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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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LTTE Racket

This is another game the LTTE is playing in the government controlled areas.And unfortunately some money greedy corrupt Police Officers are helping them to carry it out.
They send out their members to pose as high class business men.They mingle with the high society and make a name for themselves thus gaining recognition in the area they operate.Once they are recognised they engage in social acti

Kumaratunga’s dillema on joint mechanism

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune

President Chandrika Kumaratunga has two strategies for the vexed question of the proposed tsunami joint mechanism which could ring the death bell for her coalition government if it is handled wrongly. Senior political sources in the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said that she is likely to propose two options to her top advisers before adopting one.

Pakistan: Nawaz party rules out patch up with Musharraf regime

By Iqbal Hussian Khan Yousafzai - Asian Tribune

Raja Zafarul Haq, Chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), party of deposed Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who lives in exile in Saudi Arabia, has said that his party will enter no deal or reconciliation with the military regime and will try its struggle for the restoration of democracy in the country.

Sri Lanka: East tensed and military on full alert

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Reporting from Colombo

The multi-ethnic eastern province is highly tensed with the sudden increase in the internecine warfare between the two factions of the Tamil militants claimed over 10 lives in two weeks. The breakaway group of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led by former Eastern commander of the militants Colonel Karuna, undeterred by recent attacks on its jungle camps, launched a major assault on the LTTE positions, killing five cadres.

“Why don’t they ban rape?”- Varsha Kale, President Indian Bar girls association.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The closure of dance bars in Maharashtra, a state in western India, is threatening to snowball into a major controversy as the bar girls representatives on Friday met ruling Congress party president and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi to plead their case.

Sri Lanka: A private bus set on fire and the bus conductor burnt to death.

By Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo

The Private Bus Operators Association has warned the authorities that they would launch an island wide bus strike on Monday, if those responsible for setting fire to a private bus at Nagoda, Welisara along the Fort-Airport main bus route early Friday morning, are not apprehended by the police. The bus conducter, who was sleeping inside the bus at the time, was pathetically burnt to death.

King Gyanendra meets Indian PM, gets assurance on the revival of military aid

By M Rama Rao from New Delhi

Finally, King Gyanendra of Nepal was able to break bread with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of Africa Asia summit in Jakarta. He appears to have achieved his immediate goal, namely revival of military supplies from India, going by the claims of his aides.

Sri Lanka and the golden anniversary of the Bandung Conference

By Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse was among the 89 Afro-Asian leaders who signed a draft agreement on regional cooperation on Saturday, at the Asia-Africa Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia, during the Golden Anniversary of the Bandung Conference.

Health of a Burmese political prisoner is alarmingly deteriorating

Ye Kyaw Zwa is suffering from serious depression. He has been
suffering from this mental health condition since 2004, but up to
now, the Burma’s prison authority hasn't provided him with adequate
treatment. As a result of this neglect, his health situation is

Pak to keep ties with EU intact despite rove with Brussels

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has decided to keep its ties with the European Union well intact and ruled out the possibility of scaling down diplomatic relation with the bloc after a row over maltreatment of its senate delegation by the Belgian authorities at Brussels Airport.

Sri Lanka’s college admission – A fraudulent system inherent with deception

BY Nagananda Kodituwakku - Attorney at Law and Solicitor, England and Wales

A prominent leader of the United National Party (UNP) Dr. G L Peiris made it public through media that action taken against some college principals in Sri Lanka, who were alleged to have embezzled millions of rupees by fraudulent means, - “Unacceptable.”

KNU condemns the attack on truck 14-convoy on Ye-Lamine motor road

Karen National Union has strongly denounced the attack on the 14-truck convoy on Ye-Lamine motor road on 21 April reportedly causing 08 deaths and 14 wounded.

BBC’s "Sandeshaya" programme under fire

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), Hudson Samarasinghe, has criticised the producers of the BBC "Sandeshaya" programme for failing to produce quality programme to satisfy the local listeners.

A Question of Muslims

By Tisarane Gunasekara

The Norwegian peace monitors have a problem that surpasses every other problem they are faced with in their curious attempts to bring peace to Sri Lanka – the dress code of the Muslim women in the East. The SLMM which is not a bit concerned about the suicide kits of the Black Tigresses are sorely agitated over the hijab (the covered costume worn by some Muslim women).