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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1798


Sri Lanka Government imposes a new tax on mobile phones and motor vehicles

Sri Lanka Government has imposed Environmental Conservation Tax on the communication and transportation sectors. Mobile telephone users and motor vehicle owners are worried about recent taxes on mobile phone bills and motor vehicle licenses. They said the government tries to end the usage of mobile phones and motor vehicles. They said at present a number of taxes on phone bills were imposed by the government and the recent tax is Environmental Conservation Tax on motor vehicle licenses and mobile phone bills.

FCCISL strengthens public – private dialogue at national level

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At a special meeting President Mahinda Rajapakse met the Chairmen, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kegalle and Sabaragamuwa Chambers of Commerce and Industry and among other thing discussion was carried out on the issues on policy, regulatory matters relating to business and infrastructure in the provinces. The meeting which was chaired by President Rajapakse was the culmination of efforts by the Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka which made arrangements for this meeting, symbolizing its effort in creating public – private dialogue at national level.

Navy Raids Iranativu Island in the North

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Sri Lanka Navy’s Special Boats Squadron (SBS) and the Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) launched an offensive landing into the Iranahivu Island on last Saturday (02) around 2.45 pm and completely destroyed the make-shift LTTE sea tiger camp situated on the Island. The elite team destroyed a sea tiger boat and captured another two during the confrontation killing four tigers and went onto attack the fleeing tigers till areas closer to Nachchikudha (an area under tiger control). Naval craft on observing another cluster of boats which came to assist their withdrawing cadres came under a surprise sea borne attack both from the northern and southern flanks where the tiger boats were left with the only option of withdrawing with heavy casualties.

SAARC Summit took far-reaching decisions of key issues - President Mahinda

Closing session The 15th SAARC Summit that concluded has taken far-reaching decisions on key issues affecting the region such as terrorism, food and fuel security and trade, with discussions that had a strong focus, on economic and commercial cooperation and members can draw satisfaction from a most productive and fruitful outcome, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his statement yesterday, at the conclusion of the 15th SAARC Summit at the BMICH, in Colombo. On terrorism the Summit finalized and signed the Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters; on food security it issued a Special Statement, released along with the Summit Declaration, where the Leaders of the SAARC countries affirm their resolve to make South Asia once again a major granary of the world, through a series of inter-connected and specific regional collaborative projects, said Mahinda Rajapaksa at a media briefing yesterday after the conclusion of the Summit at the BMICH.

Nuclear Arms Are No Longer "Necessary Evils"

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are painfully reminded of the horrors of atomic bombings that devastated the two Japanese cities in August 1945, one of the country's most influential peace organizations is intensifying its longstanding efforts for nuclear disarmament. "In order to revive and re-energize efforts for nuclear disarmament, we need to challenge the persistent notion that nuclear weapons are a 'necessary evil'," says Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Tokyo-based non-governmental organization (NGO) with over 12 million members in some 192 countries.

SAARC summit ends on a high note as the Lanka army makes a triumphant entry into heart of Tiger territory

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

Bidding farewell As the Sri Lankan army made triumphant entry into the heart of Tiger territory, the 15th SAARC summit came to grips with the serious threat posed by terrorism to peace and stability in the region and declared the eight –nations' resolve to take the menace head on through 'strongest possible cooperation' "The Heads of State or Government strongly condemned all forms of terrorist violence and expressed deep concern over the serious threat posed by terrorism to the peace, stability and security of the (South Asian) region," said a Declaration adopted at the end of the two-day summit attended by leaders from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives besides hosts Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Strategy for Combating Terror Recognized by US State Department

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando in Washington D.C.

Dayani Panagoda "The multi-pronged approach for combating terrorism was a tremendous success in Sri Lanka," said Dayani Panagoga, Director (Policy) of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) at a high powered seminar conducted by theNear East and South Asian Strategic studies (NESA), at the Carnegie Foundation in Washington D.C. Attendees to that Near East and South Asian Strategic studies forum were convinced that Sri Lankan anti-terror strategy had great potential for everyone. They wanted to know more and Panagoda had to continue her presentation before the State Department for an additional day.

SAARC Declaration to Call for United Effort Against Terrorism

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

South Asian leaders meeting in Sri Lanka will today commit themselves to fighting terrorism in their region and call for joint efforts to fight what the Indian leader the "scourge of terrorism." The eight leaders of the regional bloc will today wind up their two day summit after a morning "retreat" where they will exchange views and ideas without their supporting aides. The "retreat" that has now become a regular feature following the practice adopted by the Commonwealth heads of government and leaders of the Asia Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) gives leaders an opportunity to express views freely.

Sri Lanka Army captured Vellankulam – last bastion of Tigers in Mannar district

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lanka Army captured yesterday afternoon, Vellankulam, the last Tiger bastion in the Mannar district. By capturing Vellankulam, Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Division has liberated the entire Mannar district within eight months period. Army’s 58 Division commenced their operation to Liberate Mannar district in November 2007. Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Division is commanded by Brigadier Shavindra Silva. To liberate Mannar, 58 Division mobilized 12 Infantry Battalions, and Commando Brigade, supported by the 5th Armoured Corp regiment, 15 Artillery Regiment, 9 Signal and Engineers.

Home computers are more susceptible to viral attacks

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

To explain as to how Symantec can help Enterprises in Sri Lanka to secure and manage information and was a combined effort by Symantec Corporation and CNT International Ltd., Colombo, who promotes the products in Sri Lanka. It was held at Trans Asia Hotel. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage heir information Headquarters in Cupertino, California. Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries.

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