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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1889

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Sri Lanka Government to open up A-32 Road

Keheliya RambukwellaOne of the main objectives of the present liberation operation in the North is to find an alternate land route for the people of the Jaffna Peninsula to travel down to the South and other parts of the country. Government spokesman expressed optimism that the LTTE controlled Pooneryn in Kilinochchi district is expected to fall soon and A 32 Road will be opened up for the people of the Jaffna peninsula to travel up and down to the country’s South

CIMA on Islamic Finance and Banking

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In recognition of this global trend, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) now offers a certificate course in Islamic Finance and CIMA Sri Lanka Division, as part of its Management Update initiative, has invited Faizal Salieh, Managing Director/CEO of Amana Investments, to make a presentation on ‘Islamic Finance & Banking: The First Principles’ for the benefit of its members on 14 August.

Pakistan: Grim internal and external situation

Brig ® Asif Haroon Raja

During his maiden visit to Washington, Bush expressed his concern over unproven ISI linkage with the Taliban and pressed PM Gilani to control it. The visitor didn’t have the guts to shoot back that that he had ample proofs of CIA’s linkage with RAW and RAM, both engaged in carrying out sabotage and subversion against Pakistan from Afghanistan soil since 2003. He could not muster courage to tell him that CIA was actively involved in the unholy game to destabilise Pakistan. He did not deem it necessary to point out that US media was traditionally anti-Pakistan and has made it a habit to paint Pakistan in black. On the day Bush was assuring Gilani that Pakistan’s sovereignty would be respected, a US drone attack in Fata had taken place.

'Human Rights' tourism a global witch hunt

By Janaka Perera in Colombo

Third World's new scourge, 'Benevolent' Foreign Intervention, was the subject of a seminar organized by the Board of Management of Global Sri Lankans under the theme, "International Witch Hunt" at the BMICH, Colombo. Participants expressed the possibility that this year may prove to be the fateful Year of Foreign Intervention since ominous portents of feared intrusions are appearing on the radar screen, according to the 'Global Sri Lankans.' They stressed the need for Sri Lanka to act in her own interest and the interest of her own people to win the so-called un-winnable war, since the LTTE has extended itself beyond the frontiers of returning to democracy and the Rule of Law.

Chinese President Hu Jintao declares open Beijing Olympic Games

President Hu JintaoChinese President Hu Jintao declared open the 29th summer Olympic Games of Beijing in the National Stadium in north Beijing on Friday night. Thundering cheers rocked the full-packed stadium, while splendid fireworks lit up the city skyline. The exciting announcement came after a nearly-one-hour art performance highlighting China's 5,000-year civilization and modern achievements, and a 2.5-hour march-in of more than 10,000 athletes from 204 countries and regions.

Sri Lanka President held bilateral talks with Chinese leaders

Mahinda with Hu JintaoSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa held bilateral talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the Great Hall, in Bejing. President Rajapaksa who is in China to attend the 2008 Olympic Games, congratulated the Government of China for hosting the Beijing Olympic Games when he met the Chinese President on Thursday. He said that hosting this year's Olympics in China has brought honor to all of Asia.

Binding Treaty Eludes Small Arms Trade

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

The international community, which successfully negotiated treaties outlawing anti-personnel landmines and cluster bombs, has made little headway in drafting a U.N. convention to control the proliferation of illicit small arms. "Unfortunately, the world community is still far away from this goal," says Natalie J. Goldring, a senior fellow with the Centre for Peace and Security Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Nonconformity of the LTTE to lay down arms, the cause for the misery of the people in Vanni - Minister Dr. Keheliya Rembukwella

Sri Lanka Government spokesperson on National Security alleges that the misery the people in Vanni experiencing at present is due to the nonconformity of the LTTE to lay down their arms and come forward for talks with the Sri Lanka Government. He responded to a statement released by the Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam which alleged that Mullaitivu Government Agent and the wife of the Chief Doctor of the hospital were few of the injured in the midnight shelling by the Sri Lanka Army.

Annual Madhu Feast Cancelled - Mannar Bishop Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph

Our Lady of MadhuThe annual feast at of Our Lady of Madhu scheduled to be celebrated on August 15, has been canceled. This was disclosed yesterday by Mannar Bishop Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph in a statement. He added, the statue of Our Lady of Madhu will be taken to the Madhu Church and enthroned after a penitential and purification service and any feast would be celebrated after that. The Bishop said the church staff took charge of Madhu only last Wednesday (06 of August), after a four-month long absence and would require time for the return of normalcy.

20th Anniversary of 8.8.88 – Two decades of ASEAN failing the people of Burma

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) in solidarity with the people of Myanmar / Burma reminded all ASEAN leaders that the bloody events of the 1988 uprising in Burma has yet to be addressed by ASEAN till this day. ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus in a statement said, "ASEAN has further ignored the plight of the Burmese people who again in 2007, demonstrated against the injustices perpetrated against them.

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