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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 731


Sri Lanka: Vehicle Emission Testing programme

By Quintus Perera from Colombo

As a result of a citizen going to the Supreme Court in 1998, to get an assurance to breath fresh air the initiative to alleviate the air pollution was set in motion by the authorities and after nearly 10 long years, things appear to be moving to put a stop to vehicle emissions as the government has awarded the task to two private companies – CleanCo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd and Laugfs Eco Sri (Pvt) Ltd to test and issue emission certificates and they are expected to commence work in April next year. Obtaining of the certificate would be mandatory.

Oriflame captures appreciable share in the market

By Quintus Perera in Colombo

Oriflame performances are expanding all over the world while in the Asian Region, among India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, China and Sri Lanka; Sri Lanka’s performances is the highest of 61 percent growth, while the sales force grew by 50 percent, said Per Gunnarsson, Oriflame Sri Lanka Managing Director, last week at Galle Face Hotel. Greatly encouraged by the high performance Oriflame Sri Lanka introduced several children’s products - Kids' Range - to the Sri Lankan market. They are Oriflame Tear Free Hair and Body Wash, Oriflame Buddle Bath, Oriflame Detangling Spray for children and old people.

Dear Oil

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

It is really funny even though it hurts. Oil prices first rocketed in the 1970s, leaving the world in a state of shock. Within a matter of few months after the Arab-Israel war in 1973 oil prices shot up from 3 dollars a barrel to 11 dollars a barrel. Ever since we have been hearing about oil prices heading for the skies—when they were 25 dollars a barrel, when they jumped to 50 dollars a barrel and now when they break the 100 dollar ‘barrier’. But if we take inflation into account, the 100 dollars a barrel barrier was breached back in early 1980s!

Lanka government passes crucial 2008 Budget by 16 votes, JVP votes against, Minister Anura Bandaranaike votes 'under protest'

By Joseph Thavaraja

The Sri Lanka government passed its crucial vote on the Budget an hour ago ago with 118 votes 'for' and only 102 votes were 'against'. Interestingly, Minister Anura Bandaranaike who voted with the government informed the Parliament that he is casting the vote for the government "only because of his parents." In a sudden U-turn in their stance, the JVP -the Marxist leftist party-too has voted against the Budget-along with the TNA, and the UNP.

Lanka government passes Budget – 2008 by 16 votes, despite JVP, TNA voting against

By Joseph Thavaraja

The Sri Lanka government pushed its crucial vote on the second reading of the Budget – 2008, a few minutes ago with 118 votes 'for' and only 102 votes 'against'. In a sudden U-turn in their stance, the JVP -the Marxist leftist party-too has voted against the Budget-along with the TNA . JVP's breakaway MP Nandana Gunathilleke however abstained from voting.

Lanka legislators go into fisticuffs as Parliament prepares for crucial vote

By Joseph Thavaraja

Two legislators in Sri Lanka Parliament went into fisticuffs amidst heated exchanges as the Lankan Parliament began debating Mahinda Rajapakse government's third Budget - 2008. President Mahinda Rajapakse immediately convened his MPs for a for a last minute strategy session, as the Minister of Electricity Mahindananda Aluthgamage and SLFP-People's Wing's Sripathi Suriyaarachchi suddenly went into an unannounced duel. The tense atmosphere was due to the possible anticipated crossovers of legislators before today's crucial vote, but more importantly due to the fears of ruling party members voting against the budget.

As Lanka Parliament is pushed for the crucial evening vote, JVP says decision depends on next two hours, implies departure

Sri Lanka national legislators will decide on the future of the current government this evening-in less than two hours –as they vote on the crucial second reading vote on the 2007 budget. If the Budget is defeated this evening, the Parliament would not be dissolved 'immediately' but the government is required to present another appropriation bill. If this bill too is defeated, the President should dissolve the Parliament. The JVP, the Marxist leftist party holding a decisive 37 member vote bloc in this session, have now announced that their decision will depend on how the Parliamentary proceedings would go in the next two hours. "Our decision regarding the budget would depend on the situation in the Parliament in the next two hours" announced the JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Nadesan seeks support from Tamil Nadu and India for liberation struggle

P.NadesanThe newly appointed Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has sought the support and help for their liberation struggle. “Justification behind the people’s long standing struggle for liberation has to be favorably considered and expect to be of help and assistance to our homeland dream.” P.Nadesan, Head of the Political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has has told when asked what the Tigers expect from Tamil Nadu and India. In a wide-ranging interview said to have been conducted through e-mail by Junior Vikatan, a popular Tamil investigative journal, published twice a week, Nadesan lamented the death of Tamilselvan who was killed in an aerial bombing recently, by the Sri Lanka Air Force planes.

Attacking TBC Radio : Sethurupan and Thamotherampillai’s appeal before Harrow Crown Court today

The appeal filed by Nadarajah Sethurupan of Norway and Anushriskumar Thamotherampillai of London, United Kingdom against the guilty sentence delivered by the Harrow Magistrate court on 31 May 2007, is to be taken up today at the Harrow Crown Court. Earlier on 19th October Harrow Crown Court postphoned the appeal for today. On June 08, 2006, Nadarajah Sethurupan, Anushriskumar Thamotherampillai and Kandiah Uthayakumar were involved in a violent campaign at the Tamil Broadcasting Corporation; a London based Tamil language satellite radio station, located at Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex.

Voting on Budget - 2008: Both sides confident of victory

By Janaka Perera for Asiantribune

The ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) reiterates that the second reading of the 2008 budget proposals cannot be defeated as the government has the majority MPs in Parliament. The State-run Sri Lanka Rupavahini reported yesterday Minister Susil Premjayanth as saying that 117 MPs are directly supporting the government. Of this 64 parliamentarians are from the SLFP, 24 from the UNP 10 from the SLMC, eight from the CWC and JHU, two MPs from the Upcountry People's Front are in government at present in addition, the EPDP MP too has also expressed too his solidarity with the government. The Venerable Uduwe Dhammaloka MP too has extended his support to the Government, according to the television news bulletin.

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