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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Hudson Samarasinghe

A Lifetime Spent In Social Work

By MD Vzaeeruddin – Syndicate Features

The world remembers Columbus, but not Isabella the Catholic during whose reign and through whose generosity the discovery of America was made possible. The self-same world repeats ad nauseam that there is a woman behind every great man! This was the logic that drove me to interview Bilkees I. Latif, wife of Air Chief Marshal I.H. Latif (retired). She was awarded Padma Shri on Republic Day 2009 for social work. Who could have taken the honour with greater stoicism than the daughter of Nawab Ali Yavar Jung? What was life like for girls,especially Muslim girls, in the Hyderabad of Nizam’s days?

FCCISL - SMED with IUCN to eliminate industrial pollution in the provinces

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Industrial pollution is causing lot of damage to the environment in urban and rural areas and in an attempt to minimize this impact Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) - SMED Environment and Energy Division teams up with the World Conservation Union (IUCA) in launching several pollution control awareness programmes. These programmes are carried out through the Regional Chambers of FCCISL. This launch includes five pilot projects. They are Agricultural Farm / Seed paddy sector, Desiccated coconut Industry, Lime Industry, Rice Milling Industry and Fuel pumping Service Station.

Sri Lanka clarified its position for rejecting the unilateral appointment of a Special Envoy

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollogama explained reasons behind the rejection of the appointment of a Special Envoy for Sri Lanka. In a telephone conversation with David Milburn the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the UK, he explained the reasons for the rejection by the Government of Sri Lanka of the unilateral appointment of a Special Envoy for Sri Lanka were explained. The two Ministers agreed to maintain their close dialogue. It may be recalled that the Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting yesterday rejected the unilateral appointment of a Special Envoy for Sri Lanka by the British government.

FCCISL and SEC team-up to provide entrepreneur networking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Entrepreneurs are the life blood of the country’s economy where they take risks to create an atmosphere to build a sustainable economy. Through this exercise of building a sustainable economy, they provide employment and make innovations which involves a whole heap of activities. In a bid to support entrepreneurs to realize their great potential, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) has teamed up with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to organize an Entrepreneur Networking / Fellowship session, with the intention of emphasizing the benefits of listing and investing in the Stock Market.

After LTTE defeat: Challenges ahead

C.P. Kuruppu

Sri Lanka's religious groups, especially the Buddhists need to collect whatever assistance they can give to civilians who are fleeing the small area still held by the LTTE. This is essential in the view of the fact that the Tigers, their local and foreign sympathizers and the self-styled anti-war crusaders have been carrying out relentless world-wide propaganda for the past three decades that is the "Sinhala Buddhist Chauvinists" who have been the primary cause of the present crisis. The Tigers are currently holding about the 100 000 persons in an area less than 100sq. kilometers north of Mullaitivu. Around 5000 of these people daily cross over to the State-controlled area despite all violent attempts by the LTTE to prevent the exodus.

BBC – going .... going, but not gone fully from Sri Lanka

Hudson SamarasingheThe BBC World Service which anounced on Tuesday 09 February that it has stopped providing radio news to Sri Lanka's state broadcaster alleging of "deliberate interference" by government censors, but on the contrary BBC continues daily with 3 1/2 hours of English language broadcast making use of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the state owned radio of Sri Lanka. When "Asian Tribune" contacted Hudson Samarasinghe, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, hr told that he also read the news report that BBC has stopped providing ‘Radio News’ to the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He said that so far he has not received any official intimation to that effect from the BBC World Service.

LTTE Leader Prabakaran and his son Charles Antony in Puthukkudiyiruppu

By Ruwan Weerakoon

The surrendered two Black Tiger cadres say that LTTE leader Prabakaran and his son Charles Antony are in Puthukkudiyiruppu and only his second son Balachandran and wife Mathivathani are out of the country. They also said that Prabakaran’s only daughter Duwaraka is away in Ireland continuing with her studies. The two surrendered Black Tigers said that the innocent Tamil civilians are held as human shield to safeguard these two people – Prabakaran and his son.

Sri Lanka Tamil issue echoes in Indian Parliament

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka's ethnic issue is the flavour of the political season in Delhi. It was raised in the Indian Parliament and a day-long sit in and fast was observed very close to Parliament with the proponents describing the SL Tamil issue as a basic human problem and demanding that India should intervene to end the hostilities as they put it. Significantly, neither CPI nor the BJP who raised the issue in Parliament's upper chamber, Rajya Sabha, and the lower house, Lok Sabha, and the MDMK workers led by Vaiko who staged the sit-in and fast took recourse to familiar expressions like 'Eelam War', 'military campaign', 'LTTE resistance', 'LTTE war', and 'Tamil war'. Instead every one described the 'campaign' as hostilities.