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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2397

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Ministry of Livestock Development to establish a chain of modern dairy farms in Sri Lanka

Ministry of Livestock Development has decided to establish a chain of modern dairy farms in Sri Lanka. The Ministry has planned to apply up-to-date technology for animal husbandry and dairy food products. According to a survey made by the Ministry, Sri Lanka requires 60 to 70 million litres of fresh milk per annum. But at present 20% of this annual requirement is only achieved annually. With this in view the Ministry has also decided to import and breed quality dairy animals. Furthermore, according to the report of the Ministry of Livestock Development, the present dairy and animal feed import bill is around SLR 12.5 billion i.e. USD 112.6 million annually.

USAID Continues to Help Sri Lanka Prevent Avian Influenza

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over on June 24 in Kandy a second donation of key supplies to the Ministry of Livestock Development to help strengthen Sri Lanka’s early warning and reaction capacity against Avian Influenza. Since 2006, USAID Sri Lanka has worked with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to increase Avian Influenza preparedness activities across the island, in collaboration with the Department of Animal Production and Health. The program has strengthened Sri Lanka’s early warning and early reaction capacity and provided critical preparedness materials to government and private sector stakeholders in the poultry industry.

Karen Armed Rebellion in Burma Takes a New Turn: Ex-American Marines as Military Advisors/Trainers: US Watching

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Investigative Report – Part Two

In this second installment the 'Asian Tribune' exclusively documents here the current twists and turns of the Karen rebellion for independence, self-determination and democracy with active involvement of former American Marines who are well knowledgeable of how to conduct a rebellion. If the impression is that the U.S. officials both in Bangkok and Washington, D.C. are having a passive attitude of this significant development it is a gross understatement.

Posters of death LTTE cadres revealed more than 20 child soldiers were killed in battle during March - April

By Walter Jayawardhana

At least twenty child soldiers in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been killed in the Northern Districts March – April 2008, in one month, Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence said. Referring to recently captured obituary posters from a LTTE office occupied by the security forces, the Ministry of defence said, “No ranks were mentioned against 30 cadres who appear very young in their early or mid-teens. According to the details mentioned on the posters, the LTTE cadres were killed at various locations in the Jaffna and Wanni theatre of operations from 17th February to 10th March this year”.

Sri Lanka's heritage featured at The US State Department

On a recent visit to Washington, Minister of Tourism, Milinda Moragoda presented the US State Department's Bureau for South and Central Asia with a framed 80 cm X 80 cm photograph of the statues of Lord Buddha at Gal Vihara, Pollonnaruwa, to adorn the walls of the Bureau's front office. The black and white rendering of this 12th century masterpiece carved on a single piece of rock is a photograph by the well-known Sri Lankan photographer Nihal Fernando. This classic work emphasised the relevance of the serene figure carved in stone, with its qualities creating a wonderful sense of peace and calmness to the very soul of the observer, even today.

U.S. Embassy Temporarily Closed to Public for Routine Services; American Center Open

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

At approximately 11:00 am on June 25, 2008, a suspicious powder was discovered at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo. The suspicious substance will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Until the results are received and a determination is made that the substance does not pose health or safety risks, the Embassy will be closed to the public. All visa appointments and routine American citizen services will be postponed until this incident is resolved.

Bangladesh revisited

By Vinod Vedi - Syndicate Features

Events in Bangladesh could well be described as the mirror image of what had happened in Pakistan over the past decade under General Pervez Musharraf or as the product of the natural progression that is inherent in military dictatorships and "army-backed” governments. The commonality is uncanny. Take the concept of "minus two". Musharraf employed it in the hope that with both the leaders of the mainstream political parties in exile under threat of judicial conviction on charges of corruption he would be able to execute his blue print of political engineering to perfection ensuring legitimacy for his own continuance as an executive President backed by an Army that saw great advantages in retaining him as the boss man because it suited its corporate interests.

Photo 3: Shows photographs of dead LTTE cadres

Shows photographs of dead LTTE cadres"

Sri Lankan in Panel to probe deadly attack on UN in Algiers

Sinha Basnayake, a former Director of Legal Affairs at the United Nations, has been named as part of a panel to examine whether any United Nations staff should be held individually accountable over last December’s deadly terrorist attack on the world body’s premises in Algiers. UN Secrertary-General Ban Ki-moon told UN staff that he was establishing the follow-up group in response to a recommendation issued by the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of UN Personnel and Premises Worldwide, itself created in the wake of the Algiers bombings, which killed 17 staff members and targeted UN offices in the Algerian capital. Ralph Zacklin, a former Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, will head the group, and he will be assisted by Jean Jacques Graisse, Sinha Basanayake, Zelda Holtzman and Marisela Padron.


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