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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

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Chautala’s crores

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

After an early May CBI raid on his houses and properties, former Haryana chief minister Om Prakash Chautala, a big fish among Indian politicians, was accused of amassing wealth ‘disproportionate to his known source of income.’ People’s first reaction was: Wait and see, nothing will happen to Chautala. This scepticism is because charges of corruption and scandal among politicians have been reduced over the years to a public spectacle with the accused rarely, if ever, coming to grief for looting and playing ducks and drakes with taxpayers’ money, says the author.

Japan kicked in the pants by the LTTE

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

Yashushi Akashi, one of the four Co-chairs (Norway, EU. USA being the other three), represents Japan's diplomatic arm extended across Asia to make its presence felt in the region as a significant player. Japan's role was made more explicit in the latest editorial of Japan Times (May 9, 2006). In a rather assertive tone it editorialized: "Japan has a central role to play in Sri Lanka. It is the largest single donor to the country, providing 45 percent of all external aid. Former U.N. Undersecretary General Yasushi Akashi has been appointed Japan's representative for peace building and
reconstruction." Clearly, Akashi comes highly recommended to play Japan's "central role". In fact, the Japan Times, added: "Mr. Akashi has a long record of work on peace building and can, with real support, help bring the sides together.

Ceasefire Monitors suspend sea monitoring

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Scandinavian ceasefire monitors have suspended sea monitoring after Tiger guerillas issued the final warning against sea monitors. "Sea monitoring activities have temporary been stopped," Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Ulf Henricsson told the "Asian Tribune." The SLMM Chief, however, said suspension is temporary. "We are adjusting ourselves and hope to come up with new safety regulations and some solutions hopefully by next week," he said.

War Clouds, Silver Lining

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The war clouds are not devoid of a thin silver lining. Though he retains and exercises the capacity for tactical surprise, in that he decides when and where he strikes next, Velupillai Prabhakaran has lost that most vital resource, namely strategic surprise. No one will really be blindsided if he engages in a full-scale attack. Though he may have attacked the Pearl Cruise, he cannot achieve a Pearl Harbour, because the USA did not really expect a war of aggression by Japan.

Pak urges D-8 to enhance trade, investment within Muslim world

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has called upon the Developing-Eight countries to take a lead for promoting greater trade and investment opportunities within the Muslim world. Addressing the D-8 Summit in the Indonesian tourist resort of Bali on Saturday, Pakistani Prime Miister Shaukat Aziz said in the last five years, inter D-8 trade has increased from fourteen point four to thirty three billion dollars, demonstrating that they have the capacity to augment trade even further. This growth can be enhanced by extending our trade relations with rest of the Muslim world as we are obliged to do so as members of the OIC.

The Tigers’ Indirect UDI

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The final act of the tragicomedy that was the Third Peace Process commenced with the Tigers making their Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI), albeit indirectly. Subsequent to the latest attack on the Lankan Navy by the Black Sea Tigers, the SLMM Chief rushed to Killinochchi to protest against the LTTE’s gross CFA violation, which placed the Nordic truce monitors in grave danger. A non-contrite SP Tamilselvam told Maj. Gen. Henricsson that no one has the right to call the Tigers a non-state actor and emphasised the “sovereign rights of our access to the adjacent sea and airspace of our homeland”. The message could not have been clearer – as far as the LTTE is concerned the (as yet unofficial) state of Tiger Eelam, with its army, navy, air Force, administration and judiciary, is an existential reality.

DAN never approached to Congress for all-party team to Delhi: I Imkong

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asiantribune

The Leader of the Opposition I Imkong said the DAN Government had never approached the Congress Party officially to discuss about the sending of an all-party team from Nagaland to Delhi for taking up the “burning issue of the Indo-Naga political problem with the top Indian leaderships.”

A good Kuwaiti gesture

Demonstrating an extraordinary gesture to Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia during her two-day visit, Kuwait, the oil-rich Gulf state, assured Bangladesh of supplying petroleum products "on easy terms and conditions" when the price is soaring up and agreed "to lift all barriers" to recruiting manpower from here.

Sri Lankan small industrialists to participate in the All India Industrial exhibition in Chennai

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka Chamber of Small Industry has organized a 20 member mission to Chennai in a bid to promote trade and service between South India and Sri Lanka in the beginning of June 2006. The first two days are expected to visit ACMEE 2006 an all India Industrial Exhbition organized by the Ambattur Industrial Estate Manufacturers Association (AIEMA) and AIEMA Technology Centre at the Chennai Trade Centre where three members of SLCSI would be participating. ACMEE 2006 will be from 8th to 12th June.

Bangladesh’s success in various fields surprising

World Bank Country Director Christine Wallich has praised Bangladesh's achievements in various fields and said the country like many developing nations, despite problems, has also scored surprising successes even in the areas of environment, particularly water management and sanitation.

Pak sends fasting Buddha to Lanka

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

As a special gesture of goodwill and friendship, Pakistan has dispatched the statue of ‘Fasting Buddha’ to Sri Lanka where it would be put on public display in one of the main temples of Colombo during the forth coming Vesak celebrations, says a message received here from Colombo. This unprecedented step was taken in response to a request made by the President of Sir Lanka, Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse during his recent visit to Pakistan.

UANF released Customs officials

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

After 17 days in captivity, the two abducted Customs officials were finally released on Saturday morning by the United A’chik National Front (UANF) militant outfit. Personnel of the Border Security Force, personnel guarding the porous international Indo-Bangla border were the first to spot the two abducted Customs officials- Dharani Bora and Mrinal Sharma about 6.30 A.M today nearby a Dalu village in West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh.

Mother's day - a day of grief

By Daya Dissanayake

We have a mother's day which only benefits the businessmen who make a good profit. No one else benefits out of it. We try to fool ourselves that we are doing a good deed but it is only a shameful and cowardly act to cover our own guilt. Having a Mother's day itself is a sign of how much the relationship of a mother and her children had deteriorated. We should be ashamed to have a day set aside for our mothers, because we have neglected them for the other 364 days.

A timely stand by Bangladesh Home Minister

State Minister for Home Affairs in Bangladesh, Lutfuzzaman Babar raised an extremely important point during the just concluded Conference of the Home Ministers of the South Asian Nations. Babar pointed to the issue of combating drug trafficking within South Asia, and said, ‘Narcotics are affecting every country, and Pakistan has been assigned to identify specific activities within the year on how to stop proliferation of drugs abuse in South Asia’.

Sri Lanka: Competition to enhance Information and Communication Technology

By Quintus Perera

The National Best Quality Software Awards (NBQSA) organized by the British Computer Society’s Sri Lanka Section is conducted to honor significant technological developments in the ICT industry in Sri Lanka. The BCS has organized this event since 1998. This year too it has been decided to organize the event for a broader audience to capture the interest of all stakeholders who are involved in producing products or projects for local and global use.

Karunanidhi promises to herald a new era in Dravidian politics

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi reporting for Asian Tribune

Promising a new beginning in the Dravidian politics, Muthavel Karunanidhi started his new innings as chief minister. Politics of vendetta will be a thing of the past, he said in an obvious reference to the fact both he and his betenoire Jaya Amma indulged in witch hunting each other whenever voted to power. Still fresh in public memory were the midnight scenes enacted at Karunanidhi's residence four years back when Jayalalithaa made her loyal police officers literally drag the octogenarian from his bed on a trumped charge.