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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

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Sri Lanka in Metamorphosis

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

As the conventional war against the LTTE nears its bloody end, a sea change is taking place in Sri Lanka - the unearthing or implanting of a set of values which are at variance with the principles of pluralist democracy. A new ‘commonsense’ is in the making, in consonance with the anti-democratic and Sinhala Supremacist beliefs of the ‘leading group’ and this ‘conception of the world’ will play a dominant role in charting the future trajectory of Sri Lanka.In Sri Lanka, 'patriotism' is becoming the sole criteria on what is allowable and what is disallowable. And the Rajapakses have anointed themselves as the sole arbiters of what is patriotic and what is not.

Cry Of Justice From Swat

By Fatima Ahmed

Pashtuns should condemns the lashing of one of our daughter and sister and demands that it is not the few people holding the girl and lashing her, who need to be punished but the solution lies in confronting the ideologies, parties and institutions which sponsor these actions. The video of a 16 years old Afghan/Pashtun girl in showing the barbaric incident that happened in the Swat Valley of Pakistan, where girl is being whipped while she is forced to lay face down on the ground in broad day light, in front of hundreds of people; is now talk of the town across the world. Having been forced by the wide condemnation of the incident across the world spearheaded by the bloggers and facebook phenomena, the video was aired by the Punjab dominated Pakistani media.

Nepal PM returns home from Europe, dubs visit 'successful' and 'as expected'

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal returned home on Saturday after a week-long official visit to two Scandinavian nations. Talking to media persons upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Prime Minister Dahal dubbed the visit to Norway and Finland 'successful' and 'as expected.' These two countries are major donors to Nepal. Prime Minister Dahal said that both Norwegian and Finnish governments pledged help in Nepal's peace process, development and the constitution drafting process.

Eight security personnel killed in suicide attack in Islamabad

Eight paramilitary personnel were killed and 5 others injured when suicide bomber blew himself up at the camp of Frontier Constabulary (FC) in Sector F-7/3 Margala Road, Islamabad on Saturday. "It was 7:38-7:39pm when a suicide bomber entered from the back of the camp and exploded himself. This is Frontier Constabulary camp number seven”, said Bin Yamin, operations police chief in the capital. "Frontier Constabulary (FC) personnel retaliated as the bomber exploded himself," Yamin added. According to SSP Tahir Alam, the FC personnel were taking dinner when the attacker entered the camp and blew himself up, killing eight of the security men and injuring several others.

Puthukkudyiruppu fallen

LTTE is routed in Puthukkudyiruppu . Latest report from Vanni reveals the entire region in the Vanni has fallen in the hands of the Sri Lankan Security forces. More details will follow -

Pudukudiirrippu captured (Update 1)

Sri Lanka Army captured entire Pudukudiirrippu area a short while ago. Army also recovered 200 LTTE bodies. This was the last Kilometer of land held by the LTTE says the Army. Plight of Prabhakaran and his son Charles Anthony is still not known. More details to follow –

Pudukudiirrippu captured (Update 2)

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Sri Lankan Troops which gain control of Pudukudiirrippu short while ago, recovered 420 LTTE dead bodies. Latest updates reveal that Prabhakaran is seen hiding in the "No Fire Zone" in the midst of the Internally Displaced People. LTTE senior leaders Theepan, Nagesh, Prabakaran Security in charge Gadaffi and Woman wing leader Vidusha, Kamalini and durga were killed in action. It was reported that when Banu was trying to escape to the no fire Zone, he was wounded, but his bodyguards managed to take him away. Reports reveal that he was critically wounded.

Completely shaken Prabhakaran sighted in the midst of the IDPs in the No Fire Zone - Update -3

Army sources said that IDPs fleeing into the Government controlled area told that completely shaken LTTE Leader Prabhakaran was sighted hiding in the midst of the IDPs in the no fire zone. Sources also said that IDPs confirmed that Charles Anthony the heir apparent of LTTE Supremo was seriously injured and held in the no fire zone and given special treatment. The army headquarters officially reported that the area was consolidated this morning by the 58th Division under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva. A senior commanding officer in the battlefield said that 420 LTTE bodies and 400 T56 weapons were among the items recovered after army attacks in Pudukudiyrippu east. With this capture of the Pudukudiyrippu east, the LTTE have lost all areas held by them. As a result there is only the government declared No Fire Zone for civilians left for the LTTE to retreat.

