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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2994

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India blamed for backing destruction of Bangladesh’s garment sector

By Sunita Paul

Is Bangladesh the target of yet another attack? The attack this time was against its economic power-house - the garment industry - unlike the countrywide bombing campaign in August last year, which was apparently motivated by religious extremism. Last year's attack was directed against the judicial institutions and internal security of the country.

Upholding Animals’ rights insists Argentina film maker

An Argentina film maker writes about his mental agony and pain on seeing animals being tortured in circuses and zoos in the United States of America. In a letter written to the Editor Asian Tribune he pointed out his believe in animal rights and expressed his support to Sri Lanka’s writer Daya Dissanayake’s contentions that Elephants in Sri Lanka should not be ill-treated by the human animals – homo sapiens

Will there be a Palestinian civil war?

There is a major struggle going on that could be described as the biggest internal Palestinian conflict in memory, perhaps in history. The question is whether this conflict will develop into a full-blown civil war. The battle is between Hamas and Fatah, between Islamism and nationalism. It is also a struggle between two groups each wanting the fruits of leadership: power, prestige and money.

Pak-Afghan friendship bus service formally launched

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pak-Afghan friendship bus service was formally launched on Friday with the departure of first bus carrying 22 passengers from Peshawar to Jalalabad. Minister of Transport in the North-West Frontier Province Akhtar Nawaz Khan bid farewell to the passengers traveling from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

LTTE pistol group shot and killed Deputy Director of Irrigation, Batticalao

Navaratnarajah of Deputy Director of Irrigation was killed yesterday afternoon by pistol wielding suspected gunmen of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. He was killed in front of his official quarters near the Kalliyankadu Railway Station, North of Batticaloa, when LTTE pistol fire struck him.

Mahinda met Solheim, pledges Govt commitment to peace

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed the peace process with the visiting Norwegian Peace facilitators and reiterated his government’s desire to resume peace negotiations, now in a standstill as the Tigers refuse to go to Geneva where the two parties were supposed to meet for the second round of talks. International Development Minister Erik Solheim and special envoy Jon Hanssen Bauer met yesterday morning President Rajapaksa accompanied by a top-level government delegation which included Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Secretary of Defence Gothabaya Rajapakse, and Secretary General Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace process, Palitha Kohanna and Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Palihakkara.

US Senate passes Democratic-backed version of anti-immigrant legislation

The Senate voted by 62 to 36 Thursday to approve anti-immigrant legislation based largely on the policies of Senate Democrats, who joined forces with a minority of the Republican caucus to win approval for the legislation. The bill provides billions for a 370-mile-long fence along the US-Mexico border, for hiring new Border Patrol agents, and for new technology that would be used to prevent undocumented workers from obtaining jobs in the US, except as part of an officially sanctioned guest-worker program.

Minister Douglas Devananda exposes LTTE’s chicanery to an international audience in Pakistan

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Sri Lanka’s separatists’ outfit, has created a state of anarchy in the North-East part of the country. Part of this province is under their de-facto administration. Extortion goes on un-abated. Every single activity is subjected to a levy. Those, including Government officials, who refute their orders, are treated mercilessly. Two Divisional Secretaries were gunned down by them recently for non-obeying. The fear psychoses created by their terror tactics have made the Tamil community voiceless. Government officers are forced to allocate a part of the welfare measures to the LTTE.

Burma extends Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest for an unknown period time

The Burmese military junta extended again for an unknown period time the house arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy icon and the leader of the National League for democracy. The 60-year-old Nobel Laureate has spent more than 10 of the last 17 years under captivity and arrest of the Burma’s Army Generals’ regime. Her most recent detention began three years ago, on May 30, 2003 after a brutal attack on her convoy in northern Burma.

Amnesty International largely faults LTTE for deteriorating situation: In Sri Lanka, but doesn’t spare the government

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The ceasefire between the Sri Lanka government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) remained in place despite numerous violations and a deteriorating relationship between the two parties. Escalating political killings, child recruitment, abductions and armed clashes created a climate of fear in the east spreading to the north by the end of the year, states Amnesty International Annual Report released here on May 23.

