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Commission seeks Sri Lankan statements in Lahore attack

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

A commission investigating last month's deadly attack on Sri Lankan cricket team, on Tuesday requested evidence from the touring players. According to sources the tribunal constituted for probing the attack after recording statements from officials and witnesses has sought the statements from Sri Lankan players. The tribunal asked the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the Foreign Office to get recorded statements from the Sri Lankan players. Earlier Justice Shabbar Rizvi recorded statements of local officials, journalists and the owner of a shopping centre near where up to 12 attackers assaulted the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore.

UN expert repeat call to the LTTE to allow all civilians under its control to leave to seek safety elsewhere

"I urgently repeat my call to the LTTE to allow all civilians under its control to leave this zone and to seek safety elsewhere. I am deeply concerned for the lives of over 100,000 civilians trapped in the 14-square kilometre area of the Vanni declared by the Government of Sri Lanka as a no-fire zone. Large numbers of civilians already have been killed or wounded. Following reports that LTTE fighters now have been pushed almost entirely into this zone, many more are at risk of losing their lives. I believe that a series of humanitarian pauses must be initiated immediately to allow civilians to leave and humanitarian actors to provide life-saving relief to the remaining population. I also call on the Government of Sri Lanka to scrupulously respect the no-fire zone for as long as a civilian population remains within it."

Mysterious weapon of the LTTE; only for the militarily illiterate

By Shafiq Gafoor

It was reported on 05th April 2009 that the valiant ground troops of 58 Division captured one of the most exciting military articles during the Eelam War IV of the LTTE, the terror outfit which was once renowned for its ferocity & innovativeness in the ways & means of attacking the government forces. It is true that the total credit for capturing such a "prize of war" should go to all those brave sons of mother Lanka who are out there shedding blood & sweat alike to eliminate the remaining tigers who are struggling to catch their last breath. Yet, it is sad to see that there are a few militarily illiterate people in Colombo who desperately write "anything" on "anything" even if they don't know "anything" about such.

LTTE still attacking military from safe zone: PM tells Parliament

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor - Asian Tribune

Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake today charged that the LTTE was attacking the military even from the safe zone that was meant for civilians. The LTTE is a ruthless group of terrorists who have no respect for human life and they are even flouting even the international military laws while the Sri Lankan military is disciplined and not attacking civilians in the safe zone, Premier told Parliament today. He was addressing the monthly Emergency debate in the House in his capacity as Minister of National Security and Deputy Minister of Defence. Continuing, the Premier said that human life and humanity was not the least importance to the LTTE and they were yet chasing a mirage.

Seven Bangladesh MPs-elect to take oath today

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Seven MPs-elect in the by-election of April 2 will take oath today (Wednesday). Speaker Abdul Hamid will administer the oath ceremony, a government handout said. Ruling Awami League bagged three more seats, including Jatiya Party stronghold Kurigram-2, in last Thursday's by-elections. BNP won two seats, Bogra-7 going to former speaker Mohammad Jamiruddin Sircar, and Bogra-6 to former law minister Moudud Ahmed. Jatiya Party’s (JP-Ershad) Roushan Ershad, wife of party chief HM Ershad, bagged his vacated seat in Rangpur-3.

Clash of egos amongst bigwigs tears the Samajwadi Party apart of Mulayam Singh

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Samajwadi party of Mulayam Singh Yadav may be keen to emerge on the centre stage as a king-maker if not as a serious contender for the Prime Minister’s post in conjunction with two-Bihar based parties – RJD and LJP, who, like SP, are eyeing the secular vote and the Muslim vote. But the party is not in pink of health with the virtual number two Amar Singh drawing swords against Azam Khan, a highly respected Muslim face of the party.

Nepal’s two major parties boycott house

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Ruling CPN-UML and the main opposition party Nepali Congress on Tuesday boycotted the regular house proceedings, alleging that the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which heads the government, failed to meet their demands.The CPN-UML, which is the second largest ally in the coalition government, boycotted house alleging that the Maoist did not help apprehend the murderer of its Prachanda Thaiba. Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle had shot dead UML cadre Prachanda Thaiba on March 26 as he was returning home in Butwal, a small town lying in southern part of the country. Thaiba, a cadre of the UML's youth wing, Youth Force (YF), died on the spot.

