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Concerns expressed on sole control of the flow of water through the proposed Tipaimukh dam

M.A. Qader-Asian Tribune Correspondent in Bangladesh

Indian High Commissioner to Dhaka Pinak Ranjan Chakrabarti on Wednesday said India will not hold back water although it will have sole control of the flow of water at the proposed Tipaimukh dam. The flow of river water and flood control will remain in the hands of India, the High Commissioner told reporters after a courtesy call with Bangladesh Communications Minister Syed Abul Hossain at the ministry. But, he said, Tipaimukh dam is a hydro-electric project. The hydro-electric project by India concerns many in Bangladesh where three rivers—Surma, Kushiara and the mighty Meghna—lie downstream of the proposed dam across the river Barak in the Indian state Monipur.

Next General Elections

A Commentary by L. Jayasooriya

It is good news indeed that we will be having general elections in April 2010 which is less than a year away. This is the opportunity for our President to unload into the snake pit all those men he inherited and has been carrying on his shoulders while they were plotting behind his back to destabilize the country introducing ethnic divisions based on race and location at a time when the Tamils in the North and the East are fully united with the Sinhalese. The Tamils in the North and East know that the Sinhalese care for them. It is written on their faces.

India conveys disappointment to Pak at Hafeez Saeed release

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Even as the two countries are meeting on a warm up cricket match in far away Britain, India and Pakistan are still snipping at each other. While India is unhappy at the release of Jamaat -ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest, Pakistan has no plans to go back to the Lahore court with more evidence against Hafeez. It is also raking up the Kashmir issue and its army has violated the Line of Control in Kashmir on Wednesday. 'We made clear what we thought about it (Hafeez release),' Shiv Shankar Menon, the Indian foreign secretary told reporters after a meeting with Pakistan's High Commissioner Shahid Malik here on Wednesday. The envoy visited South Block on prior appointment to seek translated version of Mumbai court documents filed in the 26/11 attacks case.

A new era for Media in Sri Lanka- Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene

An interview with Asian Tribune Colombo Correspondent Prasad Gunewardene

Lakshman Yapa AbeywardeneMedia Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene in an interview with the "Asian Tribune" said that the Government will not be merely carried away by the confession made by LTTE's Daya Master now in custody, who is reported to have alleged that some journalists has had transactions with the LTTE. He added that the interrogators were intelligent enough to arrive at justifiable conclusions to investigations.

No word as yet on Rajapaksa’s visit to Delhi

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

There is still no official word about the proposed visit of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India. He was to be the first foreign dignitary Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was expected to receive at the beginning of his second term. External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, while on a visit to his home town Bangalore, shortly after moving into the Foreign Office, had said that Sri Lanka president would be coming to Delhi when the dialogue initiated by National Security Advisor M K Narayan and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon would be carried forward.

Sri Lankan woman found dead in a London park

Janaka Alahapperuma from London

A woman’s dead body was found in a Walthamstow park in East London has been identified as 35 years old Michelle Samaraweera. Police said Sri Lankan origin woman was strangled to death and her half naked body was discovered by a passerby in a park in Queens Road, near to Kelmsctott Leisure Centre, on Saturday, May 30 around 5.30am. London Ambulance was called to the crime scene immediately but she was pronounced dead at the time. Police are still trying to establish whether she was sexually assaulted before being killed. Despite a post-mortem being held on Saturday, police have refused to divulge the cause of death 'for operational reasons'.

Nepal communist parties stage sit-in outside Indian embassy over alleged land encroachment

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Five Nepali communist parties on Wednesday staged sit-in protest in front of Indian Embassy in Kathmandu against the alleged Indian encroachment of Nepali territory in various parts of the country. Rastriya Janamorcha Nepal, Janamorcha Nepal, Revolutionary Left Wing and Communist Party of Nepal (Marxist) staged the protest in front of the embassy to exert pressure on the Indian authority to stop encroaching upon Nepali territory and stop excesses on the part of India’s border security force that led exodus of thousands people in bordering area. Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-led by Matrika Yadav also supported the protest.

