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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1099


New York students donate toys to children at Maharagama Cancer Hospital

A group of American elementary school students, ages 11 to 14, at the St. Joseph Hill Academy on Staten Island in New York City dedicated a major annual social event – the Halloween school dance – to the cause, and in partnership with the North American Women’s Association and today children at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital now have more toys to play with and books to read while they await treatment.

Our system of education must be reshaped to suit the times - Minister Sarath Amunugama

“Those with beards shouting slogans and crying ‘Bhangawewa’ at roundabouts are incapable of making use of their degrees to do any jobs. The majority of them are unable to do any sort of thing. Education must be employment oriented. Our system of education must be reshaped to suit the times, said Dr. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion at the awarding of certificates to youth who completed the training course in gem cutting at the Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institution at Barigama in Harispattuwa.A batch of 28 young men and women completed the four-month course and received their certificates. They were the first batch to follow the course of training and at the completion of the course, were assured of employment by a gem industrialist in Galagedera who would be paying them a monthly salary of Rs. 8000/=.

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to launch a HR Leaders’ Forum

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants has initiated an HR Leaders forum inviting a group of leading HR professionals in a bid to network and develop a synergy, mutually beneficial to CIMA students, CIMA members and HR professionals. Speaking on the H R Leaders’ Forum, Aruna Fernando, President, CIMA Sri Lanka Division, said that CIMA believes that more and more HR professionals should understand the scope of the CIMA qualification and what it offers in relation to the changing environment and how the curriculum is updated to meet international standards.

Obama and Clinton More Relaxed Campaigning in Wyoming

By Philip Fernando in Seattle to Asian Tribune

Barrack ObamaApart from dealing with the pesky issue of having to defend himself against the charge that he was not fit to be commander-in-chief, Barrack Obama seemed likely to win the Wyoming primary with a total of 12 delegates at stake. Hillary Clinton, who won the Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas primaries last Tuesday after questioning Obama's fitness to handle crises, was campaigning as usual showing remarkable agility as a feisty come-backer. Both were more relaxed compared to last week.

Protecting Parliamentarians A Dire Necessity

K. SivanesanThe killing of Parliamentarians must be halted and government should probe the mysterious killings that have occurred frequently. That plea is heard over and over again. So far, three parliamentarians were killed this year and another died in a motor accident when the jeep he was travelling skidded and crashed into a tree. He died while being admitted to the hospital. Among those killed recently was K. Sivanesan, the Jaffna district MP of Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a proxy political entity of the Tamil separatist outfit Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He was killed on March 6th, the third MP to be killed under mysterious circumstances.

Human Rights Watch Disillusioned Between Democratic State Player and Terrorist Non-State Player – Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka is somewhat perturbed that a recognized rights organization like New York-based Human rights Watch disillusioned between a democratically elected ‘state player’ which has shown its willingness to display its accountability to the international community and a ‘non-state player’ Tamil Tigers a ruthless terrorist organization whose only aim to dismember Sri Lanka holding the elected government to ransom.

International Airport in Sri Lanka's Historic Town Deep South

The construction of the second Sri Lankan international airport at the picturesque ancient township of Hambantota is making rapid progress. It is a gigantic undertaking being built at a record pace. The ceremonial laying of the foundation for the airport was made in October 2006, and the spectacular project is now visible to everybody as it rises from bare gound. Weerawilla in Hambantota, the constituency of Sri Lanka's President Rajapakse, will soon be the proud inheritors of a modern airport with all its facilities. The international airport is constructed in an area of 150 hectares with four km runways. It will start operating by 2009 creating a new chapter in the history iof the country.

Batticaloa Voters Exercise Right to Vote in local Government elections After 14 Years

Nearly 270,473 voters in the Batticaloa districts are expected to cast their votes on 10 March as Batticaloa Municipality and 8 other local Government bodies in the district hold elections. Campaigning for the elections ended at mid night yesterday, There are a total of 48 nomination lists from 6 Political parties and 22 Independent Groups consisting of a total of 831 candidates are in the fray for 101 elected positions in the nine local government bodies. The Batticaloa district consists of 12 local bodies out of which elections were held for three Pradeshiya Sabhas in 2006.

Colombo, the model of a Tea Hub in the Global Tea Industry

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Tea Export Trade celebrated a landmark achievement in breaching the elusive US.$.1 Billion Value Barrier in the year 2007, for the first time in its 140 years history. In the official statistics released recently, the value of Tea Exports in 2007 records a 22 percent increase over the 2006 figure, by advancing from Rs.91.7 Billion to Rs.112 Billion; an outstanding performance.

Faces of Burma's Refugee Children Behind the Prison Bars

By Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

On Feb 14, 2008, Saw Yan Naing of The Irrawaddy News ran a report along with an AFP's picture of some children of Burma standing behind bars with other detainees in a crowded detention cell in Mae Sot, Thailand, saying that thirty-one Burmese illegal migrants—including three children and 18 women—were arrested by Thai police on Feb 12 after smugglers transported them to Ranong Province in Thailand. It is not a question whether to put these children in a crowded detention centre is legal or illegal - but the point that raises a grave concern at the first sight is - why these children are there. Everybody knows, Burma is burning.

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