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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2730


Kuwaiti Amir arrives to a red carpet welcome in Pakistan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah Monday arrived in Islamabad on a two-day state visit to Pakistan, during which he will hold talks with Pakistani leadership on bilateral, regional and international issues. He was accorded a red carpet welcome when arrived at the Chaklala Air Base in Islamabad. Pervez Musharraf received the distinguished guest. A twenty-one gun salute boomed out as he alighted from the plane. Two small children dressed in traditional costumes presented bouquets to the distinguished guest.

Local hurdles delay Sri Lanka's first ever budget airline take off

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Recruiting local personnel has delayed HolidayAir, Sri Lanka's first ever budget airline, from taking off as scheduled, with the company now hoping to get off the ground by the first week of December. "Although HolidayAir initially scheduled to takeoff by May/June 2006, and despite the finances are in place, the process is a long one and we have now tentatively scheduled to take off during the first week of December this year to several Indian cities including Trichy, Trivandrum, Cochin and Calicut," Chief Executive Officer for the airline company Arjun Ruzaik told the “Asian Tribune.”

Samaraweera exposes Prabhakaran’s myths and lays down the line to the Norwegians

Addressing the Norwegian Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, said that Velupillai Prabhakaran is not a freedom fighter like Nelson Mandela but a “brutal guerilla leader who has crushed all democratic voices of dissent within the Tamil community”. He added that Prabhakaran has eliminated almost all democratic Tamil leaders (over 70) and “today the democratic franchise enjoyed by Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslims living elsewhere in Sri Lanka does not extend to these (LTTE-controlled) areas. The right to dissent is no more.”

Strange twist to probe against Ceylon Electricity Board General Manager

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

In a new twist to the ongoing investigation of Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) its General Manager Ranjith Fonseka, former Power and Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha has written to the CEB Board
requesting them to immediately discontinue the investigation on the General Manager. The letter, it is learnt comes in the midst of several meetings over the recent past between the General Manager and this former Minister.

Pro-Saddam daily supports Mamun

By Sunita Paul

Just on 18th June, a well known pro-Saddam vernacular daily in Bangladesh, The Inqilab, published a front-page interview of Giasuddin Al-Mamun, the most hated corrupt man in Bangladesh. In the interview, Mamun termed Asian Tribune as a web based newsletter and passed several remarks saying this foreign newspaper has no right to write anything about anyone like him, who has never been indulged into corruption. No doubt, the daily is presently playing an extremely anti-ruling alliance role and it was already reported in Bangladeshi press that the owner of this newspaper received US$ 15 million from Indian intelligence agency RAW just recently.

We want to be united and project our nationality through ZORO - R. Thangmawia

Thangmawia and Kipgen"I want to speak very clearly. We will like to urge our brothers to join us in our movement. Joining ZORO does not mean that you have to disregard or abandon your mother organization. We want to be united and project our nationality. When we achieve reunification, we can choose any name we like. All the artificial boundaries created during the colonial period should not be a hindrance to our reunification. If we work together, we can accomplish our goal in ten years, “emphasized. R. Thangmawia, President of the Zo Reunification Organization in an exclusive interview. He further said: We were called Kuki since 1761 and prior to the 1824 Anglo-Burmese war. At that time when they used the term "KUKI," it covered us all. However, like the "CHIN" nomenclature given to us by the Burmans, the word "KUKI" is a Bengali term which means "mountaineers." This is the reason why many of our people in Chittagong hill tracts; Chin hills and Mizoram do not accept this foreign name. In short, we all were once called KUKIS. Kukis of today are "New Kuki" and others including myself belong to the "Old Kuki."

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.

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