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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1649


U S Scientist Falsely Implicated in 2001 Anthrax Attack Awarded $5.8 Million

By Philip Fernando in Alaska for Asian Tribune

U S Army scientist Steven Hatfill implicated in the deadly anthrax mailings to Washington offices soon after the terrorist attack of 9/11 in 2001, won his law suit against the Bush administration. U S Justice Department said on Friday it would pay Hatfill over $ 5.8 million to settle his lawsuit accusing officials of violating his privacy rights by talking to the media and unfairly implicating him in anthrax attacks in 2001.

Sri Lanka denies arrival of any foreign troops for the security of visiting heads of states

Sri Lanka denied yesterday the news reports about the arrival of the elite Indian and Afghanistan troops for the special security of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Indian delegation and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. A highly placed Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry official flatly denied those reports appearing in a section of the Sri Lankan newspapers that 3000 elite Indian troops are coming from India to give security to Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Indian delegation coming to participate in the 15th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) scheduled to take place from July 27 to August 3, in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.

Asistant Governmennt Agent of Thunukkai killed under mysterious circumstances

The Assistant Government Agent of Thunkkai, located in the Mullaithievu district, was killed yesterday around 5.00 p.m., under mysterious circumstances. Thunukkai is an AGA Division, coming under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Reports revealed that N.Nanthakumar, (36 yrs.) succumbed to a claymore attack when riding a motorcycle. The incident reported to have taken place between Ampalaperumal Kulm and Koddaikasiya Kulam.

Create performance driven culture

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Disengagement is what happens when people continue to work at a company, but have effectively quit as they put in the minimum effort to get their pay cheque and not get fired. These employees do not give their talent, creativity, energy or passion to their work, said Ronnie Peiris, Group Director /CFO, John Keells Holdings making the Keynote Address at the 3rd Lanka Business Online (LBO) – Lanka Business Report (LBR), Chief Financial Officers Forum held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel.

Chief Advisor of Bangladesh accepts invitation to participate in the forthcoming SAARC summit in Colombo

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama is in Bangladesh on an official visit in connection with the handing over of the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to the Chief Advisor of Bangladesh Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed to the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Colombo. He also handed over the invitation to his counterpart Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury to the Council of Ministers Meeting in Colombo. The Bangladesh Chief Advisor upon receiving the invitation said that he was looking forward to attending the Summit and expressed his best wishes to Sri Lanka for a successful Summit in Colombo.

2020 Vision Aimed at Dismantling Nukes

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When leaders of the world's eight most industrialised nations -- the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia, known as the G8 -- hold their annual summit meeting in Hokkaido in early July, they are likely to reject a seemingly backhanded invitation: a visit to the Peace Memorial Museum in the city of Hiroshima. The museum, one of Japan's more somber tourist attractions, is a grim reminder of the horrors of nuclear war, pictorially depicting the devastation caused to Hiroshima by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. A second Japanese city, Nagasaki, was nuked three days later. And within one year, 140,000 died as a result of the U.S. attacks.

Japan offers US $ 1.732 million for SME agriculture development in the North and East

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with the Ministry of Industrial Development has organized a programme to provide with farm implements and equipment under a sustainable livelihood programme funded by the Japanese Government and this scheme will benefit more thatn 3,000 poor rural families in the Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka. Japanese Government provides funds to the tune of US $ 1.732 for the implementation of the total project.

Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission celebrated Poson at the Music Academy of Chennai

The occasion of Poson, an important event in the Buddhist calendar, as it commemorates the first arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka from India, was celebrated by the Deputy High Commission for Sri Lanka in Southern India by organizing a dance drama reflecting this historic occasion. Speaking at the function Mr. P. M. Amza, Deputy High Commissioner for Sri Lanka in Southern India stated that the introduction of Buddhism in Sri Lanka is the most memorable interaction with India that the people of Sri Lanka still cherish.

Bush’s legacy to America

By Tariq A. Al-Maeena

President George Bush should be out of office in a matter of months. “The sooner, the better”, mutter those Americans who view his two terms as president of the United States as one laced heavily with wars and aggression overseas, and poverty at home. While many Americans still believe he only came into office as a result of vote manipulations in Ohio and Florida during the elections, it cannot be denied that his leadership has been bad for America. Period!

Sri Lanka to join the newly organized International Tea Producers Forum

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka, the producer of Ceylon Tea, will join other manufacturers of the ingredient of the world’s most popular beverage in forming International Tea Producers Forum (ITPF) that will be fashioned like the OPEC, the global forum of the petroleum producers. Lalith Hettiarachchi, the island nation’s Tea Board Chairman said recently the country’s Plantation Industry’s Minister will be seeking the ratification of the cabinet for Sri Lanka to become a member of the global forum. The proposed forum is expected to have Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe as its members.

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