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LTTE won first round in the cyber war: Hacked Army and Lankapuwath websites – Army site restored

The official website of Sri Lanka Army, and one of another Sri Lanka Government’s site - Lanka Puwath have been hacked by suspected LTTE hackers this morning (May 1).However Army Website is now back on the cyberspace. Sources of lanka puwath said, measures are taken to restore the website soon. Issuing a flash story by the said, Sri Lanka Army’s official news wing has been illegally hacked and technically 'assassinated' by suspected Tiger terrorists or their proxies, during the wee hours on Friday (1st May), inserting some horrible and gruesome images.

Break-away LTTE commanders get high positions exchange for combat support – US Terrorism report casts aspersions

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

PIllaiyan - KarunaContinue to stress that the Government of Sri Lanka has harnessed para military cadre of the breakaway LTTE commanders Karuna and Pilliayan to fight the LTTE which the U.S. has criticized in many State Department reports the United States in its just released "Country report on Terrorism" cast an aspersion that the two commanders were posted to high positions in exchange of their services. The report was released by the State Department Thursday, 30 April as required by U.S. law to give a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in legislation to the Congress.

India Elections: Third phase hit by heat wave, turnout 50 per cent

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Sivajilingham The political fortunes of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful Lal Krishna Advani and some 1500 others were sealed as the third round of polling in the Indian parliamentary election ended on a dull note on Thursday. The Election Commission estimates the turnout at around 50per cent in the 10-hour long polling in107 constituencies on a blazing summer day in nine states and two union territories.

Misinformed New York Times and Sri Lanka’s failed overseas public diplomacy

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Political Analysis

Unlike the hardly read in print and internet editions of the conservative” Washington Times” which carry no political clout or weight among the liberals and center-left liberals who are running the Obama administration the widely read and influential “The New York Times” advocated in its April 30 (2009) editorial that “other western nations should join the effort of the United States to delay Sri Lanka from getting a desperately needed $1.9 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund until all civilians are allowed to leave the war zone and aid workers have full access to refugee camps.”

Bangladesh main opposition BNP chief submits petition to quash cases filed against her and sons

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia and her two sons on Thursday submitted petitions to the government to quash 20 political cases filed against them during the past army-backed caretaker government under a state of emergency. A group of lawyers led by Mahbub Uddin Khokan applied to the Dhaka district magistrate Zillar Rahman at around 1pm to withdraw these 20 and a further 10 cases against BNP leaders. Khaleda faces four corruption cases, elder son Tarique Rahman 11, younger son Arafat Rahman Coco five, BNP MP Moudud Ahmed six, Khaleda's younger brother Shamim Iskander and his wife two and Coco's brother-in-law Mostakim Reza faces two.

Economic pundits lose their bearings

By Janaka Perera

Former Head of United Nations Economic Affairs Division Dr. G. Uswattearatchi said on Monday (April 27) that the current global financial crisis had forced many economic and business pundits to re-examine their pet theories and rewrite what they have taught so far. He was speaking on the Global Economic crisis at a meeting organised by the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) at the Mahaweli Centre, Colombo 7.Dr. Uswattearatchi referred to the unprecedented high rates of economic growth the world saw in 1998 to 2008. These, he pointed out, gave the first clue that those high rates were unsustainable. "Then how did those rates takes place? The high rates of growth were the outcome of some unusual eventualities. A group of countries including China, India, Japan, Malaysi Singapore, Taiwan and most petroleum exporting countries in West Asia accumulated savings, which they lent to the United States of America and Western Europe. That kept the interest rates low."

Australia opposes the establishment of an ‘'Independent Tamil State in Sri Lanka'

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama speaking to his Australian counterpart the Stephen Smith, on Thursday, appreciated the continuous interest expressed by Australia on the current development in Sri Lanka. He stated that the close dialogue and engagement between the two countries in this manner was an encouragement to Sri Lanka’s efforts. Minister thanked the Australian Government for pledging Aus. $. 4.5 million in humanitarian assistance for the urgent need of civilians displaced in the North. Further, Minister Rohitha Bogollagama welcomed the constant stand taken by the Australian Government against the establishment of an Independent Tamil State.

