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India to set up national wildlife bureau to probe tiger poaching.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Concerned over the decreasing number of tigers in its conservation parks and failure of the Centre to enforce wildlife rules on states and low conviction rate against poachers, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is planning to form a National Bureau for Wildlife to keep a watch on poaching crimes in the country.

Decade delayed thermal power plant work may begin

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Trubune, Colombo

After more than 10 years of indecision, Sri Lanka now plans to go ahead with its first ever thermal power station. Construction of the Norochcholi thermal power plant will commence before the end of this year under the 100 per cent Chinese owned China National Machinery and Equipment Imports and Exports Corporation (CMEC), a leading company in China.

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress poised to split in Kerala

By M Rama Rao & D P Kamat from New Delhi

The die has been cast for a split in the Congress party’s base in Kerala. Formal parting is expected today.

RSS flip flop: a day after asking Advani, Vajpayee step down, sings their praise, describes them indispensable

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Exposing the chinks in their ranks, the Sangh Parivar has begun a damage control exercise in the wake of RSS supremo’s call to Advani and Vajpayee to make way for younger leaders in the BJP.

Sri Lankan intelligence shakeup

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Another shakeup is expected in Sri Lanka’s intelligence service which jumps from crisis to crisis. The powerful Director of Intelligence (DI) K.V.T.Sumansekera has been transferred to as head of the foreign intelligence. A new DI is expected to be named later this month and until then this important department will be headless as on several occasions in the past making the service almost ineffective.

Indian Supreme Court dismisses Swamy’s petition against Sonia

By M Rama Rao from New Delhi

India’s apex court Monday dismissed a petition for action against Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

The Mystery of the Missing Anton Rajah – The Goebbels of the LTTE

64-year-old Anton Rajah has a colorful and intriguing past linked to the shady operations of the LTTE. But his sudden disappearance for a while (like that of Jeyadevan) is more intriguing. Was he trapped in the wilds of Vanni like Jeyadevan? Why is he missing from the LTTE scene which he dominated? Has he fallen from grace? Is he another victim of the LTTE machinations like Jeyadevan? Has he returned to London from the Vanni and keeping a low profile after receiving appropriate punishment from Velupillai Prabakaran whom he worshipped once as “Sivaperuman” (Lord Shiva) – the God of Destruction? More of this mystery later.

Ferial Ashraff and Douglas dropped out of the Australian visit, but Raviraj takes along his teenage daughter also in the Parliamentarians’ group

Two Cabinet Ministers included in the Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation to visit Australia on a disaster management study tour have dropped out at the last moment. Ministers Ferial Ashraff and Douglas Devananda did not join the delegation when the Parliamentary Committee boarded the Melbourne bound flight on Monday.

Manmohan Singh, Wen build new bridges of friendship, understanding

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

A sincere, friendly and constructive atmosphere prevailed at the in depth exchange of views by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao and they reached broad consensus on bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern, a joint statement issue by the two sides said.

Nuclear experts lauds Pakistan’s non-proliferation commitment

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

The Nuclear Suppliers Group has appreciated the steps taken by Pakistan for establishment of Nuclear Export Regime (NER) and its commitment to nuclear non-proliferation.

Prakash Karat New Marxist Honcho

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Young Turk and hardline ideologue is the new general secretary of India’s main communist party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist). He succeeds the aging and ailing Harkishen Singh Surjeet (89), who has played the king maker role in installing as many as three governments including the present Congress led United Progressive Alliance government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

France for joint committee for intellectual property

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

France has decided to establish a China - France joint committee for
intellectual property protection.

Money Politics in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) on April 8, 2005 alleged that "Junta Chairman's family extorting money from Burmese companies". DVB alleges that Daw Kyaing Kyaing, General Than Shwe's wife, is demanding a six million U.S. Dollar donation from Burmese companies as a Burmese New Year's present. DVB alleges that these companies also donated six million dollars last year to Daw Kyaing Kyaing.

Pak to send special envoy to secure release of diplomat

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has decided to send a special envoy to Iraq to discuss with Iraqi government the release of the abducted staffer of Pakistani embassy in Baghdad.

SL business community dissatisfied on new tax

Sunil C. Perera , reporting from Sri Lanka

The Joint Business Community of Sri Lanka is seriously concerned over the new tax on Social Responsibility [SRL]. Chairman of JBIZ Kingsly Bernard said the tax would be an additional burden for the employees and the employers.

India, China agree on a framework to deal border dispute

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

Marking the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to India, the two countries agreed on broad parameters to resolve the border dispute, a bitter legacy of 1962 war.

UNP launches strategic measures to release Dissanayakee

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

The United National Party has decided to follow three major strategies to get release their jailed comrade S.B.Dissanayake.<

Political Parameters, Guiding Principles for resolving India- China border dispute

By M Rama Rao - in New Delhi

MK Narayanan, India’s National Security Advisor, and Dai Bingguo, Chinese Special Representative signed here a protocol on the Political Parameters and Guiding Principles for the Settlement of the India-China Boundary Question.

Bolton Takes a Bolt From His Previous U.N. Views At U.S. Senate Confirmation Hearing

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

John R. Bolton, who once questioned the relevance of the United States and had a very long record of questioning the credibility of the world body softened his stance under intense grilling from the Democrats in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.