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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2837


Sri Lanka’s Minister urges Japanese investors to reap the benefits of FTA’s with India and Pakistan by investing in Sri Lank

Sunil C. Perera reporting from Colombo

Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Rohitha Bogollagama invited the Japanese investor community to invest in Sri Lanka and reap the benefits under the FTA’S Sri Lanka has entered in to with India and Pakistan.

Murder of 12 Sinhalese in the East incites fresh fears in the minds of vulnerable Muslims

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The killing of 12 Sinhalese civilians in the East has incited fresh fears in the minds of Muslim civilians in Muttur who have been asked to leave their villages, in what appeared to be yet another round of ethnic cleansing instigated by the LTTE.

ETI – Leasing Comes to Kurunegala

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

ETI Leasing has opened its latest branch at No.199/1, Colombo road, Kurunegala recently, to cater to the needs of the important agricultural community in the area. The opening ceremony was attended by the Directors of the groups with Mrs Soma Edirisinghe appearing as the chief Guest along with Mr Nalaka Edirisinghe.

Crocodile tears for Buddhism

A writer calling himself "Janaka Perera" has written to the “Asian Tribune” in response to my articles about elephants, in the “Asian Tribune “and the “Daily News.” About the Buddha Jayanti year I wish to comment at a later date. Elephants used in religious festivals are not a sudden concern. People have been criticizing this cruel deed for a long time and I myself tried to convey this message in some of my earlier writings. Mr "Janaka Perera", if he considers himself a true Buddhist, should not get so worked up as to assume so many other issues. Just because I was talking about elephants in this article, how could he claim that I have no concern about the slaughter of animals or caging of birds and animals, or about the meat industry? Should we not try to take all these issues one at a time?

An open letter to George Bush by Iran President

In a letter to US President George Bush President of Iran Prof. Dr. Mahmud Ahmadinejad's has said that young people, university students and ordinary people have many questions about the phenomenon of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with some of them. “Throughout history many countries have been occupied, but I think the establishment of a new country with a new people, is a new phenomenon that is exclusive to our times,” he adds. He further wrote, “Students are saying that sixty years ago such a country did no exist. The show old documents and globes and say try as we have, we have not been able to find a country named Israel.”

President met Jaffna , Mannr Bishops: Solicited cooperation to stamp out escalating violence

By Our Colombo Correspondent

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Catholic bishops from Jaffna and Mannar to discuss the escalating violence against civilians and urged the bishops to encourage the local public to build a rapport with local law enforcement officials. "The President condemned the attacks on civilians on all ethnic groups. He requested the local bishops to encourage people to seek help from police and security forces when their basic rights were violated," said a Presidential aide at the Presidents Office.

Sri Lanka Government to tighten policy on wheat flour importation

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

Government in its efforts to encourage the local paddy farmers while discouraging the heavy consumption of wheat flour is looking at the possibilities in revising the tax structure on wheat flour and wheat grain imports. Ministry of Finance and Planning Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara yesterday disclosed this meeting the District Secretaries discussing the progress made on the imprest releases for paddy purchases this year.

Sri Lanka's Muslim Council demand Co-Chairs influence to end latest LTTE triggered ethnic cleansing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL), a network comprising some 75 of the largest and most influential National Organizations of Muslims in the country, has called on the Co-chairs to exercise their powers and influence in putting an end to any LTTE action which would jeopardize the security of the thousands of Muslims living peacefully in the Eastern province of Sri Lanka.

Oil Boom Threatens to Trigger Arms Spree

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The unprecedented rise in oil prices -- from an average of 22 to 28 dollars per barrel in early 2005 to over 70 dollars last week -- is expected to trigger an increase in arms purchases by some of the world's leading oil-producing nations, including Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). If history has a way of repeating itself, a significant portion of the growing petrodollars will spill over into the coffers of the world's five leading arms merchants: the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia.

Another white elephant

By Daya Dissanayake

Elephants are in the news, again. At least it would keep humans from forgetting the sad plight of the elephants around the world. There is a saying in Lanka that the tail of a dog could never be straightened. The tail of the Lankan dog had remained curved for the past 2000 years. So is the mind and character of the elephant owners and users. They will not change. Our elephants have also been tortured for the past 2000 years or more. And it had been the same story in India too. Even king Asoka, with all his good deeds after he became Dharmasoka, would have used elephants for parading, for processions and even for hard labour.

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