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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2620


Pak-Afghan friendship bus service formally launched

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pak-Afghan friendship bus service was formally launched on Friday with the departure of first bus carrying 22 passengers from Peshawar to Jalalabad. Minister of Transport in the North-West Frontier Province Akhtar Nawaz Khan bid farewell to the passengers traveling from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Upholding Animals’ rights insists Argentina film maker

An Argentina film maker writes about his mental agony and pain on seeing animals being tortured in circuses and zoos in the United States of America. In a letter written to the Editor Asian Tribune he pointed out his believe in animal rights and expressed his support to Sri Lanka’s writer Daya Dissanayake’s contentions that Elephants in Sri Lanka should not be ill-treated by the human animals – homo sapiens

Report on conflict transformation on peace building process

The newly released report has pointed out the importance of development organizations to engage more proactively in conflict transformation, if their efforts in conflict-affected areas are to have a sustainable impact.The report on Conflict Transformation emphasised that contribution to peace building and reconciliation between conflicting parties has become a central goal of development interventions.

Lafarge violates human rights in tribal areas : Meghalaya NGOs

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

Lafarge- the multi-national cement giant has come under severe criticism for its gross violation of international customary laws and human rights laws in Meghalaya, North East India. The cement through its hundred per cent subsidiary Lafarge Umiam Mining Limited (LUML) in India has indulged in "gross violation" of the law of the land by mortgaging tribal land at Nongtrai and Shella to six foreign banks "for its own benefit".

Burmese Rohingyas exhorts Army rulers to honor the result of 1990 election.

Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand has urged the Burmese regime to honor the result of 1990 election and hold meeting with the leaders of the Committee Representing the People's Parliament (CRPP) as soon as possible. In its appeal Rohyangia Association has emphasized this as s the first crucial step in solving the political, economic and social life-and-death situation faced by the majority of people in the country.

Visiting French trade delegation meets SL entrepreneurs

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

Visiting French trade and charity delegation says people of Grand Lyon need to serve local tsunami victims and also hopes to strengthen their trade ties with Sri Lankan entrepreneurs. Addressing media in Colombo on Friday, President of CGPME (Confédération Général des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises] Mr.Francois Turcas said that their delegation is now holding one to one meetings with the local entrepreneurs, assistance with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Co-ordinator of Investor Services Asia Ltd Mr.Tima Lazarus.

Bangladesh: US Envoy underscores need for dialogue

US Ambassador in Bangladesh Patricia A Butenis has underscored the need for dialogue between the ruling party and the opposition to resolve country's prevailing political conflicts. The US envoy made the suggestion while exchanging views on various aspects of US-Bangladesh relations with executives of the National Press Club in the city.

US State Department Defends outsourcing of terror suspects: Refutes Amnesty International report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

“When we do return people to their home countries, we always go through a very, very careful and detailed process. And they have to be able to assure American officials and policy makers that they believe that these individuals will not be maltreated, will not be tortured. So we go through and do that in every single case,” was what United States Department of State spokesman Sean McCormack told the Washington press at his daily briefing on May 24 when questioned about Amnesty International report accusing the Bush administration of outsourcing terror suspects to their home countries that are notable for prisoner torture.

Sri Lanka aims to complete tsunami housing reconstruction by end 2006

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri lanka

In an effort to overcome various difficulties and issues in the sphere of housing reconstruction and to address the needs of the tsunami affected masses, President, Mahinda Rajapaksa has revised the housing policy to expedite relief to the people who have lost their homes to the tsunami. In assessing tsunami damage, Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) has identified that housing has been the largest physical assets lost to the tsunami. Analyses have shown that houses are the most valued assets and that people affected need them urgently to rebuild their lives.

India blamed for backing destruction of Bangladesh’s garment sector

By Sunita Paul

Is Bangladesh the target of yet another attack? The attack this time was against its economic power-house - the garment industry - unlike the countrywide bombing campaign in August last year, which was apparently motivated by religious extremism. Last year's attack was directed against the judicial institutions and internal security of the country.

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