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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398


UN briefing on Burma violence - global protests

Responding to current reports of escalating violence by the Burmese (Myanmar) ruling military junta against thousands of ethnic minority Kayin (Karen) villagers, The Burma UN Service Office and global humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) will present a briefing Tuesday May 16 at the United Nations.

Sri Lanka: UNDP empower tsunami affected communities in Hambantota

The United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] will formally hand over material and financial assistance worth Rs.7.5 Million, to 62 selected Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Hambantota District today.

Special probe ordered over Kayts killings

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A special police investigation has been ordered into the killing of eight civilians, the members of an extended family in Kayts, Jaffna Saturday night. A special investigation is underway to get the correct picture of the whole incident. We will bring the killers to justice,” a senior Defence Ministry official told the Asian Tribune. The Navy, which controls the islands, has denied the involvement, despite allegations by local civilians of a possible Navy involvement.

Did Bangladeshis Miscalculate in Preventing Journalist’s US Appearance?

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

One has to feel sorry for Bangladesh’s leaders these days. Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and her Ministers have set an ambitious agenda for themselves. They have made strides in press freedom, women’s status, minority rights, and judicial reforms; and know that they have to continue progress in those areas. Corruption remains a problem for their country, which they must root out. And the Prime Minister and others have gone out of their way to mend previously fractured relationships with some of Bangladesh’s neighbors.

Periodic comet Schawassmann- Wachmann 3 could be observed in the early morning skies - SL Scientist

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Principal Research Scientist on Space Applications of the Arthur C. Clerk Institute Dr. Chandana Jayaratne says the periodic comet Schawassmann- Wachmann 3 could be observed in the early morning skies from 14 to 17th of this month. The position of the two fragmented comet is 30 degrees towards the north.

Bangladesh economy growing fast in spite of graft

Amidst the deepening gloom, mostly the outcome of the confrontational politics and petty political interests, there have been glimmers of hope as well in the horizon. While the gloom has been magnified by a highly prejudiced media, the hopes have been overlooked. Unless the politicians learn to subordinate petty self-interest to that of the country's, they will continue to be a drag on the citizens. A 6.5 per cent GDP growth rate in the current FY as prognosticated by ADB should cheer up the nation. The growth, one of the biggest in recent memory, has been recorded in spite of the steep hike in the prices of fuels, confrontational politics and frequent power outages.

Accelerated Employment Services concentrates on jobseekers in the Tsunami affected areas

By Quintus Perera

The Accelerated Employment Services (AES) programme is a Tsunami response programme to accelerate the delivery of integrated labour market services in the areas of employment promotion, short term training and incentives to employers for creating employment opportunities.

Analysis of Khaleda Zia’s Kuwait tour

Kuwait has lifted their 3-year-old restriction from recruiting Bangladeshi workers as well agreed to supply oil on ‘deferred payment’ at ‘favorable prices’ to cushion the country’s fuel budget against crunch in the wake of price spirals on the international market. The assurance came from the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, during official talks with the Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, in Kuwait. With the withdrawal of the embargo from recruiting, not only workers but also semi-skilled and highly skilled professionals like doctors, nurses and engineers could get jobs in that country. At present some 250,000 Bangladeshis are working in Kuwait.

Karunanidhi promises to herald a new era in Dravidian politics

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Promising a new beginning in the Dravidian politics, Muthavel Karunanidhi started his new innings as chief minister. Politics of vendetta will be a thing of the past, he said in an obvious reference to the fact both he and his betenoire Jaya Amma indulged in witch hunting each other whenever voted to power. Still fresh in public memory were the midnight scenes enacted at Karunanidhi's residence four years back when Jayalalithaa made her loyal police officers literally drag the octogenarian from his bed on a trumped charge.

Ceasefire Monitors suspend sea monitoring

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Scandinavian ceasefire monitors have suspended sea monitoring after Tiger guerillas issued the final warning against sea monitors. "Sea monitoring activities have temporary been stopped," Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Ulf Henricsson told the "Asian Tribune." The SLMM Chief, however, said suspension is temporary. "We are adjusting ourselves and hope to come up with new safety regulations and some solutions hopefully by next week," he said.

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