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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2830


Tigers attack army Forwards Defence Lines in Nagar Kovil

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas attacked Sri Lankan Army Forward defence line in Nagar Kovil, Jaffna peninsula on Tuesday and were driven back by security forces retaliation, military officials in the filed said."The LTTE attacked our bunkers with RPGs (Rocket Propel grenades), Tombo guns and mortars," a military official told the "Asian Tribune."

Pak troops kill eight rebels as militants shot dead two cops in Waziristan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani security forces have killed eight miscreants in a clash at Razmak-Miranshah road in tribal region of North Waziristan neighbouring Afghanistan. According to officials, miscreants ambushed a convoy of security forces on Tuesday, triggering a shootout at Miranshah –Razmak road that left eight miscreants and one security official dead.

UNICEF underlines, "Escalating violence threatens the safety of Sri Lanka’s Children"

The uncertain plight of the children living in the troubled spots in Sri Lanka has attracted the concern of the UNICEF which revealed ‘Sri Lankan children are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island.’Geneva based UNICEF in a statement highlighted the plight of the Sri Lankan children in areas most affected by recent clashes are paying a high price for the escalating tension in the island. It revealed that thousands of children are still displaced from their homes following the recent violence in Trincomalee District in which six children were killed and others injured or severely traumatized.

Outboard engine service centre opened in south Sri Lanka

An outboard engine service and repair facility centre was formally inaugurated in Dodanduwa, Galle District recently. The newly inaugurated centre is expected cater about 350 boats with three to four fishermen working on each boat (approximately 1,200 families) in an area where access to appropriate servicing facility is extremely limited.

Vavuniya Local Govt Polls Postponed.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Local government polls to elect members to the Vavuniya Urban Council and Vavuniya South (Sinhala) Pradeshiya Sabha scheduled to be held on May 20 are postponed till September 30, this year, the Elections Commissioner’s office announced on Tuesday.

Bangladesh expects bumper rice production

Rice production in the outgoing Boro (summer crop) season in Bangladesh is expected to increase by at least 10 per cent, predicts the Ministry of Agriculture, terming this year’s rice output a ‘bumper crop’ despite earlier apprehensions. ‘We were afraid of lower crop output. Now, during the harvesting, we see farmers everywhere in the country looking happy, and my belief is that they deserve a good price,’ the agriculture minister, MK Anwar, told reporters.

Meghalaya Police discovered World War II ammunitions

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Reporting from Meghalaya

Meghalaya Police recovered a huge cache of World War II ammunitions hidden beneath the surface of the earth was recovered from a Telecom complex in Northeast India. This is not the first time that cache of World War II ammunitions were recovered by the Meghalaya Police. Earlier, the State police recovered huge number of grenades and ammunitions of different calibers buried underneath the earth.

Ministry of Plantation decided tp pay long delayed EPF dues.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Ministry of Plantation Industries decided to pay long delayed Employee’s Provident Fund [EPF] and the Employee’s Trust Fund [ETF] contributions of the workers attached to the Sri Lanka State Plantation Corporation [ SLSPC ]and the Jantha Estate Development Board [JEDB]. The Ministry also promised to issue ‘a give a priority order’ to pay long delayed gratuities of the retired workers in the both institutions.

Bangladesh to adopt Basel II by 2009

Bangladesh’s banking sector is likely to adopt the Basel II accord, the latest version of risk-based capital standards set for banks worldwide, by early 2009. The Bangladesh Bank, at a high-level meeting last month, set the deadline after seven months of spadework for the implementation process since September 2005. The central bank will also go for a quantitative impact study to assess the possible impacts of the implementation of the Basel II accord in the country’s banking sector, sources said.

US State Department’s Don Camp in Sri Lanka to “Review Bilateral Relations”

Daya Gamage – U.S. Bureau of Asian Tribune

The U.S. State Department’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald A. Camp is now in Sri Lanka to have talks with the government and others amidst a deteriorating political situation caused by the confrontation between Sri Lanka government military forces and the separatist Tamil Tigers, the LTTE, jeopardizing the 2002-signed ceasefire between the two warring factions. Among other issues, Camp is expected to “review the state of bilateral relations” between the United States and Sri Lanka, according to American embassy press release.

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