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


Sri Lanka's electricity reforms impasse continues

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Reforms Bill which was to be presented in Parliament yesterday, was withheld owing to a Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) backed trade union voicing their 'protest'
against the bill.

India extends its ban on LTTE for another two years

On May 14, 2006 India renewed its ban on the LTTE for another two years declaring, among other things, that the “LTTE's objective for a homeland for all Tamils disrupts the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India”.

Sri Lanka government will revise office and school hours

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Government has planned to revise the office and school hours soon. The government decided to change the school and office hours following the reverting of time recently. Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration D. Dissanayake says a decision regarding on date of implementing the revised office and school hours will be reached during the cabinet meeting this week.

Norway has an obligation to ban LTTE - victim of Tigers in Norway

Sivarajah Rajasingham, leader of Norway’s Liberal Democratic Tamils, told the Asian Tribune that Norway too should ban the LTTE now that the European Union has taken decisive action despite threats by the LTTE to escalate violence. “Norway has a duty to ban those agents of terrorism operating on its soil,” he said.

Sri Lankan exporters seek government mediation to solve their burning issues

Local exporters seek government mediation to solve their burning issues and a number of subsidies to administer their manufacturing process. The exporters said that they need cheap electricity and low-cost energy to compete with the global competitors, but said the prevailing energy prices are too high.

A turning point in the drift to war: Unanswered questions remain about the killing of Sri Lankan foreign minister

With the eruption of open fighting between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it is timely to reexamine a key turning point in the slide towards renewed civil war—the assassination of former Sri Lankan foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, by unidentified gunmen on the night of August 12 last year.

Australian MP blasts LTTE and its chief political agent in Federal Parliament

Don Randall, the Liberal Party MP for Canning, and Chairman of the Australia-Sri Lanka Friendship Group in parliament, blasted the LTTE's spokesperson in the Australian Federal parliament, John Murphy (Labour – MP for Lowe) for making allegations against the democratically elected Sri Lankan government and aligning himself with a terrorist organization.

Africa Asserts its Collective Power at U.N.

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The 53-member African Group at the United Nations -- the second largest regional coalition after the 54-member Asian Group -- is asserting its collective unity in a world body that is getting increasingly divided over politically-sensitive issues. The Africans have so far refused to back down on their demand for veto powers for proposed new permanent members of the Security Council, and have also expressed their public support for an Asian as the next U.N. secretary-general when incumbent Kofi Annan of Ghana steps down in December this year.

Tamil civilians fleeing Sri Lanka owing to deteriorating security situation

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Colombo

Over the last few days, several hundred Tamil civilians belonging to more than 50 families living in Trincomalee have fled to India in fishing boats seeking refuge, owing to the deteriorating security situation in the country, well informed sources told the “Asian Tribune.” The fleeing families pay Rs. 8000 per adult and Rs. 4000 per child for their journey from Sri Lanka to India. Majority of these families who hail from fishing villages in Trinco had pawned their jewellery and other valuables to find the money needed for the journey.

Pak asks Kabul to mind its own business, end blame game

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has asked the Afghan government to concentrate for addressing its internal problems through political process instead of blaming Pakistan for its internal conflicts and unrest. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Ms. Tasneem Aslam in her weekly briefing here on Monday responding to various statements and allegations said Pakistan has nothing to do with the internal disturbance in Afghanistan rather than it is so much interested in stability in that country.

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