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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2858

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FCCISL commences paying gratitude to forgotten government servants

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Government servants in Sri Lanka are unsung heroes, whose great service to community development and nation building is ignored and forgotten, in many instances. To fill this essential gap, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at the recently held Chamber Competition 2008 took pride in appreciating and felicitating the services of four top senior government servants – Thosapala Hewage, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and aviation; Mahinda Madihaheva, Secretary to the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower; Dr Prathap Ramanujan, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development and Dr R M K Ratnayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services.

LTTE used notorious Norwegian NGO’s vehicles for military activities

By Walter Jayawardhana

Property belonging to Norwegian People's Aid - One of Norway's biggest non-government organizations which was accused of secretly smuggling is weapons for at least another insurgency in Sudan in the past - is being used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its military activities , Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defense charged. The Defense Ministry said, "heavy earth moving vehicles, four trucks, a tractor, several land cruiser jeeps and a number of motor cycles," belonging to the Norwegian People’s Aid are being used by the LTTE, quoting unnamed sources, believed to be the Army’s intelligence services.

The Longest War: Sri Lanka’s Identity Conflicts & Conflicted Identities

By Dayan Jayatilleka

This month, July, the 25th anniversary of July 83, has quite appropriately seen significant commentary in the press over the interrelated themes of the war, its character or its perceived character, and contending interpretations of Sri Lankan identity. In 2001, in an essay entitled "The Sources of Intractability", published in Ethnic Studies Report, the journal of the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) I wrote of the Sri Lankan conflict that "It is not an ethnic conflict and it is. It is an ethnic conflict and it is not...It is not an ethnic conflict in the sense that it is no longer primarily one.

Maliban rises from the ashes of near ruination, to compete to be market leader

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The perennial family favorite - Maliban Cream Cracker was relaunhed with a new taste as well as a new look at a media briefing held recently at Trans Asia Hotel, where the Chairman and the Board of Directors of the House of Maliban were present. A G R Samaraweera, Chairman, Maliban said that the Company's key strength right throughout in its long history has been its emphasis on quality. From the insception Maliban has focused on quality which has in turn built trust and loyalty among generations of consumers. He said that this was possible, due to Maliban has always been a brand close to the consumers' heart and today's launch is a further reinforcement of their commitment to giving the consumer a quality, great tasting Cracker which is on par with any international product.

SAARC Official meeting commenced

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Rohitha BogollagamaSenior Officials of the Foreign Ministries of the SAARC countries attended their official meetings under the Chairmanship of Sri Lanka in Colombo with the tightest security on Sunday. A heavy security blanket was setup by the Sri Lankan security forces and a number of roads were closed due to the meetings. The SAARC officials formed a Steering Committee and Director General of SAARC and South Asian Affairs Mrs. Grace Ashirwatham was appointed to the post of Chairmanship.

Massive anti terrorism demonstration in Paris

More than thousand Sri Lankans and their French friends gathered at Trocadero, the most significant landmark of Paris under the footsteps of Eiffle Tower to protest against terrorist attacks unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The demonstrators, carrying photographs of the victims of the most brutal killings of innocent civilians by the Tamil Tigers urged the French and European Union to immediately ban the front organizations LTTE such as WTM, ORT (TRO of France), Tamil Sangham and other Tamil Eelam associations.

Liberating the North is not far away – Sri Lanka President

Addressing a rally on Saturday, in Anuradhapura in support of the United People's Freedom Alliance candidates contesting the North Western Provincial Council election, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that no period in history since the time of King Parakramabahu the Great has seen a development drive as the present one launched by the Government. The President also pledged that just as the East was liberated from the clutches of terrorists, so too will the last remaining strongholds of the LTTE, KIllinochchi and Mullaitivu, be liberated so that people living in those areas too can benefit from the Government's overall development strategy.

Indian Navy advises fishermen to fix GPS to their gear

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

In the context of firing Indian fishermen are coming under in the Indian ocean, the Indian Navy has advised that the fishermen should fix Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to avoid crossing the maritime boundary. It (GPS) is not very costly and is affordable, the naval advisory says. GPS provides the fastest and most accurate method to navigate, measure speed and determine location for fishermen. The Tamil Nadu government is working on a pilot project to equip fishermen with country boats in Ramanathapuram district with handheld GPS devices. The Naval advisory assumes significance as fishermen particularly of Rameswaram area went on a strike and received local political backing over alleged firing on their vessels by Sri Lanka Navy.

Strange World of Indian Politics

By Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Last few weeks have amply seen the lower denominator of Indian politics, with a reminder that politics in India has tightly embraced hypocrisy and double-speak. After the formal rupture between the UPA and the Left one thing that became clear was that the country would quickly see a fresh political realignment that is based on expediency and exigencies of the moment—immoral and unethical alignments. For one party to allege that the other party is seeking unprincipled or unholy alliances is pure hogwash when it has been repeatedly seen that all of them can be equally sanctimonious, vain and shallow.

Anti-Terrorism Demonstration in Paris

Anti-Terrorism Demonstration in Paris

Anti-Terrorism Demonstration in Paris