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

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India warns Bangladesh, of a possible assassination plot, mainly to PM Sheikh Hasina

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

India has warned Bangladesh's political leadership, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, of a possible assassination plot, an Indian English daily reported Saturday. The Indian Express said foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon had informed Dhaka of the threat during a recent visit. Menon arrived in the capital on an "unscheduled visit" on April 12. The Express on Saturday, meanwhile, quoting unnamed sources said Menon during the visit exchanged notes with his Bangladesh counterpart on the activities of radical groups that were suspected to have played a role in the recent BDR massacre.

Spreading An Attenuated Dose Of LTTE Terrorism In Ottawa

By Rajendra Alwis – Ottawa

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which came into being nearly three decades ago in Sri Lanka, grew to be the most horrendous terrorist organization in the world possessing land, sea, and air fighting capabilities. Similarly, their infamous history is also not second to any other terrorist organization in the world. However, during the last two and a half years, under the able Leadership of President Mahinda Rajapakse, Sri Lankan Army, assisted by the Sri Lankan Navy, Air Force and the Police were able to almost completely uproot this terrorist organization, and bring them down to their knees.

China 'positive' to provide duty free access for 497 Nepali goods

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

China has said that it is ‘positive’ about providing duty free access to 497 Nepali goods available in Chinese market. During a visit of Nepali Foreign Minister Upendra Yadav, the northern neighbor also announced to increase its annual aid to Nepal, from RMB 100 million to RMB 150 million (Rs 1.75 billion). The Chinese offers are aimed at bridging the widening trade deficit between the two countries. The Sino-Nepal trade volume currently stands at $4,010 million. While the giant neighbor sells goods worth about $386 million, Nepal is struggling with the export of a mere $15 million

A Colourful Politician to Dismantle the Castle of Boredom – Silvio Berlusconi

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, is a rare politician who keeps boredom at bay, exactly like the way he fought off corruption charges against him on regular basis – by torrents of mildly offensive outbursts - something that his critics classify as "planetary gaffes." Mr Berlusconi, the richest man in Italy, is a self-made billionaire who owns popular television channels in Italy and the world-famous AC Milan football club; he has everything at his disposal to challenge his political enemies in a formidable way. His rivals envy his wealth and the influence that it inevitably brings in, while Mr Berlusconi on his part, makes no attempt to appear to be poorer than he really is, as most of the contemporary liberal-minded politicians across the globe would do, in portraying themselves as folks who hail from invented poorer backgrounds.

27 killed in a suicide attack on Pakistani military convey

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

As many as 27 people including 25 security personnel were killed and scores others injured in a suicide attack on a Pakistani military convoy in Hangu, North West Frontier Province on Saturday. A suicide bomber rammed his explosives laden vehicle into the security forces convey near Doaba Police Station in Hangu.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Hangu, Fareed Khan told that the bomber driving a vehicle hit the security forces convoy while passing by the police check-post near Doaba Police Station, resultantly 27 people including 25 security officials were killed and 15 others injured.

Cyclone 'Bijli' strikes Bangladesh coast causing little damage

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

At least five people, including two children, were killed as cyclone "Bijli" struck the Bangladesh coast Friday night, said a food and disaster management ministry official. Deputy Secretary of the ministry, Md Sultan Ul Islam Chowdhury, briefed reporters on the damage and death toll collated up to 5pm Saturday. However, the cyclone Bijli turned into a land depression early Saturday morning after striking the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar coastline overnight with winds of up to 100 kph.

Winner’s Curse in Sri Lanka

By Tsaanee Gunasekara

President Mahinda Rajapakse went to Killinochchi, manifestly with one eye on the upcoming elections in the Western Province. Posters asking Colombo voters to back the UPFA in order to ‘protect the struggle that protects the country’ are ubiquitous in the city and the suburbs. For the government these are the fruits of defeating the Tigers. For the country the Rajapakse Rule has brought other, rather less beneficial, gifts. Alienated minorities, a hostile Tamil Nadu, a tattered international reputation, an economy in ruins (including an impending debt trap) form just the tip of the iceberg of the current Lankan crisis. And these manifold negatives of the Rajapakses’ total war strategy may well overtake its one massive positive – the end of the LTTE as a conventional fighting force.

