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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

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Sri Lanka government schools reopen from today

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

All schools, except those that are used as G.C.E. Advanced Level evaluation centres, are to reopen for the second term today.However, some schools will reopen on the 22nd of this month. Royal College Colombo will be opened on the 27th. The new office and school hours will come into effect from Monday. The office hours will be from 8.30 am to 4.15 pm. The schools will be open at 7.30 am and close at 1.30 pm. Meanwhile, University Grants Commission Chairman Professor Gamini Samaranayake said that special attention has been paid to the security of the students in Vavuniya and Eastern universities under prevailing circumstances.

Journalist’s killing sparks widespread protests in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Journalists and politicians from the opposition parties held protest demonstrations in front of the Parliament House and Supreme Court of Pakistan in Islamabad to condemn the killing of a journalist Hayatullah Khan in North Waziristan Agency six months after his abduction. Hayatullah Khan, in his mid 30s, was found dead in the tribal area of Mirali few kilometers from Miranshah, the headquarters of the agency and he had been handcuffed and shot in the back. He was apparently killed for reporting the death of an Al-Qaida operative in a U.S. Hellfire missile strike.

Sri Lanka deploys 5000 home guards to protect border villages

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Security of the villages in the North-East bordering to the Tiger held territory was beefed up this week with the induction of five thousand strong home guard force.Five thousand home guards, recruited after the tiger guerrillas stepped up attacks against Sinhala and Muslims civilians in the boarder villagers,completed training last week. President Mahinda Rajapaksa has also appointed Navy Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Sarath Weesasekara to strengthen the security of the boarder villages.

Mangala scores a victory in Norway; LTTE slapped in the face

When the Utenriks Departementet (UD – Foreign Ministry) rolled out the red carpet to receive Mangala Samaraweera, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, at the Royal Palace in Oslo, Norway it riled the LTTE no end. A pro-LTTE TamilNet website, heavily funded by the Norwegian Government, reported in its 14 June posting: “Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has received a high-level reception, unusual for a Foreign Minister,. The warm reception accorded to Samaraweera was no doubt, meant to be a slap in the face of Tamil Tiger terrorists who had enjoyed a close relationship with the Norwegian government and, in particular, Erik Solheim, the chief facilitator.

‘Anton’ pipes ad fittings conferred “Superbrand”

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune
An independent United Kingdom authority on branding “Superbrands” has conferred the accolade “Superbrand” on ‘Anton’ pipes and fittings under the 2006 Superbrands Programmes in Sri Lanka. The Authority promotes discipline of branding and appreciates exceptional brands all over the world. These pipes and fittings are exported to a number of foreign markets including Maldives, Bungladesh and South Africa. The brand has achieved SLS and ISO 9001 – 2001 status too, and was certified as being compliant with WHO standards.

Tigers explode mines killing three policemen

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas yesterday exploded a claymore mine killing three policemen in Dutuwewa , 12 km South East of Vavuniya on the Vavuniya – Kebithigollewa road, about 10.15 a.m. in the volatile North of Sri Lanka Three policemen were riding in a tractor fitted with a water bowser. A police official investigating the blast said the mine was fitted to the tractor.

Market holds ground as violence escalates

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 18 June, (Asiantribune.com): Investor confidence took a beating this week as acts of violence against civilians escalated and investor fear also heightening with the peace process again at stand still indicates the Research Report of the HNB Stockbrokers (Pvt) Ltd analyzing the All Share Price Index (ASPI) for the previous week. The recent claymore attack on Thursday, which killed at least 64 civilians, was to date the gravest attack being witnessed after the signing of the ceasefire agreement in 2002. Overall the market was showing a declining trend this week, as investors opted to remain on the sidelines, however the fall in indices was more prominent on Thursday subsequent to the claymore attack.

Musharraf calls for peaceful Kashmir solution

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has called for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute for durable peace and development in the region. He was addressing the second summit of conference on Inter-action and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Almay, Kazakhstan on Saturday. The President said that Pakistan is engaged with India in a peace process to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir dispute.

Sri Lankan Ceasefire Monitors yet to identify perpetrators of the brutal bus attack that killed 64 civilians

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) today urged all parties to come forward with any information available, and to assist the authorities so that the perpetrators of the Kabithigollewa claymore bus attack can be held responsible. The Mission however claimed that although their monitors had immediately visited the site of the incident, which occurred on June 15, killing more than 60 civilians, at this moment the 'SLMM is unable to determine who is behind this brutal act', nor what could be the motive for such threat to humanity.

United States Global Image on the Decline: Interaction with others is Monologue not Dialogue

By Daya Gamage – US Bureau of Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 18 June, (Asiantribune.com): With limited success with its revamped Global Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs campaign with the inauguration of a special bureau in the State Department fifteen months ago, the United States global image has slipped further, an indication that, since September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the American soil, U.S. is still to come out of its monologues posture to engage in a dialogue with the international community especially the Third World nations. A new Global Opinion Poll to assess America’s image overseas, released last week by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, contends that in both allied nations and other parts of the world the U.S. suffered adverse effect on its global image.

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