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Lester J. Pieris

UN Resident Coordinator failed to vouch for the authenticity of the civilian casualty figures

The UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sri Lanka, Neil Buhne has stated that he is unable to confirm the veracity of the figures of civilian casualties since 20th January 2009 in the conflict area of Mullaitivu District, contained in an official report issued by his Office recently. He made this disclosure at a meeting yesterday (24th March 2009) with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama held at the Foreign Ministry, in response to a query from the Minister.

Two new face inducted in Nepal cabinet

The Nepali cabinet on Wednesday decided to induct two more ministers into the 23-member Council of Ministers. Both new faces are elected Constituent Assembly members from the ruling Unified Communist of Party of Nepal (Maoist). The new faces included in the government are Mahendra Paswan (Ministry of Land Reforms and Management) and Ram Charan Choudhari (Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare), according to government spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

Myanmar appreciates Sri Lanka’s support in aid of cyclone victims

The Myanmar Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Tin Oo Lwin has thanked the Government and people of Sri Lanka for their spontaneous and generous assistance provided to the people of Myanmar in the wake of the cyclone Nargis which struck his country in May 2008. He expressed his appreciation at a function held at the Foreign Ministry today (25 March 2009) at which Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama handed over a cheque to the value of Rs. 2.5 million to as post-disaster relief for the victims of the cyclone.

One killed, several injured as Police-protesters clash in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least one person was killed and six injured in a clash between police and protesting people, displaced by military operation against militants in Bajaur. Thousands of people have been internally displaced since the army launched an offensive last year against militants in Bajaur, a tribal region bordering Afghanistan. Thousands of internally displaced people from Bajaur have been sheltered in makeshift camps for the last one year.

"Sri Lanka no threat to international security, no nagging concern to UNSC"- Russian envoy Vladimir Mikhaylov

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka is no threat to international security and there should not be any nagging concerns to the United Nations Security Council on the Sri Lankan affairs which are largely internal, Ambassador of the Russia Federation to Sri Lanka Vladimir Mikhaylov told Asian Tribune. "Russia, China and some benevolent countries to Sri Lanka do not see the need for the frequent preparation of frequent reports on Sri Lanka as we do not see the Sri Lankan state of affairs as a threat to international security and peace," the Russian Federation envoy said.

TNA yet gridlocked on Presidential invite

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

The 22- Member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group is yet undecided on accepting President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s invitation at the Temple Trees today at 6.30 PM to discuss the political situation and answers to the ethnic question. "The Party will meet again for the third time this afternoon in the Parliamentary complex on the sidelines of the Parliamentary sessions at around 1 pm and the final decision will be made known by 2.30 pm," Jaffna District TNA MP Nallathamby Sri Kantha told "Asian Tribune" this morning.

Maoist stage demonstration against Supreme Court in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Cadres of ruling Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) have staged mass demonstration against the Supreme Court alleging that the apex court in Himalayan nation failed to pass what they called 'pro-people verdict'. The demonstration comes after the court on Tuesday issued an interim order staying the government decision to give retirement to eight Nepal Army generals early last week against the recommendation of army headquarters. As per the existing military laws in Nepal, Ministry of Defense (MoD) requires to make decision over service extension of any senior army officers as per the recommendation of army headquarters.

In India Arrests Of Sri Lankan Fishing Vessels On A Sharp Increase

The arrest of Sri Lankan fishing vessels in Indian waters have been increased significantly during this month. According to the sources in the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai, during this month alone 144 fishermen were arrested by the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. 51 of them are in Andaman and Nicobar Islands while 93 are in Chennai. The sources in the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission stated that this has been an unprecedented increase.

TNA Parliamentarians decide not to meet Sri Lanka President

Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarians have decided not to meet the Sri Lanka President this evening. It is reliably learnt that at the time of posting this news report, TNA Parliamentarians are preparing a letter to respond to the 'invite' of the President setting out their conditions and concerns. Mavai Senathirajah told "Asian Tribune" that, "though we are informing the President that we have decided not to honor the invitation at present, but that doesn’t mean we will not be meeting the President in the future."

