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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2788

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Warnakulasooriya re-elected President, SLACC

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

At the recently held 6th AGM of the Sri Lanka Ceramics Council (SLACC) held under the auspicious of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, Dayasiri Warnakulasooriya, Chairman/ Managing Director of Midaya Ceramic Co, Ltd., was re-elected as the President. SLACC represents the tableware, floor tiles, wall tiles, roofing tiles and ornamental ware glassware and cement manufacturers and serves as an independent apex body fr the ceramic industry in the country, formed under the Companies Act and governed by a Board of Management.

Government to be held responsible for any unrest over the cancellation of lease of Khaleda Zia's house - BNP

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Leaders of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at a protest rally in Dhaka on Thursday, one day after the cancellation of lease of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's home in Dhaka cantonment, said the government would be responsible if there was unrest in the country over the issue. The BNP leaders said the government deliberately pushed the country into turmoil by ousting Khaleda Zia from her residence. The decision to stage demonstrations countrywide came from a meeting of BNP senior leaders chaired by Khaleda earlier on Wednesday.

SAARC Working Group meeting on tourism emphasised the need to advocate regional tourism

George Michael The need to advocate regional tourism was emphasised at the third the SAARC working group meeting on tourism. The inaugural ceremony of the meeting was held in Colombo at Hotel Taj Samudra on 7 April 2009, presided by Milinda Moragoda, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism. Opening the session in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Working Group along with George Michael, Secretary of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Tourism, urged the need to advocate regional tourism. The third working group meeting on tourism was held from 7 to 8 April 2009. The event brought together delegations from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to discuss the tourism sector of the SAARC countries.

Pakistan decides to go ahead with gas pipeline project on Iran’s price formula

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistan has decided to go ahead with the gas pipeline project with Iran accepting the price formula proposed by Iran. A cabinet meeting accepted Iran’s offer to export one billion cubic feet per day of gas at 80 per cent of the crude oil price in the international market. A sale-purchase agreement is likely to be signed this year. Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said Pakistan had decided to go ahead with the gas pipeline project in accordance with its needs without caring about ‘US pressure, that forced India to pull out of it’.

Congress forced to withdraw two seniors from fray, Pre-poll survey projects Cong in lead

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

The Sonia Congress suffered its first major pre-poll reverse on Thursday. It hurriedly withdrew two 'tainted' leaders Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar from the poll fray. This is a damage control exercise aimed at pleasing the Sikh community who are enraged at the 'clean chit' to Tytler in particular in the 1984 riots directed at the minority Sikhs. The decision comes two days after a Sikh journalist Jarnail Singh made Interior Minister Chidambaram India’s Bush-shoed. He had flung at the minister his shoe during a press conference at the Congress headquarters. Political pundits are the Bush –shoed has damaged the Congress; they are divided on its impact though. Many analysts feel that the party will be able to survive the scare.

Sufi Mohammed ends peace camps in Swat

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

The chief of banned Tehreek-i-Nifaz e Shariat Mohammedi announced to end peace camps in Swat as a protest against what he called delaying tactics of federal government of Zardari in implementation of Islamic sharia regulations. Addressing a press conference here Thursday, Sufi Muhammad said that the decision was taken as President Asif Ali Zardari did not sign the Nifaz e Adl Regulation 2009 despite passage of two months. Sufi Mohammed, who had been camped out in the valley's main town of Mingora with hundreds of supporters, said they were leaving to protest Zardari's ‘negative attitude.'

China to pledges Rs 1.5 billion grant to Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

In its biggest ever grant assistance to its immediate southern neighbor, China has pledged to provide Rs 1.5 billion in cash as grant assistance to Nepal. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi made this announcement during the visit of his Nepali counterpart Upendra Yadav in China. Officials at Ministry Foreign Affairs said this is the biggest amount that China has provided to Nepal as grant assistance.

Good Friday the truth is crucified

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

If the world is said to be millions of years old, in proportion in the recent times there had been noble men who had established religions – like Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism and there are also other religions. A religious person is identified as a person of piety, flowing kindness, empathy, compassion and above all tolerance – tolerating others. These religious founders have preached great ideals and have lived up to their conviction and if all the followers of these great religions emulated and adapted the lives of the founders of these religions there would have been left with only one heaven and the earth and hell would have disappeared. A haven would have been created on earth.

Jaya finalises her seat deal, DMDK ready for boycott, VCK says no campaign for Cong

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

In the fast changing TN scenario, actor-turned politician, Vijayakant said that his DMDK is ready to boycott the Lok Sabha elections while the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, a member of DMK-led Democratic Progressive Alliance, decided not to campaign for the Congress candidates to register their anger at the Centre’s handling of SL Tamil issue. ‘We are ready to boycott the elections on the Sri Lankan issue, but we need the support of the DMK and the AIADMK’, Vijayakant, who has promoted DMDK told a rally at Sivaganga. ‘When the Tamils are getting killed in Sri Lanka, the political parties in Tamil Nadu are holding alliance talks,’ he remarked and challenged the Congress, DMK and AIADMK to fight the elections alone like his party.