Lanka moves to centre stage of TN politics; Karunanidhi, Ramdoss locked in wordy duel

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

As Colombo is going ahead ignoring the international appeals for a ‘longer pause’ in the Vanni war, Tamil Nadu is witnessing a wordy duel amongst major political parties on who cares most for the ethnic Tamils of the neighboring island nation. From sidelines the issue has moved to the centre stage with Tami Nadu geared to vote on May 13 in the Lok Sabha elections. Chief Minister M Karunanidhi has asked the Manmohan Singh government to snap all diplomatic relations with Rajapaksa government if it did not honor India's latest appeal for a ceasefire in the embattled northern parts.

Thakshin holding Nicaraguan diplomatic Passport

Thaksin ShinawatraIt is now confirmed that Nicaragua has issued a passport for former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.Foreign Ministry Spokesman Tharit Charungwat said on Friday that the Ministry has verified reports and can now confirm that the government of Nicaragua has issued a diplomatic passport for Mr. Thaksin, in his capacity as a special envoy for foreign investment. This travel document allows Mr. Thaksin – wanted in Thailand now for inciting this week’s political riots – the mobility of travelling to various countries.

Lanka upbeat on tea exports with Libyan economic liberalization

By Ravi Ladduwahetty – Sri Lanka Editor- Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka is bullish on increasing its value added tea exports to Libya with Libyan Government’s decision to make its private sector take off its economy. The recently signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and the Libyan Chamber of Commerce will be the starting point for lots of interesting developments with the Government of Libya soon announcing for the private sector to take off as their engine of growth, Ceylon Chamber of Commerce Secretary- General/ CEO- Lieutenant Colonel Harin Malwatte told "Asian Tribune."

Microsoft SL lowers entry criteria for global Imagine Cup to fit in govt intention

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Microsoft Sri Lanka for the seventh consecutive year, opens its’ globally renowned Imagine Cup competition to university students across Sri Lanka – in a search for the most imaginative and practical solutions to the toughest challenges of the modern world. This years competition will be conducted under the theme "Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems facing us today" Microsoft Sri Lanka will work side by side with the Government, as it takes the lead in organising this year’s local competition.

Thaksin Shinawatra


For SP it is back to Methuselah

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The unending and sometimes pointless debate in the country between 'progressive' and 'regressive'—or whatever other labels one prefers—is supposed to be about what is the best way to lead the country forward and also ensure that this nation of one billion plus—a sixth of humanity—takes its rightful place in the comity of nations. There may be some reservations about accepting that prescription. But will anyone contest that you can march forward only if you look ahead; turning your face backward is not the best way to advance. So, how does the election manifesto of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party appear? Certainly, not as the one that has any idea about shaping the future of this country.

Asian Valhalla

By Adnan Gill

With a set of old glories neatly arranged in the background, flanked by his Secretaries of State and Defense, President Barack Obama announced a comprehensive strategy on Afghanistan and Pakistan (or Af-Pak Strategy). President announced, "So I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future." Apparently, the strategy was more of an escalation of Bush policy than a policy shift. However, foreign policy experts like Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski remain skeptical of the goals set for, what Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called, "long slog" war.

Nations That Want To Save Prabakaran

A commentary by L. Jayasooriya

One might ask what Prabakaran has got to do with the high living standards of the West. The answer is that he has everything got to do with it because if he could be made use of to de-stabilize Sri Lanka then it would be a very simple matter to de-stabilize India and the threat that India poses to the West in being highly competitive in high tech equipment could be removed. Akashi will also give a sigh of relief. He has visited Sri Lanka 13 times and I hear he is encouraged to make his 14th visit to join in the plan to help the LTTE. Some time ago there has even been mention of UN troops in this regard. Where is his 4.5 billion dollar bait now?

Bargain hunting ensures solid gains, though activity is thin

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Acuity – the stock broking arm of HNB and DFCC in their weekly review indicated that the week closed with solid gains as bargain hunting on selected blue chip counters continued to push up the indices. Market got off to a positive start on Wednesday after the long holiday break. Wednesday’s gains were extended during the remaining part of the week, however the activity continued to remain thin. At the week’s close on Friday the All Share Price Index (ASPI) had gained 49.1 points or 2.9% to 1725.3 points while the sensitive Milanka Price Index (ASPI) edged up 67.5 points or 3.8% to 1824.6 points.

Book on Sri Lankan birds published in Russian

A guide book on Sri Lankan Birds written in the Russian language and published by the Russian based JMT Travels Tour Operators was launched recently at Sri Lanka Tourism. The book was officially handed over to Mr Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), by Ms Natalia Chelnokova, Managing Director JMT Travels, in the presence of the Russian Ambassador, Mr V Mikhaylov, Mr Dileep Mudadeniya, Managing Director SLTPB, and other Sri Lanka Tourism officials.