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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1735


Bus carrying pilgrims attacked by LTTE : 4 civilians killed and 25 others injured

LTTE cadres hiding in the jungles located in the Pottuvil South, inthe Amaparai district has one more time attacked pilgrims travelling in a bus to worship Lord Muruga, at KaKataragama Temple, located in the down south of Sri Lanka. The attack took place on Friday (July 11), at around 10:15 a.m., in the morning. LTTE terrorist cadres opened fire at a passenger bus plying from Monaragala towards Kataragama, at the 49th mile post, along the Buttala -Kataragama main road. Reports from the defense sources revealed that initially, at least 4 civilians were killed and 25 others reported wounded.

Sanasa Development Bank to train rural masses on economically viable projects.

Asian Tribune- Sri Lanka Bureau

The Sanasa Development Bank plans to launch a ten year project to develop rural community and assist them to obtain technological know-how to develop their economy. Chairman of the bank P.A.Kirivandeniya said that this project would cover over 1000 Sanasa societies, 5000 villages and one million people. Under the project the bank will provide infrastructure to train the masses on IT, Marketing, Finance Control, Budgetary plans, Money Saving schemes and other vocational areas.

Foreign Minister invites Maldivian President to attend SAARC Summit

The Maldives decided to concede its turn to Sri Lanka to host the 15th SAARC Summit as a symbol of its longstanding and close friendship with Sri Lanka, during the country’s 60th anniversary of independence this year. This was disclosed by the President of the Maldives, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom when Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama called on him on Thursday 10 July, to hand over the formal invitation from President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend the forthcoming Summit meeting in Colombo. The Maldivian President warmly accepted the invitation.

SLT Rainbow Pages turns a new page

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Global telecom market has become competitive, driving telecom operators to look at new business models, innovative services and technology to differentiate themselves from each other, said Ms Leisha De S Chandrasena, Chairperson, Sri Lanka Telecom at a press briefing in connection with the formation of its new subsidiary SLT Publications (Pvt) Ltd at Hilton Hotel, Colombo. She said that all operators are also refocusing their core businesses. The related support services, supply chain and complementary business were separated in order to gain operational advantages and productivity gains.

Sri Lanka President Air-dashed to New Delhi on special invitation by the beleaguered Indian Prime Minister

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has left for New Delhi yesterday. Sources revealed he suddenly left for New Delhi on the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. The invitation coming from the beleaguered Indian Prime Minister whose future has suddenly become unpredictable after the withdrawal of the support by the Left parties, has set media frenzy over the purpose behind such a sudden visit.

Journalist Association Protests Attack on IPS Reporter

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed "alarm" over the harsh treatment meted out to award-winning Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer who was said to have been abused by Israeli Shin Bet agents at the Allenby Bridge border crossing between Israel and Jordan late last month. The 24-year-old journalist was a reporter for Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and for Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said that Omer was stopped by men he identified as Shin Bet agents at the Allenby crossing and held for a number of hours after entering Israel en route to his home in the Gaza Strip, the journalist told CPJ.

Mangalan Master – a TMVP candidate in the election fray

Mangalan Master, one of the former commanders of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal is contesting as a ruling party candidate in the Provincial Council election held for the North Central Province. He is contesting in the Polonaruwa district as one of the United Peoples Alliance candidates. Speaking to "Asian Tribune," Azad Moulana, the Coordianating Secretary to the Chief Minister of the Eastern Province said that Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan will participate in the election campaigns in the North Central as well in the Subragamuwa Provinces.

JVP-UNP-TNA strike was unsuccessful says the government

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that the Thursday‘s strike was unsuccessful and it shows utter failure of the JVP and the UNP. Addressing a press conference held in Colombo on Thursday, he said government is ready to face any type of challenges in future. He said government did not block the Thursday’s strike and not appealed to the masses not to attend the strike. “Entire transport sector and other essential services were normal, he said. He also reiterated that the JVP shows fake data about the failed strike action strike.

Cakes and shakes at Hilton Colombo

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

On a promotional drive of cakes and shakes, Hilton Colombo has set aside the month of July for people with a sweet tooth, where Hilton invites sweet lovers to come and taste a delicious array of cakes and shakes available at the Cakes and Shakes at the Thorana Lounge from the 1st to the 31st of July. The scrumptious delights on offer are made by an award winning team of pastry chefs from Hilton.

Japan funds nearly two million dollars on a North East livelihood project

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A massive rural empowerment and sustainable livelihood programme among the conflict affected people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces is organized by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industrial Development. The funding for this empowerment programme is by the Japanese Government and the value of the funding would be US $ 1.732 million and the apportionment would in the proportion of 2/3rds for the Eastern Province and 1/3rd for the Northern Province.

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