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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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CIMA wins Accountancy Body of the Year

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has won the prestigious Accountancy Body of the Year award at the annual PQ Magazine awards, held recently at Quaglino’s in London, according to a communiqué issued by the Sri Lanka Chapter of CIMA. According to PQ Magazine, CIMA students applauded the recent move to more exam sittings, and reduced waiting times for exam results. The institute was also praised by students for promoting the CIMA brand and furthering their future.

Terror Attack On National Cricket Team - A Lesson For All Sri Lankans

By M H Liyanage from Kuwait

I woke up this morning to the shocking news that the Sri Lankan Cricket Team had been subjected to a terrorist attack in Pakistan. Within moments, it was a sigh of relief to hear that members of the Sri Lankan team and officials had not suffered any fatalities that were life threatening. It will be premature to say which party was behind this cowardly attack but given some of the violent incidents that took place when Sri Lankan Cricket Team was touring some countries in the past, the possibility of a LTTE involvement cannot be ruled out.

Provide opportunities for displaced children in the North to continue higher education in India

The High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka has been asked to consider to provide opportunities for the displaced children of the North to continue with their higher education in India. In an appeal to the Indian High Commissioner Shree Alok Prasad, TULF President V. Anandasangaree, has urged him to make special arrangements to study in India for some children, who have been deprived of the opportunity to continue with their higher education due to the conflict. Anandasangaree in his appeal requested the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo "to evolve a scheme with the concurrence of the Sri Lankan Government and in consultation with your Government to enable a few such children to pursue their studies in India, the opportunity they were either denied or missed, in their country for no fault of theirs."

Eeconomical and family oriented rest houses and holiday resorts from Sri Lanka tourism

In keeping with the Narambamu Sri Lanka project launched by the Ministry of Tourism, in partnership with Sri Lanka Tourism, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has initiated a campaign to refurbish the existing, SLTDA owned rest houses and holiday resorts. The Narambamu Sri Lanka project singularly aims to spur interest in domestic tourism, and encourage Sri Lankans to travel within our own country, discovering lesser known attractions among the more widely known, and popular sites of historic and cultural interest.

Shocking terror attack on Sri Lankan cricket team

By Asif Haroon Raja

A horrifying and shocking incident has taken place on the morning of 3 February in Lahore. A band of terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team moving in a coach from their hotel towards Gaddafi stadium. The coach and a vehicle carrying cricket officials were escorted by a police van and a jeep in which the SP was traveling and a police van in rear. As it was moving past Liberty Chowk Gulberg close to the stadium, the convoy was fired at from three directions.

Women's Household Chores Unpaid, Unrecognised

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The 1983 Hollywood comedy 'Mr. Mom' portrayed the story of a laid-off auto-worker reluctantly forced to play the role of a housewife and homemaker after losing his job. But the tagline for the movie summed up the genesis of the male-female role-reversal on the home front: "When mom goes to work, dad goes berserk. "Do stay-at-home husbands know how to operate a vacuum cleaner or a dishwasher? Press clothes? Feed little kids or cart them to school?

Attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team: Vital evidence collected, Investigation to complete in 48 hours - Rehman Malik

By Farzana Shah from Pakistan

Pakistani interior ministry advisor Rehman Malik said investigation into Lahore attack on Sri Lankan team will be completed in within next 24 hours. Talking to media Rehman Malik said many proofs have been collected so far and the investigation will be completed in next 48 hours. Meanwhile Governor Punjab Salman Taseer also stated that investigation will be completed in two days. Earlier in the day, a dozen men attacked Sri Lanka's cricket team with rifles, grenades and rocket launchers ahead of a match in Pakistan, wounding five players and killing at least eight people, including police personnel.

Shocked and wounded SL cricket team returned

Kumar Sangakkara with his familySri Lanka's cricket team returned home early Wednesday, one day after narrowly escaping a terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan with the team captain paying tribute to the bus driver for saving their lives. They were received Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge, relatives and SriLanka Cricket officials at the airport. Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavithana were taken in an ambulance to a private hospital in Colombo, while other players said they were relieved to be with their families. Vice Captain Kumar Sangkakra said they were under instructions from the management not to talk to the press.

Sri Lankan President returned

Pushpa Kamal Dhal with President Mahinda RajapaksaSri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has returned home Tuesday evening, cutting short his visit by a day following the terrorist attacks on the Sri Lankan Cricket team in Pakistan. Rajapaksa was scheduled to return on Wednesday after visiting Lumbini-the birth place of Lord Buddha. He left Kathmandu by a chartered flight of the Sri Lankan Airlines at about 8.30 pm. Sri Lankan foreign minister Rohitha Bogollagama, who was in the delegation led by Rajapaksa, went to Pakistan following the terrorist attacks. Earlier, the Sri Lankan President had met with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Vice-President Paramananda Jha and president of main opposition party Girija Prasad Koirala.

U.S. can be most effective nation on Burma

By Nehginpao Kipgen

The U.S. isolationist policy, coupled by sanctions, is intended to punish the Burmese military junta primarily for its human rights violations and for not honoring the mandate of the 1990 general election. There can always be a subjective debate and objective discussion on whether the strategy works or not. Due to its economic, political and military power, the United States has a tremendous leverage in world politics. Unlike Iraq, majority of the Burmese people, more so by ethnic minorities, will welcome the U.S. engagement in the country. And if it chooses to, the U.S. can be the most effective nation on earth that can help establish a democratic society in the military-ruled Burma.

Pakistan leaders express their regrets to the people of Sri Lanka

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani of Pakistan telephoned President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (03 March) in Kathmandu, to strongly condemn the terrorist attack on the visiting Sri Lanka Cricket team in Lahore today, in which several team members were injured. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama was associated with the President during the telephone discussions. President Rajapaksa who is currently on a State Visit to Nepal, has decided to return to Sri Lanka cutting short his visit by a day, after completing his official engagements, as a result of this terrorist attack.

Weak wine rules punishing South East company are 'bureaucracy gone mad'

A company that was banned from calling its product 'wine' due to its low alcohol content has failed in a High Court battle against officious EU rules enforced in an overzealous manner by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). Hampshire-based Sovio Wines had sought to import semi-sparkling Spanish white and rose wines to the UK, but because it had an alcohol content of just eight percent, it could not be marketed and sold as 'wine' under EU rules which require a minimum content of nine percent. As a result of the FSA's ban on the product, Sovio Wines lost tens of thousands of pounds of stock held at a bonded warehouse.

SLTDA operated holiday resorts in Bandarawela

Duel With Zardari Nawaz Offers Absorbing Fare

By M Rama Rao, Atul Cowshish & Vazeer M - Syndicate Features

The revival of democracy in Pakistan appears to be in danger of being aborted as the two leading political forces, President Asif Ali Zardari of the PPP and Nawaz Sharif, a former Prime Minister from of the PML (N) stable have locked themselves up in a deadly dual. With neither party ready to concede any ground, the fight to finish can be disastrous for India’s nuclear-armed western neighbour. It also raises concerns in India. But India is hardly in a position to do anything substantial to change the course of current Pakistani politics when the people of that country are bound to misread any attempt, overt or covert, designed to stem the rot there.

No Tears for Manamperi?

By Neville Perera

Replying to an article by Victor Ivan in "Ravaya" (August 2008?) Dr. Kumar David stated the following: "Unfortunately the English, Tamil and Sinhala media live in non-intersecting compartments. When is somebody going to have the courage and the money to establish a free flowing cross-fertilization?" What a beautiful suggestion! Dr. David is fully aware that today, those who have the money dispatch their children to the western world for education.