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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2398

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Amma J. Jayalalitha

Surrender First, Talks Later - LTTE Told

Sri Lanka Governmnet flatly rejected an appeal by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for an unconditional talks. Earlier , B. Nadesan, the Political Commissar of the Tamil Tigers called for an urgent ceasefire, saying the Tigers would enter negotiations with the government "without pre-conditions". He has made this appeal in an interview with the Sunday Times published from the United Kingdom. When Asian Tribune contacted a Sri Lankan Governmnet spokesman on the latest appeal by Nadesan, he said that this was a last minute desperate appeal to safeguard V. Prabakaran, the Leader of the LTTE and his son Charles Anthony.

Nepal's Peace Process in peril if demands for justice to conflict victims denied: Pillay

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Sunday warned that the ongoing peace process in Nepal could be jeopardized if the victims of decade-long Maoist conflict are denied justice. Pillay, who arrived in Nepal to assess human rights situation told a press conference organized before wrapping up her five-day visit that it would be difficult to build "a truly new Nepal" until accountability for all human rights violations that took place during the Maoist conflicts and its aftermath are ensured.

PM-Nawaz Sharif agree to resolve political crisis according to CoD

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani and chief of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the main opposition party in Pakistan, have agreed to workout all political issues according to Charter of Democracy (CoD) signed between slain Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. The two leaders agreed to political reconciliation during a meeting held between the two at the residence of Nawaz Sharif in Raiwind, Punjab on Sunday.

A Bangladesh court sentences 7 JMB militants to life for bomb blast

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

A court of Bangladesh on Sunday sentenced seven militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) men to life for blasting two bombs in Rajshahi, a district town of Bangladesh, as part of the countrywide serial bombings on August 17 2005. Rajshahi Divisional Special Judge Md Motajidur Rahman convicted them of the bombings in the city's Motihar area, at Rajshahi University's Kazla Gate and Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology’s main gate. The seven life convicts are: Tariqul Islam, Shafiullah Tarique, Abu Isa, Hasan Ali, Jahangir Alam, Arif (also known as Alal) and Enamul Haque Moni.

Jayalalithaa flays SL govt over plans for Kachchativu

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

'Amma' Jayalalitha Wittingly or unwittingly, Sri Lanka has contributed a new poll issue for Tamil Nadu with its plans to declare Kachchativu a sacred area and regulate Indians visit to the islet through a short stay visa. First to be off the starting bloc is Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the AIADMK supremo, who had moved India’s apex court with a request to nullify the 1974 agreement under which Delhi had ceded the islet to Colombo. Supreme Court issued a notice to the Centre on January 5, this year on Jayalalithaa’s petition.

Pakistan sends DNA profiles of four Mumbai suspects to Interpol

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistan has handed over DNA profiles of four suspects allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks, to Interpol, the international police agency said Sunday. According to sources, DNAs of four out of eight accused sent to Interpol also includes DNA of Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. According to reports Interpol said from its Lyon, France headquarters that it had received the information on Saturday.

Bangladesh Govt. imposes bar on travelling abroad for suspected war criminals

M.A. Kader -Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Law Minister Shafiq Ahmed on Sunday said the government has imposed bar on travelling abroad for 'suspected war criminals'. War crime trials are still in the process. That's why the government has imposed restriction to some people not to leave the country, the law minister told a press conference at his office in Dhaka. However, he did not give any names at the conference. The minister also said the government wants to get the Law Commission up and running. "A chairman and two members will be appointed soon."

Pakistan plunged into darkness as power crisis deepens

By Farzana Shah- Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistan is gripped by worst power crisis with 8-10 hour power breakdown faced by almost entire country. Due to shortfall of 2,800 megawatt electricity long-hour power breakdown is being observed in most areas of North West Frontier Province and Karachi, besides some parts of Punjab. Almost all the areas of NWFP including its capital Peshawar are facing almost 12-hour power breakdown daily coupled with extra load-shedding caused by blowing of a power grid-station by militants twice during last week.

Varun’s Tryst With Hindutva

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, Varun Gandhi has apparently learnt well the basics of Hindutva, the guiding principle of his party. He also knows that a politician caught speaking or doing something unacceptable, can take recourse to a familiar standard excuse--misrepresentation of facts, political conspiracy by rivals etc--to extricate himself from an embarrassing situation.

Water Water Everywhere, But Not A Drop To Drink

By Shobha Shukla

Water constitutes about three fourths of the earth’s surface, but only less than one percent of it can be used by its inhabitants. Most of it is salt water oceans (about 97%) and 2% of it is contained in glaciers. With every country seeking to satisfy its ever increasing water needs from shrinking and limited water resources, there could be a future of conflict. As the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon remarked recently that water scarcity is the potential fuel for wars and conflict. But cooperation, not conflict should guide us in our quest for a solution to this crisis.

Few big deals boost activity levels

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity – the stock-brokering arm of HNB and DFCC in their weekly review indicated that mixed sentiments prevailed in the market during the week, as market responded positively to easing interest rates that came soon after Central Bank cut its Penal rate. However the indices ended lower Week on week with All Share Price Index (ASPI) closing the week at 1621.8 points down by 0.68% compared to last weeks closing levels. Meanwhile the Milanka Price Index (MPI) stood at 1672.4 points at Friday’s close, a 1.5% dip.

UN security Council says: Information- Yes. Bail out plan for Tigers – No

By K.T. Rajasingham

The sources at the United Nations say that a suggestion by Austria and few other countries to have a briefing on the humanitarian issues in Sri Lanka is being transformed into a Tiger propaganda drive by interested parties. Although the Sri Lanka Government itself has provided information along with UN, OCHA, what the key Council members do not want is for the Tiger propaganda to project this to the diaspora that Security Council is somehow ready to provide oxygen of legitimacy to the vanishing brand of Tiger terrorism. Tigers need this break at this juncture for two reasons. First they want to retrieve their remaining weapons and regroup to fight another day.