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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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Minister Amarasiri Dodangoda

Resolution against Nepal President rejected

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

In yet another blow to Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Parliament Speaker Subas Nembang refused to allow a resolution filed by the Maoist party against President Dr Ram Baran Yadav to enter into House for discussion. Speaker Nembang made the decision during a meeting of Parliamentary Business Advisory Committee held on Saturday. The Speaker's decision comes after almost all political parties except the Maoists opposed it, terming the resolution unconstitutional. The parties maintained that such a motion cannot be brought against the President and that it was already subjudice case in the Supreme Court.

SL MPs meet Karunanidhi; ask help for rehabilitation of Tamil civilians

By Gopal Ethiraj

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi today assured he would work for finding a political solution for Tamils in Sri Lanka, rehabilitate them and ensure their rights. Karunanidhi said this to a group Sri Lankan MPs belonging to Tamil National Alliance headed by R. Sambantham on Saturday when they called on Chief Minister at his residence and discussed developments in Sri Lanka. R. Sambanthan, the parliamentary leader of the TNA, was accompanied by other Sri Lankan Parliamentarians Mavai Senathiraja, Suresh Premchandran, and Selvam Adaikalanathan, official sources said.

Pakistan blames India for delay in proceeding of Mumbai attacks

Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit Saturday said India’s attitude is responsible for the delay in Mumbai attacks proceedings. He said Pakistan sincerely desires that India should provide complete evidence as early as possible to enable Pakistan to initiate formal proceedings. India on May 20, forwarded a 1000 page document claiming evidence of Mumbai mayhem. Out of which 800 pages are incomprehensible, neither in English nor in Urdu language. There may be evidences in it but how can Pakistan proceed forward on the incomprehensible documents, he said.

The Wretched of the North

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

By conscripting children to feed his war machine and by silencing dissenting Tamil voices, often through murder, Vellupillai Pirapaharan undermined his own image as the liberator of Tamils. By incarcerating hundreds of thousands of civilian Tamils in camps, by preventing even close family members from visiting them and by refusing to give reputed aid agencies access to them, the Government of Sri Lanka is undermining its own claims of being the government of all Sri Lankans.

Pakistani military takes control of Mingora city

By Farzana Shah-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Pakistan

Pakistani military claimed to have taken complete control of Mingora, the largest town of Swat valley and destroying various training centres of terrorists and killing important militant commanders. Briefing reporters about the progress of the operation, military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said the security forces were expecting stiff resistance in Mingora, but the militants started fleeing the area as they came close of being besieged. Security Forces have successfully secured Nawagai and Najigram. He said securing Mingora was a big success as the large city having two strategic heights including Saidu and Kamber has transportation links with Malakand, Buner and Shangla.

Letter from America – Obama, Israel and Iran

By Habib Siddiqui

Recently Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the White House but offered little support to Obama’s commitment to a two-state solution. It is highly unlikely that he will honor Obama’s wish without receiving a supplemental guarantee from the White House that it will do Israel’s dirty war against Iran. Netanyahu has Dennis Ross, Obama’s "point man for Iran" on his side. Ross’s ties to hawkish pro-Israel groups in the U.S. and to Israel itself are well-known. He parrots the Israeli position to punish Iran. He is the co-founder of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and former chair of the Jerusalem-based Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (a non-profit created by the Israeli government-funded Jewish Agency).

A Dhaka court give police custody to arrested Indian fugitive Abdur Rauf Merchant

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

A Dhaka court on Saturday gave police eight days to grill Indian fugitive Abdur Rauf Merchant and two associates arrested this week by the Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police. Police escorted the three in handcuffs into the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court on Saturday afternoon. They emerged after the ruling just ten minutes later to be taken away in a white microbus. No lawyer was present on behalf of Merchant or for the other two accused during the remand hearing.

The Villains Online, Questionable Buddies and Expert’s Non-Monopoly over Ingenuity

Hemantha Abeywardena writes from London…..

A few years back, it was reported in the press at the time, that ambitious relatively wealthy Americans were waiting in hotel suites in London to be picked up by certain members of ‘African Royalty’ to complete the ‘deals’, already agreed upon online, mainly through emails. Those were the early days; as the World Wide Web grew exponentially, so did the rate of these American folks on fiscal missions to make more money, waiting to be collected from their hotels both in London and Amsterdam. As the facts trickled in, it became clear that they were the victims of a spectacular fraud – the infamous 419 or Advance Fee Fraud - by which the organized African gangsters preyed upon unsuspecting wealthy Americans and Europeans in such a cunning manner that took even traditional career fraudsters by surprise.

