniya Pradeesheeya Sabha Chairman Seevali Kelanitissa has died on the spot.

Sri Lankan food and tea promotion in Macao, China

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management conducted a highly successful Sri Lankan Food and Tea Promotion on the invitation of the Institute of Tourism Studies of Macao [IFT] recently. The Tea promotion was fully sponsored by Dilmah Tea Ltd assisted by their Marketing Office based in Hong Kong. The Institute of Tourism Studies of Macao as a tradition invites one of the member countries of the Asia Pacific Educational and Training Institute in Tourism to conduct a National Food Promotion on an annual basis.

Microbial Life is Evident in the Upper Clouds of Planet Venus – Chandra Wickramasinghe

By Walter Jayawardhana

Chandra Wickramasinghe The Planet Venus, as hot as hell and written off as a habitat of any life in recent times could be, after all harboring microbial life in its cloudy upper atmosphere. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of Cardiff University, the world’s leading authority of the theory of “Panspermia” that says life on earth originated in deep space and travelled here hitch hiking on comets, said “according to the latest researches of me any my daughter Janaki Wickramasinghe the planet Venus has a microbial ecology high in its atmosphere.”

Dr. Sarath Amunugama

gymnast Alina Kabayeva

Iran and Sri Lanka Presidents

Guard of Honor

Iran and Sri Lanka Presidents