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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2835

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UPLB develops biofertilizer based on coco water that hikes yield, incomes

Scientists at the University of the Philippines Los Baños National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (BIOTECH) have developed a coconut water-based biofertilizer that coaxes crops to yield more, thus increasing the incomes of farmers. Apart from these benefits, Dr. Lorele Trinidad of UPLB says the biofertilizer, called Cocogro, could replace inorganic fertilizers, reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of other elements like nitrogen.

Bargain hunters give a boost to indicies

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity – the combined Stock-broking arm of HNB and DFCC in its weekly review indicated that the market ended on a higher note for the week driven by substantial gains made during the 1st 3 trading days amidst presence of bargain hunters in the market place. Nevertheless on Thursday and Friday market suffered losses,tracking the performance of other global and regional stock markets. At week’s close the All Share Price Index (ASPI) gained by 68.9 points or 3.8 percent to close at 1890.4 points while the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) climbed up by a much greater 87.1 points or 4.3 percent to close the week 2124.7 points

Tamil Nadu Government to probe the alleged shooting incident of a fisherman

Government of the State of Tamil Nadu has appointed yesterday the Joint Director of Fisheries (Regional) R. Thaillaigovindan as the inquiry officer to inquire into the alleged attack on an Indian fishing vessel off Kodikarai injuring a fisherman on 7th November in the midst sea. The State Government has ordered a detailed inquiry and report after Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commission in Chennai, categorically denied the allegation of Sri Lanka Navy firing at the Indian fisherman from Nagapattinam on 7th November, off Kodiakkarai (Point Calimere).

Climate change is impeding agricultural production in Uttar Pradesh (India)

By Amit Dwivedi

During the last one decade, Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has been witness to many climatic changes. Eastern Uttar Pradesh has faced severe floods, while Bundelkhand region has faced one of the worst famines of the last decade. Thus, the impact of climate change has adversely affected agricultural production resulting in huge loss of paddy and corn crops in eastern districts and regional crops in Bundelkhand. Climate-related disasters have brought widespread misery and huge economic losses to Uttar Pradesh, adversely affecting public health, food security, agriculture, water resources and biodiversity in the state.

Some tax assessors treat Businessmen like frauds

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

One of the most ambitious projects of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) – The Regional Chamber Presidents’ Conference 2008’ took-off the ground at the Central Bank Auditorium, Anuradhapura with Berty Premalal Dissanayake, Chief Minister, North Central Province as the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony. It was the first such conference held where the Presidents and CEOs of all the Regional and District Chambers affiliated to the FCCISL spread all over the country, met at one place to discuss disseminate, share and to arrive at a general consensus on the issues confronted by them in their respective regions and districts.

Libya to recruit 1,000 doctors and 1,000 nurses from Sri Lanka

Libya has come forward to recruit immediately 1000 doctors and 1000 nurses from Sri Lanka. Recently Libya and Sri Lanka entered into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the manpower requirements from Sri Lanka to Libya. This Memorandum of Understanding was signed on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka by Dr. Keheliya Rambukawella, Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare and on behalf of the Libyan Government by its Minister of Employment Dr. Martook Mohamed Martook, who was in Sri Lanka recently with a government delegation. Dr. Keheliya Rambukawella explaining to Asian Tribune said that the MOU with the Libyan Minister has been entered into three sectors.

Lay down arms before any ceasefire agreements, Tamil Tigers were told

Sri Lanka has told very loud and clear that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam must lay down their arms before entering into any ceasefire agreement. Earlier, Liberation Tigers led by its reclusive leader Velupillai Prabajkaran, who are facing fierce military onslaught by the Sri Lankan armed forces, have indicated their willingness for a cessation of hostilities with the Sri Lankan government. According to the pro-LTTE "Tamilnet" website, P. Nadesan Head of the political wing of LTTE has made this remark on Saturday, following reports of Tamil Nadu leaders seeking clarification on LTTE's stand on ceasefire. But recently, Sri Lanka President said, "My earnest plea to the terrorists (LTTE) is to lay down arms and join the democratic process, even at this last moment."