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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Katiyar’s bounty hunt

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

In a party that prides itself in the number of rabble-rousers that it has the BJP-cum Bajrang Dal leader from UP, Vinay Katiyar must rank among the highest in that category. After distinguishing himself as the spearhead of the ‘demolish Babri mosque’ movement, he spared no effort to spew venom on the minorities. Now he has excelled himself by offering a bounty of rupees one lakh for killing militants in Kashmir and double that amount to those who become victims of militants in the state. Though he has retracted his statement under party pressure, the man clearly sees himself as above the law of the land.

Australian-led campaign pressures East Timorese prime minister to resign

East Timor’s Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri resigned yesterday amid an unrelenting campaign backed by the Australian government and media for his ousting. His announcement came less than 24 hours after a meeting of the ruling Fretilin party had refused to bow to demands by President Xanana Gusmao to sack the “illegal leadership” of Alkatiri and party president Francisco “Lu-Olu” Guterres. Gusmao had theatrically threatened to resign if his demands were not carried out, but backed away over the weekend. Fretilin’s central committee appealed to both Gusmao and Alkatiri to remain in their positions, but Alkatiri immediately came under pressure from close Gusmao ally, Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta, who announced his intention on Sunday to resign “because the government is not functioning properly”. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer immediately declared that he would be “very sorry” if the resignation was confirmed, saying: “He [Ramos-Horta] has been a good friend and very effective foreign minister.”

President summoned emergency Security Council meeting after Tigers killed a top army General

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa summoned an emergency Security Council meeting yesterday after Tiger guerrilla suicide bomber killed country’s third most seniors serving general and three others. Senior security forces sources in Jaffna told the “Asian Tribune” they had been placed on high alert.

India says ‘sincere’ dialogue, not war a viable option in SL

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

India appears willing to go that extra mile to help the beleaguered Rajapakse government in Sri Lanka at this critical juncture. How and when are unclear. Also the type of help and the time frame if any. As of now, New Delhi says it stands ‘ready’ to share our own constitutional experience to contribute to the political process in the island. It is not a new offer per se since veteran Indian diplomat G Parthasarthy was involved in preparation of a devolution package in the early eighties.

Seven Pak troops killed in suicide attack in tribal belt

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

At lease seven Pakistani security personnel were killed and more than 20 injured in a suicide car bomb blast on Monday, in the restive North Waziristan Agency. According to a press release of the Inter Services Public Relations department of the Pakistani military when the bomber rammed his car into a checkpoint near the town of Miranshah.

Sri Lanka strengthens security, reintroduces all measures that was in existent before CFA

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 27 June, ( Just hours after the suicide bomb attack at Pannipitiya, security forces and police took special measures to strengthen the security in Sri Lanka, with special attention being drawn to the country's commercial capital, Colombo. "Security Forces will accordingly re-activate or re-introduce all security measures in government-controlled areas that remained fully operational before the Cease-Fire Agreement (CFA) came into effect several years ago," the Army headquarters announced.

Body parts of the LTTE suicide bomber recovered

Police officers collected the body parts of the of the motorbike-riding suspected LTTE suicide bomber who rammed his motorcycle yesterday morning on to the car of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General Parami Kulathunge’s killing him and two other Army personnel instantaneously. Gangodawila Magistrate, Government Analysts, Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Police Officers and a high-level investigating team visited the scene of the suicidal blast within a short while and concluded preliminary investigations after recovering several severed human parts, believed to be of the suicide bomber. Those parts were later taken to Police morgue for identification and further investigations.

Act unilaterally and adopt the Indian federal model - Anandasangaree tells Mahinda Rajapakse

AnandasangareeV. Anandasangaree, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front, has written to President Mahinda Rajapakse appealing to him to set up a Federal state on the Indian model “as a solution to the ethnic problem. Highlighting the current critical situation he states “A situation is now fast developing, due to the LTTE’s arrogant attitude, for your Government to act unilaterally by putting forward a reasonable proposal, acceptable to the Tamils and Muslims.”

Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF take the field for children and against AIDS

The partnership between The Asian Cricket Council and UNICEF continues. International partnership for children has been renewed. UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia and the ACC first signed a two year agreement in 2004 ahead of the Asia Cup. The Asian Cricket Council represents 22 cricket boards in Asia and aims to promote and develop the sport in the region. The new partnership runs until 2008.

Arms Control Group Targets the Ubiquitous AK-47

By Thalif Deen - - Inter Press Service

The Soviet-designed AK-47, one of the most widely used weapons of choice by myriads of guerrilla fighters worldwide, was so popular with the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) that it glorified the assault rifle by putting its image on the country's post-war national flag. Since its creation in 1947 by Lieutenant-General Mikhail Kalashnikov, the AK-47 "is manufactured in more countries and is being used to cause more widespread suffering today than at any time in its 60-year history", according to a study by the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).

Lt Gen Parami Kulathunge’s Funeral On Wednesday

Parami KulathungeMajor GeneraL Parami Kulathunge RSP USP USAWC, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army is no more. He was the latest Senior Officer of the Armed Forces to fall prey to an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) suicide bomber Monday (26) morning at about 7.50 a.m. The suicide bomber’s explosive-laden motorbike rammed into the official vehicle of Major General Kulatunge near Pannipitiya junction, as it was proceeding towards Colombo during the morning rush hour.

TRC yet to decide on new license for 5th mobile phone operator

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Despite the speculation on international telco companies eyeing the mobile phone operator license in Sri Lanka, telecom watch-dog TRC yesterday denied any decisions taken awarding the 5th mobile phone operator status. Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) Director General Kanchana Ratwatte told the “Asian Tribune” that applications would be closed end of this month and a decision will be announced accordingly.