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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1802


Browns and Havells agreed to introduce world-class electrical equipment

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

World’s sixth largest Electrical equipment manufacture Havells India Ltd signed an agreement with the Brown and Company Ltd Sri Lanka, to introduce world-class electrical goods to the local market. Brown’s Director Ajith Devasurendra said this joint alliance will help them immensely in entering new markets while satisfying customers. Havells Vice President Vijay Malik said the company would introduce an impressive range of electrical products ranging from cables to sophisticated switch gear, lighting systems and fans laying an emphasis on the environment and energy efficiency. He said Havells India Ltd has over 200 staff for research and product development.

Sri Lanka urged Palestine National Authority to assist stranded Sri Lankans in Gaza strip to go back home

Sri Lanka’s Representative in Palestine has urged the Palestine National Authority to intervene and help the stranded Sri Lankan citizens in the Gaza Strip and help them to get out of Gaza and also to go back to Sri Lanka. Dr. T. Jayasinghe, Representative of Sri Lanka to Palestinian National Authority, recently met the Palestinian Minister of Interior Abdel Razaq Al Yehyah at his office in Ramallah.

Ronali Wins CIMA Spellmaster in a Thriller

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Spellings competitions can be nerve wrecking, fun and entertaining as proved by the 20 spellers who had worked their way through 1,200 students island wide and participating in the inaugural CIMA Spell-master competition finals sponsored by the Bank of Ceylon and organized by the Charted Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division. In a competition worked off for the first time at national level Ronali Perera of Holy Family convent emerged as the Spell-master, but it was no easy path as the competition was tense and it took a tie breaker to decide between Ronali and Asmara the young student from Crescent International School.

Team spirit contributed to the success of the 15th SAARC Summit - Rohitha Bogollagama

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has attributed the resounding success of the 15th SAARC Summit held in Colombo last week to the collective contribution of numerous organisations, agencies and individuals who have gone beyond the call of duty and worked with commitment, dedication and team spirit. Minister Bogollagama highlighted the success of the Colombo Summit as a clear endorsement of the dynamic leadership provided by President Mahinda Rajapaksa who has assumed the Chair of this important regional organisation, representing 1/5th of humanity.

Researcher Calls Black Tigers the Most Prolific Suicide Terrorists Group in the World

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam terrorist group with over 150 walking bomb attacks is the world’s most prolific adopter of suicide terrorism said University of Pennsylvania researcher Professor Michael Horowitz. Michael Horowitz, assistant professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania writing on the history and future of suicide terrorism in the Foreign Policy Research Institute magazine said it has become customary for varied suicide terrorist groups to keep connections to adopt ideas like Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who invented the suicide vest being modeled by Hamas and other Middle Eastern groups.

China Key Arms Supplier to Human Rights Abusers

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

As China tries to boost its international image, playing host to a summer Olympic games, the government in Beijing is being singled out as a key arms supplier to some of the world's worst human rights abusers, according to a new study released here. Although China controls only 2 percent of the global arms market, Beijing’s impact "is measured less by the value of its sales than by the character of its clients," says William D. Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative at the New America Foundation. A brief by the Washington-based non-profit public policy institute, released Wednesday, points out that China is currently "an arms supplier of last resort for dictators and human rights abusers", including Sudan, Zimbabwe and Myanmar (Burma).

Lanka’s Heroine: "I am Ready to Make Sri Lanka Proud"

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Lanka's Heroine"I have trained well and ready and I hope to make Sri Lanka proud," said Sri Lankan team leader to the Beijing Olympic Games Susanthika Jayasinghe prior to her departure to the Games from Los Angeles. She has taken part in three Olympic Games and won the silver medal once. Susanthika exudes confidence after her vigorous training program and seems to be in top physical condition to compete. She added: "I sincerely thank President Mahinda Rajapaksa for making my stay in LA so very fruitful.

India's Sri Lanka role: Then and now

By Janaka Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe's remarks over Isira Radio Channel this week on India and his reminiscences of the events of July 1987 seems to have highly disturbed some quarters. Copies of the Tamil Nadu Tamil publication 'Ananda Vikatan' (that conducted a survey claiming that over half the TN population is pro-LTTE) have surreptitiously found their way into Sea Street, Pettah, according to Samarasinghe. The issue he says carries a huge photo of Prabhakaran and runs an interview with Tiger 'Peace Secretariat' Chief Nadesan where he has the audacity to say that the Sri Lanka Government should listen to the LTTE since it is they who represent the Tamil people!

'Harpos Pizza' expands into SAARC region

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Popular Restaurateur, Harpo Gooneratne announced plans to take his reputed Sri Lankan home-grown brand "Harpos Pizza" to the neighbouring Maldive Islands, as part of an ambitious plan to expand into the SAARC region. 'Harpos Pizza' is already one year old in Sri Lankan market and enjoys a fast growing clientele, comprising both Sri Lankans and expatriates. Gooneratne said that he was proud to market a Sri Lankan brand beyond the shores of this country. "The trial runs in fact has proved very successful with an excellent feedback all round”, he said.

"Keep the Lion flag flying high" – Sri Lanka President

Arrival in BeijingSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for China yesterday morning to attend the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics, on an official invitation by the Government of the People's Republic of China. Sources revealed that Chinese vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Wu Dawei, who was in Colombo last week to attend the 15th SAARC Summit, personally extended the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakss on behalf of the Government of the People's Republic of China, as a special guest of Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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