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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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How serious is Baluch insurgency..?

By GS Bhargava - Syndicate Features

American scholars critical, rightly, of General Pervez Musharraf’s half-hearted efforts to put down the al-Qaeda and Taliban forces in the Waziristan area of north-west Pakistan, attribute the unabated tribal insurgency in Baluchistan for it. According to U.S. Intelligence sources as many as six Pakistan army brigades or a quarter million regular troops plus paramilitary forces are deployed in Baluchistan. The ‘Baluch Liberation Army’ waging guerrilla warfare in the Kohlu Mountains and the surrounding areas is said to be giving the Pakistan army a good run for its money.

Deported refugee commits suicide in Romania

On Saturday, March 17, 57-year-old Marin Mogos hanged himself in the transit area of the Bucharest airport at Otopeni. This act of desperation can only be understood as a protest against the inhumane refugee and rigid deportation policies of the German government and authorities. In 1990, Marin Mogos fled with his wife and children to Germany from Romania during the upheavals that followed the toppling of the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Like hundreds of other Roma and their families, they had been persecuted and abused by the notorious secret police, Securitate. His wife suffered a miscarriage after being beaten by the secret police.

U.S. Government and Burma Scholarship Program

By Nehginpao Kipgen

In the U.S. Department of State Public Notice 3974 dated April 4, 2002, Rick A. Ruth, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, regarding Burma Refugee Scholarship Program, wrote: “......The Bureau reserves the right to reduce, revise, or increase proposal budgets in accordance with the needs of the program and the availability of funds……”

Sri Lanka Police concludes investigations on the Galle bus accident

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Southern Police Chief Jayantha Gamage says preliminary investigations into the deadly bus-truck accident in Kosgoda, Induruwa yesterday has been completed. Reports of the government analyst have confirmed that there was no involvement of any type of explosives in the accident. A fire had taken place due to explosion of diesel tanks of the two vehicles. Director of the Karapitiya Hospital in Galle said Dr. P.K. Wijewickrema said six of the dead have been identified and their bodies handed over to the relatives. The remaining 19 bodies which could not be identified are to be buried in a mass grave. However,
DNA experiments will be conducted on the unidentified bodies and details will be computerized.

Cambridge University UK conducts training programme for Sri Lankan teachers

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) organized a familiarization training workshop for teachers and principals numbering to 80 from various Sri Lankan schools, on contemporary teaching practices and techniques and the participants were provided an opportunity exchange views on best practices. University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) is the world’s largest provider of international qualifications for 14-19 year olds. CIE offers a broad range of qualifications, created for an international audience. It’s qualifications include Cambridge IGCSE and International A/AS Level. CIE qualifications are present in 150 countries and recognized by universities, educational providers and employers across the world.

Squeezing Palestinians into Impossible Mission

By *Nicola Nasser

The Israeli 40-year old military occupation and the more than a year old economic siege are eroding the national existence of Palestinians and squeezing the Palestinian leadership into an almost impossible mission of securing law and order by practically renewing an old plan thwarted because, in the end, it could not secure individual safety in the absence of national safeguards.

SriLankan Airlines on an additional mission to promote Tourism

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Airlines in addition to their airlines and travel work has made it an integral part to promote Sri Lankan tourism and specially is in search of new vistas in the regional tourism promotion via sports. Mr Chandana De Silva, Head, Corporate Communication, SriLankan Airlines has participated the Ambassadors’ Golf Tournament held recently in New Delhi, where between 20 to 30 ambassadors, high-commissioners, a few top notch industrialists such as Nokia Chairman, Jewellers, Microsoft India, some judges, high level media people participated. They all got together under one umbrella. Indian Minister of Tourism was also there participating in this high profile Golf Tournament.

“Results based management crucial” – UNDP Consultant Dr. Ray Rist

The Sri Lanka government has launched a project to strengthen its plan implementation capacity. This UNDP assisted project aims to efficiently implement state policies, programmes and projects and to ensure that they are result oriented. It is expected to institutionalize ‘results based management’ in development activities in addition to establishing an efficient monitoring and evaluation mechanism. The first three-years of the project is being financed by UNDP to the tune of US$ 415, 000.

LTTE’s free-to-air channels to end "within days" -- Intelsat

Representatives of Intelsat 12 satellite has told Sri Lanka’s Amabassador Benard Goonatilake that the National Television of Tamil Eelam and the Pulikalin Kural radio broadcast in the bandwidth will be removed "within days". Intelsat issued a press release titled “Intelsat Works With Sri Lankan Authorities to Halt Unauthorized Use of Its Satellite.”after the meeting with Ambassador Goonatilake in Washington. The press release said: “Intelsat, the leading provider of global satellite communications, today issued a statement with regard to the unauthorized use of one of its satellites by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a Sri Lanka-based terrorist group. The U.S. State Department lists the LTTE as a foreign terrorist organization.