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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Iran and Sri Lanka on the need for food security

Mahinda Rajapaksa with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad The need for a greater investment in agriculture to develop the rural sector and urgent action for a better water management in view of the impending threats to this natural asset posed by climate changes and over exploitation was agreed, when Presidents of Sri Lanka and Iran met. Both presidents emphasized on the agricultural development especially in the developing countries in the context of assuring global food security to the people.This understanding was expressed when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the United Nations yesterday.

Sri Lanka Army to launch a full scale offensive in the Tiger-heartland shortly

Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka said that Sri Lankan ground troops will attack Kilinochchi town from next week with the support of the Air Force. Army Commander said this while addressing a book launch ceremony held at the National Library service board auditorium, in Colombo, yesterday. He told the gatherings that at the moment troops were located four km from Kilinochchi town. He emphasized that after the capture of Kilinochchi, troops would search every nook and corner and eliminate terrorists.

Renton invited to Peru on World Tourism Day

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Secretary General, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has invited to speak at a special Think Tank event to be held in Lima, Peru, on September 27, 2008, the World Tourism Day. The conference theme is "Tourism: Responding to the Challenge of Climate Change". This interactive thinktank is hosted by Dr. Alan Garcia Perez, President. Republic of Peru and Dr. Mercedes Araoz Fernandez, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism , Peru in conjunction with UNWTO.

USAID boosts job opportunities for youth in in Eastern Sri Lanka

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is constructing four vocational schools in tsunami-affected Ampara and Batticaloa Districts as part of USAID’s Sri Lanka Tsunami Reconstruction Program. This week marked the official opening of the schools in Ninthavur and Kaluwanchikudy in the presence of P. Gamage, Minister of Vocational and Technical Training, S. Chanthirakanthan, Chief Minister to the Eastern Province, A. Athaulla, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, and Robert O. Blake, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka.

The 29th National Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The 29th National Conference of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL) is scheduled to be held on the 10th and 11th October at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo and the ceremonial inauguration of the sessions is scheduled for the 9th October, under the patronage of Alok Prasad, High Commissioner of INdia in Sri Lanka with Rajan Asirwatham, former Precedent partner, KPMG Ford Rhodes Thornton & C as keynote speaker.

Soft on pirates too ….

By Aallabaksh - Syndicate Features

Taking a strictly diplomatic view of a problem that is patently egregious, disrespectful to the law while posing a threat to the lives of many Indians sailing in ships as crew and officers, the government of India is reported to have turned down a plea by the Indian Navy that it should be given blanket permission for hot pursuit of pirates on the high seas. The government, however, was ready to consider giving permission on a ‘case by case’ basis. The Indian government seems to think that a blanket permission will violate a resolution of the UN security council, which authorises only states cooperating with the ‘transitional’ government of Somalia can enter its territorial waters to repress acts of piracy.

Hate Campaign Against Obama, How low can it get?

By L. Jayasooriya

A bare breasted bust of an African woman named as Michelle Obama has been maliciously sculptured and it will go on display at the Leo Kesting Gallery in New York on October 1st as was reported on page 3 of the section World View of the "Island" of Tuesday 23rd September 2008. I say it was maliciously sculptured because Michelle would never ever have given a sitting for it nor did the so-called sculptor ever had bare breasted photographs of her because she is a professional lawyer who would never have taken such photographs to be issued to the public. So what has been depicted has no semblance to the real person.

Uphold public health over corporate interests

By Bobby Ramakant

It is a pity that India's robust smoke-free policies have been challenged by those with vested interests neglecting the immense and undisputed proven public health benefits of implementing such policies for people at-large. India is to ban smoking in public places nation-wide from October 2. However the ITC Limited and the Indian Hotel Association are among those who have challenged these public health policies in the court of law. The hearing by the honourable court is due.

Construction Chamber promotes use of IT in project management

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The competitive position of relevant stakeholders of the Construction Industry depends on their ability to provide a quality service on time at competitive price levels which would require efficiency at all levels of Project Management. With ever increasing opportunities existing in overseas markets, especially in the Gulf, and the need for the industry to aggressively embrace an Export Culture over the next decade, increased efficiency and competitiveness of firms is the key to survival and growth in today's global market environment.

Sri Lanka President greets the new Japanese premier

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has congratulated Taro Aso, the new Japan’s Prime Minister. Sri Lanka’s President has reminded the newly elected Prime Minister of the continuous friendly and bilateral relationship with Sri Lanka and Japan. Mahinda Rajapakse in his congratulatory note has said "I am confident that the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that Sri Lanka and Japan have enjoyed for long years will continue to flourish during your premiership. I look forward to a fruitful and sustained dialogue with a view to further consolidating the relations between our two countries."

D.B.Wijetunga – A Man Who Restored Democracy Back In Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

D.B.WijetungaThe Times, in an obituary published called the deceased Sri Lankan President Dingiri Banda Wijetunga as a man who restored democratic freedoms in Sri Lanka after the shocking demise of his predecessor by assassination committed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But "The Times," following the Western practice, called his identification of Sri Lanka’s trouble as a terrorist problem and not as an ethnic problem a gaffe but Sri Lankan expatriates in London said Wijetunga has been proved beyond any doubt by history itself.

Hatred will never beget peace

By Oscar E V Fernando.

Self preservation is inbuilt in every creature; animals preserve it instinctively-humans-both instinctively and intelligently; humans will give up all comforts to live in refugee camps to avoid harm to them. Then, why do humans destroy and encourage others to destroy life? A Christian would say that destruction of life started immediately after creation, when a human being used his free will to destroy rather than preserve life; a Christian would also say that use or misuse of this free will-will earn an eternal life of bliss or an eternal life of damnation; if not for this choice arising from free will, a human being is only a vegetable and will never reach heights of bliss, leave alone in the next world, even in this world!!

US State Department’s Boucher and LTTE in same Frequency: Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Efforts ignored

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Richard Boucher with Mahinda Rajapaksa U.S. State Department’s South and Central Asian Affairs assistant secretary Richard Boucher in a September 24 statement said: "We're placing a lot of emphasis right now on the protection of human rights for civilians who are caught in the fighting, and the democratic government's responsibility for extending - for respecting and extending human rights protection to the people in the areas that they take over."Boucher issued the statement after the two-hour meeting of the Co-Chairs, who supervise and scrutinize the on-going conflict in Sri Lanka, in New York reviewing the progress in Sri Lanka.