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As Crisis Deepens Remittances Fall

By PATA President Emeritus, Lakshman Ratnapala

Many countries in Asia depend heavily on the money millions of workers send home from abroad. Yet, as the economic crisis around the world deepens, migrant workers are facing more difficulties – anti-migrant sentiment, job losses, even violence. World Bank researchers predict remittances will fall more than expected this year – from $305 billion last year to about $290 billion in 2009. Even with a drop of between 5 and 8 percent, remittances will still outstrip private capital flows, expected to fall by half in 2009, and official development aid, typically around $100 billion.

The Vesak Week in Kuwait

The "Vesak Week" organized by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait from 8 -15 May reaches its climax on the 15th with the arrival of Most Ven. Aluthwewa Soratha Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Kiriwehera Temple in Kataragama and Chancellor of the Uva Wellassa University for the main Vesak ceremony scheduled from 14th -15th May at the Embassy premises. Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has given his greetings and fullest support towards organizing Vesak celebrations in Kuwait by inviting Ven. Aluthwewa Soratha Thero to visit Kuwait for the main ceremony from 14th – 15th of May to coincide with the "Vesak Week" in Kuwait.

Simmering cauldron of Balochistan

By Asif Haroon Raja

I have written in one of my earlier write ups that the real objectives of USA to invade and occupy Afghanistan were not to punish the Taliban for not handing over Osama bin Laden and to destroy the so-called terror network of Al-Qaeda but to create safe and reliable routes to transport energy resources of Central Asian Republics (CAR) to its homeland. Its other regional objectives included keeping a watch on Russia and Iran, containment of China, making India a bulwark against China and ascendant power of South Asia, a key player in Afghan affairs and reducing Pakistan to a satellite of India after its denuclearization. For the realization of its primary objective, it had to ensure that Balochistan provided the desired energy corridor through Gwadar and Pasni.

Bangladesh High Court issues a set of guidelines to prevent sexual harassment on women

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh High Court on Thursday issued a set of guidelines to prevent sexual harassment on women and children at work places, educational institutions and on the streets. The bench of judges Syed Mahmud Hossain and Kamrul Islam Siddiqui gave the rulings on a petition filed in public interest case by Salma Ali, executive director of Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association. The petition was filed on August 7 last year following an incident of sexual harassment against a teacher of drama and dramatics at Jahangirnagar University, one of the leading public universities in Bangladesh.

About 11000 civilians streaming into the Sri Lankan Army controlled area

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

A large number of civilians about 11000 up to this evening have escaped from the LTTE in the New Safety Zone and many more are arriving at the Government controlled areas today (15) an Army source told the "Asian Tribune." Earlier at noon 4500 civilians were rescued by the 53rd and 57th Division troops. However at the moment thousands of Tamil civilians are arriving seeking protection of the 53rd Division troops. Simultaneously 553 civilians were rescued by the 59 Division troops while another 1597 civilians were rescued by the 58 Division troops.