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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Monthly archive

FCCISL wins awards one after the other

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) received the Silver award in the category of NGO/NPO in the Best Annual Reports Competition conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL), proving that FCCISL is within the ambit of Transparency, Social Accountability and good governance reflecting its excellent performances. Earlier FCCISL has received several awards including some international awards. Among them for the first time in Sri Lanka FCCISL won the award for the Best Unconventional project for SMEs at the 5th World Chambers Congress held in Turkey for the FCCISL project "Back to Business".

Consensus on Devolution?

By Manjari Peiris in Colombo

The APRC consists of 13 political parties in its talks and all of them have agreed on devolution of power. Based on that agreement not only the ethnic problem, but also administrative matters would be able to solve ensuring future progress of the country. APRC Chairman, Professor Tissa Vitarana said. "In future we hope to invite UNP and other parties who are not directly involved with APRC." The UNP refrained from taking part at the APRC sessions from February last year. The JVP opted out of the committee in the latter part of 2006.

SAARC leaders should act quickly to regain the region for the People – SPUR

Australian based, Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights has urged the leaders in the SAARC region to send a message of hope to their citizens rather than score points at each other county’s expense. The political custodians of the SAARC member countries should think of creating opportunities to bestow the region’s potential to its millions of people, SPUR pointed out. In a press release, SPUR while endorsing the call of the "Asian Tribune" for the SAARC leaders to convene urgently a summit meeting on terrorism, has also requested the President of Sri Lanka to take the initiative to confer with the other leaders to utilize the critical message of terrorism, armed violence ignited by cross-border gangs aided by international players so that at a summit meeting crucial decisions can be taken effectively.

Palestinian clerics urge Muslims in Sri Lanka to support President Rajapaksa

Sheikh Jamal Ali Saleh Suleiman (Sammarah), Head of the Daawa & Tableegh Center of Beit – Or Tehta in Ramallah, Palestine has made an appeal to all followers of Islam in Sri Lanka to extend their undivided support to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his struggle to unite the country and make Sri Lanka a prosperous nation. Sheikh Jamal, representing this influential Islamic body in Palestine made this call in a signed statement dated 03rd December 2008, which has been conveyed to the Representative Office of Sri Lanka to the Palestinian National Authority in Ramallah.

See Migrants As Part Of The Solution During Economic Crisis , Says IOM On International Immigrants’ Day

Countries should recognize the positive contribution that migrants can make to economic growth and recovery and resist the temptation to close doors to them in times of economic slowdown, says the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as it marks International Migrants' Day today. Today, on the 18th of December 2008, in observance of International Migrants Day IOM calls upon the international community to see migrants as part of the solution during economic crisis

Not Only SAARC, But Commonwealth Too Must Strike Against Terrorism

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

The Asian Tribune has editorially urged Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa to call a meeting of the South Asian regional organization to discuss the critical issue of terrorism. The Tribune’s appeal is directed at the President Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka is the current chairman of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which it assumed at the summit meeting held in Colombo last August. Moreover in the summit declaration issued at the end of the August meeting, the leaders of the eight nations pledged to fight terrorism which it saw as a scourge haunting the region and beyond and agreed to cooperate in defeating it.

Thai King endorses Abhisit as Thailand's 27th PM

Abhisit VejjajivaThai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, after being endorsed by the Thai King, pledged to work for all Thais and restore Thailand’s peace and order to end the political conflict and economic woes. On Monday, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially endorsed Abhisit as Thailand’s 27th prime minister. At the Democrat Party headquarters on Wednesday, a royal decree was read before Mr. Abhisit and his wife Pimpen, democrat MPs and government coalition parties. Mr. Abhisit pledged to launch a ‘grand plan for reconciliation’ to tackle the current political conflict and economic hardship.

Global Community Shies Away from Volatile Somalia

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The international community is shying away from one of the most politically-troubled and dangerous war zones in the Horn of Africa: the perpetually strife-torn Somalia. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday confessed he has virtually given up all hopes of sending a U.N. peacekeeping force into the country, widely described as a failed state. "The danger of anarchy in Somalia is clear and present. So is the need to act," he told reporters during his year-end press conference. "I have spoken with the leaders of 50 countries and three international organizations about organizing a multinational force. Not one nation has volunteered to lead," although some had agreed to provide troops, he added.

