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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2252


Probe on journalist on Norway's payroll

BY Janaka Perera

Investigations are underway to find out how a Sinhala journalist on the payroll of the Norwegian Agency NORAD got himself invited to cover the London and Hague photo exhibitions depicting LTTE atrocities. According to sources in contact with the Defence Ministry it has been revealed that this 'peacenik' has been instructed to make a note of members of PLOTE, EPDP and other anti-Tiger Tamil groups, attending the two exhibitions. The journalist in question is a senior staffer of a leading privately-owned newspaper company.

Nuwara Eliya city and Yongzhou city signs MOU to enhance economic cooperation

Sri Lankan delegation led by Governor, Central Province Tikiri Kobbekaduwa, together with Mayor of Nuwara Eliya Deshamanya P.D. Chandana Lal Karunaratne, visited Yongzhou City (Hunan Province) to sign an MOU to establish sister city ties on 12th October 2008. The MOU entails cooperation in economy, trade, science, technology and tourism. It is envisaged with the signing of the Sister City Agreement, Sri Lanka would be able to harness rapid economic and infrastructural development, greater market access and increase people to people contact with the cities in Eastern China.

Clogard launches 'Newum Muwin, Newum Vadan'

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Clogard, the flagship brand of toothpaste of Hemas Manufacturing Pvt Ltd launched its brand new 'Newum Muwin, Newum Vadan' (Fresh Words from a Fresh Mouth") campaign to inculcate in the general public the need for Sri Lankans to stay true to their heritage of respectful and courteous speech. Rochelle de Silva, Director Brands of Hemas Manufacturing Pvt Ltd said, that being hospitable, polite, warm and caring people is something Sri Lankans are known for and have always taken pride in being.

New Russian Ambassador pays first call on Foreign Minister

While Sri Lanka and Russia have traditionally shared strong bilateral relations over many years, the two countries must work towards a structured agenda with milestones to enhance these links, observed Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama when the Ambassador for the Russian Federation, Vladimir P Mikhailov paid his first call on the Minister, following the presentation of his credentials earlier this month. He said that with the new Ambassador taking up office, it would be appropriate to commence an agenda for cooperation which could be measured against the achievements of the envisaged milestones.

DHL to assist Government in disaster management

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

DHL, the world’s leading express and logistics company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Ports and Aviation to assist the Government of Sri Lanka in supporting disaster response through the donation of specified services by the DHL Disaster Response Team (DRT). The DHL Disaster Response Team (DRT) is a DPWN initiative under its Corporate Social Responsibility umbrella, to provide a logistics Disaster Response capability, based on its expertise in Airport Logistics Management, to support Government's in disaster relief efforts.

EU wants to examine GSP+ related issues and its is not for investigation, says EU Parliamentarian

Niranjan Deva Adithya Niranjan Deva Adithya Member of the European Union (MEP) says what the EU wants in essence is to examine the GSP+ related issues before granting an extension of the concessions beyond 2009 and it is not a police-style investigation or a probe. The word ‘investigation’ was used in accordance with the law connected with the GSP+ regulations and to change the word it might take another three long years. Mr Deva Adithya, in an exclusive interview with Asian Tribune Editor K.T.Rajasingham pointed out that the original law connected with GSP + concession to Sri Lanka was formulated in the French language.

Substantial Victory for Obama Predicted by Pollsters with Few Days to Go

By Philip Fernando for Asian Tribune

A substantial victory for Barack Obama is now predicted by most pollsters with less than a week to go in the US election campaign. Obama coat-tails would also ensure that the Democratic Party would increase its majorities in both Houses of Congress, possibly obtaining the 60-40 margin in the Senate required to end filibusters and force a floor vote on legislative proposals. A double digit lead is assured in the House of Representatives. John McCain is pinning his hopes trying to win Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. Such an upset is considered a remote possibility.

Elephant Cream Soda won the award for the People's FMCG

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Elephant House ‘Cream Soda’ won the award for the ‘PEOPLES FMCG - Beverage Brand of the Year’, for the third consecutive year, in the FMCG category at the recent ‘Power of the People Awards’. Organized by Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) together with AC Nielson, the largest consumer research company in the world, the ‘Power of the People Awards’ recognise and celebrate brands that are most popular with the vast majority of the general public. The results were based on intense consumer research carried out over a period of six months.

LTTE planes dropped bombs in Mannar and Kelaniya

Reporting Ruwan Weerakoon and Asian Tribune news Bureau from Colombo

Reports released from Colombo revealed that Liberation Tigers’ planes dropped two bombs yesterday late night around 11.30 PM in Thallady in Mannar, as well as in the Kelanitissa Power station in Colombo. Fire brigade says fire engines were sent to Keanitissa power station to dowse the fire. Sources in Colombo said a section of Colombo is suddenly experiencing a power outage. Reports revealed that the LTTE planes took off from Mullaitivu and targeted a Thallady military base in northwestern Sri Lanka yesterday and dropped two bombs, military sources said.

High Commissioner Jayasinghe Presents Credentials to Queen Elizabeth

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sri Lanka High Commissioner Nihal Jayasinghe presented his credentials to Queen Elizabeth 11 at the Buckingham palace, October 27.The new High Commissioner and Mrs. Indira Jayasinghe with their entourage were taken to the palace in two horse drawn red carriages from the Sri Lanka High Commission chancellery at 13 Hyde Park Gardens London to the Buckingham palace for the ceremony. The Queen exchanged pleasantries with the new High Commissioner Jayasinghe who was clad in a cream colored national dress and his wife clad in a sari and the queen said she was impressed with the national dress. She remembered her happy visit to Ceylon in

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