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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2967

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Aggressive investment promotion drive in China

The Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing together with the Board of Investment (BOI) successfully held two seminars on “Investment Opportunities for Chinese Entrepreneurs on 27th and 31st March 2009 at the Embassy. The third and forth respectively in a series of Seminars that have been launched since January this year, on a campaign for an aggressive investment promotion drive, this forum attracted more than 90 Entrepreneurs from specially selected sectors such as Infrastructure, Real Estate, Fisheries and Agriculture, Paper Manufacturing, Steel, Leather Products, Solar & Energy and Cosmetics and Telecommunication. The Country Presentations clearly projected the lucrative sectors identified for potential Chinese investment further explaining the benefit and concessions granted to them.

Golden Jubillee Of Sri Jayawardanapura University

By Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera

University education in Sri Lanka began with the establishment of a university college (1921) in Colombo and later it was transformed to full university status as University of Ceylon in 1941 under the leadership of Sir Ivor Jennings, who was a political scientist and constitution expert, settling in a fascinating natural environment in Peradeniya. Before establishment of a university in Sri Lanka, colonial rulers founded a Medical College (1870) and a Law College (1874) in the country as the intellectual abilities of Sri Lankans were confined to cope with complex education and reflected that the country can be developed its own expertise human resources, which would need for all kind of development purposes.

ILO endorses the outcome of London G20 summit

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A communiqué issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Colombo indicated that the Director-General,ILO Juan Somavia has welcomed the outcome of the London G20 Summit, saying that “The leaders of the G20 have made significant progress in consolidating a coordinated international response to the deepening global crisis. It indicated that he has added, however, the difficulty of achieving this common approach to the serious challenges facing different parts of the world should not be underestimated. The agreements on increased funding for the international financial institutions can help to ensure that all countries, including developing and emerging countries, are able to participate in recovery measures according to their needs and policy requirements.

Buddhism In Palestine

Dr.T.Jayasinghe - Palestine

During my travelling to many cities in Palestine which includes both Israel and West Bank, I happen to notice Bo trees ( Ficus Religiosa) in many parts of Israel and West Bank and naturally I became curious to know more about the presence of this tree in this part of the world. In Tel Aviv it is a very common tree found along many roads and nobody could explain the origin or any special significance of its presence. It may be that no one has taken the trouble to study it. However it is obvious that it is not an indigenous tree for according to information available it is native to countries like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Vietnam etc as it is always associated with Buddhism. Bo tree is a significant part of Buddhist rituals and was a symbol of veneration.

Palestine To Brief Arab League On Sri Lankan Situation

By Yara Abdul Hadi in Ramallah

Palestinian National Authority will brief Arab League through its Ambassador about the present situation in Sri Lanka. This assurance was given by Dr. Ahmed Soboh, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs to Dr. T.Jayasinghe,Diplomatic Representative of Sri Lanka in Palestine during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Walid Hassen, Director Middle East also took part in the meeting. Dr. Jayasinghe informed that after 25 years of military campaign Sri Lankan Army has now cornered the Tamil Tiger forces into a small area in the North- East of Sri Lanka. Even though the conflict is almost over without an inch of land under its control, terrorists are taking cover behind a human shield of about 70,000 innocent Tamil civilians as a last resort.