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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2646


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.

Controversial Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Muslim turned atheist, to resign from Dutch Parliament

BY Sohail Choudhury

Just in less than two weeks of receiving prestigious ‘Moral Courage Award’ from American Jewish Committee, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has decided to resign from Dutch Parliament when the Dutch government had abruptly threatened to revoke the citizenship of the most prominent Somali-born member of Parliament, who arrived as a refugee 14 years ago. The minister of immigration, Rita Verdonk, said that Hirsi Ali had provided inaccurate information when applying for political asylum in 1992 and seeking Dutch citizenship in 1997. As a result, the minister said, both applications were invalid. Hirsi Ali has been given six weeks to respond.

More anti-LTTE dissident factions emerging, says Sri Lanka to US

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The U.S. Department of State was told that Sri Lanka government has credible information that there are more dissident groups, like the Karuna group, are emerging within the ranks of the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) and the Tamil diaspora, and every time such dissident groups emerge the separatist Tamil Tigers cannot expect the government to neutralize them on its behalf.

Tele bugging challenged in Bangladesh

The High Court Division of the Supreme Court yesterday issued rule upon the government and others to show cause why the provisions of tele-tapping under the Telecommunication (Amendment ) Act 2006 should not be declared ultra vires of the constitution. Justice Awlad Ali and Justice Jinat Are of the Court issued the rule on a writ petition filed jointly by Nurul Kabir, editor of the daily New Age and Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, treasurer of Odhikar, a human rights organization.

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