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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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Soaring Population May Swamp Anti-Poverty Goals

Thalif Deen - The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), already undermined by the global financial crisis, are expected to take another hit - this time from rising population growth.

Security Personnel for Jaffna Peninsula Doubled

Anjana Jayashan - Training on Sri Lanka’s new Army recruits has not been slashed, Chief of Defence Staff General Sarath Fonseka says.

Bahraini Premier donates US$ 1 million for IDPs in Sri Lanka

The Bahraini Prime Minister Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa has announced a cash donation of US$ 1 million to Sri Lanka for the resettlement and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North. The donation together with a letter from Bahrain Prime Minister to President Mahinda Rajapaksa were handed over by the Bahraini Ambassador Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al-Khalifa to the Sri Lankan Ambassador Sarath Dissanayake at the Bahrain Embassy in Kuwait on 16th August.

Solutions for High prices of Agricultural produce

Quintus Perera - Sarath Fernando, Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) seeks the views of the people in the participation and role of scientists and scholars to present the set of proposals that have been worked out as people’s solutions to the food prices crisis in the country.

"Safe Drinking Water for Astronauts, Not Slum Dwellers"

Thalif Deen - "We can provide astronauts with a safe supply of drinking water when they travel to the moon, but we cannot provide the same service to slum dwellers in Kibera, Nairobi or Dharavi, Mumbai," Anders Berntell, executive director of the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), told a gathering of over 2,400 participants at the annual World Water Week concluding Friday.

End sufferings of IDPs, Karunanidhi tells Manmohan

S. Murari -Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has asked the Government of India to step in to end the sufferings of internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka following reports that their homes in make-shift camps in Vavunia have been flooded in recent rains. In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, copies of which have been released here, Mr Karunanidhi has said "I feel it is high time that the Government of India exerted diplomatic pressure on the Government of Sri Lanka at least on humanitarian grounds" to end the sufferings of the Tamils displaced by the recently concluded war with the LTTE. He cited reports that the IDPs were "huddled together" in houses that lacked basic amenities and Medicare. "The recent rains appear to have compounded their miseries as flood waters have entered their houses".

Indian Jet Airways flight veered off the airport runway in Dhaka

M.A Qader - An Indian Jet Airways flight on Monday veered off the runway of Zia International Airport in Dhaka on Monday morning, that left flight operations suspended for at least two hours.

Sri Lankan Minister emphasized the need for the 'Legal Empowerment of the Poor'

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India Sends Relief Items to Sri Lanka through UN

Anjana Jayashan - The Indian Government donates some relief items to assist internally displaced persons (IDPs) and those who are returning to their homes in Sri Lanka. The donation has been made through the Indian Government.

Sri Lanka Government Lists IDPs with Permanent Residence in Jaffna

Anjana Jayashan - The Sri Lanka’s Government is in a process of resettling around 15,000 internally displaced families from the Jaffna district, Resettlement and Relief Services Minister Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen say

Thakshin supporters submit petition for king’s pardon

The 'Red Shirt' United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) submitted yesterday a petition endorsed by 3.5 million Thais, seeking royal pardon for the ousted Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatara.