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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 974

Europe

Delegation of Senior Sri Lankan Officials in Brussels to Renegotiate GSP Plus Facilities

A delegation of senior officials of the Government of Sri Lanka is in Brussels to renegotiate the GSP Plus facilities to Sri Lanka.

"Tourists to Sri Lanka have voted with their feet" – Ambassador Aryasinha

Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha has said the 32% increase in tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in January 2010, over the corresponding period in 2009, is indicative that “tourists to Sri Lanka have voted with their feet”.

Largest Ergenekon probe touches all untouchables: 11 Retired Generals & several Retired Colonels detained in Turkey

Eleven retired generals and several retired colonels were detained yesterday as part of the investigation into the Sledgehammer and Cage alleged coup plots, devised by military members of Ergenekon, a clandestine gang charged with plotting to overthrow the government.

Sri Lankans countered demonstration organized by JVP, UNP and the LTTE In front of Sri Lankan Embassy in Italy

The JVP has requested permission from the Police to demonstrate opposite the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Italy demanding President Mahinda Rajapaksa to hold free and fair election and ensure media freedom. As the news spread, the Sri Lankan community in Rome assembled in large numbers in the Embassy premises on Thursday to counter the JVP demonstration.

Sri Lanka elected to the FAO Council in Italy

Sri Lanka has been elected by acclamation as a member of the FAO Council at the election of the members of the Council, during the 36th Session of the FAO Conference, held at the FAO headquarters in Rome from 18th to 23rd November 2009.

Culture and humiliation in Sri Lanka

In the chronicle “Sri Lanka and Norway – six months later” (Dagbladet 16.11.09), professor Øyvind Fuglerud claims that Norwegian government wants to ‘sweeten’ the Sri Lankan government by assisting with the oppression of the minorities.

Pope Benedict Appeals for Sri Lankan Displaced

Pope Benedict made an appeal on Wednesday for the many thousands of people who are still displaced six months after the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels who were fighting for a separate homeland.

Chandrika Kumaratunga in Spain

Former Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is in Europe to attend two international conferences.

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