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Operation continues in northwestern Pakistan; 64 militants killed

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Military operation continued on Wednesday in Northwestern Pakistan after militants seized key government offices in Swat. According to security forces sixty-four militants were killed on Wednesday in fighting in Swat and Buner districts. The army said 37 militants were killed in two clashes in the Swat Valley. Clashes erupted between security forces and militants near an emerald mine in Mingora held by the Taliban, leaving 45 militants and 35 civilians dead. The military said militants were attacked as a response after militants attacked troops and government buildings. Militants also set two private banks on fire after looting them.

North and East to be developed as commercial hubs

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

Mahinda SamarasingheAddressing a UN sponsored donor meeting in Colombo on Monday, Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe brought to the notice of the gathering that the Government intends to develop both North and East as key commercial hubs in the country during the post conflict era, to provide residents access to quality livelihood opportunities similar to the ones enjoyed by the rest of the country. The purpose of this donor meeting was to raise US $ 50 million to supplement the immediate humanitarian needs of the Internally displaced Persons(IDPs). Disaster Management and Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the expected aid would be spent to sustain the relief action plan which is already in operation.

Sri Lanka calls for punitive measures against the LTTE’s international network

Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama stated that more pressure must be brought upon the LTTE by the international community, including punitive measures on its international network present in the UK, when a delegation comprising a cross-party group of Members of Parliament from the United Kingdom called on him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, (05 May). He cautioned British MPs to carefully evaluate their participation in events and programmes organized by LTTE front organizations, as it only leads to these operatives to seek legitimacy purporting to be endorsement with such presence

Bangladesh-UK joint naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal ends

M.A. Qader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The five-day Bangladesh- UK joint naval exercise dubbed 'Shomudro Torongo' off Kutubdia Island in the Bay of Bengal concluded on May 3, a British high commission press statement said Wednesday. The high commission in the statement said the exercise aimed to share expertise to combat terrorism and preparedness for natural disasters in the region. The Bangladesh Navy and the Royal Navy assembled their forces for a finale that saw them practicing

Bangladesh-UK joint naval exercise in the Bay of Bengal ends

M.A. Qader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

The five-day Bangladesh- UK joint naval exercise dubbed 'Shomudro Torongo' off Kutubdia Island in the Bay of Bengal concluded on May 3, a British high commission press statement said Wednesday. The high commission in the statement said the exercise aimed to share expertise to combat terrorism and preparedness for natural disasters in the region. The Bangladesh Navy and the Royal Navy assembled their forces for a finale that saw them practicing

Hang Down Your Head Pirabah- Hang Down Your Head And Cry

By Hilary Rajakarunanayake

PirabakaranHang down your head, Pirabaha
Hang down your head and cry
Hang down your head, Pirabaha
Poor boy, you’re bound to die

U.S. wants Tamil Tigers to surrender to third party and Sri Lanka to offer rebels amnesty – State Department official

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"We are trying quietly -- and I can't talk too much about this-- but we are trying quietly behind the scene to find a way to bring an end to the fighting. It's very difficult to see exactly how that's going to happen, but we think there are a couple of elements that need to be involved, and we need to find a way for the LTTE to surrender arms possibly to a third party in the context of a pause in the fighting, to surrender their arms in exchange for some sort of limited amnesty to at least some members of the LTTE and the beginning of a political process" is what a U.S. State Department official who is knowledgeable about a covert attempt to pressure both the Government of Sri Lanka and the rebel LTTE says.

Obama extends full support to Pakistan, Afghanistan

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

President Barak Obama said Wednesday that US would extend full support to Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. After a series of bi-lateral and tri lateral meeting with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan at the White House he said, he has been concerned about the stability of the democratic Pakistani government. He reiterated US supports to the duly elected governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Earlier today US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened a three way meeting with both - Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan head of state Hamid Karzai - saying they face a common threat, task and challenge posed by Islamic extremism

Canadian Democratic Tamils thank Canada for its humanitarian assistance

The Canadian Democratic Tamil Cultural Association based in Toronto has thanked the Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper for sending Bev Oda, Minister of International Cooperation to Sri Lanka and for funding of $7.5 Million to meet the humanitarian needs of the Tamil community displaced by war. "Canada has once again proven itself by assisting Displaced Tamils in Sri Lanka. The Canadian Government continues to accomplish achievements in the social and humanitarian fields. There is substantial evidence that these efforts made by the Government of Canada is highly appreciated and welcomed".

The 49th baby elephant born at the Pinnawala Orphanage

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

Baby elephantThe 49th baby elephant was born in the night of 5th May at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, in Sri Lanka. This female baby elephant was born to the She-elephant Lasanda. The orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka is considered the best elephant orphanage in the whole of Asia. It is a place for abandoned and wounded elephants to recover. A large herd of elephants can be seen at close range when the orphanage opens daily for visitors. The trek down to the nearby river is a major attraction to tourists.

The Government is concerned about the welfare of Tamil civilians fleeing LTTE clutches - President Rajapaksa

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

"The Government of Sri Lanka, more than any other party, has the greatest concern for the welfare of the innocent Tamil civilians, escaping from the clutches of the LTTE", said President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The President said so, after accepting a donation of Rs. 25 million cash and goods valued at over Rs. 20 million made by institutions under the Finance and Planning Ministry for distribution among displaced civilians. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya was also associated at a symbolic donation ceremony held on Wednesday at the 'Temple Trees'.

Another 800 meters remain to liberate innocent Tamil Civilians

Hilary Rajakarunanayake - Sri Lanka Editor, Asian Tribune

Army sources revealed that another 800 meters remain on the right side of the No Fire Zone to reach the point where the remaining innocent Tamil civilians are held hostages and to liberate them from the iron clutches of the LTTE. Troops belonging to 58 Division, engaged in the world's largest hostage rescue mission operation, has captured part of the LTTE built earth bund at Karayamulliavaikkal and further advanced into the ‘No Conflict Zone’, defence sources said. Infantrymen of 10 Gajaba Regiment who advanced towards Karayamulliavaikkal yesterday,( 6 May), have captured a part of the LTTE built earth bund by the early hours this morning, following heavy confrontation with the LTTE, defence sources added. Military officials in the battlefront further said that LTTE desperately attempted to stop the advance march of the security forces by launching indiscriminate fire, using heavy weapons mounted in the ‘No Conflict Zone’.

Canada increases aid to Sri Lanka displaced civilians up to $7.5 million

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Asian Tribune Editor in Sri Lanka

Beverly J Oda, with Mahinda RajapaksaCanada announced that it would increase its aid for civilians up to $7.5 million after International Cooperation Minister Beverly J. Oda toured Northern Sri Lanka to see for herself the situation of the displaced Tamils who escaped from the LTTE grip. At the conclusion of her visit to Sri Lanka, Oda, announced this increase in critical humanitarian aid to assist civilians displaced by the conflict. She said: "This tragic situation for civilians is of grave concern and our Government is responding to the increasing need for assistance."

Western envoys urge parties for cooperation

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Envoys from various Western countries including the United States on Wednesday urged political parties in Nepal to develop cooperation to bail the country out from current political stalemate. The envoys from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Finland and Denmark and a representative of the European Union made the request during their separate meeting with the prime minister of the care taker government Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN-UML Chairman Jhala Nath Khanal. The meeting held detailed discussions on current political situation in the country in the aftermath of Maoists stepping down from the government on Monday.

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