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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402


Sri Lanka: Elections secretariat insist voters carry identity card or certified photograph

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

The Elections Secretariat has announced that it is essential for all voters to carry their National Identity Card or a Photograph certified by the Grama Sevaka officer or any other government officer when going to polling booths to cast their vote on Saturday, where voting will take place for 20 local authorities.

UN human rights experts deplored Myanmar for counter-insurgency operations targeting civilians

UN human rights experts in a joint statement has called on the Government of Myanmar to stop immediately counter-insurgency military operations targeting civilians in Northern Karen and Eastern Pegu areas, which have led to the forcible eviction and displacement of thousands of ethnic minority villagers. In a hard-hitting statement, human rights experts deplored the violence against unarmed civilians by the Myanmar military and call for action to ensure no further excessive use of force is employed against persons belonging to any community in Myanmar.

Sri Lanka to grow more exotic flower varieties for export

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka's Investment Promotion and Enterprise Development Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, plans to end the landless problem and assist the Anthurium and other exotic flower growers with land facilities to grow more flowers. Under his plans, the Minster has instructed to formulate joint ventures between land owners and flower growers to grow more flowers, which may be the main foreign income earner in future Sri Lanka.

World Bank terms Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh a 'joke'

top official of the World Bank termed the Anti-Corruption Commission in Bangladesh a ‘joke’ and urged the government to make the institution effective in the combat against corruption. ‘The commission has become a joke and I have said that to the Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, and urged her to undertake efforts to make the commission effective and functional,’ Praful Patel, Vice-President of the multilateral lending agency, said at a news briefing at a hotel in the capital city.

Tigers kill three soldiers and a civilian

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Tiger guerrillas exploded claymore mines killing three soldiers and shot dead a Tamil civilian today, a day after the United States Principle Deputy Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Camp told the press that the US would encourage the European Union to ban the LTTE.

The Scariest Predators in the Corporate Jungle

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The world's oil, gas and mining industries account for nearly two-thirds of all violations of human rights, environmental laws and international labor standards, according to a soon-to-be-released United Nations study. The food and beverages industry is a distant second, followed by apparel, footwear, and the information and communications technology sector.

News analysis: Who is behind the escalation of violence in the north and east?

The rise in violence, particularly killings in Jaffna, after the first round of talks in Geneva, is a disturbing trend that is yet to be investigated by the Police, judicial inquiries and the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission. "We can't say who's clearly responsible for the killings, as there are still many questions on who may have been behind it," said Helen Olafsdottir, spokeswoman for the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to the New York Times. (May 16, 2006).

LTTE deserves the label of terrorists and ban by EU - Donald Camp, US official in Sri Lanka

In two separate interviews held by two TV stations - government and private - Donald Camp, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, reaffirmed US support to "the democratic government of Sri Lanka" and confirmed that America is pushing hard to get EU ban the LTTE.

Truce monitors discuss safety amid Tiger threats on lives.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 17 May, ( Scandinavian truce monitors from the North East converged at the Head Quarters in Colombo to discuss their safety amid threats by the Tiger guerrillas against continuing with sea monitoring activities.The sea Tigers last week carried out an abortive attack on Sri Lankan Navy passenger ferry with a truce monitor aboard.

Bangladesh Cabinet approves anti Chemical Weapons Bill

The Bangladesh cabinet approved in principle the Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Bill proposing enactment of a new law on the prohibition of development, production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons and on their destruction, although Bangladesh does not produce, possess or use any such weapon.

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