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India’s Policy On Burma Is Discouraging

By Nehginpao Kipgen

India is an immediate neighbor of Burma, a country which has been plagued by political crisis for over four decades. Not only the two countries have shared border, but India and Burma are homes to millions of people from the same ethnic community, separated during the creation of India and Burma in 1947 and 1948. Examples are the Kukis, the Nagas and the Shans, who live side by side along the Indo-Burma region. In the late eighties and the early part of nineties, the Indian government was noticeably sympathetic and supportive to the Burmese democracy movement; the Burmese activists were openly welcomed and sheltered in the Indian soil. India was more vocal on human rights and democracy.

Early talks on the ethnic crisis

By Our Colombo Correspondent

The government will consult all political parties representing Parliament early next week to set up a process to discuss the ethnic problem and the 13th amendment to the Constitution as a base to evolve a solution, authoritative sources disclosed today. Science and Technology Minister, Prof.Tissa Vitharana who chaired the All Party Committee on the national crisis is to meet leaders of all political parties in the next few days to begin preliminary talks on the subject, sources said.

Bangladesh to introduce an innovative job programme for youths

M.A. Qader-Asian tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh government is to introduce a new programme to provide jobs to the unemployed youths from the next fiscal year. The programme under the name of 'National Service' will arrange work opportunity for Higher Secondary School passed youths for two years, including a six months training, Finance Minister AMA Muhith told a press briefing on Saturday, at the National Economic Council (NEC) auditorium in the capital city. Allocation is made in the budget for the next fiscal year for this purpose and initially the programme will be introduced in two to three upazilas, the finance minister said.

Sunday Discourse: Tamil division, Sinhalese and Sri Lanka’s future…

Prasad Gunewardene- Asian Tribune

The LTTE terror war is over. Tamil political parties yet stand divided. A resolution to the ethnic problem stands at a distance. Can the Tamil politicians blame the government in such a scenario? Tamils have to blame themselves for the division amongst them. The infamous Vadokkodai resolution mooted by the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) seeking a separate state caused division among the Tamils. The TULF led by the late Appapillai Amirthalingam used the separate state concept to play to the gallery at the 1977 general election, to successfully grab the Tamil vote.


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