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Bangladesh proposes to spend TK 450 crores on forestation program to shield the coastline from cyclones

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government will spend Tk 450 crore (4500 million) on a forestation programme that includes restoring mangrove forests along the coast to shield from cyclones, tidal waves and rising sea levels. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the three-month long National Tree Plantation Movement and a month-long Tree Fair 2009 on Sunday the prime minister said "Forest resources are decreasing as the population increases." That’s why, she said, "Bangladesh is losing its natural beauty and environment." Hasina formally launched the tree plantation drive by planting a Nageshwar sapling at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.

Telugu Desam Party plans 'shadow cabinet'

By Gopal Ethiraj

A "shadow cabinet" by the Opposition to grill the ruling government. How is the idea? This is what the opposition Telugu Desan Party, headed by N. Chandrababu Naidu, is planning to form in Andhra Pradesh. Mr Naidu says he would assign "portfolios" to select groups of MLAs who will take up issues in the Assembly and outside it. The party will thus train a new group of senior legislators to specialize on important subjects like irrigation, finance, agriculture, power, industry, law and order, medical and health, education and revenue, among others.

Change of Working Culture of Sri Lankan Foreign Missions Towards a new Sri Lanka

By Vajiragnana Warnakulasuriya - Melbourne, Australia

It is no secret that nearly a million or more of Tamils live abroad today and it’s their willful or compulsory funds that made LTTE to equip state of the art weaponry as discovered by the defense forces. At no time we thought all Tamils were LTTE nor do they share the LTTE ideology, but I am sad to say we Sinhalese abroad have been wrong. This assumption is proven beyond any doubt looking at the number of Tamils who parade in the cities all over the Western countries on their anti Sri Lankan protest marches. Even at the moment when the LTTE was killing their own people, they didn’t care for those innocent, their own tribe, but continued the support to save only the LTTE leaders with the help of the hired international community

Congress power sharing in TN: Sonia to decide

Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

G.K. VasanCongress power sharing in Tamil Nadu with its alliance partner DMK is gathering momentum. This is Congress men’s long-pending demand. The Union Minister of Shipping, G.K. Vasan, who came to Chennai after taking charge, said AICC President Sonia Gandhi would decide on it. "Her decision on share in Tamil Nadu cabinet would be final." The Congress Leader of the Floor, D.Sudarsanam, has recently stirred the hornet’s nest, expressing the feelings of his party-men. Since then the talk of sharing ministry in the state is gaining currency.

Nepal Maoists on war path

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

A day after parliament Speaker Subas Nembang refused to allow their resolution against President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to enter into House for discussion, Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) on Sunday decided to launch a nationwide protest against the decision. A central secretariat meeting of the largest party in the Constituent Assembly decided to encircle the District Administration Office in all 75 districts in the country from June 4 to June 12 with an active participation of its sister organizations against the decision taken by the parliament speaker.

Sri Lanka to hold National Victory Parade

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

The final rehearsal for the National Victory Parade to be held at the Galle Face Green on June 3 will take place today. Several leading schools in Colombo will be closed from today to Wednesday 3rd to accommodate Service personnel who have come to Colombo in large numbers to participate in the National Victory Parade on Wednesday June 3. "This Victory Parade with so much fanfare and grandeur out beats the last Victory Parade held in Colombo after the conquest of the allied forces at the end of world war two in 1945", said an Army high official.

Stalin wants to see TN top in industrialization

Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

M.K.StalinTamil Nadu deputy chief minister M.K. Stalin, who will now handle the crucial industries portfolio, said on Sunday that taking the state to the top position in industrial development was his main goal. Though thousands of jobs had been created by the industrial units and investments worth crores of rupees that the DMK government had brought to the state, there was still a lot more left to be done, he said. Under chief minister M Karunanidhi’s guidance, Stalin said his priority would be to attract more investments to generate jobs. "We want to see Tamil Nadu as the number one state in industrialization. There is ample scope for this," he said. The state’s infrastructure, road and port connectivity and its workforce were key advantages, he pointed out.

Thileepan - LTTE leader in Trincomalee surrenders to Army

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Shankar also known as ‘Thileepan’ who was in charge of LTTE terrorist operations in Trincomalee in the East of Sri Lanka has surrendered to the Sri Lanka Army, said Army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara today (June 1). After the defeat of the LTTE at Thoppigala, it was Shankar alias Thileepan who had been appointed by Prabhakaran as the LTTE leader for the entire East. He has surrendered to the Army in the Kallar region, where he had been hiding in the jungles of Kandalkadu. He had conducted several LTTE operations in Serunuwara and Werugal.

