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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1495


US agrees to expand trade and investment with Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

The meeting between Sri Lanka and United States at the sixth US-Sri Lanka Trade and investment Framework Agreement Council meeting held in Washington deepened both countries’ commitment to expand bilateral trade and investment said John K. Veroneau. The US delegation was led by Deputy US Trade Representative John K. Veroneau. Gamini Lakshman (G.L.) Peiris, Minister for Export Development and International Trade, led the Sri Lankan delegation. “We are honored to play a role in supporting Sri Lanka’s economic development by enhancing opportunities for trade, particularly in the wake of the tsunami that devastated so much of Sri Lanka in late 2004,” Ambassador Veroneau said.

Foreign Minister shares Sri Lanka's experience with many Asian defence ministers in Singapore

Indi’s Minister of State for Defence, M.M. Pallam Raju, expressed satisfaction to Sri Lanka’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama of the manner in which the Eastern Province elections were conducted and the restoration of normalcy and democratic process. Minister Bogollagama explained the recent successful conclusion of the Provincial Council elections in the East of Sri Lanka and the manner in which the milieu was created to hold elections, general political developments in the country as well as in the region, bilateral economic and investment issues, the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Colombo and issues related to terrorism as well as cooperation in the realm of defense among others.

UNP has no right to launch a protest campaign against current fuel crisis- says JVP

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The JVP said the UNP has no right to launch a protest campaign against current fuel crisis in Sri Lanka and said the UNP was responsible the present fuel crisis. General Secretary of the JVP Tylwin Silva said the UNP had closed government owned fuel related businesses during their regime. They also introduced open economy which brings worst results for the local businesses and industries. Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo on Monday he said JVP would launch an agitation campaign against the current fuel crisis. Replying media he said the JVP ready to face any kind of election in any time. "We will organize a common collation to defeat opponents. We never join with the UNP but looking a partnership with progressive patriotic allies, he said.

Needed Local Intelligence Network, Not Federal Crime Bureau

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

The Jaipur bomb blasts have set up an unseemly controversy between the State Government of Rajasthan and the Centre over the collection and dissemination of intelligence about likely terrorist attacks. It needs to be made amply clear to both that it is their respective responsibilities –the State Government within its borders and the Central Government under the Constitution ambit to ensure security of the nation’s territorial integrity. More and more territorial integrity is being sought to be suborned from within through sleeper cells and long-range suicide missions.

Government takes immediate measures to provide relief for those affected by floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed relevant sources to provide speedy relief to those affected by floods. The President before leaving for the World food and Agricultural Organization's summit of Heads of State in Rome has given these instructions. Director of the Centre for Disaster Relief Services N.D.Hettiaratchchi says 34 thousand families or more than one hundred and fifty thousand families were affected by floods in many parts of the Island.

Mother of murdered children to be sent a psychiatrist hospital following primary assessment – Update 4

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mother of two Sri Lankan Tamil children who were killed is scheduled to be sent to a secure mental health facility police sources said. "She was detained under the Mental Health Act during the night of June 1,"a police spokesman added. The mother of the Sri Lankan Tamil toddlers who have been murdered by slitting their throats was detained by the Scotland Yard, will be sent for further assessment of her mental health.

Army and Navy commenced special operations to help those affected by floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Army and the Navy have commenced special operations to help those affected by floods in Ratnapura, Galle and Kalutara Districts. Navy Media Spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake told that more than 120 Naval personnel and 16 life saving boats are engaged in relief operations in Neluwa, Thawalama, Udugama, Kalawana, Hakmana and Badureliya. The Media Centre for National Security says the Army has commenced life saving operations in Kuruvita, Nivithigala, Ayagama, Kiri Ella and Elapatha.

Sri Lanka President arrives in Rome

President in RomeSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the Da Vinci Airport, Italy a short while ago (6.00 am Italian Time). He was met and received at the Airport by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Italy, Hemantha Warnakulasuriya and by officials of the Italian Government. The President is on a short visit to attend an FAO conference on world food security focusing on the challenges of climate change and bioenergy in Rome from June 3-5, 2008 upon the invitation of UN Secretary Genera, Ban Ki-Moon.

Hectic Primary Season Ends on Tuesday as Montana and S. Dakota Poll

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

The mechanics of getting elected is through the winding 50-state primary route. A dozen candidates each from the Republican and Democratic parties took the plunge in November of 2007. It came down to two, most likely Senator John McCain and Senator Barrack Obama. Senator Hillary Clinton who won the Puerto Rican primary on Sunday is hoping that a miracle of mass-scale Obama desertions would give her the party nomination.

To make again the East a granary of Sri Lanka – Dr. Navaratnaraja, East Provincial Council Minister

Speaking to Asian Tribune, the newly sworn in East Provincial Council Minister Dr. Thuraiappa Navaratnaraja, said that it was the greatest ambition of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal to make East again the granary of Sri Lanka. He said that he has had discussion with the Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan regarding the portfolios allocated to him and finalized to focus more attention in the agricultural promotion. At the discussion with the CM he said that it has been decided to take necessary measures to put all the agricultural lands available in the East, mostly in paddy cultivation.

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