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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2425

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President Rajapakse takes Lanka back to the Dark Ages of the Catholic Church

Colombo, 25 May, (Asiantribune.com): The state-run Daily News announced yesterday that President Mahinda Rajapakse has "ordered the Public Performances Board to ban the screening of the movie ‘The Da Vinci Code’ in local cinemas and on local television channels. The decision to ban the film was taken on an appeal by the Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka, President Rajapaksa told the Daily News yesterday. This is an abominable political decision to please the Vatican," said a leading film critic. "It is not based on any merit or demerit of the film."

Solheim down in the polls; no hope either of re-starting talks

The Norwegian Peace facilitator. Erik Solheim, is scheduled to arrive in Colombo today with a huge question mark hanging over his head: how far can he go with kick-starting the stalled peace process? He himself has hosed down high expectations. S. Pulidevan, head of the Tamil Peace Secretariat, too has confirmed this. Jon Hanssen-Bauer, the special envoy who has replaced Solheim, will also be with Solheim in conducting this new round of talks in Colombo. According to latest media reports, he is not even going to Killinochchi. According to informed sources, the LTTE is cheesed off with his failure to prevent the EU ban. They were depending on him to do the trick but he failed.

Sri Lankan Navy spokesman denies extortion charges, but investigations continue

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Amidst allegations that navy personnel stationed in the North and East are extorting money from civilians currently fleeing to India, Sri Lanka Navy spokesman Commander D.K.P. Dassanayake, has categorically denied these allegations claiming them to be 'baseless'.

Pak arrests four Afghan suspects including intelligence official

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani security forces have arrested four Afghan nationals, including an intelligence official, for entering the country without valid travel documents.

Japan funds to improve rural roads in Moneragala District

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Corespondent

Government of Japan yesterday provided a sum of US $ 78,711 (approximately Rs. 8.2 million) towards the "Project for Rehabilitation & Improvement of Rural Infrastructure Facilities for the Benefit of the Disadvantaged Rural Poor in Remote & Vulnerable Areas of Moneragala District". The Project is to be implemented by the Samastha Lanka Praja Sanwardana Manadalaya (SLPSM), an NGO engaged in facilitating self-help oriented development to the poor and disadvantaged communities in remote areas of Sri Lanka

Peace process deadlock likely to continue

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lankan Government's Peace Secretariat Chief Palitha Kohona has expressed optimism that the latest visit of the Norwegian facilitators would be a turning point to the current stalled peace process.

Judge Weeramantry wins UNESCO peace education award

Sri Lankan judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, former Vice-president of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague, was awarded on Wednesday the UNESCO annual prize for peace education, the UN's culture and science organisation said.

Bangladesh Minister's wife runs fake private university

Wife of State Minister for Education Ehsanul Haque Milon is running a fake university named ‘The International University’ at city's Uttara model town, thus cheating hundreds of students in Bangladesh.
The matter came to the attention when a local newspaper published an exclusive report on it. According to the report, the education ministry has found that the authorities of The International University have been running the private institution for over five years with a fake approval of the ministry.

Four LTTE cadres killed by Karuna in the East – military official

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Four Tiger guerrillas were killed and two injured on Wednesday in an attack believed to be carried by the rebels of former LTTE Eastern Commander, “Colonel” Karuna on a LTTE bunker in Upparu near Muttur in the country’s volatile East, military sources said.The attack which happened at 9.30 pm on 24 May, had killed four Tiger guerrillas, according to intercepted LTTE transmissions.

Sri Lanka Government to promote rice flour for pastries

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka Government is trying to promote rice flours in the country instead of wheat flours. Ministry of Science and Technology is presently experimenting to produce bread and other pastries by mixing rice and wheat flours. A senior cabinet Minister Professor Tissa Vitharana says that the government may reduce import of wheat flour to popularize rice flour among the masses.

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