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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 948

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MOU between Sri Lanka and Malaysia to investigate money laundering

The Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Central Bank of Malaysia i.e. Bank Negara for the exchange of information to facilitate the investigation and prosecution of persons suspected of money laundering or financing of terrorism, a Central Bank press release said. Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs), have been established by many countries as dedicated institutions to collect, analyse and disseminate financial information from mandated institutions to combat money laundering and terrorist financing operations conducted through the financial systems.

British Foreign Minister condemns recent spate of civilian killings

British Foreign Secretary condemns attacks upon civilians and those responsible. He called for the immediate end to practices which target civilians or put them in peril. He has further urged all in Sri Lanka to take steps to safeguard the civilian population and find ways to reduce the violence. British Foreign Secretary (Foreign Minister), David Miliband, commented yesterday on the 60th Anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence. In comments David Miliband said “Violence can never provide an answer to Sri Lanka's problems. People in Sri Lanka need to find space to realise their many similarities, rather than becoming further polarised by their differences. A sustainable solution to Sri Lanka's conflict can only emerge through a just political process involving all communities”

Author Celebrates Sixtieth Independence of Sri Lanka with a Book on Folktales

Author Chandrani Warnasuriya of Duarte, Los Angeles celebrated the sixtieth Independence of Sri Lanka by publishing “Favorite Folktales of Sri Lanka.” She presented her book to the Consular General Jaliya Wickramasuriya at the Independence Day pageant in Los Angeles. The book presents a collection of well-kwon folk tales rendered with a flair for fluency. Her clarity of style is flawless making the book extremely readable. She said “As a child I remember sitting on the lap of my grandma listening to stories. A great storyteller, I could listen to her all day till she finally lulled me to sleep in a peaceful lullaby.” Her book would be a must read for the children born and bred away from the shores of Sri Lanka. The stories selected by the author will definitely bring nostalgia to those familiar with the folklore of Sri Lanka and inspire others to read more.

Letter to The Edior: Sri Lankan Independence Day in LA Brought People Togeteher

I was so happy to have been invited to the 60th Anniversary of Independence celebration here in the Los Angeles area on February 3rd. It was an excellent evening hosted by the Sri Lankan Consul General, Hon. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, who is doing a wonderfu bringing all elements of the expatriate Sri Lankan community together here in this region. It made me feel that if everyone can come together here - then there is hope that everyone can eventually come together there. I fell in love with your beautiful country when I visited last year with Ven. Walpola Piyananda. He showed me many extraordinary places throughout the island, I made several new and lasting friends, and I truly gained an appreciation for the amazing and varied culture and history of Sri Lanka.

Sangaree and Simon Hughes brush shoulder at Sri Lanka Independence Day celebration in London

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka’s Tamil United Liberation Front leader V. Ananda Sangaree, Britains Liberal Democratic leader Simon Hughes, Labour Party state Minister Stephen Timms and British parliamentarians Steven Hammon and Andrew George were among the distinguished people who converged on London’s Sri Lanka High Commission to wish Sri Lanka their best wishes on the nation’s 60th Independence Day anniversary. They were guests at a party attended by London’s diplomatic corps and the press hosted by Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner, Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne and Mr. Suren Seneviratne. During Sri Lanka’s independence week I wanted to tell British parliamentarians the truth about Sri Lanka and expose the lies uttered by the LTTE, said Ananda Sangaree speaking to some British guests at the party.

Sri Lanka’s Independence Day celebrations held grandly in Chennai

Hoisting National FlagSri Lanka’s 60th Anniversary of Independence was celebrated a grand scale in South India by the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai this year. The celebrations on 4th February 2008 commenced at the crack of dawn with the chanting of ‘pirith’ followed by offering ‘Heel Dana’ to the members of the ‘Maha Sangha’. The formal celebrations for the morning commenced at 9.00am at the Chancery premises with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the Deputy High Commissioner P.M. Amza along with other distinguished invitees and representatives of Sri Lankan organizations and institutions in Chennai. The national flag was then hoisted followed by the singing of the national anthem.

“Unity in Diversity and Religious Harmony” – themes of Independence Day Celebrations in New York

The 60th Anniversary of Independence and National Day of Sri Lanka was celebrated in a festive atmosphere in New York on the theme “Unity in Diversity” in a ceremony which saw the largest ever gathering of Sri-Lankan-Americans in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The celebration, which was organized jointly by the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the UN and the Sri Lankan-American community, depicted the rich diversity of Sri Lankan culture in song and dance representing all communities. The ceremony also consisted of religious observances guided by the clergy of the Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Islamic faiths.

Super Tuesday: Clinton and McCain Ahead Very Closely Followed by Obama, Huckabee and Romney

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Amidst heavy turnout and exuberant rallies, Hilary Clinton and John McCain became two potentially viable candidates after the Super Tuesday. Closely on their heels were Barrack Obama on the democratic side and Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney on the Republican side. As I write the delegate count seemed tipping towards Clinton and McCain but others were not too far behind. In the competition that counted the most, the Arizona senator had 525 delegates, more than 40 percent of the 1,191 needed for the nomination — and far ahead of his rivals, Even so, Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said they were staying in the

SLAF fighter jets attack LTTE gathering point in Kilinochchi

SLAF fighter jets raided an LTTE gathering point this morning in Thiruwai Aru, located 1km Northwest of Iranamdu Tank. According to Air Force sources, pilots launched precision attacks at the target. The aerial sorties were taken as information was received of a high profile LTTE gathering at the location, which was under constant surveillance of the security forces. LTTE are yet to reveal losses, the sources said. Meanwhile LTTE beaten in clashes at Northern FDLs: Forced to retreat with heavy losses. LTTE resistance were neutralized at the Nagarkovil FDLs are troops forced into terrorist defences totally dismantling 30 odd bunkers today.

Kenya, Chad New Danger Zones for U.N. Workers

By Thalif Deen

The United Nations, which recently expressed serious concern over the safety of its staff in Algeria and Sudan, is grappling with security issues in two new danger zones: Kenya and Chad. As a result of the growing violence in both countries, the Secretariat is once again reviewing the safety of its workers -- nearly eight weeks after a bombing in Algeria claimed the lives of 17 staff members in mid-December. "I am alarmed by the deteriorating security situation in N'Djamena (the capital of Chad), and elsewhere," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters Tuesday.

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