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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Sri Lanka: A 17 per cent gasoline price increase

By Walter Jayawardhana

All oil companies doing business in Sri Lanka have announced a drastic increase of oil prices of gasoline by 17 per cent. All said they are increasing the prices in accordance with the increasing cost of the crude oil. Asantha de Mel, Chairman of the state owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation said that they are increasing the price of a liter of gasoline (petrol) to Rupees 117. He said the government gave permission to increase the price according to the cost of the crude oil. Ceylon Petroleum Corporation processes the crude oil at its refinery at Sapugaskanda.

Noeleen Heyzer appointed as the first woman to head of ESCAP

Noeleen HeyzerNoeleen Heyzer of Singapore has been appointed by Ban Ki-moon , United Nations Secretary-General as the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) based in Bangkok, Thailand. Heyzer is the first woman to head ESCAP, which is the biggest of the UN's five regional commissions, both in terms of population served and areacovered. Heyzer is the first Executive Director from Singapore to head United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the leading operational agency within the United Nations to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Young Tamil Engineer killed by ‘Other Tamil Group’ when five million ransom failed

By Walter Jayawardhana

The body of a young Tamil Communication Engineer was exhumed after two Tamil suspects from ‘Other Tamil Group,’ confessed to the police that they were connected with the abduction of the victim for a ransom of Five million Rupees, Avissawella Police said. The Kotahena police in the Northern part of the capital city Colombo and the Avissawella Police an adjacent district to Colombo where the body was buried after the kidnappers were refused the demanded ransom were jointly investigating in the case.

Lawyers hopeful of saving teenage housemaid in Saudi Arabia

Hussein Bhaila with Rizana’s parentsIn a press release the Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that the Saudi lawyers handling the case of teenage housemaid, Rizana Nafeek, sentenced to beheading, are hopeful of getting a pardon. The process of granting pardon on humanitarian appeal and the legal proceedings would take a longer period according to the Saudi legal system. The Ministry states that it would continue its efforts on the matter, until it is resolved. On his return from Saudi Arabia Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hussein A. Bhaila briefed the Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama, on the results of the mission to save the teenager sentenced to death by a Saudi Sharia Court in Dawadmi on charges of murdering .a four-month-old baby.

The Legacy of the plight of Hindus in Bangladesh - Part-XIII

By Rabindranath Trivedi - for Asian Tribune from Dhaka

The acceptance by the Calcutta High Court on June 19 of a writ petition filed by Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minorities (HRCBM), seeking refugee status for the members of Bangladesh minorities who took shelter in India to escape what the petition said was 'violence in their home country' was not only an act of prejudice against a friendly neighbor, it was a conspicuous political ploy to serve India's foreign policy interests. The arguments over the jurisdictional aspects of international laws aside, no Bangladesh court would have entertained similar allegations that accused the government of India of the widespread persecutions and outright murders of minority Muslims all over India, year after year.

Sarkozy angers European Union over Libya’s release of Bulgarian medics

Six medical workers—five Bulgarian and one Palestinian—sentenced to death on fabricated charges and held for eight years, have finally been released by the Libyan government. The outcome is a coup for the French government. Through the late intervention of Cecilia Sarkozy, wife of the French president, and the government of Qatar, France has succeeded in stamping its interests onto a nearly completed deal to deepen European Union relations with Libya.

Will Musharraf return anti-India rhetoric…?

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Washington is said to be deeply worried about the fate of its trusted ‘friend’ in Islamabad, Gen Pervez Musharraf, who suffered a rare humiliating defeat at the hands of the chief justice of the supreme court as his attempts to sack him were frustrated by the court itself. For Musharraf the court verdict came even as Pakistan faced a series of bombings and suicide attacks after ‘Operation Silence’ at Lal Masjid (Red Mosque). Musharraf is no more the darling of the Pakistani media and its middle and upper classes that he was when he staged his coup in October 1999. The religious parties of fanatics and mullahs who had supported him in the National Assembly (Parliament) have become his strongest critics after the military raid on the infamous Red Mosque in the heart of the Pakistani capital. But there are no bets on his early exit. That may prove to be a bit premature.

Noeleen Heyzer

Bangladesh Gets a New USAID Director

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Denise Rollins as its new Mission Director for Bangladesh. Acting USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office. As Mission Director for Bangladesh, Rollins will be responsible for managing health, education, economic growth, democracy and governance, peace and security, and humanitarian assistance programs worth more than $72 million.