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UNDP assists tsunami affected fishermen in North-East Sri Lanka

Two Flake Ice Plants and a Seafood Collecting Centre were opened June 1, 2006 in the north-eastern district of Mullaitivu. The ice plants and collection centre were provided through the Japanese-funded Recovery of the Fisheries Sector project being implemented by UNDP.

'Pak President Aides in talks with JUI for his re-election'

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

While Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif are busy cementing their new found alliance to take on President Musharraf, he is quietly consolidating his position to ensure his 'smooth re-election'. His plan is to have the re-election before the year is out. In other words, he wants to deny time and space to his political rivals to put their act together, reports in the Pak media say.
Both the News International, the Karachi based daily known for its leanings towards the establishment and the Daily Times, the Lahore based left leaning English daily reported on Wednesday, as if in tandem, that political managers of President Musharraf have opened 'back channels'with Jamiat Ulema –e-Islam of Maulana Fazlur Rehman.

Iraq's Chairing of U.N. Rights Committee Faulted

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The 191-member General Assembly is expected to elect Iraq as chair of a key U.N. committee dealing with human rights and social development. But the proposed election comes at a time when both the United Nations and several human rights organizations have accused successive U.S.-backed governments in Baghdad of either committing or ignoring human rights abuses in the military-occupied country.

MMA Chief to stay away from polls under Musharraf’s supervision

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal MMA, an alliance of six mainstream political religious parties, Qazi Hussain Ahmad has said that he would not be participating in the next elections, if held under the supervision of President General Pervez Musharraf.Talking to newsmen on the occasion of his party central executive committee meeting at Mansoora, headquarters of the party in Lahore, Qazi clarified that it was his personal decision and, at this time around, he couldn’t say what would be the decision of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Executive Committee or Majlis-e-Shoora.

Senior Sri Lankan Minister explodes against Muslim Congress Leader

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Senior Muslim Minister A.H.M. Fowzie who has expressed his outright opposition against plans by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to join the Government has lashed out against the SLMC and its leader Rauff Hakeem calling them 'bankrupt' and 'in desperate need of power'.Fowzie, a senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party stalwart and holding four Ministerial portfolios including Transport and Petroleum charged that Hakeem had always had a knack for jumping from one party to another which ever was in power.

India to give Rs 100 crore to Nepal for its reconstruction

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Marking the visit of Prime Minister G P Koirala to New Delhi, India has decided to give Rs. 100 crores to Nepal as budgetary support for its economic reconstruction and political stabilization. India will also provide long term funding for various infrastructural and developmental projects particularly in roads and power sectors. Officially however there is no word as yet on India resuming military aid which was suspended after King Gyanendra staged his palace coup. But indications are that India will clear the decks for 'non-lethal defence' supplies. This is also what Nepal wants.

15 LTTE cadres believed to be killed in a Karuna’s attack

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Fifteen Tiger guerrillas are killed in an attack believed to be carried out by the cadres loyal to former LTTE Eastern commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna on three LTTE bunkers in Periyapalam, South of Trincomalee, intelligence sources said. Three LTTE observation points in uncleared area had come under the attack by the Karuna group at 1.30 am today.

Tigers refuse to talk to Government delegation in Oslo: Govt delegation told to return to Colombo, if no talks by the evening

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 08 June, ( Sri Lankan government has instructed its peace delegation to return to Colombo if the Tigers do not attend the meeting by the evening. The Government’s Defence Affairs spokesman said. The Tigers have declined to sit with the government delegation demanding a ministerial presence in the delegation.

Death of Abu Musab A Zaqawi – The most wanted Terrorist

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages, has been killed in a precision airstrike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. It was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq. In London this morning Margaret Beckett, the British Foreign Secretary leaving Cabinet commented on the death of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi:'I think the thing that is really important is that one of the most damaging and undermining things of recent weeks and months has been the inter-community conflict in Iraq and Zarqawi does seem to have been a prime mover and encourager of that conflict. And so if he's been taken out of the equation that should be helpful to the Iraqi people as well as to the Iraqi government. And I certainly hope it will be'.

Open Letter to Dr. Robert Ray Hill of Open University, Missouri, USA

Dear Dr. Robert Ray Hill,

Asian Tribune wishes to place on record that your unorthodox efforts to clear the name of TIU - The International University, located in Missouri, by trying to post comments in the columns meant for readers of the “Asian Tribune” is not a procedure endorsed by the “Asian Tribune.” If the TIU had any concerns about items published in the “Asian Tribune the straightforward and the commonly accepted practice should have been to write directly to the Editor, “Asian Tribune” stating your position. The Asian Tribune is always open to criticism and we consistently adhere to the principle of the right of reply.

