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Bangladesh intimates the need for better naval cooperation with Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Bangladesh Navy Commander Rear Admiral Hasan Ali Khan currently in Sri Lanka on a five day visit has stressed upon the need for improved naval cooperation between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He expressed this sentiment during a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse at the Temple Trees in Colombo. The Bangladeshi navy Chief who arrived in the country on July 3rd, also held discussions with Sri Lanka's Navy Commander Wasantha Karannagoda and Air Force Commander Air Martial Roshan Gunathilaka where the same sentiments were expressed.

Australia celebrates indigenous culture

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

In Sri Lanka, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be displayed in the Australian High Commission grounds to mark NAIDOC Week. The Australian Aboriginal flag is a recognizable symbol of the Aboriginal people in Australia - black represents the Aboriginal people of Australia, the color red represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal people’s spiritual relation to the land, while the yellow disk represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector.

U Win Tin – Burmese prominent dissident today enters his 17th year of captivity

U win TinU Win Tin(born March 12, 1929) is continuously held as prisoner in Burma sincen 04 July 1989. So far he has spent 16 years in the Burmese notorious prisons and this months he will be stepping into his 17th year of captivity. In 2001, U Win Tin was awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for his efforts to defend and promote and right to freedom of expression. That year, he was also awarded the World Association of Newspapers' Golden Pen of Freedom prize.

Central Bank to take holistic approach in developing the economy

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Central Bank of Sri Lanka is (CBSL) expected to perform its duties much better and effectively in the future. Ajith Nivad Cabraal disclosing his plans for the banking regulator and its operations in national development told this yesterday assuming duty as the 12th Governor of the Central Bank. The Governor is also the Chairman of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. "Maintaining the economic and price stability followed by the maintaining of financial system stability, are the two main functions of the Central Bank. Among many other important capacities, Central Bank plays the role of the Economic Advisor to the Government. My intention is to continue these services much better and effectively," he said.

SAARC Working Group on Tourism promotion

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The second meeting of the SAARC Working Group on Tourism was inaugurated in Colombo on Monday. The Ministry of Tourism together with the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted the 2nd Working Group on Tourism of the SAARC Region from July 3 to 4 in Colombo. Earlier from August 16 to 17 in 2004 Sri Lanka hosted the 1st Meeting of the Working Group in Colombo. The main objective of the meeting was to review the progress of the projects agreed upon at the last meeting held in Colombo on 2004. Another aim was to reformulate a plan of action to be implemented next year.

Sri Lanka Army must win over the hearts and minds of the Tamil people.

The Sri Lanka Army, when in action is not distinguishing between Civilians and combatants. This type action of the armed forces amounts viewing all the Tamils as potential enemies. The army therefore is better if its concentrate only on attacking LTTE military targets than engaging in close combat in predominately Tamil areas. This should be left to the forces who can speak Tamil writes Mr. R. Ranasinghe of United Kingdom in a “Letter to the Editor.”

Sri Lanka explosion kills six injures 14 including two children

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Six persons were killed and fourteen others including two children were injured when an explosive laden tri-shaw (three wheeler) exploded at around 11.45 a.m. on Monday at Anuradhapura, hours following a bomb scare at Dehiwela, just outside the city of Colombo. The Media Centre for National Security said that the explosion occurred when police personnel attempted to the check the three wheeler which was parked near a market.

World Bank suggests change of policy framework

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

World Bank has recently recommended the Sri Lanka Government that national development goals could be achieved by creating awareness among both local and potential international investors by changing the policy framework and adhering to suggested reforms. World Bank highlighted these recommendations recently, launching an in-depth report on taking the advantage of the newly established global trade services, Sri Lanka branding it self as an off-shore destination of choice for international visitors and government policy measures.

Health card of Prabakaran is not so rosy as it ought to be

PrabakaranThe health condition of Velupillai Prabakaran has become a matter of serious concern among the inner circle of the LTTE. Some sources claim that adverse reports are not forwarded to him fearing that these reports might affect his health. Most of the work load is taken off his shoulders and delegated to trusted cadres. His doctors are most concerned about his diabetes and his bouts of depression. Partly because of this and partly because of security reasons his movements have been restricted. He is no longer seen as the outdoor activists. Even his exercises are confined to indoors. He does not want to set a pattern to his daily routine fearing that his enemies could easily target him by studying the routine.

Sri Lankan families flee rebel controlled village after LTTE attempts to recruit children to their force

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Nine families living in a LTTE controlled village called Panichchankerni have fled their homes owing to continuous harassment against them by LTTE cadres, who demanded that they surrender their children (amounting to 14 youths) to the Tamil Tiger rebel Organization to undergo training as 'combatants.' These families, who fled their homes late last week, reached the Sri Lankan security forces roadblock at Mankerni in Batticaloa on Saturday afternoon. The parents of these children had complained about the LTTE harassment to the security personnel who in turn have informed the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission of this latest development.

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