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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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Qazi courts start working with full authority in Swat

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

The Qazi (Islamic courts have started working on Tuesday with full authority after approval of Nizam-e- Adl regulation for Malakand division. Majority of decisions were limited to reconciliation accords. However, after approval of Nizam-e-Adl regulation, now Qazi courts have full authority to hear all kinds of trials and of decisions according to Sharia. Earlier on Monday, Pakistani parliament passed a resolution in support of Nizam-e-Adl Regulation 2009 for Malakand Division of northwestern Pakistani province.

Obama warns of hard times ahead

By Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

President Obama said that the US is facing a recession caused by wrong and irresponsible decision making at the Wall Street as well as Washington. In a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, he did not mention any significant policy announcements but instead shared his administration's efforts to fix the situation. He claimed that the economy has signs of improvement. "There is no doubt that times are still tough, but from where we stand, for the very first time, we are beginning to see glimmers of hope." But he also warned the American people of more job loss, saying, "the severity of this recession will cause more job loss, more foreclosures and more pain before it ends."

Sri Lanka: Two day pause in the military operation – a nonstarter

LTTE’s Insincerity and blame game quietly ended the two day pause in military actions against them. The two day pause in the military operation against the Tamil Tigers ended quietly without any untoward events. Tamil Tigers kept the innocent Tamil civilians as hostages and prevented them from leaving for their safety. But in the meantime, while dismissing the two day pause on military operations by the Sri Lanka Government 'insincere,' Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has made use of the opportunity to take adequate measures to fortify the no – fire - zone area and also prevented civilians from leaving to the Government held area for safety.

Hundreds of thousands Bangladeshi people celebrate Bangla New year amid tight security

M.A. Kader-Asian tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Amid tight security hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi people poured in and around the Dhaka city’s Ramna Batamul and adjacent areas from dawn to dusk Tuesday to celebrate the Bangla New Year 1416. Women wearing colorful saris and men in Punjabi and pajama turned out early in the morning to dance and sing in the lush green Ramna Park, the focal point of celebrations in the Dhaka, the capital city, to welcome year 1416 in the Bangla calendar. Thousands of people peacefully gathered at Ramna Park where the artistes of cultural organization Chhayanaut sang the traditional Pahela Baishakh song of Rabindranath Tagore -- "Esho hey Baishakh esho esho"-- to welcome the Bangla New Year.

Taliban agree to lay down arms; banned display of weapons in Swat

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

After approval of the Nizam-e-Adl regulation bill by the Pakistani parliament and signed by President Asif Ali Zardari, militants have started showing willingness to lay down their arms by banning display of weapons in public. Militants on Tuesday put ban on the display of any kind of weapon by anyone including their own activists in the public places including markets. Talking to the media persons in Mingora (Swat) on Tuesday, spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Muslim Khan, said there will be no display of arms by the Taliban members in Malakand division.

Twist and turns of Sri Lanka Embassy attack in Oslo

No arrest on the attack on Sri Lankan Mission so far reported, but the present Sri Lankan Ambassador is leaving Norway on the 18th of this month as he has been already on a recall order. Meanwhile, Norwegian Police have already released the only suspect arrested in connection with attack on the Sri Lanka Mission. In the meantime a spokesman in the Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs told "Asian Tribune" that in case Norway adopts a dilatory tactics in arresting culprits involved in the cowardly attack on the Sri Lanka Mission then ‘Sri Lanka has to seriously consider the diplomatic relationship with Norway.’

Pakistan announces Rs5mn reward for info on Baloch leaders' killers

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

Interior Advisor Rehman Malik has said that a judicial inquiry commission has started a formal probe into killing of three Baloch nationalist leaders. Talking to media at Quetta airport on Tuesday, Rehman Malik termed the killing of Baloch leaders a conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan. He announced a cash reward of Rs5 million for information about the culprits who assassinated the Baloch nationalists.

The Tamil Cause and the LTTE: Is it two sides of the same coin?

By Raj Gonsalkorale

The proscription of the LTTE appears to be a 'paper Tiger' (pardon the pun) in some countries as they have allowed the LTTE to continue fund raising, have public meetings promoting Prabakaran as the leader of Sri Lankan Tamils, and canvass support from many international quarters. The LTTE might be different things to different people, but it has always been and still remains a terrorist organization, and Sri Lanka has treated them as such, although several efforts were made by successive Sri Lankan governments over the years to discuss a reasonable political solution to the conflict with them. LTTE intransigence and their unreasonable demands made sure these talks were not successful.

Thailand Criminal Courts issued Arrest Warrants for Thakshin and 12 Protest Leaders

Thailand's Criminal Court on Yesterday (Tuesday) issued arrest warrants for 13 protest leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), including exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The other core protest leaders facing arrest for inciting protests and riots across the country during the last few days include Veera Musikapong, Weng Tojirakarn, Jatuporn Prompun, Nattawut Saikuea, Suporn Attawong, Shinawat Haa-boonpard. They were charged with illegal assembly by more than 10 people, threatening acts of violence, disrupting traffic and inciting people to break law and cause unrest.

Varun Gandhi: Is He A Victim Of Vote-Bank Politics?

By J. N Raina - Syndicate Features

Even as the Supreme Court is examining Varun Speak, his Amethi ‘hate speech’ has stirred up a hornets’ nest in India, though variedly. It also galvanized the vote-bank politics. It is a fact that his utterances were bad in taste, not in tune with the nation’s democratic spirit, thus provoking Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to slap the National Security Act (NSA) on Varun Gandhi. But in reality, it is a slap on Indian democracy. It should have been the last resort. Democracy has been besmirched because of competitive vote-bank politics, of which Varun Gandhi has become the victim. In the present system of governance, he may be wrong, but his sensibilities have been blurred because of various factors, mostly as a result of wrong policies of the Sonia Congress and the grand-old party’s appeasement of the minority.