Gates, Clinton ask Senate to pass Supplemental Funding

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the $83.4 billion budget request today and asked the Senate to pass the fiscal 2009 supplemental funding request. Most of the request –about $76 billion would go to the Defense department and would directly support operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan while the rest would fund State Department operations.

Liberals and NDP in a race to inherit Tiger legacy in Canada

By a special correspondent Vishnu - Mississauga - Toronto

Another attempt by Tamil Tigers to hijack Canadian Conservative government failed miserably on Tuesday April 21, 2009. After weeks of protests waving LTTE flags unsuccessful protesters hide their flags on Tuesday in order to bring Canadian politicians out of the parliament; to address the gathering but failed adding more stress to their agony. Also Canadian parliament rejected the idea of having another emergency debate on Sri Lanka as suggested by Gim Karigiyanis and Albina Guaneri MPs of Liberal party of Canada.

Bangladesh government names new chief of anti-corruption watchdog

M.A. Kader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh government on Thursday named former bureaucrat Golam Rahman as the new chairman of Anticorruption Commission. Weeks after Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury resigned on personal grounds the government named the new boss of ACC. Rahman, a former Pakistan Civil Service officer who served as commerce secretary and secretary to PMO, is the third head of the Commission since it was created nearly four and a half years ago. Rahman was made chairman of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission years after he ended his regular civil service career as a secretary. He started his career as a teacher and taught economics at Dhaka University in the late 1960s.

Sri Lanka President mandated by the people to get the LTTE

By Ranjith Soysa-Melbourne

British Foreign Minister and other advisors MUST not forget that they are dealing with a sovereign country governed by a President mandated by the people to get rid of the LTTE. Britain and many of the Western countries who directly and indirectly provided nourishment to LTTE through the fronts operating in their respective countries having failed to save the LTTE from a military defeat are now on mission to save the LTTE leaders. Their concern for human rights and the well being of the Sri Lankan civilians was visible through their shameless protection given to the senior LTTE members and LTTE fronts.

Who wants Prabakaran alive or dead?

By Shenali Waduge

Most of those knowledgeable about the present conflict know how insignificant the demise of the LTTE leader is in context to the overall plan operated by a group of invisible strategists living overseas. Yet, we all await the inevitable announcement of his death, his capture, his fleeing or the realism behind the notion that we may have all been befooled and we had been running behind an impersonator! The announcement though 30 years too late will nonetheless provide a nation and its people a moment to feel that justice has prevailed & sigh that soon peace will prevail as well.

Food crisis in rural Burma

Villagers in rural Burma are facing a severe food crisis, requiring urgent attention by the international community, according to the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG), who today released the report Food crisis: "The cumulative impact of abuse in rural Burma." The 28-page briefing paper examines the widespread and sustained human rights abuses at the root of this crisis and states that the crisis is a direct result of systematic militarisation and exploitation by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the military junta currently ruling Burma. In SPDC-controlled areas, the combination of military demands in the form of forced labour, arbitrary taxation, looting and ad hoc demands for food, money or other supplies, together with land confiscation, movement restrictions and forced relocation, have placed an unsustainable burden on villagers' livelihoods, exacerbated poverty and dramatically increased food insecurity.

Pakistan’s do or die battle begins

By J.N. Raina - Syndicate Features

Equipped with the ‘tools’ of Stone Age, Taliban are inching forward and zeroing in on Islamabad ferociously. It is a hard news for the international community to assimilate. Time is not far off when their writ will run large all over Pakistan. Presently, they are holding one-third of Pakistan to ransom. Thanks to ineffective Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition government, headed by Asif Ali Zardari, who has approved the imposition of Sharia law in Pakistan’s turbulent North West region, including the picturesque Swat valley.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka President urges trapped Tamils to 'come over to cleared areas'

Mahinda Rajapaksa"I appeal to every one of you to come over to the cleared areas," in a heartfelt serious request, Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa has called on the Tamil civilians held hostage by the LTTE in the No Fire Zone in the North of Sri Lanka. The Tamil Language appeal of Sri Lanka President dated today – May 1 – air-dropped to the civilians trapped in the NFZ, assuring that the government will continue to give utmost priority to ensure the safety and welfare of each and every of them.