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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 922

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Former Test Players in High Profile Tour of Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Former New Zealand bowler Danny Morrison and Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail are taking part in the inaugural tour of Sri Lanka by the English nomadic side Stoics Crusaders, starting on February 3, a co-manager of Stoics, Chris Heron said. Founded 134 years ago, the Stoics - the word means "making virtue the highest good" - have 205 members and this will be their first tour abroad. Raman Subba Row, who managed the first England tour of Sri Lanka in 1982, and Dave Whatmore,former Sri Lankan coach who led the team to a world cup victory are members of Stoics, he said.

Company Directors' Course

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Institute of Directors (SLID) together with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division conducted a seminar on Company Directors' Course for three days at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. This course provided a complete grounding in the requirements of the boardroom and noted that the role of a director is becoming far more demanding. Boards and individual directors are more accountable than ever before. The complexity of directorship today is such that even people who are accomplished in business need specific education on how to be a good director.

Lilamani kapoor nee Rajasooriya, a Sri Lankan Celebrity dies in London at the age of 80

Lilamani KapoorBy Walter Jayawardhana

Lilamani Kapoor nee Rajasooriya, the former Ceylon Tourist Board employee whose talent, charm and beauty took her to fame wealth and celebrity circles in Europe has died in London at the age of eighty, the London Times announced in a half a page obituary. Moving in such celebrity circles as Princess Margaret’s set in London her friends included such famous men as Marc Chagall, Jean-Paul Sartre, the priapic aristocrat Dado Ruspoli, Jean Cocteau and Steve McQueen. In the fifties Marlon Brando was so taken by her beauty, proposed to her, but she famously turned it down. The London Times wrote: “Marlon Brando was much taken by her and proposed marriage. When she turned him down, he moved on to her rival for the lead in The Mountain (1956), Anna Kashfi, who would bear him his son Christian (who died on January 26).”

Sri Lanka President condemns bomb blast in Dambulla which killed innocent civilians, appeals people to remain calm

President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse vehemently and unequivocally condemned the bomb blast in a bus in Dambulla located in Central Sri Lanka, which killed 20 innocent civilians and wounded 50 of them. Sri Lanka President blamed the separatist Tamil terrorists’ organization - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the condemnable ‘act of savagery’ aimed at killing innocent civilians, amongst those killed and injured were many women pilgrims on their way to Anuradhapura to participate in a Buddhist ceremony. Mahinda Rajapakse appealed to Sri Lankans, "to remain calm and refuse to be provoked by this repeated brutality by the LTTE, which in its desperation in the face of defeats inflicted on them by the Security Forces, is eager to create a backlash to their terror, to obtain the sympathy of the international community."

Democracy Charade Undermines Rights, says Human Rights Watch 2008 Report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Presents

The established democracies are accepting flawed and unfair elections for political expediency, Human Rights Watch said January 31 in releasing its "World Report 2008." By allowing autocrats to pose as democrats, without demanding they uphold the civil and political rights that make democracy meaningful, the United States, the European Union and other influential democracies risk undermining human rights worldwide.

Twenty civilians killed and fifty wounded in a bomb blast in Dambulla – Central Sri Lanka

A bomb exploded at the Dambulla bus stand today at 7.00 AM and reports revealed that 20 civilians were killed and 50 wounded when suspected Tamil terrorists outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam alleged to have detonated an explosive device. Initial reports said that the bus was about to start of when the blast occurred. The blast inside the bus occurred at 7 a.m. in Dambulla, a town about 90 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, blaming separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

Twenty civilians killed and fifty wounded in a bomb blast in Dambulla – Central Sri Lanka

A bomb exploded at the Dambulla bus stand today at 7.00 AM and reports revealed that 20 civilians were killed and 50 wounded when suspected Tamil terrorists outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam alleged to have detonated an explosive device. Initial reports said that the bus was about to start of when the blast occurred. The blast inside the bus occurred at 7 a.m. in Dambulla, a town about 90 miles northeast of the capital, Colombo, said military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, blaming separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

Clove prices tumble

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Past Chairman of Spices and Allied Products Producers and Traders Association, Gulam Chatoor in a media release indicated that the price of Cloves has fallen by over Rs. 100 /- per Kg to Rs 450/ 470 per Kg during January. He indicated that in such countries like Indonesia and Madagascar, Clove prices have been falling and with a very good crop in Sri Lanka presently on, the world prices have been declining. Practically all exports from Sri Lanka have been going to India where Sri Lankan Cloves enjoy a zero tariff under the Free Trade Agreement whereas, imports into India from other origins are subject to a 35percent tariff.

Japan denies mischievous media reports of aid cut to Sri Lanka

The Japanese Special Peace Envoy Yashushi Akashi vehemently denied that Japan was reconsidering its aid policy, vis-à-vis, Sri Lanka. He confirmed that the aid policy remained unchanged. Akashi telephoned Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry about mischievous media reports of possible aid cut to Sri Lanka reportedly coming from the official organ of the UNP. Akashi said that Japan was very encouraged by the APRC proposals and was looking forward to further developments. Akashi further said that he remained convinced of the assurances given by the President Mahinda Rajapakse with regard to Sri Lanka’s approach to the peace process.

Two Tamil Tigers from London might have stolen numbers of UK credit Cards - Police

By Walter Jayawardhana

Toronto Police said two Londoners connected with Tamil Tigers and arrested there may have stolen information of thousands of credit cards of UK customers. Arrested with two other Toronto accomplices the two Londoners Kirubakaran Selvanayagam Pillai (38) and Sethukavalar Saravanabhavan (35) of London are in police custody with two Toronto accomplices and face more than 300 charges, the Toronto police said.

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