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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Sri Lanka to welcome Chinese presidential envoy Sang Guowei

Sang Guowei, Vice Chairman of China’s National People's Congress Standing Committee will be in Sri Lanka at the upcoming inauguration ceremony of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second term on next week.

Sri Lanka: Six Career Diplomats Names Recommended For Presidential Approval

Names of six career diplomats are recommended by the External Affairs Ministry for Presidential approval, for appointment as Ambassadors of Sri Lankan missions abroad.

Deadlock in G20 over tackling global economy

Major nations struggled on Thursday to break a deadlock on how to fix the global economy as President Barack Obama warned the U.S. cannot continue to be a profligate consumer on borrowed money.

2G Spectrum scam: Govt sits tight as AIADMK offers backing to sack Raja

There was intense speculation in New Delhi on Thursday over the fate of Telecom Minister A.Raja being accused of causing heavy losses to the government in the allotment of licences in the 2G Spectrum issue.

Sri Lanka forex scam’s depositors still left unpaid

Nearly after 4 months of a reported bogus forex brokering firm’s closure of operation approximately 20 depositors are still being unpaid their deposits in Sri Lanka. “Still the money is there in the bank and it has to liquidated to be paid for our investors” said company’s former accountant who is now unemployed in the grounds of anonymity to Asian Tribune.

Sri Lanka’s Parliament sessions shortened due to inundation

Thursday’s Parliament proceedings were shortened as parts of Sri Lanka’s legislature including the entrance, MPs library, and committee rooms which were situated at the ground level went under water due to the torrential rains that wreaked havoc in the country’s capital Colombo, the previous night.

Sri Lanka market turnover drops amidst ‘Rainy Day’ flooding Colombo

Colombo Stock Exchange on Thursday the November 11th recorded the lowest ever turn over in recent times amidst the heaviest rainfall in 18 years recorded at exceeding 400 millimeters flooding financial capital Colombo, leaving about 43,000 families homeless, marooning traffic and submerging the country's Parliament in four feet of water.

Ayurveda to play a dominant role in tourism

The Sri Lankan Government is moving ahead to make 2011 – the year of Visit Sri Lanka 2011 the year named for travel and tourism and to take full advantage of the peace dividend to achieve success in this regard. The country’s indigenous medical practice - Ayurveda too is going to play a dominant role in the country’s drive towards tourism.

Radicalism should be tacked now, says Dr. Farahanaz on BBC

Growing radicalism in the Maldives needs to be tackled now although they are just a minority, Maldives High Commission to the UK Dr. Farahanaz Faizal told BBC Radio 4.

Guangzhou all set for glitzy opening of Asian Games

The 16th Asian Games begin at Guangzhou in China on November 12. The Games will open Friday night when athletes cruise down the Pearl River in a flotilla of 45 ships decorated with flashing LED lights to a ceremony taking place in a unique venue built on an island.

Sri Lanka performing arts session in Rome

In order to popularize Sinhala music internationally, a Sinhala performing arts music show has been held in Rome recently. This is the first such session in the new performing arts format to be popularized, according to its organizers.

Pak to play spoilsport over India bid for UN Council seat

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari is expected to persuade his Chinese counterpart to oppose India’s bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council during his visit to Beijing.

Cardinal (Malcolm) Ranjith is not Cardinal (Jamie) Sin

It is a privilege for SL for one of its own to become a Cardinal of the mighty Catholic Church even if he goes to the LLRC after the Bishop of Colombo (representing the much smaller Anglican Church) does so. No one should question his reasons for making a late entry. The important thing is engagement in national affairs.

Demining to continue with Japanese assistance

Japanse government in par with its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GPP) on Thursday, pledged aid support, amounting to LKR42 million (USD373,200).

Deepavali Celebrations in Canada

The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa, Canada and the Consul General’s Office in Toronto together with the Sri Lankan community celebrated the Deepavali festival on a grand scale on 7th November, at the Korean Cultural Centre in Toronto.

TB Alliance Launches First Clinical Trial of a Novel TB Drug Regimen

On the eve of the 41st Union World Conference on Lung Health, being held in Berlin, Germany (11-15 November 2010), the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) celebrated its 10th anniversary bash by announcing the launch of the first clinical trial to test a novel tuberculosis regimen, which shows a promise to treat both drug-sensitive (DS-TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) with a single three-drug combination, reducing treatment duration of MDR-TB from 2 years to less than six months.