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Ambassador Wickramasuriya Meets with Religious Leaders in US Capital

By Philip Fernando in Washington D.C.

Siva Vishnu Temple.Sri Lankan Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya had a series of meetings with religious leaders in the US capital Washington D.C. bring them up to speed on the country’s commitment to unity and co-existence, the underlying sentiment of peace among all communities. He visited the temples, churches and mosques in the area as the starting point of a move to reach out to the community.

Dialog sponsors National Best Quality Software Awards 2008

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dialog Enterprise Solutions, an integrated business division of Dialog Broadband Networks (DBN), sponsors the National Best Quality Software Awards 2008, the only national competition of its type in Sri Lanka. The event is organized by the British Computer Society, Sri Lanka section. The competition which marks its tenth anniversary this year, has made a remarkable contribution to the ICT industry in Sri Lanka by recognizing and promoting exceptional local ICT achievements, since its inception in 1998.

Sri Lanka President thanks all for the success of SAARC summit

Sri Lanka President thanks the people of the Country, Police, and the Armed services personnel for the success of the recently held 15th SAARC Summit, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his message said, "My thanks are also due to all sections of the Media for the extensive coverage they gave to the preparations for the Summit and its proceedings." He further pointed out, "The general public too deserves special thanks for the manner in which they bore some of the inevitable inconveniences and cooperated in the implementing of special traffic arrangements, security checks and other moves that were necessary to ensure the success of the Summit."

Sri Lanka Government imposes a new tax on mobile phones and motor vehicles

Sri Lanka Government has imposed Environmental Conservation Tax on the communication and transportation sectors. Mobile telephone users and motor vehicle owners are worried about recent taxes on mobile phone bills and motor vehicle licenses. They said the government tries to end the usage of mobile phones and motor vehicles. They said at present a number of taxes on phone bills were imposed by the government and the recent tax is Environmental Conservation Tax on motor vehicle licenses and mobile phone bills.

FCCISL strengthens public – private dialogue at national level

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At a special meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse met the Chairmen, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle and Sabaragamuwa Chambers of Commerce and Industry and among other thing discussion was carried out on the issues on policy, regulatory matters relating to business and infrastructure in the provinces. The meeting which was chaired by President Rajapakse was the culmination of efforts by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka which made arrangements for this meeting, symbolizing its effort in creating public – private dialogue at national level.

Water on planet Mars combined with other discoveries point to the existence of life on the planet

By Walter Jayawardhana

Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe , acclaimed astrobiologist from Cardiff University ,Wales said the discovery of water on planet Mars combined with other discoveries point to the existence of life on the planet. In an interview he said, "The discovery of liquid water on Mars combined with earlier discoveries of organic substances in a meteorite that came from Mars, and also of methane in the Martian atmosphere all point to the existence of life – contemporary life - on the "Red Planet".

'Tata' Bangladesh

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It is not surprising that the Tata group has decided to call off its proposed $3 billion investment in Bangladesh; what is more surprising is that what should have been apparent from day one it took almost four years for the reputed Indian business house to realise that it cannot do business with Bangladesh. The story of the Tata's failed attempt to enter Bangladesh should also send a clear signal to other business houses in this country that it will be foolish to look for investment opportunities in most of India’s neighbourhood where raising the India bogey is a favourite pastime.

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Pakistan guarantor of Lanka's sovereignty

By Janaka Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe said yesterday (August 4) that India cannot threaten and bulldoze her way into Sri Lanka in the same way she did in 1987 because the world has changed much since then. Samarasinghe recalled how the Indians – during the "Operation Vadamarachchi" - 'appealed' to the then Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranasinghe Premadasa, "Please tell your President to stop the war" That was the start of the Indian interference that prevented Sri Lanka from nipping the Tiger menace in the bud. (Premadasa, along with the National Security Minister Lalith Athulathmudali, was among the strongest opponents of Indian intervention).