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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 110

Monthly archive

Govt set to lift ban on gold import

With the new financial ordinance that raised the import duty to Rs 1,000 per 10 gram in place, the government is preparing to lift the ban on the import of gold imposed three months ago.

2G Spectrum Scam:Criminal Case against Ex minister A Raja - Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Dr Subramanian Swamy, who is fighting against tainted former union minister A Raja in the 2G Spectrum Scam anounced that he will file a criminal case against him. This was disclosed by Dr Swamy at Coimbatore on Friday.

Nitish Kumar sworn in Bihar CM for second time

Nitish Kumar, who led the NDA to a landslide victory in the Bihar assembly elections, was on Friday sworn in as Chief Minister for a second consecutive term heading a 30-member ministry.

Gradual decline amidst foreign buying in Colombo Bourse

Sri Lanka stocks on November 26 closed down 0.50% while All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed at 6,381.07 points (down 32.25 points) declined by 2.8% for the week and Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed at 6,952.65 points (up 7.59 points by 0.11%) declined by 2.29% for the week, as selling pressure was evident with the end of the year approaching.

Bollywood homage to Mumbai terror victims

Bollywood on Friday paid tribute to the victims and martyrs of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai on its second anniversary.

Reconstruction of destroyed schools in Northwest Pakistan to cost Rs15.37 billion

For reconstruction of 1698 schools destroyed due to militancy and recent flashfloods in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa of province of Pakistan about Rs15.37 billion rupees will be required.

UN envoy Nambiar to meet Myanmar junta, Suu Kyi

A top United Nations envoy will visit military-ruled Myanmar this weekend to meet with senior government officials and recently released pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats said on Friday.

1000 internally displaces families in Tellipalai are to be resettled today

Minister Douglas Devananda will resettle about 1000 families this morning in the former high security zone area located in the Tellipalai Divisional Secretariat region. Minister said that the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa will also participate in the resettlement ceremony.

Parliament disruptions: Sonia, Rahul not to take daily allowance

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are among 80 party MPs who have decided not to take their daily allowance for the days Parliament did not function, saying the principle of 'no work, no pay' should be followed.

Sri Lanka: Central Bank introduces Guarantee Scheme for Cultivation Loans in North

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to introduce a guarantee scheme to compensate the banks that grant cultivation loans accepting land as collateral to facilitate the farmers to practice their livelihood in the districts of Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar.

Ecstasy & Meth ‘pills’ replace Heroine and Cannabis to become the first choice of high in South Asia

‘Methamphetamine’ (‘Meth’) and Ecstasy pills have become the top three drugs used in South and SE Asia. These newcomer pills, called as ATS, are now giving a run to the traditional South Asian and SE Asian dopes –including heroin, opium and cannabis. Also, ‘Ketamine’, a hallucinogen commonly used in the medical field, is now used as an alternative drug, due to its low cost and trafficking in it has suddenly increased.

Intruders in Metro get taste of women power

Males in Delhi are notorious for their callous and rude approach to women’s rights. Whether in a bus or Metro, they deliberately occupy seats meant for women and get nasty if they are pulled up by women.

Irish Forum for Global Health calls for protecting health aid funding

The Irish Forum for Global Health (IFGH) is concerned at the further cuts to the overseas aid budget in the Government's four-year plan. It urges the Government to protect aid funding for health and HIV programmes in developing countries and to keep its promise to increase aid to 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2015.

India is committed to a longer term reconstruction of Sri Lanka – Minister Krishna

Speaking at the inauguration of the Consulate General Office in Jaffna, India’s Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna highlighted the initiatives undertaken by India initially to alleviate the miseries and difficulties the people in Northern Province underwent and emphasized that now we were looking at the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Northern Province and supplement the efforts of the Sri Lankan Government.