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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Government passes seven Finance Amendments in Parliament To accommodate 2009 Budget proposals

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

The Government, this afternoon, passed seven amendments in Parliament giving legal teeth to Finance related Bills helping it to implement the 2009 Budget proposals, passed in November 2008. Parliament was convened to approve the amendments following special approval from a Party Leaders’ meeting as the amendments had to be implement with effect from April 1, 2009 the date which the 2009 financial year commences. The seven Bills were: Inland Revenue Amendment Bill, Value Added Tax Amendment Bill, Economic Service Amendment Bill, Finance Amendment (No 352) Bill, Finance Amendment (358) Bill, the Debit Tax Amendment Bill and the Excise (Special) Provisions Amendment Bill.

TNA to decide on Sri Lanka President’s invite this evening

By K.T.Rajasingham

SenathirajahOrphaned by the loss of contact with LTTE, their God-Father, the TNA lawmakers are on horns of dilemma about their future in general and on President Rajapaksa’s invitation for an interaction on March 26. "We are tossing the issue. This is the fourth invitation. We do not know how to handle it. May be by today (Mar 25) evening, we will arrive at a consensus decision", TNA chief whip, Mavai S Senthirajah, MP, told the "Asian Tribune" in an exclusive interview. He and twelve other Tamil National Alliance (TNA) lawmakers held a brain storm session here on Tuesday. Frayed tempers, sense of bitterness, and above all a feeling of being let down marked the deliberations that lasted six-hours but consensus eluded them. R. Sampanthan, TNA Parliamentary Group Leader chaired the deliberations.

Militancy is not a problem of Bangladesh only & it couldn’t stop business or investment anywhere : Foreign Minister.

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Dipu MoniBangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Wednesday said militancy is not a problem of Bangladesh only or any particular country and it could not stop the business or investment anywhere."Many countries in the world have been facing the risk of terrorism and militancy. This is not a problem only in Bangladesh or any particular country. It exists all over the world," Dipu Moni told journalists at her first press conference since taking the office as the country’s first female foreign minister in January this year. At the press conference at her ministry, the foreign minister said that she did not see 'militancy' as a threat to the Bangladesh's external image.

China to make substantial increase in its financial assistance to Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

China has assured to make substantial increase in its financial assistance to Nepal despite facing the effects of global financial meltdown. Addressing a function organized by Nepal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Kathmandu, Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Qui Guohang said that China would increase its assistance in hydropower, tourism, agriculture and infrastructure development in Nepal. "We are currently passing through global financial meltdown," the envoy said. "However, there will be substantial increase in the assistance to Nepal."

Long Drought Raises Spectre of Famine in Afghanistan

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The battle to contain the growing political and military turmoil in Afghanistan may be temporarily overshadowed by an impending threat to millions of people in that strife-torn country: food shortages and starvation. "The most severe drought in a decade is fueling a grave food crisis that threatens millions of people," Marvin Parvez, the Asia-Pacific coordinator for Church World Service (CWS), told IPS. He said the food crisis remains a serious issue. "Although immediate food needs are met to a great extent, it is only a short-term solution to prolonged food security in Afghanistan."

TNA to deliberate this afternoon on Presidential invite

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

SampanthanThe Tamil National Alliance Parliamentary Group will meet this afternoon to deliberate on the invitation to the party sent by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the ethnic question and the current affairs prevailing in the country today. This follows the invitation sent by President Rajapaksa to the TNA on Monday for a meeting scheduled for tomorrow to be held at Temple Trees at 6.30 pm.

