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

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Shyamal Datta

Are all political cross-overs commercially oriented?

By Oscar E V Fernando

This writer had advocated a national government to be the panacea for most of the troubles in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately this has not happened the way it was envisaged; but certainly a start has been made. Let’s hope this start would reach a successful climax that will bring reward to this beleaguered nation. Most of us know that trouble within the major opposition party was brewing when general reforms were suggested for strengthening the party. Why not said the reformists—subsequent to several electoral failures—yes, why not? The reformists told the government to play a straight bat; then they wanted the party to play a straight bat: then they perhaps thought of the next best way out—and so, it has happened.

CSR initiative at HNB ‘Accessible to Everyone’

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

In a mission that recognizes the importance of ensuring that ‘Nobody’ is disadvantaged through man-made constructions, Hatton National Bank, Sri Lanka’s premier private commercial bank, embarked on an ambitious programme that would empathetically make the built environments of its branches cordially welcome and embrace equally, ‘ALL People, with dignity.’ As part of their on going programme of Corporate Social Responsibility and with its policy of creating an enabling environment for everyone, the Hatton National Bank, Wattala Branch modified its built environment with the guidance of Dr. Ajith C. S. Perera, a pioneer campaigner in Sri Lanka on ‘Enabling Environments for Everyone’.

Preliminary meeting for commemoration of 150 anniversary of 1st war of Independence

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

A preliminary meeting for the inaugural function commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of First War of Independence was held yesterday in New Delhi. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports chaired the meeting. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi also attended meeting. According to officials sources, the Government of India has decided to organize a national program at New Delhi on 11th May, 2007 to launch a year long National Celebrations to Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the First War of Independence, 1857; the 75th anniversary of the Martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and the 60th Anniversary of India’s Independence.

SL agricultural growers use high quantity of pesticide –A survey report

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lankan plantations use a large quantity of pesticides on agricultural lands , specially in local tea plantation sector when compared with other Asian countries. A recent survey shows that Sri Lanka uses 0.70 kg of pesticide quantity per hectare, but Indian plantations use around 0.15 kg of pesticide quantity on similar size of land area. Thailand is the second largest pesticide user in this region and Myanmar uses 0 kg of pesticide per hectare. Experts say that the chemical weeding is the most convenient and effective method among various weeds management techniques. They said chemical weeding could minimize soil erosion and root injury and eliminates undue loss of plant nutrients, along with the weeds that are removed from the fields.

Nagaland: It is “Vini, Vidi, Vici” for Governor

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Shyamal DattaThe Nagaland Governor Shyamal Datta who is completing his term as Governor in next few days is one who has really contributed his part for the growth of the State. He was closely involved in the peace process while he was IB Director. He was busy setting things right for smooth discussion of the NSCN-IM and the Government of India. He was present in number of talks between the leaders of the outfit and the representatives of the Government of India held at various parts of the world. Sending him right after his retirement from the IB Chief as Governor of Nagaland by the then NDA Government at the Center was mainly to help expedite the ongoing peace process and see the grounds for strengthening the process and create peaceful environment. And it is no wrong choosing a man who is high profiled and has vast knowledge in the country’s issues and problems to become Governor of Nagaland.

Tissa Attanayake vows disciplinary actions against UNP dissidents who joined Sri Lanka’s ruling party led by Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Walter Jayawardhana

Apparently upset over losing scores of parliamentarians to the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa over the years, General Secretary of the United National Party (UNP) Tissa Attanayaka threatened to take disciplinary action against the party’s latest team who joined the government and accepted the ministerial portfolios. Attanayaka who has been making desperate political moves to avoid UNP leader Ranil Wickremasinge being removed from party leadership despite his fourteen glaring electoral defeats, said the team led by party’s deputy leader Karu Jayasuriya who joined the government with a team of party veterans, in the history’s biggest exodus will be dealt with severely using party discipline.

Shirdi shrine security to be beefed up with Israel help

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Shiridi, India

The shrine of Sai Baba, which attracts up to 365, 00,000 devotees and earns in excess of Rs. 130 crore as offerings by pilgrims year-on- year- will have its security beefed up with the help of Israel, says the Shrine Trust Board chief Jayant Muralidhar Sasane. He said there are plans to offer ‘on-line’ darshan in addition to the ‘on line’ Aarti which is now available for the benefit of Sai devotees worldwide.

Eilat bomb attack left 3 Israelis killed

By Mohammed Mar'i*

The suicide bomb attack on Monday, killed three Israelis and critically wounded two when Mohammad Faisal al- Siksik, 21, from Shaja'iyyah in Gaza blew himself up in a bakery in the southern Israeli resort city of Eilat. "Saraya Al Quds", the military wing of Islamic Jihad, which claimed the attack with another two Palestinian groups, said in a statement that they had engineered the attack in "an attempt to focus Palestinians' attention away from killing each other".