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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675

Monthly archive

Apex court to decide on legality of gay sex

The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Tuesday the issue of legalisation and decriminalisation of gay sex among consenting adults in private.

Sri Lanka CDB appoints new members to board

Citizens’ Development Business Finance PLC (CDB) made several key changes to its Board of Directors with its reinforced strategic focus on the targets for 2011-2020 as the “decade of accelerated growth” within the context of post-war Sri Lanka.

Our search for a forgotten identity – a rejoinder to Kamila Hyat

Anti-Pakistan and pro-western and pro-Indian Pakistani writers keep writing about Pakistan negatively to breed doubts and misgivings about the foundations of Pakistan, two-nation theory, Pakistan’s ideology, its identity and even Pakistan’s national anthem.

IMF Warned, Excess liquidity in Sri Lanka's banking system

An International Monetary fund top official has warned the Sri Lankan Central Bank authorities about the countries rising credit growth which is inconsistent with the bank’s core inflation objectives.

Sri Lanka is to conduct an Elephant Census

The Wildlife Conservation Department of Sri Lanka is making arrangements to carry out an island-wide census of the elephants. Elephant movement experts have arrived in the country from India and the US at the request of the Wildlife Department to assist wildlife field officers in this connection.

CSE Daily Stock Outlook: Market to shot up with returned traders after holidays

Colombo Stock Market slowed after a 3 day pause closing both the indices on a negative note on Monday the 18 April 2011, although the day recorded a considerable volume base of 111.3 million with the new entrant, Free Lanka Capital (FLCH), which commenced trading, made up over 80% of traded volume.

Hazare writes to Sonia Gandhi over “smear campaign”

Anna Hazare on Monday wrote to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the “smear” campaign launched against civil society members of the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill and asked her to advise her “colleagues” not to try to derail the process of drafting of law.

Mundhu speaks out on economic turmoil, troubled DRP

Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s Spokesman faulted President Mohamed Nasheed over breaking the peg on rufiyaa saying cost of living has shot up overnight, placing industries like travel and constructions in a struggle for survival, while elaborating on the crisis within his own party -- the main opposition DRP, in an interview with the Asian Tribune.

Sri Lanka: An online Visa system for foreigners soon

Sri Lanka’s Immigration and Emigration authorities are awaiting the government final approval to launch an online Visa issuing system for foreigners.

Sambuddhatva anniversary at Berlin temple

Das Buddhistische Haus founded in 1924 by Dr. Paul Dahlke and situated in the picturesque suburb of Berlin – Frohnau, Germany and which is the oldest and largest Theravada Buddhist Temple in continental Europe, will be commemorating the 2600 th Sri Sambuddhatva Jayanthi (2600th Anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment) through a series of religious programmes on May 14-15.

Sri Lanka Deputy Minister Neomal Perera attends the Assembly of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the UAE

The Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera attended the First Session of the Assembly of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) held from 04 to 05 April, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates. The Minister attended the session on the invitation of the Government of the UAE which hosted the event.

Sri Lanka: Foreign Direct Investments fallen by 14% in 2010

In the backdrop of boom emerging after a war torn era, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Sri Lanka during 2010 had fallen by 14% to US $ 516 (Rs.56.7 billion) in 2010, against the US $ 601 million (Rs.66.1 billion) in the year 2009, Sri Lanka’s Central Bank has outlined in the recently published 2010 Annual Report.

Ambassador Karannagoda meets Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs in Japan

Ms.Makiko Kikuta, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs invited Ambassador Admiral (Rtd.) Wasantha Karannagoda for a meeting on Wednesday, 13th April to acknowledge Sri Lanka’s solidarity towards the Government and people of Japan.

Sri Lanka: Next Chief justice Mrs. Shiranee Bandaranayake?

Sri Lanka’s most senior Supreme court judge Mrs. Shiranee Bandaranayake took oaths as the acting chief justice before President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (18th.) at the President’s house.

UNP General Secretary forges Inter-Parliamentary Union Invitation Card

An attempt made by the General Secretary of the United National Party Mr. Tissa Anayake to enter the Inter-Parliamentary Union Members Session being held in Panama using a forged Invitation Card and a bogus seal has been foiled.

Nasheed confident of stable economy, lower cost of living

President Mohamed Nasheed has expressed confidence of a stable exchange rate and a subsequent fall in the cost of living sooner than expected.

Sri Lanka: US offer assistance to strengthen local industries

Assistance from United States for Public Private Alliances with indigenous private ventures in Sri Lanka is playing an important role. US assistance is also a significant part of on-going US-Sri Lanka trade cooperation, according to Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka.

Slow start after holidays at Colombo Bourse

Colombo Stock Indices failed to continue the momentum gathered before the holiday season, amidst lackluster investor participation and decline in blue chip stocks on Monday the 18 April 2011.

Sri Lanka ruling Alliance ready to show their May Day strength

Sri Lanka’s ruling United People's Freedom Alliance representatives has Jointly decided to hold their May day rally at the Colombo Municipal Council grounds in Colombo, said its Secretary Minister Susil Premajayantha.