Sri Lanka: Richard Pieris Group quit investment at AMW

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Financial Correspondent

Richard Pieris Group (RPG) yesterday disposed their Associated Motorways Ltd. (AMW) stock quantity which approximately 1.744 million shares where the buying party was the AMW Chairman Ajith de Zoysa himself, who assumed to enhance his personal portfolio. Inthi Mohamed, Head of Research and Economic Division of the Ceylinco Stock Brokers (Pvt.) Ltd told the “Asian Tribune” that this trade has given the much needed boost to the market turnover which went up to Rs. 876.27 million. “What was atypical about this trade was that the share price did not appreciate from the prior closing of Rs. 360/- to yesterday’s closing of Rs. 360/-. However, the price did fluctuate between a low of Rs.330/- to a high of Rs. 360/- during the days trading,” he said.

Hilfswerk Austria on tourism development in Sri Lankla

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Hilfswerk Austria, a non-profit, cross-denominational and non-party organization provides international humanitarian aid for victims of war and environmental disasters and long term development assistance in 32 countries. The organization is affiliated with Osterreichishes Hilfswerk (Austrian Welfare Organization) with the basic idea of ‘Meeting Austria’, provides sustainable support to people in need for many years in a professional and unbureaucratic manner and directly onsite.

Sri Lanka to launch survey on a study on unknown gem deposits

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Gem and Jewellery Research and Training Institute [GJRTI] plans to explore and evaluate exploitation possibilities of gem minerals deposits in Sri Lanka. Chairman of GJRTI Asoka Jayawardana says the GJRTI has planned to study on unknown valuable mineral deposits and the study would investigate and prepare a detailed inventory of the gem occurrences in the country with sufficient data guide development of investment profiles.

President briefed on need for Animal Welfare Authority

By Janaka Perera – Asian Tribune

The Law Commission has handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa a draft Bill on establishing an Animal Welfare Authority in Sri Lanka. The Bill – result of a six-year effort - proposes revolutionary legislation to replace the 98-year-old archaic law Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ordinance, No. 13, 1907) introduced during the British colonial period to prevent cruelty to animals. Architect of the bill, Attorney at Law Senaka Weeraratne said that if the new proposed legislation becomes law it would serve a model for the rest of Asia.

Unveiling of Divisional Livelihood Development Plans in the South of Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Livelihood Division of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) with support from the International Labour Organization (ILO) has facilitated the launch of four Divisional Livelihood Development Plans (DLDPs) in Hambantota. The four DLDPs are a part of thirty five development plans, which are to be launched in the tsunami affected divisions to restore livelihoods and expedite development among the Tsunami affected communities, RADA's Director Livelihood, Kaushal Rajapaksa said.

Burmese Government released human rights defender Su Su Nway

Ma Su Su Nway who was given 18 months imprisonment was released on 06 June from Insein prison. According Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma), an organizations that monitors the welfare of the political prisoners languishing in the notorious Burmese prisons, “Ma Su Su Nway's release was due to the pressure of the International Labor Organization. In order for the rest of the political prisoners to be released, we need more pressure from the United Nations, especially from the Security Council.”

Time revision for schools and Government offices in Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Government has decided to revise the times of Government offices and schools beginning June 19th. The new time revision comes nearly two months after the Government turned the clock back by 30 minutes. According to the latest time structure announced by the Public administration ministry, office hours would be amended from 8.30 a.m. to 4.15 p.m while the duties of junior employees at government offices will begin at 8.00 a.m. and end at 4.45 p.m.

Minister Douglas Devananda meets the displaced people of Allapiddy

Secretary General of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party and Social Services and Social Welfare Minister, K.N. Douglas Devananda met the displaced people of Allapiddy in person at Our Lady of Refuge Church in Jaffna and St. Nicholas Church in Navanthurai between yesterday and listened to their grievances. During this meeting the people had spoken from their hearts and told the Minister, if their security is assured then they were willing to go back to their homes in the islet.

'Chinese economy is wilting under bad bank loans': Experts

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Structural weaknesses in Chinese economy? This question has come up front suddenly as latest studies by economic think tanks and strategic analysts say 'Chinese economy is not healthy'. This must come as a surprise to all those from Kerala to Bengal impressed by China's growth story. Till now the perception in the West is 'underneath it all, China is sound'. It is bound change. New studies point out that the Chinese banks remain 'acutely vulnerable to an economic slowdown'.

Sri Lanka: RADA and CHA to expedite tsunami livelihood restoration

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 09 June, ( The Livelihood Division of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) to work together in a structured manner to achieve a series of objectives in regard to the restoration of livelihoods in the tsunami affected districts.
Chief Operating Officer of RADA, Saliya Wickramasuriya and Executive Director, CHA, Jeevan Thiagarajah,signed the MoU ceremoniously at the Sri Lanka Institute of International Relations (SLIIR).