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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2737

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Sri Lanka to launch USD4 billion mega Kalpitya integerated eco-friendly tourism project

Sri Lanka Government is planning to launch a US Dollar 4 billion eco-friendly mega tourism project in 2009. According to Bernard Goonatileke, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Board and Chairman of the Kalpitya Integerated Tourism Development Board, arrangements are completed to launch to turn Kalpitya as the tourist destination for high spenders. He said that they have planned to develop the mega Kalpitya project as an international tourist destination and the Board has planned to develop 14 islands located in between the North of Puttalam and South of Mannar.

Bethlehem Calling Jesus

By Dr. T.Jayasinghe from Bethlehem

In BethlehemAs it should be Christmas in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born is a major event for Christians all over the world. Some events like Christmas markets and Nativity plays that take place in Bethlehem are common to most parts of the world but there are some special events religiously and traditionally unique to the Christian communities in Bethlehem and Palestine. Since the Church of Nativity is governed by a number of denominations there are multiple services and also processions connected with the Christmas is Bethlehem.

In Thailand 388 victims of Tsunami still unidentified

In Thailand, Director Nitinai Sornsongkram of the Thai Tsunami Victim Identification and Repatriation Centre in southern Phangnga province said 388 bodies of tsunami victims remain unidentified. Phangnga, just north of Phuket province, is the site of the Khao Lak tourist area, where ten of thousands of Europeans spent their winter vacation prior to the 2004 tsunami, which killed about 180,000 on the Indian Ocean rim. The centre received 3,696 bodies in February 2005 and 3,308 bodies were unidentified and retrieved by their relatives, he said.

In memory of the thousands perished in Tsunami

By Leel Pathirana

Tsunami led couple of incidents to the history of Sri Lanka. First, the national mourning 26th December 2004 for the loss of more than fifty thousand lives in southern and eastern coastlines. Second, the separation of the JVP from President Chandrika’s Government (UPFA) led to a great crisis and political instability. JVP strongly opposed her decisions over transferring millions of Dollars to the hands of the LTTE as Tsunami funds to build North & East, which JVP foresight that LTTE will by Arms and threat to the national security

Thailand: 'Red-Shirts. vow to protest until PM dissolves House

The anti-government "Red-Shirts" on yesterday vowed to gather one day before the government policy statement is delivered at Parliament and to protest indefinitely until Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva dissolves the House of Representatives as the group distrusts the prime minister to run the country. Leaders of the red-clad pro-Thaksin Shinawatra group, the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and the TV talk show programme hosts of 'Truth Today', a programme which was recently removed from state-run television NBT, affirmed that they would hold a peaceful mass protest against the Democrat-led coalition government.

Sri Lankan born producer edged out of Rs.150 crore Rajanikanth’s mega film 'Endhiran'

By Ravikumar Balakrishnan

Endhiran,Film Director Shankar’s mega-budget science fiction movie, "Endhiran," starring Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai, has now moved to Kalanithi Maran controlled Sun Pictures, leaving in the cold the original Sri Lankan born film producer C. Karunamoorthy of London based Ayngaran International. After edging out Sri Lankan born C. Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International as the main producer of the film Endhiran, Rajni expressed his consent to work with Sun Pictures and a formal announcement was made on Wednesday, 17 December 2008. The film will simultaneously be made in Hindi and also in Telugu.

Why is SLBC tolerating BBC Sandeshaya?

By C.P.Kuruppu

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe will find an excellent opportunity to stop BBC Sinhala and Tamil services relaying LTTE propaganda if President Mahinda Rajapaksa proscribes the Tigers next month (in the event of their failure to allow Tamils held hostage to cross over to government controlled areas). In any case if the SLBC Chief is really keen on making Sinhala listeners ignore Sandeshaya he should make every effort draw them towards the Sinhala programs of All India Radio and Radio Beijing.

Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sports Gamini Lokuge

In Bethlehem

Sri Lanka – Pakistan cricket tour on the hold

Gamini LokugeAs the threat of a possible military confrontation between India and Pakistan looms large, Sri Lankan cricket team visiting Pakistan is still not confirmed. Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sports and Recreation Gamini Lokuge speaking to "Asian Tribune" said Sri Lanka’ Foreign Ministry has to provide security clearance before finalizing the cricketers tour to Pakistan. In the meantime, according to news report, even the International Cricket Council too has urged Sri Lanka to ascertain, whether it is safe to play in Pakistan and also seek assurances from the Pakistan Cricket Board. However, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Sports said "Remember that we have not turned down the Pakistan tour, but we have still not finalized, as we have not had the approval for tour and we wait for clearance regarding the security of our players."