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Sudan’s Bashir charged Crimes Against Humanity by ICC: United States uncommitted

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune – News Analysis

Omar al-Bashir The International Criminal Court ordered the arrest of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan Wednesday, March 4 for war crimes and crimes against humanity in connection with atrocities committed in the Dafur Region in Sudan but the question raised here is whether the United States is in full cooperation and support of the move by the ICC to which it has refused to be a signatory.

Anandasangaree urges Sri Lanka to stop and look back, safeguard the interest of civilians, before bringing the war to an end

The time has now come for the Government to stop and look back. Before proceeding further, taking of a full stock of the situation is absolutely necessary. The latest developments in Vanni do not appear to be encouraging but in fact is distressing. I am reliably informed that people are not merely on the verge of starvation but some people had in fact died of starvation, urges V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front. He pointed out that during a recent briefing to the forces at the Vavuniya Head Quarters Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka had said "our progress from now onwards should be made meticulously, taking maximum precautions, keeping the civilian factor in mind at all times" it is reliably understood that there are over three hundred thousand civilians trapped there.

UN Rights Experts Commend Maldives For Freedom Of Expression

An independent United Nations expert has welcomed measures taken by the new Government of the Maldives to establish democratic reforms, including on freedom of expression, in the Indian Ocean archipelago, which held its first-ever multi-party presidential elections last year. "I congratulate the Government for the positive steps it has taken with regards to freedom of expression in this historic moment of transition toward democratic rule,” said Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue.

Distortion of New Delhi speech: Chandrika’s office clarifies

The former Sri Lanka’s President Chandrika Kumaratunga Bandaranaike has said that the present Government has done well to take important land areas from the LTTE. She added that her Government fought a difficult war against the LTTE, at a time when they had almost total control of the Northern Province. Her Government took back about 70% of the land area under LTTE control. Care was taken to minimize civilian deaths. In a statement release by former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on the subject of – Distortion of New Delhi speech said , "She was in New Delhi to make an address as a panelist at the launch of a book authored by an Indian Union Minister.

UN Secretary General calls on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration

The United Nations e Secretary-General has called on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration, to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians, and to immediately cease recruitment of children. Statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sri Lanka said, "The Secretary-General is extremely concerned over the deteriorating situation for civilians trapped in northern Sri Lanka." The statement said, that he has strongly deplored the mounting death toll of civilians in the area of fighting, including a significant number of children.

ICRC staff member injured by shrapnel in the conflict zone: Subsequently succumbed to his injuries

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reports that one of its staff member was severely injured by shrapnel outside the no-fire zone, just north of Valayanmadam, in the coastal area of the territory held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He later succumbed to his injuries at the makeshift medical facility in Putumattalan. A press release put out by the ICRC says, "We are deeply saddened by the news of the death of our dear friend and colleague Vadivel Vijayakumar, and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends," said Anthony Dalziel, the ICRC's deputy head of delegation in Colombo. "We also hope that his nine-year-old son, who was injured in the same incident, will receive the medical treatment he requires and soon recover from his injury."

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Confident Pakistan Will Investigate All Angles In The Terrorist Attack On Cricketers

By Neville de Silva in Bangkok

Rohitha BogollagamaVisibly disturbed by the terrorist attack on the national cricket team, the first on any Sri Lankan abroad, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said he had no doubt that Pakistan will pursue every angle in trying to track down the perpetrators. The foreign minister stopped over here very briefly on his way back from Pakistan where he spent a day meeting the Pakistani political leadership and high ranking officials in the immediate aftermath of the terror attack in Lahore. Mr Bogollagama undertook the hurried visit immediately after the attack on President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was visiting Nepal when the news of the attack broke.

Cabinet Decisions: Dendro power in Mahaweli system C

By Ravi Ladduwahetty reporting from Sri Lanka

The Cabinet of Ministers, at its meeting on Wednesday has approved a Memorandum from Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Services Maithripala Sirisena to allocate 120 acres to Evergreen (Private) Ltd in Mahaweli System C (Kalawewa) for the establishment of a one Megawatt Dendro power plant. This will be a 30 year lease and the land will be used to grow Gliceria which will be used as raw material for the plant which will be expanded from one Megawatt to ten.

Indian expert calls for South Asian anti-terrorism brain trust: HUM could be LTTE’s foreign hand

India’s top security expert said that five South Asian countries hit by the menace of terrorism should form a common brain trust to jointly deal with the threat. Security expert B. Raman, Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies said this in Chennai while referring to the attack on Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

Vietnam and Sri Lanka to enhance bilateral trade

Sri Lanka and Vietnam has agreed to enhance bilateral trade, and agreed to exchange trade delegations and thereby forge closer links between the corporate sectors of the two countries. Both sides emphasized the need for greater collaboration in the tourism sector which would enhance greater people to people contact with particular emphasis on cultural tourism. During the official talks between the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and Pham Gia Khiem. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, the two sides noted with pleasure the current status of excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.

What Exactly Did Mr. Holms Convey To The Security Council?

By L. Jayasooriya

Mr. Holms had direct access to Tamil civilians who have braved the LTTE bullets and crossed over to the army controlled areas. He had all the interpreters he needed and he talked to many displaced persons. They all would have told them how the LTTE kept them by force but he was deliberately not positive when he said "And there is strong evidence that the LTTE are preventing them from leaving." He then says that the government estimates of the number of people trapped are around 70,000 the UN estimates are around 200,000 and according to Tamil groups it is up to 300,000 or more

Pakistani Illusions

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

Among many illusions from which they suffer, Pakistanis seem to think that in these days of economic gloom and increasing internal strife in most countries in the sub-continent, Indians should accept that they have a great sense of humour. Perhaps they think Indians should be grateful to Pakistanis, reeling under yet another blow to their experiment with ‘democracy’, for presenting such a ‘reasonable’ face, talking 'peace’ with India despite the rain of allegations they have faced after the horrible Mumbai attacks in November last year.

Rohitha Bogollagama

New stamp and a First day cover to commemorate late Dr. A. P. de Zoysa

The Philatelic Bureau of the Postal Department issued a new stamp of Rs. 5.00 and a First day Cover to commemorate the Social Reformer and Buddhist Scholar late Dr. A. P. de Zoysa. The official first day covers cancelation of this stamp was take place at Speakers residence of the Parliament with the participation of at Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara as Chief Guest. Post and telecommunication Minister Mahinda Wijesekara, The first copy of the official first day cover was handed over by Minister Mahinda Wijesekara to the Most Venerable Kotugoda DammawasaThero, Chairman of the Amarapur Chapter Maha Sanga Sabawa, and copies of the stamp were handed over to Representatives from the Maha Sangha.