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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Spectrum probe: PAC “indicts Raja, slams PMO for laxity”

In what could end up as a political slugfest, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has, in a draft report on 2G Spectrum scam, has strongly indicted former telecom minister A. Raja and came down heavily on the Prime Minister’s Office and the cabinet secretariat for not taking "corrective action" while not sparing even the Prime Minister for "some unfortunate omissions".

Prime Minister Khanal to travel to Turkey to participate in LDCs conference

Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal is traveling to Istanbul, Turkey from May 7 to take part in the fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

Sri Lanka Brandix Finance Director Trevin Jayasekara out from Hayleys Board

The Group Finance Director of Brandix and an independent director of Sri Lanka's one of the most diversified multinational Hayleys (HAYL) conglomerate, Trevine Jayasekera, has decided not to seek re-election at Hayleys Board, a statement from the company informed to Colombo Bourse recently.

General strike paralyzes normal life in capital city and surrounding districts

Normal life in Kathmandu Valley and surrounding districts was thrown out of gear on Wednesday due to a general strikes imposed by Newa Tamsaling Joint Struggle Committee, an ethnic front.

Royal Wedding 2011: Yesterday was Dress Rehearsals Day

On Wednesday, the Royal couple participated in a rehearsal of the service which will take place on Friday before a vast global audience. The Dean of Westminster Abbey was in attendance for the event along with Prince Harry, the best man.

Balanced Provincial Development and Role of the Private Sector in Sri Lanka

Provincial disparities constitute one of the major challenges of economic development in Sri Lanka and perhaps were largely responsible for the socio-political upheavals that the country has been encountering both in the north and the south during the last three decades.

LankaeNews suspended

Sri Lanka’s Poogoda Magistrate Aravinda Perera has today ordered the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) to suspend the operations of the LankaeNews website temporarily until a 'contempt of court ‘court case against it is over.

India rejects US fighters: Envoy Roemer resigns

US Ambassador Timothy Roemer resigned on Thursday after India told the US companies Boeing and Lockheed Martin that their fighter aircraft were out of the reckoning for India's MMRCA bid.

US firms have shown greater interest in local ventures - Minister Bathiudeen

"I am happy that US companies have shown greater interest in partnership with Sri Lankan private sector after the US - Sri Lanka business forum held in October 2010. This was evident when the high level delegation of top US companies visited Sri Lanka in the latter part of March this year," said Mr Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce.

Lucknow varsity V-C refuses permission for Hazare meeting

The Lucknow University vice chancellor's (VC) denial to Anna Hazare's meeting on the campus is all set to snowball into major controversy with teachers alleging that the withdrawal of permission has been taken under political pressure.

2G-Spectrum Scam:DMK decides to face legally-Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi charge-sheeted

After a high level meeting of the party on Wednesday, the ruling Dravia Munnetra Kazhagam(DMK) has decided to face the 2G-Spectrum case i over the 2G issue decided to fight the case legally.

Sri Lanka: DNA Parliamentarians and leaders engaged in protest campaign at Galle to be indicted

The Parliamentarians and the leaders of the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) who were engaged in protest campaign opposing the continuous incarnation of its President former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is to be indicted before the High Court.

Eat healthy to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

The first WHO Global status report on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) launched on 27th April, confirms that NCDs are the leading killer today, with 36.1 million people dying from heart disease, strokes, chronic lung diseases, cancers and diabetes in 2008.

Indian names in Swiss bank accounts: WikiLeaks Assange

In comments that could open up a fresh controversy over the black money issue, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday claimed there are Indian names in the Swiss bank data list that are going to be made public.

Stagnant market in Colombo

Colombo stocks Indices were mostly stagnant. However, Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed in red as blue chip stocks failed to appreciate amidst dull investor participation.

The UN is Now an International Joke

The Preamble to the United Nations Charter expresses the very highest ideals that countries might live by as guidelines for achieving world peace: tolerance for others, universal human rights, economic and social advancement for all. The Preamble set the intention for all countries to rise together in harmony as the world recovered from the devastation of two World Wars.

Sri Lankan university lecturers on foreign scholarships reluctant to return to the country

Many Sri Lanka university lecturers who are on foreign scholarships do not want to return to Sri Lanka due to manifold reasons.

Sri Lankan Ministers explain government’s stand on Darusman report

The government vehemently rejects the Darusman report. The government assures that all national and international steps will be taken in this regard. Minister Mr. Nimal Siripala De Silva addressing a special media conference today said that the government will never allow to damage the integrity of Sri Lanka or to betray the President, the Defence Secretary or our gallant war heroes.

Strong potential for further trade between Sri Lanka and Philippines‘ – Minister Bathiudeen

The small trade value between Philippine and Sri Lanka shows that there is strong potential for further expansion of bilateral trade between the two nations. It is therefore ‘high time’ for both countries to explore new avenues in economic cooperation, says Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce.