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Indonesia will not be breeding ground for LTTE- Visting Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Rohitha Bogollagama with Hassan Wirajuda Indonesia will not be the breeding ground for LTTE terrorism and will not be a party to its arms procurements, visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda assured yesterday. He was addressing a joint news conference with his Sri Lankan counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama at the Foreign Ministry following the bilateral discussions the two Foreign Ministers had in Colombo over the last two days. Responding to a question in the wake of news reports that the LTTE was using Indonesia as a base for arms procurement and what action the Indonesian Government was to take against the perpetrators, the visiting Foreign Minister said that his Government had made several arrests in the past and that legal action was to be taken against the offenders.

Congress says 'Jai Ho', BJP parodies 'Bhay Ho' as both gear up for the election

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Spin doctors are in great demand in the Indian capital as the country is getting geared up for a crucial parliamentary election. The Congress had stolen the march over its nearest rival, the Bharatiya Janata Party, by literally nationalising 'Jai Ho' – the catchy line from Oscar award winning Slumdog Millionaire, set to music by A R Rehman. Now the BJP has come up with its own parody on Jai Ho. And it fits in well with the basic poll plank of the party which is seeking a mandate with the promise of 'able leader and strong government'.

Militants again attack NATO supply terminal in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

At least 12 shipping containers carrying supplies to NATO troops based in Afghanistan were damaged when dozens of suspected militants fired rockets early Saturday at a transport terminal in northwest Pakistan. According to police officials, militants attacked Farhad terminal in Peshawar, capital of troubled North West Frontier Province. This is the third time when NATO supplies have been attacked this month by militants.

Terrorism and militancy has no religion and national boundaries: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Sheikh HasinaThe Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday at a views exchange meeting with the country’s top managers of print and electronic media said, terrorism and militancy has no religion and national boundaries.
The Prime Minister at the meeting held at her office also stressed the need for combating the menace of terrorism and militancy altogether. "Terrorism and militancy have no religion, no national boundaries," Prime Minister said.

The electorate washes UP Politics' dirty linen in public finally

By Anjali Singh

This time round it promises to be an election with a difference, but then why not. As, at long last the citizens of India are now keen to elect and send clean and committed representatives to form the 15th Lok Sabha of the largest democracy in the world. But is it possible to pick such candidates and place them in the parliament, given the years of dominance by leaders known to have criminal antecedents and whom the electoral process has been putting up with for decades? It most certainly is, feel most activists in Uttar Pradesh (UP), a state which has earned the dubious distinction of electing and sending the largest number of tainted candidates to both the Lok Sabha and its own assembly the UP Vidhan Sabha.

CPI-M punctures Congress claims, blame it for the electoral growth of BJP

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPI-M has punctured the 'aam aadmi' plank of the Congress. It also has termed as an illusion the confidence exuded by the Congress party in its manifesto of returning to power under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. "In the run-up to elections, every party has the democratic right to entertain grandeur illusions, however different they may be, from the ground reality", Marxist ideologue, Sitaram Yechury remarked in an editorial written for the party weekly, "People’s Democracy".Yechury rebutted the Congress charge that the Left parties as the supporters of the Singh government for four years had attempted to exercise authority 'without taking on any responsibility'.

Government seeks Partnership with Diaspora for Reconciliation and Peace building in the North

The Government of Sri Lanka is committed towards developing a partnership with the Sri Lankan Diaspora in promoting a new era of peace through reconciliation among the different communities and implementing an economic plan to reconstruct the war ravaged North of the country. This pledge was made by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at the inauguration of a two day Sri Lankan Diaspora Dialogue in Colombo yesterday( 28th March 2009) organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister, elaborating on the involvement with the Diaspora in the post conflict era, stated that the initial engagement should evolve into a partnership with the Government as a stakeholder. This partnership, he said would be through political empowerment of the people and economic development of the North.

Bangladesh 45 women MPs for reserved seats sworn in

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The newly elected 45 women members of parliament from the reserved seats were sworn in on Sunday at the oath room of national parliament building in Dhaka. Speaker M Abdul Hamid administered the oath to the lawmakers this morning. Of the 45 women lawmakers, 36 are of the ruling Awami League, four of the Jatiya Party of HM Ershad and five of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The women MPs were elected unopposed earlier this month, as parties nominated exactly the 45 candidates to the reserved women's seats allotted as per seats won by the parties in the immediate past 9th parliament election held on December 29.

Death of 12 year old due to medical negligence

Comments by L. Jayasooriya

According to the Sunday Times of 29th March 2009, the interim report on the Rubella vaccination tragedy has pointed to medical negligence on the part of the doctor who should have taken cognizance of the letter from the parent about the fact that her child was allergic to certain types of food. The news item has stated that medical sources have spoken of moves to find a scapegoat for this misadventure. With overwhelming evidence against this doctor it is an insult to us to say that it is a medical misadventure. That will be decided by the Court.

Grim Outlook For Travel

By PATA Emeritus President & CEO Lakshman Ratnapala

The fallout from the global economic crisis is having a dire impact on all segments of the world travel and tourism industry – destinations, airlines, hotels and ancillary services. All regions of the world are affected. Asia is no exception. This year, 2009, will not be a good year for the tourism business. The decline in tourism began in the second half of last year with an abrupt shift in the growth trend.

North Korea worries the world again

By Nehginpao Kipgen

North Korea is one of the few countries in the world that worries not only its neighbors - South Korea and Japan, but also nations at thousands of miles away. The country is widely known for its appalling human rights record and a secretive nuclear program. Japan, second largest economy of the world, is increasingly disturbed by the North Korea’s nuclear program. Pyongyang announced that it will launch a satellite into orbit between April 4 to 8 by firing over Japan’s airspace that would endanger international shipping and aviation in the area.

12 Pak paramilitary personnel kidnapped

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Militants kidnapped at least 12 personnel of Khasadar Force (a paramilitary force) from Tehsil Bara of Khayber Agency. According to sources, militants in an ambush at Tehsil Bara Sheen Qamar check post in Khayber Agency kidnapped 12 Khasadars and set the check post on fire. One of the 12 kidnapped security men, was released by the militants. It is to be mentioned here that personnel of Khasadar Force were receiving murder and abduction threats for the last few days.

Fuel shortage hits Nepal's capital

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Fuel shortage has hit Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, after Nepal Petroleum Transporters' Federation (NPTA) and Nepal Petroleum Dealers' Association (NPDA) jointly launched protest to press their demands. The NPTA stopped transporting petroleum products that Nepal imports from neighboring India through tankers, protesting the decision of state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) to replace 20-year old fuel tankers with new ones. They have demanded the government to revoke the as it would put them into injustice. Similarly, the NPDA decided not to collect petroleum products from the depots of NOC, the sole state utility to supply petroleum products in the country. The NPDA announced the protest following the government decision to provide Rs 10 per liter of diesel as subsidy to the industries facing prolonged power outage.