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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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USAID continues to bolster Sri Lanka’s defense against Avian Influenza

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID handed over a real-time Polymerase Chain Reactor machine to the Veterinary Research Institute of the Ministry of Livestock Development, which will dramatically improve the Sri Lanka’s ability to diagnose quickly any possible outbreak of avian influenza. "This piece of equipment will dramatically reduce the time it takes to diagnose an avian influenza outbreak,” Ms. Kami Witmer, Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy said at the handover ceremony. “In the event of a real outbreak, the time saved could be the difference between life and death for hundreds, perhaps thousands of Sri Lankans," she added. Prior to the machine being handed over to the authorities, it took two to four days to diagnose samples. With the new technology, sample diagnosis can be done within three hours.

Only now to include 2.5 million workers to be under health and safety net

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Hirdaramani Industries (Pvt) Ltd, Kahathuduwa became the All-Island winner in the large scale category at the National Safety Awards 2008 held at Trans Asia Hotel, last week. Evolved by Eagle Insurance, the National Safety Awards 2008 is conducted in collaboration with the Department of Labour and the Employees Trust Fund Board. Shell Gas Lanka Ltd, Central Filling Station, Sapugaskanda won the medium scale category and Shell Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Kerawalapitiya merged the winner in the small scale catetory.

Sri Lanka High Commission in Chennai observed ‘Ayutha Pooja’

Ayudha Pooja observancesThe Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai observed ‘Ayudha Pooja’ on October 08, 2008 at the Chancery premises. ‘Ayudha Pooja’ is observed on the ninth day of Navarathri festival. ‘Saraswathi Pooja’and ‘Ayudha Pooja’ are observed on the same day in South India. Goddess Saraswathi is Hindu deity knowledge and arts and is worshipped on this day. Hindus offer thanks to the equipment used in day to day life, especially for their livelihood.

SL Police appoints special police teams to conduct investigations on Thursday blast

Asian Tribune: Sri Lanka Bureau

Local Police say, several special teams are investigating the suicide blast at the Pirivena Junction located in Boralesgamuwa, on Thursday afternoon. The suicide bomber targeted Minister Maithreepala Sirisena who was returning from a function in Bandaragama. The attack was carried out by a female suicide bomber. Even though she blasted herself targeting the vehicle carrying Minister Maithreepala Sirisena, the targeted vehicle had already passed the place. Therefore, the Minister was unharmed.

Cheap imports and high cost of inputs compel confectioners to close down

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Confectioneries are sweet and when it comes to such confectioneries like chocolates it also symbolizes love, but in Sri Lanka confectioners are in a bitter taste as today’s market situation and people’s buying power is declining and this decline in buying power as well as other constraints such as heavy duty imposed on raw material has reduced the growth of confectionery industry by 10 percent.

President Abbas s thanked Sri Lanka for its continued support for Palestinian efforts for an independent state

Mahmoud Abbas with Mahinda RajapaksaThe Palestinian people believed in living in peace with their neighbors in Israel, and similarly looked forward to the people of Sri Lanka living together in peace and harmony, said President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian National Authority in a statement after talks with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo. Abbas also thanked Rajapaksa for supporting Palestinian efforts for an independent state, and invited him to visit the territories. President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) Dr. Mahmoud Abbas arrived yesterday evening in the country on a two-day state visit. The Palestinian President was received at the Bandaranaike International Airport by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Defining Barack Obama: Part Five – Combating Terrorism, Human Rights & Foreign Policy

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Barack ObamaA significant hint was given at the Republican Party convention convened in St. Paul, Minnesota in the first week of September to ratify the party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees for the November 4 election how a prospective McCain administration would handle terrorism: "McCain administration will not read the rights of the terrorists when combating and defeating terrorism."

Time is right for Bhanu to defect and save lives – Analysis of the Sri Lankan Conflict

By Shanaka Jayasekara

BhanuThe recent battlefield success of the Sri Lankan Security Forces has dramatically changed the ground realities and dynamics of the Sri Lankan conflict. The Tamil Tigers have been dislodged from areas they dominated militarily for many years in the North and East of the island. According to latest reports over the weekend (4-5 October) the Security Forces are less than 04 km south of Kilinochchi, which is considered by the Tamil Tigers as the de-facto capital. The fall of Kilinochchi will have symbolic value to the Sri Lankan government. However, in terms of strategic value the Paranthan junction 5km north of Kilinochchi will be the jewel in the crown. The fall of Paranthan junction will cut supply routes to Tamil Tiger defence localities in Pooneryn, Elephant Pass and Muhamalai.

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