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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1041


'Amara Gee Sara' in Dubai

By Janaka Perera

Sinhala Music Maestro Pandit Amaradeva's 'Amara Gee Sara' live in concert will be in Dubai next week The concert - which is in aid of the continuation of Tsunami scholarships - will be held at the Sheik Rashid Auditorium, Indian High School, Dubai, on February 29

Plantations boost the market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicated that the positive outlook on the plantations industry helped market to continue on its positive momentum with both indices recording gains. The improved market sentiment saw stock prices surge during most part of the week, except on Friday where the All Share Price Index) drifted downward on the back of profit taking witnessed in the market. The Milanka Price Index (MPI) meanwhile remained on a positive note throughout the week. Week on week the ASPI gained 25.7 points or 1 percent to close at 2510.8 while the more sensitive MPI closed up 31.1 points or 1 percent at 3163.8 points.

Gender Equality Gets a Drop of the Funding Bucket

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The United Nations has never run out of statistics to reinforce its arguments against one of the most troubling issues the world over: gender discrimination. The Asia Pacific region alone is losing between 42 billion and 47 billion dollars annually because of women's limited access to employment opportunities, according to a U.N. study, and another 16 billion to 30 billion dollars annually as a result of gender gaps in education. The world body also says that one in three women in the world is likely to be subjected to violence in her lifetime.

C-4 High Explosives, Suicide belts Recovered; Major Disaster Averted

By Ravin Edirisinghe in Colombo

Ready Deployment Teams (RDT) attached to the naval base in Welisara, Wattala on receipt of information from the public recovered some 20 Kg of C-4 High Explosives, 23 Electric Detonators and two belts which can be converted into suicide belts. Naval personnel made this recovery based on information Thursday (21) around 10.15 p.m. from a working site adjacent to the Colombo-Katunayake Highway which is under construction. The timely recovery by the naval personnel has certainly prevented a major terror attempt in the South in a situation where the tigers are now in the process of being cornered by the Security Forces.

Supreme Court to Hear Sufi Sect Case on February 27, 2008

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka issued an order on Thursday, February 7, 2008 for all parties connected with the Fundamental Rights Case relating to the denial of access to their homes filed by members of the Sufi Sect to appear before the Court on February 27, 2008. This was in sequence to the case filed by All Ceylon Thareekathul Mufliheen, a Sufi Order, to exercise their belief and practices in Kathankudy and other parts of the country for their long struggle spanning for over 12 years. The Supreme Court has also ordered the Petitioners and Respondents (All Ceylon Jamiathul Ulama, Kathankudy & the Urban Council, Kathankudy) to be present on Thursday, March 27, 2008 to review the situation.

Sri Lanka Air Force Destroyed Major LTTE Sea Camp

Sri Lanka Air Force jet aircraft yesterday morning (February 22) around 8.15 targeted and destroyed a major LTTE Sea Tiger terrorist camp located in an inland waterway about nine (09) km South of Devil's Point in the area Kiranchi west of Killinochchi on the north-west coast of Sri Lanka. According to intelligence sources, media center for National Security, revealed that the Sea Tiger camp consisted of boats used on suicide missions, sea attacks. Also it served as a transit point for goods and other items.

World Head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Speaks of Global Persecution and Need to be Fortified in Faith

Speaking during one of his weekly address, His Holiness, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, Head of the World-wide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Islam has spoken of the discrimination faced by members of the Community in various countries throughout the world. False accusation have been levelled against Muslims while some have even been arrested he said. His Holiness reminded members of the Community that at times of difficulty a person with true faith does not despair but in fact becomes closer to God Almighty. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has suffered persecution since its inception but recently it has been observed that in certain countries the maltreatment of the Jama’at has amplified.

Three new Ministers and a Governor were sworn in yesterday

From Sunil C. Perera

Three new Ministers and a Governor were sworn in before President Mahinda Rajapakse. A media communiqué issued by the Presidential Secretariat says that the swearing in ceremony took place yesterday afternoon at the Temple Trees.

Clinton-Obama Debate: Most Likely A Farewell for One of Them

By Philip Fernando in Seattle

Enthusiasm and power versus experience and poise: the titans met in a classic debate last night. Most believed that it is was a dead heat. Barrack Obama, the front runner and Hillary Clinton, the indefatigable fighter clashed at times but for the most part were courteous. One of them was saying farewell before one of the largest audiences in recent memory to watch them debate so well. No matter what happens we are going to be fine, said Hillary Clinton and everyone broke out in loud applause. Some said that it was the fond farewell—but by whom. Only the next two primaries in Ohio and Texas on March 2 will tell.

UN Security Council Commends Sri Lanka for Steps Taken To Prevent Child Recruitment for Armed Conflict

Daya Gamage – UN National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Working Group of the Security Council on Children and Armed Conflict at its special session in New York Thursday February 21 expressed serious concern about continuing recruitment of children by the LTTE and the Karuna Faction while commending the Government of Sri Lanka for actions taken to follow-up on recommendations made by the Working Group at its meeting last year, and for the commitment of the Government to work with the Working Group of the Security Council to eradicate the recruitment of children for violent purposes. The Working Group will formulate its conclusions and recommendations shortly on the basis of presentations made by Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict, and the Sri Lanka delegation as well as views of the member States of the Security Council.

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