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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2787

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Dhaka's military rulers

By Sunita Paul

World's second largest Moslem populated country Bangladesh's capital Dhaka is under military backed government since January 11 last year. It is known to the world that the much anticipated general election in the country was postponed due to massive confrontation between two rival political parties, Awami League and Islamist Coalition led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party. When the civilian government of Ms. Khaleda Zia handed over power to the 'neutral' caretaker government led by President Iajuddin Ahmed, it was expected that a person acceptable to all political parties would become the Chief Advisor (Chief Executive) of the caretaker government.

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister on holding secure and credible elections to the East Provincial Council

By Walter Jayawardhana

Rohitha Bogollagama with David MilibandImportance of holding provincial Council elections in the East were discussed when visiting Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama met British Foreign Secretary David Milliband. The two Ministers, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and British Foreign Secretary David Milliband in a joint press statement issued in London said that they discussed "the importance of ensuring that the forth coming provincial elections" of the island nations Eastern Province "are credible and conducted in a secure environment." Eastern province, which was under the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for two decades, did not enjoy their democratic rights of electing their government like the other citizens of the country.

Only Cessation of LTTE Terrorism Can Resolve Sri Lankan Conflict: A Response to Prof. Damien Kingsbury by Dr. Olga Mendis

Dr. Olga Mendis, President, Sinhala Cultural and Community Services Foundation Melbourne,in a point by point reply to Prof. Damien Kingsbury's article in the Melbourne Age, has asserted that LTTE terrorism must end if an answer is to be found to the conflict in Sri Lanka. Dr. Mendis states that " A number of countries including the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Canada and Malaysia have designated the LTTE as a terrorist organization. India has also continued with its ban since 1992 when a LTTE woman suicide bomber killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. She added, contrary to the view expressed by Prof Kingsbury, the conflict in Sri Lanka should not be simply seen as one between the majority Sinhala and the minority Tamil communities. Rather, it is an armed separatist campaign by a ruthless terrorist group against the elected government of Sri Lanka which represents all its people who share a common homeland.

Dith Pran, Eyewitness of the Killing Field Massacre, Dies in New Jersey

By Leel Pathirana

Dith PranI took my pen and a paper to report the story. I encountered a starting problem. I was confused. The man behind the movie, Killing Filed, is no more. That is the film and the story that mostly impressed my life. It’s really hard to find any Editor, Journalist or Press photographer in the world who has not seen this movie. The man who gave life to a major academy award motion picture, “Killing Field” Mr. Dith Pran, died at a New Jersey hospital last Sunday 31st March morning of pancreatic cancer, according to Sydney Schanberg, his former colleague at the "New York Times." In the movie, Dith Pran, the Cambodian-born journalist' gave an eyewitness account of the harrowing tale of his enslavement in the Cambodia’s Pol Pot regime, his escape from that country's murderous Khmer Rouge revolutionaries in 1979. Thousands were executed for simply manifesting signs of intellect or western influence or those who were used to wearing glasses or wristwatches. He survived masquerading as an uneducated peasant, toiling in the fields and subsisting on as little as a mouthful of rice a day; with whatever small animals he could catch.

Ban "My daughter, the Terrorist" A Black Tiger Propaganda Movie from being Featured at the Film Festival, EROS Urges US

Eelam Revolutionary Organization (EROS) has urged the United States Government to ban the “Black Tiger” documentary in the United States of America, as it was a blatant propaganda film glorifying suicide bombers and terrorism in Sri Lanka and would entice would-be suicide bombers to join terrorist organizations that are a threat to the interests of the United States. Nesan Shankar Raji, a senior leader of the EROS in a statement said “My daughter the terrorist," a documentary on the lives and faiths of two female Black Tigers, produced by Norwegian film maker, Beate Arnestad, is to be featured in a premier documentary film festival in the United States to be held in Durham, North Carolina 4th of April.

American novel on Sri Lanka and the civil war

Journalist V.V. Ganeshananthan's debut novel is expected to hits bookstores next week. "Love Marriage" is one of the first American novels to deal with Sri Lanka and the civil war that has devastated the island. A press release from the publisher Random House says: "Sri Lanka, a paradisal gem on the Indian Ocean, has been plagued by over 25 years of bloody warfare between minority Tamil separatists and the majority Sinhalese government, and was ravaged by the 2004 tsunami. Yet Sri Lanka garners little attention on the international stage, despite the fascinating complexities of its population-- Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, and Sinhalese all intermingled on this tropical island - and its struggles with human rights violations by both militant groups and the government.

