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Use Libya as gateway for Lankan teas to West Africa: Lankan corporates told

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor – Asian Tribune

The just- concluded maiden state visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to Libya which was also hitherto the maiden visit by any Sri Lankan Head of State to that country, has already borne rich economic dividends with Libya wanting Sri Lanka to use it as the gateway to West Africa for its tea exports. There will also be prospects of Libyan making sovereign investments in Sri Lanka in an announcement which was made by Libyan Premier who also met the Sri Lankan business delegation there during the three day visit. These were some of the landmark outcomes which arose from the one- on –one negotiations that the 10-member Sri Lankan delegation had with their Libyan counterparts during and one of the sidelines of the President’s state visit.

Bangladesh’s leather technology college declared shut indefinitely after clash

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Another educational institute of Bangladesh--Bangladesh College of Leather Technology ---was closed indefinitely on Saturday following a clash between police and students in Dhaka in front of the college street that left at least 15 injured including three police personnel. The college authority asked the students to vacate hostels by 6:00 pm on Friday. According to sources, around 200 students blocked the Dhanmondi-Jigatola street blocking up the movement of traffics to press their demands including bringing down fees. The students' six-point demands include awarding the students engineering degrees under the engineering and technology faculty of Dhaka University, relocation of the exam centre to the college campus, keeping form fees within Tk 5,000 and hold exams on schedule.

From Blackmail To Defiance

By M. Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Even as its 'liberal' society in 'cosmopolitan' cities gets ready to embrace Talibanisation, Pakistan has graduated from blackmailing its biggest benefactor, the United States of America, to showing 'defiance' towards the sole superpower. To the uninitiated Pakistan’s new stand may appear as a great feat of courage on the part of a failed state that is surviving on doles. But on closer examination it becomes clear, as the Washington Correspondent of The Dawn observes, the change of mood is a collective decision of the political and security establishments. The tough posture is as much due to survival instinct as due to the failure of President Obama to reinvent the wheel for his Af-Pak policy.

1000 diarrhoea sufferers mostly children are hospitalized in Bangladesh

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

About 1000 children and women suffering from diarrhoea were admitted on Saturday to Dhaka city hospitals including mostly to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) in Dhaka. ICDDR,B doctors said all on a sudden the situation of diarrheoa has been deteriorated. Patients are mainly coming from Mirpur, Mohammadpur and Malibagh areas of the Dhaka city, the attending doctors said. Children and lower income group mainly slum dwellers were the worst victims of diarrhoea in its recent outbreak, said the scientists of ICDDR,B on Saturday.

CA by-election in Maoist favor, Prez’s son looses election

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

The ruling Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) bagged two seats, while two other coalition partners—CPN-UML and Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF)—and the main opposition party Nepali Congress won one seat each in the Constituent Assembly (CA) by election held on Friday. The result of one of the six constituencies is yet to be announced, though the Maoist candidate is maintaining lead against its rival candidate belonging to the CPN-UML. The CA by-elections were conducted at six vacant constituencies: Morang – 5 and 7, Dhanusha – 5, Kaski – 1, Rolpa – 2 and Kanchanpur – 4.

Pakistan takes serious note of Indian PM’s statement about Taliban threat to Indian elections

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistan on Saturday took serious notice of the statement of Indian Prime Minister wherein he said Taliban from Pakistan were poised to launch attack during Indian elections. Interior Advisor Rehman Malik has taken notice of the statement of the Manmohan Singh and has asked India for intelligence sharing. Addressing a press conference, Malik said that the statement has come from the highest Indian authority “so, we have made a request to the Indian administration for intelligence sharing so that all necessary steps could be taken.”

Minister Bathiyutheen to meet Bill Clinton, Ban Ki Moon over resettlement issues

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan Minister of Minister of Resettlement and Disaster Relief Services Abdul Risath Bathiyutheen will meet former US President Bill Clinton and United Nations Secretary General N Ban Ki Moon over issues relating to the resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons. The Government and my Ministry have been invited for the last of the Tsunami conferences which will be held in New York on April 23 and I will be representing the Government where I will also keep these global leaders of the progress in Sri Lanka, the Minister told Asian Tribune by telephone from Vavuniya. He will be flying to the US after attending the Durban conference in Geneva on racialism issues from April 19.

