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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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Las Vegas MGM MIRAGE Diversity Success Attributed to Employee Initiative Creating Diversity Culture

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The hospitality industry’s giant in the United States MGM MIRAGE May 22 announced that its Diversity Initiative continues to gain momentum in key areas such as human resources, strategic sourcing, construction and corporate philanthropy. Since 2002, MGM MIRAGE reports its diversity performance annually to demonstrate transparency and accountability in this area. This year's diversity report focuses on employee initiatives that are key to creating and sustaining a culture that values diversity.

Latest International Child Soldier Report Scrutinizes Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

“The government in Sri Lanka cannot escape responsibility for the abduction of children by the Karuna Group, a breakaway group of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that was linked to government armed forces. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) continued to recruit and use children, despite repeated commitments not to do so. Children in the east of the country were forcibly recruited and used by the Karuna group, a breakaway group of the LTTE, with the complicity of, and in some instances actively working with, the security forces.”

Killing and revenge killing in Batticaloa - a total of five killed

Clashes erupted yesterday morning in Kathankudy, a predominantly Muslim area and curfew was imposed following the outbreak of violence. Two cadres belonging to the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal were shot and killed by radical Wahhabist Group, formerly known as the Jihadist’s. At the same time three Muslims civilians were also later killed as revenge by the TMVP armed cadres. Shanthan alias Sasitharan 39 also called Arayampathy Shanthan, the Arayampathy area leader of The Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (TMVP) and Tharshan alias Parasuraman, a member of TMVP were killed yesterday morning at 11.45 AM at Kathankudy town by suspected Wahabists armed group. Shanthan's wife, Christina, is the chairman of the Aaraiyampathi Pradeshya Sabah.

Keith Noyar, Deputy Editor missing

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Reports reveal that Keith Noyar, Deputy Editor of "Nation" suddenly missing from yesterday evening. It is suspected that he might have been abducted. He has left his office around 10.30 pm yesterday, but has not reached home. His vehicle was found close to his house, with head lights on and engine running. The 'Nation' Editor Lalith Alahakoon told to 'Asian Tribune' that he has reported to the Dehiwala Police and also informed Sri Lanka President as well as to the Secretary of Defense about the incident.

On the post conflict developments in Sri Lanka - Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha

The on-going democratic process in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka has been pointed out as a model in the post conflict developments. It has been further pinpointed that the successful clearing of the Eastern Province of LTTE terrorism by the Sri Lankan security forces between August 2006- July 2007 and the subsequent restoration of normalcy in these areas, has paved the way for holding elections, as recommended by the interim proposals of the All Party Representative Committee on 23 January 2008.

President appeals to make the government agriculture drive a success

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse observes that the ‘Api Vavamu Rata Nagamu’ national food production programme is a leading programme of the Mahinda Chinthana pledge to enhance local food production. He said this drive enables the country to successfully overcome the impact of the food crisis experienced globally. The President made these observations at the first meeting of the Presidential Task Force for the national operation 2007-2010 under the Api Vavamu Rata Nagamu programme.

The Selling of Bruce Fein

Respectfully Stephen Long

I have enjoyed articles written by Bruce Fein for several years. They appear with regularity in the Washington Times, and I usually agree with his opinions on most issues - including global warming, the ineptitude of George W. Bush, the hopeless war in Iraq, and others. I've admired and appreciated his frank and honest style, his insider points of view, his astute perceptions, and his complex analyses on a variety of subjects. After all, he is a former Associate Deputy Attorney General for the United States; his credibility is based on a record of sound public service.

Vesak Observed at the University of Oxford

The Sri Lankan Society at the University of Oxford officially observed the Vesak Full Moon Poya day on Monday the 19th of May. A Buddhist Sermon was organized under the patronage of the Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala, Chief Incumbent of the London Buddhist Vihara. Ven. Seelawimala Thera, delivering a Sermon at the University, emphasized on the significance of Vesak. The discourse also included an introduction to Buddhism and the basics of Buddhism. The sermon was well received and was followed by a Q & A session, which the audience participated enthusiastically. Many moral and spiritual dilemmas were discussed at length.