United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti salutes the work of 300 Sri Lankan soldiers

MINUSTAH salutes the work of 300 Sri Lankan soldiersUnder the banner of the United Nations, Sri Lankan peacekeepers are working for a more stable security environment in Haiti. Motorized and foot patrols, as well as traffic control points are among other daily activities carried out by these soldiers serving in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). On Thursday, March 27, they received the United Nations peacekeeping medal in recognition of their contribution to peace in Haiti. The medal ceremony was held at the Sri Lankan contingent’s headquarters in Leogane. The Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Luiz Carlos da Costa, the Deputy Force Commander, Neris Mauro Corbo, heads of contingents, local authorities, and many guests took part in the celebration, alongside the 300 recipients.

LTTE remains a hindrance to bring about peace; Sri Lanka Foreign Minister on the LTTE’s agenda of terror

By Walter Jayawardhana

In his address at London International Institute of Strategic Studies, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka very elaborately informed the measures taken by the Government of Sri Lanka to bring about a peaceful solution to the 20 year old ethnic conflict in the country and regretfully how determinedly the separatist terrorist organization has always adopted measures to overturn government’s peace overtures. Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in his address at the International institute of Strategic Studies in London presided over by consulting senior Fellow Robert Whalley Presided, said that the Sri Lanka Government remains strongly committed to bring peace and stability to Sri Lanka which is so vital for the country's economic growth.

Holding elections in the East, an “insidious political agenda.” by the Rajapakse Government - TNA

The Tamil National Alliance has categorically stated that it will not participate in the East Provincial Council elections. It has anounced that it will be boycotting the provincial council elections. In a carefully worded statement, the Tamil National Alliance, the proxy party of the Tamil terrorist outfit, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has come up with reasons for not coming forward to meet the people of the East and participate in the East Provincial Council. The statement alleged that Rajapakse Government was bent on militarily subdue and subjugate the Tamil speaking civilian population. The Tamil National Alliance who contested the last Parliamentary General Election by highjacking the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchchi founded by Late S.J.V.Chelvanayakam, has now released a statement alleging that the post conflict outcome of holding a election in the East, which was liberated from the jackboots of the LTTE, as maneuver by the Government led by President Mahinda Rajapakse as an “insidious political agenda.”

Rauff Hakeem and two other SLMC leaders resigns Parliament seats to contest East Provincial Council in UNP ticket

HakeemPillaiyanEastern Provincial Council Elections began hotting up as Rauff Hakeem, President of the Muslim Congress, who dreams for a Muslim Chief Minister in the East has resigned from his parliament membership to contest in the East Provincial Council election. To be the Chief Minister of the East, he has already aligned with the United National Party led by Ranil Wickremasinghe and agreed to contest under the banner of the UNP with elephant symbol. By coming forward to contest in the elephant symbol, it is alleged that he has forsaken the “Tree symbol “ of the SLMC as well as the Muslims unity that was painstakingly brought under the SLMC banner by its founder Late M.H.M. Ashraff.

Grandlyon plans to complete second phase of the Walasmulla Sewerage plant

Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

The France based organization, Grandlyon together with Veolia, a World Leader in Water Treatment are in Sri Lanka to complete the phase II ,of the Walasmulla Hospital Sewerage Treatment System. The Visiting French delegation of Grand Lyon said their organisation assists Sri Lankans and their mission is neither political nor commercial . Speaking to media in Colombo on Monday Guy Peyretti ,Deputy Director of Grandlyon, said ‘They intend to provide further support for Sri Lanka on a regular basis’.

Poll in Zimbabwe: What is cooking?

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

Zimbabwe, a state in Southern Africa, went to poll on March 29. Zimbabweans cast ballots for president, parliament and local councils. Preliminary official results were expected by 31 March, but no results have been made available officially so far. There has been national uproar on the slow process of counting. The election officials say that since Presidential, House of Assembly, Senate and local elections were simultaneously, the results have been slow to come. Local results have been posted outside most polling stations since morning of March 30, but the parliamentary and presidential results are allegedly held back.

Spread of Islamic banking

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Islamic way of financial transactions and banking has been now accepted by not only muslims but also those in the other communities said M I Mohamed Razeek, Managing Director, ABC Investments Ltd said at a Press Conference held in their head office in Kollupitiya to explain their way of handling banking and announcing the new Board of Directors.ABC Investments Ltd are all out to provide Barakah Islamic Financial Services in Sri Lanka and on the basis of Islamic financial services ABC is to introduce Credit Cards in four categories – Gold, Platinum, Emerald and Black.

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