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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2005


Eastern Province Chief Minister and Deputy Minister of Tourism to attend JATA Travel Fair in Japan

Under the new policy introduced by Ministry of Tourism, Chief Minister and the Minister of Tourism of Eastern Province, Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan Kumarasamy is joining the delegation, headed by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Faiszer Mustapha, to participate at Japan Association of Travel Agents - Travel Mart (JATA), one of the largest international travel fairs in Asia, to be held in Tokyo Big Sight from September 18 to 21. His participation at JATA is in line with the policy of the Ministry of Tourism, that is, to share the resources and expertise with all the provinces for better exposure of the country’s tourism being a concurrence subject.

GSM Asia Pacific Contab prelude to meet 3G and beyond

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The 29th Conference of the GSM Asia Pacific Association was inaugurated Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and Lalith Weeratunge, Secretary to the President and Chairman, Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL). Dialog Telekom is the principal host of the three-day summit, and theme was ‘Beyond 21’ to coincide with the 21st Anniversary of GSM. The conference was attended by over 150 delegates from GSM networks representing 27 countries, officials from GSMA and other partner organisations. The conference focused on a host of key issues that would shape the future of the mobile telecom industry.

Sri Lanka Government condemns terrorist bombings in New Delhi

It is with great distress that the Government and People of Sri Lanka have learned about series of terrorist bomb attacks in New Delhi last night resulting in loss of life and injury to innocent people. Sri Lanka unequivocally condemns such barbaric acts of terrorism which can never be justified under any circumstance for whatever reason.

"BBC Sandeshya is making glaring mistakes favorable to the LTTE in their reports" – Ranjit Soysa

In response to the statement made by Priyath Liyanage, Head of the BBC Sinhala service contradicting the news report appeared in the "Asian Tribune" dated 01 September 2008, Ranjit Soysa has reconfirmed that BBC Sinhala Service called "Sandeshiya" promotes its own agenda when broadcasting news about Sri Lanka, mostly favoring the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He added, "The fact that the "Sandeshiya" by and large serves the leftist political agenda while soft peddling the LTTE terrorism is not contested by the writer as the Sinhalese listeners are conversant with the news and comments aired on the program."

Two hundred and seventy four finalists at CIMA Convention

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The highlight of the at the bi-annual Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Sri Lanka Division (CIMA) convention held at the BMICH was Miss. Nilusha Anne Fonseka who brought credit to Sri Lanka by winning a world prize for P2 Management Accounting Decision Management at the May 2008 examination was given special recognition. Two hundred and seventy four passed finalists received their certificates, while 16 Sri Lankan prize winners from the same examination received their certificates and gold medals during the ceremony. Fifty-eight newly elected Associate and Fellow members also received their certificates at convocation.

Dangers of Being a Maverick: Situation Got Riskier by the Minute

Sunday Discourse by Philip Fernando

John McCain sprung on the country another maverick, Sarah Palin. She received such an acclamation that it may have even surprised McCain. The choice indicated that attempts to thrust a George W Bush clone failed even though many had tried. Choices available were rather lukewarm. Some said that with achievements as bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard, Republicans received Palin glibly. But McCain’s selection process left room for many to question his thinking process.

Farsighted strategic decision taken by the Government of Sri Lanka

A popular Sinhala proverb exhorts not to lament after inviting dangerous serpents to one’s lap. Unfortunately, many of the INGOs and NGOs which function in Sri Lanka have acted in a manner detrimental to the stability and the national security of the country, while white washing the LTTE, and on a number of occasions actively aiding and abetting the terrorists and separatists. Some have even materially assisted the LTTE‘s war against Sri Lanka. This was pointed out in a statement by Ranjith Soysa, Spokesperson for World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka and a dozen of affiliated organization.

Five blasts rock Indian capital, claim 30 lives, 90 injured

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune, Delhi

For the second time this year, the number 13 turned to be unlucky for India, as capital Delhi was rocked by five blasts which were more or less simultaneously took place in three crowded market areas. Police have recovered three more bombs, one of them from the historic India Gate, in the heart of the city and defused them. The blasts in a span of 45 minutes claimed at least 30 lives and left 90 injured. Indian Mujahideen, a shadow amalgam of banned SIMI and Lashkar-e-Taiba sent an e-mail to media organizations claiming responsibility for the blasts. The email, titled "the Message of Death", said: 'In the name of Allah, Indian Mujahideen strikes back once more. ... Do whatever you can. Stop us if you can'.

Samak announces that he is not contesting in the election for Prime Minister

Samak SundaravejThailand's former prime minister Samak Sundaravej said Friday that he wants to end his role as leader of the ruling People Power Party (PPP) as senior members of PPP are racing for the government leadership post, said the ex-secretary-general to the prime minister. Thirapol Noprampha told journalists after a meeting with Samak at his home in suburban Bangkok that the recent disqualified prime minister had asked him to inform the party's members that Samak had tried his best to protect democracy in the country and it is now the responsibility of the party to handle the situation. Samak, according to Thirapol, said he wanted to end his duty as the party leader and "it is now up to the party from now on".

Sri Lanka - Latvia to boost bilateral relations with new Sri Lanka Ambassador to Latvia

Ranjith Jayasooriya with Valdis ZatlPresident Valdis Zatlers of the Republic of Latvia extended his congratulations to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the successful completion of the SARRC Summit held recently in Colombo. He expressed his strong interest over having more and more bilateral cooperation through enhanced political and economic relations with Sri Lanka. These pleasantries were exchanged between the newly appointed Sri Lanka Ambassador to Latvia, Residence in Sweden, Ranjith Jayasooriya and the President of the Republic of Latvia Valdis Zatlers at the President Palace in Riga on Tuesday 2nd September 2008.

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