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Pushpa Kamal Dahal

US must increase efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan: Mullen

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The US military chief expressed concern Tuesday about Taliban advances in Pakistan and said that, "we are ready to assist Pakistanis in their fight against this common enemy of ours." The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a news conference said, "I am gravely concerned about the progress they have made in the south and inside Pakistan," adding that "the consequences of their success directly threaten our national interests in the region and our safety here at home. This isn't about 'can-do' any more; this is about 'must-do.'"

Thailand to extradite Thakshin: Sends request to UAE and Nicaragua

Thakshin ShinawataraThough the whereabouts of former Thai Prime Minister Thakshin Shinawatara is not known, Thailand has submitted extradition requests through diplomatic channels to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Nicaragua to facilitate the his extradition. This was disclosed by on Monday by Sirisak Tiyapan, Director-General of the Office of the Attorney-General's Foreign Affairs Department yesterday that the request had been made through the Foreign Ministry. Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Veerasak Futrakul said on Monday that although Thailand has no extradition treaty with UAE or Nicaragua, Thailand can seek cooperation with them on a reciprocal and voluntary basis.

Bangladesh signs MoU with Russia to set up nuclear power plant

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina on Monday provisionally approved a draft memorandum of understanding with Russia on installation of a nuclear power plant, officials with knowledge of the matter said on Monday. Bangladesh and Russia finalized the draft to sign an agreement after the three-day negotiations in April in Dhaka on installation of a nuclear power plant. Ministry officials said they expect an agreement to be signed later this month when a Russian minister is expected to visit Dhaka. The capacity of the power plant would be finalized in the final deal but the government decided to set up two plants each with 1000 megawatt capacity.

"Springtime of Hope" Seen for Nuke Disarmament

Thalif Deen interviews Jayantha Dhanapala , former under-secretary-general for disarmament affairs

When he addressed a massive gathering in the Czech capital of Prague last month, U.S. President Barack Obama made a historic statement pledging that his country will take "concrete steps towards a world without nuclear weapons." That speech, which included a call for a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia and an end to nuclear weapons testing, will resonate throughout a two-week meeting of a preparatory committee for the 2010 review conference on the four-decade-old Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which deals with halting the spread of existing nuclear weapons technology, dismantling nuclear arsenals, and the right to peacefully use nuclear technology.

Sri Lanka expects the visit of Canadian Minister would strengthen bilateral ties

Sri Lanka and Canada enjoy a longstanding and multi-faceted relationship, which has been strengthened through their common membership of the Colombo Plan, the Commonwealth and the United Nations System. Sri Lanka greatly appreciates Canada’s support in its counter-terrorism efforts, notably by its proscription of the LTTE in 2006, as well as the subsequent listing of front organizations of the LTTE. The people of Sri Lanka also recall with gratitude and affection, the spontaneous and generous assistance provided by the Canadian Government and people in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster which struck Sri Lanka in December 2004.

Taliban using people as human-shield: ISPR

Director General ISPR Major Gen Athar Abbas said on Monday that Taliban militants had taken hostage civilians at gun point in Buner and were using them as human shield for their protection. Speaking to state TV, he said Dagar area was under the full control of security forces and Daggar-Murdan Road had been opened for transport. He said security forces had also cleared Malandri Road. After consolidation of positions in surrounding areas of Dagar, the operation will be extended to other areas, he said. Athar Abbas said militants had seized houses at gunpoint and using the inmates as human shield.

Opposition BNP to launch month-long protest programmes on power, water and gas crisis

M.A Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will launch on Tuesday a series of scheduled programmes to protest power, water, and gas crises and 'worsening security' in the country. On April 23, Secretary-general Khandaker Delwar Hossain declared the programmes at BNP chairperson's Gulshan office, which will run from May 5 through to June 2, he added. Party activists will hold processions and rallies in Upazila, districts and, metropolises to put pressure on the government to press the issues.

10 militants killed in Buner, Swat in continued military offensive in Pakistan

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

About ten militants have been killed while three security men including an officer were martyred in Buner and Swat during the last 24 hours, said an ISPR media release here Monday. "Operation in Buner is progressing smoothly. Consolidation of positions in Daggar and surrounding areas continues. On Monday, Security Forces engaged militant’s hideout in Kalpani," it said. Reportedly, 7 Militants, including an important militant commander Afsar Hameed, were killed. One soldier was martyred and 3 other were injured.

Nepal Prime Minister quits after President blocks his action against army chief

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Pushpa Kamal DahalNepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal tendered his resignation on Monday after President Dr Ram Baran Yadav blocked his decision to sack Nepal Army Chief Rookmangud Katawal. Prime Minister Dahal blamed President Dr Yadav for creating a ‘parallel power center against the popularly elected government.’ The Maoist-led government on Sunday had unilaterally taken a decision to sack army chief Katawal despite protest from all other coalition partners. A cabinet meeting held on Sunday morning had appointed second-in-command in the army Kul Bahadur Khadka as acting chief of the national army.

Late Sri Lankan journalist wins World Press Freedom prize

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge has been awarded the World Press Freedom Prize at a UNESCO World Press Freedom conference in Qatar. Natali Samarasinghe accepted the World Press Freedom award on behalf of her uncle, Lasantha Wickrematunge. The Sri Lankan journalist was an open critic of government military action. He was assassinated in January. He knew his work put him at risk and went so far as to write an editorial to be published if he was murdered. In it, he said it was his conscience would not let him stop working. In accepting the award, his niece read a note from his widow, who was unable to attend.

Allama Mashriqi Maliciously Implicated in Murder Case

By Nasim Yousaf

On May 9, 1958, Dr. Khan Sahib (former Chief Minister of West Pakistan) was assassinated, marking a grim milestone in Pakistan’s history. What is perhaps equally appalling; however, are the events that followed. In the aftermath of Khan Sahib’s death, renowned patriot Allama Mashriqi was arrested and falsely charged with having planned the murder. Furthermore, Mashriqi’s son and followers were imprisoned and his party was banned. The subsequent victimization of the aging statesman, under the pretenses of Khan Sahib’s murder trial, revealed the widespread corruption among the ruling class and pushed the country into serious turmoil, a fate from which the nation has yet to recover.

Thakshin Shinawatara

Jayantha Dhanapala

Sri Lanka Scene : End Game Without An End

By M. Rama Rao

Sri Lankan troops have pushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) to the wall and thus it is sure of achieving ‘total victory.’ But the endgame may not be the end of the troubles in the island if the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa does not show some magnanimity in ‘appeasing’ the long suffering Tamils of the country. It is only to be expected that the final assault on the LTTE has become a poll issue in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu. But the political parties in the state have been needlessly dramatising the issue and even making a mockery of themselves by their instant flip-flops.