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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

Monthly archive

Janashakthi launches ‘Hotel Plus’, Sri Lanka’s most comprehensive hotel insurance cover

Sri Lanka’s Janashakthi Insurance PLC enriched its wide ranging portfolio of insurance products with the recent launch of ‘Janashakthi Hotel Plus’ for Sri Lanka’s growing tourism and hotel industry. Hotel Plus is a comprehensive insurance policy which provides insurance cover to all operators ranging from star-class hotels, boutique hotels to all Tourist Board approved Rest Houses.

Sri Lanka: FR challenging SF’s arrest and detention before SC likely to be withdrawn

The Fundamental rights application filed before the Supreme Court challenging the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is likely to be withdrawn.

Sri Lanka’s northern province to get five major investments projects

Sri Lanka’s The Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that five major investments approved by the Board of Investment will be established in the northern province with the largest factory set up in Achchuveli shortly.

Fitch & Moody upgrades Sri Lanka ratings

Fitch Ratings has upgraded Sri Lanka's Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to 'BB-' from 'B+' while Moody's Investors Service, a rating agency has lifted the outlook on Sri Lanka's below-investment-grade 'B1' credit, to 'positive'.

Sri Lanka: SC dismisses appeal on CA order on 2nd CM by SF

Pursuant to the move by former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka for the withdrawal of his appeal on the order of the Court of Appeal that dismissed his Writ application against the 2nd Court Martial, the Supreme Court on Monday (18) dismissed his petition for special to leave to appeal pro forma without costs.

India: Tripartite Gorkhaland pact signed

In a personal triumph for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the historic Darjeeling tripartite pact was signed on Monday between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, West Bengal government and centre for Gorkhaland Territorial Administration in Darjeeling.

Sri Lanka: Impugned police assault on FTZ workers; Independent investigation by CID underway – AG to SC

The Attorney General on Monday (18) told the Supreme Court the independent investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department is underway on the incidents of assault on the Katunayake Free Trade Zone workers.

Sri Lanka to conduct National Exams Online

For the first time in island nation, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Higher Education had planned to conduct National Exams online.

International vilification campaign; Sri Lanka cannot miss the woods for the trees

Fighting a war is not a Sunday picnic and fighting a mob like the LTTE which respected no one and no international convention, would have been the most difficult war that the Armed Forces of any country would have had to face in living memory. Although some innocent people lost their lives, the Sri Lankan Forces saved the lives of more than 300,000 other innocent civilians.

The inaugural session of the National Youth Parliament commences promising a new era for the youth of Sri Lanka

The inaugural session of the Sri Lanka’s Youth Parliament was inaugurated on 16th of July at the Sri Lanka National Youth Services Council in Maharagama under the patronage of Parliament Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

UN special rapporteur assessing Maldives’ internal displacement

UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Chaloka Beyani is now on an official visit to the Maldives in a bid to assess the extent of displacement due to climate change.

President Mahinda to inaugurate construction of International Sports Complex in Kilinochchi tomorrow

President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is touring the Northern Province in commissioning the projects already completed in the Province under the Uthuru Wasanthaya (Northern Upliftment) programme launched to develop and reconstruct infrastructure facilities destroyed by the tiger terrorists, will lay the foundation stone for the construction of the International Sports Complex in Kilinochchi tomorrow.

Govt draft on Lokpal a joke, says Anna Hazare

Civil Societ activist Anna Hazare on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying the Government draft on Lokpal is a joke on the nation.

India, Pakistan review cross-LoC travel and trade

India and Pakistan on Monday reviewed the existing cross-LoC travel and trade arrangements to ensure their effective implementation and explored the possibilities of additional steps to enhance the CBMs, ahead of a meeting between their Foreign Ministers this month-end.

Uva Wellassa University – a job well done

For some time the educational system in Sri Lanka, specially the university system has been blamed for the system not been co-related to meet the employment criteria and thus do not properly fit into the economy and development of the country and thus there has been several experiments to have some kind of new higher educational system to cater to above needs.

Depicting Tobacco Use In Films Adversely Influences Teenagers

A study titled “Tobacco use in Bollywood movies, tobacco promotional activities and their association with tobacco use among Indian adolescents” published recently in the British Medical Journal, explored the relation between watching tobacco use in Bollywood movies and tobacco use among Indian adolescents.

Sri Lanka Brandix to invest Rs.1.5 billion at Comilla EPZ in Bangladesh

Brandix Apparel Bangladesh Limited, a unit of Sri Lanka’s Brandix group will set up a Garments Manufacturing Industry in Comilla Export Processing Zone of Bangladesh, a statements said recently.

Sri Lankan Ports geared to handle growing South-South trade volumes

A Standard Chartered Bank report said that Sri Lanka's port expansion projects in the capital Colombo and Hambantota could benefit from expanding regional trade as India and China grows. It said that the 'South-South' trade could account for 40 percent of world trade in 2030 from 18 percent at present.