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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Government communiqué – A wedge within the UPFA parties.

The recent Sri Lanka Government communiqué issued by the Information Department has become a bone of contention and one that would definitely drive a wedge in the midst of the ruling parties which constitutes the United People’s Freedom Alliance to bring about confusion, conflict, dissension and bring about a split within.

Seven school kids die, 42 hurt in Pak road accident

Iqbal Hussain - Reporting from Islamabad

Seven school children were killed and 42 others injured when their bus turned turtle near the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Sunday.

Sonia Congress wins landslide in Haryana; electorate in Bihar, Jharkhand give split verdict

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party has won a landslide victory in Haryana state adjacent to Delhi in what was primarily a two-legged race. The party has won 66 of the 90 seats at stake by trouncing a regional chieftain Chautala of the Indian National Lok Dal ending his five year rule. With this victory, the Congress is staging a comeback in the Haryana politics as a ruling party after almost a decade.

Nagaland Chief Minister hopes solution to Naga problem will bring changes to Nagaland and region

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

After stamping out the Congress regime in February 2003 elections by the combined forces of Nagaland Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by Neiphiu Rio, the Nagaland State has steadily been advancing to various developmental activities, more prominently to Naga political issue. Rio, against all odds of rumors that he would not even last for three months when he assumed power on 6th March 2003, is now completing two years of his DAN Government in office.

Sri Lanka’s United Nations Mission Has No Clout Over Tigers, TRO Or Stop Child Recruitment, Says Bernard Goonetilleke

Daya Gamage - USA to Asian Tribune

“The Sri Lanka Permanent Mission to the United Nations can only make suggestions and make our concerns heard in UN forums, which we did at the Security Council on February 23, but it is up to the permanent members of the security council to make a decision what specific action needs to be taken to stop the Liberation Tigers of Sri Lanka from engaging children in the armed conflict,” said Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in an exclusive interview with Asian Tribune.

Climate conducive for resumption of negotiations

Gamini Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Norwegian peace envoy, Eric Solheim has told President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the climate was now favorable for resumption of peace negotiations between the government and the LTTE, well informed government sources said.

Who Created Prabaharan?

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

This is the first of the two part article on Prabaharan, Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, written by H.L.D. Mahindapala, a veteran journalist with 50 years of experience, a former Editor of Observer and the Australian Bureau Chief of Asian Tribune. The second and conclusive part will appear tomorrow.

Pakistan warns ‘Al-Qaida reorganising’

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan’s Secretary Defence Lieu Gen (Retd) Hamid Nawaz Khan said Saturday different reports have confirmed Al-Qaida getting organized again and the issue is aggravating in lieu of cooling down.

Anniversaries, Revolts and Impasses

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The South has reached a political impasse. The alliance between the SLFP and the JVP has turned out to be a far from happy marriage but divorce is a possibility for neither party. A break up of the UPFA will result in the breakdown of the government; it will force the SLFP and the JVP back into oppositional wilderness and open the portals of power for the UNF and Ranil Wickremesinghe – a prospect that neither party would find pleasing.

Balapatabendi getting ready to take post in Canberra

Kusumsiri Balapatabendi, the High Commissioner nominated to Australia, has managed to dodge the quizzing by the full High post Committee of Parliament, and is getting ready to take up his post in Canberra.

CIA looking for Osama in Pakistan: report

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

officers of the Central Investigation Agency (CIA) of
the United States and other US personnel in Pakistan
have dedicated themselves to look for Osama bin Laden
and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri in that country, says
a congressional report.

America rejects Nepal king timetable on democracy hints at cutting economic aid.

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Impressing upon Nepal King Gyanendra to move quickly for a dialogue with political parties the US state department spokesman Richard Boucher said the three-year time-table for restoration of democracy fixed by the Palace is not acceptable.