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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1829


SAARC Official meeting commenced

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka Bureau

Rohitha BogollagamaSenior Officials of the Foreign Ministries of the SAARC countries attended their official meetings under the Chairmanship of Sri Lanka in Colombo with the tightest security on Sunday. A heavy security blanket was setup by the Sri Lankan security forces and a number of roads were closed due to the meetings. The SAARC officials formed a Steering Committee and Director General of SAARC and South Asian Affairs Mrs. Grace Ashirwatham was appointed to the post of Chairmanship.

Maliban rises from the ashes of near ruination, to compete to be market leader

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The perennial family favorite - Maliban Cream Cracker was relaunhed with a new taste as well as a new look at a media briefing held recently at Trans Asia Hotel, where the Chairman and the Board of Directors of the House of Maliban were present. A G R Samaraweera, Chairman, Maliban said that the Company's key strength right throughout in its long history has been its emphasis on quality. From the insception Maliban has focused on quality which has in turn built trust and loyalty among generations of consumers. He said that this was possible, due to Maliban has always been a brand close to the consumers' heart and today's launch is a further reinforcement of their commitment to giving the consumer a quality, great tasting Cracker which is on par with any international product.

LTTE used notorious Norwegian NGO’s vehicles for military activities

By Walter Jayawardhana

Property belonging to Norwegian People's Aid - One of Norway's biggest non-government organizations which was accused of secretly smuggling is weapons for at least another insurgency in Sudan in the past - is being used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its military activities , Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defense charged. The Defense Ministry said, "heavy earth moving vehicles, four trucks, a tractor, several land cruiser jeeps and a number of motor cycles," belonging to the Norwegian People’s Aid are being used by the LTTE, quoting unnamed sources, believed to be the Army’s intelligence services.

FCCISL commences paying gratitude to forgotten government servants

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Government servants in Sri Lanka are unsung heroes, whose great service to community development and nation building is ignored and forgotten, in many instances. To fill this essential gap, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at the recently held Chamber Competition 2008 took pride in appreciating and felicitating the services of four top senior government servants – Thosapala Hewage, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and aviation; Mahinda Madihaheva, Secretary to the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower; Dr Prathap Ramanujan, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development and Dr R M K Ratnayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services.

High alert in India as 16 blasts in Ahmedabad claim 29 lives and leave over 100 injured

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

A day after Bangalore was hit by nine low intensity bombs that claimed two lives, Gujarat's commercial capital Ahmedabad was traumatized by as many as 16 blasts caused mostly by bombs planted on cycles in busy localities. The casualty figure can go up as a blast took place just outside the trauma centre of Ahmedabad civil hospital as the blast victims were being brought in by ambulances. The death toll is put at 29 by early reports and the injured at over 100. Minutes before the blasts took place, the Gujarat police received a taunting e-mail from a less known group which claims itself as the Indian Mujaheedin. "Stop us if you can", it threw an open challenge and claimed that its intention in Bangalore and Ahmedabad was to cause panic and fight political outfits which are 'opposed' to Islam.

Where O Where Have You Gone, Bruce Fein?

By Stephen Long, Los Angeles

The infamous Washington D. C. mercenary attorney, former US Deputy Attorney General (appointed by Ronald Reagan) Bruce Fein, has disappeared. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since June 23rd after his very successful panhandling expedition in Canada where he raised an untold amount of money for the noble Tamil Eeelam cause. I learned that his former boss at LTTE front organization, Tamils for Justice, Mr. Jayantha Gnanakone, allegedly says “he has been hiding in the hills,” and “his second wife Mattie Fein says he has gone to Africa.”

Sri Lanka ready to conducts 15th SAARC Summit

Asian Tribune – Sri Lanka SL Bureau

Sri Lankan security forces have already setup a tightest security blanket to protect SAARC dignitaries during the forth-coming SAARC Summit. The relevant authorities to achieve positive results have finalized security and other arrangements, said local political analysts. The Police said 12,000 police officers backed by the armed forces and home guards will form one of the largest ever security dragnets and several security measures from searches to surveillance have already gone into place in the city and suburbs with the authorities taking no chances.

Indian PM to expand cabinet to accommodate new allies

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is gearing up to expand his team of ministers with the induction of the new allies Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Samajwadi Party, who had bailed him out on the trust vote on July 22 in Parliament. The exercise may see the axe falling on some Congress ministers. They will be sent to the party office for a new duty tailor made to meet the electoral battle which is due in six-seven months. While no date has as such has been fixed for the new inductions, indications are that the swearing in will take place after Prime Minister Singh returns from Colombo after attending the SAARC summit.

First ever Sri Lankan Gems & Jewellaries exhibition in Iran

Since the visit of Mahinda Rajapakse, President, Socialist Democratic Re-Public of Sri Lanka to the Islamic Re-Public of Iran and his diplomatic meeting with the President of Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmood Ahmadinjad have created a very good diplomatic relationship and trade opportunities between the two countries.

Pro-LTTE Australian MP statements shredded to pieces

The statement recently made in the floor of the Australian Parliament by John Murphy, Parliamentary Secretary of Trade and the Member for Lowe constituency in Australia came into severe criticism. The recent statement he made in the parliament was criticized as one sided, biased and pointed out that he has failed to condemn the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and its leader Velupillai Prabakaran for reneging on their words and continuously recruiting underage children. Ranjith Soysa , Spokesperson of the Melbourne based, Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka Inc (SPUR) in an open letter to John Murphy, Member of Parliament wrote, "As representative of the Australian people it is your bounden duty to speak out and defend the rights of all children to lead peaceful lives with their parents. Your failure to name and shame the Tamil Tiger terrorists, banned by your government under UN Security Council Resolutions can be considered as the callous attitude of a leading member of the Labour Party towards the suffering of the Tamil children."

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