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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2310

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Peace process deadlock likely to continue

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Government's Peace Secretariat Chief Palitha Kohona has expressed optimism that the latest visit of the Norwegian facilitators would be a turning point to the current stalled peace process.

Judge Weeramantry wins UNESCO peace education award

Sri Lankan judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, former Vice-president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, was awarded on Wednesday the UNESCO annual prize for peace education, the UN's culture and science organisation said.

Bangladesh Minister's wife runs fake private university

Wife of State Minister for Education Ehsanul Haque Milon is running a fake university named ‘The International University’ at city's Uttara model town, thus cheating hundreds of students in Bangladesh.
The matter came to the attention when a local newspaper published an exclusive report on it. According to the report, the education ministry has found that the authorities of The International University have been running the private institution for over five years with a fake approval of the ministry.

Four LTTE cadres killed by Karuna in the East – military official

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Four Tiger guerrillas were killed and two injured on Wednesday in an attack believed to be carried by the rebels of former LTTE Eastern Commander, “Colonel” Karuna on a LTTE bunker in Upparu near Muttur in the country’s volatile East, military sources said.The attack which happened at 9.30 pm on 24 May, had killed four Tiger guerrillas, according to intercepted LTTE transmissions.

Sri Lanka Government to promote rice flour for pastries

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Government is trying to promote rice flours in the country instead of wheat flours. Ministry of Science and Technology is presently experimenting to produce bread and other pastries by mixing rice and wheat flours. A senior cabinet Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana says that the government may reduce import of wheat flour to popularize rice flour among the masses.

Private universities: strangled hopes and vacuous promises

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

The education scenario has come a long way since the early 1990s when the whole private university scenario was enveloped in uncertainty. As far as this writer can remember, one of the best private universities at the moment was housed in a small house back then with the office being run by a handful of men. At that time, the office which literally didn't inspire much was in no way indicative of the fact that one day the whole country would be right in the middle of a private university boom.

Tiger guerrillas kill three security forces personnel as Norwegians strive to save a crumbling truce.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tamil Tiger guerrillas exploded a claymore mine killing three security forces personnel in the North and attacked an army forward defence line in the East as two key Norwegian peace brokers are due in the island to save the ceasefire agreement hit by the worst level of violence since its inception. Tiger guerrillas blew up a claymore mine targeting an army vehicle transporting mid-day meal to soldiers who are on duty in check points in Marikkarampalai, in the Northern town of Vavuniya today morning.

Marketing Sri Lanka to American Traveler

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The Americans have special interests when traveling to the Asian Continent: diving, surfing, bird- watching, trekking, hot air ballooning, white water rafting and eco-tourism. The SriLankan Airlines Senior Vice President for North America and Canada, Ken Campbell believes that “the American public wasn’t traveling to Sri Lanka not because of the unrest, but because they do not know about what the country has to offer.”

Dhaka’s industrial sector in danger

More readymade garment factories and vehicles were damaged on Tuesday, as labor unrest, which originated near the Dhaka export processing zone in Savar on Monday, spilled into the capital city. The paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles were called in, as workers went on the rampage for the second day straight. There were also reports of looting of machinery and other goods from some factories.The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) convened an emergency meeting in the afternoon and threatened to shut down readymade garment factories indefinitely, if the government failed to control within five hours.

A full-scale probe into the grenade attacks on NGO offices - Sri Lankan Police Chief

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan Police Chief announced that a full-scale probe was underway into the grenade attacks on three offices of the International Non-Government Organizations in the country’s restive East. "An aggressive, impartial and transparent investigation is being conducted."” Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando told the “Asian Tribune” referring to the investigation into grenade attacks on three International Non Government Organizations working in the East.

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