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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1588


Sri Lanka Foundation in LA to Host International Youth Conference in August

By Philip Fernando in LA for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Foundation of Los Angeles has invited Sri Lankan students round the world to attend the first World Youth Expatriate Conference “YES” 2008 scheduled for August 16 to 24, 2008 at University of Los Angeles (UCLA) campus. YES 2008 would promote a closer relationship between Sri Lankan students living all over the world by developing a network with each other to share knowledge and foster collaboration. More importantly, the conference will help students understand their cultural roots and encourage efforts to volunteer their abilities to develop Sri Lanka.

SLAF launches another attack to Periyamadhu

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The Air Force has launched an extensive attack on and LTTE target in Periyamadu , Vavuniya yesterday morning with the use of Mig 27 fighter jets. Media Spokesman of the air force Wing commander Janaka Nanayakkara said the attack was centered on an operational center of terrorists located three kms South west of the Periyamadu lake. The air force also attacked four LTTE targets yesterday, which included three artillery centers and a sea Tiger camp. It has been confirmed that these centers were destroyed in the attacks.

The motion to extend state of emergency passed

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The motion to extend the state of emergency by one month was passed in parliament this evening by a majority of 87 votes. 106 votes were cast in favor of the motion, while 19 votes opposed it. The JVP voted for the motion together with the government. The TNA and the Western Peoples’ Front rejected the motion and the UNP abstain from voting.

Major challenge facing the country is to forcefully confront terrorism

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake reiterates that the major challenge facing the country is to forcefully confront terrorism and to defeat it. The Prime Minister made these remarks in Parliament this morning presenting the motion to extend the State of
Emergency by a further month. Mr. Wickremanayake has also appreciated the assistance given by the three armed forces, police and the general public to eradicate terrorism. The vigilance of the masses has prevented many catastrophes.

US Committed to Bring Relief to Burma

Daya Gamage – Asian Tribune

The United States is committed to bringing relief assistance to the victims of Cyclone Nargis, and to work with ASEAN countries, the United Nations, and non-governmental organizations to do so, a statement issued by White House press secretary states. The statement further reads “to date, the United States has provided more than $26 million in humanitarian assistance to the people of Burma, and the United States Agency for International Development and the Department of Defense, as part of the ongoing airlift, have completed a total of 106 airlifts of emergency relief commodities that will benefit at least 417,000 people.”

Sri Lanka- European Commission Joint Commission will provide forum for effective dialogue

Ravinatha Aryasinha with Jose Manuel BarrosoPresident of the European Commission (EC), Jose Manuel Barroso has expressed hope that the forthcoming to be held in Colombo from 9-11 June 2008 would provide a forum for a meaningful dialogue. President Barroso made this observation when he received the credentials of Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to the European Union Ravinatha Aryasinha at the Commission headquarters in Brussels on 29 May 2008. Ambassador Aryasinha said the Sri Lanka-EU relationship was being further strengthened following the process which commenced with the Sri Lanka- EU Troika meeting held in March 2008, and that it was important to maintain this momentum, through sustained contact as partners, who showed mutual respect for each other.

Sri Lanka and Brazil strengthen cooperation and trade

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka and Brazil have taken several decisions resulting in the strengthening of cooperation and trade. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has broached the idea to Brazilian President Lula da Silva to have greater cooperation and assistance from Brazil in order to develop the cultivation and farming sector of the country. Accordingly, the Brazilian President requested the relevant authorities to organize visits in this regard.

Police arrests main suspect of Wellawatta bomb

From Sunil C. Perera

The main suspect J. Balasubramaniam wanted in connection with the rail track blast at Dehiwala yesterday was arrested early this morning. Another suspect has been arrested in connection to the blast occurred on the railway line between Dehiwala and Wellawatte yesterday.

Visiting EU Official plans to help Sri Lanka

Visiting EU-China Friendship Group Secretary General Lin Gai said he will promote Sri Lanka as a destination in China and speaking to media in Colombo Mr.Gai said the friendship group wants to promote relationship in various sectors. Replying to the media he said the Government of Sri Lanka must educate overseas people on Sri Lanka to obtain more tourist arrivals, investments and other opportunities. Mr.Lin Gai said he made his first visit to Sri Lanka and explained his Sri Lankan experience and said Sri Lanka has ideal investment opportunities.

Reputation of NSW Crime Commission has been damaged by drug trafficking charges

Sumane Liyanaarachchi - Sydney

The reputation of the NSW Crime Commission, one of the most powerful crime fighting bodies in Australia, has been rocked by the charging of one of its most senior investigator Mark Standden. Assistant Director of investigations, Mark Standen, was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) at his Sydney office on Monday following a two-year investigation on drug trafficking. On Tuesday he was charged in the courts with conspiracy to import a commercial quantity of a border controlled precursor, conspiracy to supply a large commercial quantity of a prohibited drug and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

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