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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

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Pakistan continued to be seen as a problem

By Asif Haroon Raja

Gen Musharraf buckled under pressure on a midnight phone call from Colin Powel on 12 September 2001. He promptly gave in to all the seven demands spelled out by the caller. He had agreed to ditch the ruling Taliban regime in Kabul which was most friendly to Pakistan and had for the first time made our western border safe and had eliminated the Indian influence from Afghanistan. He agreed to share intelligence with the CIA and FBI. These agencies were given free license within Pakistan to operate under the garb of tracking Al-Qaeda operatives. The four air bases in Baluchistan were handed over to the US military to carryout strikes against Afghanistan.

PM Singh sends special emissary to President Rajapaksa

Shri T.K.A Nair with President Mahinda A high level emissary of Indian Prime Minister has made a quite visit to Colombo with a personal message to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it is reliably learnt. There is no official word from the Indian side though the visit had taken place on March 25. Some sections billed the visit as exchange of views on "developments in the field of public administration in the two countries." The emissary T. K. A. Nair is close confidant of Prime Minister Singh as his Principal Secretary.

National Probe committee gets another 30 days to prepare BDR mutiny report

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh national Inquiry committee has once again sought time to end the probe into the border guard Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny and carnages at the BDR Headquarters in Dhaka. The 11-member national inquiry committee sought more time on Sunday to the government and the government has given them 30 more days to submit the findings of the killings. The committee was re-constituted on Mar 2 and it began work the following day.

Dialogue with Sri Lankan diaspora - Dr. Palitha Kohona,

Dr. KohonaWelcoming the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora other day at the Mt. Lavania Hotel, Dr. Palith Kohona said, "As the LTTE's delusion, fades into history, the Government is rightly calling on our Tamil brothers and sisters living overseas to return to the warm embrace of mother Lanka and seek a common future with all her other children, whether they be Muslims, Sinhalese, Mukkuvars, Malays, Burghers, etc. Secretary to Foreign Affairs emphasized, "Today we see the beginning of this. Each of you gathered here today represent diverse backgrounds and has enormous individual potential. Therefore it is the wish of the Government to seek your cooperation in the realization of its ambitious goals."

Barrister Abdur Razzaq, top leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami quizzed in border guard BDR mutiny case

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

For the first time, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Bangladesh on Monday grilled a politician Barrister Abdur Razzaq, top leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, in connection with the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) mutiny. The assistant secretary general of Jamaat Razzaq was quizzed nearly a three and an half hours at the CID headquarters in Dhaka in connection with the BDR carnage case to know where he had been and what had been doing during the February 25-26 Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) carnage.

Under Pak Terror Shadow Offshore Cricket League

By Atulcowshish - Syndicate Features

If, as the name suggests, it is Indian Premier League, then the news that the next round of the T20 cricket tournament will be played not in India but South Africa cannot be well received by the home crowd. No offence meant for South Africa, which agreed at very short notice to take on the burden of organising the world’s biggest cricketing extravaganza after it was found impossible to do so in India. Nobody expected Cricket South Africa to be altruistic in accepting the request from IPL for staging the tournament. But a lot of people in this country do feel that the IPL is driven by selfish, money-grabbing opportunities, which are served by staging lavish cricketing shows.

No ceasefire under any circumstances- President Rajapaksa

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

Mahinda RajapaksaThe Government will not go in for any ceasefire with the LTTE under any circumstances, President Mahinda Rajapaksa told the UPFA Kalutara District United People’s Freedom Alliance organizers this morning. "We will not cave into pressures from any international quarters locally and internationally and will not stop until the war was completely over," he said. He said that the delay in finishing the remaining parts of the war was due to the Security Forces being asked to exercising restraint in the conflict zones which has civilians.

Lahore police center attack: Siege ends, 8 policemen, 4 attackers killed, 4 held

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistani security forces succeeded in overpowering militants who seized a police academy in the Manawan area on Lahore's outskirts early Monday. After eight-hour operation, security forces regained control of the Police Center, while two terrorists present inside the building blew themselves up to avoid arrests. At least 13 people including four terrorists, eight policemen and passerby were killed in the attack while 95 policemen were injured.
Security forces have also arrested four terrorists before regaining control of the besieged Police Center.

U.S. Government donates medical supplies for hospitals in Sri Lanka’s North

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on Monday donated equipment and basic medical supplies to the Ministry of Health to treat 50,000 civilians at hospitals in the North. James R. Moore, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy, made the symbolic presentation to Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Health Care and Nutrition. The U.S. donation, valued at $77,000 (Rs 8.77 million), includes five kits with basic medical care items such as bandages, medicines, supplies and equipment. The kits are approved by the World Health Organization and each contains enough supplies to provide primary care to 10,000 patients.

National churches and the Nation state.

Ranjith Soysa-Melbourne

Some of the church leaders and church representatives in Sri Lanka should seriously rethink and replan their relationship with the Sri Lankan nation state vis a vis the LTTE terrorism and separatism. Their activities and utterances are not only threatening the national security, but, also has contributed in a large measure to undermine Sri Lanka’s integrity among the international opinion makers. According to reports from Colombo the key figure behind the news desk of National Christian Council of Sri Lanka/ Centre for Justice and Peace has been taken into custody for investigations at BIA while he was on his way to a conference in Bangalore.

Bank Management Strategies Should Be Radically Diversified To Accept The Post War Business Challenges

Edward Theophilus Wanigasekera

Trading bank system embarked to Sri Lanka with a bunch of selective objectives that were purely based on serving for commercial and plantation sectors through providing short term capital needs. Predetermined dominant objectives of these foreign owned banks were not clearly understood by the domestic businessmen and growing development sectors such as agriculture, industrial, construction and small business of the economy as they assumed that banks were established to support all sectors of the economy despite selective goals.

Shri T.K.A Nair with President Mahinda

Dr. Palitha Kohona

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

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