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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1131

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SL's economic growth rate will increase to 7% this year

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The UN Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific region forecasts Sri Lanka’s economic growth rate will increase to seven percent this year. This growth will stem due to increased efficiency in agricultural, industrial and services sectors. Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Studies Dr. Saman Kelegama says rising inflation has posed problems to a number of countries in the world.

Cost factor must not undermine product quality

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is aware of the importance and interest on BPO industry and said CIMA has become the most sought after management and business qualification with potential to contribute towards BPO industry and national economy of the country, said Anura Fernando, President, CIMA Sri Lanka Division making the welcome address at CIMA BPO Roundtable 2008 held at Trans Asia Hotel. Rick Sturge, Director, employer and Strategic Development, CIMA making his presentation on "The Global Perspective of the BPO Economy" said that organizations prefer to outsource for many reasons some of which are mainly due to the changing society and technology, pressure to reduce cot, globalization of finance, the war for talent, the changing role of the finance professional etc He said that Business Processing Outsourced (BPO) is where an organization contracts with a third party to provide the required back office services.

After Israel, it is the turn of Pakistan to play Mata Hari in Sri Lanka

By Asian Tribune's Special Correspondent in New Delhi

Pakistan is selling arms to Lankan Army and Tigers alike, says a report in the Indian media which dubbed Pakistan as the modern day “Mata Hari” in Sri Lanka. Asian Tribune had written about such possibility two years back in a Delhi date lined dispatch but it is for the first time double deal came to light literally on the high seas. Tigers intercepted a consignment of arms meant for Sri Lankan army from Pakistan Ordnance Factory. The dispatch was made by an arms broker of Pakistan, a retired army official of the rank of a brigadier, says a front page report in the Rightwing English daily, "The Pioneer."

Multi-Ethnic Demonstration in Sweden against LTTE Terrorism

Demonstration in SwedenA multi-ethnic demonstration against terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was held with the participation of Sri Lankans living in Sweden in front of the Stockholm cultural house (Sergels Torg) on Saturday 29th March, from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm, to urge the Swedish and the European Union authorities to ban forthwith the LTTE activities in Sweden. Around 200 Sri Lankans gathered at the centre of the Stockholm city to demonstrate against the LTTE’s atrocities. The aim of the protest was to request the International community to condemn the LTTE for its campaign of political assassinations, violations of Human rights, killings of innocent civilians and to help to liberate the innocent Tamil people from the clutches of the LTTE.

Political parties start propaganda for Eastern Provincial Council polls

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Leading political parties are now engaged in preparations to commence propaganda for the eastern provincial election later next week. The period for accepting nominations ends on Thursday. The main political parties will begin handing in their nominations from tomorrow. Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva says another discussion takes place later today regarding nominations of the UPFA. A UNP spokesman said that they are in the process of preparing nominations. The JVP is finalising its nominations. The SLMC says they will begin finalizing nominations after deciding tomorrow on the manner of contesting the eastern election.

Violent clashes continue in parts of Nepal ahead of upcoming polls – UN report

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Campaigning for Nepal's upcoming Constituent Assembly election continues in relative calm across much of the South Asian nation, but a significant number of districts have experienced a surge in clashes between different political party supporters, according to a report released March 30 by the United Nations. Prepared by the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) in conjunction with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal, the report is the second in a series being published on conditions for the polls, scheduled for 10 April.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama on Visit to UK to Discuss Matters of Bilateral Importance

Rohitha BogollagamaMinister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Rohitha Bogollagama, would be leaving for the UK to hold discussions on issues of bilateral importance with his counterpart and other political dignitaries. Minister Bogollagama is scheduled to meet the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband, Secretary of State of Wales, Paul Murphy, Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Haugue and All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka which is chaired by Lord Naseby, among others, during his brief visit to the UK.

Sinhala culture influenced Lanka's Muslims

By Janaka Perera

Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa addressing the Second Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) at the Mahaweli Centre on its second day March 29 told participants that the current crisis – which had "caused Muslims to be at cross roads in terms of their socio-political outlook" – has the potential to alter Sri Lanka and its Muslims if not addressed prudently. His paper titled, 'The Sri Lankan Muslim Minority: A Bridge to Harmony' analyses the historical background, present status and future challenges and opportunities the Muslims here have faced and shall face in its effort to become a bridge to harmony in Sri Lanka.

A senior broadcaster launches website to support disabled and disadvantaged youth in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

Rohana Deva PereraA senior broadcaster and a drama therapist Rohana Deva Perera launched his official website - www.thidoratheatre.org to assist local disabled and disadvantaged youth and to help them using Performing Arts as a therapeutic tool by respecting each and every individual and their contributions to the entirety while celebrating differences of all communities of Sri Lanka.

Speaking to media he explained the inception and concept of Thidora dates back to 1987, with its new phase, now being implemented.

Doha bank plans to strengthen trade and financial ties with Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

R.SeetharamanVisiting leading banker R.Seetharaman – CEO of the Doha Bank plans to promote trade ties with Sri Lanka and said the bank’s main aim is to promote non banking activities in Sri Lanka. Speaking to media he said his bank wishes to invest in infrastructure development, invest funds in economically viable sectors and promote fast money transferring activities with the local banks. He said that Sri Lanka has an opportunity to tap capital surpluses of oil-rich Gulf countries like Qatar as well as export professional services for a booming construction industry there. "The aim of my visit is to promote bilateral economic activity between Sri Lanka and Qatar and other Gulf Co-operation Council states," Seetharaman said.

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