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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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EU wants to examine GSP+ related issues and its is not for investigation, says EU Parliamentarian

Niranjan Deva Adithya Niranjan Deva Adithya Member of the European Union (MEP) says what the EU wants in essence is to examine the GSP+ related issues before granting an extension of the concessions beyond 2009 and it is not a police-style investigation or a probe. The word ‘investigation’ was used in accordance with the law connected with the GSP+ regulations and to change the word it might take another three long years. Mr Deva Adithya, in an exclusive interview with Asian Tribune Editor K.T.Rajasingham pointed out that the original law connected with GSP + concession to Sri Lanka was formulated in the French language.

Pakistan declared as a war Zone

In the 9/11 terrorist attacks on twin towers in New York in which about 3000 persons died, no Afghan or Pakistani was involved. All the 19 perpetrators of the crime were Arabs, mostly hailing from Saudi Arabia. Yet the wrath of USA fell on Afghanistan for a bizarre reason that the so-called master mind behind the attacks was Osama bin Laden based in Afghanistan. Mullah Omar kept requesting that proof of his complicity should be furnished to enable him to hand over his guest but none was provided.

Substantial Victory for Obama Predicted by Pollsters with Few Days to Go

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

A substantial victory for Barack Obama is now predicted by most pollsters with less than a week to go in the US election campaign. Obama coat-tails would also ensure that the Democratic Party would increase its majorities in both Houses of Congress, possibly obtaining the 60-40 margin in the Senate required to end filibusters and force a floor vote on legislative proposals. A double digit lead is assured in the House of Representatives. John McCain is pinning his hopes trying to win Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. Such an upset is considered a remote possibility.

Elephant Cream Soda won the award for the People's FMCG

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Elephant House ‘Cream Soda’ won the award for the ‘PEOPLES FMCG - Beverage Brand of the Year’, for the third consecutive year, in the FMCG category at the recent ‘Power of the People Awards’. Organized by Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) together with AC Nielson, the largest consumer research company in the world, the ‘Power of the People Awards’ recognise and celebrate brands that are most popular with the vast majority of the general public. The results were based on intense consumer research carried out over a period of six months.

LTTE planes dropped bombs in Mannar and Kelaniya

Reporting Ruwan Weerakoon and Asian Tribune news Bureau from Colombo

Reports released from Colombo revealed that Liberation Tigers’ planes dropped two bombs yesterday late night around 11.30 PM in Thallady in Mannar, as well as in the Kelanitissa Power station in Colombo. Fire brigade says fire engines were sent to Keanitissa power station to dowse the fire. Sources in Colombo said a section of Colombo is suddenly experiencing a power outage. Reports revealed that the LTTE planes took off from Mullaitivu and targeted a Thallady military base in northwestern Sri Lanka yesterday and dropped two bombs, military sources said.

High Commissioner Jayasinghe Presents Credentials to Queen Elizabeth

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Nihal Jayasinghe presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth 11 at the Buckingham palace, October 27.The new High Commissioner and Mrs. Indira Jayasinghe with their entourage were taken to the palace in two horse drawn red carriages from the Sri Lanka High Commission chancellery at 13 Hyde Park Gardens London to the Buckingham palace for the ceremony. The Queen exchanged pleasantries with the new High Commissioner Jayasinghe who was clad in a cream colored national dress and his wife clad in a sari and the queen said she was impressed with the national dress. She remembered her happy visit to Ceylon in

Bangladesh-Myanmar Contract Farming: Opportunity For Bangladesh To Meet Agricultural Shortfall

Muhammad Ashraf Ali Faruk

Bangladesh has close socio-cultural and economical link with Myanmar for centuries. When Bangladesh was a British colony; a huge number of Bangladeshi people mainly from Chittagong and Noakhali migrated to Myanmar. Bangladesh has land border with Myanmar other than India. Myanmar is a country with an area of 676,577 square kms, while Bangladesh’s area is 143,998 square kms, that shows Myanmar is almost five times the size of Bangladesh. On the other hand, Myanmar’s population is only 47 million, while Bangladesh’s population is around 140 million, that shows Myanmar’s population is one-third of Bangladesh's population. The density of population in Myanmar is 70 persons per square kilometre, while it is 861 in Bangladesh. As such, per capita share of land in Myanmar is 12 times bigger than that in Bangladesh.

Modern InfoTech saves more lives in hospitals than traditional medicine

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The 10th National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) was held at Waters Edge Hotel Battaramulla and the Gold Award in the Overall category was clinched by Microimage Mobile Media (Private) Limited while Silver and Bronze were won by Dialog Telekom (PLC) and Epic Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, respectively. The “Lifetime Achiever” award this year recognized Dr. Dileepa de Silva, a longstanding ICT professional who has made outstanding contribution to the local ICT industry.

Map of Maldives

President elect Nasheed

Maldives Presidential Election: President Gayoom routed, Opposition Leader Moahmed Nasheed won comfortably

Thirty years rule of Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom came to an end when Opposition Leader Moahmed Nasheed has won a run-off election to become the new President of the Maldives. The longest serving Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who won the first round earlier this month, failed to secure the mandatory 50% needed to win the election. With almost all the votes counted, Mr Nasheed, a former political prisoner was reported to have won 54% compared to Mr Gayoom's 46%.