At the Cannes Film Festival: British journalist recalls the making of ‘Third Wave’ when Tsunami struck Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

London’s Metro newspaper was one, which was vigorously involved in helping the tsunami victims in Sri Lanka’s Boxing Day disaster in 2005. The relatively new mass circulated newspaper is different from many other traditional one’s like the Murdoch owned 'Times.' With a circulation of 1.3 million it is being freely distributed at London’s underground railway stations where millions of office and blue-collar workers flock to commute to work. Thanks to newspapers like the 'Metro', a give away tradition copied from Germany, millions of Londoners who are fast giving up newspapers largely due to the invading Internet and aided by television, still read news in the morning. The newspaper is sustained by advertisements.

Government is ready to face the global oil crisis successfully - Sri Lanka President

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

President Mahinda Rajapakse says the government is ready to face the global oil crisis successfully under a new programme. Price of a crude oil barrel has surpassed the 130 dollar mark in the world market. This has become a crisis face by almost every country of the world. However, the president notes comparing to other countries of the region the oil prices in Sri Lanka are still at a lower level.

The Sangha’s Relief Project : Emergency aid from the People of Sri Lanka -to the People of Myanmar.

Sri Lanka Tourism with the intervention of Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism got into action to organize a relief consignment to Myanmar cyclone affected countrymen as a gesture of goodwill. Cultural and Buddhist religious relations between Sri Lanka and Myanmar date back to several centuries in the history. The relief project initiated by the Ministry of Tourism was actively supported by the High Buddhist Priests, Catholic Church and several statutory bodies and Companies.

Manoj Gunawardene, the new CEO, SriLankan Airlines

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators sends greetings to. Manoj Gunewardene who has taken up duties as the CEO of SriLankan Airlines. The Association is acutely aware of the weightage and support extended by Gunewardene to the Tourism and Leisure sector in his previous capacities as Country Manager U.K. where he actively supported and facilitated the U.K. Outbound operators to channel tourism traffic to Sri Lanka and the generous allocation of Sri Lankan Airline’s resources for the development of Sri Lankan tourism as the Regional Manager for Europe and the Americas.

Human Rights in the USA and Sri Lanka.

By Garvin Karunaratne

It was not long ago that I was watching "YouTube" on the internet. One of the American political personalities to whom I once had a regard, John Kerry was speaking at the University of Florida, USA. Question time came and a student raised a question as to why at the 2004 US Presidential Election, Kerry conceded defeat to George W. Bush. He sported a book in his hand which said that it was Kerry that won the election if only the ballots were properly counted. The student overstepped and said that President Bush should be impeached. He continued to speak when hushed down to stop pointing out that Kerry should never have conceded.

Land dispute inquiry ends up with rape by the police officer

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A police officer from the Hakmana Police Station has gone into a residence to inquire into a complaint of a land dispute and is alleged to have overpowered and raped, the occupant lady of the residence. On March 9, 2008, at about 11:30am, a police officer attached to the Hakmana Police Station has visited the victim’s residence to inquire about the complaint she had made earlier regarding a land dispute with her neighbors.

Pokharan post script

By Chandra Mohan - Syndicate Features

There was no official ‘celebration’—as opposed to the jingoistic celebrations by the Bharatiya Janata Party—on May 11 to mark the anniversaries of the Pokharan nuclear tests spread over two days in May 1998 (11th and 13th) and the previous one in May 1974 (18th). The country still seems unsure whether it was good for India to gatecrash into the exclusive nuclear club—and be treated there like an upstart. Opinion on the matter is clearly divided between two opposing views. There are those who want India to keep away from anything that has anything to do with ‘nuclear’—whether arms or energy. Others disagree and say that the country has buckled under international (read US) pressure in restricting its military nuclear programme.

Sri Lanka Reaches to Morocco to Establish new Economic Ties

Economic and trade ties between the South Asian nation Sri Lanka and the Middle East nation Morocco is negligible when Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama visited the Kingdom of Morocco recently to fulfill one of the agenda items of his country’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa to reach out to non-traditional nations. In fact, Sri Lanka supported Morocco’s candidature to the UN Human Rights Commission this week.