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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

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Pakistan and Sri Lanka agreed to combat extremism and terrorism - Joint statement

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and Sri Lankan Leaders agreed to combat terrorism and described it as a great challenge of the present time. It was revealed in the joint statement issued in connection with the official visit to Pakistan by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse "Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka have been victims of terrorism."

New man at a top Commonwealth post

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

A senior diplomat and public servant from Jamaica has been selected for a top job at the Commonwealth Secretariat, it was announced in London on Monday.

Rajapaksa urges businessmen to cement Pak-Lanka ties

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the business community of Pakistan and Sri Lanka to play their positive role for further cementing the existing bilateral trade relations between the two countries.

Contradictory reports over arrest of a family in Point Pedro.

The Peace Secretariat website of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s alleged that Sri Lanka Army arrested a family in Point Pedro for displaying a picture of Annai Poopathy in their home. In the meantime, Sri Lanka Army reveals that they arrested arms and ammunition from a house along with it’s five occupants during a search and clear operation in Point Pedro area on Sunday.

Norwegian Special Envoy in Colombo, familiarizing issues connected with peace talks.

Jon Hassen-Bauer, Norway’s new special peace envoy arrived in Colombo yesterday on a four-day familiarization visit "went straight into meetings" with a group of non-governmental organizations.

LTTE are the "paramilitaries" because they survive on the aid of the Sri Lankan government - Pilliyan, special Commander, TMVP

Pilliyan, a special Commander of the Tamil EelaMakkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) and a senior leader of the TMVP, told the Asian Tribune that the LTTE and TMVP are parallel organizations and if one is a "paramilitary" then so is the other.

Big Powers Still Monopolise Top U.N. Jobs

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations has constantly been accused of favoring the world's big powers in appointments to some of the most senior jobs in the organization-- despite a longstanding General Assembly resolution warning against this monopolistic practice.

Achievements and challenges Sri Lanka faces with unexploded ordnance and landmines

Mine-related casualties have remarkably dropped by 60 percent in Sri Lanka since the Ceasefire Agreement was signed between the warring parties – Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, point out UNDP and UNICEF in a joint press statement to mark 04 April as the International Mine Action Day, as declared by the United Nations General Assembly.

Government and people of Switzerland continue with their generosity to rebuild tsunami affected schools in Matara.

Ambassador of Switzerland Bernardino Regazzoni today participated in the Foundation Stone Laying ceremony for the Sariputra School complex in Matara. The ceremony marked the launch of the construction phase of the school reconstruction programme of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC in Matara.