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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

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Sri Lanka’s Central Bank states that the economy has remained broadly stable in January 2011

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka informs that inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index has remained broadly stable in January 2011 and the Year-on-year inflation was 6.8 per cent in January compared to 6.9 per cent in the previous month, while annual average inflation reached 6 per cent in January from 5.9 per cent in the previous month.

Reports of loss in S-band spectrum allocation baseless: PMO

The Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday denied media reports that a private company has been allotted 70 MHz of spectrum for Rs 1000 crore through a deal with ISRO, saying no decision has been taken and hence charges of revenue loss of a whopping Rs 2 lakh crore were without any basis.

Sri Lanka Cargills to enter brewery business

One of leading diversified retailer group in the country, Cargills (Ceylon) PLC on Monday announced that it had entered into an agreement with McCallum Breweries (Ceylon) (Pvt) Ltd., McCallum Brewing Company (Pvt), Ltd., and Three Coins Company (Pvt) Ltd., to acquire the business assets and brands through Cargills’ 100% owned subsidiary Millers Brewery Limited totaling to an amount of Rs.1.4 billion.

Bush is hunted

At last former US president, George W. Bush is going to experience the fear of being hunted for the torture carried out on terror suspects on his orders.

SriLankan Airlines adds more destinations in China

Take wing to Guangzhou (Canton), SriLankan Airline’s latest destination and pamper yourself to an irresistible mix of history, culture, cuisine and shopping. Steeped in ancient Chinese history, Guangzhou is undoubtedly a pulsating cosmopolitan metropolis possessing the ultimate dynamism of the modern world.

Myanmar Tribune editor freed, but Zarganar spends 50th birthday in Prison

In a dispatch by Repoters Without Borders under the name of Vincent Brossel, Asia Pacific Desk, Paris, France indicated that Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association hail the release of Aung Kyaw San, the editor of the now closed magazine Myanmar Tribune, from Taunggyi prison, in the eastern state of Shan, after his sentence was reduced from eight to two years.

US Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs on visit to three South Asian countries

US Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero, is set to visit Nepal next week in course of her visit to three South Asian countries.

Sri Lanka Parliament extends emergency with majority supporting fight against terrorism

Main attention of Tuesday’s Parliament (February 8, 2011) was the extension of emergency regulations for another month supporting a decision taken by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Despite the disagreements between the ruling party and the opposition, the Government received 109 majority votes to extend the emergency regulations. Some 12 members from United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA), and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) voted against it.

3 Sri Lankan Fishermen seized by Somali Pirates are sailing towards Sri Lanka

The three Sri Lankan fishermen released by the Smali pirates are now enroute to Sri Lanka in their fishing boat “Darshana 6”. Two other fishermen traveled in their boat at the time of seizing their boat were shot and killed by the pirates.

Sri Lankan State Dance Ensemble Dazzles Independence Day Celebrations in Myanmar

The State Dance Ensemble of Sri Lanka brought glamour to the Sri Lanka Independence Day Celebrations with variety of cultural performances, held at the Embassy of Sri Lanka compound in Yangon on 4th February 2011.

Raja’s remand extended in Spectrum case

Former telecom minister A Raja was on Tuesday remanded to two more days of CBI custody by a court in New Delhi for further interrogation after the agency submitted that he was not divulging any "useful information" regarding his role in the second generation mobile spectrum allocation scam.

Lifetime Achievement Award for Dr Shurhozelie

Minister for Higher Education and Urban Development Dr Shurhozelie has been awarded a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the International Association of Educators for World Peace (IAEWP) in a grant function held on February 3 last at India Habitat Center, New Delhi.

Fresh Spectrum scam involves ISRO allocation

Even as the UPA government is struggling to find a way out of the ness of 2G Spectrum scam, a fresh scam has hit the Congress on the face over the CAG probe into Department of Space and the ISRO over the allotment of scarce S-band Spectrum.

India’s main opposition BJP to raise Katchativu issue in Indian Parliament

In the wake of recent spate of mysterious killings of Tamil Nadu fishermen near Sri Lankan waters, India’s main opposition Bharathiya Janatha Party ( BJP) stated that it would study in detail the issue of retrieving Katchchativu, ceded to Sri Lanka by India and then raise it in Parliament, said senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

Pak refusal to let India’s NIA question 26/11 masterminds

Pakistan has refused permission to a team of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) to visit that country to interrogate the masterminds of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and gather evidence against them.

Colombo Bourse All Share Price Index gains against profit taking

Colombo Stock Market was volatile in early trading on Tuesday the 8 February, 2011 as investors showed mixed sentiments. Buying pressure witnessed towards the latter part, helped All Share Price Index gain slightly. However, profit taking was witnessed in Poultry, Plantation and Manufacturing sectors and interest was witnessed in the Hotel sector according to brokers.

Honouring Dignity: Key to Sustainable Harmony

“The concept of dignity is very powerful. It both incites and resolves conflict. Dignity is a human species issue. We all yearn for dignity but often do not know how to honour it in others.” So said Dr. Ms. Donna Hicks, an Associate at the Weatherhead Centre for International affairs, Harvard University where she chairs the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict.

Protesters won’t be punished, says Egyptian Vice- President

Egypt has a plan for the peaceful transfer of power, the Vice President Omar Suleiman said on Tuesday, adding that the government will not punish protesters who have been demanding President Hosni Mubarak step down now.