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Confifi opens up packages for the festive season

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The worst thing that happens to Sri Lanka Tourism is the adverse publicity circling around the world about the current situation of conflict in the country said Stefan Furkhan, Managing Director, Confifi Group of Hotels when he addressed a press conference held at Holiday Inn to announce the holiday packages for Sri Lankan families in their three resorts – Eden Resort and Spa, Riverina and Club Palm in Beruwela during the Sinhala and Hindu New Year recess.

Pak SC starts hearing into woman's flogging case -Seeks report within 15 days

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered government officials on Monday to submit a detailed report within 15 days over the public ‘flogging’ of a woman in Swat. The eight-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Monday started hearing into the case of flogging a 17-year-old girl who’s video had been widely circulated. The Chief Justice in his order asked the government and regional officials from North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to submit report on a fortnightly basis to the registrar of the court.

Appa Sherpa to scale the Mt Everest for record 19th time

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Appa Sherpa, who holds the world-record for climbing the Mt Everest for 18 times already, left Kathmandu on Monday to scale the highest peak in the world yet another time. The 48-year mountaineering guide is leading Eco Everest Expedition 2009 team that also includes Dawa Steven Sherpa, managing director of Asian Trekking and the main organizer of the expedition. Appa along with his expedition team members will trek to Everest's base camp from Lukla, where a nearest domestic airport is located, and spend a few days to acclimatize and make necessary preparation for their summit bid in May.

2008 economic growth rate of 6% amidst turbulent times

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor – Asia Tribune

Central Bank Governor Ajit Nivaard Cabraal said today that the 6% economic growth rate for 2008 was a challenging one which was amidst the worst world food crisis, the highest oil prices and the global financial crisis and also in the backdrop of the decisive stage of the Armed Forces waging war with the most ruthless group of terrorists. He made these observations after presenting the 2008 Annual Report of the Bank to President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is also the Finance and Planning Minister at the John Exter Auditorium of the Central Bank this morning. He also outlined the triumphs of the Government in the past year where the unemployment declined to all time low of 5.2% where the Per capita income increased to above US$ 2000 and an inflation rate of les than 5%.

Pak Army ready to thwart internal, external threats: Gen Kiyani

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistani Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said army is fully prepared to meet the current and emerging internal and external threats. Chairing 63rd Formation Commanders conference here on Monday he highlighted the critical importance of unity of national efforts to overcome these challenges. He said despite limited resources, the army had the capability to defend the geographical boundaries of the country with the support of the people of the country. The Chief of Army Staff dwelt at length on the full spectrum of issues relating to the Army’s operational and training matters

Sri Lankan troops moving for Civilians Evacuations

By-Leel Pathirana

After gaining total control of the LTTE’s last bastion Puthukudirippu forces are now planning for a safe evacuation of the civilians who are keeping hostage by the LTTE. Sri Lankan joint troops today move on a mission what is considered to be the largest and decisive tactical maneuver to free thousands of civilians trapped in the NFZ (No fire Zone). It is going to be the “largest humanitarian intervention by a conventional military force in modern times”, the defense sources reported.

LTTE’s mysterious weapon uncovered - But How these weapons ended up in the hands of the LTTE?

By Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

On April 3, as Sri Lanka Army troops were consolidating their hold on the remaining areas of Puthukdyiruppu, 10 LTTE Sea tiger boats were spotted heading towards the Mullaitivu shores. Immediately, Sri Lanka Navy boats from the Naval Base in Trincomalee arrived at the scene. As soon as they were sighted off the shores of the government declared ‘No fire Zone’ (NFZ), the LTTE boats opened fire at them. The Navy boats of the Rapid Deployment Boat Squadron (RDBS) returned fire.

Transparency International- Bangladesh survey finds violation of poll rules by MPs in 9th parliamentary election

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh chapter of Berlin- based corruption watchdog Transparency International at a survey found 87 percent of the candidates violated the electoral rules by spending more than the limit set by the Election Commission in the last national parliamentary election of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh chapter styled Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday revealed the survey report calling upon the election commission to conduct an immediate audit of the members of parliament (MPs) election expenses and make them public.

