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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Rohitha Bogollagama with Stephen Smith

On-going conflict situation ruins the Travel and Tourism industry in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

At the Annual General Meeting of the Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka held at the BMICH,in an overview of the Tourism Industry it is indicated that the year 2007 saw a set-back in tourism with tourist arrivals declining by 11.7 percent to 494,008 compared to 559,603 in 2006. The overview indicated that travel advisories issued by major tourist originating countries including the UK, Germany, Australia, Italy and France were a detriment to the progress of the tourism industry.

Government of Sri Lanka hailed Indian government’s victory

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka SL Bureau

Government of Sri Lanka hailed Indian government’s victory on Tuesday and said it is another victory for Sri Lanka. Addressing a special press briefing at the parliament complex on Wednesday Minister Maithreepala Sirisena said it is a blessing for India and Sri Lanka. He said government has rejected LTTE’s so-called peace offer but said the UNP’s behavior on the government decision is shameful. "Our troops are now marching towards the Kilinochchi and Mullativu –LTTE’s heartland. But the UNP does not encourage our troops to end the terrorism, he said.

Bogollagama urged Australia to b the LTTE

Bogollagama & Stephen SmithSri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohita Bogollagama urged Australia to proscribe the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist and terrorist outfit of Sri Lanka. "Such a measure would provide the legal framework for the authorities to take effective action against fund raising and propaganda activities by the LTTE and its fronts operating on Australian soil, he said. Rohitha Bogollagama, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister arrived in Singapore yesterday morning to participate in the 15th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF). On the sidelines of the conference Sri Lanka’s Minister met the Foreign Ministers of number of Asian Countries as well as that of Australia.

Right to Protection (R2P) from the World’s Rich

By Shenali Waduge

Would anyone disagree that the distribution of wealth & resources in the world is unequal? It was not so but for some reasons or other we have two extremes - nations that are extremely rich & nations that are extremely poor. We are aware that one quarter of the world’s population live in the developed North & has four fifths of the world’s wealth at its disposal, while the majority of the developing nations lie south of the equator. Of the "Rich" Luxembourg comes top with an average person earning $40,000 per year, then there is the United States of America the world's most powerful and wealthiest country, with a GDP of $8650 billion - about $31,330 per person.….comparing this to $63 what a Sudanese would earn…there is certainly a visible difference.

Sri Lanka Government looking for a durable solution to those affected by conflict

Sri Lanka Government is looking at a National Policy for Durable Solutions for those affected by conflict and UN has come forward to support the efforts of the Government. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) completed a review of the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) which outlines funding requirements for humanitarian programs for Sri Lanka during 2008. The review highlighted key humanitarian priorities and also highlighted key operational challenges in reaching those displaced by conflict in Sri Lanka.

Two views on outcome of long march

By Asif Haroon Raja

The long march which started with lot of fanfare and evoked phenomenal response from all segments of society ended on a somewhat disappointing note. Somehow high expectations were pinned on the much awaited and much hyped long march that it would not only succeed in reinstating the deposed judges but also dig the last nail in the coffin of Musharaf. The ones who were watching the grand show from the sidelines were equally disillusioned. The leaders of the legal fraternity that have been eulogised as heroes have come under scathing criticism. It is widely speculated that Zardari with the help of Nawaz and Aitzaz had a key role in winding up long march inconclusively.

CFA Competition 2008

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) provides an opportunity for Chartered Financial Analyst to interact and share their knowledge iwth aspiring investment professionals to provide best practices in research to the next generation of analysts, to provide experience in a real-world setting to complement students' academic curriculum and to develop interest in securities analysis and the investment profession at top universities and business schoos.

Somnath Breaks Free of Karat Diktat

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

If reports of his ‘defiance’ of a diktat from the CPI(M) general secretary, Prakash Karat, are true the Lok Sabha speaker, Somnath Chatterjee, would have saved the high office that he holds from becoming an ill-chosen pawn in the battle between the Left-inspired opposition and the Congress-led UPA. This battle under Karat’s overall command has two purposes: throw out the government and pave the way for another dispensation that may well be dominated by the saffron brigade.

US Elections: New Dialogue Set to Reverberate

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

US voters were treated to a new dialogue this week. It is bound to reverberate until the election judging by the way it has been framed. Barrack Obama started it this way: “we need to be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in." Prime Minister of Iraq endorsed the idea of US troops leaving Iraq in 16 months. John McCain not to be outdone said "it looks like Obama is ready to lose a war in order to win a campaign for president." The "al-Maliki endorsement" greatly bolsters Obama's position. But the Republicans maintain that any time the inexperienced Obama enters the realm of Iraq policy he has entered into Sen. John McCain's area of expertise.