Sri Lanka will accept l Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu-Media Minister

By Our Colombo Correspondent

All Tamils who have taken refuge in camps in the Southern Indian State of Tamil Nadu will be accepted and resettled in their former places of residence, Media Minister, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said today. He said the Government was first dealing with the problem of resettling the 272,000 displaced persons presently housed in camps in the North. The government has appointed a Special Task Force headed by Special Presidential Adviser Basil Rajapaksa to speed up the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the North within 180 days to resettle the displaced persons.

Indian Tamils warn Diaspora against MEP candidate Jan Jananayagam

By Our EU Special Correspondent

Many community leaders of South Asian origin persons in the United Kingdom appealed to their constituents not to vote for candidates sponsored by ‘terrorist organizations or their proxies’. South Indian Tamil lobby in UK said that Jan Jananayagam should be shunned by voters as she represents ‘the terrorists who killed our bellowed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’. A female suicide bomber of Sri Lankan terrorist outfit, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) assassinated Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991. "Vote for Jan will tantamount to be a vote for a suicide bomber," Raghuvir Samy of the Tamil lobby said.

Sri Lanka to get US $ 1 billion direct foriegn investment

Minister YapaBy Our Colombo Correspondent

Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) proposals are pouring into Sri Lanka and the country expects the total figure to be one billion US dollars for the current year, Foreign Investment Promotion and Media Minister, Anura Priyadharshana Yapa announced a short while ago at the weekly cabinet briefing. The subject of foreign investment surfaced after the presentation of routine cabinet memorandums at the weekly meeting t his morning. The Minister pointed out that the majority investment was expected to come from non-telecom sector and added it was a great incentive following the defeat of terrorism in the country.

India: Madam Speaker Meira Kumar promises neutrality

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Meira Kumar Taking over as the first woman Speaker of Indian Parliament, Meira Kumar, a five term law maker, said on Wednesday that she would be a neutral person. Accepting felicitations from members, she said she was starting her assignment on a "positive note" and thanked them for assuring her of their "undiluted" support in running the House. ‘It will be my endeavour that I am completely impartial in my conduct and I will give opportunity to all the members to express their views. There should be healthy, meaningful debate in the house," she assured the law makers.

Tamil Nadu gets first visually impaired judge

By Gopal Ethiraj

In the judicial history of Tamilnadu this is the first time a visually impaired judicial officer will hold court. His name: T Chakkaravarthy. He lost his vision in his childhood, but he never lost sight of his dream. On June 1, he created a history of sort with his joining duty.Chakkaravarthy was selected in March 2009 by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) among 180-odd candidates for the subordinate judiciary. And his 17-year dream to enter the judicial service materialised. He is now decorating the chair of III additional district munsif's in Coimbatore.

T Chakkaravarthy

Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene

Michelle Samaraweera

Philippines congratulates Sri Lanka’s military defeat of the LTTE

The Secretary of National Defence of Philippines, Gilberto C Teodoro congratulated Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and the Sri Lankan Government on the military defeat of the LTTE at a meeting on the sidelines of the 8th Shangri – La Dialogue held in Singapore last week. Minister Bogollagama briefed Secretary Teodoro on recent political developments in Sri Lanka, the manner in which the military defeated the LTTE, the status of the IDPs and the course of action taken by the Government to rehabilitate and resettle the IDPs. They also discussed maritime security and safety of sea lanes, stressing on the vitality of maritime security for international trade.

Neighbourhood Blues

By Chandrakant - Syndicate Features

In the comity of nations there are far too many instances of unfriendly neighbours, not to speak of ‘distant’ neighbours that is a hallmark of the sub-continent. But unfriendly geographic neighbours on the globe disturb the sleep of diplomats and politicians, admittedly not round the clock. Many ordinary mortals, especially those condemned to live in an ill-managed metropolis, are perhaps not so fortunate as they have to live with many ‘inconveniences’ all the days of the year.