W o r l d H e a l t h D a y : Health of Women is Indeed Our Precious Wealth

By Shobha Shukla

On this year's World Health Day, let us focus on addressing issues that can improve health status of women. A wide array of socio-economic, cultural and gender-based inequalities continue to aggravate risk for women. The latest effort in this direction was a symposium on ‘nutrition in women’ held in New Delhi . Its main aim was to draw attention to the very pertinent observations of a "Multi Centric Study on Nutrition in Women’" conducted jointly by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of Government of India and the Diabetes Foundation of India (DFI), and ably coordinated by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi . The symposium was followed by a consensus conference on"Indian Diets for Prevention of Obesity and Related Disorders’.

2009 New Year will be free of terrorism; Develop overall economy- President Rajapaksa

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said this morning that the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which falls on April 13 and 14 will be the first New Year that Sri Lanka will be celebrating free of terrorism and wanted all sectors of the economy to take off. The entire country barring a small strip in the Northern Province has been liberated and it is time that the economy should jump start, he said.

UNP Vote Base And Crisis In Democracy

By Dr.T.Jayasinghe - Palestine

The grand old party (UNP) of Sri Lanka appears to be facing the threat of extinction following the footsteps of Labor Party of late A.E.Goonasinghe, LSSP and CP to name a few. As some say bluntly UNP is committing suicide. This situation might please the anti UNP elements but it does not augur well for the practice of democracy in Sri Lanka. Disintegration plague that infected the top rung of the party has now eaten up the whole fabric from top to bottom. In the recent years apart from the members of Parliament a large number of leading local stalwarts from all parts of the island crossed over or gave up UNP politics and this trend is continuing to this day. The joke of the day is that President cannot find the time to meet that crossing over individually. So now he is meeting them in thousands.

Fonterra invests Rs 1.2 billion in Sri Lanka to help the local dairy farmers

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

At a time the world is faced with a financial crisis, Fonterra has come forward to invest in Sri Lanka as it has great confidence that the Sri Lanka economy would come right and as Sri Lanka has become their biggest market in the region, outside Australia and Sri Lanka said Mark Wilson, Regional Managing Director, Fonterra speaking at the occasion of commissioning the newest yoghurt manufacturing plantin their factory complex in Fonterra Brands Lanka Ltd, Biyagama. In this project Fonterra has invested Rs. 1.2 billion. With the installation of the new plant, Fonterra is expected to increase their milk collection from the local diary farmers by an additional 8,000 litres daily. They have also invested in three milk collecting centres that would enable them to collect milk from another 3,000 diary farmers, in addition to the existing 3,000 farmers.

Who Is An Assistant Medical Practitioner (AMP) ?

A Commentary by L. Jayasooriya

In the aftermath of the tragedy of Peshala to whom the Rubella vaccine has been administered ignoring the warning letter produced by the victim from her mother we have now come to know that the person who administered the vaccine is an Assistant Medical Practitioner known as an AMP who will with almost certainty go scot-free because there seems to be no reaction from the public. On inquiries I have made from the very limited sources available to me I have been told that an AMP is an apothecary or pharmacist or dispenser who after 10 years practice in his job is deemed to have gained sufficient knowledge to practice medicine.

Recovered paddle guns in parts

Recovered paddle guns -some parts

Mahinda & Sritharan

Crystal Gazing: Post Poll Ccenario

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

As was to be expected, pre-poll surveys have hit the media just when the first of the five phases of the 15th Lok Sabha elections get under way. The predictions made by the various surveys rule out a decisive verdict in favour of a particular party but give a 'slight edge' to both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the two principal contenders for power. In effect the message, loud and clear, is that once again the country is to see a hung parliament. That cannot be very good news because without a government that comes to power with a clear majority the country is more likely to see a spell of status quo administration rather than one of ‘change’ the country needs to quickly come out of the weakening economic scenario and to continue its onward journey for becoming an accepted international player.


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