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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1555


Teachers organize sick note campaign: But Government decided to close schools for two days

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

All government schools will be closed on 11th and 12 of this month. The Government said this step has taken to protect the school children due to the Teachers’ strike which is to be held on these days. According to the trade Union sources government school teachers have decided to not to report their duties due to non attendance of their salary anomalies by the ministry of education.

Sri Lanka: Small and Medium Tourist sector to receive financial and promotional assistance

Small and Medium Tourist sector in Sri Lanka will receive financial and promotional assistance to refurbish their properties and this credit facility is extended to them through the European Investment Bank. It will be disbursed through DFCC and Bank of Ceylon. The Plan of action for supporting the SME was recently approved by Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda after the industry members met the Ministry setup the eligibility criteria for sector.

2007 electoral list will be used for the North-Central Provincial Council election

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The electoral list of the year 2007 will be used for the North Central provincial council election which is to be held in future. According to the District Secretary of Anuradhapura H.M.K.Herath that the preparations of the electoral list have already been completed. The district secretary said that more youth will have the opportunity to vote in the election. The provincial councils of North-Central and Sabaragmuwa were dissolved last midnight. The date for the acceptance of nomination is expected to be announced within one week after the dissolution.

Finland to continue assisting Sri Lanka

Jayasooriya with Tarja HalonenFinnish President expressed her country’s desire to continue assisting Sri Lanka. Tarja Halonen, the President of the Republic of Finland said that Finland expects a peaceful settlement of the on going conflict in Sri Lanka. This was revealed by the Finnish President to Ambassador Jayasooriya. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Sweden R.P.Jayasooriya who is concurrently accredited to Finland, presented his credentials to Tarja Halonen, the President of the Republic of Finland on 05th June, 2008 at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki.

A people’s mandate for democracy over terrorism in the east of Sri Lanka

Rohitha BogollagamaThe LTTE a terrorist organization in Sri Lanka, has in the past 30 years of conflict, killed more Tamils they claim to represent with a view to silencing dissent. The LTTE in Sri Lanka has demonstrated that it is not interested in peace, not interested in serious political negotiations, but only in the perpetuation of terror and mayhem. When they came forward to negotiate, they refused to negotiate with the Government of Sri Lanka the core political issues. Instead they only made demands for concessions on the ground that would favor them militarily and strategically. The LTTE conscript children introduced to the world the art of suicide bombing and are part of a trans-national crime network which according to recent studies by institutions like the IISS has commercial transactions with the al-Qaeda network.

Special parliament group to discuss the 17th amendment of the constitution

Sunil C.Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

A special parliament group assigned to discuss the 17th amendment of the constitution prepared the document which consist the groups recommendations. The chairman of the parliament select committee minister Dew Gunasekara the document with recommendations is prepared based on the discussions made during the 15 sittings held in the past. Minister further said the document will be presented to the parliament ones it is signed the all the members of the committee. The next sitting of the group will be held this Wednesday. It is expected that all the members of the committee will sigh the recommended document on that day.

President Rajapakse gets a rousing welcome at 10 Downing Street

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mahinda with BrownThe British Prime minister Gordon Brown gave a rousing welcome to the visiting Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the British Prime minister’s official residence at No.10 Downing Street, London. The Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived at the official residence of the British Prime Minister accompanied by his Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama.

Sri Lanka mesmerises UNESCO ambassadors

A group of UNESCO Ambassadors who toured Sri Lanka were totally mesmerised and overwhelmed by the breath taking scenic beauty, rich culture and tradition and boundless hospitality of the pearl of the Indian Ocean. Those who took part in the tour included 16 top level Ambassadors and Delegates from the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris and they toured the enchanted Island nation from 2 – 8 June 2008. This tour was organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka and Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and UNESCO National Commission in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka President meets Tory leader David Cameron

By Walter Jayawardhana

Mahinda Rajapaksa met David Cameron President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka met David Cameron , Britain’s Leader of Opposition yesterday June 09 in the Opposition Leader’s office in Westminster London. Sri Lanka’s terrorist menace and the country’s developmental activities in the Eastern Province after democracy has been re-introduced in to the area and Sri Lanka’s trade relations with the European Union were among issues of bilateral interests believed to have been discussed at the meeting.

Sangaree vs. Douglas, more diggings: an open Letter to Anandasangaree

In response to the battery of charges leveled recently by V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front, Minister Douglas Devananda has come up with his very brief response. He has said that all the allegations that Anandasangaree has leveled against him in his in a two-part letter were nothing new. They were the remnants of the mud that was slung at him over the years; some of those charges were decades old. Douglas Devananda pointed out that he has come a long way withstanding those onslaughts. He also has queried Anandasangaree in his response what has prompted him all of a sudden to unearth this muck and sling it at him at this juncture?

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