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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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USAID Assistant Administrator Mike Hess

South Faults One-Size-Fits-All Approach

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 77 (G77), the two largest political and economic groups of developing nations, have expressed reservations on a proposed plan to restructure the U.N.'s operational activities for social and economic development. In a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, both groups have cautioned him against rushing into any hasty decision leading to the implementation of the proposed plan, which includes a single, unified approach to all U.N. development activities in the field.

Musharraf, Benazir in back channel talks again

By M Rama Rao - for Asian Tribune

President General Pervez Musharraf and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto have resumed their 'back channel' negotiations' in mutual interest. The talk about their contacts gained fresh lease after the government had wound up the special cell of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) which has been investigating cases against Benazir and her husband Asif Zardari. "Of course, it (closure of NAB cell) is a part of the deal," the garrulous railway minister Sheikh Rashid was quoted as saying in the Dawn on Friday. "Things are moving in the right direction and the game has entered the semi-final stage," was his way of describing the state of talks between Musharraf's aides and Benazir.

Another death of pregnant woman with HIV is alarming

On World Health Day 7 April 2007- A 30-year-old pregnant woman who was living with HIV died outside the hospital building in Indore (Madhya Pradesh state (MP), India) after the government healthcare staff denied to provide adequate medical care and hospital admission. It is not only shocking that alarming levels of HIV associated stigma and discrimination runs high in MP but also that despite of repeated alerts sounded on rising maternal mortality in the state, nothing much has improved. Madhya Pradesh figures among the list of those Indian states where maternal mortality is high, particularly in rural areas, where the healthcare system is virtually non-existent and awareness on the subject among the people extremely low.

Ceylon Hotel School Graduation Ceremony

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

At the Graduation ceremony of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (Ceylon Hotel School) Milinda Moragoda, Minister of Tourism said that security is challenging for tourism yet it is also important internationally and commenting on the recent attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport the Minister said that they are not discouraged by short-term and long-term problems that comes in its way but tries to fact those and progress proactively. The Graduation Ceremony was held at the BMICH and the Most Outstanding Graduate for the Year 2006 was won by D M I B Dissanayake.

Musharraf under siege: Endgame for Pakistan’s Military Regime

By Gurmeet Kanwal

The Pakistani people are living through turbulent times and, General Musharraf, the self-styled President, is under tremendous pressure. The United States-led anti-terrorism campaign in Afghanistan has shaken Pakistan’s polity like no other event in its troubled history. The ignominious defeat of the Taliban and its al Qaeda guests, the self-appointed foot soldiers of Islam, in 2001 was in reality a military and diplomatic defeat for Pakistan as it was fighting a “proxy war” in Afghanistan, just as it is waging a proxy war against India through its mercenary Islamists. Though the Pakistanis failed to see it, this denouement was inevitable. It was brought about by several decades of the adverse overarching influence of the Pakistan army on the nation’s polity and its foreign policy.

USAID Official: ‘Good to See Humanitarian Community Coming Together’ for Displaced

Michael Hess, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance - a top official of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) expressed satisfaction over the international humanitarian community coming together to provide services to ensure the provision of food, water, sanitation, and health care to the Internally Displaced people in the East. Hess came to Sri Lanka to assess whether the international community, together with the Government of Sri Lanka, has the capability to provide the necessary assistance to meet the basic needs of the displaced populations.

Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, says halt the Violence and Return to Negotiations

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies [CHA] says the conflict is causing wanton destruction and its impact is becoming a pervasive phenomenon which cannot be ignored. The cost makes it obligatory for both the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to return to the path of negotiations and bring an end to the human rights violations that stem from the current situation.

Jeewanthi wins first place at the first ever Asia Pacific Tea Sommelier contest

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Ms Jeewanthi Adhikari from Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo was adjudged the winner at the first ever Asia Pacific Dilmah Tea Sommelier and Cocktail Competition which was held at the Colombo Hilton where 17 contestants participated from 17 countries. The contestant from the Maldives won the second while the contestant from Japan won the third place. The competition was highly exciting and closely contested with participants from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India and the Maldives.

FIFA’s cure for Indian football ills

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

The International Football Federation (FIFA) has offered solutions to the problems faced by clubs in India after its team of observers had visited and interacted with some clubs in Mumbai and Calcutta. The report by the panel of observers from Fifa covered considerable ground but one wonders whether any of the suggestions could be given a practical shape in this country. The failings and the reasons thereof have been known to the federation and the clubs for years altogether. In fact they are so obvious. The Fifa observers report is only a confirmation of the existing maladies afflicting Indian club football and therein the entire soccer scene. The solutions offered too are nothing new. The AIFF and the football fraternity are aware of both the problems and the possible solutions. The difficulty lies in implementation.

Canberra prepares rapprochement with Fijian military junta

The Howard government, in close collaboration with the US, European Union, and New Zealand, has signalled its readiness to tacitly recognise the Fijian military regime and normalise diplomatic relations. The rapprochement underscores the cynicism of Canberra’s purported concern for democratic rights in Fiji following the military’s takeover last December. Howard’s real priority, both then and now, is to preserve stability in the South Pacific and prevent any diminution of Australia’s regional strategic position. In the four months since the coup, the military regime led by Commodore Frank Bainimarama has stressed its willingness to deal with Australia, New Zealand, and the US, and has simultaneously appealed to international investors by attacking workers’ wages and conditions and implementing a pro-business austerity budget.

Sri Lanka: Roadside explosion killed 7 and injured 26

At least seven people were killed and 26 others were seriously wounded by a claymore attack alleged to be by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to a CTB bus plying from Mannar to Vavuniya this morning at about 7:45am. Reports revealed that the bus with 50 passengers started its journey from Mannar town as usual to proceed to Vavuniya. A claymore mine was triggered on Vavuniya - Mannar Road near 28 km post which was located 12km from Parayanakulam to Pompamadu.