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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2161


8 terror suspects escape Batticaloa jail. Security stepped up, Prisoners transferred.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Prison officials today transferred 13 Tamil Tiger prisoners from Batticoloa prisons to a high security prison after eight prisoners held on terrorism charges escaped from Batticaloa jail on Sunday morning. This is the fourth time LTTE suspects escaped from Batticaloa prisons during the ceasefire. Among the 8 escapees, there were three hard-core LTTE cadres charged with grenade and claymore attacks on security forces, according to the security forces.

Bioforce Development Institute starts training programs to assist Sri Lanka's construction industry

By Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Bioforce Development Institute is recognised by the French Government as a charity that assists local construction sector to train skilled young workforce. Director General of Bioforce, Benoit Silve says following a request by the French Red Cross in 2005, in the context of their Tsunami linked programmes, Bioforce evaluated training needs in the construction sector. As a result of this study, a training project has been developed, in partnership with the Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka (CCI). This project is supported and financed by the French Red Cross.

Prabhakaran’s daughter’s 20th birthday bash in London "quite unusual and bizarre" – Australian MP, Don Randall

Don Randall, a senior member of the Federal Parliament of Australia and Chairman of the Australia-Sri Lankan Friendship Group MP told Parliament last week said that Prabhakaran’s daughter’s lavish 20th birthday bash in Britain is rather “unusual and bizarre” because “the British listing of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation was supposed to stop travel and flow of money to terrorist organizations.” He said: “I am concerned about the fact that, while the British may have listed the LTTE, their sanctions do not seem to be as strong as they could be, because I understand that this weekend in Britain the Tamil terrorist leader Prabhakaran will be in London celebrating his daughter’s 20th birthday.

Sri Lanka Government, LTTE delegations leave for Oslo Today.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lanka Government and the LTTE delegations will leave for Oslo today for talks on the security and operational arrangements of the Scandinavian truce monitors. The government peace delegation headed by the Peace Secretariat Chief Dr Palitha Kohona will consist of Chanaka Jayasekara, Vas Gunawardene and Gomin Jayasiri. The LTTE delegation led by Tiger Political Chief S.P.Tamilselvan will include LTTE police chief P. Nadeshan and Tiger peace secretariat chief S.Puleethevan.

Pak court issues arrest warrants of Bhutto, Zardari

By Iqbal Hussain Khan – Reporting from Islamabad

A Pakistani court Saturday issued arrest warrants of the former prime minister and People’s Party chairperson Benazir Bhutto and her spouse Asif Ali Zardari and directed the Ministry of Interior to present them in the court on July 3 after their arrest through the Interpol. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed two separate applications in District and Sessions Court Islamabad against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari under the charges of submitting false statements in the election commission.

British Navy chief visits Trinco harbor, says his first experience in guerilla warfare.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Visiting British Royal Navy Admiral and fleet Commander-in-Chief Jonathan Band who traveled to Trincomalee confessed to Sri Lankan naval officers present there that this was his first experience in guerilla warfare. Admiral Band witnessed yesterday a demonstration by the Special Boat Squadron (SBS) commandoes, Sri Lanka's equivalent to British Seals. He also traveled in inner and outer harbor to witness the security build up in the Trinco harbor, which is one of the largest natural harbors in the world.

Sri Lanka President to appoint Constitutionalt Advisory Council to explore autochthonous solution to the ethnic conflict

Representatives of all most all the political parties in Sri Lanka have acquiesced for the first time the existence of grievances in the midst of the Tamils and Tamil speaking minority ethnic groups in this country and they have agreed to explore a long-term solution to the issues the minority community faces today. At the Fifth All Party Conference held yesterday at President’s secretariat, a consensus was reached to address the issues faced by the Tamils and Tamil speaking people and to find a lasting solution.

Pakistan, India vow to enhance people-to-people contacts

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and India have agreed to work on the modalities of proposals identified by the two sides to expand people to people contacts. A joint statement issued at the conclusion of the two day talks between culture secretaries in New Delhi today underlined the importance of interaction in the field of culture and related areas to promote interaction at various levels.

Minister Fowzie emphasizes the need for fuel price increase

Quintus Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The government has been heavily subsidizing the fuel sales in Sri Lanka and the loss per month now accounts to a huge amount of Rupees 2 billion. A H M Fowzie, Minister of Railways, Transport, Petroleum and Petroleum Resource Development told a media briefing that the price of a liter of petrol should be increased to at least Rs 100, with the view to seek some relief on the huge loss of Rupees two billion incurred by the Petroleum Corporation each month.

Mixed response on banning “The Da Vinci Code” across Meghalaya

Raymond R Kharmujai - Asian Tribune

The banning of the Hollywood blockbuster “The Da Vinci Code” across Meghalaya in North East India has evoked a mixed response, with some say it’s a welcome move while some are unhappy with the government decision. On Thursday, the multi-coalition MDA government has banned screening of Ron Howard’s movie after several Church leaders, NGOs and others opposed the screening of the movie saying the content of the movie is “blasphemous”.

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