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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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In memory of Rajani Thiranagama

By H.L.D. Mahindapala

A lecturer Rajani Thiranagama, was also the Head of Department of Anatomy, in the Medical faculty of the University of Jaffna was one of the authors of “The Broke Palmayra.” A courageous academic who went to tell the story of the people of Jaffna, paid the ultimate price for speaking the truth and was brutally gunned down on 21 September 1989 by LTTE assassins when she was cycling home from the Jaffna University.An unsung heroine in the minds and hearts of the people in Sri Lanka.

Truce in South Waziristan: One soldier killed in attack

Lubna Jerar Naqvi - Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Despite a 10-day truce between the security forces and the Al Qaeda-linked fighters, an army vehicle was destroyed with a remote control bomb in Dera Ismail Khan-South Waziristan road on Tuesday, killing a soldier and critically injuring seven others including a Major.

Britain Impressed with Bangladesh's Economic Performance"—Sir Michael Jay

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Britain is keen to invest in the power sector of Bangladesh and both
the countries will have a detailed discussion in this regard, Sir
Michael Jay, British Permanent Under-secretary has told the journalist
at a press briefing today.

India’s ruling Congress on collision course with BJP - surprisingly BJP yet not ready to destabilise the present government

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Battle lines are drawn between the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the main opposition, Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) with the government taking a series of steps seen in political circles here as designed to target ‘the soft underbelly’ of the BJP led National Democratic Alliance.

Fresh wave of terrorist violence claims 12 lives in Assam, US offers FBI help in investigation

From M Rama Rao reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Violence rocked Northeast India’s Assam state for the fourth day ending and claimed at least 12 lives even as the region observed a 12-hour general strike to protest against violence on Tuesday.

No logic in LTTE’s demand for the release 10 cadres arrested by Government – SLMM

By Asian Tribune Correspondent in Sri Lanka

Head of the Nordic Truce Monitors Major Gen (Rtd) Trond Furuhovde said on Tuesday that there was no logic for the LTTE to demand for the release of their 10cadres arrested by the Government of Sri Lanka more than a year ago to release the two home guards apprehended in Trincomalee.

Jaffna University Professor writes a death warrant by his uncalled for comment on Sethusamudram

Lanka Hydraulic Institute's (LHI) Hydraulic Engineer Dr. Malith Mendis called for postponement of the Sethusamudram project to deepen the narrow sea lane, the Palk Straits between India and Sri Lanka until serious investigations were done to study the water cycle and soil structure of the peninsula.

About two-thirds of Norway’s development assistance to Sri Lanka goes to the southern part of the country - Norway Embassy

Hans Brattskar – Sri Lanka’s Norwegian Ambassador in Colombo will be visiting this week Matara and Galle districts located in the Southern province of Sri Lanka. In his three day visit he is expected, to meet with local political leaders , local business communities, NGO’s and academic communities at the Ruhuna Campus.

Murder, Monopoly and Minority Strength: a reply to Dr. Imtiyaz

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr ARM Imtiyaz writing in the Asian Tribune (Oct 5th) has produced one of the most ignorant, illiterate and lunatic arguments I have recently read concerning Sri Lanka’s ethnic crisis. While I agree with every word he says in this and earlier articles about Sinhala-Buddhist hegemonism, his main argument is totally crazy on three counts and his recipe is a gift to such hegemonists.

Maoist says: Prachanda's latest statement is fake

By Arjun Dhakal - Reporting from Katmandu, Nepal

Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-Maoist) has denied issuing a statement on peace talk that was widely circulated by Nepali Internet news portals and by private FM radio stations in Katmandu on Tuesday.

Nepal: Forces detain 27 Tibetians in Solukhumbu

By Arjun Dhakal – Reporting from Kathmandu, Nepal

Security personnel have taken into custody 27 Tibetans including two women in northern district of Solukhumbu who were trying to enter Nepal illegally from Tibet.