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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2788


EPDP hits out at the Co-chairs for the escalation of violence by the LTTE

In a statement issued by the EPDP it has denied the allegation made by the Co-chairs that they are responsible for the recent escalation of violence. Pointing a finger directly at the LTTE for the escalation of violence the EPDP has said that the International Community is following the disinformation campaign launched against it by the LTTE. EPDP also points our that the International Community must accept its share of blame for the escalation of violence by LTTE, targeting the Tamil community and destabilizing the peace process.

Fowzie despises Hakeem's entry into the government

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

A H M Fowzie, Minister of Railways, Transport, Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development said that if Muslim Congress Leader RAuf Hakeem is taken to the folds of the government, Hakeem would destroy the government and therefore he never approves Hakeem's entry into the government. He told this to a group of journalists at a press briefing held in his Ministry last week, in an answer to a query by a journalist whether the rumor that was spreading that Rauf Hakeem is to join the government was true.

Meghalaya banned screening of "Da Vinci Code"

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

Meghalaya government has banned screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Da Vinci Code" in this predominantly Christian state.
On Thursday, the multi-coalition government took this decision based on the report submitted by the seven District Magistrates of the State. In their report submitted to the General Administrative Department Minister, HDR.Lyngdoh, the District Magistrates suggested the government not to screen Ron Howard film owing public opposition to screen the film in theatres.

Stringent security measures imposed in Muttur

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Amidst threats issued to the Muslim community by an alleged LTTE auxiliary force who demanded these civilians to vacate their villages last week, Army officials assured that around the clock protection is being given to the villages in Muttur, situated in the eastern province's Trincomalee District. "Defence authorities have taken up necessary measures to apply stringent security measures to these villages in Trinco," sources attached to the Army headquarters told the “Asian Tribune.”

Australia doubles number of scholarships to the Asia and Pacific region

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Australian High Commissioner Dr. Greg French says the government of Australia would double the number of scholarships to the Asia-Pacific region.
Under a new 1.4 billion Australia dollar scheme, scholarships will be provided over 19,000 in the next five years for education cooperation in the Asia and pacific region. Leaders in the region will be also be targeted for study in Australia through a new ‘Australian Leadership Awards Scheme.’

Bangladesh industrial sector flares up again

At least 30 people were injured on Wednesday in clashes between workers and officials of a readymade garment factory in the Dhaka export processing zone at Savar. In the morning several hundred workers of A-1 garments factory started a work abstention program to press home their 11-point charter of demands. More than 100 workers from Youngone, Spot-ex and Shine Fashion, a sister concern of Ring Sign Industry of South Korea, expressed solidarity with the demands and also went on work abstention. The workers also staged demonstrations.

Refugees International Calls for More Aid to Displaced People and Vulnerable Populations in Burma

Dire humanitarian conditions in Burma require an increase in aid from the United States and other donors, Refugees International concluded in a new report. Ending the Waiting Game: in Burma argues that the crisis in Burma has reached a point where displaced people and other vulnerable populations simply cannot wait any longer for outside assistance, including health services, education, food production and building the capacity of civil society organizations in the country. U.S. sanctions against Burma's military regime currently prevent the provision of significant humanitarian aid.

Bangladesh people will reject extra-constitutional rule - US State Dept. Official

A United States official yesterday said the people of Bangladesh will reject any military takeover or extra-constitutional rule and work hard to protect democracy. "I trust that the people of Bangladesh will reject that option and work hard to protect its long tradition of democracy,' Oscar DeSoto, a senior US State Department official, said during website chat with some Bangladeshi journalists. His comment came when asked if the US has any role to play in protecting democracy in Bangladesh from any extra-constitutional move in the wake of failure of political leadership to resolve their election disputes.

Orange Electric attracts Australian Investor to Sri Lanka

Kushan Kodituwaku, Managing Director of wholly Sri Lankan owned electrical switch and socket manufacturing giant Orange Electric, has been successful in attracting big time Australian Investors to Sri Lanka. He has convinced Australia’s second largest electrical switch manufacturer, Herman Plastic Moldings Put (HPM) to consider Sri Lanka for a join venture manufacturing plant for export to Australia. HPM, which is a 120-year-old family business in Australia.

Karuna Group slates Co-Chairs for not doing enough to disarm LTTE

It is irresponsible and reprehensible for the Co-Chairs to call for the disarming of the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal led by Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, (Colonel Karuna Amman) without first disarming the LTTE – the deadliest terrorists group destablising peace in Sri Lanka,” said Thooyavan, the spokesman of the TMVP. "In insisting that TEMVP should be disarmed the Co-chairs are acting under LTTE pressure to protect the interests of the Tigers and not to protect either peace or the Tamil people who have been the victims of their terror,” he said. “In any case, if the Co-chairs insist on this course of action to appease the LTTE they should be held responsible for escalating violence which is not in the best interests either of peace or the Tamil people. The first step towards peace is to disarm the LTTE. The rest will fall into place if this is implemented by the international community,” said Thooyavan.

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