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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2738


Plans to involve Indian Women to fly fighter jets revealed

Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

Indian women pilots would be allowed to fly fighter jets when they are ready for the task, said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi. "At present women are flying helicopters and one-day they would definitely fly the fighter jets," Air Chief Marshal Tyagi said in an informal interaction with newsmen at Eastern Air Command Headquarters here today.

A stricture on World Bank Vice-President, Praful C Patel’s remarks on Bangladesh Anti- Corruption Commission

Political rhetoric in Bangladesh often takes extreme positions and uses noxious terms. People of this country have become used to the vehemence of wordy duels conducted in public forums as well as in print by and between political parties. They look for the bottom line that lies beneath the venomous rhetoric and tend to draw their own conclusions about the intended message behind any demagogic or mud-slinging exercise.

India Dalit Leader’s visit to London cancelled after arrest

One of India’s important Dalit leader Dr. Udit Raj visit to London was cancelled as he was arrested on 17 May on his way to protest in New Delhi, reveals Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) in its latest press release. Dr. Udit Ra founded in 1997, the All India Confederation of Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribes Organisations (AICO). In 2005 the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, nominated him to the Government’s National Integration Council.According to CSW Dr. Raj, who speaks for the most under-represented people in India, the Dalits, (formerly “untouchables”), was due to visit the UK next week, but has had to cancel his visit.

Sri Lankan welcomes EU engagement, pledges commitment to peace process

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 20 May, ( Sri Lankan government on Friday welcomed the “constructive engagement by the EU,” a day after the EU parliament recommended a freeze on the LTTE assets in the Europe and the local EU Presidency , Netherlands, announced that a formal ban is “under active consideration.” The government in a statement said it remained committed to talks with the LTTE, on both the ceasefire and substantive issues relevant to the peace process.

EPDP condemns “the irresponsible” statement of the Amnesty International.

Douglas Devananda, General Secretary of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), has condemned the latest statement of Amnesty International (AI) linking its cadres to the recent attacks on Tamil civilians in Kayts as an “irresponsible” utterance. Urging the AI not to issue such statements without going through a proper investigation into incidents Devananda states that “irresponsible” statements by AI would encourage the LTTE to wipe out alternative voice of the voiceless people and unarmed people who dare to dissent.

Swiss recalls diplomatic staff from Pak after visa scam

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Switzerland has recalled its entire diplomatic staff, including the ambassador, posted in Islamabad and Karachi mission, following the confirmation of massive visa fraud at its Islamabad Embassy. The issuance of visas to Pakistani nationals has been stopped forthwith for an indefinite period till the process of replacement was completed. However, the Swiss government has not given any date by which process staff replacement will be completed and visa section re-opened in Islamabad.

World Bank pledges continuous support to Sri Lankan peace process

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 20 May, ( The World Bank (WB) has pledged its continuous support to the Sri Lankan peace process, the country's enhanced economic growth, and the harnessing of community empowerment and local initiative for poverty reduction. This was intimated to President Mahinda Rajapakse and the Government's chief peace negotiator Nimal Siripala de Silva by Praful Patel, Regional Vice President of the World Bank for South Asia at a meeting this week. Patel, who ended a three-day visit to the country yesterday emphasized that the Bank's interest in Sri Lanka achieving peace was not political but rather a relationship to the prospects for sustainable development and poverty reduction

Bangladesh: Kuwait emir arrives next month

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah will visit Bangladesh next month at the invitation of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. The Emir's visit is taking place less than a month of the Prime Minister's official visit to Kuwait on May 7-8. The Emir is expected to lead an 80-member high-power delegation, which will include all the important cabinet ministers, Foreign Minister Morshed Khan told the diplomatic correspondents.

UNDP constructs over 200 houses for the tsunami victims of Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] said that it has planned to handover 236 housing units for the tsunami victims who lost their houses in the 2004 Asian tsunami. UNDP spokesman Sanaka Samarasinha says these houses have been built in Galle, Moratuwa, Kuchchaveli and Point Pedro.The total expenditure exceeds US$ four million.

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.

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