Human trafficking: 50 bodies recovered from container

About fifty people apparently suffocated to death in a closed container found abandoned in the Hazar Ganji area of Balochistan’s provincial capital Quetta on Saturday. Fifty bodies were discovered from the locked container when police opened it another 60 were found unconscious due to lack of oxygen. The container was reportedly being transported from Afghanistan to Iran via Pakistan and about 120 people were inside the container, who was being illegally taken across border into Iran. It is believed that the container was being used to smuggle would-be migrants to Europe via Iran, a popular route for illegal immigration from this region.

Bangladesh govt. to start process to try war criminals this month

By M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed on Saturday said the government will start this month the process to try the suspected war criminals of the country's Liberation War in 1971. The government will meet an UNDP delegation today (Sunday) in this regard to discuss on how the United Nations can assist Bangladesh to run the trial of war criminals. "The government will welcome the assistances of the international community in trying the war criminals," the law minister said at a scholarship awarding ceremony in Dhaka.

17 including children killed in suicide attack in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least 17 civilians including five children were killed in a suicide attempt on the security forces near an FC (paramilitary) check-post in the North Waziristan tribal area on Saturday. A convoy of Pakistan army was on way from Bannu to Miranshah, when a suicide bomber attempted to ram his explosive-laden vehicle into the convoy. Sensing the danger soldiers opened fired at the explosive-laden vehicle which was chasing their convoy in a busy market in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan district.



Advani – Manmohan Debate…?

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Battle lines are drawn. The country has got enwrapped in a fierce but fiendish debate, as to who is 'fit' to be the next Prime Minister, who can lead this nation of one billion people. There are a dozen aspirants who 'desire' to become the next Prime Minister though very few of them ‘deserve’ to acquire that post. It is disquieting. India’s polity has changed since coalition governments came into existence. Politics has taken a new hue, with wider caste-based dimensions. Various leaders are running at cross-purposes. Irrespective of their party affiliation, they have become garrulous. Rather than showing reticence, they just squawk. Now it is a guessing game whether a 'queen', a 'king' or a 'clown' will reach the 'summit' and wear the 'crown'.

Proper filling of EPF forms, avoids payment delays

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Whatever the category or the nature of business is, even if one employee is recruited, that business is legally bound to pay contributions to the EPF Fund, said WJ U L Wijayawera, Commissioner General of Labor addressing a Workshop on EPF/ETF organized by the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. However, few are exempted.

US strike kills 13 in North Waziristan Agency in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

At least 13 people including women and children were killed in a US missile strike on Saturday in North Waziristan region in Pakistan near the Afghan border. Three missiles were fired which hit a house in Dandey village near Mama Ziarat, Datta Khel area of North Waziristan Agency. The strike hit the house of a school teacher, Tariq Khan killing 13 people including his family members.

Qatar Minister meets CCC to promote bilateral trade

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A trade delegation consisting of members of the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Qatar, led by Dr Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, met members of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and members of the Sri Lanka Africa and Middle East Business Council to explore business opportunities and strengthen bilateral co-operation between the two countries. The meeting took place today (3rd April, 2009) at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce auditorium.

G-20 - The Club of Plenty - and Coffers That Ring Empty

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London….

The Group of Twenty, known by the pet name, G-20, met in London this week amidst signs of serious public disagreements over many issues. We were told that the French would walk out, probably with the Germans in tow, if they couldn’t get things their way, without being very explicit what that really meant. The protesters, a sizeable group of Europeans of all walks of life who are critical of the rich nations for causing global poverty, meanwhile took to the street, while virtually bringing the City of London to a standstill; they were determined to disrupt the meeting in every possible way and to have their message heard. The white-collar workers, especially bankers, had been advised by their superiors to ditch their expensive suits in favour of more casual outfits – a tense time for folks.