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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2868

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Grand Promises of Tsunami Aid Fail to Materialise

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service (IPS) News Agency

When U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was asked about the sluggish flow of promised aid to tsunami-affected countries more than three months after the massive devastation, he told reporters: ”Pledges are good, but cash is better.”

Sri Lanka-Tiger Issue Gets Enhanced Attention From U.S. State Department

Daya Gamage – From US Reporting to Asian Tribune

The top State Department official in charge of South Asia, which includes Sri Lanka in her mandate, Assistant Secretary Christina Rocca is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka from Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday 21 and is expected to meet with Sri Lankan officials to discuss the aid flow and its use for tsunami rehabilitation endeavor and the stalled peace talks.

Indian envoy meets Nepalese Monarch to press for return to Democracy.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Two months after having made a formal request for an audience, Indian ambassador to Nepal Shiv Shanker Mukherjee on Friday met Nepalese monarch Gyanendra to press for restoration of democracy and release of political leaders held after the declaration of emergency in the Himalayan kingdom.

Admiral Fallon visit a clearr show of America’s support to Sri Lanka

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Bureau Chief, ASian Tribune, Colombo

The United States is continuing its policy of maintaining close coordination with the Sri Lankan security forces. Commander of the United States Pacific Command, Admiral William J. Fallon, is currently visiting Sri Lanka. In the last two years since signing of the ceasefire agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) more than 12 top commanders of the American Army, navy and Air Force visited the island-nation in a clear show of support.

Musharraf arrives in India today

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The President General Pervez Musharraf leaves for India Saturday on the first leg of his visit which will also take him to Philippines and Indonesia.

LSSP on the need for a common Presidential candidate

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Sri Lanka Sama Samaja Party in a clarion call to defeat the United National Party (UNP) in the forthcoming Presidential election said that all progressive and anti-UNP political parties and the masses must rally-round under one roof in the forthcoming presidential election.

U.S. Justice Department Reiterates Importance of Military Trials For Terrorism Suspects

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

The United States Department of Justice officials reiterating the importance of military tribunals to prosecute and punish terrorism suspects told the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington last week that such prosecutions should be allowed without the intervention from courts.

Burmese Junta pressure on Ceasefire Groups could lead to all-out armed conflict

By: Sai Wansai (Shan Democratic Union)

Lately, the Burmese military junta, also known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), comes up with headlines in its own newspapers as if there has been a mass surrender of one rebellious Shan resistance faction – the Shan State National Army (SSNA).

JVP-UNP to vote against Western Province Chief Minister

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The local Marxist party –Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna(JVP), the leading partner of the present United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government will vote against the Western Province Chief Minister Reginald Cooray when the no confidence motion is presented at the next session scheduled for on the 28 April.

China and India for financial dialogue mechanism

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

China and India have set up a financial dialogue mechanism to boost
their exchanges and cooperation in major international financial issues.

Temple Leader tells his harrowing ordeal with the LTTE to the British public

British newspapers published locally in Harrow and Edgware narrate the heart-rending story that Rajasingham Jeyadevan and A.K.Vivekanandan were duped into to visit Vanni in Sri Lanka the stronghold of the Tamil terrorists outfit and the detail of their arrest, incarceration, torture and captivity and held incommunicado for 62 and 42 torturous days respectively.