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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

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Ancient Tank based irrigation culture is being revived in Sri Lanka

The government has launched a major programme to renovate and repair ancient tanks in the country to revive the ancient glory of agriculture that existed in Sri Lanka. Under this programme 25 tanks in the Trincomalee district have been selected for repairs at a cost of Rs 200 million. Twenty-seven more tanks will be repaired under the second stage of this project in 2012.

Tell us where’s Dawood - India asks Pakistan

India on Tuesday demanded that Pakistan disclose the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, dismissing its Interior Minister Rehman Malik's contention that he was not in his country.

Sri Lanka: Commercial Bank to offer special loans for ‘Victoria Range’ Super Luxury bungalows

People aspiring to own a luxury residences or holiday bungalows nestled amidst the lush and tranquil hills of Kandy can now obtain financial assistance for the purpose from the Commercial Bank of Ceylon.

No US double standards over 9/11 and 26/11, says envoy Roemer

US ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer on Tuesday asserted that America was not adopting double standards while dealing with 26/11 and 9/11, and said that both the countries have come closer since the attack.

Elephant-Pass Saltern to provide a major share to meet Sri Lanka’s salt requirement

Salt production at the Elephant-Pass saltern is to be commenced shortly. Production at this saltern will save a considerable amount of foreign exchange now being spent for import of salt. This saltern has an annual production capacity of 70 to 80 thousand metric tons and there will be no production fluctuation as there is a fair climate to have a fair harvest.

Positive results help gain at Colombo Bourse

Colombo Stock Indices remained in green amidst investors reacting well to positive interim results. The bullish momentum witnessed towards the end of the last week may continue this week as well. Renewed interest was witnessed in some blue chip stocks also. However, low turnover levels remain a concern.

Will ASEAN give chair to Burma despite rights record?

In view of many international observers, the Association of South-East Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) negligence to take firm position on Burma (Myanmar) has become its Achilles’ heel. As usual, the association’s statement proves member-countries’ lack of collective will to take a strong position against Burma. Changing itself into a semi-civilian regime through vote-rigging, Burma makes a mockery of the ASEAN Charter, which states that the region must be more responsive to human rights issues.

Sri Lanka university lecturers struggle 90% successful- Union

Sri Lanka’s higher Education Ministry’s Secretary Sunil Jayantha Navarathne said that there has been no disruption to the education activities in Universities as a result of University Teachers trade union action.

Bikini with Hindu Goddess: Court issues notice to Hindi daily

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has issued notices to Union External Affairs Ministry, Australian Embassy, Press Council of India and an editor of a national Hindi daily in connection with the photographs of models wearing swimsuits with graffiti of Hindu goddesses, published in a newspaper on May 6.

New United Nations Resident Coordinator arrives in Sri Lanka

The new UN Resident Coordinator / Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Subinay Nandy, presented his credentials to the Government of Sri Lanka today at the Ministry of External Affairs.

Sri Lanka: State enterprise employees retirement age increased to 57 years

Sri Lanka has increased the retirement age of employees in state corporations and statutory boards to 57 years from 55 years effective from the 1st of May this year says Finance Ministry Secretary P.B.Jayasundera.

2G Spectrum Scam: CBI court permits Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi to attend ED inquiry on May 12 and 13

The CBI special court has permitted Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s daughter M K Kanimozhi in the 2G Spectrum Scam to appear before the Economics Offences Department in Chennai for inquiry.