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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1497


Keith Noyar, Deputy Editor missing

By Ruwan Weerakoon

Reports reveal that Keith Noyar, Deputy Editor of "Nation" suddenly missing from yesterday evening. It is suspected that he might have been abducted. He has left his office around 10.30 pm yesterday, but has not reached home. His vehicle was found close to his house, with head lights on and engine running. The 'Nation' Editor Lalith Alahakoon told to 'Asian Tribune' that he has reported to the Dehiwala Police and also informed Sri Lanka President as well as to the Secretary of Defense about the incident.

On the post conflict developments in Sri Lanka - Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha

The on-going democratic process in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka has been pointed out as a model in the post conflict developments. It has been further pinpointed that the successful clearing of the Eastern Province of LTTE terrorism by the Sri Lankan security forces between August 2006- July 2007 and the subsequent restoration of normalcy in these areas, has paved the way for holding elections, as recommended by the interim proposals of the All Party Representative Committee on 23 January 2008.

President appeals to make the government agriculture drive a success

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse observes that the ‘Api Vavamu Rata Nagamu’ national food production programme is a leading programme of the Mahinda Chinthana pledge to enhance local food production. He said this drive enables the country to successfully overcome the impact of the food crisis experienced globally. The President made these observations at the first meeting of the Presidential Task Force for the national operation 2007-2010 under the Api Vavamu Rata Nagamu programme.

The Selling of Bruce Fein

Respectfully Stephen Long

I have enjoyed articles written by Bruce Fein for several years. They appear with regularity in the Washington Times, and I usually agree with his opinions on most issues - including global warming, the ineptitude of George W. Bush, the hopeless war in Iraq, and others. I've admired and appreciated his frank and honest style, his insider points of view, his astute perceptions, and his complex analyses on a variety of subjects. After all, he is a former Associate Deputy Attorney General for the United States; his credibility is based on a record of sound public service.

At the Cannes Film Festival: British journalist recalls the making of ‘Third Wave’ when Tsunami struck Sri Lanka

By Walter Jayawardhana

London’s Metro newspaper was one, which was vigorously involved in helping the tsunami victims in Sri Lanka’s Boxing Day disaster in 2005. The relatively new mass circulated newspaper is different from many other traditional one’s like the Murdoch owned 'Times.' With a circulation of 1.3 million it is being freely distributed at London’s underground railway stations where millions of office and blue-collar workers flock to commute to work. Thanks to newspapers like the 'Metro', a give away tradition copied from Germany, millions of Londoners who are fast giving up newspapers largely due to the invading Internet and aided by television, still read news in the morning. The newspaper is sustained by advertisements.

Government is ready to face the global oil crisis successfully - Sri Lanka President

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

President Mahinda Rajapakse says the government is ready to face the global oil crisis successfully under a new programme. Price of a crude oil barrel has surpassed the 130 dollar mark in the world market. This has become a crisis face by almost every country of the world. However, the president notes comparing to other countries of the region the oil prices in Sri Lanka are still at a lower level.

The Sangha’s Relief Project : Emergency aid from the People of Sri Lanka -to the People of Myanmar.

Sri Lanka Tourism with the intervention of Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism got into action to organize a relief consignment to Myanmar cyclone affected countrymen as a gesture of goodwill. Cultural and Buddhist religious relations between Sri Lanka and Myanmar date back to several centuries in the history. The relief project initiated by the Ministry of Tourism was actively supported by the High Buddhist Priests, Catholic Church and several statutory bodies and Companies.

Manoj Gunawardene, the new CEO, SriLankan Airlines

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators sends greetings to. Manoj Gunewardene who has taken up duties as the CEO of SriLankan Airlines. The Association is acutely aware of the weightage and support extended by Gunewardene to the Tourism and Leisure sector in his previous capacities as Country Manager U.K. where he actively supported and facilitated the U.K. Outbound operators to channel tourism traffic to Sri Lanka and the generous allocation of Sri Lankan Airline’s resources for the development of Sri Lankan tourism as the Regional Manager for Europe and the Americas.

Land dispute inquiry ends up with rape by the police officer

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A police officer from the Hakmana Police Station has gone into a residence to inquire into a complaint of a land dispute and is alleged to have overpowered and raped, the occupant lady of the residence. On March 9, 2008, at about 11:30am, a police officer attached to the Hakmana Police Station has visited the victim’s residence to inquire about the complaint she had made earlier regarding a land dispute with her neighbors.

Two TMVP cadres shot dead

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Two TMVP cadres including an area commander were shot dead around 11.15 am this morning at the Kathankudi bus stand. One of them was identified as Shanthan, a top official of the outfit and the other is identified as Tharsan. According to a police report the two paramilitary cadres were shot and killed while they were riding in a motorcycle. Yesterday night, there was a clash reported between the TMVP cadres and the EPDP cadres. In the clash 4 EPDP cadres were reported to have sustained injuries. This attack has taken place inside the compound of the Kathankudi Pentecost Church compound.

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