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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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Know Thyself

By Prof. Kanbawza Win

Let us be pragmatic and vote for Janyanta Dhamapala from Sri Lanka, a career diplomat and a former Deputy Secretary General of the UN who had served the United Nations admirably in preventing the proliferation of the nuclear weapons in the world. Besides he is very much in the good books of the five permanent members of the UNSC as he himself can speak fluent Chinese and French and has good relations with China.

HC orders release of Sri Lankan Tamils held in connection with Padmanabha's murder case

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

In a directive to the Tamilnadu Government, the Madras
High Court had asked to permit two Sri Lankan Tamils,
arrested by the CBI in connection with the EPRLF
leader Padmanabha murder case and former Prime
Minister Rajiv Gandhi assanitation case to go back to Sri Lanka
within a month.

Two LeT militants killed in Delhi followed by guilty verdict on Dubai based don Aftab Ansari

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Exactly three years after the attack on American centre in Kolkata, judgement was delivered holding Dubai-based don Aftab Ansari guilty for murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country.

Bolton’s UN Nomination Not Doomed But on Life Support

Daya Gamage – Reporting from US to Asian Tribune

With more Republican Party defections to halt John Bolton’s nomination to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations, and the Democratic Party’s Senate foreign relations committee members gathering further ammunition to stop his nomination being sent to a full Senate for confirmation, his nomination seems to be not entirely doomed but certainly on life support.

India’s ruling alliance heading for trouble; a senior minister charge sheeted

By M Rama Rao & D P Kamat in New Delhi

With about a fortnight to go for its first anniversary bash, India’s ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is heading for choppy waters. A senior minister and head honcho of Bihar based Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Monday was framed charges in a multi-million decade old corruption case. And the issue rocked Parliament with the BJP led opposition alliance, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has begun to bay for Lalu’s blood. He is a strong ally of Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president.

Switzerland does not apply conditions to tsunami aid disbursement – Ambassador

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Asian Tribune

Switzerland calls for convergence of diverse political opinion in Sri Lanka in order to arrive at a consensus on the ethnic problem and to usher in peace. Clarifying that he did not want to comment on domestic political issues, the Swiss ambassador Bernardino Regazzoni, however said that narrowing down of diverse viewpoints is indispensable for arriving at a lasting political solution.

Body to promote Vocal Music witnesses row over control.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Sangeet Natak Academy, a central body set up in New Delhi to promote vocal music and the arts in the country, is witnessing a bitter row over continuation of chairperson Sonal Mansingh, the danseuse appointed by the last Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Sri Lanka briefs India on peace process and tsunami relief

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka briefed the Indian leaders about the current status of the peace process. The peace process and the tsunami relief were the two main topics of discussion when the Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh met his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rjapakse in Jakarta where the two leaders were attending the Asian-African Summit.

Early Kashmir solution must to end Kashmiris miseries

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan Monday said that early resolution to the Kashmir dispute was imperative to end the miseries and sufferings of Kashmiri people as well as bring an era of peace and prosperity in the region.

Joint mechanism will be the key issue in the forthcoming Donors meeting

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

The international donors are now waiting to assist Sri Lanka, but they insist that they want Sri Lanka to setup the joint mechanism.

The Month of May

By Dayan Jayatilleka

May is the month it may start coming apart. The Aid group meeting is scheduled for mid-May and the grapevine has it that there is a danger of postponement in the absence of agreement on a joint mechanism.

India to resume military assistance to Nepal.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Concerned over Nepalese government’s attempts to initiate dialogue with China and Pakistan for buying arms, Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) here in New Delhi has decided to resume military aid to Katmandu.

Pak PM confident of achieving millennium goals

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has expressed his confidence that his country was well on track and will succeed to achieve the millennium development goals for the progress of its people with active support of its development partners.

Sri Lanka: Businessmen in the North are deprived of banking facilities

Sunil C.Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Traders in the Jaffna peninsula lamented that state owned and commercial banks are not providing any banking facilities to them, though almost all the major banks have opened up branch offices in the peninsula.

Supreme Court extends deadline for disbursal of compensation of Bhopal Gas victims.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Supreme Court of India on Monday extended time till April 30 next year for the Welfare Commissioner, Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh state) to disburse compensation worth Rs.15030 million among 1984 Union Carbide gas leak victims.

Turmoil in Indian parliament with opposition gunning for Railway Minister

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

Indian parliament Tuesday was embroiled in turmoil with the opposition gunning for the second day the Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who stands accused of misappropriating millions as chief minister of Bihar some seven years ago. The charges were framed Monday by a court hearing corruption cases which ruled that there was prima-facie case to prosecute him for irregularities in buying fodder by the state veterinary hospitals.