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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2613


SLMM Chief leaves for Norway to attend crucial meeting

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Head Ulf Henricsson will leave for Norway today (Saturday) to take part in a meeting, which will be attended by the five nations, which contributes to the Mission. The Mission's Spokesperson Helen Olafsdottir told the “Asian Tribune”that the meeting which would be attended by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will be a 'regular meeting' where the ground situation in Sri Lanka would be discussed and internal matters concerning the Mission will be taken up.

Bangladesh Biman suspected as 'alien' at New York

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Thursday said the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) did not allow the Bangladesh Biman flight in New York as they suspected it as an alien flight similar to that like the evil-fated 9/11. At a press briefing held at the PID auditorium, the state minister said they were discussing with the US lawyers for demanding compensation from the FAA. But the assessment in this regard was yet to be completed.

High powered Chinese delegation in Sri Lanka to explore investment and business climate

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Colombo, 20 May, ( In a bid to explore business opportunities and joint ventures in Sri Lanka, a high powered Chinese Trade Delegation comprising of 13 members of the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) led by Yu Ping, Vice Chairman, CCP has met a delegation of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) last week. The Chinese delegation was interested to have a good understanding of the investment climate and investment incentives available to foreign investors in Sri Lanka. FCCISL and CCPIT meeting at FCCISL office signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in providing information and consultation services, receiving visiting groups from the either country, organizing member enterprises to attend large scale economic and trade activities held in two countries and annual mutual visits for high-level personnel to discuss mutual trade matters.

Crisis in Karen State, Burma, continues to escalate as thousands more face attacks

The Burma Army is continuing its attacks on civilians in Toungoo District, Karen State, Burma, as it appears poised to unleash a fresh offensive against civilians in Papun District. Tens of thousands more could be displaced. The total number of Karen people displaced in Western, Northern and North-western Karen State is now over 16,000, according to the Free Burma Rangers.

Indian Air Force revitalizing up for long-range engagements: Tyagi

From: Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gearing up for long-range engagements in air, while considering India's long term security needs, said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi. "Our aim is not to engage in inter-continental warfare. But we do want to increase our operational capabilities to longer distances and we don’t wish to go and attack a different country”, Air Chief Marshal Tyagi stated

British High Commission in Colombo declares 'traveling to Sri Lanka safe'

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 20 May, ( The British High Commission in Sri Lanka has emphasized that their country has not enforced a travel ban against their citizens traveling here to Sri Lanka, but has only cautioned their nationals against traveling to the North and East unless the trip was 'entirely essential'. Addressing a news conference in Colombo yesterday, John Culley, the High Commission's Second Secretary in charge of political and public diplomacy disclosed that on an average about 100,000 British nationals travel to Sri Lanka for holiday, business and other purposes and this number is growing.

Pak rejects Karzai’s charges of backing insurgency

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan on Friday rejected allegations by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that it was training militants for violence and infiltrating them into Afghanistan. Karzai blamed Pakistan on Thursday after some of the fiercest fighting in Afghanistan since the former Taliban regime was toppled in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001 for sheltering Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. "There is no truth in this," Pakistani foreign office spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said.

Bangladesh Editors’ Forum Chairman opposes tele bugging

Chairman of Bangladesh Editor’s Forum, Shahidur Rahman Tapa asked the government to immediately abandon the telephone tapping law, which he termed as a gross violation of human rights and freedom of expression. He was addressing a special meeting of the organization held on Friday morning. Commenting on the recent rule issued by The High Court Division of the Supreme Court, which asked the Bangladesh government to show cause as to why the provisions of tele-tapping under the Telecommunication (Amendment) Act 2006 should not be declared ultra vires of the constitution.

Educating children on disaster risk mitigation vital

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

After the tsunami devastation in December 26, 2004 the need has arisen to educate the younger generation on natural and manmade disasters and also risk management methodologies from an early age in Sri Lanka. As a result, it was decided to activate the disaster awareness and risk management methodologies in the school curriculum through teacher training and project implementation at school level during seminar organized by the Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education (NIE), GTZ ESC.

Indigenous Light Combat Aircrafts for Indian Air Force

By Raymond R Kharmujai - Asian Tribune

Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal S.P.Tyagi said on Friday, that he has already signed a contract with the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the delivery of 20 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). "They (HAL) have made an offer for 40 aircraft, but we decided to have 20. The first lot will come with GE engine and hopefully the next lot will come with the indigenous Cauvery engine," said Air Chief Marshal while interacting with newsmen over a cup of tea at the Eastern Air Command headquarters here.

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