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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 84

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A Farewell Meeting

Libya - A friend in deed to Sri Lanka

A Farewell MeetingLibya has come forward to give US $ 500 million as a financial co-operation package for development projects in Sri Lanka. This Libyan support was anounced sequel to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s successful three-day state visit, from 8th – 10th April to Libya. According to a Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry Press Relaese, "The Libyan government will also assist in granting development assistance for the Hambantota Airport, infrastructure development projects in the North and Eastern Provinces, development of highways, communications and tourism."

India involved in attack on Sri Lankan team: Pak officials

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Authorities in Pakistan on Friday claimed to have credible evidence about direct involvement of Indian government and agencies in the March 3rd attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore. The Lahore Police in a press conference announced having information about those responsible for the assault. "With the help of other intelligence agencies there has been considerable progress in this case. One thing is for sure that there is an Indian hand behind the attack," Lahore Police Chief Pervez Rathore told reporters.

Thousands of lives would have been saved if Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora were invited long time ago

By Henry Sathananthan from Australia

Twenty one of us went to Colombo to get help for our refugees (IDPs) in the North by invitation of the foreign minister, the Hon. Mr. Bogalagama. This was the first time a foreign minister invited the Tamil Diaspora for direct talks in a 2 day conference organized in Colombo, for which we are very thankful. The Government listened to us, one to one, each with diverse opinions and we initiated a constructive dialogue. This should have been done a long time ago and would have saved thousands of lives. We opened the door for further negotiation for anyone who wants to go and we will facilitate this to the best of our ability. The talks were cordial and various matters were discussed including the rehabilitation of the IDPs, devolution, discrimination of Tamils by successive governments, safety of the people in the war zone, resettlement, medical aid etc., focussing on the immediate future of the Tamils.

Bangladesh opposition BNP to face the party chief’s house cancellation decision politically, party general secretary says

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain on Friday said his party will politically face any governmental move to evict party chief Khaleda Zia from her Dhaka cantonment residence. Earlier, on Thursday another top BNP leader said they will also face the situation legally. "Today, if the government evicts her by an illegal decision, we will handle that politically", Delwar told reporters at his Armanitola home in old Dhaka. She [Khaleda] has spent 28 years of her widowed life in that house since her husband's death, he added.

Indian, accomplices planning to attack Police College arrested in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistani police on Friday arrested six people including an Indian spy who were planning an attack on a police college near Rawalpindi. An Indian was arrested in the jurisdiction of Police College Sihala, near Rawalpindi. He was arrested on suspicion after being seen in the area, officials said. Sources said the alleged Indian spy admitted that he and others were planning terror attacks on Police College Sihala.

Nepal conducts CA by-election at six constituencies, results by Saturday

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Constituent Assembly (CA) by-elections held to fill six vacant seats in the 601-member CA in Nepal ended peacefully on Friday. Officials at Election Commission said voting remained largely peaceful in all six constituencies and that the counting process would begin after all the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) are brought to the concerned district headquarters. Polling stations opened at 8 am (0345 GMT) in five districts in western and eastern Nepal and were opened for nine hours. The results of the elections are likely by Saturday.

'Lets build trust first' - Pak urges US

Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

Pakistan has urged the United States to foster the anti-terrorism partnership on the basis of trust and sovereign equality, with its top diplomat in Washington cautioning against the notion of attaching ‘intrusive’ conditions to American assistance for his nation. Talking to American and South Asian intelligentsia, Pakistan's Ambassador Husain Haqqani emphasized respect for Pakistan’s sovereignty and its state institutions saying, Pakistan’s concerns on the issue of US drone attacks should be addressed sooner rather than later. The early, both allies, resolve their mutual issues, the more concentration on the anti-terrorism efforts would be possible.

