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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554


World Bank terms Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh a 'joke'

top official of the World Bank termed the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh a ‘joke’ and urged the government to make the institution effective in the combat against corruption. ‘The commission has become a joke and I have said that to the Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, and urged her to undertake efforts to make the commission effective and functional,’ Praful Patel, Vice-President of the multilateral lending agency, said at a news briefing at a hotel in the capital city.

Tigers kill three soldiers and a civilian

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas exploded claymore mines killing three soldiers and shot dead a Tamil civilian today, a day after the United States Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Camp told the press that the US would encourage the European Union to ban the LTTE.

The Scariest Predators in the Corporate Jungle

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The world's oil, gas and mining industries account for nearly two-thirds of all violations of human rights, environmental laws and international labor standards, according to a soon-to-be-released United Nations study. The food and beverages industry is a distant second, followed by apparel, footwear, and the information and communications technology sector.

News analysis: Who is behind the escalation of violence in the north and east?

The rise in violence, particularly killings in Jaffna, after the first round of talks in Geneva, is a disturbing trend that is yet to be investigated by the Police, judicial inquiries and the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission. "We can't say who's clearly responsible for the killings, as there are still many questions on who may have been behind it," said Helen Olafsdottir, spokeswoman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to the New York Times. (May 16, 2006).

LTTE deserves the label of terrorists and ban by EU - Donald Camp, US official in Sri Lanka

In two separate interviews held by two TV stations - government and private - Donald Camp, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, reaffirmed US support to "the democratic government of Sri Lanka" and confirmed that America is pushing hard to get EU ban the LTTE.

Truce monitors discuss safety amid Tiger threats on lives.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 17 May, ( Scandinavian truce monitors from the North East converged at the Head Quarters in Colombo to discuss their safety amid threats by the Tiger guerrillas against continuing with sea monitoring activities.The sea Tigers last week carried out an abortive attack on Sri Lankan Navy passenger ferry with a truce monitor aboard.

Bangladesh Cabinet approves anti Chemical Weapons Bill

The Bangladesh cabinet approved in principle the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill proposing enactment of a new law on the prohibition of development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction, although Bangladesh does not produce, possess or use any such weapon.

Tigers attack army Forwards Defence Lines in Nagar Kovil

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas attacked Sri Lankan Army Forward defence line in Nagar Kovil, Jaffna peninsula on Tuesday and were driven back by security forces retaliation, military officials in the filed said."The LTTE attacked our bunkers with RPGs (Rocket Propel grenades), Tombo guns and mortars," a military official told the "Asian Tribune."

Pak troops kill eight rebels as militants shot dead two cops in Waziristan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani security forces have killed eight miscreants in a clash at Razmak-Miranshah road in tribal region of North Waziristan neighbouring Afghanistan. According to officials, miscreants ambushed a convoy of security forces on Tuesday, triggering a shootout at Miranshah –Razmak road that left eight miscreants and one security official dead.

UNICEF underlines, "Escalating violence threatens the safety of Sri Lanka’s Children"

The uncertain plight of the children living in the troubled spots in Sri Lanka has attracted the concern of the UNICEF which revealed ‘Sri Lankan children are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island.’Geneva based UNICEF in a statement highlighted the plight of the Sri Lankan children in areas most affected by recent clashes are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island. It revealed that thousands of children are still displaced from their homes following the recent violence in Trincomalee District in which six children were killed and others injured or severely traumatized.

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