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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613

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Tiger gunman shot policeman guarding truce monitors

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrilla gunmen shot a policeman providing security to the local office of the Scandinavian truce monitors in the Northern town of Vavuniya evening in the eve of a meeting on the security of ceasefire monitors scheduled for tomorrow in Oslo.

Global ‘yacker’ to save Lanka!

By Vasantha Raja

Thanks to the international community’s timely intervention, Sri Lanka has once again been narrowly saved from a runaway killing spree that was drifting fast towards a ‘suicidal’ war. Better to keep the fingers crossed still though, for the situation is still not totally out of dire straits. The fact that both sides have come to Oslo to discuss the possibility of reviving the crisis-ridden ceasefire agreement, however, is a clear breakthrough. It is a positive sign that Norway, Japan, the US and the EU - the peace process’s ‘global guardians’ - have come out as never before to strictly warn both sides (like parents would to quarrelling children) to behave themselves, or else.

Australian foreign minister unveils plans for the colonial occupation of East Timor

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer visited East Timor last weekend and laid out the broad outlines of Canberra’s plans to establish a long-term colonial-style occupation of the country. Downer arrived in Dili on Saturday amid continuing looting and violence by rival street gangs, despite the presence of an Australian-led force of more than 2,000 troops and police. It is now clear that Canberra’s military intervention was aimed, not at ending the disorder in Dili, much less at assisting the estimated 100,000 displaced persons living in squalid camps.

South-South Migrant Flows on the Rise, Says U.N.

By Thalif Deen Inter - Press Service

Traditional assumptions about international migration are gradually changing, as an increasing number of migrant workers and skilled professionals move from South to South -- from one developing country to another, says a new U.N. study released here. "No longer do the vast majority of migrants settle in just a small number of industrial nations (in the West)," says U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in the 90-page report titled "International Migration and Development".

BoC to support CPC with syndicated credit facility

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Financial Correspondent

Bank of Ceylon (BoC) has called quotations for a syndicated credit facility for US $ 250 million from foreign financial institutions. According to industry sources, this syndicated financial credit facility will be utilized in shouldering the heavy oil import bills of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC). “This special facility will be used to settle the excessive oil import bills of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation during the next few months,” the source said.

Pak-Afghan-US tripartite commission discusses security situation

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Coalition Forces in Afghanistan, and NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), held its 17th meeting in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalipndi on Tuesday and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and Pak-Afghan border. Delegates included Major General Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Director General of Military Operations of the Pakistan Army, Lieutenant General Sher M. Karimi, Director of Operations of the Afghan National Army, Lieutenant General Karl W. Eikenberry, Commander, Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan and Lieutenant General David Richards, Commander of NATO-ISAF.

Security Council resolution, Canadian support essential for democracy in Burma

The United Nations Security Council must enact concrete measures aimed at forcing Burma’s ruling military regime (SPDC) to respect human rights and end its use of violence and political repression against its people, Rights & Democracy said today in a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. The recent renewal of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention under house arrest, which now totals more than 10 years, and the internal displacement of more than 13,000 Karen villagers after recent military assaults are two of the latest developments in Burma that necessitate a firm and unequivocal Security Council resolution in defence of human rights and democracy there.

Two policemen, civilian killed in LTTE claymore blast: LTTE gunmen kill two civilians in their sleep.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas yesterday exploded a claymore mine killing two policemen and a civilian and shot dead two civilians in the northern part of Sri Lanka as the government and the LTTE are set to meet in Oslo to discuss the security of the Nordic truce monitors. According to reports, four Police Constables had reportedly boarded the private vehicle driven by the Manager of the Singer Company show room in Vavuniya, while they were returning after duty at an A/L Examination center at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when the suspected LTTE cadres in hiding activated a claymore mine through a remote controller and blew it up killing three inside the vehicle - two Police Constables and the Manager of the Singer Company, who is reported as a Tamil.

LTTE reacts negatively to SLMM proposal on naval monitoring

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) is likely to put off its decision on resuming naval monitoring, after the LTTE failed to respond positively to their proposal which was sent out to the Government and LTTE Peace Secretariats last month. "The Government has officially responded to our proposals very favorably. But the LTTE has instead of addressing our questions have forwarded more queries, thereby failing to provide us with a positive response," SLMM Spokeswoman Helen Olafsdottir told the "Asian Tribune."

Sri Lanka to participate in Bangladesh Single Country Trade Fair

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s large scale, small and medium entrepreneurs are to attend forthcoming Bangladesh’s single country exhibition with the view to explore business opportunities in the country. The Export Development Board [EDB] says it has already interviewed more than 40 entrepreneurs to select the trade mission. According to Mrs.Ranjani Thudugala, Director of EDB, the exhibition would be held in early July this year .

Manipur’s Jandhobi, Suraj and Nagaland’s Bendangjungla got bronze medals in World Cup MuayThai Champ in Bangkok

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Yesterday, three players from the 11-Member Indian MuayThai Team got bronze medals on the 7th day of the ongoing World Cup MuayThai Championship here at the Mall Convention Center. Nagaland’s Bendangjungla and Manipur’s L Suraj and L Jandhobi Devi got bronze medals today. Bedangjungla and Jandhobi got bronze medals in the MuayThai Waikru competition, while Chinese and Meccau girls got gold and silver medals respectively. Waikru is part of the MuayThai and it was introduced this time in the World Cup MuayThai Championship here as a medal sports.

Special team to investigate Batticaloa prison breakout

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Commissioner General of Prisons, retired Major General Vajira Wijegunawardana will dispatch a special team to investigate the escape of eight prisoners from the Batticaloa prison on Monday, the escapees included seven Tiger cadres. The incident had occurred on Monday morning when prison guards had gone to serve the meals to these prisoners. It is learnt that one of these LTTE cadres had pointed a pistol at a prison guard and had escaped.

Killings and forced labor continue in Karen state as Burma army captures civilians

The Burma Army is continuing its offensive in Karen State, the biggest since 1997. Eyewitness’s reports of further killings, burning of villages, the capture of civilians, including children, and the use of forced labor. Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a London based Burma advocacy group in a statement released to the press stated that according to the latest reports from the Free Burma Rangers, a relief team working in eastern Burma, the number of displaced people in Karen State has risen to over 18,000. In one area, over 800 civilians have been captured and forced to work as porters for the military, along with over 1,000 prisoners.

Norwegian Refugee Council handed over the second rebuilt school in Trincomalee

The second tsunami affected school rebuilt by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) was recently officially handed over to Sri Lankan Educational authorities in a simple ceremony held at Al Akthab Vidyalaya in Kinniya, Trincomalee. In the meantime, foundation stones were laid for the reconstruction of another 14 schools in the districts of Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara and Hambantota. In sharp contrast to the normal practice of getting VIPs to lay the foundation stones, Norwegian Refugee Council came up with a novel idea of allowing little school children to lay the foundation stones to inaugurate construction of their future schools.

Selection puzzles

By Ramu sharma - Syndicate Features

Kiran More certainly has a lot to explain about the ham handed way in which the team for the Test matches against the West Indies has been finalized. Selectors do make mistakes and Kiran More and his team are no exception. But perhaps it is the string of successes, but More and his co-selectors have shown very little wisdom in their choice of some of the players.