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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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Maldives accepts Gitmo prisoners in exchange for US support to obtain IMF funds: WikiLeaks

The Maldivian government agreed to accept two Guantanamo Bay prisoners in exchange for US support to obtain IMF assistance, WikeLeaks revealed.

Sri Lanka: Inquiry for granting interim injunction re-fixed for January 17; SC petition seeks elections of office-bearers for Sri Lanka Cricket

The inquiry for granting interim injunction in the fundamental rights petition which seeks for the elections of office-bearers for the Sri Lanka Cricket was yesterday (3) re-fixed for January 17 by the Supreme Court.

Burma’s junta blocks media personnel from Vijay Nambiar’s press conference

Many media personnel –especially private media-in Burma were not allowed into United Nation special envoy Vijay Nambiar’s press conference held on 28 November evening.

U.S. Providing Forest Fire Management Training to Nepali officials

The United States Forest Service (USFS) is providing a week long “train-the-trainers” forest fire management course for forest officials and army personnel in Nepal.

French President coming to India on three-day visit

The Obamas gave India’s own Silicon Valley a miss but now the Sarkozys are keen on a visit. French President Nicholas Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni will land in Bangalore on Saturday as their first port of call on their three-day visit to India.

Investor sentiment remains passive in Colombo Bourse

Sri Lanka stock Indices remained mostly flat on Friday the December 3, as selling pressure continued against the bullish sentiment that prevailed over the past couple of days. JKH continued to attract foreign investors. The indices ended the week on a positive note with ASPI and MPI gaining 4.6% and 3.5% respectively compared to a week before.

Sri Lanka: Fonseka’s SC appeal against CA order on 2nd Court Martial

Former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s appeal against the order of the Court of Appeal on his Writ application challenging 2nd Court Martial was re-fixed for March 3, 2011, to support.

Parliament Speaker Reprimands Two Government Members For Being Recalcitrant

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa presided, when the Sri Lanka Parliament met at 9.30am yesterday. Starting the day’s program he expressed deep concern over the previous day’s disturbances in the house. “ I expect support from all members to protect the respect of this establishment,” appealed Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka’s inflation up 7% in November

Sri Lanka’s inflation, as measured by the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) (2002=100), computed by the Department of Census and Statistics, increased to 7.0% in November 2010, on a year-on-year basis, from 6.6% in October said Central Bank in a statement.

US Embassy Diplomatic Notes to Washington forms basis of foreign policy toward Sri Lanka

The Public Affairs Officer of the United States embassy in Colombo Glen Davis, in a statement, endeavored to down play or lessen the impact of what his ambassador Patricia Butenis in a classified diplomatic cable told the South Asia division of the State Department headed by Robert Blake that Sri Lanka’s president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his two brothers are war criminals.

SIT clean chit to Gujarat CM Modi: BJP says stand vindicated

The BJP had reasons to cheer on Friday as within 10 days of the NDABihar assembly poll triumph, its Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi got a clean chit in the 2002 riots case.

Sri Lanka govt to oust opposition MP over cancellation of President’s Oxford Union address

Sri Lanka’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance’ (UPFA) is considering of ousting controversial United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Dr. Jayalath Jayawardene over the cancellation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to Oxford Union.

U.S. wanted Pakistan Army abuses kept out of open – Secret US cables say

Despite classified diplomatic notes/cables from the American embassy in Sri Lanka to Washington noted that the Government of Sri Lanka was engaged in human rights abuses and war crimes assisting the State Department to formulate foreign policy task/objectives toward Sri Lanka, the classified cables that originated from the American embassy in Islamabad wanted Washington to avoid comments on Pakistani Army abuses and keep them out of the media.

Boynao lost to Australian opponent in World Muaythai final

N Boynao Singh of Manipur, who created a history of sort by knocking out his Swedish opponent Byman Ulf in the 51 kg Male B category in semi final yesterday, lost today in the final match to Australian opponent Tak Linno.

UN political chief arrives in Kathmandu to assess progress in peace process

Chief of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, B. Lynn Pascoe, arrived in Kathmandu Friday to assess progress in the ongoing peace process in Nepal.