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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2864


Sri Lanka to take up Tiger demand for removal of EU nationals from SLMM

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry and Peace Secretariat would take up the Tiger guerrilla's rejection of the ceasefire monitors representative of the EU nations. Information Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told the weekly cabinet briefing said the Norwegian peace facilitators had informed the government of LTTE demand for the removal of Danes, Swedish and Finish representatives from the ceasefire-monitoring mission. "The government does not have any objection either to the facilitator (Norway) or the truce monitors," added Minister Priyadarsana Yapa.

Sri Lankan SME's to be represented across the globe - Minister Bogollagama

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Stephen Timms Chief Secretary to the Treasury UK and Mrs. Shiranthi Mahinda Rajapakse declared open the ‘Serendib 2006 Sri Lanka Trade Exhibition’ on Wednesday at New Connaught Rooms Covent Garden, London, The three-day exhibition showcases the creativity, imagination, quality and capabilities of the Sri Lankan export led economy. 60 local exhibitors now display their products at the exhibition.

Lanka Foreign Minister to brief Indian PM on Thursday

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Mangala SamaraweeraSri Lanka's foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera will be here in Delhi on today (Thursday) on a brief visit, Navtej Sarna, spokesman of Indian foreign office announced. "The main purpose of the visit", Sarna said, "is to apprise the Indian leadership of the situation in Sri Lanka. Naturally, the peace process will dominate the agenda". He added that the Samaraweera visit might be seen as part of the continuing high level political dialogue between India and Sri Lanka on "matters of mutual interest".

Four feared dead in military chopper crash in Pak

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least four people are feared dead as military helicopter in Pakistan crashed in dam in the South-eastern part of the country, a government official said. Soldiers and paramilitary militiamen were on board the helicopter when it came down on Wednesday at 7:17 am (local time) in a dam in the tribal region, some 10 kilometers west of Bannu, a major city in the region, said Mohammed Iqbal Khan District Police Officer (DPO) Bannu. Four soldiers in the helicopter are missing and believed to be in the dam water while three others were rescued, he added. He said one soldier received minor injuries. The helicopter came down apparently due to a technical fault in Barani Dam, Iqbal told reporters.

Sri Lankan bridges at great risk owing to sand mining

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Vehicles and pedestrians travelling on several bridges, which runs over the Deduru Oya and Maha Oya rivers, are facing great risk owing to the weakening structures of some of these bridges, due to over mining of the river bed for sand. The Nikaweratiya Bridge, which runs over the Deduru Oya, tops the danger list due to excessive sand mining in that river. "There is a threat, but it does not mean that the bridge would collapse anytime soon, still chances must not be taken, one cannot predict when it will come to such a state for they are like the climate change," Achala Navaratne, Environmental Scientist attached to the Environmental Foundation Limited (EFL) told the “Asian Tribune.”

Vajpayee 'blesses' Shashi Tharoor's bid

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Shashi TharoorDiplomat- writer Shashi Tharoor rounded up his first visit of New Delhi after India announced his candidature for the top UN job by getting the blessings of Atal Behari Vajpayee, a former Prime Minister and BJP patriarch. Tharoor told Vajpayee that he had come to seek his blessings "and he gave it to me unhesitatingly." Vajpayee's Krishna Menon Marg residence was the last port of call for the UN Undersecretary General for communications. Since his arrival on Sunday night, he had been meeting a cross section of political leaders and the egg-heads in the foreign policy establishment while obliging the byte hungry Indian electronic media.

Sri Lankan Authorities frown on housemaids

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan housemaids who are one of the biggest foreign exchange earners to the country maybe sidelined in the future, following a decision taken by the Labor Relations and Foreign Employment Ministry to promote skilled labor instead of illiterate women traveling to the West Asia and other parts of the world to work as housemaids. A top official attached to the Ministry disclosed that special attention has been drawn towards promoting male migrant workers and also females in specialized fields including nursing and in the hotel sector.

Asian Security: Need for a Collective Approach

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Asia has been the fountain of the greatest and some of the most ancient civilizations and religions of the world and possesses enormous human and natural resources. However, in modern history, the continent has seldom been at the centre-stage of world politics. Indeed, unlike Africans, for example, Asian citizens have never really had a feeling of oneness. When an African is asked where he is from, he seldom says that he is a Kenyan, Nigerian or Ugandan – he invariably replies that he is from Africa. Though it was first promoted during Jawaharlal Nehru’s time, the concept of Asia as a continent with many commonalties and similar aspirations has gained prominence only in the last 10 to 15 years.

SL needs national programme to manage solid waste.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A senior academic Udeni Chularatne proposes that the government must attend to prepare a national programme to manage solid waste in Sri Lanka. He said Sri Lanka needs community participatory system to launch nation wide project to manage solid waste and earn additional income for local government institutions. Addressing media in Colombo on Wednesday, Mr.Chularatne said that India follows similar programme to clear and manage solid waste.

Mumbai is the rudest city in the world: A survey by Reader's Digest

By Dr. P.L. Joshi

This is regarding a news item titled "Mumbai is world's rudest city: Survey", appeared in Hindustan Times, June 21, 2006. The news item reads "This is one rude awakening. Mumbai is the rudest city in the world according to a survey across 35 countries by The Reader's Digest. With 32 marks out of 100, it is at the bottom of the barrel, just below Bucharest, the rudest city in Europe."

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