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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558


A timely stand by Bangladesh Home Minister

State Minister for Home Affairs in Bangladesh, Lutfuzzaman Babar raised an extremely important point during the just concluded Conference of the Home Ministers of the South Asian Nations. Babar pointed to the issue of combating drug trafficking within South Asia, and said, ‘Narcotics are affecting every country, and Pakistan has been assigned to identify specific activities within the year on how to stop proliferation of drugs abuse in South Asia’.

Sri Lanka: Competition to enhance Information and Communication Technology

By Quintus Perera

The National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) organized by the British Computer Society’s Sri Lanka Section is conducted to honor significant technological developments in the ICT industry in Sri Lanka. The BCS has organized this event since 1998. This year too it has been decided to organize the event for a broader audience to capture the interest of all stakeholders who are involved in producing products or projects for local and global use.

Tamil Nadu: Karunanidhi’s minority Government sworn in

A 31-member ministry, headed by M Karunanidhi, was today sworn in at a simple ceremony held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium. Surjit Singh Barnala, Governor of Tamil Nadu administered the oath of office and secrecy to all the ministers. All the ministers took the oath on their conscience and in Tamil. Karunanidhi who led the DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance to victory in the May 8 Assembly polls, has become the Chief Minister for the fifth time.

Bangladeshi oil and gas blocks grabbed by India

Bangladesh missions in different countries miserably failed to keep the government informed about India's bidding for offshore oil-gas blocks that are originally within the maritime borders of Bangladesh. "For the bidding, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons under Indian Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas held projection meetings not only in Delhi, but also in a number of countries. None of our missions could notice those," said a concerned source.

Col. Soosai joins the chorus: We are not prepared to relinquish sovereign rights to the seas

Colonel Soosai, Special Commander of the Sea Tigers categorically stated that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam “is not prepared to relinquish sovereign rights to the seas which we have won with the sacrifice of our people." In an interview with the media he has clearly emphasized that “We have openly established our control, and have unequivocally asserted our rights to maritime waters adjoining our homeland, in the same way we recovered and control large areas of northeast.”

Anandasangaree presents his case for a federal solution

In a letter addressed to Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka, V. Anandasangaree, Leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front has pointed out that no one, including the European Union as well as the international community “would accept any solution under a unitary system as a reasonable one,” as put forward by the Sri Lanka President. In his letter he has urged the Sri Lanka President to prepare a draft of a solution to the ethnic problem of the country based on a federal proposal without delay and have it ready for presentation at the next round of talks with the LTTE. If for any reasons, no further talks take place, he advised the President to “refer it to the people for a decision without any delay, but before doing so please consult at least the co-chairs.”

Tigers rejects SLMM ruling, SLMM chief returns empty handed from the crisis meeting.

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Colombo, 13 May, ( Tiger leadership refuted a ruling by the ceasefire monitors who ruled that the Tigers have no right at sea. The head of the Scandinavian truce monitors, Ulf Henricssen on Friday returned from Kilinochchi after a crisis meeting where the Tigers rejected the SLMM chief’s position that the Tigers should not have right to be at sea or control of the seawaters.

Coconut growers urge VAT on marketing oil and copra removed

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Coconut Growers Association of Sri Lanka (CGASL) representing growers of one of the major financial crops has written to the Treasury to remove VAT currently imposed on marketing coconut oil and copra because of the dclining price of Rs 9 per coconut prevailing in the market now due to glut in production indicating that this the finest chance to revive the dying coconut oil production. CGASL points out that today less than 10 percent of the potential capacity of the coconut oil production is in operation.

Pakistan, Malaysia to finalize FTA in few months: Pak PM

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and his Malaysian counterpart Abdullah Ahmed Badawi met in the Indonesian resort of Bali on Friday on the sidelines of the Development Eight (D-8) Summit to exchange views on bilateral and regional issues and agreed to expedite ongoing negotiations for an early signing of the Free Trade Agreement.

Wild speculations of civilian coup in Bangladesh

Speculations are rife, particularly in the vernacular print media, about a 'foreign' design to effect a 'civilian coup d'etat' in Bangladesh by diplomatic maneuvers surrounding the next general election. A number of political analysts, leaders of opinion, men of letters and newspaper columnists have expressed their reservations, as well as their dark misgivings, about the diplomatic ping-pong that has been going on, signaling keen Western interest in 'free and fair' elections in Bangladesh, scheduled in January 2007. Some of them have detected strong Indian interest and persuasion, particularly behind diplomatic moves and noises made by some European Union member-states.

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