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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 916


Premier Sri Lankan Travel Magazine, ''Sri Lankan Heritage" presented to Minister of Tourism

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sumudu Kanishka Basnayake, Creative Director officially presented the first copy of the “Sri Lankan Heritage" Sri Lanka's Premier Travel Magazine to Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism. The Editor of Sri Lankan Heritage is Dr Jayananda Weerasingha. This travel magazine contains a wide range of articles covering different parts of Sri Lankan Tourism and Travel sector including "Roomassala, Paradise of the Western province, Born Free, The pride of the south and Human Carriages in the City Centres of Colombo.

LTTE to demonstrate in front of British Prime Ministers residence on the Independence Day of Sri Lanka

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

Activists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a banned terrorist organization in the United Kingdom, will hold an anti-Sri Lanka demonstration in front of the official residence of the British Prime Minister on the Sri Lankan Independence Day. Scheduled to be held February 4th, the day Sri Lankans will be celebrating their 60th anniversary of independence from more than one hundred years of British colonial rule, the Tamil Tiger activists will be demonstrating under the banner of their well known front, The Tamil Youth Organization (TYO).

“Naga issue has potential to become international issue one day”: Dr Shurhozelie

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

NPF President and former senior DAN Minister Dr Shurhozelie said the problem in “Nagaland is national problem” and further cautioned that it had the potential to become an “international problem” one day. Talking to NEPS here at his official residence on Tuesday, the former Planning and Urban Development Minister regretted that even after 60 years of Indian Independence, the Government of India was yet to realize that the Naga problem was a “national problem.” “They (Indian government) take it as a local problem,” he rued adding, “They should first acknowledge the problem (Naga issue) as a national problem.”

Claymore attack killed 11 and injured 14 - LTTE Peace Secretariat

While Sri Lanka Defense sources claimed that Army has overran a LTTE bunker in East of Pallaikkuli, Mannar, forcing the Tigers to flee with heavy causalities, but LTTE peace secretariat reportrd that Sri Lanka Army Deep penetration unit (DPU) targeted a school bus in Chinna Pandivirichan area and detonated claymore attack on the bus at 2.30pm today. “Claymore attack,” LTTE Peace Secretariat said, “killed at least 11 including the school principal and wounded at least 17, when the school bus carrying school children and teachers were returning from a sporting event at Thadchanamaruthamu in the Mannar district, back to their school in Pallamadu .”

Now it is official - Samak Sundaravej, 25th. Prime Minister of Thailand

Samak SundaravejKing of Thailand has given formal endorsement to the selection of Samak Sundaravej as the country's 25th prime minister. People Party spokesman Kudep Saikrachang said party members will congratulate Samak at his residence this afternoon. The royal endorsement came after Monday's vote by the House of Representatives to elect the former Bangkok governor, by 310 to 163 votes. The only other candidate was Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva of the only opposition party. Samak is also likely to become Defence Minister in a new cabinet which is to be announced next week.

The Last Hurrah and President George Bush Is History!!

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

George BushThe last hurrah was rather sobering and far less upbeat than when it began. President George Bush coined a new phrase to define his legacy “we will leave a protective overview commission in Iraq.” A far cry from his signature assertion “we will give them hell and we shall prevail.” At the President’s State of the Union Address, a packed crowd of decorated armed services men and women, congress colleagues, diplomats and distinguished guests gave a resounding applause only when Bush said that the men and women in uniform gave their very best for the safety of America and that fight against terrorism will continue. There were no surprises and no new promises, just a quiet way of saying” I will be long gone before you knew it.”

Thai new Prime Minister designate awaits royal endorsement

Samak Sundaravej is seen shopping in the market after being elected as the 25th Prime Minister of ThailandThe newly elected Prime Minister of Thailand, firebrand Samak Sunderavij said “I want to go to "Or Tor Kor” - the market, when asked “what was the first thing he wanted to do after stepping into the premier's shoes?” "Or Tor Kor" is an indoor market near the weekend market in Chatuchak vicinity, where well-selected food items and agricultural produce are available. Well-off shoppers like to do their shopping there. As voting got underway in parliament, he promised to reporters that he would not celebrate his victory, but would continue to lead a normal life in his new office. "I will still go to the market to buy groceries before returning home to cook and share meals with my wife. There will be no celebration. I will continue with my normal life," he said. Although he is known for his fiery outbursts during press conferences, he also hosts television talk shows and a cooking programme that draws viewers in with his folksy style.

Sri Lanka to Benefit as Canada Cancels its High Tech Radar Program Monitoring Drug and Gun running

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

Canada’s "National Post" newspaper said a high tech radar capable of monitoring small boats operated by drug dealers and terrorists developed with Canadian tax dollars is now being installed in Sri Lanka since the Canadian government decided to discard it from their shores. The radar system, is installed to monitor the drug and gun running of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),it is believed. Publishing the news under “Cancelled Canadian radar program is Sri Lanka’s gain,” the newspaper said, “The high-frequency surface wave radar, developed at a cost of $39-million by Ottawa defense scientists and Raytheon Canada Limited, had been hailed several years ago by federal officials as the only one of its kind in the world and a major boost for domestic security.”

One-stop convenience by Browns for EXIDE battery consumers

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Brown and Company PLC is one of Sri Lanka's leading institutions with a histoy of over 130 years. Founded in 1875 the company was the first to introduce the concept of mechanization in agricultural enterprise through the Massey Ferguson four wheel tractors. In line with the concept of offering customers one stop convenience, 'Browns PowerMart' has been established at Havelock Road, Colombo. The PowerMart will initially make available a range of EXIDE branded automotive and motorcycle batteries and other automotive battery accessories. In the future a range of automotive and non-automotive battery accessories.

Samak Sundaravej - the new Prime Minister of Thailand

Samak SundaravejThailand's newly elected House of Representatives elected today People Power Party leader Samak Sundaravej as the country's new prime minister. A total of 310 MPs voted to endorse the nomination of People Power Party leader Samak Sundaravej as a candidate for the post of prime minister. After this, House Speaker Yongyuth Tiyapairat will propose Samak for Royal endorsement. Samak then will form his government. The sharp tongued ultraconservative Samak Sundaravej, who heads the People's Power Party succeeds Thaksin Shinwatara, who was ousted in September 2006, by a bloodless coup, when he was away from the country in New York, to attend the General Assembly session of the United Nations.

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