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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

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G K C Nilakshi

Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore to keep its door open on Sundays

Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore too has commenced Consular and Labor & Welfare Services, on every Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. from mid November of 2008. This efficacious initiative was introduced by the newly appointed High Commissioner, on instructions by the Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. Singapore has an expatriate Sri Lankan population of approximately 23,000 out of which 15,000 of them are in the category of housemaids. Most of these workers and housemaids are unable, or find difficulty to visit the High Commission for Consular and Labour related services on weekdays, including on Saturdays.

Nilakshi take up a position in Dubai Travel Company

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Ms G K C Nilakshi who discharged her duties as a Programme Coordinator, Spcial Projects Division, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) has now taken up duties as an Administrative Secretary in a Travel and Tourism Company in Dubai. Altogether she has put up 13 years of service, out of which six years has been with the FCCISL, joining there first as a confidential secretary to the Secretary General and the President. At FCCISL with the implementation of Back to Business Project she was assigned to the Special Projects Division where she coordinated various programmes.

Sri Lankans to demonstrate in Paris on Sunday against LTTE terrorism

Hundreds of Sri Lankans are expected to gather at Trocadero, under the shade of the most popular tourist attraction of the world, the Eiffel Tower on November 23 to protest against the dreaded terrorist outfit, the Tamil Tigers. The demonstration, organized jointly by all the Sri Lankan associations and societies in France is scheduled to begin at 3.00 p.m. on Sunday. The organizers have appealed to 'all patriotic Sri Lankans in France to participate at the demonstration jointly organized by the United Sri Lankans (USL.

Menace of US drones

By Asif Haroon Raja

USA has no remorse over its brazen acts of aggression and rationalises its invasion and destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq as compulsory acts to ensure security of its homeland. It justifies its offensive actions under Article 51 of UN charter. It is now trying to justify its intended offensive against Pakistan under the same Act on the plea that Pakistan is allowing its soil for breeding terrorism and exporting terrorism into Afghanistan to cause harm to US-Nato troops. If so, why it remains tight-lipped on misuse of Afghan soil by several spy agencies working against the interests of Pakistan?

Effective tobacco control policies in Nepal shaping up

By Bobby Ramakant

Government delegation from Nepal is among those 160 countries' delegations currently meeting in Durban, South Africa, to negotiate guidelines for provisions of the global tobacco treaty (17-22 November 2008). The negotiations centre on the implementation of Article 5.3, which protects the treaty and related public health policies from tobacco industry interference. The global tobacco treaty, formally called the "Framework Convention on Tobacco Control" (FCTC), took effect in 2005 and now protects more than 85 percent of the world's population. But efforts to implement the treaty are being systematically stymied by tobacco transnationals, reinforcing the importance of this week's third Conference of the Parties (COP3) in Durban, South Africa.

Global taxpayers have spent around $ 8 trillion to shore up the world’s banks – Sri Lanka Auditor General

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune -

Sri Lankan Auditor General, S Swarnajothi, lodged a serious indictment against the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of companies for the present global financial crisis and said that a similar blame accrues to the external auditors who review the accounts and issue opinion on the financial reports. Mr Swarnajothi made these comments while making the keynote address at the launch of the Baker Tilly Lanka (Pvt) Ltd Business Consultants, the consulting arm of Baker Tilly Merali’s Chartered Accountants, at Galadari Hotel, last week.

The U.S. Should Move Beyond Sanctions

By Nehginpao Kipgen for Asian Tribune

In an apparent shift from the policy of traditional sanctions, the U.S. Congress created a post for policy chief for Burma to increase pressure on the military junta. In response to this unprecedented action, the White House announced the nomination of Michael Green for the post on November 10. Whether this maneuver brings vigor to the Burmese democratic movement is a question remains to be seen. Green, who has served as a senior director for Asian Affairs under the Bush administration, should have noticed the quandary over the Burmese political imbroglio, especially the futility of conflicting approaches by the international community.

Cricket Dreams

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

The cue always comes from the media and the response from the masses is feisty, frenzied. Even before the conclusion of the recent cricket Test series against Australia, a large section of the media was hailing the Indian team as ‘world champions’. The decisive win in the last Test against Australia at Nagpur, which resulted in a 2-0 win in the four-Test series, became the 'final' proof of that cry. The officially recognised ‘world champions’ had been humbled by India and, hence, the crown has automatically been transferred to India. Simple! But the fact is that the Indian cricket team is still groping to find a reliable pair of opening batsmen, its talented bowlers are yet to prove that they are the best in the world, especially when playing abroad, and the Indian team has probably the world’s sloppiest fielders.

Global Tobacco Treaty Meeting Adopts Strong Guidelines for Protecting against Industry Abuse

160 countries agreed today on strong new guidelines to block tobacco industry interference in global health policies and the implementation of the global tobacco treaty. Since it took effect in 2005, implementation of the global tobacco treaty, formally known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), has been systematically obstructed by Big Tobacco. The abuses of corporations like Philip Morris International (PMI), British American Tobacco (BAT) and Japan Tobacco have ranged from attempting to write tobacco control laws, blocking the passage of smokefree legislation, and using so-called "corporate social responsibility" to circumvent ad bans.