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St. Anthony of Padua

Meet Negombo

The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB) along with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and SriLankan airlines are planning a series of activities including food festivals and beach festivals to place Negombo as a tourist destination and a venue for Meetings and Incentives par excellence. To initiate this exercise, a short promotional film, Meet Negombo, which depicts the area as a city of much activity has been developed, to be distributed during all local and overseas promotional activities including country promotions and road shows.

Now Bangladesh govt. to appoint prosecutors and probe agency to try war crimes by June

M.A. Qader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Law minister barrister Shafique Ahmed on Tuesday said the long-expected appointment of prosecutors and investigating officers to try the war criminals will be done by June 30. Talking to reporters at Secretariat the minister said the government is taking time for the war crime trial in order to ensure international standard so that no chance was left to doubt the fairness of the trial. Earlier, on April 20 the government postponed the scheduled announcement of the appointment of the war crime probe agency for which the government said the team for probe agency and prosecutors was not yet completed.

Tokyo Donor Group Explore Further Aid To Sri Lanka

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

The Tokyo Donor Group met President Mahinda Rajapaksa today at 'Temple Trees' in Sri Lanka to explore the possibilities of giving aid to the Sri Lankan Government in its endeavor to ameliorate the conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) there, and to discuss the steps being taken to constantly improve their living conditions. They also discussed ways and means of resettling them on a permanent basis.

UN And Government Of Sri Lanka Appeal For Aid To Displaced

The United Nations and Government of Sri Lanka said today that an urgent appeal has been launched for $50 million to meet the most immediate humanitarian needs of civilians fleeing fighting in the country’s north. The appeal comes at a time when aid agencies and the Government of Sri Lanka are struggling to cope with a sudden rise in displaced crossing into government territory, and as fighting continues over the last pocket of land held by the LTTE.

Bangladesh to introduce daylight saving time likely from June 16

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh government has decided to switch daylight saving time from June 16 till September 30 in a bid to ensure maximum use of daylight to cope with crippling power crisis. Under the daylight saving time, clocks will be turned ahead by an hour, state minister for power Shamsul Haq Tuku told reporters on Tuesday after An interministerial meeting provisionally had decided to introduce the daylight saving system for an 'extra hour' of daylight. The switch will remain in effect from June 16 to Sept 30 but if implemented the next year, it will come in force from April 1, he said adding more meetings will further discuss the issue before a final decision is made in this regard.

Suicide attack on military convoy in Peshawar kills seven

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least seven people were killed in a suicide attack on a Frontier Corps convoy in Peshawar on Tuesday. The dead also include two school children and a Frontier Corps personal while twenty-five people including nine security men have also been wounded in the attack that occurred near Bara Qadim police checkpost on the border between Peshawar and the Khyber Agency. The checkpoint is jointly manned by police and Frontier Constabulary personnel and is located in limits of Sarband Police Station on main Peshawar-Bara Road, westward from Peshawar Cantonment. A suicide car bomber has rammed a Pakistani paramilitary vehicle on the edge of the northwest city of Peshawar

US will oppose military take over

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The United States has vowed that it will support Pakistan’s democratic government and will resist the military takeover. Speaking at the House Foreign Affairs Committee, US special representative Richard Halbrooke said, "Our goal must be to support and help stabilize a democratic Pakistan headed by its elected president, Asif Ali Zardari," adding that "we have the highest strategic interests in supporting this government." He said, Obama administration will oppose military takeover, if that happens, and termed it - terrible.

Pakistani Govt announces relief package for displaced Sikhs

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistan has announced relief package for Sikh families who have been affected by ongoing militancy in North West Frontier Province. The package was announced by Federal Minister for Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti during his visit to Hasanabdal city. Addressing a press conference regarding non-Muslim displaced families in the wake of recent disturbances in Swat, Buner and Orakzai Agency, the minister said "The present government believes in the principles of tolerance, human equality and peaceful co-existence.".

Sri Lankan President Urges UK Delegation Not To Be Fooled By LTTE

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa told a visiting cross-party Parliamentary Delegation from the United Kingdom , that they should not be misled by the false propaganda of the LTTE, and instead carry out a careful assessment of the actual situation in Sri Lanka. The LTTE that was facing defeat was using the media to spread falsehoods about how Sri Lanka was treating Tamil civilians, to win a propaganda war when it was losing the actual battle with the Sri Lankan armed forces.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa invites the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to Sri Lanka to see for himself and construe an independent assessment of the situation regarding the action for the accommodation and treatment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have recently come to government controlled areas in such large numbers, and surmise plans for their resettlement. A source from the Presidential Secretariat disclosed this to the Asian Tribune today.

Political parties intensify parley to form new government in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

The second largest party in the Nepal’s parliament, Nepali Congress, on Tuesday proposed CPN-UML to head national government after the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) quit the government on Monday over the failure sack army chief Rookmangud Katawal. In a meeting of 22 of the total 24 political parties in Nepal’s parliament, the Nepali Congress made a proposal to this effect. The party has proposed UML’s senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal to head the national government.

Tamil National Alliance, conspicuous by its absence at meeting of Tamil political parties by President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

The Tamil National Alliance, better known as the mouthpiece in Parliament for the proscribed LTTE was conspicuous by its absence at a meeting of Tamil political parties convened yesterday by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to discuss the problems confronting the Internally Displaced Persons in North Sri Lanka, as a result of the mass exodus of Tamil civilians from the LTTE held areas in the North. At this meeting the Government decided to set up a committee comprising Tamil representatives to look into the grievances of the Tamil community.

Prabhakaran remained trapped within a four (4) square km area in North Sri Lanka

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

Prabhakaran Mathivadani "Army intelligence units had reported that LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran remained trapped within a four (4) square km area in North Sri Lanka to which security forces have now laid siege". Addressing Parliament during the debate on the extension of the Emergency for another month in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake yesterday told this in Parliament. "State intelligence services say that Prabhakaran is in this area, and security forces have taken all steps to ensure he won’t get away," he said.

Roll Back Time For Pak Militancy In Kashmir

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

It is an opportune time for strife-torn Pakistan to roll-back its proxy war, intended to inflict a “thousand cuts” on India, and say ‘peccavi’ (we have sinned). It should windup its acts of terrorism in Kashmir and recall mercenaries, at least for its own survival. In fact, time is ripe for the people of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK) to rise up and agitate for the region’s merger with the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Instead of sponsoring open-ended terrorism, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) must flog itself and accept its culpability for fomenting trouble in Kashmir and making Pakistan a ‘crucible’ of global terror.

Maldives Joins UN Emissions Scheme In Drive To Be First Carbon Neutral Country

The Maldives, one of the country’s most affected by climate change, has joined a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) initiative which promotes the global transition to low-carbon economies and societies. The move follows the announcement earlier this year from President Mohamed Nasheed to make the Indian Ocean archipelago the world’s first carbon neutral country in 10 years by fully switching to renewable sources of energy, such as solar panels and wind turbines, and investing in new technologies.

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