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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

Monthly archive

Pranab Mukherjee

Dr. Palitha Kohona in Sydney on a peace mission

By Sumane Liyanaarachchi, Sydney, Australia

"Killings of innocent people are major part of the campaign of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. My deputy was also gunned down by the LTTE. That was the first time I saw such a horrible killing. We need Australian support for bringing LTTE to the negotiation table. It can be done only by blocking the funding to the LTTE which is channeled through its Tamil Diaspora" Dr Palitha Kohona said. Dr Palitha Kohona, the Special Advisor to the President Mahinda Rajapaksha and the Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) begins his new year with peace mission in Australia.

Indian Minister arriving in Sri Lanka amidst tense security situation

Munza Mustaq – Asian Tribune

Pranab MukherjeeIndia's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon to invite President Mahinda Rajapaksa for the 14th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to be held in New Delhi from April 3-4 this year. Mukherjee is visiting SAARC nations to invite the heads of state or governments for the upcoming Summit of the seven-member regional organization. Afghanistan was accepted as the eighth member of SAARC on November 13, 2005. The visit comes in the midst of a turbulent security situation in the country, with bombs going off at a frequent space in Sri Lanka.

Food items for Jaffna again from Chennai

Sri Lanka Government has decided to purchase food items again in Chennai and bring it directly to Jaffna for distribution. For the second time, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered the purchase of food items again from Chennai and brings it directly to Jaffna.It is learnt that once the unloading of the MV Mercs Ruhuna, which brought 3500 MT of food items from Chennai directly to Jaffna on last Thursday is over by today, then the ship would proceed immediately to Chennai to bring again another shipment.

Breathing killing Asia: over half a million die annually

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Yogyakarta

Air pollution, the silent killer, eradicating thousands around the world, is killing at least half a million in the Asian region alone, with increased trends in urbanization and motor vehicle use being identified as the key culprits for the worsening conditions. Delivering the keynote address at the Better Air Quality 2006 workshop held mid last month in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Michal Krzyzanowski, head of air quality and health at World Health Organization's (WHO) European Centre for Environment and Health, citing a recent WHO assessments disclosed that globally at least 750,000 lives are lost due to air pollution, of which about 500,000 are Asians.

Private Health Services Regulatory Council to streamline Sri Lanka’s private sector medical services

By Vandana Jayasinghe

The private sector health care institutions have been given a period of three months to register with the newly formed Private Health Services Regulatory Council, which was appointed to regulate the sector to provide a better health service to the people. The 14-year-old struggle to implement the Private Medical Institutions Act became reality recently with the support of the Opposition political parties in the Sri Lanka’s Parliament and the Council was formed under this Act, which has more teeth to bring the errant private sector service providers to the book. And there are provisions in the Act to regulate the booming private health services sector, where over 60 percent of the total population depends on.

Tamil youth arrested in Sri Lanka for loitering around a reservoir

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

A 24-year-old Tamil youth was arrested on Sunday afternoon by Maskeliya police on 'suspicion' for loitering and acting in a suspicious manner around the Moussakelle reservoir, a high security zone. During the arrest, the youth had in his possession two national identity cards one indicating him to be a resident of Maskeliya and the other to be a resident of Vavuniya.

Mayfair Bubble-gum rides high with 40 percent market share

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Mayfair Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, a sister company of Eswaran Brothers Exports, floated in 1997 to manufacture bubble-gum under Mayfair trade name as a pioneering joint venture has now captured around 40 percent of the Sri Lankan market share. M F Hassen, Director Mayfair Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, revealed these facts at the occasion of formally receiving the SLS 1265 certification from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution held in Colombo.

Sri Lanka Government introduces tight security measures in the public transport sector

By Vandana Jayasinghe – Asian Tribune

The spate of bomb explosions targeted innocent passengers have resulted in tight checks inside the state and private buses and trains. The passengers and their luggage will be checked closely. The Transport Minister A.H.M. Fowzie held an emergency meeting with the officials of the Ceylon Transport Board, Department of Railway and the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association, yesterday. The two bombs were exploded in packed private buses killing over 21 passengers. The government has already taken measures to tighten the security in state buses and trains and has also taken steps to tight the security in private buses.

Tamil Tiger arms buyer will be extradited to US to be tried for gun running charges to New York

By Walter Jayawardhana

The Indonesian police in Jakarta said that a leading gun runner of the Sri Lankan terrorist group Tamil Tigers will be extradited to the United States in few days on charges that he was allegedly smuggling arms for use in terrorist attacks in New York. The Indonesian police nabbed the fugitive at Soekarno-Hatta international Airport, January 4, when he was about to board a flight to Kulalaumpur , Malaysia the police said.

INGOs and NGOs assistant is sought to prepare post tsunami recovery development projects in Hambantota

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Agricultural Development Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, has decided to meet representatives NGOs, INGOs and Divisional Secretaries of Hambantota District to obtain their views, observations, recommendations and participation in implementation of the Post-tsunami Recovery development programs of the entire district during the year 2007. The government sources said that the Hambantota district is far ahead, when compared with other district in Sri Lanka, related to the Post-tsunami Recovery program of first two years of tsunami.

Sri Lanka: Low trading due to holiday mood

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

HNB Stockbrokers in their weekly review indicates that the trading was cut short this week, due to holidays restricting the number of trading days to 3. Tuesday, the first trading day for 2007, saw some positive movement in the indices, with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) climbing up by 23.2 points and the Milanka Price Index (MPI) rising notable by 48.4 points. However the positive momentum failed to continue with the indices remaining stagnant on Thursday and falling modestly on Friday, leaving the market listless for yet another week. Comparing Week on Week (WoW), the ASPI picked up by 17.2 points to close the week at 2739.6 points, while the MPI rose by a comparatively higher 31.3 points to close at 3743.1 points for the week.

Sri Lanka: UN condemns bus bombings and urges protection of all civilians

Munza Mushtaq – Asian Tribune

The United Nations has condemned the deliberate targeting of civilians and deplores the latest incidents involving two civilian buses which resulted in the deaths of over 20 innocent civilians with dozens maimed and injured. The United Nations calls for the protection of all civilians throughout the island. The situation in Vaharai in the east is grave and demands an urgent response.