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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Change the attitudes to make peace efforts successful

By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features

Apocryphal or true one doesn’t know but an interesting story is doing rounds in Delhi media circles in the context of on-going India-Pakistan dialogue. When his Pakistani counterpart asked the National Security Advisor Mr. Narayanan did India mean to make the Line of Control a permanent border by saying that the borders cannot be redrawn, prompt came the reply that the reference was to the borders that existed in 1947 and not the LOC. If that is a fact, there could be nothing more shocking for the Pakistani official.

Oslo talks between Sri Lanka government and LTTE collapse

Last week’s scheduled talks in Oslo between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) broke down even before they started. The two delegations arrived in the Norwegian capital, were escorted to a hotel for discussions on June 8-9, but never sat down together at the negotiating table. While Norwegian diplomats blamed the LTTE, the collapse of the talks is a product of the escalating violence in the North and East of the island since the election of Mahinda Rajapakse as Sri Lankan president last November. With the 2002 ceasefire agreement in tatters and the entire peace process sponsored by the major powers in doubt, Sri Lanka once again stands on the brink of full-scale civil war.

Kuwaiti Amir Reneges on Iranian Intel Deal

AmirLeaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran have long boasted of their goals to export jihad to Muslim-majority nations that are not in tune with their brand of radical Islam. But now, a part-time intelligence operative has alleged to the Asian Tribune that Iranian intelligence agents were involved in an attempt to overthrow the government of Kuwait and murder members of the royal family, including Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, the nation’s head of state. The allegations also include a claim that the Kuwaiti government first encouraged the operatives to gather more intelligence on the matter—which activities resulted in one agent’s death—but then refused to provide agreed-upon payments or other forms of support, eventually suspending contacts.

Pak hopes US will not cut its promised aid

By Iqbal HUssain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has hoped that the US administration would ensure restoration of original economic and military assistance for 2007. Responding to a question at the weekly news briefing here on Monday, Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said the Bush administration had proposed aid worth 738 million dollars for Pakistan for the next year. This included 300 million dollars for military and 350 million dollars for economic assistance.

'Sri Lankan police intelligence very low,' claims leading estate political party

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) has come down hard on the police force, stating that its intelligence capacity is at an extremely low status. CWC's Vice President R. Yogarajan made these statements reacting to a recent regulation imposed in some parts of the country which insisted on all Tamils to register themselves in those respective area police stations due to security reasons. "Our police intelligence is so low that they think they can catch the LTTE cadres as soon as all Tamils register themselves. Such a move will only result in our people getting harassed and further alienated," he said.

Judge Weeramantry appointed to World Future Council

Judge WeeramantryIn the last week of May twenty handpicked international luminaries met in Geneva for the inaugural session of the World Future Council - a body created by the Swedish thinker, Jakob von Uexkull, the founder of the "Alternative Nobel Prize". Von Uexkull's vision is that a celebrated assembly of "the most respected and trusted members of our planetary community" could provide a high-profile think tank whose influence would be felt in "the burgeoning array of issues affecting our global village". "Their moral authority would give legitimacy to promote more enlightened policy relating to our common future and the legacy we leave to succeeding generations who will inherit this ever smaller planet which we all share," he said.

Sri Lanka: Southern Development Authority Chairman murder could be a contract

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando has dispatched three special police teams headed by Assistant Superintendents of Police to investigate the murder of Southern Lanka Development Authority (SLDA) Chairman Danny Hiththetiya. Although police took action to put up barricades in Matara, Galle and Ratnapura immediately after the incident, they have so far being unsuccessful in their attempt to apprehend the killers.

Five die, 17 hurt in Pakistan blast

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At least five persons were killed and seventeen others injured in a bomb blast on Monday in South-western Pakistan. Those killed in the explosion, on Sariab Road in Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, included three men, a woman and a child, police officials said. The dead and injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where conditon of some of the injured is stated to be serious, they added.

Why China Blocks Sanctions on Iran, Sudan, Burma

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The People's Republic of China, a veto-wielding permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and one of the world's prolific arms producers, continues to remain a major stumbling block to U.S. efforts to impose economic and military sanctions on three countries: Sudan, Burma (Myanmar) and Iran. "The reasons are obvious," says a Southeast Asian diplomat who closely monitors the politics in the region. "Just as much as the United States and other Western powers protect their own political and military interests worldwide, so does China."

Netaji: Another report, another controversy

Chandra BoseBy Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Once again the controversy surrounding the last days of Subhash Chandra Bose has been revived, thanks to the Mukherjee Commission declaring that there is no evidence that he had died in a plane crash in Taipei on August 18, 1945. The commission, however, does seem to agree that Netaji was in Taipei on August 18, 1945 and also suggests that he is dead but only because the average age of an Indian is 70-75 years and Netaji was born in the last years of the 19th century! Netaji was one of the biggest heroes of India’s freedom struggle, a daring adventurer who made dramatic escapes and decided to take on the might of the British rulers with the help of an army of Indian prisoners in Japanese custody and other foreign volunteers of Indian origin.