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The Last Days of Prabakaran - Submission in mitigation of sentence

Commentry by L. Jayasooriya

Already one government minister has suggested that Prabakaran should write his Last Will. That means the prognosis for Prabakaran is not good but it is also most unlikely that Prabakaran will commit suicide because he has so much wealth and his family and he also loves the desires of the sense pleasures as you can see by looking at the man. He will therefore hold on praying to his God to protect him till Solheim and the IC nations save him for another assignment. If he is caught alive India will want him not for killing Rajiv Gandhi but to make further use of him for her benefit even though it will be an impossible task. Prabakaran has already put India on notice.

Sri Lanka dismissed rumors of safe passage to LTTE Leader – Clock is ticking

By Ruwan Weerakone in Colombo

Sri Lanka dispelled rumors that Norway as well as United States of America negotiating to give safe passage to the LTTE’s leader Velupillai Prabakaran and a couple of senior Leaders including his son, to move out of the country. Government also dismissed the rumor that LTTE has offered to surrender some 500 LTTE cadres to the Government Forces, provided a safe passage is facilitated for their leader V. Prabhakaran, his son Chales Anthony, Deputy and so called intelligence head Pottu Amman , and sea Tiger chief Soosai to depart to an unnamed foreign land.

Nizam-e-Adal Regulations 2009 implemented. Zardari signed much delayed bill

By Farzana Shah – Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

President Asid Zardari, on Monday , signed bill for Nizam-e-Adal Regulations 2009 to implement Qazi courts system in Malakand division. President approval came just minutes after national assembly passed the bill with consensus in parliament. Much talked Nizam-e-Adal Regulations 2009 promise a speedy justice system as there is a time limit now for courts to meet while prosecuting any legal appeal. Maximum time limit is 6 months. A major change from previous system is formation of Qazi courts system where having a lawyer is not necessary and application can be submitted directly to the Qzai (judge) of a court.

Deport LTTE elements involved in the Sri Lankan Mission attack - Pressure mounts within Norway

Pressure is mounting within Norway for the immediate arrest and deportation of those involved in the attack of the Sri Lanka Mission in Oslo. Noteworthy demand came from Norway’s Progressive Party’s Deputy Leader Per Sondberg, who in a strongly worded statement has urged that those LTTE People involved in the attack of Sri Lanka Embassy should be deported immediately. Progressive Party is a right wing political party which has more than 30 members in the 169-member Norwegian Parliament, was always hard on immigration and believes that those refugees who seek asylum in Norway has to assimilate within the society and should not hold their original identities. In the meantime, when "Asian Tribune" contacted Esala Weerakoon, Sri Lankan Ambassador in Oslo, he said that he has not heard from the Norwegian Police whether anyone else has been arrested in connection with the attack on the Mission.

U.N. Summit Seeks Collective Response to Financial Crisis

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The president of the 192-member U.N. General Assembly, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, dismisses the G20 bloc of economically advanced countries as unrepresentative of the international community "Despite their good intentions," he scoffs, "the Group is still a minority on an international level" because it shuts out more than two-thirds of the membership of the world body. "The most democratic way to discuss issues that affect all of us is by doing so at the United Nations," he argues. And so, with the unanimous support of the General Assembly, he is planning to hold a high-level meeting of all 192 U.N. member states to discuss the global financial crisis.

Gates gives budget priorities

By Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Monday that service members and military families were his primary concern when formulating the fiscal 2010 defense budget recommendations. Speaking to a group of 30 students and faculty at the Marine Corps War College, Gates said he and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shared the same top priority. "The chairman and I were in agreement that our first priority should be the people," Gates said. "If we didn't get the people part

First Signs Of Possible Thaw In US-Cuba Relations In New Policy For Travel And Communication

President Barack Obama today (April 13) lifted a number of restrictions on money transfers, travel, and other links between Cuban Americans and their families in Cuba. In doing so, he kept a campaign promise to roll back tight restrictions imposed by the former George W. Bush. The broader trade embargo launched by President Eisenhower and expanded by President Kennedy remains in place. Its removal requires Congressional action. Monday's new rules permit Cuban Americans to travel without restrictions to and from Cuba; to send additional financial support to family members, and to send them a number of previously prohibited items including fishing equipment and clothing.

Tokyo Co-Chairs meet on Sri Lanka

By Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

Representatives of the Tokyo Co-Chairs - The US, EU, Norway, and Japan - convened a second conference call on Monday morning to discuss the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher participated for the United States. The conversation took place during a conference call initiated by the State Department. The meeting discussed the situation and 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, says State department spokesperson Robert Wood.

