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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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IMF Loan Without Any Unacceptable Conditionalities Says Cabraal

Nivard CabraalBy Neville de Silva

Sri Lanka is expected to conclude its negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a US$ 1.9 b standby loan in the coming month or so, Central Bank Governor Nivard Cabraal said here. Mr Cabraal, on his way to a meeting of Asian financial secretaries and central bank governors called by Asian Development Bank (ADB) dismissed criticisms that the IMF loan is being sought despite tough conditions being demanded by the IMF. He said that the conditions on which the loan would be agreed will be in "line with the government’s own policies" and would not be on "unpalatable" conditions.

Sri Lanka will soon open up a mission in Libya

Sri Lanka has formally decided to open up an Embassy in Libya. Recently, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the decision to open up a Sri Lanka Embassy in Libya. When "Asian Tribune" contacted Hussein Bhaila, Deputy Minister of Foreign Minister, he said that the Government has already approved the opening up of a mission in Libya and shortly the Foreign Ministry will be opening up it soon.

Kerawalapitiya: an outright disaster of epic proportions

By Ravi Ladduwahetty from Sri Lanka

Clouds of controversy loom over the Kerawalapitiya Combined Cycle Gas Power Plant which has been in operation for around three months where the project costs have been increased from the US$ 295 million to US$ 332 million while the corresponding power capacity has also been parallely reduced from 300 Megawatts to 270 MW. What also defies logic is that a US$ 245 million offer by Fortune 500 Multinational Mitsubishi, US$ 50 million cheaper than the local Lakdhanavi was also turned down.

Microsoft Unified solutions through Virtusa save cost

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Microsoft Unified Communication Solutions (MUCS) enable businesses to save costs in communication and improve collaboration. Virtusa joins a growing number of organizations deploying Microsoft unified communications technologies, which bridges the best of telecommunications and computing with software that takes advantage of the existing telecommunications infrastructure. Microsoft unified communications technologies offer customers a variety of options in how their communications and collaboration software is delivered, managed, and maintained be it on-premise, hosted by partners or hosted by Microsoft.

Seylan back on track: mobilizes Rs. 3 billion since January

By Ravi Ladduwahetty - in Sri Lanka

Seylan Bank, another member of the troubled- Ceylinco Group has mobilized Rs 3 billion in deposits since the new management took over in January and is on the path to recovery. "We have mobilized Rs. 3 billion in deposits after a door to door campaign at islandwide branch level and now public confidence has been restored," new Seylan Bank Chairman Eastman Narangoda told "Asian Tribune".

Vietnam Prime Minister reaffirms cooperation with Sri Lanka

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, has stated that Vietnam is always ready to support Sri Lanka's development agenda and assist its people in their effort to maintain peace and stability in the country and in the international campaign against terrorism. The Vietnamese Prime Minister made this pledge when he met Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama last Friday, in Hanoi during the latter's official visit to Vietnam. Minister Bogollagama conveyed the appreciation of the government and the people of Sri Lanka for the active role played by Vietnam in international fora, particularly the UN Security Council in support of Sri Lanka’s efforts to defeat terrorism.

Applaud for surrendering arms: Urged to drop the word ‘Puligal ‘ in the Party name - V. Anandasangaree

Whilst applauding the surrendering of lethal weapons in their possession, it has been urged to drop the word 'Puligal' in their Party name. "The Tamil United Liberation Front very warmly welcomes the historical decision of the Tamil Makkal Viduthlai Puligal, to do away with the weapons that they had in their possession for several years," said V. Anandasangaree. In a statement commending the decision of the TMVP, Anandasangaree said "The credit goes to its leader S. Chandrakanthan for guiding his party to take such a decision, which will certainly be welcome news to the people of the Eastern Province."

Photographic exhibition: A New Beginning

French speaking countries, commonly known as Francophony, do not only share the use of a same language but also constitute an active space of multiple solidarities. In order to illustrate this idea during the month of March 2009, l’Alliance Française de Colombo invited Swiss Artist David Prêtre to exhibit his works on the walls of its gallery auditorium. David is a free lance photographer who, in this case, used his camera to tell us about a reconstruction project of the Red Cross in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami. Rather than adopting a photo reporter approach, David Prêtre chose to focus on the lives of twelve Sri Lankan families who had to suffer in their flesh the natural catastrophe.

UNHCR urged not to help cut the heads of Rohingyas to remove the Rohingya headache

"Thailand and the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed to jointly introduce a handbook for screening Bengalis of Burma from the Rohingya boat people. Speaking after meeting with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr Antonio Guterres, the Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya said that in their efforts to resolve the Rohingya problem swiftly, Thai agencies will introduce a handbook for officials interviewing these people and wanted the UNHCR to supply all the needed information to Thailand so that a proper criteria could be designed for it," appeals, Ahmedur Rahman Farooq, Chairman,Rohingya Human Rights Council(RHRC).

Nivard Cabraal

LTTE Leaders confined to square kilometers- Military spokesman

From Ravi Ladduwahetty in Sri Lanka

The LTTE Leaders are now confined to a geographical expanse of a mere 45 square kilometers, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told 'Asian Tribune'. There is heavy fighting in the Pudukudirippu areas and they are now confined to the sea area between Chalai South and Mullaitivu and it is also established that the LTTE Leaders have not escaped from this limited area, he said. The 12,000 strong troops from the 53 and 58 Brigades have inflicted heavy casualties on the LTTE from fierce battles between Thursday night till Saturday where over 100 LTTE cadres were killed of which 50 bodies and 111 T-56 assault rifles were found in this morning, the Brigadier said. There have also been 30 Security Forces personnel injured in the attacks.