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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Strengthen public-private sector partnership for infrastructure development: UN-ESCAP

The top United Nations official in Asia and the Pacific is urging governments in the region to develop stronger ties with the private sector in order to deliver more robust public services and “social infrastructure.”

IPL row on Minister’s role: Minister Tharoor fate in the hands of PM

Even as Union Minister of State Shashi Tharoor’s fate was hanging in balance on Friday, with the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi waiting for the Prime Minister’s return from BRIC meet to take a final decision on the current IPL row, demands for the resignation of the minister have gained momentum.

Fr Chavez. Rector Major, Don Bosco visits Sri Lanka

Rev Fr Pascual Chavez Villanueva, Rector Major, Salesians Don Bosco Worldwide (SDB) arrived in Sri Lanka for an official visit to Sri Lanka Don Bosco Salesians Society. During his visit to Sri Lanka he would go through the progress of Sri Lankan Don Bosco work.

New US ambassador arrives in Kathmandu

The newly appointed US Ambassador to Nepal Scott H DeLisi arrived in Kathmandu, Thursday afternoon.

Icelandic volcano cancels India, Sri Lanka flights to north European, American cities

Flights from Chennai and Colombo to the UK, North America and some European cities have been closed as a dense cloud of volcanic ash fill the sky over large parts of European, Norwegian and British airspace. With no sign of its clearing up soon, all air ports’ parking bay have got congested, according to an airport official.

U.S. and Sri Lankan Militaries Participate in Joint Humanitarian Exercise

Members of the Sri Lankan military joined with colleagues from the U.S. Navy to conduct a joint humanitarian exercise in Trincomalee.

Volcanic ash disrupts arrangements of Polish President’s funeral

The volcanic ash cloud engulfing northern Europe is seriously disrupting arrangements for one of the most high-profile funerals ever staged in Poland.

British General Election 2010: the Star Keeps Doing What It Does Best – Shining

As I said in this column yesterday, the first ever live TV debate among the leading contenders of the British general election did produce the political star of the campaign so far – Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats.

Slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran's mother deported to Malaysia

Ms Parvathi, (79), wife of Thiruvenkadam Velupillai and mother of the slain LTTE leader Prabhakaran, who landed at the Chennai airport by a Malaysian Airlines flight around 10.30 p.m. on Friday was deported back to Malaysia.

ISI using Lashkar terror outfit in Kashmir: UN report

Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI continues to have close links with Lashkar-e-Taiba and has used the terror group's services to foment anti-India passion in Kashmir and elsewhere, a UN report said on Friday.

A Journey through Two Forms of English

Prior to my last visit to Sri Lanka, I exchanged a few emails with my bank manager with regard to the transfer of some funds. When I met him he asked, “How long have you been in the U.S.?” I said, “10 years.” He replied, “Well, you still don’t know how to spell cheque!”

Sri Lanka's Business Promotion Mission to Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg

The Sri Lanka – Benelux Business Council of Ceylon Chamber of Commerce will be organizing a trade and investment promotion mission to Netherlands (Amsterdam and Hague), Belgium (Brussels) and Luxembourg from 24th to 29th May 2010 with the objective of strengthening trade ties, source suitable business partners for trade, investments, joint ventures, technology transfer and services.

South Indian priest in minor molestation case

An Indian priest who confessed to sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl in central Italy has been placed under house arrest.

Orthopedic Implant Manufacturing Unit in Chennai: TTK Group Collaborates with US Firm

The TTK Health Care Limited has announced acquiring a firm to manufacture and market orthopedic implants and consolidate its presence in the medical devices segment.

Kuwait - MoH to contract foreign doctors

Minister of Health Dr Hilal Al-Sayer said in Kuwait on Thursday that his ministry would contract foreign medical teams soon to run several local clinics and medical centers in the country.

TN welcomes Right to Education Act passed by Union Government

The Government of Tamil Nadu has welcomed the union government's "Right to Education Act", a compulsory education system. On welcoming the act, School Education Minister Mr Thangam Thennarasu on Friday said in the Assembly, discussions would be held on its implementation.

Exporters Association facilitates awareness on VAT refunds

Following the very productive discussion organized for the exporter community a few months ago by the Exporters Association of Sri Lanka to discuss and resolve the problem of long overdue VAT Refunds, as a follow up, it was felt that an awareness building Seminar on VAT Refunds, was necessary.