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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1892


Australian Federal Government urged to address wage disparities within Public Service – Public Service Union

By Sumane Liyanaarachchi for Asian Tribune

The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is calling on the Federal Government to immediately fix wage differences across the public service in Australia. According to CPSU national secretary Stephen Jones, the union has found the public service is now a collection of 90 agencies, employing workers on more than 750 different rates of pay. It found large pay differences between the agencies, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars for people doing the same job. According to the data, employees at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies are paid the worst.

India turns 61; Prime Minister Singh wishes 'all neighbors well'

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

Dr. Manmohan Singh chanting 'Jai Hind' India turned 61 on Friday. And the Independence Day was celebrated amidst tight security across the country except in Srinagar where the day was marked by calls for boycott of official functions and police firing that resulted in injuries to four persons, and in Assam which witnessed three bomb blasts. For Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who unfurled the national flag celebrations from the ramparts of the Moghul era Red Fort (it was built of red bricks), for the fifth year in a row, the day was a reminder of the elections round the corner. So he turned populist and spoke of plans aimed at a better deal to rural India and farmers.

Chamber to debate on the "Importance of Transport Infrastructure for National Development"

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

With the Government of Sri Lanka being faced with the challenge of maintaining surface transport infrastructure networks adding new capacities in strategic areas warranting very large investment, alternative models characterized by increasing use of private sector resources including expertise are required. The need for legislative enactments and institutional framework as well as administrative procedures for creation of a conducive environment for Public Private Partnerships are areas that should be addressed.

Scholarship Program for Sri Lankan Children by 'Educate Sri Lanka Foundation' in Washington

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

Program to support underprivileged children of Sri Lankan launched by Educate Lanka Foundation of Washington D.C. received a major boost with the Foundation's 4th annual Seven-A-Side softball Cricket Tournament, its signature fund-raiser. Educate Lanka Foundation (ELF), established in 2006 by a group of Sri Lanka students in the USA, is registered in the state of Maryland. Chairman Dr. Patrick Mendis praised the efforts of the Sri Lankans who are behind this laudable project promoting education opportunities of children back home.

Sri Lanka Government has has a zero tolerance policy on child soldier recruitment - Rohitha Bogollagama

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has reiterated the Sri Lankan Government policy of zero tolerance towards child soldier recruitment at a meeting with the UN Under - Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, who called on him at the Foreign Ministry yesterday. The Foreign Minister stated that the Government accorded the highest priority for the rehabilitation of ex-child soldiers who had been rescued or released. In this regard, great care is taken in handling these children who have been traumatized, to ensure that they are able to be re-integrated into society, after a period of counseling, and vocational training, so that they would become law abiding citizens.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama orders investigation into Kuwait returnee’s allegations

The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to media reports on allegations by a Sri Lankan housemaid, Ms. Chandani Dissanayake, who had recently returned from Kuwait, that she had received no assistance from the Sri Lanka Mission in Kuwait, after being allegedly pushed from the upper floor of a house by her employer.

Hemas provides pre-school for kids in Ganthalwa, Kantale

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hemas Piyawara Initiative recently opened its newest Pre-School in Ganthalawa, a remote village,6 Km off Kantale. Built at a cost of Rs. 5.3 million, the Pre-School has 78 children and is headed by three dedicated teachers. Funding for this project came from Ness Yammin, a generous donor in Monaco, through Ms. Chintha Senanayaka, a Sri Lankan resident there. Ven. Bandagiriye Somawansa Thera, Director, National Children’s Education Foundation speaking as chief guest at the occasion said that it is a blessing to have corporates such as Hemas which are dedicated to the uplift of ECCD in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan Expats urge EU action against LTTE

Sri Lankan expatriates and Austrians held a strong protest yesterday- Thursday, 14th August, in Vienna, Austria, against LTTE terrorist activities, in front of the Federal Parliament of Austria. The demonstrators urged the Austrian and other EU governments to condemn LTTE terrorist bombings and their recruitment of child soldiers. The protesters called for the EU to take urgent action against the terrorist group's fund-raising activities through front organizations in the EU countries.

ICRC and UN Humanitarian Agencies announce of supplying food and other needs to IDPs of Vanni

By Walter Jayawardhana

Both the United Nation’s Humanitarian Agency and the international Committee of Red Cross said they have had access to the internally displaced persons due to the war in Wanni, Sri Lanka and supplied them with food and sanitation kits. The UN humanitarian agency said, "- Adequate supplies are reaching new internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka's northern areas controlled by the Tamil Tigers, UN and humanitarian relief officials in the capital, Colombo."

DHL to increase its share in SAARC Region

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

DHL, leading express and logistics company in the world, is to expand its business within the SAARC region with an integrated product portfolio that will bolster transportation and trade among SAARC countries. DHL is the first logistics player to foray into the SAARC segment and plans to service the estimated 120 million Express market shares in the region. This set of innovative logistics solutions will help in quicker transit times, better customer service through online track and trace, one invoice, door-to-door delivery and special SAARC zone pricing.

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