Thai Mediator Role: Foreign Minister needs in-depth study on Burma’s ethnic conflict

By Sai Wansai

The core problem of the ethnic conflict in Burma is the successive military regimes, including the present State Peace and Development Council's (SPDC) insistence of its failed and inhumane policy of Burmanisation and political-power monopoly, at all cost. Burma is made up of, at least, eight major ethnic groups, including Burman - the lowland dwelling and most numerous among ethnic groups. The non-Burman ethnic groups are Kachin, Shan, Karenni, Karen, Mon, Arakan and Chin. Also there are numerous minorities within each state, which have, more or less, existed peacefully in general. By this, it is meant that there has been no “horizontal conflict” of going at each others throats or killings like in African continent. But it is a vertical one, where all non-Burman ethnic groups are being suppressed, occupied and colonised by the successive Burmese military regimes, in the name of "national unity".

Attack on Sri Lanka team: Investigation report recommends arrest of police officials

By Farzana Shah - Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

The authorities concerned probing attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, have recommended filing cases against three police officials for negligence in their duty. The report has been presented to the concerned authorities after the investigation was conducted in closed doors. According to sources, the report has recommended arresting three superintendents police (SPs) for committing criminal negligence in their respective areas. The investigation report also blamed the SPs for giving clearance of the route without physical inspection.

Actions of some state agencies, seems detrimental to Foreign Investment

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Ingemar NilssonThe Government of Sri Lanka is desperate to overcome a huge financial crisis and have been seeking Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) for quite sometimes and in this regard the government has been proclaiming that these investors are facilitated to set up their businesses without any hindrances once the formalities are met. The task of handling the foreign investors has been the usual business of the Board of Investment. But in actual fact the conditions faced by some of these foreign investors are far from that rosy atmosphere that is predicted by the authorities. It is proved that actions of some of the authorities in handling these investors, actually distracts the investor.

Ingemar Nilsson - Swedish Investor

Vladimir Mikhaylov

Jihad Against The Abuse Of Jihad

By Abukar Arman

In light of the rampant extremism and militarism around the world, nothing proves more dangerous than the manipulation of truth for political ends. This tactic facilitates the demonization process that blurs ideologies and beliefs in both the West and the Islamic world. And, no concept is more abused by both sides than the concept of Jihad. o the Muslim extremists and their cronies, jihad is a narrowly defined license to fight their perceived enemies (including Muslims, as is the case in Somalia) even if that leads to atrocities against civilians. And to the Western extremists and their cronies, Jihad is a religiously sanctioned, perpetual holy war led by militant non-state actors sworn to destroy Western values and civilization.

US drone attack kills seven in northwest Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least seven alleged Al-Qaeda militants were killed in another US missile strike on Wednesday in northwest Pakistan on the Afghan border. Sources said that at about 5pm PST a strike was carried out by a US predator drone in Makeen area, some 12 kilometers northwest of Laddah--the semi-autonomous tribal district of South Waziristan targeting two vehicles. Authorities have confirmed that the seven persons killed in the strike were foreign militants.

Maha Kalasuri Dr. Lester J. Pieris

By Alfred F Senevirtne

Lester J. PierisAmerica’s Hollywood records Cecil B. De Mel as its greatest Movie Director, England recorded as David Lean, India presented Satyajith Ray while Sri Lanka crowned Dr. Lester J. Pieris carving their great names in golden letters as greatest Noblemen of World Cinema; as worthy glorifying men’s contribution in recorded history of Cinema. Cecil B. De Mel extended an invitation to Dr. L.J. Pieris to Hollywood to be present at world’s highest viewed TV presentation:- Academy Awards. Having seeing "Gamperaliya," Sathyajith Ray developed a close relationship with Dr. Pieris; corresponding letters regularly as two dear friends.