Report on conflict transformation on peace building process

The newly released report has pointed out the importance of development organizations to engage more proactively in conflict transformation, if their efforts in conflict-affected areas are to have a sustainable impact.The report on Conflict Transformation emphasised that contribution to peace building and reconciliation between conflicting parties has become a central goal of development interventions.

Sri Lanka aims to complete tsunami housing reconstruction by end 2006

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri lanka

In an effort to overcome various difficulties and issues in the sphere of housing reconstruction and to address the needs of the tsunami affected masses, President, Mahinda Rajapaksa has revised the housing policy to expedite relief to the people who have lost their homes to the tsunami. In assessing tsunami damage, Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) has identified that housing has been the largest physical assets lost to the tsunami. Analyses have shown that houses are the most valued assets and that people affected need them urgently to rebuild their lives.

Sexual offender Shukri now in Nepal

By Sohail Choudhury

Maher Al-Shukri, who is named as a Defendant/Accused by Shehnaz Sani, a Muslim Indian woman from Mumbai, who has lodged a Petition with the Shariah Council in Jeddah, alleging sexual harassment, larceny, oppression and other offences committed against her, is now Country Manager of Saudi Arabian Airlines for Nepal.

Tabloidisation of Indian Media

By Spectator - Syndicate Features

While quite a lot of youth were too scared to become subscribers of tabloids not too long ago for fear of incurring family disapproval, it is the adults now who look the other way when they see the ‘page three’ supplements in newspapers, says the author and wonders what happened to the news sense of the print and electronic media

US State Department Defends outsourcing of terror suspects: Refutes Amnesty International report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

“When we do return people to their home countries, we always go through a very, very careful and detailed process. And they have to be able to assure American officials and policy makers that they believe that these individuals will not be maltreated, will not be tortured. So we go through and do that in every single case,” was what United States Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack told the Washington press at his daily briefing on May 24 when questioned about Amnesty International report accusing the Bush administration of outsourcing terror suspects to their home countries that are notable for prisoner torture.

Bangladesh: US Envoy underscores need for dialogue

US Ambassador in Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis has underscored the need for dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition to resolve country's prevailing political conflicts. The US envoy made the suggestion while exchanging views on various aspects of US-Bangladesh relations with executives of the National Press Club in the city.

Visiting French trade delegation meets SL entrepreneurs

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

Visiting French trade and charity delegation says people of Grand Lyon need to serve local tsunami victims and also hopes to strengthen their trade ties with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. Addressing media in Colombo on Friday, President of CGPME (Confédération Général des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises] Mr.Francois Turcas said that their delegation is now holding one to one meetings with the local entrepreneurs, assistance with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Co-ordinator of Investor Services Asia Ltd Mr.Tima Lazarus.

Burmese Rohingyas exhorts Army rulers to honor the result of 1990 election.

Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand has urged the Burmese regime to honor the result of 1990 election and hold meeting with the leaders of the Committee Representing the People's Parliament (CRPP) as soon as possible. In its appeal Rohyangia Association has emphasized this as s the first crucial step in solving the political, economic and social life-and-death situation faced by the majority of people in the country.

Lafarge violates human rights in tribal areas : Meghalaya NGOs

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

Lafarge- the multi-national cement giant has come under severe criticism for its gross violation of international customary laws and human rights laws in Meghalaya, North East India. The cement through its hundred per cent subsidiary Lafarge Umiam Mining Limited (LUML) in India has indulged in "gross violation" of the law of the land by mortgaging tribal land at Nongtrai and Shella to six foreign banks "for its own benefit".

Charter to topple Musharraf

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Timing chosen by Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif to strike at Pervez Musharraf with their ‘charter of democracy’ might appear to be right as the General’s popularity, like that of his American mentor, has been dropping fast. But to actually oust Musharraf from power is going to be an altogether different ball game. The unlikely political duo has an appealing agenda against the General, drawing attention to the security mess he has created in Pakistan’s tribal belt and Balochistan, the well-entrenched institutional corruption in the military and the short shrift he has given to democracy. They have fond hopes of heralding ‘democracy’ that has become so elusive in Pakistan, perhaps because the country has not been able to build strong parliamentary institutions and the people are easily persuaded to believe that politicians are not necessarily a better option than the military.