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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

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Too Young To Run So Far!

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

During the middle of last month (April) a four-year-old boy named Budhia Singh ran from Puri to Bhubaneswar, a distance of 65 kilometres, in a little over seven hours and, as reports go, entered the Limca Book of Records. Both the written and visual media in India went ga-ga over the performance. Nobody mentioned whether the boy, who is from a very poor family, received any money for the performance. It is also not known whether his coach, a martial law expert, was honoured for the boy’s feat.

UN briefing on Burma violence - global protests

Responding to current reports of escalating violence by the Burmese (Myanmar) ruling military junta against thousands of ethnic minority Kayin (Karen) villagers, The Burma UN Service Office and global humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) will present a briefing Tuesday May 16 at the United Nations.

Sri Lanka: UNDP empower tsunami affected communities in Hambantota

The United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] will formally hand over material and financial assistance worth Rs.7.5 Million, to 62 selected Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Hambantota District today.

Britain: Sunday Times “Rich List” celebrates unprecedented wealth accumulation

The publication of this year’s annual Sunday Times “Rich List” records the enormous enrichment of a tiny layer at the very apex of British society. The rich are now so much wealthier than ever before that the Time raised the threshold for entry to the list by a further £10 million since 2005, to a record £60 million.

Special probe ordered over Kayts killings

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A special police investigation has been ordered into the killing of eight civilians, the members of an extended family in Kayts, Jaffna Saturday night. A special investigation is underway to get the correct picture of the whole incident. We will bring the killers to justice,” a senior Defence Ministry official told the Asian Tribune. The Navy, which controls the islands, has denied the involvement, despite allegations by local civilians of a possible Navy involvement.

Did Bangladeshis Miscalculate in Preventing Journalist’s US Appearance?

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

One has to feel sorry for Bangladesh’s leaders these days. Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and her Ministers have set an ambitious agenda for themselves. They have made strides in press freedom, women’s status, minority rights, and judicial reforms; and know that they have to continue progress in those areas. Corruption remains a problem for their country, which they must root out. And the Prime Minister and others have gone out of their way to mend previously fractured relationships with some of Bangladesh’s neighbors.

Periodic comet Schawassmann- Wachmann 3 could be observed in the early morning skies - SL Scientist

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Principal Research Scientist on Space Applications of the Arthur C. Clerk Institute Dr. Chandana Jayaratne says the periodic comet Schawassmann- Wachmann 3 could be observed in the early morning skies from 14 to 17th of this month. The position of the two fragmented comet is 30 degrees towards the north.

Bangladesh economy growing fast in spite of graft

Amidst the deepening gloom, mostly the outcome of the confrontational politics and petty political interests, there have been glimmers of hope as well in the horizon. While the gloom has been magnified by a highly prejudiced media, the hopes have been overlooked. Unless the politicians learn to subordinate petty self-interest to that of the country's, they will continue to be a drag on the citizens. A 6.5 per cent GDP growth rate in the current FY as prognosticated by ADB should cheer up the nation. The growth, one of the biggest in recent memory, has been recorded in spite of the steep hike in the prices of fuels, confrontational politics and frequent power outages.

Accelerated Employment Services concentrates on jobseekers in the Tsunami affected areas

By Quintus Perera

The Accelerated Employment Services (AES) programme is a Tsunami response programme to accelerate the delivery of integrated labour market services in the areas of employment promotion, short term training and incentives to employers for creating employment opportunities.

Analysis of Khaleda Zia’s Kuwait tour

Kuwait has lifted their 3-year-old restriction from recruiting Bangladeshi workers as well agreed to supply oil on ‘deferred payment’ at ‘favorable prices’ to cushion the country’s fuel budget against crunch in the wake of price spirals on the international market. The assurance came from the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, during official talks with the Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, in Kuwait. With the withdrawal of the embargo from recruiting, not only workers but also semi-skilled and highly skilled professionals like doctors, nurses and engineers could get jobs in that country. At present some 250,000 Bangladeshis are working in Kuwait.

India and Myanmar encroaching on Bangladesh’s maritime boundary

Bangladesh has been preparing its grounds for justifying its claim over the un-delineated maritime boundary, into which neighboring India and Myanmar have reportedly encroached and started initial preparations for hydrocarbon exploration, according to officials at the foreign ministry.Despite India and Myanmar’s ‘encroachment’ into Bangladesh’s territorial waters, Dhaka has opted for going for the third round bidding for hydrocarbon exploration in deep water in its claimed 200 nautical miles of territorial water in the Bay of Bengal.