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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2395

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Sri Lankan Professor knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Sri Lankan born Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, renowned for his work advancing women’s health and maternity care, was honored in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List announced recently in June 2009.

Sri Lankan Professor knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Sri Lankan born Professor Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, renowned for his work advancing women’s health and maternity care, was honored in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honors List announced recently in June 2009.

India-Bangladesh maritime rapprochement

Vinod Vedi - June 29 was the last day India was to file its claim with the UN for extension of its Exclusive Economic Zone in the Bay of Bengal. By Bangladesh estimates the claim would overlap nearly 22000 sq km of sea space that it too claims. Given the naval push and shove that has occurred over India’s claim over South Talpatti Island in the past and the arrival of Sheikh Hasina at the helm of affairs in Dhaka, India needs to change tack and be accommodative. An opportunity may have come its way in the Bangladesh Navy’s blueprint for expansion of its fleet over a ten-year time frame to be able to defend its maritime boundary and Exclusive Economic Zone and its interests in the Bay of Bengal.

Maneka, Varun hit headlines again, Allege Govt not providing tight security to Varun

M Rama Rao - Varun Gandhi, the estranged scion of Nehru-Indira family, refuses to fade out of headlines even after the BJP as one person held him responsible for the party’s electoral rout. The issue that has once again propelled him to front pages of dailies is his concern over his security.

Ensure fair price for coconut and loosen the draconian laws

Quintus Perera - While the government is not taking steps to get a fair price for coconut, Draconian laws enacted on the pretext of protecting the coconut industry are really killing the coconut industry and even encroached the rights of the coconut growers, while the government failed to ensure a fair price for coconut, said Parakrama Jayatilake, President, Coconut Growers Association of Sri Lanka (CGASL) at its 15th AGM held at the BMICH last week.

Entrepreneurial prowess should accompany awareness

Quintus Perera - Winning prestigious entrepreneurial accolades should couple with best possible publicity and then only the full advantages of such accolades could be obtained said Samantha Kumarasinghe, Chairman, Multichemi International (Pvt) Ltd, and the Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 the Platinum Award Winner speaking as the guest speaker said at the launch of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka - 14th Sri Lankan Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Awards held at Taj Samudra Hotel last week.

Afghanistan: The Re-emergence of the Taliban and US new offensive- Operation Khanjar

Andrin Raj - Afghanistan - a country in turmoil during the reign of the Taliban - seems to be re-emerging in its strength and political ideologies crossing over even to the boarders of Pakistan into the Swat Valley. The Taliban labeled as a “terrorist organization”, have regrouped and are more confident than ever to regain its power in Afghanistan as well as in neighboring Pakistan. The fall of the Taliban in 2001 swapped away the regime and significantly ouster the regime out of control. This also led to the “spill-over” effect into Pakistan, where the real danger has been lurking. During 2001 to 2005, a large number of Taliban militants fled to Peshawar in Pakistan while trying to evade capture by the US forces.

Sri Lanka travel trade ready to take in the expected travel intake

Quintus Perera - The country is expected an economic revival and with that revival if the travel trade picks up its lost tempo, the country's travel trade could also catch up with the existing hotel capacity, with travellers from India, China, Middle East and the tradition European market, said Chandra Wickremasinghe, President, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) at a press conference held at Hotel Galadari last week.

Pakistan: Some points to ponder over

Asif Haroon Raja - US lust for power and wealth is insatiable where money is worshipped like God. Friendship is fragile which is contrived to take advantage and so is its commitment to treaties. The US doesn’t believe in mutually beneficial deals but goes for hegemonic monopoly over others inviting strife. Imperialism has made the West dehumanized and devoid of morality. It conquers, plunders and kills with an altruistic face of saving humanity under false pretexts and catchy slogans. In actuality, it is dehumanizing Asia. CIA is notorious for spying, rigging elections to have US pawns in power and to secure lucrative contracts. It ruthlessly smothers resistance into submission and compliance.

Seven new Commissions proposed in Nepal’s new constitution

Kosh Korala - A Constituent Assembly Committee on Determining the Structure of Constitutional Bodies (CDSCB) has proposed seven new constitutional commissions in Nepal.

Infrastructure Development: Remedy for Pakistan’s economic demise

By Farzana Shah - Pakistan currently is facing a calamitous economic situation since last two decades and has tried everything from nationalization to privatization to bring some sort of stability in macroeconomics.

Infrastructure Development: Remedy for Pakistan’s economic demise

By Farzana Shah - Pakistan currently is facing a calamitous economic situation since last two decades and has tried everything from nationalization to privatization to bring some sort of stability in macroeconomics.


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