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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2675


Four LTTE cadres killed by Karuna in the East – military official

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Four Tiger guerrillas were killed and two injured on Wednesday in an attack believed to be carried by the rebels of former LTTE Eastern Commander, “Colonel” Karuna on a LTTE bunker in Upparu near Muttur in the country’s volatile East, military sources said.The attack which happened at 9.30 pm on 24 May, had killed four Tiger guerrillas, according to intercepted LTTE transmissions.

Sri Lanka Government to promote rice flour for pastries

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Government is trying to promote rice flours in the country instead of wheat flours. Ministry of Science and Technology is presently experimenting to produce bread and other pastries by mixing rice and wheat flours. A senior cabinet Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana says that the government may reduce import of wheat flour to popularize rice flour among the masses.

Private universities: strangled hopes and vacuous promises

By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

The education scenario has come a long way since the early 1990s when the whole private university scenario was enveloped in uncertainty. As far as this writer can remember, one of the best private universities at the moment was housed in a small house back then with the office being run by a handful of men. At that time, the office which literally didn't inspire much was in no way indicative of the fact that one day the whole country would be right in the middle of a private university boom.

Tiger guerrillas kill three security forces personnel as Norwegians strive to save a crumbling truce.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tamil Tiger guerrillas exploded a claymore mine killing three security forces personnel in the North and attacked an army forward defence line in the East as two key Norwegian peace brokers are due in the island to save the ceasefire agreement hit by the worst level of violence since its inception. Tiger guerrillas blew up a claymore mine targeting an army vehicle transporting mid-day meal to soldiers who are on duty in check points in Marikkarampalai, in the Northern town of Vavuniya today morning.

Marketing Sri Lanka to American Traveler

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The Americans have special interests when traveling to the Asian Continent: diving, surfing, bird- watching, trekking, hot air ballooning, white water rafting and eco-tourism. The SriLankan Airlines Senior Vice President for North America and Canada, Ken Campbell believes that “the American public wasn’t traveling to Sri Lanka not because of the unrest, but because they do not know about what the country has to offer.”

Dhaka’s industrial sector in danger

More readymade garment factories and vehicles were damaged on Tuesday, as labor unrest, which originated near the Dhaka export processing zone in Savar on Monday, spilled into the capital city. The paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles were called in, as workers went on the rampage for the second day straight. There were also reports of looting of machinery and other goods from some factories.The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) convened an emergency meeting in the afternoon and threatened to shut down readymade garment factories indefinitely, if the government failed to control within five hours.

A full-scale probe into the grenade attacks on NGO offices - Sri Lankan Police Chief

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan Police Chief announced that a full-scale probe was underway into the grenade attacks on three offices of the International Non-Government Organizations in the country’s restive East. "An aggressive, impartial and transparent investigation is being conducted."” Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando told the “Asian Tribune” referring to the investigation into grenade attacks on three International Non Government Organizations working in the East.

Pakistanis court sentences four to death in attack on Aziz

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Islamabad, 24 May, ( A court in Pakistan has convicted four men giving them capital punishment while three others were sentenced to life in prison for a 2004 suicide attack against Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who was finance minister then.
The anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi, acquitted an eighth suspect in the case for lack of evidence, a court official said.

Muslim refugees in Puttalam to receive clean water and sanitation

Muslim families who were chased out of their homes in 1990s from the Northern province by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and presently languishing in the refugee camps in Puttalam are to receive clean water and other facilities. At last Thousands of children of conflict-affected families and their host communities will receive soon clean water and sanitation.

Prabhkaran’s days are numbered – Pilliyan

Pilliyan, Special Commander of the TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, told that Prabhakaran is now engaged in battle for his survival and not that of the Tamil people. Prabhkaran exploits the suffering of the Tamils for his own political ends, he said. Citing an example he said: “Recently, when the Government closed entry to the A9 road, Praba group shed crocodile tears over the death of a child who died, according to a report, without proper medical facilities. But from the date of opening the A-9 road, Prabah Group has collected huge sums of money in the form taxes imposed on the passengers.

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