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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1616


Sri Lanka is giving India a run for its money in tea export – Indian business journal

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka together with Kenya is giving India “a run for its money in tea export market “said Bombay’s Business Standard newspaper. “While China might have overtaken India as the largest tea producer couple of years ago, it is now Sri Lanka and Kenya that seem to be giving India a run for its money in tea export market,” the financial journal reported in a story datelined Ahamedabad by its own reporter. The newspaper said with a steady rise in tea consumption within India the country is losing its share in tea export markets to Sri Lanka and Kenya.

300 kiols of explosives recovered from Nuwera Eliya

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

A large haul of TNT explosives were recovered today morning around, concealed in a tea estate in Mahagastota located in Nuwera Eliya. According to a report, this was for the first time; the police have recovered such a huge amount of explosives from upcountry. The Defence sources revealed that, on information received from general public, the Terrorist Investigation Division (TID) of the Sri Lanka Police, recovered TNT explosives weighing 300 kilos, C4 explosives 16 Kilos, 2 numbers of T 56 assault rifles with 2 magazines, and 45 detonators in one of the tea estates in Mahagastota.

Obama and McCain Struggle to Get Traction among Traditional Supporters

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian tribune

Senator Barrack Obama and Senator John McCain have not been able to win over wide-scale support in their respective parties. Most polls indicate that Americans are truly apprehensive of both candidates. A third of the electorate has not decided which one to chose. This was similar to election contest of Clinton-Bush 1992 when Third Party candidate Ross Perot got 17 percent of the vote and also like in 2000 campaign of Bush and Gore when Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan took away crucial votes in Florida to give Bush the victory. Both Obama and McCain are now campaigning hard to win over the hard-core support of their respective parties.

Commonwealth Leaders Statement on Reform of International Institutions

The Commonwealth Heads of State who met in London over the last two days to discuss the reform of international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund issued a 15 point statement outlining the essence of their deliberations and positions taken thereafter. Commonwealth Heads of Government, representing one third of humanity and more than one quarter of the world’s sovereign governments, collectively expressed the concern of our 53 member states at Kampala in November 2007 that the current architecture of international institutions no longer responds adequately to the challenges of the 21st Century.

Thaslima Nasreen found refuge in Sweden

By Leel Pathirana

Thaslima NasreenThaslima Nasreen, the controversial Bangladeshi writer who was in exile India, landed in Stockholm in Sweden last week and the Swedish authorities have granted a two-year safe haven in the Swedish town of Uppsala, a small City located 70 kilometers north of Stockholm. Thaslima Nasreen has been offered a safe haven in town," spokeswoman for the Swedish chapter of the 'Pen Club' (the worldwide association of writers) Maria Modig said. For the next two years she will also get an apartment and a monthly allowance of about € 500. The writer had to leave from India from her safe house in New Delhi last March due to her health conditions and the increasing threat coming from the extremist Islamic fundamentalists in India.

UN should work directly with elected governments and not with NGOs exhorts Sri Lanka President at the Commonwealth Mini Summit

By Walter Jayawardhana

President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka said that United nations should work directly with governments that have been elected rather than with NGO’s and INGO’s that tend to pursue their own agendas that may be opposed to an agenda endorsed by the people. The Sri Lanka President has reportedly made this remark during the executive sessions of the Commonwealth Mini Summit held in Malborough House in London. The sessions were not open to the press, but according to some work related papers, the statements came to be known after the sessions.

Fourth annual Tamil Studies Conference to be held in Toronto

The fourth annual Tamil Studies Conference titled "Home, Space and the Other" will be organized by the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor, 21-23 May 2009. The objective of the conference is to map the various ways in which the Tamil regions and their spaces - linguistic, cultural, political, economic, religious etc. - have been constituted by, interacted with or responded to influences from within and outside their cultural norms, conventions, or geographical boundaries.

Sri Lanka tea at top French chain outlet

As many as 23 different Sri Lankan flavored teas have made an impressive entry into E. Leclerc, a French super market chain with over 180 super markets across the country. A Sri Lankan tea service was held at the pioneer Leclerc super market at Brest in Brittany last weekend. It was organized by Les Saveurs de Ceylan (Taste of Ceylon), the French representative for Talawakele Tea Plantation Co Ltd of Hayley’s Group with active assistance from the Commercial Section of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Paris. Director of Les Saveurs de Ceylan Ranjit Calixtus said that he was confident of gradual inroads into the French market despite the French preference to coffee as the popular hot brew.

Special security arrangements for forthcoming Poson week

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

A special security arrangements will be in force during the Poson day in the Anuradhapura district. A comprehensive security plan is in place in addition to special railway and bus services, said a high official of the Poson Organizing committee. He said all vehicles entering the Anuradhapura district would undergo security checks. Separate places have been assigned to park vehicles and when parking vehicles here the telephone number and address of the driver has to be displayed on the vehicle.

Hundreds of Sri Lankans converge in front of Marlborough House, to support Mahinda

By Walter Jayawardhana

Hundreds of Sri Lankan expatriates converged at Marlborough Palace in London where the Commonwelth Mini Summit was held to greet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and protest against the LTTE terrorism brazenly practiced against civilians. Assembled in front of the meeting hall members of nearly ten organizations were waving noisy slogans, waving colorful lion flags, and holding placards greeting the Presidents anti-terrorist activities.

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