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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Abducted Don Returns Home

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

University of Sri Jayawardenapura Professor and Chairman of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Chairman during the UNP regime Prof. Ganganath Dissanayake was abducted from his Kahathuduwa home at around 8 pm last night but has returned home this morning. A lady next door has reported to the Kahathuduwa Police that the Don has gone missing and the incident has been reported to the National Intelligence Bureau and the Mirihana Police, which is the area headquarters. Both the NIB and the Mirihana Police are investigating.

Suicide attack at Matara, yet another ploy by LTTE to spark communal riot

The suicide bomb attack by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam was yet another desperate ploy to spark communal riot in the country. That was yet another incident in which the LTTE had shown its thirst for blood. The LTTE is now a frustrated lot. They will not leave one stone unturned to show the world their atrocious character. The Tamil United Liberation Front very strongly condemned the suicide attack on a religious precession in which the Chief Guest and other Guests were being taken to the Mosque where a function was organized to celebrate the National Milad-ud-Nabi festival.

Seven including two terrorists killed in suicide attack in Peshawar -Minister survives

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

The much cherished dream of Rani (20) to have a memorable honeymoon was shattered forever with her death along with her mother and a brother when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the house of her father. The newly wedded girl is among the seven people killed in a suicide attack minutes after the senior minister in NWFP government from ruling Awami National Party survived a life attempt on him by the terrorists in Mohallah Bajori Kalan Namak Mandi area Peshawar on Wednesday. Bilour was on a visit to his constituency in Mohallah Bajori Kalan near Sarki Gate -- one of the sixteen historic gates of the city and also near the Namak Mandi the famous beef market of the city offering special meat, when he came under fire by a youth emerged from the crowd.

B.I.T Tourism Fair In Italy, A Resounding Success

The Italian city of Milan was a hive of activity as the B.I.T. Fair came alive from 19th to 22nd February 2009. This annual Italian Travel and Tourism Fair is the largest exhibition in the world for Italian tourist products and a thorough show of the best the international market has to offer. B.I.T. stands for "Borsa Internazionale del Turismo" ("International Tourism Exchange") and is the reference point for all Tourism System Leaders, with the activities spread out on four days, with each one devoted to a particular target.

Sri Lanka: Shadow Over India

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

The spate of angry protests in Tamil Nadu after the military victory in Sri Lanka must have been a cause for worry for the governments in Chennai and New Delhi. It is an indication that India, especially Tamil Nadu, cannot remain unaffected by the fresh crisis that has erupted in the island nation after the country’s army ran over most of the areas held by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). Tamil Nadu has already reacted with fury that was aimed as much against the government in Colombo as the UPA government in New Delhi. Some leaders in Tamil Nadu have accused the government of India of siding with the ‘butchers’ in Colombo. But they perhaps know well that New Delhi could not and would not militarily intervene in Sri Lanka.

Diplomats of Muslim countries condemn LTTE terror attack in Akuressa

The High Commissioners for Bangladesh and Malaysia, as well as the Indonesian Ambassador on behalf of their respective Governments, have strongly denounced the suicide bomb attack carried out by the LTTE on Tuesday (10 March 2009) at the Godapitiya Jumma Mosque in Akuressa, targetting a peaceful procession led by Government Ministers to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday, held under State patronage. Participating in a discussion chaired by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the Ministry, these diplomats expressed their solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka in the wake of this terror attack and wished the Government success in its current endeavor to defeat terrorism.

One birth day; one marriage anniversary - Eight American Marriages

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

China to welcome and assist the tourism and promote Sri Lanka

The visiting Minister of Tourism Milinda Moragoda had bilateral discussions with the Chairman of China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) Mr. Shao Qiwei and several high level officials at the China World Hotel on 6th March 2009. CNTA is the main Government body responsible for all the activities related to tourism in China and the Chairman Mr. Shao Qiwei reports directly to the State Council and the Premier Wen Jiabao. While extending a warm welcome to Minister Moragoda, the Chairman of CNTA briefed the Minister on the increasing numbers of outbound tourists from China and the fierce competition in the Chinese tourism market.

Suicide Bomb attack on a Religious procession by LTTE

The Society for Peace, Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka has condemned the brutal massacre carried out by the suicide bomber of the LTTE. "Time and again the LTTE have proved that they are no respecters of religions. To carry out such a dastardly act at such a holy occasion shows up the LTTE for what they really are: a brutal, barbaric and bloodthirsty organisation," SPUR said in a statement. The Australian based SPUR in a press statement further said, "By selecting a Muslim festival to carry out such an attack on civilians, the LTTE have again shown their contempt for the Islamic religious activities. On previous occasions, the LTTE attacked mosques while the faithful were at prayer, and this time, they selected the celebration of the Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday, one of the most holy days on the Islamic calendar, to carry out this brutal attack."

Obtaining situation in Swat and Bajaur

By Asif Haroon Raja

Swat is famous for its splendour and natural beauty and is known as a paradise on earth. It has always been a favourite place of tourists from all over the world but now it has been turned into hell. The people of Swat have been peace-loving traditionally but of late a segment among them has become highly violent. Quite a large number has gravitated towards Maulana Fazlullah led Taliban militants. The militants have indulged in brutal acts such as beheading of soldiers, policemen and pro-government notables, attacking funerals and torching large number of schools.

Bangladesh: A Nation Under Conspiracy

By William Gomes

The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is a paramilitary force in Bangladesh in charge of guarding the country's borders. With a total manpower of 67,000 troops, organized into a central headquarters and various sectors, battalions and border outposts, mainly along the frontiers, BDR's primary task is to patrol and secure Bangladesh's 2,500-mile border with neighboring India and Myanmar. The day after BDR Week 2009, a mutiny was staged from Feb. 25 to 27 in Dhaka, by non-commissioned officers of the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) against their commanding officers of the Bangladesh Army. By the second day, the fighting had spread to 12 other cities and towns.

Sri Lankan Stall at B.I.T. 2009, Italy

Meher Baba

The Council of Europe begins the second phase of its cybercrime project

On the occasion of its 4th annual conference on cybercrime, the Council of Europe launched the second phase (March 2009-June 2011) of its Project on Cybercrime, intended to help countries worldwide to implement its Convention - the only legally binding international instrument - and to adopt stricter standards on the protection of children and personal data. During the conference, McAfee announced that it would be supporting the project financially in order to contribute to the development of police and judge training programmes which would have a practical and tangible impact on the process of reducing cybercrime. McAfee's contribution comes on top of those from Microsoft and the Romanian Government.