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Osama Bin Laden

Indian statement on Kashmir meaningless: Pak leader

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistani political leader Fazlur Rehman who is also Parliamentary Chairman of the Kashmir Committee has termed Indian demand, for conditional dialogue with Pakistan for resolving Kashmir dispute, meaningless in perspective of UN resolutions and international pacts. Fazlur Rehman on Saturday said the Indian statement that they would not resume dialogue with Pakistan until the later stops insisting Kashmir a territorial dispute, is pointless and insignificant.

Sports Officials Must Fall In Line!

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

A judge in the Delhi High Court, Justice Gita Mittal, has ruled that the ‘Centre’s guidelines on restricting the tenure of office-bearers in sports bodies of two terms should be strictly enforced’. Her ruling came while disposing a writ petition challenging the long stint of K.P.S.Gill as president of the Indian Hockey Federation. The Judge’s ruling on this long forgotten guideline is bound to restart an old argument about the unending terms of sports officials looking after various federations. Though the guidelines have been in vogue for well over two decades they have rarely been followed to the letter.

India’s pre-poll scenario remains fluid with no party comfortably placed

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

With nominations about to open in the five-phase general elections in India, neither the Congress nor the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is comfortably placed with their allies in a rebellious mood; even the newly formed Third Front of marginalized parties is also in a good shape with discord over seat sharing and on the crucial question of who could be the Prime Minister. The Left parties, which are the main drivers of the Front, have virtually undermined the Front prospects saying that they would be willing to do business with the Congress in the post-poll scenario.

The Murder Of 12 Year Old Peshala In Sri Lanka

By L. Jayasooriya

The people of this country thank the 'Island' of Saturday the 21st March 2009 for giving front page publicity to how an innocent 12 year school girl met with her death in spite of her mother warning the doctors that her child was allergic to certain food and medicine and she could not partake of any food containing milk. The mother in her letter had said and I quote the Island "Please check and verify before giving her the vaccination".

Osama Bin Laden in Chitral, Pakistan: Another US Expert Guess or calculated tactical move?

By Farzana Shah

Osama"The mastermind of 9/11 Osama Bin Laden is hiding in northern Pakistan i.e Chitral valley taking advantage of high altitude to avoid spotting by radar." Recently, US experts and CIA have concluded that Osama Bin Laden is in Chitral Valley, a scenic area in NWFP province in Pakistan. On what basis these claims are made still unknown, but one thing is sure like drone attacks in FATA and NWFP this new “secretly known hide out” of Osama Bin Ladan and possible action against it by CIA has ring bells in intellectual and security circles. Here is why Chitral is critical in current geo political scenario for Pakistan and for US and NATO.

Sri Lanka to declare Katchativu a sacred area: Indian pilgrims to be given entry visa for short stay

Dinesh GunawardenaSri Lanka is considering to declare Katchativu, a sacred area and pilgrims from India is to be issued with entry visa for short stay, to participate in the St. Anthony’s church feast, normally held in the last week of February or in the first week of March, every year. Katchativu, is a small island located in the Palk Bay, a mile long, three quarter mile broad at its widest and area-wise less than half a square mile. The extent is in fact 112 hectares. 'It is situated 14 miles south-west of Delft, an island off the nothern coast of Sri Lanka and 15 miles north-east of Pamban, off the southern coast of India, about half way between the mainland of India and Sri Lanka and lies at the periphery of Sri Lanka's area of Sovereignty.' The only structure in the Island at present is the St. Anthony’s church which is worshipped as kaval Deivam (Protecting deity) by fishermen of both countries - Sri Lanka and India.

Majority of UNP powers to be devolved to Political Committee – Chairman

By Ravi Ladduwahetty

Karu JayasuriyaThe eight members Committee of the United National Party, appointed to make recommendations for party’s reforms will recommend that a majority of the powers be devolved to the Party’s Political Affairs Committee. This will be the cornerstone of the proposals which will be presented to the Party’s working committee which will meet at the Party’s Siri Kotha headquarters at 3 pm tomorrow (23) , UNP Chairman and Chairman of the eight member Reforms Committee Gamini Jayawickrema Perera told "Asian Tribune".

