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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama meeting

Saga of ‘shoecide’ attacks

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Muntadar Al Zaidi’s shoe-flinging act seems to have triggered a domino effect. After the Iraqi journalist threw the shoe at the then US President George Bush, quite a few audacious protestors around the world have emulated his act. There was an incident in China. While the Chinese media underplayed the ‘shoecide’ attack on its Premier Wen Jiabao, the Indian media seemed to be more than delighted when a Sikh journalist Jarnail Singh flung a shoe at the country’s Home Minister P Chidambaram at a press conference in New Delhi over Congress ticket to an alleged accused in the anti-Sikh riots.

Pakistan Cricket Board summons fast bowler Asif regarding Dubai drugs incident

Mohammad AsifThe committee constituted by Pakistan Cricket Board for investigating the Dubai detention of Mohammad Asif on charges of possessing illegal drugs ordered the fast bowler Monday to appear before its panel on June 1. The 27-year-old paceman was stopped at Dubai airport on June 1, 2008 found in possession of 0.24 grams of opium while he was travelling back to Pakistan after playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was detained for 19 days before being deported after Dubai police determined that the quantity of drug was insufficient to make a case. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) formed a three-member committee to probe the case before deciding whether to select the fast bowler for the national team.

Swedish investor plans a mega-shopping complex in Bangkok

Sweden’s Ikano Pte. Ltd. and Thailand’s Siam Future Development Pcl on Monday signed an agreement to invest together in building a shopping centre on the eastern outskirts of Bangkok which will be the largest in Asia. The agreement was signed by Nopporn Witoonchart, chief executive officer of Siam Future Development, and Tom Huzell, managing director of Ikano Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of Ikea and S.P.S. Global Trade. Under the agreement, construction of the Mega Bangna Shopping Center will start late this year and due to be launched during the first quarter of 2011 with total investment of Bt20 billion.

Up to 700 militants killed in Swat offensive: Pak Interior minister

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Interior Minister Rehman Malik earlier said more than 700 militants were killed in Swat in the last four days. 'The operation will continue until the last Talib,' Malik said here on Monday. 'We haven't given them a chance. They are on the run. They were not expecting such an offensive.' Malik said the government was providing sufficient funds to help the displaced Pakistanis, and brushed aside fears that militants would try to infiltrate relief camps.

Campaign draws north leaders to TN and Pondy

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Campaigning for the fifth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections has come to end at 5 p.m. on May 11. Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry goes to polls for 40 seats on May 13. As electioneering neared the end, there were last minute high-voltage canvassing by the leaders of various political parties, who were leaving no stones unturned. Last few days saw, a lot of national leaders dashing in to Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu for campaigning. For AICC President Sonia Gandhi, it was a destination Chennai on Sunday, who appeared with Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi at the Island Grounds, canvassing for UPA alliance candidates.

UNHCR urges support for IDPs

By Wajid Ali Syed – Washington Correspondent for Asian Tribune

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres today appealed for international solidarity in support of hundreds of thousands of displaced Pakistani civilians and announced a UNHCR airlift to rush tonnes of additional humanitarian supplies to the north-west of the country. The agency already has a large operation in Pakistan, in a press statement said "the total number of displaced Pakistanis registered by authorities with UNHCR help since May 2 has now reached more than 360,000 people."

Baseless untruths spread viciously by LTTE sympathizers in the Western media

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

"Certain foreign media institutions are spreading false news reports regarding the present situation in Sri Lanka. These reports are baseless untruths about the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have fled from LTTE controlled areas and moved into the Army controlled areas in the North". This was stated yesterday by Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights at a press conference in Colombo.

Tamil protesters were arrested at an illegal demo in Central London

By Janaka Alahapperuma from London

Nearly 40 pro Tamil Tiger protesters have been arrested so far by London Metropolitan Police on Monday afternoon (11th May) at the illegal demonstration in front of the British Parliament. Traffic in Central London near Westminster came to a standstill as few hundreds of Tamil Tiger supporters staged an unauthorized sit-in around the Houses of Parliament. Around 300-400 Tamil supporters calling for an immediate ceasefire in Sri Lanka pushed past police lines in Parliament Square which is a high security zone and banned area for any kind of unauthorised events since 2005.

Sri Lanka will cross the doorstep to victory, not only in defeating terrorism but in other spheres as well

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the Nurses Union "The Sri Lankan nation is built on a healthy foundation and would cross the doorstep to victory, not only in defeating terrorism but in other spheres as well. I am confident that we are on the correct path although certain vested interests within our country are backing some international forces to protect and nurture terrorism in a covert way". This was stated by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he addressed a large section of the nursing community in Sri Lanka, Monday afternoon, organized by the Public Services United Nurses Union, to mark International Nurses Day which also coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale, considered as the pioneer of modern nursing.

