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Frozen sea on Mars linked to elevated methane

Frozen sea on Mars linked to elevated methane
The discovery of the frozen ocean on Mars ignites a new debate on
whether life existed - or even currently exists - on the Red Planet

Conflicting reports on LTTE’s stance of working with Govt.

Gamini Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo’s Sunday newspapers had conflicting reports about the attitude of the LTTE working together with the government on an Interim Administration for areas under LTTE control.

Prince Charles arrives in Sri Lanka today

Gamini Weerakoon, Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Prince Charles arrives in Sri Lanka today for a six hour visit to see for himself the ravage caused by the tsunami .

Setback for Lalu Prasad Yadav in Bihar State.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The election results of state assembly in Bihar, a state in East India, may prove to be end of the road for Union Minister for Railways Lalu Prasad Yadav-led Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a regional political outfit which is constituent of Congress-headed United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in New Delhi and has ruled the state for over a decade and half.

Thondaman to meet president today

Gamini Weerakoon - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Arumugam Thondaman , the CWC leader, whose party pulled out of the UPFA government last week is scheduled to meet President Kumaratunga today.

NDA bounces back with state polls.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party-led conglomerate National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in India seems to have finally recovered from the drubbing it received at the hands of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) last year in the general elections as the results of state elections in Bihar and Jharkhand has given it much to look forward to.

Fresh probe called against Kusumasiri Balapatabendi

Gamini Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Five UNP MPs have asked the Speaker W.J.M Lokubandara to recall Kusumasiri Balapatabendi, High Commissioner designate to Australia, before the Select Committee on High Posts.

Pak army must allow politicians to rule, says Stephen Cohen

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

South Asia specialist and author Professor Stephen Cohen has advised Pak army to figure out a way to retreat from politics and allow politicians to govern the country so they can learn from their mistakes without fearing another military takeover.

Negotiations between Indonesia and Free Aceh Movement progress without hiccups.

Flicker of hope for a settlement gradually emerges for the thirty year long Acheh conflict. The Indonesian government and Free Aceh Movement (GAM - Gerakan Acheh Merdeka) wrapped up peace talks on 23 February , reporting major progress however there was no breakthrough on an offer of special autonomy for the tsunami-wrecked province.

Pakistan begins de-mining LoC to build bridge

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani authorities are set to start de-mining at the Line of Control (LoC) from Monday for construction of a bridge to connect Kashmiris on both side of the ceasefire line, sources said.

Outcome of Indo-Pak dialogue is stalemate: US experts

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

The US think tank, US Institute of Peace (USIP) opines that the dialogue between India and Pakistan that has just begun with both sides agreeing to enable more people to people contacts may end in a stalemate.

‘MPLAD scheme is against tenets of democracy’ – Janata Party founder and former Parliamentarian Era Sezhiyan.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Era Sezhiyan, the founder member of Janata Party, the umbrella group of parties formed to fight imposition of emergency by then Prime Minister of Indian Indira Gandhi in 1975 and Janata Dal, is in Delhi to campaign for abolition of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), under which Indian parliamentarians are allocated certain funds from the public exchequer to carry out developmental works in their constituencies.

Annan's sympathy for dead Bangladeshi peacekeepers

Ahemede Hussain – Reporting from, Dhaka, Bangladesh

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan strongly condemned the murder of nine United Nations peacekeepers from Bangladesh in an ambush by unidentified militia groups near Kafé in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Who Fathered Prabaharan?

H. L. D. Mahindapala

This is the second and final part of the two part article on Velupillai 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 first part appeared on 27 February
“Who Created Prabaharan

U.N.'s Public Image Dented by Growing Scandals

by Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, wants the United Nations to return to his city, where the world body was signed into existence 60 years ago.

Human Rights Watch rejects LTTE claim

Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) has bluntly rejected the LTTE claim that it has stopped recruiting child soldiers.