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World Bank terms Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh a 'joke'

top official of the World Bank termed the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh a ‘joke’ and urged the government to make the institution effective in the combat against corruption. ‘The commission has become a joke and I have said that to the Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, and urged her to undertake efforts to make the commission effective and functional,’ Praful Patel, Vice-President of the multilateral lending agency, said at a news briefing at a hotel in the capital city.

China pledges enhance defence cooperation with Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan has said that the Chinese armed forces are ready to further deepen cooperation with Pakistan. Cao, also vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and state councilor, made the remarks during a meeting with Pakistan Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Afzal Tahir, says a press release by the Inter Services Public Relations here.

LTTE's silent treatment irks Muslim Peace Secretariat

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

Colombo, 18 May, (Asiantribune.com): Despite constant reminders, the LTTE continued to give a deaf ear to the Muslim Peace Secretariat (MPS) request for meeting. MPS Director General Javid Yusuf told the Asian Tribune that it has been more than four months since his Secretariat wrote to the LTTE Peace Secretariat seeking an appointment for a meeting, but the LTTE organization has so far failed to reply even positively or negatively to their request.

Pakistan's heatwave kills over 140

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least five more people died and more several fainted in the past 24 hours in Pakistan as the mercury touched 49 degree Celsius raising the death toll from heat strokes to over 140 in Punjab province. Temperature levels in the country in May were four to five degrees Celsius higher as compared to average temperatures, according to director general of the Meteorological Department Qamar Zaman.

Sri Lanka’s failed global propaganda to combat Tamil Tigers reflected in The New York Times report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Asian Tribune, in these columns, recently carried Sri Lanka ambassador in the United States Bernard Goonetilleke’s comments at his luncheon-meeting with Washington Times that Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tiger (LTTE) propaganda machine is “well oiled” and that the Tigers frequently use the term “genocide” to tarnish the image of his country. He expressed his utter frustration, to the editors of the Washington Times, over the Tiger-biased media coverage of the Sri Lankan political situation.

Burma's thirst for free media

The year 2006 began on a sad note for the media in Burma. Major Wunna, who writes under the pseudonym "Mar Jay", lost his job. His senior position in the Air Force offered him no protection since the Junta did not like his satirical articles in Yangon Times, a weekly. Wunna uses satire to devastating effect to make fun of the relocation of the capital to Pyinmana.

Sri Lanka: Elections secretariat insist voters carry identity card or certified photograph

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

The Elections Secretariat has announced that it is essential for all voters to carry their National Identity Card or a Photograph certified by the Grama Sevaka officer or any other government officer when going to polling booths to cast their vote on Saturday, where voting will take place for 20 local authorities.

UN human rights experts deplored Myanmar for counter-insurgency operations targeting civilians

UN human rights experts in a joint statement has called on the Government of Myanmar to stop immediately counter-insurgency military operations targeting civilians in Northern Karen and Eastern Pegu areas, which have led to the forcible eviction and displacement of thousands of ethnic minority villagers. In a hard-hitting statement, human rights experts deplored the violence against unarmed civilians by the Myanmar military and call for action to ensure no further excessive use of force is employed against persons belonging to any community in Myanmar.

Sri Lanka to grow more exotic flower varieties for export

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka's Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, plans to end the landless problem and assist the Anthurium and other exotic flower growers with land facilities to grow more flowers. Under his plans, the Minster has instructed to formulate joint ventures between land owners and flower growers to grow more flowers, which may be the main foreign income earner in future Sri Lanka.

Massive bad debt highlights China’s financial instability

China’s financial system continues to be burdened by a mountain of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the state banking system, despite government promises to take action to reduce it. In its annual report on global debt released on May 3, the accounting firm Ernst & Young highlighted the dangers of China’s bad debt, estimated at a staggering $US911 billion.


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