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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2785

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Dr. Palitha Kohona

MIA soldier from Korean war identified

By Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

The Department of Defense Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a US serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. The found soldier has been identified as Pfc. David Woodruff, US Army. He will be buried on April 22 in St. Louis, Mo. Representatives from the Army's Mortuary Office met with Woodruff's next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

Norway takes pot-shot at Sri Lanka

Norway in a press release pontificated on its longstanding friendship with Sri Lanka while taking a pot-shot at the country pointing out "All attention must now be directed towards the precarious situation for the civilians trapped in the conflict zone, and to end the fighting without further bloodshed." According to a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Norway has not offered a single dollar so far for the rehabilitation of the IDPs either in the East or North, is only interested in giving tons and tons of gratuitous advice, while being bent on a diversionary tactics to cover up its lapse in providing adequate security to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo which was a mandatory requirement of a host country

Pakistani court releases Red Mosque fame cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

The Pakistani cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz of Red Mosque fame on Thursday vowed to continue efforts for enforcement of Islamic sharia across the country. "Our struggle was for a noble cause to implement Islam across the country for which efforts would continue." He was greeted by a large crowd on Thursday when he reached Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) here after his release on bail on Wednesday. He is due to lead the Friday prayers in Lal Masjid. Replying to a query by media regarding suicide attacks, Maulana Aziz said he considers suicide attacks in the country as unjustified. However, he added that such attacks against Kufaar (infidels) were correct.

Call for an end to hostilities in Sri Lanka

By Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

The United States government is deeply concerned about the current danger to civilian lives and the dire humanitarian situation created by the fighting in the Mullaittivu area in Sri Lanka, said State department acting spokesperson, Robert Wood told media on Thursday. "We call upon the government and military of Sri Lanka, and the Tamil Tigers to immediately stop hostilities until the more than 140,000 civilians in the conflict area are safely out," he said adding that both sides must immediately return to a humanitarian pause and both must respect the right of free movement of those civilian men, women and children trapped by the fighting.

Bangladesh ruling Awami League completes its first-100-day in office

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Several ministers of the ruling Awami League led grand alliance government of Bangladesh this week evaluated their first-100-day office saying campus violence created by the pro-AL backed students was the only "scar" of the new government. The government completed their first-100-day Thursday. The AL-led alliance won a historic landslide in December 29 general election last year and took oath on January 6. The supporters of the AL's student front Bangladesh Chhatra League clashed mainly among themselves for control over the past months, leaving at least two top leaders killed and scores wounded.

Nepal Government forms State Restructuring Commission

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Nepal government has formed the much-awaited State Restructuring Commission headed by a sociologist and geographer Dr Ganesh Man Gurung. A cabinet meeting held on Thursday took a decision to this effect. The government spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara said the Commission will include representatives of all five ruling parties in the coalition government. One woman member Sita Thebe has been nominated for the Commission. Nomination of other members in the Commission will be made after the 25 political parties representing Constituent Assembly send the names of their representatives.

Nawaz Sharif’s party decides not to join Zardari’s govt -PPP to quit Punjab cabinet

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

The main opposition political party of Pakistan, PML led by Nawaz Sharif has decided not to join federal government and remain sitting on opposition benches in the parliament. After the meeting of central working committee of the party, chief of Pakistan Muslim League-N, Nawaz Sharif talking to media said his party would not join the government of ruling Pakistan People’s party at center. He said his party would not create hurdles for the PPP government and would continue to politically support the government at centre.

Higher secondary certificate exams begin in Bangladesh

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

More than half a million students of Bangladesh appeared in the Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent exams countrywide under ten education boards on Thursday. The exams started at 10am at around 2000 exam halls all over the country. Education board officials said all preparations have been completed and all necessary measures have been taken to prevent copying. Police have imposed restrictions on movement of people within 200 yards of exam centres, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner said.

Sri Lanka successfully concluded tourism promotional road shows in Riyadh and Dammam

With the view to tap more tourist arrivals, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has successfully concluded a tourism promotion road show in Saudi Arabia. The tourism promotion road shows was organised by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Riyadh and SriLankan Airlines were held on 30th and 31st March in Riyadh and Dammam respectively, following the Jeddah Road Show which was held successfully on 28th March.

Thailand to host a renewed session of the ASEAN summit

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Thursday that his government is determined to host a renewed session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit with six dialogue partners, cancelled abruptly after anti-government protesters stormed into the hotel venue of the meeting last week. At a press conference, Abhisit said, "we will decide on the dates for the ASEAN plus three and the ASEAN plus six in the next few days. I will meet with the secretary general of the ASEAN in the next two days." Returning to Government House for the first time in three weeks after the anti-government demonstrators ended their rally there on Tuesday , Mr. Abhisit told a press conference that his government could not allow the summits to meet with failure.

South Asia – Challenges facing the Region

Dr. Palitha KohonaTerrorism has stunted growth, destabilized social cohesion, brutalized societies and negatively impacted on the social service network, pointed out Dr. Palitha Kohona. "Recognizing its importance, terrorism has made the economy a key target. Scarce resources have had to be diverted to counter the menace. Adding to the worries of our state institutions, it has branched out to drug running, arms and human trafficking, money laundering and a range of other illegal activities" Dr. Kohona Secretary of Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Politicians: Rich And Honest

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

One of the sideshows of pre-election coverage in the media that many perhaps view with a lot of scepticism is the poll forecasts based on nationwide surveys. There is another incidental diversion in the media that is perhaps taken with a dose of scepticism plus something more: disbelief and dismay, if not revulsion. It is the implied claim of honesty by the politicians in the fray on the basis of the declaration of their wealth before the election commission.

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Medicine and Food low for trapped civilians in No – Fire Zone in Sri Lanka - Amnesty International says

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Admitting that Amnesty International had no access to the no – fire Zone in Sri Lanka’s eastern coastal area in the Mullaitivu District in which the Tamil Tigers are holding approximately 100,000 civilians as human shield to deny the army the final victory the international rights organization says in a statement released 16 April that the two contacts it made with two medical workers in the no – fire zone gave a dismal picture of the plight of the trapped civilians.