Sarvodaya at 50 Celebrates its Accomplishments and honors its own Educator, Diplomat, and Author in the United States

Long before Grameen Bank became a model for inspiration for millions of Bangladesh's rural poor, Sri Lanka has its own Sarvodaya rural micro-banking system. The Sarvodaya idea had been a motivation for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Muhammad Yunus to launch the world-renowned micro-lending program. For Sarvodaya, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, it is more than banking. Sarvodaya founder Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne, the "Gandhi of Sri Lanka," wants to awaken each villager's human personality based on Gandhian non-violence principles.

Why Pakistan declared as the most dangerous place

By Asif Haroon Raja

As per US assessment Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world. Notwithstanding US sinister design behind it, the general policy of appeasement followed by our leaders have led to this jaundiced opinion. All along our leaders have strongly felt that Pakistan’s interest can best be safeguarded by keeping USA and India in good humour. Governed by this mindset they behave obsequiously and condescend to all legal and illegal demands of USA and India. Of all our rulers former President Musharraf left others far behind in this race. In his insatiable hunger to prolong his rule he danced to American and Indian tunes reverently and unwittingly played a key role in reinforcing the impression that Pakistan is the most dangerous. This perception has grave ramifications to its security. Let us have a look at the unwise policy of appeasement and blundering of our leaders that has pushed Pakistan to such an impasse.

Abhisit Vejjajiva

At the Sri Lanka Embassy in Stockholm

Srlankan Parliamentary delegation

Propaganda blitz by Pakistan

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

After it found it difficult to convince the outside world that it had no role in the 26 November terror attacks on Mumbai, Pakistan has unleashed a full-scale propaganda war against India. Since over the years Pakistan has acquired a mastery over a composite art consisting of lies, deceit, fraud, distortion, blackmail and what not, it is one war it hopes to win with some overt or covert support from its usual benefactors in the West. Indians can see how this assistance has already been extended to Pakistan in its bid to gain some advantage through this reprehensible exercise. Take the so-called ‘threat’ from the Indian minister of external affairs, Pranab Mukherjee, to President Asif Ali Zardari on 28 November that India would attack Pakistan if the Lashkar-e-Toiba camps were not wound up.

CIMA Sri Lanka Branch reports as usual

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka Branch in a press release indicated that contrary to certain media reports, the CIMA Sri Lanka division that its branch office will not be shut and that business and operations will continue as usual. The branch will not be closed. The only development is that the Sri Lanka Divisional Council, which consisted of elected members have been suspended. Charles Tilley, CEO CIMA said ‘Business will continue as usual and members and students in Sri Lanka can be assured that there will be no impact on the service and support they can expect’.

Sri Lanka National Quality Awards

By Manjari Peiris from Colombo

"Monitoring the improvement and quality of a product is very important and nowadays consumers always look for the SLSI mark whenever they purchase a product. Our government is fully appreciating the activities of Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI)," Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said addressing the 14th Sri Lanka National Quality Awards Programme, held at the BMICH this week. The Sri Lanka National Quality Award is the highest national award presented in this country for Performance Excellence. The criteria for evaluation of the applications are leadership, strategic planning, customer and market focus, measurement, analysis and knowledge management, workforce focus, process management and results.

Talking Peace but Training Terrorists

By Shenali Waduge

The world is in unison that the scrooge of terror must end. Whether these attacks are aimed at innocent people, VIPs, world leaders or economic infrastructure becomes immaterial and we must unite to condemn these attacks. The more we wonder how the menace of terror has become invisible we need to factually take into account the sources and links that have directly or indirectly pumped life into these monsters and their terror cells and establishments. The answers to these will provide the reasons why terror still remains over and above the calls for the elimination of terrorism from the world.

A Sri Lanka parliamentary delegation to dispell misinformation campaign

A Sri Lankan parliamentary delegation which arrived in the Swedish capital, clarified the current situation prevailing in the country, steps taken by the government to restore peace and order and also of the war to evict the terrorists from the country. They dispelled the misinformation campaign ceaselessly carried on by the Tamil Tiger supporters in Sweden as well as in the other European capitals. The four member Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation arrived in Sweden yesterday and met with their Swedish counterparts as well as the Sri Lankan expatriates and the student community in Sweden.