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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2527


Bush and Blair admit making costly mistakes in ‘war on terrorism’

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

In a very rare departure from a position of stubbornly refusing to admit setbacks, mistakes and wrong decisions that epitomized his little over five-year presidential rule, George W. Bush on May 25 at a White House press appearance with British prime minister Tony Blair admitted that the U.S. made costly mistakes in the war on terrorism and particularly in Iraq citing the American military mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

Attack on industrial sector in Bangladesh: This is more than conspiracy

The Kansat-type mayhem that took place in last four days targeting the country's growing garment industry in and around the capital is, undoubtedly, an ominous sign. One after another in the same style but in different pretexts is being used in this election year when the incumbent four-party alliance government is due to relinquish power at the end of its five-year term. After Kansat, similar agitation was created at Shanir Akhra at the city outskirt to press the demand for water and electricity and now at the capital city's industrial belt in the name of 'agitated' garment workers. The unruly elements went on rampage setting ablaze dozens of factories and enterprises and smashing many public and private vehicles at different places - Savar, Mirpur, Tejgaon, Uttara, Ashulia, Kafrul, Gazipur and Narayangonj - on Tuesday.

Former Enron Corp. executives found guilty: Long prison terms expected

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud, and lying about their company’s crumbling finances in one of the nation’s biggest business scandals in U.S. history.

Senior Tiger commander killed "mysteriously"

A senior commander of the Tiger guerrillas has been killed on Wednesday night under mysterious circumstances, as the Tigers buried their deputy Commander Ramanan killed by the renegade rebels loyal to former Eastern commander Karuna. Former Special commander of Tigers Charles Anthony Brigade, Lt. Col. Veeramani was killed on Wednesday night in Kilali, Tiger controlled area according to intelligence sources and sources inside the Tiger held area confirmed the death.

Pak denies Osama’s presence on its soil

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has denied reports regarding presence of Al-Qaida Chief Osama Bin Ladin on its soil. Pakistan military spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan termed an American Television report downright wrong and baseless. He said no official of any country would publicize the intelligence information in this way on media. Pakistan had already said that if anyone got such information should provide it to the country, Sultan added.

Sri Lankan truce monitors awaits Govt. and LTTE response over sea monitoring demands

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune
The Sri Lankan Government Peace Secretariat and the LTTE Peace Secretariat are yet to respond to the proposal submitted to them by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), which emphasized the need for the monitors' protection.

Lanka Indian Oil fuel pumps to run dry in 12 days: Ceypetco assures uninterrupted fuel supply

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

Blue-chip fuel retailer Lanka Indian Oil Company Ltd. (LIOC) yesterday warned that its petrol stocks would end up by the first week of June, followed by the diesel stock which is sufficient for 42 days. LIOC Managing Director K. Ramakrishnan told the “Asian Tribune” that 162 filling stations scattered through-out the country would experience this shortage unless the immediate settlements are made.

Tigers supremo "Snubs" Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Tiger guerrilla supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has declined to meet visiting Norwegian International Development Erik Solheim, the second time the Tiger supremo turned down a request for crisis meeting by the peace envoys. The Tiger chieftain has cited security concerns as the reason to turn down the request for a meeting.

Spanish Red Cross boosts cinnamon production in Galle

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

A Spanish Red Cross project conducted in collaboration with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and the Department of Export Agriculture is assisting tsunami affected families to regain lost livelihoods and helping the country to restore its capacity in cinnamon cultivation, the country's fourth largest export earner crop.

U.N.'s Second in Command Vows to Leave Along with His Boss

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

With seven months before a new secretary-general takes office, the 191-member United Nations remains sharply divided over several politically-contentious issues: a disputed slate of potential candidates for the job, regional geographic rotation as a criterion for selection, and even a proposed change in the routine procedure for the election of the next U.N. chief to succeed incumbent Kofi Annan.

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