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Government clarifies and exposes TNA misconceptions and falsehoods

The Government, today, clarified a series of misconceptions and falsehoods alleged by the 22- Member Tamil National Alliance in its letter to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday, which were attributed as the reasons for the Party’s inability to meet the President that day to discuss the issues relating to the ethnic question and the war. "This letter was published prominently on many websites, including the plethora of websites that promote separatism, glorify acts of terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and disseminate propaganda inimical to the interests of the Sri Lankan state and its people," a Presidential Secretariat Media Release said

UN’s Holmes outlines LTTE’s disrespect and unconcern forEthnic Tamil civilians in Sri Lanka’s battle zone

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Briefing on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka to the UN Security Council John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator disclosed the way in which Sri Lanka’s rebel outfit LTTE endangering the lives of the one hundred thousand or more civilian non-combatants, all of whom are ethnic Tamils the outfit had proclaimed fighting for, and simply disregard their safety and welfare preventing them from leaving the battle zone to Sri Lanka government-controlled areas.

Printing excess money not panacea for economic ills : Implores Govt to increase lending to private sector for development

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Opposition United National Party’s National Organizer and Central Provincial Council’s Opposition Leader S. B. Dissanayake said today that the Government was printing too much money in a bid to artificially control inflation but that could lead to a perilous situation. There is a looming crisis for the immediate future if the Government continues to arbitrarily print money thinking that it can combat inflation and by tapping into the Foreign Exchange Reserves, Dissanayake told a news conference. The solution lies in the releasing of the Foreign Exchange Reserves to keep the rupee afloat and stop printing money, he said.

Coalition partner threatens to pull out of the government in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

The already troubled relationship between the ruling Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and its major coalition partner in the government, CPN-UML, has further worsened after the Maoist cadres allegedly killed a UML activist in southern part of the country, Thursday night. The CPN-UML, which has decisive number of seats in the parliament to topple the Maoist-led government, boycotted a Cabinet meeting scheduled on Friday to protest the killing of its cadre Prachanda Thaiba. Organizing an emergency press conference in the party's head office in Kathmandu on Friday, the Chairman of the third largest party in the 601-member Constituent Assembly, Jhala Nath Khanal, said they are discussing within the party whether to continue their participation in the Maoist-led government.

US Senate accuses FBI targeting American Muslims

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, March 25, FBI Director Robert Mueller was questioned about a statement by the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of major national Islamic organizations, suggesting that the groups are considering suspending outreach relations with the FBI over recent incidents in which American mosques and Muslim groups have been targeted. Mueller was also asked about new Justice Department guidelines that took effect in December of last year, which lower the threshold for beginning FBI investigations and allow race and ethnicity to be factors in opening a probe.

In the name of Democracy: a Red Carpet Welcome for Mr. Brian Senaviratne by LTTE Terrorists in Canada

Lenin Benedict from Toronto for Asian Tribune

Canadians have a great respect for "Freedom" and "Democracy", which is known to everyone in every nook and corner of the World. By creating a "Charter of Rights", Canadians have proven themselves as pioneers of Freedom and Democracy and protectors of the same. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom 2 (B) very clearly states and protects the Freedom of Thought, Belief, Opinion and Expression, including Freedom of Press and other Media communication.

Obama Commits USA To Defeat Terrorism, Strengthen Economy In Afghanistan, Pakistan

By Ernest Corea - in Washington DC

Hillary Rodham Clinton at his side, President Barack ObamaPresident Obama today announced details of his strategy in Pakistan and Afghanistan whose aims are to “disrupt, dismantle, and defeat” Al Qaeda terrorism in both countries, and ensure that they are stable and prosperous. Obama's speech was delivered against the background of a mosque bombing in Pakistan that may have killed as many as 50 people. The strategy he outlined would involve, Obama said, not only a change and increase in military plans, with a new emphasis on training, but also an effort to strengthen economic and social policy in both countries. He called on the the US Congres to pass a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Senators John Kerry and Richard Lugar that "authorizes $1.5 billion in direct support to the Pakistani people every year over the next five years – resources that will build schools, roads, and hospitals, and strengthen Pakistan's democracy."

LTTE Has To Free Civilians & Discuss Modalities For Weapons Surrender

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador HMGS Palihakkara, told members of the Security Council that there is general agreement, both nationally and internationally, that the only way to bring an end to this terminal phase of the conflict is for the LTTE to free the civilians and to discuss modalities for surrendering weapons and cadres. But there will be no unverifiable and unenforceable ceasefires, he told delegates at an informal closed-door interactive discussion on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka. The Co-chairs have said it. The United Nations has said it. The neighboring countries have said it. Many members of the Security Council have said it.

70 dead 125 wounded in suicide attack on Mosque in Jamrud, Khyber Agency

By Farzana Shah, Asian tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least 70 people, including 12 security forces personnel, killed in massive suicide explosion in Jamrud, Khyber agency. Unfortunate incident took place during sacred Jumma Prayer in a mosque near Beeghari check post on Pak Afghan road, minimum 100 people are wounded many of them are in critical condition. A suicide bomber entered mosque and blew his explosive belt. Blast was so intense that two storey mosque completely collapsed. Much of the casualties occurred due to debris felled on people. It is reported that more than 250 people were in small mosque when blast happened. "Mosque was full and more than 250 people were there busy in prayer", said one eye witness.

Indonesian Foreign Minister on an official visit to Sri Lanka

Indonesian Foreign Minister Dr. Hassan Wirajuda is schedule for two-day official visit to Sri Lanka on 29th and 30th March, on an invitation extended to him by his counterpart Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. During his stay in Sri Lanka, Minister Dr. Hassan Wirajuda will hold bilateral discussions with Minister Bogollagama followed by a joint media briefing by the two ministers at the Foreign Ministry on 29th March. He also will call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayaka on 30th March, 2009.

Nepalis will have 2009 a difficult year: UNESCAP

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has said Nepali people will have to undergo difficult lives in the year 2009 as they will witness a decline in their income, but a surge in their living expense. A report on Economic and Social Survey of Asia and Pacific for 2009, released on Friday, the UNESCAP has suggested the government to take steps to lower inflation, which has not gone down as it has across the region, put in place a social protection mechanism with a longer-term vision, and strengthen a mechanism for emergency food access to deal with the problem.

A rundown on outcome of long march

By Asif Haroon Raja

From March 2008 onwards Zardari and his legal wizards kept delaying the restoration of judges on the plea that it was an extremely knotty issue and could not be solved through simple resolution or an executive order but through constitution amendment. After wasting five months and forcing PML-N to break away from federal cabinet, the government re-appointed eight deposed judges of Supreme Court and seven of High Court through a simple notification. This act proved without an iota of doubt that Zardari’s foot dragging was on purpose and with ill intentions.

Varun Gandhi

......Preaching Scripture

Great Grandson of Nehru, Varun in judicial custody for 'hate' speeches

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Varun GandhiVarun Gandhi (29), Great Grandson of India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who is with the Bharatiya Janata Party, surrendered before a local court at Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday in connection with a case filed against him for 'hate' speeches last week. The Chief Judicial Magistrate Vipin Kumar immediately remanded him to judicial custody and posted the case for hearing on Monday. There was high drama outside the Court, which is about 500 metres from the jail where Varun has been lodged. Police opened fire as his supporters tried to break into the jail as he was being taken in. Three persons were injured in the firing.