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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

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Sri Lanka: UNHCR endorses the IDP sites in the North are in line with the international standard

The conditions in the IDP sites in the North are in line with the international standard, endorses UNHCR the international lead agency for the internally displaced persons. In a statement it called on the Government of Sri Lanka to separate the 300 ex-combatants from the civilian population at the sites, and accommodate them in a separate facility where they can undergo rehabilitation in line with international standards. The UN Refugee Agency has urged the Sri Lanka Government to task the civil administration and the Sri Lanka Police to provide services and maintain law and order inside the sites, while the Sri Lanka Army maintains security at the periphery.

Coalition partners in Nepal bury their hatchet

In what appears as an efforts to mend their widening rifts, leaders of the two main coalition partners, Unified CPN (Maoist) and CPN-UML, have agreed to form a high-level investigation into the murder of UML-affiliated Youth Force (YF) cadre Prachanda Thaiba in Butwal, small town based in southern part of the country, last week. The CPN-UML, which has decisive number of seats in Constituent Assembly to topple the government, had warned of pulling out of the Maoist-led government following the murder of its cadre Thaiba. The party also boycotted cabinet meeting scheduled on Friday and staged mass demonstration across the country against the Maoist on Saturday.

Five more arrested in connection with Lahore police academy attack

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Five more persons have been arrested in connection with attack on Manawan Police training academy Lahore. According to police sources the arrests have been made on pointing out by a terrorist Hijratullah. Hijratullah is an Afghan who was arrested from the near-by fields a couple of hours before the school was secured. Two hand-grenades, a knife, a walkie-talkie set and a passport in his name were recovered from him. The latest arrests on Tuesday were made on the basis of information the arrested terrorist provided.

Private sector to stimulate Public-Private sector dialogue

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) has organized a Forum for Public-Private Sector Dialogue which facilitates the clarification of issues between its members and the Public sector officials/authorities. The Forum has also given an opportunity to the Public sector officials to be informed of the constraints faced by private sector entities and to provide solutions where possible or explain to the Private sector why the issues cannot be resolved immediately. Thus the Forum facilitates strengthening of the relations between the Public and Private sectors.

Baitullah threatens to attack White House, claims responsibility for Lahore attack

The commander of Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud on Tuesday threatened that his group was planning a terrorist attack on the White House. The commander Baitullah Mehsud disclosed his planned attack on the White House while claiming responsibility for the deadly assault on the police training academy in Lahore a day earlier. Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million bounty on his head from the U.S., said Monday's attack on the outskirts of the eastern city of Lahore was retaliation for U.S. missile strikes against militants along the Afghan border. "It's revenge for the (US) drone attacks in Pakistan, " he said.

Release all the Tamil Innocent Civilians, Lay Down Arms - Sri Lanka Government’s response to ceasefire call by the LTTE

Sri Lanka Governmnet has categorically stated that they will not enter into any ceasefire agreement or a pause in their hostile campaign, as long as the non-state actor LTTE free the entire innocent Tamil civilians held hostages and surrender arms. This was the latest response of the Government of Sri Lanka to the statement by the LTTE Political Headquarters. The statement said "Our organization wishes to reiterate our agreement to an immediate ceasefire." A Government spokesman told Asian Tribune, the word "Ceasefire" is not the right parlance at this juncture. He told that LTTE is not a state actor to enter into any ceasefire agreement. It is a terrorist organization proclaimed by India, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and also by the European Union.

Actor Sanjay Dutt barred from contesting election

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Popular Hindi film actor, Sanjay Dutt’s dreams of making it big in electoral politics were shattered on Tuesday. India’s apex court ruled out that he is ineligible to contest since he is facing conviction in a decade –old criminal case. Dutt is the official nominee of Samajwadi Party from Lucknow constituency in Uttar Pradesh, which was hither to represented by Atal Behari Vajpayee, The former prime minister is not seeking re-election due to old age related health problems. A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan refused to suspend his conviction in the case that charged him with links with underworld and possessing an AK-47 rile during the post-Babri Masjid demolition riots in Mumbai in 1993.

Sri Lanka Rebuts Unfounded Allegations in the European Parliament

"No military operation to defeat terrorism in the world is conducted without difficulty to the civilian population in the afflicted area. In the achievement of our military dominance over the LTTE, the civilian, held at gunpoint by the LTTE have been the centre of our concerns. In the past 2 months, the Security Forces have held back their strength, even at the cost of suffering causalities themselves. The ground reality has unfortunately been disregarded in the European’s Parliament Resolution of March 12 and makes several unsubstantiated assertions which the Government of Sri Lanka finds objectionable". These observations were made by Ms. Saroja Sirisena, charge d’ Affaires of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Belgium, accredited to the European Union.

