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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1735

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Palestine is safe for Sri Lankan tourists

Palestine is a best tourist attraction. West bank is a very safe place to meet the business community and the country on the whole is very peaceful. Sri Lanka’s Representative in Palestine, Dr. T.Jayasinghe said,"I wish to inform all Sri Lankans that they need not think twice about visiting Palestine. I have been to most of the important cities in West Bank to meet the business community and the local political leaders and there is no problem in moving about. The country on the whole is peaceful. This being the summer season there are a large number of tourists from many countries coming to Palestinian cities of historical importance. Mount of Temptation and Dead Sea in Jericho are important tourist attractions.

UNP believes it could win in the two Provincial Council elections

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The United National Party believes it could win the forth-coming provincial council elections while the government spreads violence. "People knows how to treat the government, said UNP Secretary General Tissa Attanayake. Speaking to media in Colombo on Tuesday he said the UNP would file court cases against the election violence and malpractices. "At present we heard of instances of 22 violations from the North Central and the Sabaragamuwa provinces, he said.

SANASA Development Bank Maintains its Growth Momentum

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

The SANASA Development Bank (SDBL) has recorded yet another impressive performance for the first half year ending 30th June 2008. The Bank has recorded a pre-tax profit of Rs.124.5mn as against Rs.83.6mn for the corresponding period ending year 2007, which is an increase of 49%. Despite the adverse impact of the security and the economic conditions the bank was able to maintain its growth momentum said General Manager/CEO, Nimal Mamaduwa, in a press release.

Seminar on 'Invest your Funds to Optimize Returns'

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Society of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka (CMA) held a seminar on "Invest your Funds to Optimize Returns" at Cinnamon Grand Hotel last week for. Prof Lakshman R Watawala, President, CMA inaugurating the seminar said that the deliberations of this seminar is important for companies as well as individuals. He said that CMA is Sri Lanka’s Professional Management Accountants’ Body. He said that around 75,000 Sri Lankans are following professional accounting courses which show that there is a great demand for professional accounting.

Sixty years of diplomatic ties celebrated in Chennai

Vandana Srikanth lighting the tradition oil lampSixty years of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and India was celebrated in Chennai. The celebrations reflected the sprit good neighbourly relationship between the two countries. In continuation of celebrating 60th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Sri Lanka ‘Sri Lankan Film Festival’ has been organised yesterday by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission, Indo Cine Appreciation Foundation and The Madras Film Society in association with Federation of Film Societies of India (Central Office).

Rubber still produced in the premitive way

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

At the 89th Annual General Meeting of the Ceylon Rubber Traders' Association, Anura Edirisinghe was re-elected the President of the Association the second time. Kulatunga Rajapakse, Managing Director, D Samson Industries Ltd speaking as Chief Guest said that though CRTA is 90 years old raw rubber production has little improvement as many rubber manufacturers still use primitive methods of procession when compared to tea industry. Nevertheless, he did not deny the fact that CRTA in its 90 year existence has contributed a great deal to trading and exporting of rubber as a commodity.

Parliament approved SAARC Budget

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Parliament of Sri Lanka approved supplementary budget of the Foreign Ministry without any division. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama presented this supplementary budget while UNP did not ask any division during the debate. Participating the debate on Wednesday Minister Bogollagama said the forthcoming SAARC summit would bring immense opportunities to Sri Lanka. The minister said USA, Japan, China, South Korea, Iran , EU, Mauritius Islands and Australia will participate as observers.

24 Black Tigers and an instructor killed and more than 30 injured on an air raid

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

At least 24 LTTE suicide cadres who are known as ‘Black Tigers’ and an instructor was reported killed and over 30 injured in the air raid carried out this morning (July 22) at the Uddayarkattukulam LTTE camp located in the Mullaitivu district. According reports, today very early in the in the morning, a squadron of Kfir and MiG fighters took off after a briefing by their superiors. Their target was a well-fortified Black Tiger training base at Udayaarakattikulam, which remains heavily camouflaged.

US Elections: Obama Steals Limelight on Foreign Policy

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Limelight is what gets you the front runner status. Barrack Obama proved it during the primary season when campaigning against Hillary Clinton. Now he is at to again. Teased by John McCain for his failure to visit Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama made the trip and he has not failed to steal the limelight away from McCain. His front page photos with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki made continuous headlines for days. What was even better was Prime Minister Maliki’s statement that US troops must leave before 2010. Obama’s message resonated with vigor. This was dramatically the opposite of what President George Bush and McCain said-that leaving Iraq meant cut and run, a sign of surrender.

ASEAN Plays a Major Role in Responding to Burmese Cyclone Disaster

Today, the Government of the Union of Myanmar, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United Nations (UN) released the Post-Nargis Joint Assessment (PONJA) report. This assessment – commissioned as part of the tri-partite cooperation between the Government of the Union of Myanmar, ASEAN and the United Nations – provides the first comprehensive picture and objective analysis of the devastating impact on the people in the Ayeyarwady Delta and Yangon affected by Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on 02 and 03 May and killed over 84,530 people, with a further 53,836 still reported missing.

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