She taught maths till 91 years of age

A teacher who taught mathematics till her 91st year passed away recently. She was Mrs. Gnanie Nalliah, formerly of Chundikuli Girls’ College, Jaffna, where she taught continuously for 26 years. She retired in 1975 and moved to Colombo where she taught maths to students sitting for the GCE O Level examination. Born on February 4, 1918 to Thunnalai, a quiet village in Jaffna . Gnanie had her early education in the village school before she joined Vembadi Girls’ High School, Jaffna as a boarder. Her father was a successful lawyer who died when she was still a student at Vembadi. After his death it was her elder brother who looked after the family. But she had to drop out of school at Grade 9 when her elder sister got married.

America expressed concern over an "unacceptably high level of civilian casualties," in Sri Lanka

America has expressed deep concern over the civilian casualties in Sri Lanka. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said "We think that there’s an unacceptably high level of civilian casualties." He said "We’ve repeatedly urged the Tamil Tigers to lay down its arms and allow the civilians to leave the safe zone." He added during "Daily Press Briefing" held yesterday, that the Government of Sri Lanka should also abide by its April 27th statement, that combat operations have concluded and that – and security forces should end the use of heavy weapons, which, of course, could cause civilian casualties.

Three European Ministers at war footing against Sri Lanka in a media stakeout outside the United Nations Security Council

In a joint press encounter held yesterday on Sri Lanka, Foreign Ministers of United Kingdom and , France and also the Federal Minister of European and International Affairs of Austria were in New York to answer questions on Sri Lanka. David Miliband, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK in his opening address at the Media stakeout after being rebuffed when some UN Security Council members refused their request to discuss the fighting in Sri Lanka, said on Monday, "We are determined to follow this up with the Sri Lankan authorities as a matter of the utmost urgency since it goes directly contrary to the commitments that were made, Foreign Minister Kouchner and I when we in Sri Lanka. In respect of the situation in the IDP camps, this remains a major concern; there is enormous strain on the civilians in the IDP camps."

Major political parties intensify parleys to form a new government

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

President Dr YadavA day after President Dr Ram Baran Yadav wrote a letter to Parliament to start procedures to form a majority government, two major political parties—Nepali Congress and CPN-UML-- in Nepal have started negotiation with other political parties to form a new government. The parties have also called an all-party meeting on Tuesday to seek a political solution to the current political impasse in the country. The meeting is aimed at holding detailed discussion on constitutional complications, the impasse in the parliament and the formation of a new government.

U.S. condemns denial of medical attention to Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi: U.S. Citizen arrested in her compound

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Aung San Suu KyiThe United Stated Government expressed deep concern about reports reaching here from Myanmar (Burma) that Pro-Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, 19 years under house arrest by military junta, has been prevented from receiving immediate medical care from her personal physician. It was disclosed that her personal physician himself has been detained by the military regime denying him to attend to Suu Kyi. Tin Myo Win has been detained since last week on unspecified charges and the physician's assistant, Pyone Moe Ei, was refused access over the weekend. The 63-year-old Nobel laureate was placed on an intravenous drip at her house on Friday because she cannot eat, has low blood pressure and is dehydrated.

Sri Lanka Mission in The Hague attacked

The LTTE International Terror Group has attacked one more Sri Lanka Embassy in Europe. This time it was the Sri Lanka Mission in The Hague, The Netherland. It is reported that as part of the LTTE's international terror campaign, the Sri Lanka Embassy in The Hague, the capital of The Netherlands came under attack yesterday (11th May 2009) at around 10.30.p.m. The report further revealed that a small group of attackers, believed to be part of the international terror network of the LTTE had broken some window panes and caused damage to the Embassy. The attackers had attempted to break into the Embassy premises without success. They had to leave without causing further damage, as the security alarm had gone off and the Police responded immediately.

Unresolved Kashmir dispute is breeding terrorism in region

By Asif Haroon Raja

The US has all along treated Pakistan as an enemy and not an ally. Whatever gestures of friendship were fake and only meant to serve its regional interests at the cost of Pakistan. Its real strategic ally is India and not Pakistan. While it went out of the way to make India shining, which has not shed a drop of blood in war on terror, Pakistan was handed over a paltry amount of $10.5 billion and that too has pinched US leaders hugely despite knowing that Pakistan lost over $35 billion in this futile war, lost nearly 2000 soldiers and officers and injury to thousands, nearly 12000 civilians got killed in the firefight, lacs of people got displaced, half of Pakistan is engulfed in insurgency and whole country has got deeply traumatized and socially affected. Drones alone have killed over 1400 innocent civilians.

Attack on International Buddhist Centre in Paris condemned

The attack on the International Buddhist Centre at Le Bourget in Paris by an unidentified group on Sunday the 10th May 2009 has been condemned. The attackers have broken all the front window panes and caused extensive damages to the Centre, which is the main Buddhist temple of the Sri Lankan Buddhist community in France. Although the Police are yet to identify the culprits, the Buddhist monks and community leaders are unanimous in their opinion that the dastardly act was organized by the international network of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a terrorist organization proscribed in the European Union, USA, Canada, India and Sri Lanka.

Dayanidhi Maran