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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

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Anachronism of FUTA Trade Union Action and the Crisis of the Universities?

I am Professor Shantha Hennayake and I did not support the token strike on March 15th and I did not resign from the Headship of the Department of Geography as wanted by the trade union action initiated by Federation of University Teachers Association (FUTA) to demand a salary hike.

Indian PM seeks African support to fight terrorism jointly


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a strong call to African countries to work collectively with India to combat the scourge of terrorism.

Colombo’s national Fine Arts Centre will be opened for public in August

Sri Lanka's new national Fine Arts Centre, which is constructed with the Chinese Government 3080 million rupee assistance will be opened for public in August by the president Mahinda Rajapaksa , said the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Are Tamil politicians capable of working out a political solution? Are priorities mixed up?

The above extract from an interview given by Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP, said to be the former LTTE arms procurer, to VK Shashikumar, head of THL Mediagrove and appearing in full in "FirstPost Politics", encapsulates the dilemma not just for Tamil people in the North and the East, but also for Sinhala and Muslim people in these areas. This ground reality is not confined to the North and the East; it applies in equal measure in some impoverished areas elsewhere in the country as well.

Sri Lanka: Softlogic private investors to gain over 300% capital gain after IPO

Sri Lanka’s leading Asiri hospital chain operator Softlogic Holdings private investors who have invested approximately Rs.72 per share prior to its Initial Public Offering (IPO) year ago are supposed to gain over 300% capital gains according to investment analysts.

UN Sec General urges parties to forge consensus on key issues of constitution drafting and peace process

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged political parties in Nepal to forge consensus on the contentious issues of the integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants and the key issues of new constitution at the earliest possible date.

Change of guards in TN Judiciary Krishnan appointed as new Advocate General

The people of Tamil Nadu has changed the guard in the state few weeks back. The people pull out the power from DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi and handed over it to All Indian Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo J Jayalalithaa.

Sri Lanka: Hameedia’s brands enjoy rating in Brands Annual 2011

Sri Lanka’s leading menswear specialist, Hameedia recently became the country’s only clothing manufacturer and retailer to have three of its brands among the Top 100 Unlisted Brands in the current Brands Annual 2011.

Tamil Nadu: Slain minister Mariam Pitchai's protfolios given to Chinniah

Tamil Nadu Minister for Backward Classes T.K.M. Chinnayya was on Tuesday allotted the additional portfolio of Environment and Pollution Control and Minority Welfare, which was held by Mariyam Pichai, who died in an accident in Tiruchirappalli on Monday.

Ramesh sparks fresh row with comments on IITs and IIMs

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh is generally portrayed in media as suffering from “foot in the mouth disease”. His latest remarks that faculty of the premier IITs and IIMs are "not world class" today, prompted a retort from the teachers who termed them as "simplistic" which showed "tremendous ignorance".

Sri Lanka’s Telecom Sector needs consolidation - Fitch Ratings

Sri Lanka’s Fitch Ratings has said in a special report published today that 'overcrowding' remains the key medium-term risk to telecom operators in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka spends Rs. 50 Billion to provide fertilizer subsidy to farmers

Minister Basil Rajapakse has said that the decision taken by the government to provide fertilizer subsidy for all crops is a very important decision, and Sri Lanka is the only country that provides fertilizer subsidy in this manner. The fertilizer subsidy is being granted for the last 6 years covering 12 harvesting seasons without any price increase.

Minister Peiris Briefs Government Of Singapore On Sri Lankan Situation


During his visit, the Minister called on Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister for Manpower and Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and conveyed President Rajapaksa’s message of congratulations on his new appointment.

Sri Lanka’s Laugh gas searching for “infinity” in hotel sector

Sri Lanka’s Laugh gas Lanka will enter in to the countries leisure sector by setting up a new five star hotel in Chilaw said its chairman W.K. Wegapitiya.

Raid on PN Base - Objectives of Foreign Intelligentsia

Pakistan Army, Navy and Rangers successfully eliminated all terrorists who had kept hostage, the Pakistan Navy Aviation Base for almost fourteen hours. In this assault at least 10 military personnel embraced Shahadat and 14 were wounded. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that 17 foreigners, 11 of them Chinese maintenance workers, were safely rescued from the base and shifted to the secure places.

U.S. Government Supports Ag-Biz East 2011

The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Ag-Biz East 2011, an agricultural trade exhibition, to be held at the Public Grounds in Ampara from May 27-28, 2011.

Sri Lanka and Italy sign the Agreement for Mutual Recognition of Driving Licenses

The Governments of Sri Lanka and Italy on Friday (20th May) signed the Bilateral Agreement for the Mutual Recognition of Driving Licences in each others’ territories.

Mubarak, sons to face trial

Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were on Tuesday referred to a criminal court on suspicion of graft and ordering deadly fire against anti-government protesters, state media reported.

Accident victim:Mariam Ptichai buried with a full state of honor


The body of Tamil Nadu environment minister Mariyam Pitchai, who was killed in a road accident near Perambalur on Monday, was buried with full state honors at Nana Moona Masjid on Tuesday.


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