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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Bangladesh border guard BDR mutiny and killings inquiry body seeks time again to end probe

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh home ministry Inquiry committee has once again sought time to end the probe into the border guard Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny and carnages at the BDR Headquarters in Dhaka. The 11-member home ministry committee headed by retired bureaucrat Anisuzzaman Khan has sought another week to submit the findings of the killings as the committee didn’t yet complete the report. The deadline to submit the report was March 23, committee sources said. "We have sought another week to complete our report," a member of the committee told a local news agency on the day (Monday).

DHL invests US $ 8 million in Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

DHL, the world’s leading express and Logistics Company, announced that it will invest US$8 million in Sri Lanka over three years in a joint venture with Capitol AEI Pvt. Ltd, its longstanding partner to form DHL Global Forwarding Lanka. The investment would also be utilized to train employee, upgrading of information systems and introducing an enhanced range of services for businesses in Sri Lanka. As part of this investment, by end 2009, DHL will also launch the "DHL Fashion and Apparel Center for Excellence" in Colombo.

Prof. Peiris submits Cabinet Memorandum for insuring investors of RFCs

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Minister of Export Development and International Trade Prof. G.L. Peiris has submitted a Cabinet Memorandum entailing providing insurance covers for depositors of Finance Companies. Financial Analysts belief that this is a far reaching move for securing depositors who have been falling prey to large finance companies and especially in the aftermath of the Golden key scandal and also with the cascading effects on the rest of the Ceylinco Group. There have also been six other non registered finance companies who have been taking deposits pledging exorbitant interest rates to depositors but they have fled, putting the unsuspecting depositors in the lurch.

Militants’ hideouts pounded in Pak tribal area

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistani security forces in its ongoing operations against militants blew up two suspected hideouts of a banned militant outfit Bar Qambarkhel area of Khyber Agency on Sunday. The army and paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC), backed by gunship choppers, tanks and Armoured Personnel Carries (APCs), launched attacked at the headquarters of banned militant organisation Amr Bil Maroof Wa Nahi Anil Munkar (Promotion of virtue and prevention of vice).

Ranil stays UNP Leader as he celebrates 60th Birthday today

Ranil By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

In a meeting which has been described as the longest meeting of the United National Party Working Committee lasting a record six hours last night, it was unanimously agreed that Opposition and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya remain in their respective posts. The proposal of the 8- member Committee headed by Party Chairman Gamini Jayawickrema Perera to create the post of Senior Leader and Leader was rejected by the 85- Member Working Committee. The meeting which commenced at 2.30 pm yesterday and went on for the next six hours with a mere 15 minute break had some hostile and emotional moments. Discussions were also held around how the Party should win elections in the future.

Pakistan Day being celebrated

Asian Tribune report

Pakistan Day, marking the passing of historic Pakistan Resolution for independence from colonial rule, was celebrated on Monday with a renewed pledge to make all-out efforts for peace, prosperity and development of the country in accordance with ideas of the Founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The day started with 31-gun salute in the federal capital and 21-gun salutes in all the provincial capitals. After morning prayers, special prayers were offered for the integrity, solidarity and prosperity of the country, unity of Muslim Ummah and the wellbeing of the people.

58 Brigade troops 400 metres away from Safe Zone on Northern flank and 2.5 kilometres from Southern flank- military officials

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Army’s 58 Brigade which is in now in the Pudumathalan area are a mere 400 kilometres away from the No Firing Zone or the Safe Zone on the Northern flank and around 2.5 kilometres from the Southern Zone, senior officials from the battlefront told "Asian Tribune". They said that the advancing 58 Brigade troops were killing around 30 Tigers daily and over 10 bodies were also being found daily with a large number of weapons as well. He said that the present troop location could not be located as there was no village at that location. The troops have captured almost half the Pudukudirippu village and they have entered the Iranapalli town.

United States: A Friend of Sri Lanka?

Daya Gamage – Political Memorandum from US Bureau Asian Tribune

Senator KerryAFP News Agency carried a report yesterday that United States Democratic Senator who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a letter addressed to Sri Lanka president Rajapaksa that he emphasized “the urgent need for the Sri Lankan government to take all necessary steps to protect civilians, allow humanitarian access to the displaced, and credibly investigate human rights violations by all members of government security forces." Mr. Kerry reminded President Rajapaksa that "As a friend of Sri Lanka, the United States will continue to closely monitor the situation -- and will stand ready to facilitate a return to the peace and prosperity so earnestly desired by all of its citizens."

Reconstruction of the Railway lines to the North a strong resolve for unity and coexistence – President Rajapaksa

Mahinda RajapaksaWhile inaugurating yesterday the reconstruction of the railway lines, President Rajapaksa speaking in Tamil said "Many years ago all of us travelled together in the Yarl Devi. The unfortunate events of the recent past brought this to an end. We participate today in the new launch of Travel in Freedom in the Yarl Devi. It is the undeniable reality that in the past the sound of the Yarl Devi was akin to the heartbeat of the nation."

Sri Lanka: One dead, 107 hospitalised in Trinco after bakery food poisoning

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka was struck with her second major health sector tragedy within a week, when one person died this morning with a further 107 admitted in the Trincomalee Hospital following their eating buns from two bakeries. This follows 29 school girls admitted to the Matara hospital last Thursday following the Rubella vaccine in which a 12 year old school girl from the St. Thomas Girls School died and 29 others were hospitalized. Of the 107 persons in the Trincomalee food poisoning incident, 80 were school children. The deceased is 62- year old Selvanayagam Thurairatnam, a Trincomalee based fisherman. The two bakeries within the town- Asoka Bakery and Royal Bakery were sealed today by the Trincomalee Public Health Inspector.

One child in ICU, three others warded after Trinco food poisoning

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

One child has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Trincomalee Hospital today and three others warded for nausea and giddiness following the food poisoning in buns in a Trincomalee bakery, Trincomalee Medical Superintendent Dr Ms Alicia Rajmohan told "Asian Tribune". There have been a total of 30 people who were really sick of the 142 people who were hospitalised in the morning, all of whom were complaining of abdominal pains, she said.

Ja-Ela Kapaala Kanda (Mount Calvary) celebrates 150 year anniversary

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The belief has been that Mount Calvary is the place where Jesus Christ was crucified and the word Calvary could be a derivation of Latin word "Calvaria" meaning "a skull". It also has the name "Golgotha" and the meaning could be "mount of execution". Whatever the meaning anything that has any connection with Jesus Christ is venerated by Christians and in Sri Lanka in many areas Catholics used to identify hillocks and cliffs to depict Mount Calvary and they are chosen to enact the agony of Christ on Good Friday.

Militants kill two 'US spies' in North Waziristan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Militants killed two men in North Waziristan tribal agency of Pakistan on Monday, on suspicion of spying for US forces stationed in Afghanistan. The alleged spies killed by militants include an Afghan refugee and a tribesman who’s bodies were found at separate places in the North Waziristan tribal district. Notes found with the bodies said the men were killed for spying for the US.

Rubella Report to AG for criminal prosecution if lapses proved- Health Minister

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Health Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva will hand over the complete Rubella report to the Attorney General’ Department for criminal prosecution if lapses are found on the part of the officials regarding the administering the Rubella vaccine for German Measles which killed a school girl while hospitalizing 29 others at Matara last Friday. This follows the death of Peshala Hansani, a 12 year old student of St. Thomas’ Girls School, Matara on Friday and where 29 others from the same school were hospitalised following the administering the Rubella vaccine for German Measles which was submitted to the Health Ministry this morning.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

Senator Kerry