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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2610


Shell Gas Lanka on Good Health and safety through art by school children

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 03 June, ( success achieved by Shell Gas Lanka (Pvt) Ltd by conducting the All Island Art Competition in 2004 to mark the ‘Safety Week,’ the Company has now decided to make it an annual event. The competition theme has been ‘Good Health, Safety and Environment practices for a Better Lifestyle’ (HSE) the last year's competition was held under three categories for school children – Category A from grades 1 to 4, Category B from Grades 5 to 6 and Category C from Grades 7 to 9.

Las Vegas seeks Indian trade show business

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

While the Bush administration is further cementing its trade, investment, political and strategic ties with India in an attempt to boost India to have a level playing field with emerging economic giant China, the world famous gambling city Las Vegas endeavors to offer attractive incentives for India to bring their trade shows here for better international exposure. The catch is Las Vegas, with its 9.5 million square feet of convention space and 133,000 hotel rooms – the most in the nation, makes billions of dollars hosting conventions and trade shows.

China’s middle-class dream shattered: millions of graduates face unemployment

This summer will be a huge disappointment for millions of Chinese university and college graduates. After spending a fortune, usually of their parents’ money, on school fees, and years of hard work, most of them will not even find a job. A number of Chinese government departments acknowledged this fact last month. A report by the National Development and Reform Commission, the former central planner, warned that China faces serious challenges this year because there will be no work for 60 percent of the 4.13 million new graduates. Only 1.6 million jobs will be available for them—down 22 percent from the previous year.

Richard Boucher expressed US belief in a negotiated settlement in Sri Lanka

United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher was yesterday equally critical of both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as well as the Government of Sri Lanka. Richard Boucher was speaking after a meeting with the Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapakse, and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on a brief stop-over in the capital Colombo. Boucher said: "The LTTE must renounce terror in word and deed, stop the violence and recognize that the only solution to the conflict is a political one."

Diplomatic travel arrangement a ‘must’ for LTTE to participate in the Talks in Oslo

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has tentatively agreed to participate in the forthcoming talks proposed to be held in Oslo, Norway. The talks are scheduled to be held on the 8th and the 9th of June. S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Division of the LTTE while speaking to the media revealed their position after a meeting with the Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Wolf Hendrickson. Monitoring Mission Head Wolf Hendrickson confirmed the LTTE’s participation in Oslo talks and added that he had visited Kilinochchi to discuss the arrangements for the talks.

EPDP hits out at the Co-chairs for the escalation of violence by the LTTE

In a statement issued by the EPDP it has denied the allegation made by the Co-chairs that they are responsible for the recent escalation of violence. Pointing a finger directly at the LTTE for the escalation of violence the EPDP has said that the International Community is following the disinformation campaign launched against it by the LTTE. EPDP also points our that the International Community must accept its share of blame for the escalation of violence by LTTE, targeting the Tamil community and destabilizing the peace process.

Fowzie despises Hakeem's entry into the government

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A H M Fowzie, Minister of Railways, Transport, Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development said that if Muslim Congress Leader RAuf Hakeem is taken to the folds of the government, Hakeem would destroy the government and therefore he never approves Hakeem's entry into the government. He told this to a group of journalists at a press briefing held in his Ministry last week, in an answer to a query by a journalist whether the rumor that was spreading that Rauf Hakeem is to join the government was true.

Meghalaya banned screening of "Da Vinci Code"

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

Meghalaya government has banned screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Da Vinci Code" in this predominantly Christian state.
On Thursday, the multi-coalition government took this decision based on the report submitted by the seven District Magistrates of the State. In their report submitted to the General Administrative Department Minister, HDR.Lyngdoh, the District Magistrates suggested the government not to screen Ron Howard film owing public opposition to screen the film in theatres.

Stringent security measures imposed in Muttur

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Amidst threats issued to the Muslim community by an alleged LTTE auxiliary force who demanded these civilians to vacate their villages last week, Army officials assured that around the clock protection is being given to the villages in Muttur, situated in the eastern province's Trincomalee District. "Defence authorities have taken up necessary measures to apply stringent security measures to these villages in Trinco," sources attached to the Army headquarters told the “Asian Tribune.”

Australia doubles number of scholarships to the Asia and Pacific region

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Australian High Commissioner Dr. Greg French says the government of Australia would double the number of scholarships to the Asia-Pacific region.
Under a new 1.4 billion Australia dollar scheme, scholarships will be provided over 19,000 in the next five years for education cooperation in the Asia and pacific region. Leaders in the region will be also be targeted for study in Australia through a new ‘Australian Leadership Awards Scheme.’

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