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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Finance Minister's good intentions are not reflected in his budget: Jayalalithaa

Reacting to Union Budget, AIADMK General Secreatary and Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu said that the Finance Minister Pranab Kumar Mukharjee had announced attractive things to lower and middle class in his budget speech yet this has not reflected in the budget.

Kabul attack: Aircraft sent to bring back bodies of Indians killed

India is sending a special aircraft to Afghanistan to bring back the bodies of its nationals including army officials, who died in Taliban suicide attacks in Kabul on Friday. At least nine Indians were among 17 people killed as Taliban bombers carried out a string of attacks in the heart of Kabul, targeting Indian interests in Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka-IFAD sign $ 25 m loan agreement; about 57,900 small farmers to benefit

A US $ 25 million loan agreement for the National Agribusiness Development Programme was signed on Tuesday in Rome by Ambassador Hemantha Warnakulasuriya, on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, with Kanayo Nwanze, President of International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Canada Condemns Burmese Decision on Aung San Suu Kyi Appeal

Canada’s Minister for f Foreign Affairs Lawrence Cannon, while condemning the disappointment over the Burmese Supreme Court’s decision to reject the appeal of pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, also expressed his country’s disappointment on the courts verdict.

TN leaders greeted Muslim Community on the eve of Milad-un-Nabi

Tamil Nadu Leaders including Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Opposition AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa greeted the Muslim community on the eve of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.

North Needs The Help Of The South & Expatriates To Rehabilitate And Develop

On my recent visit to Jaffna along the A9, it was obvious that development and progress had virtually come to a standstill after 27 years of the recent conflict. My last visit to Jaffna was in 1981, when I taught for a month in the University of Jaffna, Medical Faculty, as an honorary Lecture. This I did from time to time at the Universities of Colombo and Peradeniya after I left Sri Lanka in 1971.

TN Chief Minister welcomed Union Budget 2010-2011

Cutting across the lines, all the political parties criticized the Union Budget presented by Union Finance Minister Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Friday praised, saying it guaranteed social justice and economic development.

Social worker Ela Bhatt chosen for Japan’s Niwano Peace Prize

Social worker Ela Bhatt has been chosen for the Niwano Peace Prize this year for her contribution to the uplift of poor women in India.

Role of Tehrik-e-Taliban-Pakistan and Afghan Taliban

After 9/11, when Gen Musharraf was telephonically coerced by Washington, he quickly gave in to American seven demands. He agreed to side with untrustworthy USA which had a track record of leaving Pakistan high and dry in testing times, and to ditch Taliban regime which was anti-India and pro-Pakistan and had assured Pakistan of safe western border. He took a u turn at a critical time when both were badly in need of Pakistan support.

Two-day Katchatheevu Church festival brings together Indo-Lanka fishermen

About 5000 Indian fishermen and pilgrims are setting sail to Katchatheevu island today to participate in the two-day St. Antony’s festivial starting today.

Switzerland to block flow of black money into its banks

In the backdrop of increased international pressure on its banking secrecy practices, Switzerland said it will prevent the flow of undeclared funds from foreign countries into the Swiss banks.

Screening 250 senior citizens to mark National Stroke Day

The Sri Lanka National Stroke Association (NSAS) marks the National Stroke Day 2010 on February 28th with a novel turn by screening 250 senior citizens for possible signs of any impending heart ailments/ Stroke/ Cardio-vascular diseases.These senior citizens are selected from Aluth Kade North, Colombo an area with low income families.

Gold Quest Case: Supreme Court orders notice

The Supreme Court of India on Friday ordered notice to the accused persons in the multi crore Gold Quest Scam Case on the appeal petition filed by Central Bureau of Crime Investigation Department (CB- CID) against the order of the Madras High Court which permitted compounding 192 victims out of 200 mentioned in the charge sheet filed by the agency in the trial court.

U.S. Government Takes Sri Lankan Officials on Land Study Tour to Timor-Leste

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is taking 13 government officials from central and provincial ministries on a 7-day study tour to learn how land ownership issues are being resolved in Timor-Leste (also known as East Timor), a country recovering from conflict.

End Controversy over CPM leader's Death: Karunanidhi

DMK president and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karuanidhi on Friday urged that controversy surrounding the death of state CPI(M) leader W R Varadarajan (who committed suicide) should end, saying "maligning" him in his death would not be "politics of culture".

eSys Technologies introduces ‘No Touch’ and ‘MyXerver’

eSys Technologies, Sri Lanka’s leading computer hardware distributor [a subsidiary of EZY Holdings], introduced Universal Tech’s latest NoTouch™ Elite 2800 External Storage and MyXerver™ MX3600 Network Storage devices to Sri Lanka with storage capacities of up to 2000 GB.

AmCham Announces Upcoming Ambassador’s Ball

During a press conference held at the residence of U.S. Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis, the American Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (AmCham) announced that this year’s Ambassador’s Ball will be held on Saturday, March 27, at the Hilton Colombo.

Thaksin held guilty; part of assets seized

There is speculation on political stability in Thailand once again after the country’s Supreme Court on Friday decided that ousted former Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his former wife unlawfully concealed his assets while in office and abused power for personal gain.