Border fence is not a solution to Save the Rohingyas!

While dismissing the border fencing move by Burmese military regime ‘a foolish idea,’ Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand has rebuked that ‘The solution is not fencing the border but restoring the Rohingyas citizenship rights. In a statement released to the press, Enayet Ullah, General Secretary Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand pointed out that 'State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) military junta thinks that by fencing ‘they can silence the world showing that they care about the suffering Rohingyas not to flee from Arakan which caused the neighboring countries a headache.'

Dangerous Trends

By Tisaranee Gunsekara

A functioning Constitutional Council (together with its attendant commissions) will reduce the absolute powers of the President. Consequently it will impede the Rajapakse project of occupying the Lankan state via the gradual erection of a family oligarchy behind a democratic façade. Therefore the regime will not permit the activation of the 17th Amendment. Pressurised by the Supreme Court to appoint the Constitutional Council, the government has been dragging its feet, giving excuse after threadbare excuse for non-compliance. When the administration ran out of excuses, the hardline Sinhala allies of the Rajapakses began to agitate against two of the nominees (a tactic the regime has used successfully against both the APRC and the IIGEP).

Pakistan, India accuse each other of firing across LoC

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Arch rivals Pakistan and India on Saturday accused each other of unprovoked firing across Line of Control. Pakistan lodged a protest over the unprovoked firing by Indian troops in Pando sector of Line of Control. Indian troops fired on Pakistani post near Chakothi that was retaliated by Pakistan, but there were no casualties in the rare clash between the rivals, the Pakistani military said on Saturday.

Paying the Price for Ignoring One’s Calling – Recession to Rekindle Eternal Truths

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London……

The economic meltdown is engulfing the world at a steady pace and the experts collectively scratch their heads in unison, to find a way-out first and then a way-forward in the years to come, with a skyscraper of new fiscal guidelines, while substituting the once-famous ambition with sensible morality, to reinforce its core. Since scratching heads does not generate enough magnetism to attract ingenious ideas at the hour of need, we, the humble mortal folks, would like to see them banging their heads together in public for the same purpose – with a much-publicised bang to catch the global attention.


Dinesh Gunawardena

Map showing Katchativu

St Anthonys Church, Katchativu

Karu Jayasuriya

Front Resurfaces

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Some people in the country have the disconcerting habit of mistaking 'front' for 'stunt'. While there may be people who might see the Third Front as a feat performed to gain publicity, this 'front' lays claims to a serious purpose—that of achieving the ambitions and political wishes of its constituents whose grassroots leaders believe they know the pulse of the people. Those who confuse 'front' with 'stunt' are probably only trying to remind how only a few weeks ago the nation was witness to the rise of another 'front' amidst much fanfare.

Cold Spot Turns Hot Spot For 100 Lankan Students: The ‘Secret’ Of Red River Valley

By Shelton Gunaratne

A cold spot in the American Midwest along Interstate 94 at the Minnesota-North Dakota border has become a hot spot for higher education for more than 100 Sri Lanka students and their families. Students from Sri Lanka are becoming an increasingly visible component of American college campuses. The three campuses of the North Dakota State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College within the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area now accommodate more than 100 .students from Sri Lanka—a record. The Sri Lanka diaspora and these students are deeply involved in importing Sri Lankan culture to remote spots of the United States, such as the “frigid” Red River Valley in the northern Midwest.

Bangladesh govt. deprives revenue worth BDT 650 million for 16,000 unresolved tax cases

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh National Board of Revenue chairman Md Abdul Mazid on Saturday said over 16,000 tax-related cases are being tried or pending trial in the courts, which are cutting off revenue of Tk 6,551 crore (one crore equal to 10 million Taka). The tax chief sought assistance from the attorney general's office, to realize the amount, in a meeting with attorney general’s office officials at the NBR office in Dhaka.