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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2040


Bangladesh economy growing fast in spite of graft

Amidst the deepening gloom, mostly the outcome of the confrontational politics and petty political interests, there have been glimmers of hope as well in the horizon. While the gloom has been magnified by a highly prejudiced media, the hopes have been overlooked. Unless the politicians learn to subordinate petty self-interest to that of the country's, they will continue to be a drag on the citizens. A 6.5 per cent GDP growth rate in the current FY as prognosticated by ADB should cheer up the nation. The growth, one of the biggest in recent memory, has been recorded in spite of the steep hike in the prices of fuels, confrontational politics and frequent power outages.

Accelerated Employment Services concentrates on jobseekers in the Tsunami affected areas

By Quintus Perera

The Accelerated Employment Services (AES) programme is a Tsunami response programme to accelerate the delivery of integrated labour market services in the areas of employment promotion, short term training and incentives to employers for creating employment opportunities.

Analysis of Khaleda Zia’s Kuwait tour

Kuwait has lifted their 3-year-old restriction from recruiting Bangladeshi workers as well agreed to supply oil on ‘deferred payment’ at ‘favorable prices’ to cushion the country’s fuel budget against crunch in the wake of price spirals on the international market. The assurance came from the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, during official talks with the Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, in Kuwait. With the withdrawal of the embargo from recruiting, not only workers but also semi-skilled and highly skilled professionals like doctors, nurses and engineers could get jobs in that country. At present some 250,000 Bangladeshis are working in Kuwait.

Karunanidhi promises to herald a new era in Dravidian politics

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Promising a new beginning in the Dravidian politics, Muthavel Karunanidhi started his new innings as chief minister. Politics of vendetta will be a thing of the past, he said in an obvious reference to the fact both he and his betenoire Jaya Amma indulged in witch hunting each other whenever voted to power. Still fresh in public memory were the midnight scenes enacted at Karunanidhi's residence four years back when Jayalalithaa made her loyal police officers literally drag the octogenarian from his bed on a trumped charge.

Ceasefire Monitors suspend sea monitoring

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Scandinavian ceasefire monitors have suspended sea monitoring after Tiger guerillas issued the final warning against sea monitors. "Sea monitoring activities have temporary been stopped," Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Ulf Henricsson told the "Asian Tribune." The SLMM Chief, however, said suspension is temporary. "We are adjusting ourselves and hope to come up with new safety regulations and some solutions hopefully by next week," he said.

Pak urges D-8 to enhance trade, investment within Muslim world

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has called upon the Developing-Eight countries to take a lead for promoting greater trade and investment opportunities within the Muslim world. Addressing the D-8 Summit in the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali on Saturday, Pakistani Prime Miister Shaukat Aziz said in the last five years, inter D-8 trade has increased from fourteen point four to thirty three billion dollars, demonstrating that they have the capacity to augment trade even further. This growth can be enhanced by extending our trade relations with rest of the Muslim world as we are obliged to do so as members of the OIC.

A good Kuwaiti gesture

Demonstrating an extraordinary gesture to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia during her two-day visit, Kuwait, the oil-rich Gulf state, assured Bangladesh of supplying petroleum products "on easy terms and conditions" when the price is soaring up and agreed "to lift all barriers" to recruiting manpower from here.

Sri Lankan small industrialists to participate in the All India Industrial exhibition in Chennai

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry has organized a 20 member mission to Chennai in a bid to promote trade and service between South India and Sri Lanka in the beginning of June 2006. The first two days are expected to visit ACMEE 2006 an all India Industrial Exhbition organized by the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association (AIEMA) and AIEMA Technology Centre at the Chennai Trade Centre where three members of SLCSI would be participating. ACMEE 2006 will be from 8th to 12th June.

Bangladesh’s success in various fields surprising

World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich has praised Bangladesh's achievements in various fields and said the country like many developing nations, despite problems, has also scored surprising successes even in the areas of environment, particularly water management and sanitation.

Pak sends fasting Buddha to Lanka

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

As a special gesture of goodwill and friendship, Pakistan has dispatched the statue of ‘Fasting Buddha’ to Sri Lanka where it would be put on public display in one of the main temples of Colombo during the forth coming Vesak celebrations, says a message received here from Colombo. This unprecedented step was taken in response to a request made by the President of Sir Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse during his recent visit to Pakistan.

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