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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 912

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Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa appoints task force to speed up flood relief efforts

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday (February 7) decided to appoint a task force to expedite relief and rehabilitation efforts in the country’s flood affected areas.

Peace Prize for WikiLeaks?

If last year’s winner Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo was good enough to win the Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle for human rights and democracy in China, I think WikiLeaks is more qualified for trying to make governments, powerful and less powerful, accountable for what they do covertly.

Acting High Commissioner invites international community to join hands with Sri Lanka


Acting High Commissioner P. M. Amza has invited Sri Lanka’s friends in the international community to join hands with Sri Lanka in its rebuilding endeavours, at a luncheon reception hosted by the High Commission today, for the London based Diplomatic Corps, British Members of Parliament & government officials at the High Commission premises, to mark the 63rd National Day.

Sri Lanka Met Dept warns of current bad weather getting worse

Sri Lanka’s Meteorology Department issuing a public has warned that weather and flood situation might get worse as more downpours exceeding over 100 mm were expected in some areas in the already badly-affected Northern, North Central, Eastern, Uva, and Central provinces and in Hambanthota District.

Shavendra Silva in a goodwill gesture to build bridges with the Tamil Diaspora members

On a gloomy, chilly winter day, after a record snow fall in Boston, we were fortunate to witness one of the warmest gestures seen in a very long time. The members of the Tamil Diaspora, who came to demonstrate against the Deputy Representative of the Sri Lanka Mission to the UN, Shavendra Silva’s speech on the 29th in Boston, who took time to listen to him, finally, shook hands with him, extending their solidarity. This is exactly what Sri Lanka needs. And Shavendra Silva is delivering the goods.

Thimphu talks laid solid foundation: S.M. Krishna

India on Monday said the meeting between Indo-Pak foreign secretaries had laid a "solid foundation" for sustained engagement aimed at building "bridges of trust and mutual confidence".

2G-Spectrum Scam: Why does Cong. hesitate to appoint JPC-Jayalalithaa questions

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) supremo Ms J Jayalalithaa has questioned why the Congress party hesitate to appoint Joint Parliment Committee(JPC) to probe into the Spectrum Scam, if the leader ship( Congress Leadership) had nothing to hide.

Egyptian Govt pledges to probe corruption but protesters won’t give up

The Egyptian government pledged on Monday to investigate official corruption and election fraud, but thousands of protesters swore not to move from the heart of downtown Cairo until President Mubarak steps down.

A Presidential Task Force to rehabilitate flood victims

Establishment of a Presidential Task Force to rehabilitate the flood hit areas was announced yesterday. At the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Central Committee Meeting held under the Chairmanship of President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced yesterday of the decision to launch a special programme for this purpose.

Opposition DRP wins local polls

The main opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party won the local polls bagging 502 seats as against the ruling Maldivian Democractic Party’s 375 seats.

Sri Lanka: Minister ready to resign if failed to stabilize coconut price and supply

Minister of Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development Jagath Pushpakumara pledged that he would give up his Parliamentary position if failed to provide coconuts at an affordable price to meet the local consumption within the next four months.

Sri Lanka: Paving The Way For A New Era

With the end to one of Asia’s longest conflicts Sri Lanka now heads for a new dawn.

London Fashion courses at Moratuwa University

Two leading academics from the London College of Fashion commenced an eight week course on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at the Moratuwa University, with funding by the British Council.

Sri Lanka: UN supports flood-stricken people

The United Nations have appealed for US$ 51 million in emergency funding at the end of this month in accordance with needs of both flood events.

TN Assembly allows Jayalalithaa to abstain budget session: Otherwise she will lose her MLA Post

The Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday passed a resolution allowing Al India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo and main Opposition Leader Jayalalithaa to abstain herself from the ongoing budget session on health grounds.

Strong leadership in Sri Lanka drives the nation to new heights


Changing leadership within the same political party will showcase unexpected results necessary to develop Sri Lanka, said Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Wimal Weerawansa.


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