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

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Let’s start working on the games!

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

India has made a successful if also a costly bid for the Commonwealth Games of 2010. That is a fact. But beyond that there is a big question mark. Will Delhi be ready in time for the event? Though four years are left and there does occasionally appear some news in the media about the preparations afoot, contradictions seem to be the theme of the progress report.

Mumma - M.I.A! Pro-Tiger rap star refused visa to US

M. I. A. (real name Maya Arulpragasam), the 28-year-old British rap star, spouting lines like "I've got the bombs to make you blow" has been barred from working on her new album in US, according to her website. "I'm locked out! They won't let me in!" reported M.I.A. on her MySpace page. She was scheduled get into a studio with Timbaland to record her next album.

Bush and Blair admit making costly mistakes in ‘war on terrorism’

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

In a very rare departure from a position of stubbornly refusing to admit setbacks, mistakes and wrong decisions that epitomized his little over five-year presidential rule, George W. Bush on May 25 at a White House press appearance with British prime minister Tony Blair admitted that the U.S. made costly mistakes in the war on terrorism and particularly in Iraq citing the American military mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.

Fiji’s election results in unstable coalition government

The ruling Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewe ni Vanua (SDL) Party won a majority in Fiji’s closely-fought election last week, enabling incumbent prime minister Laisenia Qarase to claim victory on May 17. But the racially polarized outcome has only set the stage for further political turmoil. Out of the 71 parliamentary seats, SDL won 36 while the Labor Party has 31. Two independents joined the SDL coalition and two United People’s Party (UPP) members remain in opposition. During his previous term, Qarase ruled in coalition with the Conservative Alliance (CA), open supporters of the attempted coup in 2000, but the two parties merged just before the elections.

U.S. is world leader in avoiding human rights accountability: Says Amnesty International report

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Governments worldwide, in the name of fighting terror, are committing gross violations of human rights: mistreating suspects, harming civilians and undermining their ability to solve some of the world’s most urgent problems, says U.S. Chapter of Amnesty International in its annual report released here May 23 highlighting the U.S. government’s current system for outsourcing key military detention and intelligence operations as fueling serious human rights violations and undermining accountability.

Attack on industrial sector in Bangladesh: This is more than conspiracy

The Kansat-type mayhem that took place in last four days targeting the country's growing garment industry in and around the capital is, undoubtedly, an ominous sign. One after another in the same style but in different pretexts is being used in this election year when the incumbent four-party alliance government is due to relinquish power at the end of its five-year term. After Kansat, similar agitation was created at Shanir Akhra at the city outskirt to press the demand for water and electricity and now at the capital city's industrial belt in the name of 'agitated' garment workers. The unruly elements went on rampage setting ablaze dozens of factories and enterprises and smashing many public and private vehicles at different places - Savar, Mirpur, Tejgaon, Uttara, Ashulia, Kafrul, Gazipur and Narayangonj - on Tuesday.

Former Enron Corp. executives found guilty: Long prison terms expected

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Houston, Texas of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud, and lying about their company’s crumbling finances in one of the nation’s biggest business scandals in U.S. history.

Senior Tiger commander killed "mysteriously"

A senior commander of the Tiger guerrillas has been killed on Wednesday night under mysterious circumstances, as the Tigers buried their deputy Commander Ramanan killed by the renegade rebels loyal to former Eastern commander Karuna. Former Special commander of Tigers Charles Anthony Brigade, Lt. Col. Veeramani was killed on Wednesday night in Kilali, Tiger controlled area according to intelligence sources and sources inside the Tiger held area confirmed the death.

Pak denies Osama’s presence on its soil

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has denied reports regarding presence of Al-Qaida Chief Osama Bin Ladin on its soil. Pakistan military spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan termed an American Television report downright wrong and baseless. He said no official of any country would publicize the intelligence information in this way on media. Pakistan had already said that if anyone got such information should provide it to the country, Sultan added.

Sri Lankan truce monitors awaits Govt. and LTTE response over sea monitoring demands

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune
The Sri Lankan Government Peace Secretariat and the LTTE Peace Secretariat are yet to respond to the proposal submitted to them by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), which emphasized the need for the monitors' protection.

Lanka Indian Oil fuel pumps to run dry in 12 days: Ceypetco assures uninterrupted fuel supply

By Ashwin Hemmathagama - Asian Tribune Financial Correspondent

Blue-chip fuel retailer Lanka Indian Oil Company Ltd. (LIOC) yesterday warned that its petrol stocks would end up by the first week of June, followed by the diesel stock which is sufficient for 42 days. LIOC Managing Director K. Ramakrishnan told the “Asian Tribune” that 162 filling stations scattered through-out the country would experience this shortage unless the immediate settlements are made.

Tigers supremo "Snubs" Norwegian Minister Erik Solheim

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Tiger guerrilla supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran has declined to meet visiting Norwegian International Development Erik Solheim, the second time the Tiger supremo turned down a request for crisis meeting by the peace envoys. The Tiger chieftain has cited security concerns as the reason to turn down the request for a meeting.

Spanish Red Cross boosts cinnamon production in Galle

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

A Spanish Red Cross project conducted in collaboration with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and the Department of Export Agriculture is assisting tsunami affected families to regain lost livelihoods and helping the country to restore its capacity in cinnamon cultivation, the country's fourth largest export earner crop.

U.N.'s Second in Command Vows to Leave Along with His Boss

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

With seven months before a new secretary-general takes office, the 191-member United Nations remains sharply divided over several politically-contentious issues: a disputed slate of potential candidates for the job, regional geographic rotation as a criterion for selection, and even a proposed change in the routine procedure for the election of the next U.N. chief to succeed incumbent Kofi Annan.

Parliamentarians chastise Indian Government to take stronger stand against Burmese Army rulers.

The Indian Parliamentarians’ Forum for Democracy has urged the Burma’s State Peace d Development Council to release Aung San Suu Kyi immediately from the house arrest and start meaningful dialogue with National League for Democracy to solve the political problems in Burma. In a statement, the Indian Parliamentarians Forum emphasized its strong support for the Aung San Suu Kyi-led democracy movement and for a national reconciliation in Burma.

Intolerable caricature of Awami League Leader

By: Sunita Paul

If nothing else, Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil is entertaining in providing comic relief to the country's otherwise dismal political culture, a situation to whose evolution, incidentally, his party has contributed the lion's share. AL's politics is firmly rooted in the past, to the 1950s and 1960s, and its tradition for agitation essentially for the sake of agitation, uncompromising and belligerent attitude towards its opponents, intolerant and high-handed posture, chicanery to achieve its political (and other) objectives, and taking recourse to blatant falsehoods is not only passé in the twenty first century, but actually invites a preponderance of force on its street-level confrontation from the government.

Two LTTE gunmen shot dead. Tigers blow up an army vehicle.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

The security forces today shot dead two Tiger guerrillas who attacked an army check point in Kopay, Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka while the Tiger guerrillas blew up an army vehicle in Batticaloa in the East. In Kopay, Jaffna two Tiger guerrillas riding a motorcycle fired at the security forces check point when the soldiers ordered them to stop.