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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2529

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Solomon Islands prime minister bows to Australia’s dictates

A visit by Australian Treasurer Peter Costello to the Solomon Islands last week highlighted Canberra’s determination to dominate the South Pacific states, as well as the anxiety of the new Solomon Islands government to accommodate to these plans. Arriving in the Solomons capital of Honiara for an annual meeting of Pacific finance ministers, Costello said failed states became “prone to organised crime, money-laundering and along with that comes the financing of terrorism”. Similar unsubstantiated allegations were made when Australian troops were sent to the Solomons in July 2003.

Is Pakistan really changing?

By J.N.Raina - Syndicate Features

It is ‘official’, but unexpected. Pakistan Government has issued an unusual order that there should be “no mention of Muzaffarabad (capital of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir) or Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) in the official maps” of that country. Instead, the May 16 order about the “proper map of Pakistan” says that “Kashmir region should be shown as a disputed territory”, with Srinagar (the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir) as its capital. It is somewhat ravishing. Has the proverbial ‘Berlin Wall’ started crumbling down in the erstwhile undivided state of Jammu and Kashmir? Has Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf really ‘changed his heart’, as he once said while in India---‘ I have come with a new heart’ --- or is it just a ploy to hoodwink India? The South Block mandarins in New Delhi are yet to react to Pakistan’s major ‘shift’ in its policy.

Come September Come Facets - The premier Gem and Jewellery Show in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Facets Sri Lanka , the premier annual Gem and Jewellery Show in Sri Lanka that is held in September for the last 16 years has achieved great results by creating an identity for Sri Lanka as an Island of Gems and the Show itself has become an international event like the other international Gem and Jewellery Exhibitions. Macky Hassim, Chairman, Facets Organizing Committee said that the results were the concerted and meticulous efforts of the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) which represents all the sectors of gem and jewellery industry in Sri Lanka which stands for the greater benefit of the industry as whole, and not for any personal benefits of any member of the Association.

MAS buy ailing Thulhiriya Textile mills

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Local Industrial giant MAS Holdings will inject US$ 100 million into the ailing Thulhiriya Textiles Ltd. According to the company sources, The Thulhiriya premises will house six projects such as two knitting plants and a plant each for embroidery, dyeing, knitting and printing. The company hopes to make an industrial township within the 175 acre premises, where, in addition to the factories, there will be a textile training institute, a sports academy and housing projects.

Demo introduces Mercedes B-Class Sports Tourer

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Diesel and Motor Engineering Co Ltd (Demo) has introduced to the market the Mercedes B-Class Sports Tourer which has special characteristics of its own. Demo has earlier introduced to the Sri Lankan Market Mercedes A-Class and E-Class. The launch of the new car to the market took place at their showrooms in Duplication Road, Colombo. Comfort, space and high performances are the hallmark of Mercedes Benz and the high performances embedded in B-Class makes it a multi-purpose family car.

Sri Lanka Government urged to mediate in the Collective of the estate workers.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Nuwaraeliya

Nuwara Eliya district organizer of the Liberal Party of Sri Lanka says that the Collective Agreement between the estate employees and the employers is compulsory and absolutely necessary, but this Agreement should not be signed only with one or two trade unions, but the proposals and suggestions of the all trade unions should be sought before signing the Agreement. District organizer of the Liberal Party, Mr.V.Shanmuganathan said that along with the Government and the International Labor Organization (ILO) also has to be included as a party to this Agreement.

LTTE intensifies killing with impunity the rival Tamil groups in Jaffna

Tamil separatist outfit - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has intensified its killings of members and supporters belonging to the other rival Tamil groups in the Jaffna district, which is a Sri Lanka Government controlled area. It is alleged that Sri Lanka Government has failed to provide security to those other Tamil group members who handed over their weapons when the Government signed a ceasefire agreement with the LTTE.Reports reveal that Sri Lanka Government has mobilized more than 40,000 armed forces in the district to provide security and also to protect the civilians of the district under its control.

Sri Lanka's Marxists party blunders big time over it's ultimatum on electricity reforms

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and its trade union Lanka Viduli Sevaka Sangamaya (LVSS) appears to have made a major blunder by willfully paving the way for privatization of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) after it successfully pressured President Mahinda Rajapakse into withdrawing the new Electricity Reforms Bill which was to be presented in Parliament last week. "We are now back with the 2002 Electricity Reforms Bill which was passed in parliament in October 2002 under the United National Front regime. The danger with this bill is that it can easily privatize the CEB, unlike the new bill which was withdrawn by the President which stated that all companies which will be formed following the reforming of the CEB will be 100% state owned," CEB trade union collective convener Ananda Nimalaratne said.

UNICEF denies expressing regret to TMVP

UNICEF in a letter to the Asian Tribune has clarified the details of their meeting with the Karuna Group in Batticoloa on June 22. UNICEF has denied that they expressed regret to Karuna Group.