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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Michelle Sisson: New US Envoy to Sri Lanka, a veteran in GSL-LTTE peace initiative (2002-04) with Richard Armitage

Richard Armitage, the Deputy Secretary of State (2001 to 2005) in the Bush administration, took a special and personal interest in the promulgation of the 2002 Cease Fire agreement between the Sri Lanka government and the rebel/separatist Tamil Tigers, bringing the rebels to the negotiating table for a final settlement and encouraging Sri Lanka to bring reforms that address the legitimate aspirations of the Tamils.

More Sri Lanka’s Diplomatic Missions to be opened up in Africa: In Nigeria before the end of the year

A spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs told that the Government has decided to open up a new embassy in Nigeria before the end of this year. The Ministry spokesperson also told ‘Asian Tribune’ that it has also decided to reorganize its diplomatic missions abroad to suit the countries immediate requirements.

UNHCR Vote in Geneva - India opens a can of worms

In calling for accountability for alleged war crimes on the part of Sri Lankan military personnel in the closing phase of operations against LTTE terrorism which were combined with humanitarian rescue of thousands of civilians trapped in LTTE controlled areas, India has opened a Pandora’ s Box.

England’s spin nightmare continues

England’s spin nightmare seems to have continued in Galle in the form of Sri Lanka’s left-arm orthodox spinner Rangana Herath. His bowling attack proved to be a challenge to England, as batsmen fell short to survive his spin attack.

C'wealth hails Sri Lanka’s massive growth, ‘Our success in EU markets is not accidental’ says Minister Rishad

Despite a deepening price competition due to the recession in the coveted EU single market, Sri Lanka has become a dependable supplier to the Euro zone sending $3560.41 Mn exports in 2011. And as Sri Lanka’s announced GDP surpassing Rs 6.5 trillion mark and reporting a 8.3% growth, the Commonwealth hailed its rapid economic growth.

Naxalites blast CRPF bus, 12 killed in Maharashtra

Naxalites triggered a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in Pustola, 38 kms from Gadchiroli in eastern Vidarbha killing 12 and injuring around 28 personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday morning.

Taking Friendship to new heights: NDU Alumni Association's Sri Lankan Chapter

The Sri Lankan Chapter of Pakistan’s National Defense University Alumni Association was launched in an impressive ceremony conducted by Defense Advisor of Pakistan to Sri Lanka and Maldives Colonel Sheryar Pervaiz Butt at Colombo.

Bribe charge: Retired General files case against Army Chief

Lt General (retd) Tejinder Singh on Tuesday filed a criminal defamation case against army chief V.K Singh and others in a Delhi court, rejecting allegations that he had offered Rs 14 crore as bribe to the General to strike a defence deal.

Korea Importers Association Signs a MOU with Sri Lanka Export Development Board at the EXPO in Colombo

A seventy-member business delegation, comprising of more than 50 Korean companies in the fields of trade, investment and tourism, led by the Korean Deputy Minister of Knowledge Economy, will be attending the Sri Lanka Expo scheduled from 28th to 31st March 2012 in Colombo.

Tension in Punjab as ex-CM’s killer set to be hanged

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh badal reached New delhi on Tuesday evening to discuss Beant Singh's killer Balwant Singh Rajoana's death sentence issue with President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Silence of UN, NATO’s killing of civilians & future of nations

Libya extends over 1759540 square kilometres (679362 sq mi) and is home to 6.4million people. On 17 March 2011, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 on Libya proposed by France, Lebanon & UK. Regime change in Iraq took 8 years and trillion dollars, the Liberating Libya took just 7 months but NATO is accused of thousands of civilian deaths which they refuse to admit or compensate.

Lok Sabha censure motion against Team Anna for insult

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday accepted censure motion against Team Anna moved by JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav asking them to refrain from using derogatory language against MPs.

Opening Remarks for TIFA by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires

On Tuesday morning, U.S. Embassy to Sri Lanka and Maldives Chargé d’Affaires Valerie Fowler made the opening remarks for the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement talks.

Can Ram Sethu (Adam’s Bridge) be declared a national monument, SC asks Centre

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to make its stand clear on the issue of whether ‘Ram Sethu’ (Adam’s Bridge) can be declared a national monument. It also directed the government to place on record within six weeks RK Pachauri committee's report on the feasibility of an alternative alignment for the 2,427-crore Sethusamudram project, without cutting Ram Sethu.