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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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The Death of Justice for Rohingyas

By Ahmedur Rahman Farooq

On Feb 27,2009, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) said it will send hundreds of Rohingya boat people back to military-ruled Burma. Meeting at its 14th annual summit, the 10-member bloc agreed to compile and pool information and interviews on the Rohingyas, who washed up on the shores of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia having fled oppression in Burma.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Lebanon presented his credentials

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Lebanon Mr. Meer sahib Mahroof presented his credentials to General Michel Suleiman, President of the Republic of Lebanon recently at the Presidential Palace. During the brief discussion he had with the President he described the progress and the developments of Sri Lanka’s current situation. Ambassador also conveyed the greetings of the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka Embassy in Lebanon had been officially opened in 1977. Mr. Mahroof is the 4th Ambassador to Lebanon.

The Road of the Peace, A9 Opened.

By Leel Pathirana

A- 9 Road The road of the Peace A9, where North meets the South was opened yesterday 02nd March after 24 years of fighting with the LTTE. The entire A9 Jaffna-Kandy main highway came under the Government control when the troops liberated the LTTE stronghold Killinochchi recently (The so called “Kiss of the Death” as per certain Indian military analysts) and the Elephant Pass subsequently. It took approximately a month to clear the mines and the booby traps laid by the fleeing terrorists.

Sri Lanka President in Nepal on a three-day state visit

President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Kathmandu yesterday for a three-day state visit at the invitation Nepal President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. Sri Lankan President, who reached Nepal in a chartered flight of the Sri Lankan Airlines, was received by Minister for Foreign Affairs Upendra Yadav at the Tribhuwan International Airport. President Rajapaksa is the highest-level dignitary to visit Nepal since 2002. Issues of bilateral cooperation dominated the meeting between Rajapaksa and Nepalese President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav which was held on the first day of his three day visit to Nepal. The two met at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, where they held talks for half an hour.

Vaiko’s Duplicity Exposed

Vaiko with PrabhakaranSri Lankan soldiers of Army’s 58 Division on Monday found photographs and video footages showing Tamil Nadu politicians, including MDMK chief V. Gopalas amy alias Vaiko, with the LTTE leader V Prabhakaran. The soldiers have found several recent photographs and video footage in a building earlier occupied by the LTTE terrorists showing certain South Indian politicians in LTTE camps in Wanni. The army said that Vaiko has been "photographed" in LTTE uniform, firing pistols with Prabhakaran and delivering lectures to the LTTE cadres". Sri Lanka’s Defence LK said that "These photographs reveal that the plans for a greater Tamil Eelam had been already on the way," the defence minister quoted an analyst as saying.

Once terrorism ended Government plans to introduce national integration by embracing the Tamils

By K.T.Rajasingham

Dew GunasekeraAs the scourge of terrorism fast coming to an end, Sri Lanka leaders are now bent on exploring ways of means of unifying the country. Several measures are being contemplated to bring into the mainstream of politics those Tamils who were under the strangled hold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for more than two decades. Dew Gunasekera - Minister For Constitutional Affairs And National Integration said that he is contemplating on declaring a National integration Day on the remembrance day of the great national hero Sir Ponnampalam Arunachalam.

LTTE in a desperate bid, lost 10 boats in the final showdown

By Ruwan Weerakoon

On Monday (March 2) in the wee hours of the morning, troops of the Sri Lanka Army’s 55 Division noticed by radar at least ten Sea Tiger boats moving from the direction of the 'Safe Zone' southeast of Chalai and alerted all troops along the coastline. As the flotilla drew closer to shore in the darkness, a barrage of artillery burst, and 12.7 mm Machine guns fire was directed on it forcing the Tiger boats to turn away while suffering extensive damages. The artillery used a different tactic than on land to fire at the advancing Tiger boats. The gunners remove one of the fuses in the artillery ammunition before firing.

8 Sri Lankan Cricketers shot and injured in Lahore, Pakistan

At least up to eight Sri Lankan cricket players wounded by armed men in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. Reports also reveal that 5 policemen also killed. The gun attack occurred on Tuesday as the Sri Lankan cricket squad was on its way to a match. The Pakistani cricket team, which was also on its way to the stadium, was rushed away from the area.

Sri Lankan cricketers shot at in Lahore: SL-Pakistan test match cancelled due to shooting incident

Sri lanka Pakistan test match has been cancelled due to the shooting incident occurred at the Lahore Stadium, Pakistan. According to our correspondent in Lahore a number of Sri Lankan cricket players were shot and wounded Tuesday when their bus came under fire in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore. He said up to five or eight players were believed to have been wounded. The shooting took place near the Gaddafi stadium gate when the team was heading for the third day's play in the second Test against Pakistan, he said. "We are assessing the situation," Pakistan cricket board chief Ejaz Butt said.

Sri Lankan Cricketers to be brought back to Sri Lanka

Latest reports revealed that Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is in Kathmandu on a three day state visit to Nepal has condemned the terrorists attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers today morning at Lahore near the Kaddafi stadium. It is reliably learnt that he has deputed Rohitha Bogollagama, the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister who is with the President in Kathmandu to leave for Lahore to look into the interest of the Sri Lankan Cricketers and to bring them back to Sri Lanka.

SL Players received minor injuries

Our special Coresspondent in Lahore

The Sri Lanka Cricket decided to call its team from Pakistan and said all injured players were evacuated by the Pakistan Authorities. Pakistani officials said about 12 gunmen were involved and grenades and rocket launchers were recovered from the scene. At least five policemen have been killed in the attack, police say. TV pictures showed two gunmen with backpacks on the road where the incident happened. The police believe that "10 to 12" attackers came to the scene in auto rickshaws, according to Lahore police chief Habibur Rahman. Grenades and rocket launchers had been found at the site of the incident, the police said.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa returning today

Security guards inspect a damaged vehicleAccording to news reports emerging out of Kathmandu, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has cut his stay in Nepal in the wake of terrorist attack on Sri Lankan cricket team at Lahore in Pakistan on Tuesday. This is yet to be confirmed as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal Thosapala Hewage was not available for comments at the time of posting this report. Reports revealed that the Sri Lankan President has cancelled his trip to Lumbini and is due to leave Nepal this afternoon. He had arrived Nepal yesterday on a three-day visit on the invitation of his Nepali counterpart President Dr Ram Baran Yadav. He met the President and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal during his stay here.

India’s democracy carnival will be a mid-summer feat from April 16 to May 13

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

India will witness its all absorbing democracy carnival – Lok Sabha elections in midsummer from April 16 to May 13, the Election Commission announced Monday. The five-phase poll will see an estimated 710 million voters chose 543 –law makers. Befitting India’s new found image as an IT power, the electorate will register their choice in about 1.1 million electronic voting machines placed at around 800 thousand polling stations across the country. Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and Sikkim will also elect their law makers as the term of the provincial assemblies is ending in the next two months.

Slumdogs on top

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

An Oscar storm hit India after the film, "Slumdog Millionaire," bagged eight awards including a double for music composer, the Madras Mozart, Allah Rakha Rahman. The song, Jai Ho, for which lyricist Gulzar also got an Oscar will now enter the Indian jargon the way ‘Chak De’ did after the release of another Indian hit film that, however, received no foreign awards. That Slumdog is not really an Indian film has not prevented Indians from expressing an unalloyed joy at its triumph on the global film stage. Some years ago, India was elated when another British film had swept the Oscar with eight awards. The film was Gandhi, directed by Richard Attenborough.

A- 9 Road

Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony 2

Sri Lanka delegation