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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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Who missed the deadline on the North Korean nuclear deal?

The April 14 deadline for North Korea to shut down its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon and allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors back into the country came and went. Washington has highlighted Pyongyang’s “failure” to keep its promises and pressed it to do so soon. The international media has dutifully echoed US concerns and paid scant attention to the Bush administration’s failure to keep its side of the bargain.

Janashakthi’s top performers tour Dubai

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Seventy five top life insurance sales professionals from Janashakthi Insurance recently visited Dubai on a life insurance industry familiarization tour, providing them the opportunity of sharing their knowledge and experience with their counterparts in the fast growing Middle East insurance industry. The four day long visit enabled the participants to benchmark standards and practices of traditional insurance against Takaful insurance, as well as against the traditional insurance methods prevalent in Dubai

Nevada Senate Passes “English Only” Bill, Despite 23% Population is Hispanic

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Nevada Senate passed legislation to make English the official language of the state by a margin of 19-2 during its session on April 24, positioning Nevada to become the 30th with an official English policy. Introduced by State Sen. Bob Beers, the Bill would declare English the official language of the state and require that all official proceedings be done in English. The bill now goes to the Nevada House of Representatives for consideration.

Sri Lanka: Conflicting reports of the SLA – LTTE clash in Madhu

Sri Lanka Army claims that 21 LTTE cadres killed and 23 others sustained injuries, while LTTE claims that it killed 10 Sri Lankan soldiers and 50 sustained injuries. Though both parties claimed that they have inflicted serious damages on the other there is no way of getting confirmation over the conflicting reports. However, Sri Lanka Security forces claim that a Tiger attempt to shell their positions in the East of Madu area in Mannar was retaliated by the Army troops forcing the Tamil Tigers to flee in disarray.

U.S. Leader of Sri Lanka Tamil Tigers arrested and hauled before a U.S. Court

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Describing him as the leader and senior representative in the United States for Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tiger movement which is designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S., the FBI on April 25 produced Karunakaran Kandasamy alias 'Karuna' before the District Court in Brooklyn in New York charging him with providing material support to an FTO a federal crime that warrants 15 years in prison. “For years the LTTE has covertly operated within the United States drawing on America’s financial resources and technological advances to further its war of terror in Sri Lanka and elsewhere,” stated U.S. Attorney Roslynn R. Mauskopf. “We refuse to allow this to continue.” Ms. Mauskopf added that the investigation is continuing.

Low turn out at LTTE rally in Paris

The protest rally organized by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Paris to condemn the French Government and Police, failed to draw the Tamil Diaspora in large numbers. Most of them stayed indoors to avoid participating in the rally. The protest rally was organized in the name of Tamil youth organization to condemn the arrest of the leading Tiger activists on the April Fools' day in Paris and suburbs. The rally began at 3 pm yesterday at Republique. According to an eye witness there were less than 200 people. Majority of them were underage children. Several Tamils in Paris told Asian Tribune that the low attendance for the rally clearly depicts the crumbling of LTTE support base in France.


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