23 May 2008A Kosovo journalist and two former Bosnian Serb army officials have been granted temporary provisional release by the United Nations tribunal set up to deal with the worst war crimes committed during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, it was announced today. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague, ruled that Baton Haxhiu, a well-known journalist in Kosovo, will be granted release before his trial.He is charged with contempt of court committed during the trial of Ramush Haradinaj, the former prime minister of Kosovo, and others, when he is alleged to have revealed the identity of a secret witness in an article he published.The tribunal also granted release today to Radivoji Miletić and Ljubomir Borovcanin for the four-day period starting 26 May.Mr. Miletić served as a high-ranking military officials in the Bosnian Serb Army (VRS), while Mr. Borovcanin was formerly the Deputy Commander of the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs (MUP) Special Police Brigade.The two, along with six others, are charged with crimes related to the notorious massacre of Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica and Žepa enclaves in the summer of 1995.
Tuk tuk drivers who have successfully completed the training program ceremonially received the logo and their certificates from the Prime Minister at the event. The logo and the branding will allow tourists to easily identify the ‘tourist-friendly’ tuks and obtain their services. Over 750 tuk tuk drivers have been trained by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) so far, in several districts, under its tourist-friendly training programs. All drivers who successfully complete the program will get a special ID from the SLTDA, in addition to the tourist-friendly logo and the certification.The project is implemented under the Budget proposals presented by Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera for the year 2018. The SLTDA said the tourist-friendly program will also cover eating places and homestays in the future, uplifting the quality and standards of the Sri Lankan tourism industry.A similar service was launched in 2009 as well. Sri Lanka launched a tourist-friendly tuk tuk service at Galle Face Green in Colombo today under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.The ‘tourist-friendly’ logo is a pride mark to distinguish high-quality tourism-related service providers in Sri Lanka. The initial rollout of this pride mark will be for tuk tuks in the Colombo district. Subsequently, it will also cover the rest of the island, including other major tourist cities.