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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2556

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India-Pak talks another inconclusie round

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

India and Pakistan have agreed to carry out a five-month survey, from November 2006 to March 2007, in the Sir Creek area, which, it is believed, will pave the way for demarcation of the boundary in the big marshy-cum-desert area that separates Gujarat from the Pakistani province of Sindh. Officials of the two countries expressed optimism about ending their differences over Sir Creek after a two-day meeting in Delhi late in May. But such is the history of Indo-Pak relations that no hope of a final resolution of the differences over Sir Creek should be entertained till it is actually achieved.Just before the hydrographers of the two countries met to discuss the Sir Creek issue, a ‘dialogue’ took place to resolve the differences over the Siachen border. Both sides had failed to arrive at any mutually acceptable solution. The Siachen disagreement remains, and at the moment looks unlikely to be resolved in the near future, despite another round of bilateral talks that is scheduled in Pakistan.

Sri Lankan President offers top ministerial portfolio to SLMC leader

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune
President Mahinda Rajapakse has offered the country's predominant Muslim political party leadership the Ports Ministry (currently being held by Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera) and other 'handsome perks' in a bid to gain the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) support, sources told the “Asian Tribune.”During a meeting between the President and the SLMC hierarchy recently, President Rajapakse had also assured the SLMC that all other demands of the party's will also be 'well looked after'.

London Travel Agent's Links Under Scrutiny

Reports in “Asian Tribune” and other news media about the connections and conduct of a London travel agent who is alleged to have been part of a gang that attacked a Tamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC), in Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex in the UK and threatened to kill some leading members of the staff is beginning to worry and hospitality industry in Sri Lanka and the authorities. The Sunday Island reported yesterday about the arrest by the Metropolitan Police of the notorious Nadarajah Sethurupan the web operator of the LTTE site

Legitimacy of the De Facto Eelam & the False Sense of Security in the South

By Dr. Siri Gamage

It seems that the political discourse on Sri Lanka's political crisis and the impending war between the Tamil Tigers and the State forces as a result of the collapse of Oslo talks is solely focused on the form and content of devolution (or to use the terminology from the LTTE 'self-determination). It is true that the option being pursued by the President at the present is to create a southern consensus and an emerging solution from the all party conference minus the TNA and by implication the LTTE.

Union Assurance top achievers to attend MDRT in San Diego

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Five top sales persons who achieved top awards at the Awards Ceremony of Union Assurance Life sales force are now selected to attend the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT ) Annual Conference 2006 to be held in San Diego, California from 11 – 14 June. They are: Udan Silva, Personnel Financial Manager, Kalutara Branch; Upul Pryantha, Senior Personnel Financial Advisor. City branch; Pasanga Kumara, Senior Personnel Financial Advisor, of City branch.

Is third force inventible in Bangladesh?

By Peter Snowman

Political situation in Bangladesh is warming up every day. Gap between the ruling alliance and the major opposition is also increasing. People are now, quite often predicting emergence of third for in Bangladeshi politics. Meanwhile, international press is seeing Bangladesh in different perspective. They predict emergence of pro-Al-Qaeda as one of the biggest threats to the country’s democracy. In a recent opinion editorial in one of the most prestigious dailies in US, journalist Gabriel Oppenheim, commenting on Bangladesh wrote: “In Afghanistan, the Taliban has re-emerged in several areas since our Armed Forces turned their attention to Iraq. And in Bangladesh, a nation of 144 million, a gator of terrorism seems to be creeping out before our very eyes.

HR activists appeal to President Rajapakse not to destroy SL legal foundations.

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

Three judicial appointments announced by Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse have earned the ire of the human rights activists and legal luminaries at home and abroad. Absence of a functional Constitutional Council, for whatever reasons, is no justification for Presidential appointments, they argue pointing out that such appointments are direct contravention of the 17th amendment of Sri Lanka’s statute and hence a condemnable. In a open letter to President Rajapakse, the Asian Human Rights Commission posed a rhetorical question: “If the present generation destroys Sri Lanka’s legal foundations, what is left for the future generations?

Sri Lanka: Export Development Board takes control share of the Uva-Paranagama Export Processing Village Company

Sunil C. Perera- Reporting from Colombo

The Export Development Board [EDB] will acquire controlling share of the Uva-Paranagama Export Processing Village Company, which was initiated by the EDB with assistance from the Indian Credit Line. The EDB is now set to receive three directorships from this company and hopes to control running of the company. It was pointed out that the company earlier never forwards its audit report to the EDB and most of exporters cheated the farmers, said the EDB sources.

Do the judges have the balls to take any action?

By Christopher Giddings

Only a few lawyers, including Enayetur Rahim, one of the leaders of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association (BSCBA) virtually seized the regular proceedings of the court, by interrupting people from entering the Supreme Court premises on Sunday, during a political program of opposition political parties. Earlier on Saturday, a judge named Syed Mohammed Dastagir issued a rule declaring Sunday’s Dhaka seize program by Awami League as illegal.The court also instructed Home Secretary, IG of Police and members of law enforcing agencies to ensure security and safety to the dwellers of Dhaka as well to protect public and private properties.

Three prisoners commit suicide in Guantánamo gulag

In an act of desperation that underscores the monstrous conditions at the US concentration camp at Guantánamo Bay, three prisoners committed suicide early Saturday morning, hanging themselves with primitive nooses made from bed sheets. The deaths were the first among Guantánamo prisoners to be confirmed by US authorities. Two of the prisoners were Saudi nationals and the third was Yemeni, according to American officials. All three left behind suicide notes written in Arabic, although none were made public.