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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 916

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Sri Lanka : Government increases fuel prices

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The fuel prices in Sri Lanka has been increased in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation today increased the fuel prices with effect from midnight. Accordingly, price of petrol has increased by 10 rupees a liter placing it at 127 rupees. The new prices of a auto diesel liter is at 80 rupees. A liter of kerosene oil has increased by two rupees and the new price is 70 rupees.

TRO Organized mega musical show in Paris to fund construction of lunatic asylum was cancelled indefinitely

The TRO organized mega musical concert to collect funds for the construction of a lunatic asylum in Vanni, scheduled to be held in Paris yesterday was cancelled. Prominent South India Tamil cine artist were billed to participate in the music extravaganza planned for yesterday in Paris. "Asian Tribune" learnt many South Indian Tamil cinema artists were not given visas to attend the fund raising events organized by LTTE’s front organizations - White Pigeon in London and by TRO in Paris. However this has to be officially confirmed by the British and French embassies in India.

LTTE White Pigeon mega star event a complete failure in London

By Rangajeeva Rajakaruna

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) front, White Pigeon organized “Mega Star “ event held on 12 January evening, became a heavy disappointment for the organization when only 2000 instead of the expected 10,000 converged to London’s Alexandra Palace where the “Thai Pongal” festival was held. At the last moment organizers were trying to sell high prized tickets for 10 pounds to fill the rows and rows of empty seats that were not very common during the “glorious” days of the LTTE in London.

Ja-ela Bomb Plot: Minister Dassayake’s Killers Targeted a Key Senior Minister in the Government

LTTE did not target Minister D M Dasanayake. Inelegance sources who wish to remain anonymous told "Asian Tribune" that wayside bomb was meant for an important politico, a senior, Minister and a key personality in the Parliament. The alleged plotters as they waited allowed four ministers convey to pass the Tudella-Rukmani Devi junction on the Negombo Road that morning. Their target never turned up. Dissapointed, they decided to trigger the bomb when D M Dassanayake’s convoy passed that point. "Asian Tribune" further learnt that a Tamil person working in the Parliament office, in the payroll of the LTTE when contacted by the plotters told them that he has just received the call from the intended target, the senior minister, that he will not be attending the parliament that day.

U S Elections: Big Winners Emerging with January 19 Primaries: Billionaire Bloomberg Hovering in the Background

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Democratic Party front runners are emerging in the US primary election process. It will either be a woman or a black candidate, Hillary Clinton or Barrack Obama, while the Republicans are still having McCain, Huckabee, Romney, Giuliani and Thompson vying for top honors, according to most polls. Primaries in Nevada and Michigan (19 January) and South Carolina (19 Jan for Republicans, 26 January for Democrats) could reduce the field of candidates to just one or two per party. Meanwhile, New York Mayor, a Republican billionaire Bloomberg entering the fray is being talked of. He will be a logical rallying point if Republicans are divided.

First Asia Business Forum 2008 in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Asian region is becoming the engine of growth and industrial hub of the whole world with such enormously developing markets like India and China and the Western countries would not be able to maintain their economic prosperity without these Asian Markets. This was said by Prof K Kamalgoda, President, Asian Marketing Federation (AMF) at the Press Briefing held last week at Hotel Galadari to announce the “Asia Business Forum 2008” that will be held at Water’s Edge on 26th January.

If apprehended, LTTE Chief Prabaharan would be handed over to India

Sri Lanka Government would willingly hand over Velupillai Prabakaran to India, if he was apprehended and if New Delhi made such a request, said Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse. “If they ask for him, I will send him there... Why not? He has killed so many people. If India wants him, certainly I will send him to India,” the Sri Lankan President said. He said Prabhakaran, who is accused of being behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, would not be granted pardon by India.

Fifth CIMA-Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hallmark of leadership is a combination of ambition, determination and achievements, in addition to talent, skill and experience, said Aruna Fernando, President, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Sri Lanka Division, speaking at the Press Briefing to give details about the CIMA – Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards 2007, last week at Trans Asia Hotel. The CIMA- Janashakthi Pinnacle Awards which was started five years ago, is one of the leading annual business events to celebrate business excellence, leadership, management and teamwork at highest standards and to recognize and reward excellence in professionalism among the cream of Sri Lanka’s business community.

Ned for the role of Norway to continue as negotiator and meet with LTTE - Tokyo Co-Chairs

In a joint statement, Tokyo Co-Chairs (Norway, Japan, US and EU) expressed the need to continue with Norway’s role as peace negotiator and also the concern about the termination of the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement by the Government of Sri Lanka. These concerns have already been expressed in individual statements. They requested the Government of Sri Lanka to provide them access to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Kilinochchi for representatives of the Co-Chairs and the facilitator to continue as negotiators.

Without CFA Negotiated Settlement and Lasting Peace Harder to Achieve in Sri Lanka: U S Ambassador Robert Blake

By Our Political Correspondent

The Sri Lankan government’s decision to terminate the often violated cease fire agreement will make a negotiated settlement and lasting peace harder to achieve stated United States Ambassador Robert Blake at the International seminar on Human Rights held at Hotel Renuka Colombo on January 11, 2008. Ambassador Blake also emphasized the need for a deep respect for human rights in Sri Lanka. He also added that because of our concerns about the escalating conflict and significant human rights problems such as forced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and challenges to media freedom, the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Board of Directors decided in December not to select Sri Lanka as a country eligible for a Millennium Challenge Account compact in fiscal year 2008.

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