Celebrity: Jeffrey Archer Chennai Fan Club

By Gopal Ethiraj

Jeffrey ArcherJeffrey Archer, former British MP and celebrity author of a string of novels, was in Chennai recently. He was on a promotional international tour of his latest book, Paths of Glory. Called the Citibank-Landmark Jeffrey Archer tour, Archer was addressing a packed audience at the Landmark, the leading bookstore in Chennai. He has a good fan-following here, the surging crowd eager to hear their hero speak and get hold of his autograph on the book. This was not the first time Archer is here, he had dropped in here for the launch of his earlier book too.

Post-LTTE Sri Lanka will welcome help but resist prescription

By Malinda Seneviratne

With the end of the war and the defeat of terrorism in Sri Lanka, the focus has shifted to the issue of a ‘political solution’. Sure, we get the usual rant from the British press about non-existent war crimes, rants that are given dignity by ill-informed politicians in Britain and elsewhere in the Europe, all of whom seem to have little to say about 'Abu Ghraib', a place that silences into embarrassment the loquacious tongues holier-than-thou brigade of the world. We know they are a little peeved about being brought down to post-empire dimensions and that the hot hair inside their inflated egos was let out and so on. We also know that Britain and the USA are more than fixated with non-existent things, such as weapons of mass destruction and who knows, even Osama bin Laden.

Historical Survey of Eelam

By K.T.Rajasingham

The history of the Tamils is the story of the world. The history of the world is not complete, if the true story of the Eelam is not included. Up to date, a few historians wrote bits and pieces about the Tamils and Eelam, but those were not the complete story. Writing the true story demand researches to uncover the distorted, as well as the deliberately ignored or blackout details, and the ability to rewrite the discarded facts, the missing pages, into a true historical treatise is a real test on one’s ability. Thiruvalluvar, the great Tamil poet, in the opening chapter of his treatise on moral aphorism, called Tirukural, in its first chapter "Praise of God" and in the very first Kural - prosody, a unit of two line verse, called couplet or distich, states -" 'Aah,' is the first letter of alphabets (in Tamil), God, is primordial to earth." He gave God the supreme position, as one that existed ever since. Now the question arises regarding the emergence of the world.

Stalin’s elevation: Karunanidhi’s timing perfect

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

M.K.StalinDMK supremo Karunanidhi has safely settled his children, who had political ambition, in the political firmament. He was waiting for a long time for an opportune time. Came the general elections, his eldest son M K Azhagiri, a strongman in the south, could be lifted as an MP, and in the same speed perched as a cabinet minister at the Centre. M K Stalin, his second son, who has seen four decades political ups and downs with his father, was long waiting to be elevated. He was an MLA, Mayor of Chennai Corporation, president of the DMK’s youth wing and suffered the emergency arrest, and hence called fondly "Thalapathy". But Kalaigner was mulling over it for an apt time. That happened yesterday when Karunanidhi made him Deputy Chief Minister.

Head of FORUT - Norwegian NGO deported from Sri Lanka

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Ranvei Tvetenes The head of Norwegian NGO, FORUT was deported last night (May 30) for her involvement with the LTTE and for indulging in activities inimical to the sovereignty and independence of Sri Lanka, Defence sources said. Ranvei Tvetenes, who was very often described as a law unto herself, had ordered the bringing down and removal of the national flag of Sri Lanka that was hoisted by the local staff in the FORUT office premises, to mark the victory in the war with the LTTE by the armed forces on May 20. She had also refused to grant the holiday declared by the President on the occasion.

Sri Lanka Minister Amarasiri Dodangoda passed away

Hilary Rajakarunanayake, Editor – Sri Lanka, Asian Tribune

Amarasiri DodangodaSri Lankan Minister of Justice and Legal Reforms Amarasiri Dodangoda passed away Friday evening (May 30) after a prolonged illness. He was 67. Mr. Dodangoda first entered parliament in 1983 representing the Baddegama electorate, which he has represented continuously. He had been the Cabinet Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs since April 2004. He served as Chief Minister of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for one term from 1993 to 1994 and another term in 1994. He represented the Galle electoral district in the Sri Lanka Parliament.

A Bangladesh company to export, for the first time, the skin, bones, teeth and meat of crocodiles

M.A. Qader-Our Correspondent in Bangladesh

Bangladesh for the first time will export the skin, bones, teeth and meat of crocodile by an export company from this December. "We expect to start the export of crocodile parts from next December," said Mushtaq Ahmed, the chief executive of the country's only company dealing with crocodiles - Reptiles Firm Ltd, recently. "As many as 100 crocodiles will be exported in first batch," he said "The hide of the crocodile will be the main export product. A crocodile with all its meat, bone, and teeth can be sold up to $ 1500."

By Habib Siddiqui

Jeffrey Archer

Malinda Seneviratne