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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1494

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National Patriotic Movement will be divided

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Patriotic Movement is likely to be divided due to the recent clash between Wimal Weerawansa faction and Somawansa faction. Speaking to media Rev.Dambara Amila thero who represents Somawansa faction said today that Wimal faction did not allow them to enter the executive meeting of the NPM, which was held at the NPM headquarters in this morning. Wimal faction ordered the Somawansa faction to limit their participation for the exco meeting and allowed only five members to participate in the meeting. After that both parties had tense argument.

Sri Lanka “Shilpa Sayura” wins The Stockholm Challenge Award 2008

The Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 has been awarded to “Shilpa Sayura”(Sea of knowledge) Project presented by Sri Lanka under education category. A total of 145 outstanding ICT projects from all over the world under six categories were selected as finalist. All finalists were invited to Stockholm and participated in the Challenge Week, held from May 19 – 22 in Kista, North of Stockholm City. The Awards ceremony took place in the evening on May 22, in the Blue Hall, venue of the Nobel Banquet. The winning projects in each category were announced and presented with the Challenge Trophy and a check of Euros 5,000.

In Sri Lanka tourism boost in Middle-east market

By Quintus Perera- Asian Tribune

At the monthly media discussion with the Tourism Ministry, it was revealed that the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau with SriLankan Holidays announced that prominent hotels and resorts across Sri Lanka is extended a value-added benefit for Middle East travelers by offering a free stay for two children below the age of 12 years sharing the parents’ rooms as an industry standard during the summer months commencing in June and ends up in August.

Military spokesman requests the public to continue to be vigilant

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara requests the public to continue to be vigilant and immediately inform the nearest police station or security units on any suspicious factor they come across. Defense Ministry has appealed to the general public to cooperate with the Government to provide whatever information they have on the suspicious movement or activities of anti- social elements and terrorists who works against the country.

Sri Lanka dispatched urgent relief items to China

Urgent relief items dispatched by Sri Lanka to China have arrived in Chedugu, Capital city of Sichuan Province yesterday morning. On last 12th May Sichuan Province was affected by an earthquake. In the Earthquake of 12th May, the official figures as of May 25, stated that 62,664 people were are confirmed dead, including 62,161 in Sichuan province, and 358,816 injured, with 23,775 listed as missing. The earthquake left about 4.8 million people homeless. It was the deadliest and strongest earthquake to hit China since the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, which killed at least 240,000 people.

Another bomb found in Kandy

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal jayasinghe

Another deadly bomb found in Kandy a short while ago. Police personnel of Wattegama police station have found a time bomb placed near an electric transformer at Madawala Junction this morning (May 25). According the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS), the bomb has been discovered by the police around 9.20 am today on the information provided by a vigilant civilian. The army bomb disposal team has defused the bomb. The weight of the bomb is about 1kg.

Nationwide ICT student talent quiz by UCSC and Dialog

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

ICT is no longer a mere buzz word as it represents an integral part of today’s world and the expanding technological sphere and therefore educating students on ICT will not only be a tremendous help to them individually but to the whole country in terms of increasing general ICT knowledge among future generations, said Nushad Perera, Group Chief Marketing Officer, Dialog Telekom. He was speaking at the occasion of announcing the conducting of a superior type of talent quiz – The Sri Lanka Genius 2008 programme by the University of Colombo School Of Computing (UCSC) together with Dialog Telecom PLC.

Senior U.S. Human Rights Official Visits Sri Lanka

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Erica Barks-Ruggles visited Colombo May 22-24 as part of the U.S. Government’s regular, ongoing consultations with the Sri Lankan Government. During her visit, Ms. Barks-Ruggles met with several senior Government of Sri Lanka officials, including Attorney General C. R. De Silva, Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona, Justice Secretary Suhada Gamalath and Secretary of Disaster Management and Human Rights P.D. Amarasinghe. She also met with a broad spectrum of political and civil society leaders.

LTTE on an ‘operation scaremongering spree’ – another bomb explosion avoided

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

LTTE on an 'operation scaremongering spree' on civilians using public transports in the down south with the view make them panic, threaten and intimidate them. A second attempt to blast a public transport bus has been thwarted and valuable lives of innocent civilians were saved one more time. This time in the Colombo – Morratuwa bus yesterday evening around 9.15 PM, when a lady passenger spotted a suspicious looking parcel in the luggage rack and alerted the bus conductor.

Sri Lanka Government increases fuel prices from tonight

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka Government has decided to increase the fuel prices from the midnight of 24 May. According to the new price formula Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will increase Diesal and Petrol prices by Rs.30 and Kerosene by Rs.10. The new prices per litre - Petrol Octane Rs.157.00, 95 Octane Rs 170.00, Auto Diesel Rs 110.00, Super Diesel Rs. 125.30 , Kerosene Rs.71.70.

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