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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

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IMF rejects opposition claims of Sri Lanka’s Private Sector Pension Scheme initiated by it

The International Monetary Fund had "nothing to do" with Sri Lanka’s Private Sector pension plan and the initiative was not at all part of our program. This has been stated by Mr. Brian Aitken, the Head of the IMF Mission in Sri Lanka. He has said that the IMF has nothing to do with the design or the implementation of this particular pension reform bill.

GAFSP to provide $46.5 million grant to enhance household food security

Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) has agreed to provide a grant assistance of $46.5 million to enhance household food security in the poorest and most food-insecure regions in Nepal.

Industry Minister opens national tech show, hints SMEs be a top growth driver in Sri Lanka’s manufacturing


Sri Lanka’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are set to become a key driver in the country’s new manufacturing growth trail. SMEs constitute 80% of our private industries and there is an urgent need to upgrade their capacity spearheaded by technology, says Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry & Commerce.

Pakistan’s nukes a matter of concern, says India

India on Friday voiced concern over the "danger and threat" of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of terrorists and said it is closely monitoring the situation in the neighbourhood.

Tourist Arrivals continue to increase in Sri Lanka despite it being Off-Season

Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka amounted to 48,943 in May, which amounted to 48% increase over the same period last year. Majority of visitors in the month were from India and East Asia.

Mumbai terror attack: Acquittal of Rana by US court disappoints India

The Government has expressed "disappointment" over the acquittal of Tahawwur Hussain Rana by a U.S. court on the count of conspiracy to provide material support to the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008.

UK Visa Applicant Arrested For Fraud

A UK visa applicant was arrested yesterday for obtaining a passport in a false identity. The Sri Lankan applicant had applied for a settlement visa to join her husband in the UK.

Sri Lanka Nano Cabs launches taxi service

Sri Lanka’s Nano Cabs (Pvt) Ltd launched the 24 hour nano cab taxi service with a fleet of 25 cabs to provide reliable convenient and affordable taxi service to the public recently.

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has been appointed as an honorary admiral and general in Canadian Armed Forces

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Friday that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, has been appointed as an honorary admiral and general in Canadian Armed Forces on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Sri Lanka is to scrap the Telegraphic Service

Sri Lanka is to scrap its telegraphic service as modern communication facilities has made this service redundant.

Baba Ramdev rushed to hospital, fed glucose


Fasting yoga guru Baba Ramdev was rushed to a Dehradun hospital after his health deteriorated on Friday but his close aides insisted their leader has not called off his fast that continued for the seventh day against corruption and for retrieval of illegal money stashed abroad.

Sri Lanka: Seylan Bank’s Rs. 4.69 Billion Rights Issue fully subscribed

Sri Lanka’s Seylan Bank’s Rights Issue which closed last Thursday 02 June 2011 was fully subscribed with both classes of shares (voting and non-voting) attracting applications over and above the number offered under the rights.

A massive propaganda drive

Israel is involved in a massive propaganda drive to counter Palestinian UN bid. It is reported that secret cables have been sent to all Israeli embassies to exert maximum pressure on the countries they are in to thwart the international recognition of Palestinian state.

Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to visit Sri Lanka


Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has accepted the invitation extended by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse to visit Sri Lanka.


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