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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Special Envoy Yasushi Akashi says not to allow the LTTE to use civilians as a human shield

Mr. Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan for Peace Building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka, currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, met with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama on Thursday at the Foreign Ministry. Briefing the visiting envoy on the situation in Sri Lanka, Minister Bogollagama observed that the humanitarian operations were being conducted by the Sri Lankan government in northern Sri Lanka with the objective of eliminating LTTE terror and restoring democracy in order to achieve a sustainable peace.

Las Vegas Sri Lankans mark the 50th Birth Anniversary of their Spiritual Leader Ven. Alawala Subhuthi

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Ernest Hemingway once described courage as grace under pressure. Sri Lankan expatriates domiciled in Southern Nevada in the entertainment city of Las Vegas are well aware the courage their Buddhist leader Most Venerable Alawala Subhuthi Maha Thero depicted under pressure but with immense grace. The venerable monk carried in him charming and pleasant qualities with amazing skill at avoiding improper and inept course under the pressure which made the Nevada Buddhist Vihara the epicenter of friendship, fraternity, goodwill and love when imparting his vast knowledge of the Buddhist scripture.

USAID funded Career Days in Ampara and Batticaloa help youth find training and jobs

The Accelerated Skills Acquisition Program (ASAP) is holding two Career Days for youth in Eastern Sri Lanka to strengthen links between local companies and training providers, as well as to help youth find jobs and training opportunities. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided more than $2.4 million to support ASAP and help prepare school-leavers to better succeed in the workplace.

Chaos At Nugegoda, Flyover - Only the President can solve it

By L. Jayasooriya

Sad it is for any country when the president has to step in to solve traffic congestion at any road junction. I do not want to repeat all what I have said about the Nugegoda flyover and the warning I sounded about its misuse by the RDA through sheer incompetence. I said that ample relief could be had when the flyover is built provided all through buses are compelled to use the flyover and not clog the service roads below and the bus stands should be some distance away from the ends of the flyover.

Glamorization of MBA Programme

Dr P L Joshi Bahrain

Now the MBA program in IIMA is getting glamorized by introducing an elective course on "Introduction to Contemporary Film Industry”. It is said that about 86 students have enrolled in this course. It is claimed that the course will become very popular. They may call it bringing “innovation and creativity” in management program. As the elective course on Contemporary Film Industry is on glamour and entertaining sector, and several bollywood stalwarts and other personalities are invited to lecture in this course to expose students with the nitty gritty of film production, many may perceive it as an easy way to remain in news.

"Truth" was the causality in the Navy’s recent encounter with Sea Tigers off the coast of Mullaitivu

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

In the recent encounter with the Sea Tigers off the coast of Mullaitivu, it is now alleged that the biggest causality was the "Truth", and Sri Lanka Navy failed to disclose the true scenario of that tragic episode. Sri Lanka Navy in that sea battle with Sea Tigers on Tuesday 20th January, the Navy has in fact lost 19 sailors on that day. It was, reported by the Sri Lanka Navy that the Sea Tigers attacked a convoy of Sri Lanka Navy off the coast of Mullaitivu sinking a Super Dvora Fast Attack Craft on Monday, 20th January around 11:30 p.m.

Russia and Sri Lanka to work together to enhance bilateral cooperation and in the fight against global terrorism

Dr. Palitha Kohona with the Russian delegationSri Lanka and Russia have expressed their firm commitment to the global fight against terrorism and agreed to enhance interaction in multilateral fora in this regard. It was decided in principle to work towards increasing high level visits between the two countries culminating at the highest level. In accordance with the Protocol on Inter- Ministerial joint consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and the Russian Federation, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, held a series of political consultations with the Director of the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Mr. Alexander G Maryasov on January 15, 2009.

Sri Lankan President commends Obama’s shared interest in combating terrorism

Mahinda RajapaksaSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse in messages of good wishes to the US President Barack Obama pointed out that Sri Lanka and the US share common democratic values and perspectives on a broad range of political issues, particularly in combating terrorism. "The role the United States is playing in achieving peace in Sri Lanka through the consolidation of democratic institutions and promoting economic development has earned our admiration and gratitude," President Rajapaksa said.

Foreign Ministry to recruit a new batch of Foreign Service Officers

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has planned to recruit a new intake of 25 officers to Grade III of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in order to meet the human resource requirement of the Ministry and its overseas Missions. Upon a request made by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama the Public Service Commission had given approval to increase the number of officers to be recruited from 15 to 25. The Interview Board has already been appointed by the Public Service Commission to conduct the interviews to select successful candidates from among those who have been successful at the Open Competitive examination, conducted in early 2008, by the Department of Examinations.

Will Obama be ready for radical humanitarian intervention in Burma?

By Sai Wansai - General Secretary of Shan Democratic Union

Even before the euphoria has died down, following the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, he moved almost with lighting speed, on his first day in the office, to tackle the issue of Guantanamo Bay detention centre closure. Accordingly, the prison camp in Cuba would be closed down within one year and the administration has suspended trials for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo for 120 days pending a review of the military tribunals.

UNICEF appeals to LTTE to release civilians

UNICEF has called on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to release the civilians trapped in the war zone. "I call upon the LTTE to meet its responsibilities and guarantee freedom of movement to the civilian population in the Vanni", appealed UNICEF's Representative Philippe Duamelle. At a press conference held in Colombo yesterday Philippe Duamelle while making a statement on the situation in the Vanni, he said, "We are very concerned for the safety of the civilian population in the Vanni."

Alfinco and HNB Assurance offer total insurance solution

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Alfinco Insurance Brokers, a member of the Alliance Group of Companies, together with HNB Assurance, announced the launch of a unique insurance solution to meet all needs of the busy corporate Executive, Manager and Director and their families, including household staff /domestics and other needs. The launch took place at Galadari Hotel with officials of the two Companies and both, Romani de Silva, Deputy Chairman, Alliance Group, and Manjula de Silva, Managing Director, HNB Assurance, indicated the Insurance Policy launched could be the first time that a single insurance package offering the policy holder and his / her household and a wide range of other covers included.

Closer Cooperation In South Asia…?

By M. Rama Rao - Syndicate Features

Though India and Pakistan are locked in a bitter war of words post 26/11, the Asian Development Bank hopes that these two south Asian rivals will sooner than later play a key role in promoting regional cooperation. The potential for such cooperation is immense according to the Manila based bank which has come up with the framework of a regional technical assistance (RETA) programme. South Asia is one of the fastest growing regions but it remains the least integrated in the world. Intra-regional trade accounts for a mere 2% of gross domestic product, compared to 20% in East Asia. Similarly, intra-regional exports have hovered around 5%, while reaching 50% in East Asia. Various political and economic factors contribute to this situation and it presents both challenges and opportunities.



Dr. Palitha Kohona with the Russian delegation

Constitutional Ministry seeks Federal Solutions?

By Gomin Dayasri

The Select Committee report under the chairmanship of Vijitha Herath traced the origins of the relationship between the Burghof Foundation (BF) and the Ministry of Constitutional affairs which resulted in two agreements of 2001 and 2006 which was the central issue examined by the parliamentarians at a Select Committee. The first Agreement of 2001 was during the period of Chandrika Kumaranatunga where G.L.Pieris was the Minister and the second Agreement was in 2006 under the Mahinda Rajapakse regime with D.E.W. Gunasekera, as the Minister. The Select Committee with heavy government representation has had the courage to be more critical of the 2006 Agreement which took place during the lifetime of the present government with D.E.W. Gunasekera as the Minister.