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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Hated Mamun continues to swallow Bangladesh

By Sunita Paul

Bangladesh is now under the sharp jaws of a hated man named Giasuddin Al-Mamun, who is certainly doing everything to simply put the country’s economy and face in international arena into dock. Everyone knows about Mamun, but, possibly in today’s Bangladesh, there isn’t anyone in the small South Asian nation with the guts to even express anger openly against this man, because he continues to get support and patronization of some very influential figures in country’s politics. This man has virtually placed the image of Khaleda Zia’s political office, Hawa Bhaban into worst ever criticism.

Asian Tribune backs Bangladesh Journalist Salahudin Choudhury

Dear Dr. Robert Ray Hill

We regret to note that you have failed to respond to the issues raised in our open letter to you.. Instead you tried unsuccessfully to digress from issues in a desultory manner which is of no concern to Asian Tribune. We wish to state at the outset that we do not want to get involved in your private battle with Mr. Salahudin Choudhury of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since of late we have been subscribing to the Independent News Service (INS) run by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury and we have made use of his news releases.

Sri Lankan court allows limited resettlement of evicted villagers

More than two years after fundamental rights petitions were filed, the Supreme Court in Sri Lanka ruled on May 8 that 7,456 Tamil families evicted from the Palaly High Security Zone (HSZ) on the Jaffna peninsula be resettled in their village Valikamam. Onerous conditions apply, however, which mean that the villagers must be vetted and supervised by the military, which will remain entrenched in the area.

Koirala’s India visit amidst rebel trouble at home

By Malladi – Atul - Syndicate Features

Nepal Prime Minister G P Koirala’s visit to Delhi so soon after he took over the reins of his country helped India gain a better in sight into his problems and his plans to address them in a way there is room for less discord in the trouble torn Himalayan country. It also helped to set at rest speculation as to what his government meant when it declared Nepal a secular country and had upset it’s the Hindutva forces here in India. Koirala’s rhetorical question when we were not secular really stumped L K Advani, the erstwhile strongman of the BJP.

Sri Lankan government “dismayed” by the “distinct” LTTE bias of the truce monitors

By our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan government today contradicted a report released by the Scandinavian truce monitors and said it was dismayed by the “distinct bias” towards the Tamil Tigers displayed by the chief ceasefire monitor. "GOSL is dismayed by the attempt by the Head of the SLMM through the said report to cast aspersions on the conduct of the GOSL,” the government said in a media statement referring to the truce monitors expressed lethargy at ruling against the assassination attempt on the army commander, Gen Sarath Fonseka, at the same time blaming the government for not fulfilling its commitment made at the first round of Geneva talks."

Norway admits failure in Oslo

The official press releases on the failed Oslo talks between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the LTTE convey the clear message that Norway has lost its grip on the Sri Lankan peace process. Norway’s frustration is expressed in its press release which says: “After having accepted the Norwegian invitation, and after having arrived in Norway, the LTTE raised objections to the previously communicate intentions and modalities for the meeting. This was the reason for the meeting not being held.” This is also an admission of Norway’s failure as a “facilitator”. After giving the LTTE diplomatic cover, after giving financial and technical facilities, after giving a full licence for the LTTE agents to operate freely on Norwegian soil to terrorise Tamils in rival parties, after providing a safe haven in Europe for LTTE agents to raise funds and make Norway the conduit for laundering money collected in Europe and after adopting the LTTE as its protected protégé LTTE has turned round and kicked Norway in the teeth.

Lanka IOC operations runs to a standstill

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Financial Correspondent

Fuel retailer Lanka IOC Ltd. (Lanka Indian Oil Company Ltd.) filling stations began running out of petrol yesterday, with the Government delaying the subsidy payments. The government absorbing the shock of increasing oil prices to keep the cost of living down, went on subsidising petrol, diesel and kerosene oil. With this subsidising the total dues to Lanka IOC Ltd. (LIOC) has gone up to Rs. 7.67 billion as of April this year. Denying possibilities of winding-up of its operations in Sri Lanka predicted by observers, LIOC Managing Director R. Ramakrishna told “Asian Tribune” that the company will be looking at a diplomatic settlement soon.

New War of Words in U.N.'s North-South Battle

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The growing North-South battle between the politically powerful nations in the industrial world and the economically weak countries in the developing world is threatening to escalate in a new war of words.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has remained supportive of his deputy Mark Malloch Brown for his critical remarks about the United States and Western powers, told reporters Thursday that the United Nations is suffering from a shortage of democracy in its own backyard.

"I myself have had the chance to say that the U.N., in terms of power structure, is too narrowly based, where most member states believe that five countries call the shots," he said referring to the five veto-wielding, permanent members of the Security Council: the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia.

Norway blames LTTE for the failure of talks in Oslo

Blocked by the intransigence of the LTTE Norway has blamed the Tiger delegation for obstructing the meeting of both parties scheduled to be held in Oslo. The Sri Lanka Government delegation led by Palitha Kohona and the LTTE delegation led by S. P. Thamilchelvan went to Oslo to meet and thrash out differences on the escalating violence and the role of the Truce Monitors. But from the time the LTTE delegation arrived they raised objections and went back on the agreed intentions and the modalities for the meeting.

Restriction of NGOs Worldwide Democracy Promotion Condemned

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The World Movement for Democracy, a global network of democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and others engaged in the advancement of democracy worldwide, headquartered here in Washington, urges the UN Democracy Caucus, scheduled to meet in New York in September 2006, to adopt a resolution condemning several nations’ attempt to restrict the democracy promotion efforts of nongovernmental organizations. The UN Democracy Caucus is also known as the Community of Democracies to which ministerial representatives are sent for the September summit.

India’s foreign policy: Where is the Minister?

By P R Kumaraswamy - Exclusive to "Asian Tribune"

The most remarkable aspect of the foreign policy of the current Indian government has been the absence of a full-fledged Foreign Minister. Since the days of Jawaharlal Nehru many prime ministers had dabbled with foreign policy. In addition to be the final authority of official policy, some had indeed functioned as full-fledge Foreign Ministers. Persons like Atal Behari Vajpayee and I K Gujral earlier served as foreign ministers before becoming prime ministers.

Tiger Soosai outlines the strategy of his Leader’s war plans

After returning the stretched arm Nazi-style salute at the passing out parade of People’s Army cadre Col. Soosai, the Special Commander of the Sea Tigers, announced the next stage of the coming war. He said: “It will be a blitzkrieg, a sudden and swift simultaneous attack to redeem our entire Tamil homeland in the North and East. We would not adopt the earlier method of fighting to redeem it inch by inch.”He was addressing the passing out parade of the Peoples’ Army’s defence training held at Puthukudiyiruppu in the Mullaithievu district last Sunday. His brother-in-law Colonel T.Ramesh, was beside him.

Essential items must move to North & East without restrictions

Sunil C. Perera , Reporting from Colombo

President Rajapakse has instructed government officials to ensure that daily activities of the civilians in the North and East are not to be hampered and the essential items to North & East must move without restrictions. The Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga made this clear at a high-powered meeting held at the Reconstruction & Development Agency [ RADA ] convened by Mr. Saliya Wickramasuriya, its Chief Operating Officer (COO).