21 killed in militants-police clashes as Taliban enter Buner district in northwest Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

As many as 12 people including three police officials, two lashkar (militia) men and sixteen militants were killed in overnight clash between Taliban and Qaumi Lashkar (a tribal force) in Buner district in northwest Pakistan, police and residents said on Tuesday. The fierce fighting erupted on Monday night when the local tribal force (Qaumi Lashkar) and local police force made efforts to enter Gokand valley via Rajagaly Kandow from Pir Baba area side to flush out Taliban militants who had sneaked in to the district on Saturday from neighbouring Swat. According to sources Taliban militants had dispatched sixteen bodies and shifted thirteen wounded colleagues to Swat via Kalil Kandow area early Tuesday morning after the shootout.

Chidambaram becomes India’s first Bush-shoed

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Chidamparam shoed Palaniappan Chidambaram, the Minister for the Interior in Manmohan Singh government Wednesday became the first Indian leader to be Bush-shoed. An angry scribe hurled his shoe at Chidambaram as he was fielding questions at the media briefing of Sonia Congress here in Delhi. The shoe missed the minister. And he was briefly detained and released. The management of the daily where the scribe is a defence correspondent for eight years immediately distanced the paper from the correspondent and gave him a pink slip,

Clinton and Norway discuss Sri Lanka issue: Praises Norway's credibility in foreign mediation

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Hillary Clinton with Jonas Gahr StoreDescribing what's going on in Sri Lanka as a "bloodshed", United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was full of praise for Norway as a nation that “brings to each foreign policy challenge credibility as a nation that can be an independent and productive partner” when she met the Norwegian foreign minister Jonas Gahr Stoere at the State Department April 6. "We discussed Norway's untiring efforts to end the bloodshed in Sri Lanka," Clinton told reporters at a joint media briefing. Clinton continued to shower praise on Norway in declaring “Few countries have contributed to the cause of global peace and resolving conflicts around the world more than Norway has."

End of the war, begins opportunities

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

A discussion at the CEO Forum organized by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) was held at the Hilton Hotel Colombo on the topic ‘Beyond the war’ – Building: Human capital, organization and economy. The discussion was carried out considering the imminent end of the war that ran for nearly three decades and cost the country billions of dollars and thousands of lives. Mourad Mankarios, Principal Coach, SIM raising a question at the forum asked whether they are ready when the guns cease to fire, making the keynote address

Bangladsh PM Hasina seeks foreign assistance to explore offshore gas exploration and set up energy plants

M.A Kader-Asain Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladsh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday said Bangladesh needs foreign assistance for offshore gas exploration and installation of hydroelectric and solar-energy plants. The Prime Minister Hasina talked with the British High Commissioner in Dhaka Stephen Nicholas Evans yesterday on various bilateral interests of the two countries. Hasina and Evans discussed issues like trade, investment and the challenges of the much-talked climate change, PM office sources said.

Distance Education Study opportunities for 20 Sri Lankan students at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden

The Royal institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden has granted 20 Distance-based study opportunities for 20 Sri Lankan Engineers who are attached to the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training to pursue Masters of Engineering studies in the stream of Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE) for year 2009. The proposed opportunity granted under Distance Education in collaboration with the KTH in Sweden. The University of Vocational Technology which is under the Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training in Sri Lanka now has to find suitable Engineering graduates who are already attached to the 9 Regional Technical Training Colleges as Lecturers.

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Chidamparam shoed by a journalist

The Manifesto Politics

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

It is possible to accord some respectability to the party manifestos. It will require a three-way thrust to achieve that. The taxpaying public—the voter—the media and experts in various fields, especially finance and economics, will have to show a respect to the manifestos even if the political parties do not appear to be doing so. There is one good reason to do so, which will become apparent in a moment. The BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful, L.K.Advani, fancies himself as the Indian equivalent of the pre-poll Barack Obama: an agent of ‘change’ and the country’s top debater who can chew any ‘pseudo-secularist’ opponent such as the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.