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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2837


British Navy chief visits Trinco harbor, says his first experience in guerilla warfare.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Visiting British Royal Navy Admiral and fleet Commander-in-Chief Jonathan Band who traveled to Trincomalee confessed to Sri Lankan naval officers present there that this was his first experience in guerilla warfare. Admiral Band witnessed yesterday a demonstration by the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) commandoes, Sri Lanka's equivalent to British Seals. He also traveled in inner and outer harbor to witness the security build up in the Trinco harbor, which is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

Sri Lanka President to appoint Constitutionalt Advisory Council to explore autochthonous solution to the ethnic conflict

Representatives of all most all the political parties in Sri Lanka have acquiesced for the first time the existence of grievances in the midst of the Tamils and Tamil speaking minority ethnic groups in this country and they have agreed to explore a long-term solution to the issues the minority community faces today. At the Fifth All Party Conference held yesterday at President’s secretariat, a consensus was reached to address the issues faced by the Tamils and Tamil speaking people and to find a lasting solution.

Pakistan, India vow to enhance people-to-people contacts

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and India have agreed to work on the modalities of proposals identified by the two sides to expand people to people contacts. A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the two day talks between culture secretaries in New Delhi today underlined the importance of interaction in the field of culture and related areas to promote interaction at various levels.

Minister Fowzie emphasizes the need for fuel price increase

Quintus Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The government has been heavily subsidizing the fuel sales in Sri Lanka and the loss per month now accounts to a huge amount of Rupees 2 billion. A H M Fowzie, Minister of Railways, Transport, Petroleum and Petroleum Resource Development told a media briefing that the price of a liter of petrol should be increased to at least Rs 100, with the view to seek some relief on the huge loss of Rupees two billion incurred by the Petroleum Corporation each month.

Mixed response on banning “The Da Vinci Code” across Meghalaya

Raymond R Kharmujai - Asian Tribune

The banning of the Hollywood blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” across Meghalaya in North East India has evoked a mixed response, with some say it’s a welcome move while some are unhappy with the government decision. On Thursday, the multi-coalition MDA government has banned screening of Ron Howard’s movie after several Church leaders, NGOs and others opposed the screening of the movie saying the content of the movie is “blasphemous”.

Sri Lanka Tea experts has completed a successful mission in Rwanda

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka tea experts, including tea machinery and blending experts have completed a successful study mission to assist Rwandan government to produce value added tea to compete with the global tea market. However tea experts say the Rwandan tea sellers have not sufficient tea products and their current annual tea production is nearly 14 million kilograms.

US to Seek UN Security Council Resolution on Burma: Refugees International faults US policy

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

While the U.S. State Department in a statement announced that it intends to pursue a U.N. Security Council resolution that will underscore the international community’s concern about the situation in Burma, the Washington-based Refugees International, in a new report released here on June 1 says U.S. sanctions against Burma’s military regime currently prevent the provision of significant humanitarian aid. Refugee International, a 27-year-old advocacy organization traveled to Burma and Thailand in November-December 2005 to analyze the situation for people displaced within Burma’s borders and came up with a comprehensive report titled Ending the Waiting Game: Strategies for Responding to Internally Displaced People in Burma.

Shell Gas Lanka on Good Health and safety through art by school children

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 03 June, ( success achieved by Shell Gas Lanka (Pvt) Ltd by conducting the All Island Art Competition in 2004 to mark the ‘Safety Week,’ the Company has now decided to make it an annual event. The competition theme has been ‘Good Health, Safety and Environment practices for a Better Lifestyle’ (HSE) the last year's competition was held under three categories for school children – Category A from grades 1 to 4, Category B from Grades 5 to 6 and Category C from Grades 7 to 9.

Las Vegas seeks Indian trade show business

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

While the Bush administration is further cementing its trade, investment, political and strategic ties with India in an attempt to boost India to have a level playing field with emerging economic giant China, the world famous gambling city Las Vegas endeavors to offer attractive incentives for India to bring their trade shows here for better international exposure. The catch is Las Vegas, with its 9.5 million square feet of convention space and 133,000 hotel rooms – the most in the nation, makes billions of dollars hosting conventions and trade shows.

China’s middle-class dream shattered: millions of graduates face unemployment

This summer will be a huge disappointment for millions of Chinese university and college graduates. After spending a fortune, usually of their parents’ money, on school fees, and years of hard work, most of them will not even find a job. A number of Chinese government departments acknowledged this fact last month. A report by the National Development and Reform Commission, the former central planner, warned that China faces serious challenges this year because there will be no work for 60 percent of the 4.13 million new graduates. Only 1.6 million jobs will be available for them—down 22 percent from the previous year.

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