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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Defence, economy to figure in Manmohan Singh’s Moscow talks

Amidst political unrest over the Russian parliamentary elections and allegations of rigging, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Moscow Thursday evening on a three-day visit for a bilateral summit with President Dmitry Medvedev, during which the two sides will discuss proposals to ramp up their strategic relations and also sign agreements in the fields of defence, health and science and technology.

Modern Performance Arts Theatre gifted by China, declared open in Colombo

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday opened the country's first state-of the-art Performing Arts Theatre – The Lotus Pond Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre gifted by the People's Republic of China. The Rs 3,600 million Theatre is poised to be a catalyst for a revival of the arts in the region and bring renewed vitality to take Performing Arts to greater heights.

Sri Lanka has total media freedom as most of the TV Channels and Newspaper Institutions are owned by private individuals

Minister of Mass Media and Information Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella, participating in the Committee Stage discussions of the Budget Votes of his Ministry said that all government owned media institutions have reported a record increase in income during the last two and a half years at a time when most world media institutions were facing a financial crisis. He said that the State Printing Corporation earned a net profit of Rs 101 million while it was able to reduce its loans to Rs 200 million which was Rs 582 million three years ago.

Burma: Opium cultivation goes up due to political instability

UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific launched the report “South-East Asia Opium Survey 2011 - Lao PDR, Myanmar” – Thursday at The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand in Bangkok.

Sri Lanka launches industrial energy savings initiative with $ 39K, execution based on the PPP model

As Sri Lanka’s domestic manufacturing industries are continued to be challenged by rising energy costs, Sri Lanka’s Industry and Commerce Ministry moved into implement much needed industry grade energy efficiencies at factory level, using the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.

Destruction of Goan culture: Protest plan against Sonia Gandhi

Intellectuals, litterateurs, educationists, retired bureaucrats and freedom fighters will greet Congress president Sonia Gandhi with black flags during her brief visit to Goa on December 17.

Anna Hazare threatens “Jail bharo” from January 1

There is no meeting point yet between social activist Anna Hazare and government on an “ effective” Lokpal to fight corruption even as time is running out for Parliament to pass the legislation. An angry social activist Anna hazare on Thursday announced a 'jail bharo' (fill jails) agitation from Jan 1 and an indefinite fast either in Mumbai or Delhi from Dec 27, but the government tried to placate him by saying that the contentious Lokpal bill will be passed this winter session.

Mullai Periyar Dam Row: TN Assembly Unanimously Urged to Deploy Central Forces to safeguard the Dam

The Tamil Nadu state Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution on Mullai Peryar Dam issue and urged the Central Government to deploy Central Industrial Security Force and save the dam.

UK Foreign Secretary asked to highlight human rights violations in ethnic states during his visit to Burma

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has written to the British Foreign Secretary William Hague, welcoming his forthcoming visit to Burma next month and requesting him to use the opportunity to “urge the regime to stop attacking ethnic people, declare a nationwide ceasefire, release all political prisoners, and engage further in a meaningful process of dialogue with the ethnic nationalities and the democracy movement led by Aung San Suu Kyi”. These steps “must be priority benchmarks of progress”.

Visit of Business Mission from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)

A high-powered thirteen member Business Mission from Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) visited Colombo from 11-13 December, 2011. The main business interest areas of the delegation members were IT/BPO, auto components, metal and plastic products, electronic and engineering products, hydro power generation, real estate, financial services, educational services, tourism, agriculture etc.

Launch of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Campaign in Tokyo

A Sri Lankan tourism promotion campaign in Japanwas launched under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Development, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo and the Nihon KeizaiAdvertising Company (ADEX) at on 14th December at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tokyo.