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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Political leadership to Sri Lanka’s response to HIV launched

The Government yesterday initiated a national dialogue on HIV/AIDS, with the goal of letting all Sri Lankans know that the best way to protect themselves from the effects of the disease is to shed their inhibitions and begin to talk openly about this important subject.

Massive protests in Sri Lanka: JVP forced adjourment of Parliament

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The opposition law makers prevented the government from tabling the joint mechanism with Tamil rebels in the parliament this morning. As there was a commotion in the House, which could not be controlled, the Speaker W.M.J. Lokkubandara adjourned the parliament until July 5.

Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya threatens “No Confidence Motion And Impeachment of the President “

By Mallika Wanigasundara

At a highly crowded meeting held at Nugegoda on June 23rd 2005 by the Jathika Sangha Sammelanaya, the Jathika Hela Urumaya threatened that it would launch a No confidence motion against the government and take steps to impeach President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge if she signed the Joint Mechanism with the LTTE.

Clinton Optimistic Shared Tsunami Reconstruction Will Bring Peaceful Resolution in Sri Lanka Conflict

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

The former United States President Bill Clinton, assessing how South Asian region nations could be lifted from the tsunami disaster in an Op-Ed article written in New York Times, questioned whether the disaster will usher in a new chapter in the peace process in Sri Lanka and Aceh Province in Indonesia, thereby making it easier for aid to be distributed and reconstruction to take place wherever it’s needed.

Most U.S. Tsunami Assistance go to Sri Lanka and Indonesia

Daya Gamage – US Correspondent to Asian Tribune

A major chunk of the $ 901 million in additional funds the United States has appropriated for the tsunami reconstruction and rehabilitation in the Asian region will go for four programs in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, the two countries that were hit hardest by the disaster, it was revealed in Washington yesterday (23) by two top officials in charge of America’s overseas economic assistance and development.

UPFA government has no moral right to govern the country - Sirisena Cooray

Sunil C. Perera - in Colombo

Former UNP Minister and a veteran politician B.Sirisena Cooray said that the present government has no moral right to continue in government.

Government - opposition preparing for battle over P-TOMS

Sri Lanka's Parliament exploded in fury when the opposition MPs announced that the government had already signed the controversial P-TOMS –- a joint mechanism to distribute aid jointly with the LTTE to tsunami victims.

Pak considers Thailand as hub of ASEAN

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that his country considers Thailand as a hub of ASEAN and would like to increase trade with Bangkok.

JVP’s conditional support at the second rung administration

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which left the government alliance last week, however agreed to prop up the ruling alliance in the Western Provincial Council on conditional support. The JVP group in the Council will support the administration headed by the new chief minister Nandana Mendis who was proposed by the People's Alliance.

Withholding 15 trucks laden with timbers by Nagaland Forestry likely to invite "Contempt of Court" charges.

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Withholding of the 15 trucks loaded with imported Myanmar timbers even after 6 days of detaining by the DFO, Kohima here at by-pass check gate is likely to invite a serious "Contempt of Court" charge as imported timbers which came from Moreh have reportedly all the necessary valid documents and legal papers from the Gauhati High Court, Imphal Bench and Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ukhrul.

DPKR agrees to return to six party talks on July

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

The Democratic People's
Republic of Korea(DPKR) leader Kim Jong-ii has agreed
to return to fourth rounds six party nuclear talks in
July if the United states showed them respect.

Controversial PTOMS signed

Despite mounting opposition, the Controversial Post Tsunami Operational Management Structure - the aid sharing legal instrument, has been signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam today in Colombo, as well as in Kilinochchi, respectively, in a low-keyed ceremony under the auspicious of the Norwegian facilitators.