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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

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Human Rights Hallmark for Bilateral Relations: Says U.S. Annual Report

Daya Gamage – From USA Reporting to Asian Tribune

The United States Department of State, releasing its annual report on its efforts to promote human rights and democracy overseas, reiterated the Bush Administration’s pledge to make human rights the hallmark of its bilateral relations declaring that upholding human rights will be key to assessing relations with other countries.

Swiss assistance for tsunami affected

Switzerland will provide funds for reconstruction and repair of 4000 fully or partially damaged houses in the Trincomalee and Matara districts. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and other Swiss donors such as Swiss Solidarity and the Swiss Red Cross will provide seven million US dollars for the housing repair and reconstruction programme of the Government of Sri Lanka on a participatory basis.

LTTE attacks naval boat injuring a Norwegian truce monitor

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Tamil militants have fired at a naval vessel in which a Norwegian ceasefire monitor was present yesterday off the eastern port of Trincomalee. The Sri Lankan Navy said that Alf Stoelam, a Norwegian member of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) was injured in the firing. However the SLMM spokesperson, while confirming that the naval vessel had come under fire, however denied that the Norwegian monitor was injured.

Indian Marxist conclave begins with a warning note to the government they are supporting from outside

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

The CPI (M) began its 18th party Congress here with a reiteration of resolve to act as sentinels of the people and to push for a viable alternative third front in the Indian politics.

George Fernandes remains in the eye of a storm

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Some controversies refuse to die down. And if they involve aging socialists the controversies have a tendency to hog headlines always. This is the experience of George Fernandes, now in his seventies.

Sri Lanka accuses NGOs of ethnic bias and political agendas

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune Bureau Chief in Colombo

Sri Lanka expressed serious concerns over certain Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) that use the ethnic issue to work towards hidden political agendas. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof Wiswa Warnapala said that some NGOs had developed into an organized network associated with the country's ethnic question and warned that it was a very dangerous trend.

Sri Lanka: Govt to sign deal with Indian company despite Marxist protest

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo.

The finance minister and energy minister told the leading ministers of the Marxist ally, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) the imperative need for restructuring the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) as the treasury is unable to pump in massive funds to sustain the CPC. The JVP is vehemently opposed to the restructuring plan, under which one hundred and twenty (120) filling stations to be released to Bharath Petroleum Company, holding 51% for the corporation.

Railway Controllers strike called off

By Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Railway control officers called off their strike, which was launched Monday night demanding the reinstatement of one of their colleagues, following discussions with Transport Minister Felix Perera on Tuesday.

Chinese Premier in Pakistan

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

Chinese Premier Web Jiabo and his 70 member delegation arrived in
Pakistan yesterday.

BJP accuses Sonia Gandhi of being Super Prime Minister raises her foreign origin.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Bharatiya Janata Party, the right wing main opposition party of India, which is celebrating silver jubilee of its formation with a two-day national executive meeting here in New Delhi, has condemned Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) for what it calls ‘its unbridled minorityism’ and once again raised the issue of Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin describing her as the ‘super Prime Minister’ with no accountability.

LTTE fired at Sri Lanka naval craft.

By Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had attacked a naval craft which was on a routine patrol mission. The incident reported to have occurred between Muttur and Kinniya early Tuesday morning.

BJP begins it silver jubilee with a call to its basics

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has quietly slipped into the silver jubilee mood with the national executive holding a meeting here on Tuesday to grapple with the dilemmas that have come to haunt it.

Restructuring of the energy sectors is not Privatization

Sassanka Samarakkody - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Leader of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), Minister Dinesh Gunawardene, on Tuesday met Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse at the Parliamentary complex in Kotte, to discuss the restructuring of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

China-Pakistan trade reaches record high

Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

Bilateral trade
between China and Pakistan has been on the upward trend since the year 2000 and this is expected to lead to the signing of the free
trade agreement between two countries.

Suspected LTTE gunmen killed a policeman at Kalmunai.

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo

A policeman was killed in Kalmunai early this morning by suspected LTTE gunmen, while he was guarding a store containing goods to be distributed among the tsunami victims.


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