Gaddafi appreciative of Sri Lanka’s success in defeating the ruthless terrorist organization

Mahinda recieved by Gaddafi The strengthening economic and trade ties between Libya and Sri Lanka featured prominently in bilateral talks held on Friday between Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Libyan Head of State Colonel Muammar Gaddafi at the special venue for meetings with distinguished visitors at Sheri, Libya. President Rajapaksa who is the first Sri Lankan Head of State to visit Libya apprised the Libyan leader of steps being taken to free the people of Sri Lanka from terrorism, and ensure the provision of humanitarian needs of the people of the North of Sri Lanka.

Threat to Sonia Gandhi from LTTE: India says 'Yes', Tigers say 'No'

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

There are conflicting reports on threat posed by the LTTE to Sonia Gandhi. The government had alerted various states to be on guard for a possible LTTE attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi during the election campaign. But an LTTE spokesman has denied the report in a letter to TV channel, CNN-IBN. Political head of the LTTE, Nadesan, told the Channel 'All these are part of the malicious propaganda intended to divert the plight of the sufferings of the Tamil civilians and their quest for self determination. Forces that are determined to dent the affinity between Eelam Tamils and the great people of India continuously labour to break that bond by in putting out these kind of baseless fictions. There is absolutely no threat whatsoever from us to neither Ms. Sonia Gandhi nor her children'.

Violence erupts in Karachi, Balochistan over Baloch leaders’ killing

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Killing of three Baloch leaders in southwest Pakistan sparks riots in Karachi and Balochistan leaving one policeman dead and three injured Thursday. The mutilated bodies of the dissident Balochs were found dumped in a remote location on the outskirts of the southwest town of Turbat. The victims were identified as Ghulam Mohammad Baloch, the head of Balochistan National Party (BNP), his deputy Lala Munir Baloch and Sher Mohammad of the Balochistan Republican Party. The killings have resulted in violent riots in Turbat, Khuzdar and other parts of Balochistan province.

Government to appoint war crime probe agency, prosecutors and form tribunal within 15 days – Bangladesh Law Minister

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Law Minister Shafique Ahmed on Thursday said the government will appoint an investigating agency, prosecutors and form tribunals within 15 days for the long-awaited war crimes trials. The home ministry will engage the investigation agency early next week, Shafiq Ahmed told reporters after the first meeting of the committee for investigating and prosecuting war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war. Law minister Shafiq Ahmed said the process has began from this very day and the trial will be held in compliance with the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973.

Karunanidhi’s "Save Tamil Race Show" in Chennai, VCK clarifies, Sedition case against Vaiko

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Leading a massive rally to ‘Save Tamil Race’ in Chennai, DMK chief Karunanidhi Thursday asked Sri Lanka President to stop the war in Vanni and told Congress president Sonia Gandhi to 'intervene to end the genocide of Tamils' in the island nation. He also called for a dignified treatment to Prabhakaran, saying the Tiger’s chief should treated ‘like Alexander treated Porus’ in the battle. Karunanidhi said he was not making the request to President Rajapaksa for the sake of an individual. ‘I am not asking this for an individual Prabakaran. It is for the sake of all Tamils’, he said. “If President Rajapaksa was thinking of killing all Tamils in Sri Lanka, then he should be aware that history would not forgive him. All who had presided over ethnic cleansing had been consigned to the dustbin of history”, the DMK supremo observed.

Mexico ditches LTTE, assured its support to Sri Lanka

Mexico has reassured to Sri Lanka of its firm support at the international fora, including the UN Security Council. Mexico which is holding the presidency of the Security Council in April had reassured its stance on Sri Lanka following talks in Mexico City between Foreign Secretary Dr Palitha Kohona and senior Mexican government officials, including Vice Minister Gomez-Robledo.Mexico confirmed that they do not have any intention of permitting the Sri Lankan situation to be placed on the Security Council agenda, as it does not pose a threat to international peace and security.

Sri Lankan Representative in Palestine donates computer to a church in Rmallah

Sri Lankan Representative in Palestinian National Authority Dr T.Jayasinghe donated a computer to the Greek Orthodox Church in the Ramallah area, and Father Yacoub Khoury received the donation from the Representative of Sri Lanka Palestinian National Authority. Participating at the meeting held on the occasion of donating the computer were Father Tal’at Awad and three members of the Church. They are Mr. Issa Bandali, Fuad Al-Rantisi, and Maher Hanania. Dr. T. Jayasinghe discussed the development activities of the Church, and Father of the church explained the use of funds. He pointed out that there is no support for the church, both from the government or even from outside, because they believed that the church is rich.