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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Norwegian polls a set back for Erik Solheim’s Socialist Left

The Norwegian municipality election held on 10th September has severely reduced the popularity of Erik Solheim’s Socialist Left party (SV). In the 2003 election the Socialist Left party got 12.4 percent of the votes. In the 2007 election it has dropped down to 6.8 percent. Approximately fifty percent of the Socialist Left party voters have abandoned the party in just four years.

KP – the king pin of Tiger arms smuggling – arrested in Thailand, says Ministry of Defence.

The Tamil Tigers’ chief procurer of arms, Shanmugan Kumaran Tharmalingam, aka Kumaran Pathmanathan or “KP” (48yrs) has been arrested by Thai Police in Bangkok, according to a report of the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence. He is a noted smuggler of arms and narcotics. Operating with bank accounts opened in London, Frankfurt, Denmark, Athens and Australia and he has had a free run so far. If this arrest is confirmed it will be a big blow to the Tiger supply of arms. He is also wanted by the Interpol. His popular bases have been Yangon, Burma, Singapore and recently Johannesburg. He moves smoothly across and he is said to be in possession of numerous passports.

India to be blamed for the current situation in Sri Lanka -- Nedumaran

In an interview with Sri Lanka’s pioneer Tamil daily "Virakesari", P.Nedumaran Head of the Tamil Nationalist Movement has blamed the Sri Lanka Army for the Lankan Tamils to flee the country and come to Tamil Nadu in large numbers as refugees. He pointed out similarly refugees from Bangladesh, Burma and Tibet are too coming to India, but tests and tribulations are faced only by the refugees coming from Sri Lanka. He underlined that for other refugees from other countries, everything is made available for them including school admissions. “Until changes in the approach of the Indian Government take place the harassment of the Sri Lankan Tamils would be a continuous story not only in Sri Lanka but also in the Tamil Nadu,” Nedumaran, said.

Sri Lanka: A mass demo against the Catholic church in Wattala

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Mano GaneshanA mass demonstration will be staged on 26th of this month by the Parents and the School Development Society of the Wattala Roman Catholic School against the Roman Catholic Church which is situated in close proximity of the school. Some local legislators and academics will assist them to end the dictatorship of the Catholic Church which interferes with the school activities. Parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan will lead the demo against the church and he plans to address the Pope at the Vatican and raise the question in the Sri Lankan Parliament in this regard.

International Health Partnership to strengthen health systems

By Bobby Ramakant

International Health Partnership (IHP) was launched on 5 September 2007 to save millions of lives by fostering better co-ordination between global aid donors, helping developing countries improve their national health systems and supporting the specific health priorities of developing countries. IHP brings together a range of stakeholders including health ministers from developed and developing countries, and leaders from the major health agencies and foundations.

Ranil Wickremesinghe in a new controversy by telling he urged Mahanayanayaka to ordain reporters

By Walter Jayawardhana

RanilOpposition and United National Party (UNP) leader stirred up another hornets nest by telling reporters of print and electronic media that he told Malwatte Mahanayaka Thero to ordain all journalists. UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe stepped out of a meeting with the Most Venerable Mahanayaka Thero of the Malwatte chapter of the Siamese sect at the Thero’s residence, Malwatte Maha Viharaya in Kandy and told reporters anxious to obtain a statement from him that he told the Mahanayaka to ordain them.

Pak scene gets murkier

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

When he completes the eighth year of his rule in October, Gen Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan may be in no mood to celebrate it with his favourite champagne. In fact, chances are that the country may be witnessing sparkles of a different kind. The two top politicians of the country he has hated with passion, former Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, are publicly baying for his blood. Irrespective of the nature of reception that Musharraf may have decide to accord them upon their return, the country is going to be enlivened in a way that can only make Musharraf uncomfortable.

KP Interpol

Mano Ganeshan

Is the emerging Asian security paradigm a threat to China?

By Col R Hariharan (retd.)

The "Malabar CY 07-2" naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal held in the first week of September, 2007 undoubtedly represent a major shift in India's strategic security perceptions. Only the US and Indian navies had been participating in the 12 Malabar series of naval exercises held usually off the west coast of India so far. But Malabar CY 07-2 is different in two ways. First, the size of it; with the participation of nearly 30 warships and 200 aircraft from five nations- Australia, Japan, India, the U.S., and Singapore – makes it the largest ever naval exercise in this part of the world. Second, in a clear departure from the past, qualitatively the exercise is trying out entirely new set of war games in the Bay of Bengal off Andaman.