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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557

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Malcolm Bruce

Like Manmohan, Sonia too refuses to back Tamil Eelam demand

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Sonia Gandhi A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pooh-poohed the 'Eelam' for Lanka Tamils, the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi endorsed his stand publicly to set at rest any lingering doubts about the Delhi stand. 'As the Prime Minister has said and as has been the stand of the Congress party, our ultimate goal is to secure for the Tamil people equal status and equal rights within the framework of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord', Sonia Gandhi declared with the DMK patriarch Muthavel Karunanidhi by her side at an election rally in Chennai.

Radar info proves mortars fired at civilians were by LTTE: SL Army

Ruwan Weerakoon from Colombo

The news story carried by certain Foreign news agencies alleging that 378 civilians were killed and 1,122 injured due to artillery shelling by the Sri Lanka Army on a hospital at Vellamullivaikkal in Mullaitivu has been strongly denied by the Sri Lanka Army. The news reports quoted a government doctor named Dr. V. Shanmugarajah working within the No Fire Zone. This raises doubts as to the veracity of the story. Sources say that the doctor had spoken to the journalist based in Colombo by a satellite phone. The Health Ministry says that it has not provided any satellite (or sat) phones to any of the ministry officials in the conflict zone.

Nepal President writes to parliament for forming majority government

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Sunday wrote a letter to Parliament to start procedures to form a majority government in Nepal. President Dr Yadav wrote the letter as the political parties failed to reach consensus for a new unity government in the set deadline that ended on Saturday midnight. As per the Article 38 (2) of the Interim Constitution, President should make a call to form a majority government if attempts to form a government of ‘national consensus’ do not yield any results.

JHU calls for Asian Security system

By Janaka Perera

There is a saying that all are equal, but some are more equal. Sri Lanka’s Environment and Natural Resources Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka echoed this when he told a media briefing late last month that the global war on terror was a farce, calling the Co-Chairs 'Terrorist Chairs'. From the Middle-East through Afghanistan to India and Sri Lanka we are witnessing this duplicity. Noting this in a recent interview with the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation JHU (National Heritage Party) Parliamentarian Venerable Athureliye Ratana stressed the need for an Asian security system.

Two LTTE senior level leaders killed

Deaths of senior LTTE operatives Cheliyan, the second in command of the LTTE Sea Tiger wing, and LTTE's military spokesman Illanthirayan are now confirmed. Sri Lanka Amy revealed that the latest report received from Karayamullivakkal area confirmed that a senior LTTE leader identified as Cheliyan was the second in command of the LTTE Sea Tiger wing, was killed during confrontations that occurred when the troops captured a LTTE’s earth bund built in the same area on Thursday (07).

Bangladesh Supreme Court assigns a high court bench to hear opposition BNP chief Khaleda’s petition

M.A Qader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Supreme Court Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin assigned a bench comprising two judges to hear the petition after a High Court bench failed to hear Khaleda Zia's petition over her cantonment house Sunday. The new bench consists of Justice M Anwarul Haq and Justice Farah Mahbub is expected to fix a date to hear the petition that challenged the legality of the government decision to cancel the allotment of the former prime minister's house. Earlier on May 3, two division benches of the High Court did not to hear the same petition.

A new radio station for Wanni listeners to be inaugurated

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Hudson SamarasingheA new regional broadcasting service in Tamil and Sinhala for listeners in the Wanni district will be inaugurated by the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation shortly. Chairman SLBC Hudson Samarasinghe told the "Asian Tribune" that all plans have been finalized for the inauguration of this FM radio broadcast on a daily basis. "One of the aims of this service is to resuscitate the music, the traditions and customs of the people of the Wanni area which have gone into abeyance, as a result of the LTTE hitherto controlling the people of the Wanni, under their iron heel.

Nuclear scientist Dr. Wazed laid to rest at his village home at his family graveyard

M.A Qader- Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Eminent nuclear scientist Dr MA Wazed Miah, husband of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday was laid to rest at his family graveyard in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur district. He was laid to eternal rest at his family graveyard beside his parents after a second namaz-e-janaza in the afternoon. The first namaz-e-janaza of Dr MA Wazed Miah was held at Baitul Mokarram National Mosque in the capital yesterday morning. Hundreds of people from all walks of life paid tribute to the eminent nuclear scientist by showering flowers on his coffin.

Tamil Tigers are terrorists and unless you defeat them you can’t build the united Sri Lanka, says British MP-Malcolm Bruce

By Janaka Alahapperuma from London

Malcolm BruceLiberal Democrat Chairman of the Commons International Affairs Select Committee and MP for Gordon, Malcolm Bruce accused Tamil Tigers as terrorists and said "unless you end terrorism you can’t actually build the united Sri Lanka". He made this eye opening statement on BBC Radio-4 interview after coming back to UK from a two day visit in Sri Lanka. At the invitation of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cross-party group of UK parliamentarians visited Sri Lanka for 'an independent fact finding mission' on 4th and 5th of May. It was focused on the ongoing humanitarian crisis largely exaggerated by pro- Tamil Tiger propaganda network, few British politicians and some NGOs and INGOs.

The Coalition for Jerusalem look up to Pope for help to lift injustices and to achieve sacred rights of freedom, independence

The Coalition for Jerusalem has delivered a letter to Pope Benedict XVI through the Apostolic Delegation Office in Jerusalem urging the Pope to remember and pray for the Palestinians who are direct victims of this war. "In asking for forgiveness for the atrocities committed by people in our recent history, we are hopeful that your Holiness will speak out against the continuing atrocities that are committed against the Palestinian people." While welcoming the Pope Benedict XVI to Jerusalem and to the Holy Land, 'The Coalition for Jerusalem' has urged that he will not forsake the Palestinian people who look up to his help to lift this injustice and to achieve their sacred rights of freedom, independence and self determination.

With the elimination of LTTE – Tamils are finally free to express their thoughts

By Shenali Waduge

We would not be too far from the truth if we assume that for almost 3 decades the real thoughts of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka lay suppressed under the vicious presence of the LTTE and its leader. From the inception the people were well aware of the consequences of those that dared to oppose LTTE hegemony whether they lived in Sri Lanka or abroad. It was the comfort of making use of the opportunity to take up residence in foreign shores taking advantage of the LTTE’s promotions of Sinhala "discrimination" "genocide" that allow families of the 800,000 Tamil Diaspora to still feel a sense of "gratitude" towards the LTTE.

Trouble All Around

By Alla Baksh - Syndicate Features

It now appears that matters foreign will require urgent attention of the government that comes to power after the 15th Lok Sabha polls. A question that will bother some is: will the next administration in Delhi be able to handle on a priority basis the crisis that has gripped three countries surrounding India, and the hints of a chill in bilateral relations with the US. India itself may face a crisis of sorts if, as predicted by most pundits, the poll verdict is again fractured. There is a chance that political equations may have to be rewritten after the polls and it will present the sight of some strange bedfellows coming together.

Sonia Gandhi

Duplicity of the West renews and re invigorates Sri Lanka

By Raj Gonsalkorale

Pakistan is at war with the Taliban. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has said his Armed Forces will crush Taliban militants and will minimize collateral damage (polite way of saying civilian deaths will be minimized) and they will try and end the war as soon as possible. Many civilians have reportedly been killed in artillery and air attacks launched by the Pakistan Armed Forces. A BBC statement mentioned that the Taliban militants are preventing civilians in some areas from leaving the area. It also reported that nearly 1 million refuges fleeing from the Swat Valley were expected to be housed in temporary camps. The West has not asked the Taliban to surrender.