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Unemployed Graduates in Sri Lanka: Why are they there and what can be done to address their Grievances?

Dr. Siri Gamage, University of New England, Australia

Several thousand unemployed graduates from Sri Lanka's universities protested in the capital Colombo recently. As they were obstructing a main road the police obtained permission from the courts to disperse the gathered crowd of undergraduates resulting in tear gas use. The Hon. Minister of Higher education was reported as saying that one reason that these unemployed graduates cannot find employment is their lack of English language knowledge. It was also reported that these poor cousins of Sri Lanka's higher education system were seeking a meeting with the President to discuss their grievances

Rambukwella goes to Saudi

Sri Lanka's ex-president fights back her residential eviction

Sri Lanka's ex-President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga today began fighting back to reclaim some of her post presidential entitlements removed by the Presidential Secretariat. Kumaratunga today filed a petition for a writ order against Sri Lanka's Presidnetial Secretary 'to quash the decision to remove her ex-presidential entitlements.' The government on September 20 had decided to withdraw 'some of the facilities given to her in her present capacity as former President.

Avoiding an ironic situation of malnutrition in Sri Lanka

By Oscar E V Fernando

Poverty causes hunger that is defined as an uneasy sensation leading to an exhausted condition due to want of food and water; hunger leads to malnutrition causing mental retardation, stunting of children and deaths; a recent report indicated that malnutrition is the cause for about 24000 deaths per day, out of which about 18000 are children-certainly a gruesome situation! The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) contends that with sufficient food to go around and availability of the means to produce it, deaths with malnutrition are unwarranted. They also give reasons that could lead to malnutrition.

Best Corporate Citizen Awards 2007

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce in its continuing effort to promote CSR within the business community while striving to achieve the millennium development goals (MDGs) will host the Ten Best Corporate Citizen Awards for the 4th consecutive time on November 29th, 2007. The Awards honor the Corporate Community for their efforts in promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and evaluates its applicants on five categories before selecting the “Best Corporate Citizen”. Leading up to the grand award, best practices in Community Relations and Society, Employee relations, Customer/ Supplier relations, Economic Performance, and Environment will be rewarded with awards to the top three corporate Awards will also be given to the winners of each stakeholder category and to the top 10 Best Corporate Citizens.

Christians to join Burma vigil in London

The Burmese exiled community is holding a permanent 24-hour vigil in Parliament Square in solidarity with the suffering people of Burma. They have invited Christians to join them in solidarity every Monday from 6-9pm. Muslims, Buddhists, trade unionists and other communities will be joining them on other evenings. Accordingly, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today called on Christians of all denominations to join the Burmese exiled community in a vigil in Parliament Square, London, every Monday evening until December.

State travel promotional activity below expectations

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The World Tourism Day in Bentota which was organized by the Tourism Authorities in conjunction with the Ruhunu Tourism Authority supported by the Travel industry appeared to be a poor show according to some travel sources here, in particular the official ceremony on the 27th September. The whole episode made a tremor in the travel trade as this would have been a major promotional opportunity for the now heavily depleted travel industry in Sri Lanka and according to these sources. These sources, who did not want to be identified, said that in such an event the authorities making use of the opportunity would have made arrangements for as much as foreign delegates to attend.

Hail Musharraf!

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Even with all the preceding drama of protests, suspense over court verdict and uncertainty about the ‘reconciliation’ deal (more like a ‘bargain’ deal) struck on foreign soil with Benazir Bhutto, the presidential poll in Pakistan ended predictably. The opposition, divided as it is, was never in a position to challenge Gen Pervez Musharraf. His re-election looked all the more certain when Washington extended its wholehearted support to him, pretending not to know about the violation of the country’s constitution by their all-time favourite General or the steep drop in his popularity ratings.

Sri Lanka's ex-president awarded government minister's entitlements

Sri Lanka's ex-President Chandrika Kumarathunga was today awarded a Cabinet Minister's entitlements by the courts in Colombo. The courts decision comes as a result of Kumaratunga's fighting back to reclaim some of her post presidential entitlements removed by the Presidential Secretariat a few days ago. Kumaratunga yesterday (Oct 9) filed a petition for a writ order against Sri Lanka's Presidnetial Secretary 'to quash the decision to remove her ex-presidential entitlements. It is in response to this appeal that the courts have awarded this 'relief.'