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Armed Tamils held near venue of 'Ranaviru' show in Paris

French police arrested eight Tamil youths near the Theatre le Trianon, the venue of the ‘Api Wenuwen Api’ the Musical and Cultural Show conducted by the troupe of the Sri lankan security force members on April 25. While 6 Tamil youth were arrested when the police found several weapons in the vehicle in which they traveled, 4 others were held in front of the Theatre. The car was parked close to the Theatre le Trianon, which is one of the best theatres in the famous entertainment area in the French capital. The musical show was organized by a committee of expatriate Sri Lankans Headed by Ven Parawahera Chndaratana Nayaka Thero, Chief High Priest of the International Buddhist Centre.

Muthukumar Friends' Movement Charges Delhi With Compromising Nation’s Security

As the Lok Sabha election in Tamil Nadu is taking place under the shadow of unfolding human tragedy in Wanni, there is seething anger against Delhi across the state. A peer group of professionals and academics has been formed to articulate the public mood. It has been formed in the memory of journalist Thyagi Muthukumar, who had burnt himself to death on January 29, 2009, to protest against the killing of Eelam Tamils by the Sri Lankan Army. Muthukumar Friends' Movement (MFM), as the group is styled, consists of lawyers, media professionals, students, doctors, academicians, and unemployed lay persons. MFM has set up a candidate against Indian Home Minister P.Chidambaram in Sivaganga Constituency. ‘It is a part of our efforts to sensitize people how the national security and Tamil Nadu interests were compromised under UPA rule’, a MFM spokesman said.

Recommencement of Russo-American cold war

By Asif Haroon Raja

After fragmenting Soviet Union and converting it into Russian Federation in 1991, USA emerged as the sole super power and assumed the responsibility of sole policeman of the world. It then went about re-integrating Europe and reconstructing East Europe and began to expand its military arm eastwards through NATO. The NATO was turned into a Rapid Deployment Force (RDF) to reach any troubled spot in the world. This was done to justify its existence since it had lost its raison d’etre after the demise of Warsaw Pact. Instead of letting the remnant of erstwhile USSR getting further fragmented into nothingness, USA opted to prevent it from sinking by extending financial assistance.

Nepali Army dismisses coup rumors

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Nepal Army on Sunday dismissed media reports that the state army was planning military coup if the Maoist-led government takes action Chief of Army Staff Rookmangud Katawal. The state army said that it is committed to democracy and constitution of the country. "The rumors of coup and curfew are totally baseless. Nepal Army will not stage coup," NA spokesperson Brigadier Ramindra Chhettri told. "NA has always been committed to democratic system and will remain so." Two days ago, two leading national dailies had run stories that the army was preparing stage 'soft' military coup should the government decided to sack its chief.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina asks agencies concerned for quick steps to ease drinking water crisis in Dhaka city

M.A Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

In the backdrop of acute power and water crisis in Dhaka city Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to force their hands to ease power and water crises and redirect power to towns from areas where paddy is being harvested. Hasina summoned the power secretary, Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (WASA) chairman, managing directors of DESCO and DPCC at her office yesterday, a day after she came from Saudi Arabia and had a long meeting to resolve the problems crippling life across the country amid a sweltering heat wave. A press release signed by her deputy press secretary, Mahbubul Haq Shakil, said she directed the authorities to inform people in advance on radio, television and in mosques about power cuts.

Shoe hurling at leaders - new protest in India, PM Singh latest target

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Hurling shoes at leaders is fast becoming an established norm of protest in India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh became a target on Sunday during an election rally in Gujarat. The sneaker hurled at him by a computer engineering student did not hit Singh. It fell short of the dais from where he was addressing. The shoe slinging or Bush-shoed as the protest has been termed after an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoe at visiting US President Bush in Baghdad last year, hurt any of four targets that came under its spell from the beginning of this month.

How will the political drama and commotion happening in the Tamil Nadu State help the Sri Lankan IDPs? - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar The Spritual Head of the Bangalore based The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar asked how will the political drama and commotion happening in the Tamil Nadu state help the Internally Displaced in any case? "Fasting or street demonstration or self-immolations will not help to bring solace to thousands of people in the camps. These incidents will only create fear and anger in society, instead reaching out and helping the people who are in need is important," Sri Sri said. The Head of the The Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had was on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka and he visited on 21 April, the Internally Displaced People (IDP) welfare centres located in Vavuniya, Sri Lanka.