India dismisses Lahore police charge as usual tactic to divert attention

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

India has dismissed the Lahore police chief’s charge that Delhi was involved in the attack on Lanka cricketers. 'It (the allegation) is a usual tactic to divert attention,' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said and dismissed the statement 'with the contempt it deserves'. 'The comment of the Lahore chief of police should be treated with the contempt it deserves. I completely deny that anybody in India had any hand in the attacks on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore', Manmohan Singh told a media interaction during an event organised by Indian Women’s Press Corp here. He reiterated Delhi’s refrain that if Pakistan wants to resume dialogue with India, it must show willingness to act against the plotters and perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai mayhem.

Government plans a humanitarian truce and pause in antagonist campaign on April 13 and 14 th?

The Cabinet of Ministers of Sri Lanka discussed the possibility of going for a humanitarian truce on April 13 and 14 th for civilians to flee the safe zone. More detail follows.

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa directs Armed Forces to restrict operations to defensive nature

By Ravi Ladduwahetty- Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

In an emergency meeting of the Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers this afternoon, President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as Minister of Defence and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, has directed the Armed Forces to restrict their operations their operations to those of a defensive nature. The President at an emergency Cabinet meeting, was deeply conscious of the need to give the civilian population entrapped as hostages by the ruthless actions of the LTTE, the opportunity to celebrate these festivities which falls on April 13 and 14 in a suitable atmosphere and to have uninhibited freedom of movement from the No Fire Zone to the cleared areas at the as the nation celebrates the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year, top political sources told Asian Tribune.

Government orders to restrict military operations 0n 13th and 14th April

State sources said the President Mahindha Rajapaksha has directed troops to restrict military operations on 13th and 14 th April and remain in defensive positions. Meanwhile the Cabinet of Ministers of Sri Lanka discussed the possibility of going for a humanitarian truce on April 13 and 14 th for civilians to flee the safe zone. According to state run news weekly the Sri Lankan military may enact a short ceasefire in its offensive against Tamil rebels to allow thousands of trapped civilians to escape the fighting.

Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo, Attacked and Vandalized

Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo, Norway is attacked and vandalized this afternoon. According to Embassy sources, Sri Lanka Mission located at Nedre Vollgate, is supposed to be in a high Security Zone area in Oslo . In the same building, Embassy of Kazakhstan is located in the 2nd Floor and the Sri Lanka Mission is in the 5th Floor. When "Asian Tribune" Contacted Ambassador Esala Weerakone, he said that Police contacted him and informed about the incident and they sent their vehicle to escort him from his residence to the Mission. Ambassador said that he was working yesterday all alone in the embassy and as it was Sunday he did not go to the Mission.

What ails US-Pakistan relations?

By Farzana Shah

How outlandish a demand can be between two partners? Well, there is no gauge for that but one thing is certain no one can ask his partner to surrender his right to live. But in global war on terror (GWoT) US is just demanding this from its front line ally, Pakistan. What US is facing in Afghanistan in shape of grand failures is a direct outcome of sidelining Pakistan’s legitimate security concerns and inviting India into Afghanistan. US shot itself in the foot in WoT when it bought Indian idea to take care of Pakistan first if US wants to succeed in Afghanistan.

Sinhala and Tamil New Year: A small step into an Assembly Hall and a Giant Leap Towards Racial Reconciliation

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London……

On 4th April, a huge crowd filled up the Feltham Assembly Hall in West London for an event that is celebrated by the Sri Lankans all over the world this time of the year – the Sinhala and Tamil New Year – in a unique reconciliatory spirit; all three major communities took part in the celebration as the members of the same family. As the Sri Lankans descended into the place, pleasantries were exchanged in an atmosphere where hypothetical barriers of divisions on racial or religious grounds suddenly became non-existent; everyone wanted to greet each other in the spirit of friendship and warmth.


Farzana Shah

Of More Than One Captain!… ….

By Ramu Sharma - Syndicate Features

Australian John Buchanan, coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League, (IPL), has, perhaps without meaning to, started a controversy which could well turn out to be all embracing in the near future. The reaction to his theory of multiple captains has been interpreted as expected --with a vast majority of the cricketers and the Bengal public naturally viewing it as a measure to curtail Sourav Ganguly’s authority in the team. Though some understanding has been reached and Ganguly reportedly calmed, the idea as such needs to be studied before being dismissed.

Bargain hunting props Market up

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity – the Stock Broking arm of HNB and DFCC indicated that stocks ended with healthy gains during the holiday shortened three-day week, as retail investors were actively searching for bargain hunting opportunities in the market place. Indices were seen rising throughout the week, however activity levels remained subdued compared to last week. On Wednesday All Share Price Index (ASPI) closed at 1676.2 points up by a sizable 39 points or 2.38%, while the Milanka Price Index (MPI) closed at 1757.2 points improving by 31 points or 1.8% WoW.