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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

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A-9 Road To Nowhere

By: Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

I have traveled on the A 9 highway to Jaffna and back at six month intervals, since the ceasefire agreement was concluded between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The experience has been a revelation of what we Tamils are in for, in the future, unless immediate remedial action is demanded from and instituted by the LTTE.

Peace talks to the back seat – Erik Solheim

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Asian Tribune

The peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil militants will not be resumed in the near future. Stating this Norwegian peace facilitator Erik Solheim said the ‘absolute priority now is to get the joint mechanism for tsunami relief established’.

"There is no personal ideology in Politics" – Sanjay Nirupam.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Sanjay Nirupam who last month quit Rajya Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament and Shiv Sena, a regional political party that claims to champion the rights of majority Hindus in Maharashtra state, is on crossroads.

India warned Norway about Prabhakaran

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Asian Tribune

The Congress Party leaders had warned Norway even before the party came to power at the Centre that India would never give any legitimacy or recognition to LTTE supreme Velupillai Prabhakaran or his group for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. New Delhi considered that the killing was a cowardly act of terrorism and the Indian leaders believe that the killing of a prime ministerial candidate during a general election was a direct interference in the Indian democratic process.

Jyoti Basu decides to take ‘sanyas’ from politics

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Veteran Marxist communist leader Jyoti Basu has decided to take sanyas from politics. He is 84 and is keeping indifferent health for a while.

The East

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The East is the permanent periphery; from being part of theperiphery of Ceylon/Sri Lanka it became the periphery of the nascent state of Tiger Eelam. Development of underdevelopment is the inescapable Eastern reality.

Hiccup hinder restructuring plan of Sri Lanka Energy sectors.

By Sassanka Samarakkody, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Motorists panicked and flocked to petrol filling stations on Friday following a rumor that the price of petrol and diesel will be increased from midnight, amidst unconfirmed media reports of Power and Energy Minister Susil Premajayantha wanting to step down from the portfolio. But the government announced that they have no intention of increasing fuel prices at the moment.

South Asia’s Future Vital To U.S. - Officials Say Indo-Pak-US Axis Now In Place

Daya Gamage – From USA Reports to Asian Tribune

The Bush administration last week placed its strategic approach and policy toward South Asia, especially India and Pakistan, emphasizing that South Asia’s future was vital to the United States interests announcing that the Asian Region as a whole “is going to be critical both in the world’s future demographically and economically ….with China on one side, Iran and the Middle East on the other, and a somewhat turbulent Central Asian region to the north.”

Troubled times for India’s main opposition BJP.

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in troubles as it is gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary shortly in Mumbai.It was administered as many as three shocks on one single day - Saturday.

The 17th Arab League Summit: Where are the Arabs heading to?

By: Sally Sami – Asian Tribune

The 17th Arab League Summit ended on Wednesday 23 March 2005 leaving more questions than answers. Even though history has taught the Arab public not to have high expectations of such meetings, still there was hope of serious reforms that would enable the Arab world to retrieve its long lost dignity.

Sri Lanka: Tsunami victims set to face torrential rain, whilst surviving without roofs over their heads.

By Sassanka Samarakkody, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The tsunami-battered coastal communities in the south-east of Sri Lanka, the majority of whom are still living in temporary shelters three months after the calamity, are now faced with having to cope with another natural occurrence - torrential rain.

Beijing for prudent Olympic

By Mendaka Abeysekera- From Beijing

After Athens
Olympics Games ended in a huge loss, Beijing Organizing
Committee of the XXIX Olympiad Games (BOCOG) is said to be at present concentrating on ways of cutting costs. With this in view
BOCOG has begun to revise its all construction

Situation highly tense in Assam-Nagaland border

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The large number of people comprising mostly Miyas and Adivasis from the Assam-Nagaland border areas had last night destroyed a new village, some 24 kms away from Merapani area under Wokha district, which is going to be inaugurated by State Horticulture and Agriculture Minister, Dr TM Lotha yesterday at 10.00 a.m.

Pope John Paul II has died

Pope John Paul II, aged 84, the head of the 1.1 billion Catholics all over the world, died on Saturday, at 9.37 p.m., serenely in his private apartment, Vatican officials said.