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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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Russian Proposal for Mideast Summit

By Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal

This write-up concentrates on the statements made by Russian leaders and statesmen on the need for a summit brokered by the Kremlin, in addition to the opinions expressed by Palestinian and Israeli leaders. During the NATO meet in Bucharest, Romania, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia was committed to promoting a Middle East peace conference in Moscow, probably in summer, meant to act as a follow-up to the U.S.-hosted Annapolis conference held last November. "We have discussed this with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during his visit to Russia last week," Putin said. "Many preparations are required, but as far as we understand, the Americans and our friends in the Arab world all support the gathering. “We are speaking with Israel about it, and when the circumstances ripen, we will make an announcement," Putin added.

Sri Lankan Armed Forces Will Liberate North During This Year - Lt. General Sarath Fonseka

By Walter Jayawardhana

Commander of the Sri Lanka Army said that the Northern Province of Sri Lanka will be taken from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during this year. He was reading this statement from a written document when he delivered the Sinhala and Hindu New Year message at a New Year festival at the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters in Colombo. The message in Sinhala language was broadcast by the state owned Independent Television Network. Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka said , “the North will be liberated from the terrorists this year and civilian life established.”

JVP conflict will be deepened

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasingha in Colombo

Political sources say the conflict between the JVP and the dissidents will be deepened with the JVP ‘s hard-line decision on the dissidents. However the JVP said their door is still open for the dissidents who want to rejoin the party. Last week , Piyasiri Wijenayake and Achala Jagoda said that they did not submit a complaint to the police regarding their hijacked vehicles .They have already submitted a letter to the Inspector General of Police and stating they did not a complain about the vehicle theft.

Sri Lanka overcome disability of night time bombing sorties

By Walter Jayawardhana

The latest attacks at Pudiyan Kattu LTTE bunkers near Oddusudan 11.54 p.m. at night indicate that the Sri Lanka Air Force has now overcome their night flying disability by the purchase of new aircraft, analysts in Colombo pointed out. It is a great contrast from the time the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) primitive aircraft attacked Colombo and the fighter jets of the Sri Lanka Air Force were unable to chase them or do any night time bombing.

U.N. Sees Peacekeeping Success in Liberia

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The United Nations, which is battling a rash of political and logistical problems in its troubled peace missions in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, is rejoicing over the relative success of its peacekeeping operations in the once war-ravaged Liberia. The U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), which was created in September 2003, is gradually winding down operations in view of the termination of the West African nation's conflicts and its steady progress towards political stability.

Thailand ready to export 9 million tonnes of rice

Thailand anounced it has enough stock to export over nine million tonnes of rice, while India and Vietnam, the world's second- and third-largest rice exporters, respectively, have already suspended exports, due to lower domestic supplies. Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Mingkwan Saengsuwan said Thailand is able to export more than 9 million tonnes of rice this year "at a reasonable price." He pledged that the country will not take unfair advantage of the impending global food shortage by hiking the export price of rice.

Sri Lanka imposes price control on retail and wholesale prices of rice

The Government imposed price control over retail and wholesale prices for rice with effect from midnight yesterday (April 16). Trade, Marketing development, Co-operative Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardane said that this decision was taken following a meeting at Temple Trees under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa with Agriculture, Nation Building and Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operative Development and Consumer Affairs Ministers and Ministries secretaries.

Jayantha Wijesekara MP further remanded till 21st April

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna Member of Parliament Jayantha Wijesekara who surrendered to Police in connection with hijacking vehicles has been further remanded till 21st April. The courts also returned the 3 stolen JVP vehicles to the registered owners on a bond.