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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1689


UPA has no leadership to take decision: MC Konyak

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

State Minister for Forest and Environment MC Konyak described as "threatening" the country’s inflation rate touching a 13-year high of 11.05. "This does not augur well for the nation and it is threatening the economy of the nation," he told AT here at his official chamber today. The Minister quoted the National BJP Executive’s recent resolution as saying that the UPA government had rather benefitted from the rise in the internal crude oil prices through more tax collections.

Ceylon Glass handy with Superbrand status

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ceyon Glass Company (CGC) is awarded Business Superbrand status by Superbrands Lanka. Superbrands programme operates in over 55 countries and acknowledges a variety of categories of brands. The latest programme being rolled out in Sri Lanka, recognizes those products and services which are directly marketed to other businesses through Business Superbrand. CGC encompasses the entire local market demand while a negligible percentage of glasses are imported into Sri Lanka.

24 dead bodies of LTTE recovered in Chiradikulam

Sri Lanka armed forces recovered 24 LTTE dead bodies this morning in a search and clearing operation conducted at Chiradikulam, located in the North of Vavuniya. According to Sri Lanka Army sources, "Fierce pitched battles erupted Thursday (26) evening around 6.30 p.m. when the troops were making headway towards the north amidst resistance of the enemy. Unable to meet the challenge, Tiger terrorists who were apparently running in panic had gone on firing towards the troops indiscriminately but the troops sustained no injuries except for negligible bruises."

CIA Applies Interrogation Methods on Terrorists when other Techniques don’t work

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune – News Analysis

"CIA’s terrorist interrogation program, lawful and effective, was born of necessity. As President Bush told the nation in September 2006, the Agency (CIA) applied its methods of questioning when other techniques did not work and when a captured terrorist 'had more information that could save innocent lives.' Unlike traditional law enforcement, the CIA’s chief objective in interrogations is not forensics on past events, but actionable, forward-looking intelligence." The 'Asian Tribune' quotes the above paragraph from a message sent by CIA Director Michael Hayden on February 13 this year to CIA employees.

India Slipping Into Election Mode with Cong-Left Unable to Resolve the N-Tangle

By M Rama Rao, Indian Editor, Asian Tribune

No longer there is a question mark over the poll date. For eleven months, the political pundits have been crystal gazing. Now after the stormy Wednesday (June 25) meeting of the UPA-Left alliance, it can be said their split is on course. The Congress would like to be the first to announce the break. So is the Left. Another round of absorbing fare of ‘Reality Show’ to the nation as great relief from the Saas-Bahu saga of Veerani family (Star TV) and the Great India Laughter show.

Catholic Community in Bethlehem, condemn LTTE for making use of venerated statute of Lady of Mdhu as shield

Making use of the venerated statute of Lady of Mdhu as a shield by the terrorists group, called LTTE in Sri Lanka has been condemned by the Catholic Community in Bethlehem- Palestine. They have appealed to the leaders of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka to persuade LTTE to return the statue to its original shrine so that it would be accessible to the devotees who belong to all religions in the island. The Catholic Community in Bethlehem- Palestine, the birth place of Jesus Christ has expressed their deep concern over shifting of the highly venerated statue of our Lady of Madhu to an area 70 kilometres inside the jungle not accessible to the devotee.

National Freedom Front invites JVP parliamentarians

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

National Freedom Front, newly setup political party of Wimal Weerawansa could attract more JVP parliamentarians. Anjan Umma MP is the new member who obtained her membership in the party today morning at the NFF headquarters, Pelawatta. Wimal Weerawansa General Secretary of the NFF said he invites all JVP parliamentarians to join with the NFF to make a good political culture.

Ambassador Nakandala is the new Deputy High Commissioner to London

Amralal Sumith Nakandala, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal has been appointed as Deputy High Commissioner to Britain. He will be replacing Sudantha Ganegamaarachchi, the present Deputy High Commissioner whose terms already expired and on extension till the end of July this year. Ambassador Nakandala, a career diplomat and he was the Deputy High Commissioner of Chennai, India from November 2001 until early part of 2006. While he was in Chennai, though holding the Deputy High Commissioners position, he was elevated to the rank of an Ambassador. A hard working diplomat and left his indelible mark in Chennai when he left for Nepal

SLT conducts valuable training programmes

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has launched two training programmes in the first series of course in the Systems Administrator and Systems Engineer Tracks for Windows Server 2003 and serves a an entry point for other Course in the Windows Server 2003 curriculum. The first training curse is on Managing and Maintaining Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment and the other on Oracle Database 10g (SQL). Windows 2003 Server Course is held on five Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. Oracle 10G course is on Wednesdays and Fridays and also starts at 9 and ends at 5 pm for five days. These training programmes are conducted in the SLT training centre at Mahabage Ragama.

Former Chief Ministers will contest on UPFA ticket in the forthcoming PC election as CM candidates

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

Former Chief Ministers Berty Premalal Dissanayake and Mahipala Herath will be nominated by the UPFA as its chief minister candidates of the North-Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces on behalf of the United People’s Freedom Alliance. This was disclosed by the Nomination Board of the UPFA which is selecting candidates for the Provincial Council elections.

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