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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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Old Books Fade Hard

By Ahmede Hussain – Asian Tribune

It began immediately after the Independence when four young
booksellers started selling second-hand books and magazines on the
pavement outside the Balaka cinema hall. Within years, that small step
became a giant leap forward for the bookworms of the country.

Forthcoming <i>Pongu Thamil</i> event is to raise funds for LTTE’s war chest alleges Sri Lanka expatriates association in Canada.

Lanka United Nationalist Association of Canada, an association of the Sri Lankan expatriates living in Canada has brought to the notice of the Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre S. Pettigrew and Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler about the Pongu Tamil event scheduled to be held on September 25 in Queen’s Park, Toronto, by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as it would be an occasion to drum up support for the militaristic aims of the LTTE and the raising of funds for the LTTE’s war chest.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy, aggressive advocate of peaceful solution to Sri Lankan Tamil problem

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The International Conference on Sri Lanka will be held in New Delhi on 30th October. It will "conceptualise the circumstances and conditions under which India may have to intervene in Sri Lanka, to ensure a long-term democratic solution to the Sinhala-Tamil linguistic problem and which solution is in harmony with India's national interest." Discussions will also focus on the role of the international community, especially of the U.S, China, Israel and SAARC countries. I have invited delegates from these countries, especially Israel and China.

Sri Lanka Army - LTTE Meeting

By Our Asian Tribune Correspondent in Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, seems to be engaged in a delaying tactics without fixing a date for their agreed meeting with the Sri Lanka Army in the Eastern district of Batticaloa to discuss the security situation, as they see no favorable situation for them in the district.

Pakistani President says the frontiers’ of the country are "400 per cent"

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

President sternly warned terrorists of dire consequences if they
challenged the solidarity and integrity of the country.

Delhi Summons Bangladesh Envoy

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting From – Dhaka, Bangladesh

India expressed its surprise and dismay over remarks made by Bangladeshi foreign minister M Morshed Khan at a recent seminar held in Dhaka. Indian foreign secretary Shyam Saran summoned Hemayetuddin, Bangladesh high commissioner to India, to the external affairs ministry in Delhi and said, "Morshed's comments could have a negative impact on bilateral relations and on the spirit of goodwill and
friendship that has hitherto characterised these relations."

Dr. Abdul Kalam on a weeklong visit to Tanzania, South Africa

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Indian President, the missile scientist, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, left Saturday on a week-long visit to Tanzania and South Africa.

Political Settlement in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The enemy of the Burma Army is the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and not the Burmese people. But Khin Nyunt's faction wages war on the Burmese people and gives privileged treatment to the UWSA Drug Warlords and their business associates.

"I personally believe that Osama does not exist anymore." - Federal Information Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Pakistan

While speaking at the "meet the press" programme of the Karachi Press Club on Friday, Pakistani Federal Information Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmed says that Osama Bin Laden might be dead and that Aiman Al Zawahri and Mulla Omar might be running Al Qaeda now.

Joint Interrogation Cell to Quiz Indian-explosive Smugglers

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Three men, including two Indians, arrested with four packets Indian-made plastic explosives were brought to Dhaka on last Friday. They will be quizzed by a joint interrogation cell consisted of the National Security Intelligence, the Criminal Investigation Department
and the Detective Branch.

The Importance of being Thondaman

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The LTTE is displeased - With Arumugam Thondaman. Mr Thondaman (like his grandfather) regards himself as the pre-eminent leader of his people, a belief that is not shared by the Tigers. According to the ‘Weltanschauung’ of the LTTE the hill country belongs to Mr. Pirapaharan’s Greater Tiger Eelam; and the hill country Tamils an integral and indivisible part of the ‘Tamil Speaking People’ who by birth and geography are destined to be the Sun God’s worshippers.

Lakshmi Parvati resurrected

By Radha Viswanath – Asian Tribune

There was a time when Lakshmi Parvati was in the thick of things. Her new husband, the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao – NTR for friends, foes and fans alike – did nothing without consulting her. And so, those who wanted to influence the Chief Minister’s decisions in their favour, made a beeline for her. She enjoyed the power and the adulation, and was constantly beside the septuagenarian leader, assisting him in his personal and political matters.

<i>The Passion:</i> A Sri Lankan’s Comment

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The Asian Tribune rendered a service by carrying some interesting and important documents presented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a non-profit, interfaith, international public interest law firm, on the state of inter-religious relations in Sri Lanka today.

Protest against US in Pakistan

Lubna Jerar Naqvi – Reporting from Pakistan

Activists of Muthahida Majilis-e-Ammal (MMA), a coalition of six
religio-political parties in Pakistan, took out a big rally to protest the
presence of the US military at the Shahbaz Airbase Jacobabad, Pakistan. A heavy contingent of paramilitary forces laid a cordon around Shahbaz Airbase to avoid any untoward incident.