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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 911


McCain and Romney in Front: Giuliani needs a Miracle to Pull an Upset

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Sen. John McCain John McCain received two major endorsements: popular governor of Florida Charlie Christ and Cuban-born Senator Mel Martinez announced their support to his candidacy. He seemed edging Mitt Romney as both expressed confidence about the primary in Florida. Polls indicate that Rudy Giuliani may need a miracle to pull an upset. Both Giuliani and Mike Huckabee are still expressing hope about winning though. Republicans are basking in the limelight as Florida is the only primary on Tuesday. The spell-binding South Carolina primary on Saturday where Barrack Obama got an outstanding win almost dwarfed Florida in media attention.

Soeharto died, funeral today

SoehartoFormer Indonesian president Soeharto has died on January 27, at Pertamina Hospital in Jakarta, at the age of 86. Soeharto, who ruled the world's fourth-most populous country, in iron-fist for more than three decades, was admitted to the hospital on January 4 and died around 1.10 PM on Sunday of multiple organ failure. He suffered his first multiple organ failure a week after he was admitted to hospital with heart, lung and kidney problems. Dr Mardjo Soebiandono, chief of the doctors who treated former strongman, announced the former leader's dead, flanked by three of Suharto's six children, who were in tears.

Sri Lanka Alert – a new think tank to promote peace and national interests

A group of leading professionals have joined to set up Sri Lanka Alert – an independent think tank with a commitment to preserve the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka and protect the interests of the Nation.. Unlike other NGOs living off foreign funds Sri Lanka Alert is a self-financing body with no links to foreign agencies. The Board of Management of Sri Lanka Alert includes H L de Silva President’s Counsel, an eminent lawyer and former Permanent Representative to the UN, Professor G.H. Peiris, Gomin Dayasri, Attorney-at-Law and a delegate to the peace negotiations at Geneva, Neville Laduwahetty, a public intellectual, Major General Lalin Fernando (Retired), Hope Todd and Mrs. P. T. Hussan.

Sri Lanka's first Natural Mineral Water by Pership out in the market

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Pership Integrated Solutions, a company involved in shipping and airlines business as their core activates has now ventured to diversify into drinking water business. They have become the first in Sri Lanka to market manufactured Natural Mineral Water and it is branded as “Silver Springs” With the claim of being the only Natural Mineral Water manufactured in Sri Lanka, Silver Springs has long held a responsibility towards the consumer, the responsibility of providing the discerning Sri Lankan consumer with a product of guaranteed international quality at an afordable price. The producers are adopting the most stingent measures in bottling, packaging and delivery of Silver Springs to the market.

Coup attempt that nearly ignited a religious war

Janaka Perera

Lest we forget January 27 marked an important mile stone in Sri Lanka's national revival campaign that continued after February 4, 1948. It was the crushing in 1962 of the military and police officers coup. In its wake was born the Bauddha Jaathika Balavegaya or the BJB (Buddhist National Force) led by L.H. Mettananda. The coup was an eye-opener to the island's Buddhist majority which realized that a non-Buddhist minority still wielded real power in the country, even though the British had left our shores 14 years before after doing everything possible to undermine the Buddha Sasana and Buddhist culture for during their 133-year colonial rule.

First ever Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The first ever Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism will take place on 28th January at the Presidential Secretariat and President Mahinda Rajapakse is schedule to make the presentations. The event is organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority and Dialog Telekom are the sponsors. The awards are made in order to recognize the contributions made to the tourism industry by persons and institutions. The event will feature special award categories for tourism legends and pioneers through which significant contributions made by leaders in the industry in the past will be recognized.

Prabhakaran and His Cohorts will be Destroyed - Army Commander

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sarath FonsekaWhat is described as a revealing close-up of the battle front in the north, Sri Lankan Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka vividly answered the question ‘is Prabhakaran dead” thus: “Though Prabhakaran is alive, he is merely like a dead person,” he added “We launched attacks on accurate information. But we do not know whether he was directly hit. I need not lie. We have not received adequate information to confirm his death. But we can see that somewhere he is facing serious problems, although we do not know whether he’s injured or dead,” Army Commander emphasized. Lt. General Sarath Fonseka added that the LTTE has been weakened and is on the verge of collapse. There are also those killers who are around Prabhakaran and they will also be destroyed.

CFA Abrogation: A Most Compelling Necessity - Ambassador Bernard Goonatilleke

By Philip Fernando

Bernard GoonetillekeThe abrogation of the cease fire agreement was a most compelling necessity, stated Sri Lankan Ambassador in Washington, Bernard Goonetilleke making an in-depth analysis before a Washington discussion group. He added that the past twenty odd years are testimony to the fact that Tigers only agree to negotiate as a mere ploy; to buy time to regroup, to replenish and to strengthen their fighting capability. When adequately ready to fight, they walk away from negotiations, as they have done at each series of talks. That was not all; they were brazen enough to take the lives of those who initiated two rounds of talks viz. the former Indian Prime Minister Gandhi and President Premadasa and very nearly took the life of President Kumaratunga, in all three instances employing suicide bombers. When things were no going their way, they blamed the international community as being partisan and unjust.

More Sri Lankan women faces jail terms and death sentence in Saudi Arabia

Two Sri Lankan migrant workers including a Muslim woman and her husband, a migrant worker from India, have been sentenced to death in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Along with them five more Sri Lanka migrant workers, the list includes two Sri Lankan women, were sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with 500 lashes each. The High Court of Jeddah confirmed its sentence delivered on 11 June 2007 and handed over the written verdict to the accused persons on 20 January 2008. These persons were arrested in November 2005, accused of armed robbery and killing an elderly Saudi Arabian woman called Mariam, in Jeddah. A Sri Lankan mother, Halemma Nissa Cader, K.M.S. Bandaranaike and Naushad, an Indian national, were found guilty and condemned them to death by the High Court of Jeddah on charges leveled against them of armed robbery and the murder of an old woman in Jeddah.

FCCISL hard at providing skilled training in the building construction industry

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The dearth of skilled cadre in the building construction industry is very much felt as the estimates according to surveys show that there are more than 40,000 vacancies in this industry in Sri Lanka, while if trained personnel in this industry are available, they could also obtain foreign employment and skilled personnel could earn higher salaries than just labors. In a bid to help increase these much needed skilled personnel, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) has now teamed up with Handwerks Kammer Koblenz Germany and the Sri Lanka National Construction Association to train in large numbers in varied skills in the building construction industry. The investment on this training programme is Rs 200 million.

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