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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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LTTE must Renounce Violence and stop recruiting child soldiers - EU’s Commissioner

The European Union’s Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero pointed out with grave concern that the recent outbreak of violent incidents in Sri Lanka has marred the Ceasefire

Jeyadevan Released by Tamil Tigers.

Rajasingham Jeyadevan, a British resident, who was held captive by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, since 31 December 2004, was released yesterday at 2.30 PM in Vanni, according to a reliable source.

Indian Parliament back to normal work after a stormy week

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

Indian Parliament has got back to its stride on Monday as the confrontation between the opposition and the treasury benches ended over the week end.

The revolt in the Hindu temples rise against the LTTE

By H. L. D. Mahindapala, Melbourne

The attempts of the LTTE to gain control of newly established Hindu temples in Western countries are tearing the Tamil communities apart. More importantly, the rising backlash against the LTTE has weakened its base abroad, managed mainly of the Jaffna Tamil professionals.

India’s apex court intervenes to end political games in a eastern state

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

It has directed the governor of Jharkhand, a predominantly tribal state where provincial assembly elections returned a fractured verdict to conduct the floor test on March 11 to determine who commands majority in the House.

The Slow Download to War

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Like a slow download, we are inching to war. There already is a small war on the side, a mini–civil war. It’s the title fight: the Sun God vs. The Colonel. It is decidedly not in the interest of the Sri Lankan state to tilt against Karuna, eliminating his challenge to Prabhakaran, nor is it in its interest that the conflict spiral out of control and spill-over into the South. But can it be contained at the level of a low-intensity war of attrition?

Sri Lankan sells its corporate anthem for tsunami victims

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s premier carrier Sri Lankan Air Lines is now selling their corporate anthem in DVD to collect more funds to assist the tsunami affected schools and the children.

Irregularities reported in Pak defence budget

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Auditor General of Pakistan, while auditing the defense services’ accounts maintained by the Defense Division for year 2002-2003, has reported cases including overrun of four-year time as well as cost to the tune of Rs 1.3 billion in just one project of Jinnah Naval Base and Harbour Ormara near the southern port city of Karachi.

Peter Harold must go home - PNM of Sri Lanka

By Sunil C. Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Patriotic National Movement of Sri Lanka led by the ex-leading member of the united national party Rev, Elle Gunawansa, Present Deputy Minister and former captain Sri Lanka Cricket Arjuna Ranatunga and the leading JVP parliamentarians said that Sri Lanka’s resident Representative of World Bank Peter Harold must go home.

World Bank representative in Sri Lanka, should be recalled

Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) – a watchdog organization based in Melbourne, Australia which use to voice its serious concern for peace, harmony, stability and integrity of Sri Lanka has in a statement called for the immediate recall of Peter Harrold, World Bank Representative in Sri Lank.

Demise of a Tamil writer K.Kalaichelvan.

C.N. Suseenthiran - Berlin

Kanagasingam Kalaichelvan, a veteran fighter for an alternative and democratic culture among the Tamil Diaspora community in Europe, suffered a massive heart attack on the early morning of 5 March at his home in Paris, and passed away.

US concern over fresh Nepal arrests

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

The US state department has voiced concern over fresh wave of arrests and continued curbs on civil liberties in Nepal.

Will Unocal forced to terminate operations in Burma?

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

In late 2004, Unocal "agreed in principle" to settle the slave labor lawsuit filed against them in federal and state courts in California. Military sources in Rangoon indicate that the Burmese military government is very angry that Unocal will publicly and legally acknowledge slave labor abuses by the Burma Army.

US Secretary of State Rice to Visit South Asia

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to visit South Asia and East Asia from March 14-21, it was announced by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher yesterday at the Department press briefing.