Operation Final Countdown to Rescue Tapped Tamil Civilians

By Ruwan Weerakone in Colombo

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is the only terrorist organization in the world to have possessed land, sea and air fighting capabilities, as well as a conventional ground attack force complete with heavy artillery, battle tanks, mortar launchers and the now prominent suicide bombers. World most ruthless and dangerous Terrorist Organization. The LTTE, which came into being some 30 years ago, grew to be the most ruthless and world’s prominent outfit. It financial strength was the Tamil Diaspora which generously funded it billions of dollars. But with the military re-taking most of the territory held by the Tamil Tigers, the development effected in the areas has found to be minimal.

U.S. Assistant Secretary Boucher Speaks with the Tokyo Co-Chairs on Situation in Sri Lanka

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Representatives of the Tokyo Co-Chairs (U.S., European Union, Norway and Japan) convened a conference call April 9 to discuss the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher participated for the United States. Co-Chair members expressed urgent concern for the safety of more than a hundred thousand people trapped by the conflict between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a narrow strip of land in northern Sri Lanka

Ombudsman brings quick relief

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

While laws delays could be attributed to lawyers and litigations usually take a long time to settle, the concept of ombudsman is now proving to bring in quick relief said Dr Wickrama Weerasuriya, Insurance Ombudsman, while addressing the Key Person’s Forum organized by Small and Medium Enterprise Developers of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) and Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNFt). The Forum took place at JAIC Hilton Hotel. Ms Sagarika Delgoda, Country Representative, FNF making the welcome address said that this monthly forum for public-private policy dialogue is one of the important events in the Calendar of FCCISL.

Agreement signing between Sri Lanka and Libya

Pakistan Continues To See A Foreign Hand Behind Terror Attacks

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Within a day of the attack on Lahore police academy Baitullah Mehsud, commander of the Pakistani Taleban, had claimed responsibility for the audacious act. While it was a tragic incident, it must have also caused some ‘disappointment’ to the Pakistani officials including the gentleman known as the Czar of the country’s interior ministry, Rehman Malik. All of them were probably getting ready to expose and provide ‘solid proof’ of the ‘foreign hand’ they had detected so deftly minutes after the Lahore attack on March 31. The Pakistani Taleban usually keeps mum or owns responsibility several months later—never within a day or so.

Vaiko charged for his seditious speech

The Chennai City police have registered a sedition case against MDMK General Secretary V. Gopalasawmy (Vaiko) for his speech warning that India would not remain one country, if the war against the LTTE in Sri Lanka was not stopped. In the meantime MDMK leader warning of a "bloodbath" in Tamil Nadu over the Sri Lankan Tamil tangle has brought out fissures in the AIADMK-led Third Front with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) demanding an explanation from him. The Chennai City police have registered the case against Vaiko under 13 (1) b of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act, 2004 (advocating, abetting, advising or inciting the commission of any unlawful activity) and also under Section 124 -A and Section 505 (1) (b) of the Indian Penal Code.

U.S. has a choice: Are you with Tamil Diaspora for united Sri Lanka or with Pro-LTTE voices advocating a divided nation

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Analysis

The great political experts and super brains in the United States Department of State now have a choice before them: Are they politically astute to understand the voice of reason which emerged from a twenty-odd expatriate Tamil Diaspora delegation that was on a fact finding mission and a dialogue in Sri Lanka end of March from six Western nations and Australia or voice of the Tamil Tigers that emerged from a group of Tamils domiciled in the U.S. when they met American officials on April 6?

Thailand suddenly cancelled ASEAN summit, a state of emergency

The three-day summit of government leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its six Asia-Pacific region counterparts, which began Friday and was due to end on Sunday, has been cancelled due to massive demonstrations against the Thai government, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Saturday. Abhisit said in a speech telecast live that he had declared a state of emergency in the Thai resort town of Pattaya where the summit is held as well as in provincial seat of Chon Buri after protesters stormed into the hotel. Red-shirted supporters of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) gathered in front of the hotel on Friday and dispersed later.