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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

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More than 30 die in Afghanistan due to US led air strikes: ICRC

Dozens of people, including women and children, were killed in US-led air strikes while sheltering in homes from a battle Monday and Tuesday in Western Afghanistan, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday. ICRC spokeswoman Jessica Barry said the group had dispatched a team which reached the scene of the air strikes on Tuesday afternoon. They saw houses destroyed and dozens of dead bodies, including women and children, providing the first international confirmation of the incident which US and Afghan authorities say they are investigating. "There were women and there were children who were killed. It seemed they were trying to shelter in houses when they were hit," she said.

Migrants Need to be Included in National Responses to Influenza A

Governments need to include migrant communities in national response plans if measures to counter any possible pandemic of Influenza A (H1N1) are to be fully successful, says the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Many governments had developed influenza and pandemic preparedness plans before the current outbreak which, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has so far resulted in 331 confirmed cases in 11 countries. However, the needs of migrant populations had often not been taken into consideration. These now need to be so and urgently, if a global public health crisis is to be averted.

Pakistan fully prepared to prevent swine flu virus: minister

By Farzana Shah - Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Federal Minister for Health Ijaz Hussain Jhakhrani has said that Pakistan is fully alert and prepared to prevent the spread of swine flu virus in the country. "Pakistan has stayed alert to the disease. Virus has no boundaries, we are inspecting every body that is coming from other country and trying our best to prevent it", he told Radio China. Expressing satisfaction over the precautionary measures adopted by the country, he said Pakistan is in regular contact with World Health Organization and China for further assistance.

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.

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.

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.

Sri Lankan migrants accepti each other as brothers and sisters of the same Lord - Archbishop Dr. Malcolm Ranjith at Padua

Fr. Shamindra Jayawardena OSB, reporting from Rome.

St. Anthony The first of May has been, for the last 10 years, a special day for all the Sri Lankan migrants working in Italy as it has been the day on which all of them gather at Padua. This year too, around 15,000 Sri Lankans gathered to celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, one of the most popular saints in Sri Lanka and the world over. St. Anthony was born in Lisbon in 1195 and died on the 13th of June 1231 in Padua, Italy. The entire world calls St. Anthony its own, but his home city of Lisbon, Portugal, delights to name him its most saintly native son.

By C.L. Ihalagamage in Beirut

By C.L. Ihalagamage in Beirut

Padua , Italy


With his family 1990 (Third son was not born)