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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1269


Sri Lanka: Rain causes floods

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Flood situation is reported yesterday from several areas of Sri Lanka due to the prevailing rains. Heavy rains have hampered transportation on a number of roads. It is reported that the old bus stand and the public ground in Ratnapura have submerged due to the overflowing of Kalu Ganga. Divisional engineer of the Irrigation Department in Rathnapura S.P.C. Sugeeshwara said water level of Kalu Ganga has increased to 22 feet causing floods in the area. Rathnapura received a 114 millimeter rain fall during the period starting at 8.30am fron Sunday and ending at 11.30 Monday morning.

Sri Lankan food and tea promotion in Macao, China

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management conducted a highly successful Sri Lankan Food and Tea Promotion on the invitation of the Institute of Tourism Studies of Macao [IFT] recently. The Tea promotion was fully sponsored by Dilmah Tea Ltd assisted by their Marketing Office based in Hong Kong. The Institute of Tourism Studies of Macao as a tradition invites one of the member countries of the Asia Pacific Educational and Training Institute in Tourism to conduct a National Food Promotion on an annual basis.

Microbial Life is Evident in the Upper Clouds of Planet Venus – Chandra Wickramasinghe

By Walter Jayawardhana

Chandra Wickramasinghe The Planet Venus, as hot as hell and written off as a habitat of any life in recent times could be, after all harboring microbial life in its cloudy upper atmosphere. Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe of Cardiff University, the world’s leading authority of the theory of “Panspermia” that says life on earth originated in deep space and travelled here hitch hiking on comets, said “according to the latest researches of me any my daughter Janaki Wickramasinghe the planet Venus has a microbial ecology high in its atmosphere.”

Goodwill and Understanding of Youth Vital for Peace, President Rajapaksa to Commonwealth Youth Ministers

Goodwill and understanding of the youth vital for peace. We cannot afford to allow terrorist forces to use the youth for their sinister purposes. Sri Lanka has for the past three decades been faced with a threat by the most brutal terrorist organization in the world, a terror outfit that does not hesitate to use our youth as pawns and cannon fodder in its brutal operations. Therefore, it is our resolve not to give in to these forces of terror; to save our youth from the clutches of these forces of modern day savagery,” said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, yesterday when addressing the Seventh Meeting of the Commonwealth Youth Ministers, which opened in Colombo.

Sri Lankans living with terror

Western democracies need to pay more heed to Sri Lanka’s unequalled & silent ordeal of living with terror, nearly three decades at the hands of the Tamil Tiger Terrorist, “the worlds most dangerous and deadly who even inspired Al Qaeda.” (FBI annual report of January ’08) This is reinforced with monotonous regularity, most recently on Friday 25th April when a bomb in a crowded bus at rush hour claimed at least 24 fatalities (total over thousand this year), including children returning home from school, writes Dr.Chula Rajapakse spokesperson for the United Sri Lanka Assosiation New Zealand.

Iran, Sri Lanka to Start 25 billion Rupee Project

The Uma Oya multi-purpose project at Wellawaya, Alikote, built with Iranian aid at a cost of Rs. 25 billion, will be inaugurated by the Presidents of Iran and Sri Lanka on April 29. Sri Lankan Irrigation and Water Management Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said the project will add 100 Megawatts of electricity to the national grid and supply water to cultivate of 8,000 acres of paddy. He said a dam will be built at Welimada, Puhulpola across the Uma Oya while water will be brought to Kirindi Oya in Wellawaya through a 22 km long tunnel, to cultivate 5000 acres of paddy land in Wellassa Handapanagala together with 3000 acres of paddy lands in Kuda Oya.

Change modern agricultural practices to avert food shortages

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Movement for Land and Agriculture Reforms in Sri Lanka(MONLAR) indicated that according to a report presented at UNESCO the modern agricultural practices have to be changed. It indicated that at a time of record high prices for agricultural products, the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) will release its report on the state of global agriculture at UNESCO. MONLAR indicated that this report considers such major issues as bio-fuels, GM crops, use of traditional know-how, impact of climate change, and underlines the pressing need to change the rules of modern agriculture.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama calls for effective action against terrorism by the Commonwealth

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has underscored the importance for the Commonwealth to combat terrorism, as value dedication to its global agenda. He made this observation during a meeting yesterday with the Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, who is on a visit to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ meeting, which is his first meeting at Ministerial level, since assuming duties as Secretary General earlier this month. They both agreed on the imperative need for member countries not to be misled by the machinations of terror groups, and to stand in solidarity with one another against such threats.

Forthcoming polls would be the best way to felicitate the government – Basil

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe in Colombo

Forthcoming polls would be the best way to felicitate the government said Basil Rajapakse, when addressing a special meeting in Ampara yesterday to review the progress made regarding the development projects such as Jathika Saviya and Gama Neguma implemented in the Ampara district. Parliamentarian Basil Rajapakse also said that the troops have liberated the area with the support of the UPFA Government and the troops made tremendous effort to bring peace for the area. He said public could felicitate the Government through the forth coming polls, for its service and also for liberating the province.

Rotary Regency Fashion Show to fund tree planting

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Rotary movement has been reputed for its noteworthy social and community help programmes and in their quest to help the society in which they live in, has been involved in several worthwhile projects they were reputed of such programmes like eradication of polio. One of the serious scenarios taking place on earth, now is the global warming due to uncontrolled green house gas emissions which makes enormous impact on earth and its living beings.

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