Singapore Interpol directed to nab Sicille Kotelawela: CID tells Mt Lavinia Magistrate

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

Interpol is acting to arrest Sicille Kotelawela, wife of the now remanded Ceylinco Group Chairman Lalith Kotelawela, the Criminal Investigations Department told Mount Lavinia Magistrate Harsha Sethunga yesterday. The CID told the Mount Lavinia Magistrate that it had sent a copy of the arrest warrant which the Magistrate issued for the arrest of Mrs Kotelawela to the Singapore Branch of Interpol as she has claimed that she is receiving treatment at a Singapore hospital and evading arrest. This was the contents of a report that the CID has submitted to the Magistrate on what action it had taken on the arrest of Mrs Kotelawela who has also been implicated in the Rs. 26 billion Golden Key Credit Card Co. Ltd case, the largest corporate scandal to rock independent Sri Lanka.

12 Tigers in bus and motorcycle killed in Pudukudirippu West

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Troops of the 5th Vijayaba Regiment killed 12 Tigers and destroyed a bus and motor cycle in which they were traveling in Pudukudirippu West yesterday, top military sources in the battle front told Asia Tribune. Troops have also been able to recover a haul of cannons, parts of 80 mm mortars, two suicide jackets and two T-56 weapons after the attack on Pudukudirippu West which is north of the Mullaitivu- Paranthan Road, the A 35 trunk road.

India's missile deal with Israel in controversy, Marxists demand probe, Congress rejects

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

India’s Rs. 10,000 crore deals with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for a medium range surface to air missile, has hit an air pocket. The Marxist Communists allege that there were kickbacks in the deal. They also argue that the Israeli missiles are unnecessary. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Left parties have demanded that the government should not proceed ahead with the deal since the CBI is investigating an earlier deal with IAI for Barak missiles for kickbacks.

Sabotaging The Railroad To Jaffna

A Commentary by L. Jayasooriya

This railroad which will bring many benefits both to the people in the North and the South is eagerly awaited by the President and all of us. I have seen on television how the track is being laid. The concrete sleepers are laid on bare ground with no ballast (stones on the railway track) underneath. This is not the way to lay a railway track. It will cause derailments especially in wet weather and along curves. I will now explain how the rail track works so that the readers whom I assume are laymen could see how smartly the track is being sabotaged right under the nose of the President.

Varun Gandhi

At Media Conference at ITB Berlin 2009

Cultural Performance at ITB Berlin 2009

The Eiffel Tower, 120 years of success!

By Nathalie Gricorciuk

Officially inaugurated on 31 March 1889, and opened to the public on 15 May the same year, the Eiffel Tower celebrated its one hundred and twentieth anniversaries. Disparaged in its early days, it has today become one of the major symbols of France in the world’s collective unconscious. A "tour de force" that owes nothing to chance. Its instantly recognisable silhouette is the stuff of dreams the world over. Yet what critics it had in its early days! In a joint letter, the likes of Guy de Maupassant, Charles Gounod and Alexandre Dumas junior vilified "the useless and monstrous Eiffel Tower", "the dishonour of Paris". A "hole-riddled suppository" in the view of Huysmans, an "ungainly skeleton" as Maupassant saw it… But Gustave Eiffel was not to be discouraged. The engineer responded to the artists: "the Tower will have its own beauty".

What do Varun Gandhi's pronouncements mean?

Dr Sandeep Pandey

Varun GandhiVarun Gandhi has chosen the shortcut to fame. Until yesterday he was an ordinary member of BJP. Today he is a nationally important leader in this party and in the same league as L.K. Advani and Narendra Modi for subscribing to virulent communal views. For a leader of BJP to have said the kind of things that Varun Gandhi said was not very surprising. BJP’s USP is anti-Muslim or anti-minority ideology. Remove the anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan or anti-minority plank and BJP or the larger Sangh Parivar will face an identity crisis. In this sense the Hindutva organizations are basically reactionary. They have always used vitriolic language to attract attention and used violence to make their presence felt.

Rohingyas trained in different Al-Qaeda and Taliban camps in Afghanistan

By William Gomes - Bangladesh

Bangladesh is terrorized by Islamic terrorism. Islamic terrorism has created a culture of fear in Bangladesh. Our main objective is to bring out the nation from this culture of fear. Afghanistan is noted with the notion that "a nation at war and some time a nation engulfed by the "Taliban". In 1990s, 70,000 to 120,000 Muslim youth trained to fight in Asia, Africa, and in Middle East in different Al-Qaeda and Taliban camps in Afghanistan. Al-Qaeda highly trained a notable number of Islamic groups and indoctrinated them with the mission of "Jihad" that influx all over the world the message of fear and violence. Arakan Rohingya Nationalist Organization (ARNO) and Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) were among the groups who were trained in Afghanistan camps and were and are active in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The Strategic Positioning Of Brand Sri Lanka In Focus At ITB Berlin

The ITB Convention 2009 was held from 11th - 15th March 2009 at Messe Berlin, Berlin, Germany. With more than 180,000 visitors inclusive of trade visitors, and over 11,000 exhibitors from 180 countries ITB Berlin has now become the leading B2B platform of all tourist industry stakeholders. In addition, the world’s largest tourism convention Market Trends & Innovations, held at the venue, provides unique opportunities for participants to benefit from the leading think tank of the global tourism industry. Furthermore, all levels of the value added chain including tour operators, booking engines, destinations, airlines, and hotels up to car rentals were easily accessible at the venue.