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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1945


Abans partners with Lumen Technologies

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Lumen Technologies Ltd, authorised distributor for Xerox in Sri Lanka recently appointed Abans Ltd as a partner for Xerox products. Abans will henceforth showcase a range of Xerox products throughout its strong branch network island wide. Lumen Technologies currently markets Xerox products and services including copiers, printers, scanners, fax machines, document management software and related supplies throughout Sri Lanka.

Rizana’s Case: Confusion over the alleged Malayalee translator who was not present in the court – Was he a fictitious character?

The translator, said to be a Malayalee, alleged to have translated the confession of the killing of a four month old baby, by the teenaged Sri Lanka House maid Rizana Nafeek, when she was arrested and taken to the police station at Dawadmi, was not present yesterday at the Dawadmi High Court. It was only one Mr.Karim Mawiya Cader Mohammed, from Kanataka, who interpreted from Tamil to Arabic and Arabic to Tamil during the hearing in the Dawadmi High Court, was yesterday present in the court. Question is now being raised about the Tamil language proficiency of Karim to interpret Rizana Nafeeks statement in the court, who has been working for an electronics company in Dawadmi for 20 years, a Kannada language speaker, who is originally from the Indian state of Karnataka.

Police search Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission office in Chennai for bombs

Police found no truth in the bomb rumor in the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission office in Chennai. According to sources, Tamil Nadu police thoroughly searched the premises of the Deputy High Commission office, located at 196 TTK Road, Alwarpet, Chennai for suspected bombs materials and found nothing. Sources told "Asian Tribune," that Tamil Nadu Police received an anonymous call around 8.30 PM yesterday of bombs being planted in the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission office.

Sustainable Energy Masters program for Sri Lankan graduates under Swedish distance education

In the search for an alternative and cheaper power generating avenues without depending on petroleum sources, it is fervently hoped that transfer of education in the areas of Sustainable Power Generation, Sustainable Energy Utilization, Nuclear Power Technology and Solar Energy would be in a great way supportive in attaining country’s goals to find new avenues. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Sweden Ranjith Jayasuriya made this observation at the inauguration ceremony of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) which is the leading Technical University with First Class education and research, while inaugurating the distance education Masters program to a new batch of graduates from the Open University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Third president – CIMA Toastmasters Club

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The 3rd Presidential Installation of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Toastmasters Club was held recently at the CIMA Sri Lanka Division auditorium with Richard Ebell,a CIMA (SL) past president as chief guest. Ms Gowri Shankar, Fince Director, Hayleys PLC and President CIMA SL and Arunasalam Balraj, District Governorm District 82 were also present as guests of honour. Ms Padmini Samarasinghe, Deputy Division Governor, Education and Training and Training for Division A, Advanced Communications and Charter President of the Club installed the New Committee.

Sri Lanka won the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2008

By Leel Pathirana

Sri Lanka won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award presented by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation in Manila Philippine yesterday 28th August and which is considered to be the Asian version of the Nobel Price for outstanding personals in Asia. Ananda Galappatti young medical anthropologist received the 2008 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, personal commitment to bring appropriate and effective psychosocial services to the survivors of war and natural disaster in Sri Lanka.

Alleged LTTE Terrorists Explodes Bomb Targeting Civilians In Busy Shopping Area of Colombo

By Walter Jayawardhana

Suspected terrorists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have exploded a bomb in the busy shopping area of the Colombo city solely targeting civilians, police said “More than 45 persons have been injured in a bomb explosion, suspected to be caused by the LTTE, that took place in the busy shopping area of Pettah in Colombo, today (30). Initial reports say that all the injured are civilians” said a statement issued by the media unit of the Presidential secretariat. The wounded have been rushed to hospital for treatment, with some being admitted for surgery, Colombo National Hospital sources said.

Telugu Mega Star Chiranjeevi overcomes setbacks to mega political stardom dreams

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

ChiranjeeviTelugu Mega star Chiranjeevi has overcome the setback to his mega political stardom dreams by deft foot work and behind the scenes efforts by his advisors and well wishers. Two days after he made his political 'arangetram' and announced the launch of "Praja Rajyam' (Peoples' Rule) party in the temple town, Tirupati, the actor and his advisors woke up to their shoddy homework. Months of preparations preceded the Aug 26 rally attended by an estimated 10 lakh fans and yet they were beaten in the race to register the party name with India's poll body.

Sri Lanka calls for intensified action to combat terrorism in the BIMSTEC Region

Rohitha Bogollagama Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has emphasized the urgent need for enhanced cooperation among Member States of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi–Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to combat terrorism. The Minister made this call, when he addressed the tenth Session of the BIMSTEC Ministerial Meeting held today (29th August 2008) in New Delhi.

Sri Lanka contradicts BBC news report on refugees, while Catholic Bishops disassociated themselves from it

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka government contradicted a news item broadcast by BBC relating to the internally displaced persons in Wanni they sourced to "Catholic Church" and said the two Bishops of the area have disassociated themselves from the statement issued by the purported "Catholic Commission", that had written to the UN Secretary General. "The story on BBC which quotes a purported communication from the "Catholic Church" addressed to UN Secretary-General relating to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the Wanni, does not present an accurate picture of the reality on the ground," said Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, coneyed by the President’s Secretariat to this correspondent.

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