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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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Jayalalithaa fit for PM

Tamil Civilians held hostage by LTTE: Twenty-three thousands rescued by Sri Lankan Army at Puthumathalan

Sri Lankan soldiers have been able to rescue twenty three thousands of civilians held hostage by the LTTE in the government declared No Fire Zone this morning (Apr 20). According to the Defence sources, troops have been able to open up a safe route for the civilians to come out of the No Fire Zone after the soldiers of 58 Division successfully destroyed the LTTE fortifications in the Puthumathalan area. Troops of 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry (11 SLLI), 9 Gemunu Watch (9 GW), 8 Gajaba Regiment (8 GR), Special Force (SF) and Army Commandos (CR) captured 2 1/2 Km long stretch of LTTE built earth bund in the Puthumathalan area early this morning destroying the terrorists' ability to attack the civilians seeking refuge with the armed force.

Exhibition In Geneva: "Victims of War"

photographic exhibition, "Victims of War," will open tomorrow in Geneva, to bring about worldwide awareness of the brutalities, ruthless political assassinations, cruelties imposed on civilians and disregard for human rights by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) through the past three decades, as well as the successes so far of the humanitarian operations to free the country from terrorism. Photographs from a large number of Sri Lankan and foreign journalists, from international news agencies and publications, will be on display at this exposition which will be held at the Centre International de Conference Geneva (CICG), Rue de Varemba 17, 1202 Geneva from April 21 to 23, 2009.

Karunanidhi: 'Prabhakaran a good friend, I don't see him as a terrorist'

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Karu & Prabah Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief Muthavel Karunanidhi Sunday said he doesn’t see Velupillai Prabhakaran as a terrorist and that he is a good friend. He also said he would be saddened if the LTTE chief was killed in the on-going Vanni War. Karunanidhi’s remarks made in the course of an interview to NDTV, an English TV channel, assume significance as Lanka Tamil issue particularly the humanitarian concerns have come to occupy centre stage of TN politics with polling in the Lok Sabha elections slated for May 13.

US drone attack kills three in northwest Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Three people were killed in a US drone attack in South Waziristan Agency in Pakistan on Sunday. Two missiles were fired on a house in Gangi Khel town in tribal South Waziristan district bordering Afghanistan. According to official sources the attack targeted a militant hideout. The officials confirmed that death toll, saying that five other people were wounded. The targeted house, belonging to a local tribesman, was destroyed in the strike. Three people were killed in a similar attack in the area earlier this month.

Jaya fit for PM, says Vaiko, differs with her on Sethu project, says lift ban on LTTE

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Jayalalithaa V Gopalasamy, "Vaiko" to his followers and friend alike, has set the ball rolling for Jayalalithaa as Prime Minister. In a manner of speaking, of course. Jayalalithaa is a fit candidate for the Prime Minister’s post, the MDMK chief told reporters in Chennai on Sunday. And declared that he would raise his voice in her support when the occasion arose. What about her own assertion that she has no aspiration to be the country’s chief executive?

Bangladesh govt. announces a Tk 3,424 crore stimulus package to tackle global recession on its economy

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh government Sunday announced a Tk 3,424 crore much-expected stimulus package to offset the global financial recession on Bangladesh economy. Finance minister AMA Muhith disclosed the support package yesterday that include cash subsidy, loan facility and social security to shield farm, power and export sectors from the effects of the global recession. The government has divided its recession package into two parts — an immediate allocation for the current year and one for 2009-10, said the minister.

BJP in cross wires over black money; Cong, CPI dub its 100-day plan as smoke screen

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

As India is getting ready for the second phase of Lok Sabha elections, Swiss Bank accounts and black money have become a new talking point. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) brought the issue to the centre stage by unveiling a 100-day plan to bring back Indian wealth hoarded in Sweden and 70 other tax-havens.

The End Of The UN Is At Hand

A commentary by L. Jayasooriya

For whatever reasons the UN was originally formed, over the years it has been increasingly apparent that this world body is being used by the exploiters of Africa, Asia, South America and other small nations of the world to maintain that exploitation through de-stabilization. There are many examples of it in Africa, South America and Asia but for the purpose of this posting I will take the case of Sri Lanka only. This posting is written for the well-informed and as such no details and reasons will be given. That will also help to cut down the space.

The US overtures of friendship towards Iran

By Asif Haroon Raja

The terrorist attacks in New York and Washington on 9/11 gave a readymade excuse to George W. Bush led neo-cons and the Jews to pick up cudgels against the Muslim world. Terrorism was bloated into a Frankenstein monster and propagated that if not bottled up it would devour the whole world. The world leaders were taken on board on the understanding that to make the world peaceful it was essential to annihilate all the radical Islamists. In actuality they wanted to eliminate all those opposing American and Israeli policies. After devastating Afghanistan on a false pretext that Osama led Al-Qaeda was headquartered there, Bush declared Iran, Iraq and North Korea as axis of evil.

Bangladesh govt. to announce the appointment of war crime probe agency

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The home and law ministries in a joint press conference today (Monday) will announce the appointment of probe agency and prosecutors for the trial of war criminals in the war of independence of Bangladesh, said the state minister for home Tanjim Ahmed said on Sunday. Home Minister Sahara Khatun and law minister Shafique Ahmed, among other members of the government committee on war crimes, had a meeting on Sunday evening to finalize members of the investigation agency and prosecution cell for the trials.

Human Rights Chief Pillay Regrets US Boycott Of UN Racism Conference

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Sunday she deeply regretted the decision by the United States not to attend the anti-racism Durban Review Conference which starts on Monday 20 April, and urged other states to maintain their commitment to the draft outcome document that they agreed only last Friday to forward to the conference for consideration and adoption. "I am shocked and deeply disappointed by the United States decision not to attend a conference that aims to combat racism, xenophobia, racial discrimination and other forms of intolerance worldwide," the High Commissioner said.

NWFP seeks lion’s share in $5bn assistance pledged by Friends of Democratic Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

The North West Frontier Province (NWFP) government has demanded of the federal government to earmark major chunk of funds, pledged by Friends of Pakistan, for the social uplift of violent-hit Frontier province. The ongoing war on terror had caused damage worth Rs500 billion to the NWFP, therefore, now major portion of the aid money should be spent on the rehabilitation of its social and economic infrastructure, NWFP Senior Minister Rahimdad Khan told a press conference here.

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.

Karu & Prabah


Tamil Civilians held hostage: 35,000 civilians rescued today- Prabhakaran can now do is to surrender – Sri Lanka President

By Ruwan Weerakone in Colombo

On Monday alone 35,000 innocent Tamil civilians escaped from the area still held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE), as Sri Lankan troops broke through the defensive earthworks used by the LTTE, opening a breach that the government said was swarmed by some 35,000 people escaping, the fighting inside a no-fire zone originally intended as a safe haven. "The only thing Prabhakaran can now do is to surrender," Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. "I don't want him to take cyanide and commit suicide. He has to face charges for his actions." "This is the beginning of the complete route of the ruthless LTTE led by Velupillai Prabakaran," President Mahinda Rajapakse said.