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Kosala Wickramanayake takes over as 15th President of the FCCISL

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Kosala Wickramanayake, a versatile and long standing business personality who has been involved in trade chamber work since he left school in 1974, is now at the helm of the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL). A graduate of Economics and Business Administration from USA, Mr Wickramanayake took over the reins from Nawaz Rajabdeen as the 15th President, FCCISL at its 15th Annual General Meeting held at Hotel Galadari.

Assam Flood vs. Bihar Flood : Why this different treatment to a common illness?

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi

The floods have been rampaging since eons for the people of Assam, Bihar, Bengal and some parts of Uttar Pradesh. The point is that north Bihar is visited by floods every year and routinely devastated by its river systems, led by the Kosi, which originate in Nepal and eventually flow into the Gangetic plains. Terming the floods in Bihar this year as "a national calamity", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced an immediate release of Rs 1,000 crore and 1.25 lakh metric tonne of food grains to the state reeling under an unprecedented deluge caused by river Kosi.

Defining Barack Obama: Part Four - Inner Circle, Credentials & Policies

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Barack ObamaIf potential presidents can be judged by how they run their campaigns, then how they staff those efforts may provide important clues to the kinds of talents they would recruit for their administrations. Because Democrat Barack Obama is a relative newcomer to national politics, an examination of his inner circle of political and policy advisers offers new windows into his thinking, leadership style, and sources of expertise, wrote America’s foremost and influential National Journal in its March 31, 2008 edition.

'People of Burma have not been forgotten'

David MilibandForeign Secretary, David Miliband, has reaffirmed the UK's support for the people of Burma on the anniversary of protests by Buddhist monks one year ago. Speaking to reporters in New York after a meeting on Burma, the Foreign Secretary said: "The people of Burma have not been forgotten by the international community."

Sri Lanka denies attacking Rameswaram fishermen around Katchativu

Sri Lanka Navy has no part in the shooting of Rameshwaram fishermen, but it might be the work of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai has categorically denied that Sri Lanka Navy was not involved in attacking Indian fishermen from Rameshwaram near Katchativu, in which a fisherman lost his life.

Representatives of Palestinian National Authority expressed grief on the demise of D.B.Wijetunga

Sri Lanka Representative Office in the Palestine opened a ‘Book of Condolence’ for signing at the office on 25.09.2008, for the passing away of the former head of state D.B.Wijetunga, who was the third executive President of Sri Lanka. Former President D. B. Wijetunga, who was 86 years on 21st September 2008, passed away at the Kandy Hospital. Wijetunga became acting President till Parliament convened to elect a successor to R. Premadasa, who was slain by a suicide bomber on 1 May 1993.

Lionel Fernando – the new Sri Lanka's Ambassador to France

Lionel Fernando will be the new Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France. He is expected to assume duties shortly. Fernando has had an outstanding career as Secretary to the Ministry of Media, Tourism and Aviation, Secretary to the Foreign Ministry, Ambassador in the Netherlands, Chairperson Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation & Governor of the North East Province. He has been also Secretary, Ministry of Civil Defence and Commissioner General of Rehabilitation and Essential Services. He was also the chairman of the Executive Council of the Organization for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW) associated to the UNO.

Sri Lanka to start Foreign Employment Academy to train demand driven workers to Europe and North America

Dr. Keheliya RambukwelleMinistry of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare is planning to set up a Foreign Employment Academy to train Sri Lankans for employment in the foreign countries, especially in Europe and in the North American countries. Dr. Keheliya Rambukwelle, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare speaking to "Asian Tribune," said that already he has obtained the cabinet approval for the establishment of a Foreign Employment Academy, which will provide basic professional training to Sri Lankans willing to go for employments in the foreign countries. He said that he intends to have tie-up with polytechnics, technical colleges and universities in foreign countries to provide professional training in the proposed Foreign Employment Academy.

When Rabannetuma of Sri Lanka’s Three Forces Troupe Performed, Londoners Cheered in with Thunderous Applause

By Walter Jayawardhana

Keheliya Rambukwella lighting traditional lampMore than 1800 Londoners heartily cheered and applauded when the performers of the Sri Lanka tri- forces cultural extravaganza’s miraculous and spectacular act of smooth balancing the several spinning flat plate like circular hand drums called “rabanas” on sticks was staged at Troxy Theatre in East London, United Kingdom. The intently spell binding magical act by three young service personnel, one an attractive girl with her angelically dancing feet, Corporal Geethani Samanlatha from the Sri Lanka Air Force and the other two pulse quickening dancers, Leading Musician Kelum Wedaratne and Able Musician Chandana Lal Ilangasinghe, both from the Sri Lanka Navy did the acts while performing the ancient dance called Raban Netuma to the rhythm of drums that kept the metropolitan audience in awe.

Sri Lanka Telecom IT Training Programme

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Telecom is organizing a number of IT training programmes such as “Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2003 Environment” “Programming with C#.Net”, “Installing & configuring the Windows Vista operating system”, and ‘Oracle Database 10g (SQL)’ Managing and Maintaining Windows Server 2003 Environment serves as the entry point to highly recognized MCSE Track while giving all the knowledge & skills needed to administer windows 2003 server environment.

Manna in farm lands

By M Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Economic integration in Asia is becoming increasingly important to global growth and managing shared risks in the region, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) study. The financial crisis of 1997-98 exposed the region’s vulnerabilities and gave new impetus to regional cooperation, says the study entitled ‘Emerging Asian Regionalism: A Partnership for Shared Prosperity’, which highlights what is at stake and lays the ground for further discussion.

Drummers at the show

Raban Netuma-spinning of rabanas

Wes dancers (Photos by Sesatha)

Barack Obama

David Miliband

Dr. Keheliya Rambukwelle


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