Anandasangaree’s DTNA to contest alone in the forthcoming local bodies elections in the north

The Democratic Tamil National Alliance led by veteran Tamil Leader V.Anandasangaree will be contesting in the forthcoming local Government elections in the Northern Province. Already the Gazette notification is out regarding holding elections for the Jaffna Municipal Council, as well as to the Vavuniya Urban Council. A political alliance comprising three important anti-LTTE parties, it is popularly known as the DTNA is led by TULF Leader Anandasangaree, and the alliance includes the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Pathmanaba) and PLOTE headed by P. Siddarthan.

Nepal Christian community protests against bomb explosion in Church

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

The Christian community in Nepal on Sunday held a rally in the capital city Kathmandu against the bomb attack in a Roman Catholic Church in Lalitpur district last week. The rally was staged in Maitighar Mandala, the down town of the capital city, demanding that the government form a high level investigation committee to probe bomb explosion and book the guilty behind the gruesome act.

Bullies preaching peace and justice

By Janaka Perera

The story goes that during the Vietnam War, a Native American Chief was asked whether the United States should withdraw from that country. He replied that the U.S. should first get out of America! The Native American’s response effectively sums up how Easterners should respond to Western intrusions in their countries. The European Union’s failed attempt at Geneva to put Sri Lanka on the dock over alleged war crimes once again proves that the ex-colonial ‘high priests’ and their acolytes in the UN have still not given up trying to ‘civilize’ the natives of Asia and Africa.

Tamil Nadu government announces massive pay hikes

Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced huge increases in the salaries of its employees from office assistant to deputy secretary, ranging between Rs.1,774 and Rs.7,300 per month. The pay hike is expected to shoot up the government's annual expenditure by Rs.5,155.79 crore, while the initial cost would be around Rs.11,093 crore, an official statement said. "The total payment will be paid in instalments between the current financial year and 2011," the statement added.

The Union Minister of Shipping, G.K. Vasan

Investors on upbeat

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity – HNB Stockbrokers Research in their weekly market review indicated that indices continued to head north on healthy activity levels as more favorable news came in during the week boosting investor sentiment further. Gains accelerated on Thursday after Sri Lanka was voted in favour at the UN human rights council’s session on Wednesday. The All Share Price Index (ASPI) ended the week up 69.2 points or 3.2% at 2216.0 points while the liquid Milanka Price Index (MPI) ended 52.9 points or 2.1% higher at 2519.8 points.

Sri Lankan soil or sea will never be allowed for anti-India activities – President Rajapaksa

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told NDTV Saturday, (30) in an interview that Sri Lankan soil or sea will never be given to any other country to act against India. The Chinese Government is engaged in the construction of the Hambantota harbor. The President has stressed that the Hambantota harbor is not a centre for establishing Chinese power. In 1952, Sri Lanka and China signed a trade agreement on rubber and rice. In 1957, China and Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations. Since then, the two countries have maintained friendly relations.

Sri Lankan forces protected civilian lives during counter-terrorism operations

In conducting military operations to eliminate terrorism, the Government’s primary concern was to safeguard the innocent civilians, many of whom had experienced multiple displacements over the years, and had their children forcibly conscripted by the LTTE to be used as cannon fodder. Many of them had lost one or more of their family members. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama made these observations, while addressing the final day session of the 8th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday, (31 May 2009).

NGOs received Rs.28 million to prevent Sri Lanka Army defeating LTTE

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Government is now investigating how a certain international institution had distributed Rs. 28 million among eight NGOs to spend this money and try to prevent the Sri Lanka Army from defeating the LTTE. The Army Intelligence Unit has already identified the heads of the eight NGOs in question, an Army Intelligence spokesman said on Sunday. This large sum of money had been disbursed among the eight NGOs just after the Sri Lanka Army had captured Mallawi, which had been under the control of the Tigers.

Possible end to the conflict attracts foreign investors to Sri Lanka

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dr Rohan Karunaratne, Chairman, National Construction Association of Sri Lanka, said that the news the war is over and development work to commence, specially in the construction work, lots of foreign investors, contractors are now in Sri Lanka and in fact there are several foreign business people in this very Hotel. He was speaking at the press conference at Taj Samudra Hotel to announce the ‘Construct 2009’ Exhibition from 14 – 16 August to be held at BMICH.