Militant leader dissatisfied with peace deal, threatens to leave Swat at mercy of Taliban

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

The chief of outlawed Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM), Maulana Sufi Mohammad has expressed dissatisfaction over implementation of the agreed peace accord with the government in restive Swat valley of North West Frontier Province of Pakistan. Briefing the media in Mingora city of Swat valley on Tuesday, Maulana Sufi Mohammad said he was not satisfied with the implementation of the peace accord agreed upon with the NWFP Government. The TNSM chief threatens to leave Swat at the mercy of Taliban if the spirit of the peace accord is not adhered to. Hurling a warning at people in other areas besides Malakand to stick to "Islamic lifestyle", Maulana Sufi Mohammad said people in Malakand, Kohistan and Hazara divisions must stop their "un-Islamic activities" without elaborating the latter.

HSBC Premier Centre, closer to environment

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

We will extend this environmentally responsible product to our Head Office and to all our Branches, said Nick Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer, Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) Sri Lanka and Maldives at the occasion of receiving the ISO 14001:2004 Certification for Stringent Environment Management System (EMS) for their Premier Centre, last week. This certification makes HSBC the first financial organization in the country to be accredited with this standard, setting the stage for better use of energy and resources to help the Bank sustain its environment policy.

Sri Lankan Community Leaders Selected For Innovative U.S. Exchange Program

Seventeen Sri Lankan community leaders from fields including community development, education, journalism, and business, will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a three-week program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that will focus on reducing marginalization, resolving conflict, and promoting democratic engagement in Sri Lankan civil society.

Bangladesh govt. moves to set up a deep seaport in the Bay of Bengal: Shipping Minister

M.A Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh shipping minister Afsarul Amin on Tuesday said the government is moving ahead to set up a deep seaport in the Bay of Bengal in a bid to speed up trade. A feasibility study already in progress and a primary report presentation in this regard will be held at the shipping ministry on April 12, the minister said. The setting up a deep seaport was on the election manifesto of the ruling grand alliance, the minister told reporters at his secretariat office on the day.

People Power & the elimination of LTTE

By Shenali Waduge

How many would have thought there would be a time that the LTTE would or could be cornered to a 12km stretch. In all probability the LTTE would also not have thought that it would be in this predicament. Most importantly those that backed the LTTE all through the years by way of contributing financially or otherwise must be facing the most daunting task of having to come to terms with an eventuality that would probably change their financial position drastically. Giving courage and steering the Government to remain focused to the elimination of the LTTE is the people of Sri Lanka and it is their steadfastness that denies external forces the ability to swing carrots to sway the Government to provide a lifeline to the LTTE.

Courier services should cater to customer needs

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A courier service must identify the customer needs and execute delivery on time at a competitive rate for such services to be successful said Ms Leoni Cuelenaere, Netherlands Ambassador in Sri Lanka at the occasion of TNT Express (Courier Service) moving to their new office at 435 Galle Road Colombo 3. She said that TNT Express of the Netherlands has a proven track record for excellence with operations in 65 countries and deliveries to 200 destinations. Business depends on these capabilities and individuals experience that special joy of receiving a delivery from friends in far off places.

Malaysia cautioned to stop the LTTE before it become a threat of the national security

Malaysia has been warned to stop Tamil Tigers, before they become the threat to the national security of Malaysia and South-east Asian region. It has been pointed out that the LTTE’s principal international arms purchaser and money launderer, K. Pathmanathan, who is also known as K.P is reported to be in Malaysia with a band of senior LTTE members setting up the LTTE network for future operations and this information has received the attention of a number of anti-terrorism experts.

Mavai S. Senathirajah

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni


SLAF Bell helicopters survive LTTE anti aircraft missiles

By Ravi Ladduwahetty in Colombo

Contrary to the popular belief in Colombo that the air power of the LTTE was over following the February 20 aerial attack on the Colombo 2 based Inland Revenue Building, the LTTE, this morning, fired antiaircraft missiles on two Sri Lanka Air Force Bell jet ranger helicopters airlifting civilian casualties from Pudukudirippu to Anuradhapura. The LTTE antiaircraft missiles were fired from the 'No Fire Zone’. However, both choppers flew to safety thanks to the acumen of the two pilots who averted what could have been a major disaster.