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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2788


G. L. Peiris ("the High-Jumper") is poised to jump again

Speculation is hardening in Colombo that G. L. Peiris, the former Vice-chancellor of the University of Colombo and former negotiator of Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Oslo talks, is about to jump again into the camp of Mahinda Rajapakse. His frequent jumping from the losing party to the winning party has earned him the nickname "High Jumper". His political behaviour has indicated that his loyalties are to the winning party than to any basic principles. When Chandrika Kumaratunga won he joined her party and became the Finance Minister in her Cabinet. Chandrika scoffed at him saying that he is the man who goes to parliament to read the budget prepared and written by her.

Protestors take to streets of Male as Opposition party leader faces trial

By Our Correspondent

Slogan shouting protestors took to the streets of Male on Sunday as the police used brute force to disperse them when the country’s detained opposition party chairman faced a trial over the charges of terrorism and sedition. Chairman of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party Mohammed Nasheed was arrested last August, when he was staging a sit- in protest and since then is in house arrest, faces charges of terrorism and acts against the states.

Pak launch efforts to trace its kidnapped citizen in Iraq

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has started diplomatic efforts through its embassies in Kuwait and Jordan to trace the kidnapped Pakistani, said Foreign Office Spokesman Sunday. Commenting on the news item published in a section of press regarding kidnapping of Pakistani Shafiq from the area of Falujah, Iraq, the Spokesman of Foreign Office Mr. Suhail said Pakistan has directed its embassies in Kuwait and Jordan to make efforts to trace the Pakistani.

The myth of the LTTE state

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Velupillai Prabhakaran who launched his political career by first killing the mild-mannered Tamil, Alfred Duraiyappah, Mayor of Jaffna, in 1974 has never stopped killing Tamils to this day. He began by promising security to the Tamils. Today he has turned out to be the most dreaded killer of the Tamils.

Bangladesh leather export to increase 3 folds

The country’s export of finished leather and leather products will be doubled in the next three years through increasing an average of 15 per cent entrepreneur’s profitability like India and Malaysia. A two-pronged approach is planned to achieve the target - first part is sustainable access to superior quality hides, while the second part is putting in more Bangladeshi entrepreneurs in charge of their future leadership by developing leather market.

Introduction of chemical free agricultural products envisaged in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The Ministry of Science and Technology plans to introduce traditional farming methods to produce chemical free agricultural products, which have a good demand overseas. At present a number of farmers in Sri Lanka have engaged in chemical free farming and produce various agro-products to serve the overseas customers.

Street Elephant Welfare Project Launched by Wildlife SOS

The highly successful dancing bear rescue organization Wildlife SOS India has just launched a new street elephant rescue programme. Illegally caught captive elephants in India are estimated to number more than 5000. Delhi is one of the most populated and polluted cities in the world, where 40 of these elephants are subjected to terrible living and "working" conditions.

The Awami League leaders must opt for crisis or solution

By Sunita Paul

The lingering differences over the proposed political dialogue for reform of the electoral process and the caretaker system make average citizens to pose a crucial question as to whether the political leaders want the next elections to be held properly, or they want to engage in a movement centering on such controversies.

U.S. Condemns Extended Detention of Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The United States on May 27 condemned the decision of Burma’s ruling military regime to extend the detention of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, according to a statement released by the State Department. The statement described the action as “yet another sign of the regime’s intransigence and brutal repression.”

Despite Global Efforts Against AIDS, 40.3 Million Infected with HIV Virus

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The AIDS epidemic, described by the United Nations as the "most destructive in human history" and accounting for more than 25 million deaths so far, is still a growing threat to global progress and stability. "AIDS is one of the greatest leadership challenges of our time," says U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a new report released here, in advance of a U.N. special session on AIDS scheduled to take place next week. "Without urgent and long-term action," he warned, "the epidemic will continue to take an unacceptable toll of death and suffering in countries and communities throughout the world."

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