India proposes Bangladesh to send a delegation to see their planned Tipaimukh dam

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon at an unannounced visit in Dhaka on Monday proposed Bangladesh for sending a delegation to see the planned Tipaimukh dam, which environmentalists fear would ultimately dry up the Meghna river in the greater Sylhet region of Bangladesh. The proposal came at a meeting in Dhaka between Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni and Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon in Dhaka. Menon came to Dhaka on Sunday night in an unannounced visit with a short notice to take part in an "ongoing dialogue between friends, between neighbors".

Pakistan needs sense of security to combat terrorism

By Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

President Barak Obama's consultant on counter insurgency fears that Pakistan could collapse within months if the ongoing situation prevails in the region. "We have to face the fact that if Pakistan collapses it will dwarf anything we have seen so far in whatever we're calling the war on terror now," warned David Kilcullen, a former Australian Army officer who was also a specialist adviser for the Bush administration. You just can't say that you're not going to worry about al-Qaeda taking control of Pakistan and its nukes, he said in a article published in Australia's "Herald." Dr Kilcullen is also an advisor to the British and Australian governments and the Nato on counter-terrorism and counter insurgency issues and considered non political and outspoken.

Nepal’s poverty level down to 24.8 percent

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

National Planning Commission (NPC) in Nepal has claimed that the national poverty level has gone down to 24.8 percent. A National Development Strategy Paper (NDSP) prepared by the advisory body for formulating development plans and policies of the country has also set an objective to lower the poverty level to 21.5 percent over the next three years. This will require an additional investment of over $ 15.43 billion. Some 31 percent people in Nepal lived below extreme poverty line according to a National Living Standard Survey conducted in 2004.



Imbalance of Balanced Criticisms of Masters -The Modern Court of King Kakille

By Swarnajith Udana

One reason of this LTTE evilness is to continue this long is that our ambassadors are appointed for extended holidays, expenses paid by the public purse. So mostly they enjoy their time serving the LTTE by indirect or direct means. (In Saudi Arabia, Saudi Nationals say to their Sri Lankan maids "Your embassy is worse than our toilets." The reasons for this magnificent credential is that the ambassadors and their officers have a balance view on the money offered to them to look other way and for not standing to protect Sri Lankan citizens form injustices and cruel treatment by the Saudi Nationals. This should not go against all Saudis, though. Also, please pardon me, the diplomats who work hard to counter vicious propaganda of the LTTE.) This is the part that we would have been able to control and neutralise but more significantly there was another reason; the international community wants to appear as being impartial.

Is US State’s Boucher violating Patriot Act initiating dialogue with Sri Lanka’s LTTE?

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

A media note issued by Washington’s Sri Lanka Embassy following a meeting at the State Department between Sri Lanka foreign secretary Dr. Palitha Kohona and US assistant secretary of state Richard Boucher states that the latter’s intention to meet with the LTTE leaders. The embassy media note stated: "The assistant secretary of state also raised the possibility of having an individual meet with LTTE leaders to discuss a surrender under which the LTTE would lay down their weapons." The State Department has so far not denied this vital paragraph of the media note.

Time to differentiate between friend and foe

By Asif Haroon Raja

For the attainment of her national objectives, India had well understood the potency of psychological warfare as yet another powerful weapon in the military arsenal and a lethal dimension of modern warfare. The Indians have always sought the covert support of fissiparous forces in Pakistan and coercive diplomacy backed by overwhelming military build up. Through the invisible snipes of coercion, state terrorism, subversion and propaganda, they have been constantly planting seeds of doubts in the minds of the selected audiences within Pakistan. The attitudes are so expertly influenced through a well-conceived mix of fear, intimidation and logic that an appeasement bug surreptitiously enters the human brain of the chosen targets. They start seeing and believing in what the manipulators want them to see and believe in.

Baby brigade’ versus seasoned troops

By Panduka Senanayake

Even in their final hours, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam have not mended their brutal ways and are pushing innocent youths to face battle hardened troops after five days of weapons training, according to the security forces. Amidst a major effort by the security forces to free the civilians held hostage by the LTTE and an international attempt by terrorist sympathizers to gain a last minute respite for Tiger leader Prabhakaran by taking to the streets in several western capitals, the Tigers have not eased up on their brutality against the civilians under their control. According to reports reaching the security forces, even with defeat staring them in the face, the LTTE, trapped in an eight square kilometer strip of land, continue forcible conscription of youth from among the trapped civilians.

World Bank suggests Bangladesh to create 1 million additional jobs for people likely to lose jobs at home and abroad

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

A report of the World Bank revealed on Monday in Dhaka suggested Bangladesh to create an additional one million jobs for the people likely to lose jobs at home and abroad because of the world economic recession. "Thus, at least 2 to 2.5 million new local jobs will be needed until the global economy recovers fully, compared with 1 to 1.1 million local job creation needed prior to the global economic crisis," the World Bank report said. The economy of Bangladesh is currently stable but is vulnerable as the global economic slowdown threatens exports and remittances, says the bank.