Recall envoy BJP tells Govt; Analysts say Jaya Plank is road to nowhere

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Yashwant SinhaJayalalithaa’s endorsement of Eelam for Lanka Tamils is fast becoming the new rallying point for pro-LTTE Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu which are keen to cash in on the issue for their short term electoral gains. The Congress and the BJP however find themselves on the horns of a dilemma. Political analysts like Cho S. Ramaswamy aver that the new Jaya plank is a road to nowhere. The Congress has so far been targeting LTTE to circumvent the new euphoria generated by AIADMK electoral pitch – Vote for our Front and we will get you Eelam for Lankan Tamils. Its thinking may become clear when its top leaders, Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are expected to hop across Tamil Nadu in about a week to drum up support for the candidates fielded by Cong, DMK and their allies.

Karunandihi clean bowls rivals, goes on indefinite fast demanding ceasefire in Lanka

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Karunanidhi In a surprise move, DMK patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi (84) has gone on an indefinite fast Monday morning in Chennai. His demand - immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka's troubled North. His son Azhagiri started a fast in Madurai. 'Let me one of Rajapaksa's victims', he told reporters as he drove from his home to the memorial for late C N Annadurai near the Marina beach, where he started his fast in the presence of senior party colleagues. The DMK leader asked party cadres not to emulate his example. ‘No need for you to observe fast along with me’, he said. ‘It is my decision and I do not want others to join’.

Sri Lanka President impeaches international community: Sri Lankan Patriots in US follow suit

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa following his governing coalition’s landslide victory at last Saturday’s Western Provincial Council election in his victory statement wanted the international community to back off allowing his administration to perform the last rites to the brutal LTTE. Rajapaksa said: "This Western Province mandate has sent a decisive message to the international community. It has categorically declared that no power has any right or moral justification to bail out brutal terrorism at a time when its last rites are about to be performed." The Sri Lankan Patriots headquartered in Los Angeles in the U.S. gave the same message to the international community and the United States in a protest demonstration held on Friday, 24 April in Los Angeles.

"Combat Operations concluded" – Sri Lanka Government

Sri Lanka Government has anounced the immediate conclusion of the combat operations in the Vanni region. Sri Lankan Forces are ordered to end the use of heavy caliber guns, combat aircraft and aerial weapons which could cause civilian causalities. Sri Lanka Governmnent in a statement released after the conclusion of the National Security Council meeting, said, "Our security forces will confine their attempts to rescuing civilians who are held hostage and give foremost priority to saving civilians."

Bangladesh records highest temperature 42.2 degree Celsius in last 14 years

M.A Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh met office in the last 14 years recorded the highest temperatures a blistering 42.2 degrees Celsius in its Jessore district and 38.7 Celsius in the Dhaka city. An unrelenting heat wave has been sweeping the country for over a week, and was forecast to continue for at least another few days, a met official said. The mercury may rise another degree above Sunday's 14-year highs, said the met official. The highest temperature in 1995 was recorded as 43 degrees in Rajshahi, and 39 degrees in the capital.

Pakistani forces start offensive against militants in northwestern Pakistan -10 militants including key Taliban commander killed

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune correspondent in Pakistan

The Pakistani military on Sunday started an offensive against Taliban to stop them from extending their clout to Lower Dir district in Northwestern Pakistan. Five militants including a key commander of banned Tehreek-i-Talban, Mualvi Shahid have been killed in Maidan area of lower Dir, as gunship helicopters pound hideouts of militants in Dakori.Security forces have seized control of the Lal Qila after fierce gun-batlle with militants in an ongoing operation in Lower Dir on Sunday.

Mockery of international calls for a ceasefire

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Throughout the near 30-year conflict in Sri Lanka, between the Government forces and the separatist LTTE, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers, Western countries such as the USA, UK and Canada, as well as some European countries, have clearly accepted and intimated to the Sri Lankan Government that they consider the LTTE a terrorist organization. Most of these countries went to the extent of imposing a ban on the outfit’s activities within their borders. In addition, they have always insisted to the Lankan Government that they were concerned only about human rights violations.

Asif Haroon Raja

Shoe thrown at Dr. Manmohan Singh

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Karunanidhi begins indefinite fast