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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 892

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Why the Government of Sri Lanka abrogated the Ceasefire Agreement

In a letter addressed to the Editor of Asian Tribune, K. Balapatabendi PC, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner based in Canberra, Australia has written a letter explaining why Sri Lanka abrogated the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA). The erudite Sri Lanka’s diplomat in Australia has set out the compelling reasons behind the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) the separatists Tamil rebel outfit. The intention of the abrogation of the non-existence Ceasefire Agreement was notified to the Royal Norwegian Government according to the proviso in the Memorandum of Understanding.

South Indian cine-artists of London mega show organized by White Pigeon to participate in TRO organized shows in Paris

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

The group of mega artists from South India who are scheduled to take part to raise funds for “White Pigeon”- a discreet front organization for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in London will openly fund raise, for the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) in Paris, banned in many countries for pumping money to the coffers of the Tamil Tigers. The TRO, a questionable charity was banned in the United Kingdom and was replaced by White Pigeon, while its predecessor TRO is yet to be banned in France although a request has been made by the Sri Lankan authorities to the French government to do so.

Pakistan single country exhibition in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Pakistan will hold a Trade Fair and Exhibition from 11th to 13th January at the Srimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition where more than 100 leading Pakistani companies will participate covering over 25 sectors in a bid to promote the existing trade ties between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. To announce the holding of the exhibition, a press briefing was held at Hotel Galadari where Shahzad A Chaudhry, Pakistan High Commissioner in Sri Lanka said that though the two countries had cordial relations for more than six decades, the operationalization of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was the turning point in 2005 and since during the three; years of its operation has doubled the trade between the two countries.

Construction Chamber to Provide Trained Manpower to International Market

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka in association with Bioforce Development Institute of France has been conducting construction craftsmen training through its training centres in Balapitiya, Matara and Kalutara while in collaboration with Southern Development Authority at Thamaduwa in the Hambantota district. These training centres which are accredited by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission (TVEC) have been training construction craftsmen to achieve NVQ level III proficiency. CCI is also conducting short courses and assessment of proficiency for those already in the industry. Those who desire to obtain internationally recognized qualifications are also provided opportunities to obtain City and Guilds accreditation.

How to reach customer service excellence

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Organizations today need to maintain a reputation for their intense focus and high standards of quality in every thing they do. In the current context it is through an outstanding customer service that one can establish a ‘distinct sustainable differentiation’ to the institution. To achieve this, one needs to fine-tune the right ‘mindset’ amongst the customer interface staff of the institution, so that they could maintain an outstanding personal relationship in dealing with the clients.

Jaffna Army Commander assured of no interruption in supply of essential service

Adequate food stocks are stored to meet the requirements of the people of Jaffna districts and once the ongoing repairs at the power stations in Chunnakam and Kankesanthurai are over there will be no interruption of power supply. This was disclosed by Jaffna Security Forces Commander Major General G. A. Chandrasiri who also said that measures have been taken to provide essential services to Jaffna without any interruption and facilities will be provided for the continuation of essential services to ensure the welfare of the people. He made these comments at a meeting held with heads of government institutions and officers in charge of essential services on January 08 in Jaffna.

Sri Lanka President to come up shortly with an acceptable solution to the ethnic crisis

Mahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lanka President to come up with an acceptable political solution to the ethnic crisis soon. In a move to formulate an acceptable political proposals and implement, President Mahinda Rajapakse has informed yesterday to the All Party Leaders of the All Party Representative Committee of his willingness to bring about a solution after enlightening the Cabinet and other political parties once he receives the final draft of proposals from the APRC Chairman.

Inauspicious start of 2008 amid uncertainty in the financial market

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The first weekly review of the HNB Stockbrokers indicated that the market had an inauspicious start to 2008, with a roadside bomb blast in Colombo minutes after trading started for the first time this year. The government on Thursday announced its decision to withdraw from the ceasefire agreement thereby further adding to the market uncertainty. At the end of this week’s trading the All Share Price Index (ASPI) lost 27.9 points or 1.1 percent to stand at 2510.4 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) ended 61.1 points or 1.86 percent lower at 3220.2 points.

Immediately remove the ban - LTTE appeals to the international community

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil separatists outfit has called for the immediate removal of ban placed against it. In an appeal to the international community, the Tamil rebel outfit pointed out that the abrogation by the Government of Sri Lanka, of the unprecedented, nearly six year long CFA has clearly demonstrated that the Government of Sri Lanka will never permit the Tamil people to live with freedom in their homeland. It added “History is replete with examples of the Government of Sri Lanka abrogation of pacts that were made to bring permanent peace for the Tamil people. Therefore, "LTTE has urged that "the international community must understand this, and immediately remove the bans it has placed on the LTTE believing the false propaganda of the GoSL, accept the just aspirations of the Tamil people, and recognize the right of the Tamil people to live with self-determination in their homeland."

Bill Clinton's 1992 Slogan "It is the economy stupid' Resonates Once More as Five More Primaries Surface

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

The slogan used by Bill Clinton in 1992, “It is the economy stupid” may resonate one more time as new primaries in five states surface during the next three weeks. The exodus from New Hampshire as well as from the staffs of candidates deemed on the waning side began in earnest. Front runners Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, John McCain ventured out into the greener pastures awaiting them in five other states in January. Most observers predict that the Democratic contest is mainly between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama with John Edwards in third place. John McCain, Romney, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani will battle it out for the Republican nomination.

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