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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.

Pak urges D-8 to enhance trade, investment within Muslim world

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has called upon the Developing-Eight countries to take a lead for promoting greater trade and investment opportunities within the Muslim world. Addressing the D-8 Summit in the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali on Saturday, Pakistani Prime Miister Shaukat Aziz said in the last five years, inter D-8 trade has increased from fourteen point four to thirty three billion dollars, demonstrating that they have the capacity to augment trade even further. This growth can be enhanced by extending our trade relations with rest of the Muslim world as we are obliged to do so as members of the OIC.

A good Kuwaiti gesture

Demonstrating an extraordinary gesture to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia during her two-day visit, Kuwait, the oil-rich Gulf state, assured Bangladesh of supplying petroleum products "on easy terms and conditions" when the price is soaring up and agreed "to lift all barriers" to recruiting manpower from here.

Sri Lankan small industrialists to participate in the All India Industrial exhibition in Chennai

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry has organized a 20 member mission to Chennai in a bid to promote trade and service between South India and Sri Lanka in the beginning of June 2006. The first two days are expected to visit ACMEE 2006 an all India Industrial Exhbition organized by the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association (AIEMA) and AIEMA Technology Centre at the Chennai Trade Centre where three members of SLCSI would be participating. ACMEE 2006 will be from 8th to 12th June.

Bangladesh’s success in various fields surprising

World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich has praised Bangladesh's achievements in various fields and said the country like many developing nations, despite problems, has also scored surprising successes even in the areas of environment, particularly water management and sanitation.

Pak sends fasting Buddha to Lanka

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

As a special gesture of goodwill and friendship, Pakistan has dispatched the statue of ‘Fasting Buddha’ to Sri Lanka where it would be put on public display in one of the main temples of Colombo during the forth coming Vesak celebrations, says a message received here from Colombo. This unprecedented step was taken in response to a request made by the President of Sir Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse during his recent visit to Pakistan.

UANF released Customs officials

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

After 17 days in captivity, the two abducted Customs officials were finally released on Saturday morning by the United A’chik National Front (UANF) militant outfit. Personnel of the Border Security Force, personnel guarding the porous international Indo-Bangla border were the first to spot the two abducted Customs officials- Dharani Bora and Mrinal Sharma about 6.30 A.M today nearby a Dalu village in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh.

A timely stand by Bangladesh Home Minister

State Minister for Home Affairs in Bangladesh, Lutfuzzaman Babar raised an extremely important point during the just concluded Conference of the Home Ministers of the South Asian Nations. Babar pointed to the issue of combating drug trafficking within South Asia, and said, ‘Narcotics are affecting every country, and Pakistan has been assigned to identify specific activities within the year on how to stop proliferation of drugs abuse in South Asia’.

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