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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2341

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UN Special Rapporteur flouted diplomatic protocol- Foreign Minister

Sri Lanka charged that the UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston has failed to follow normal diplomatic practice. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama stated that the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has flouted diplomatic norms by making public the findings of a 3 member panel probing the controversial Channel 4 video even before Sri Lanka could respond to the revelations.

Fonseka Camp proves politics makes strange bedfellows

If ever we thought politicians had principles we are being proved wrong as each day provides enough reason to accept the famous simile that birds of a feather flock together. So we have an opposition camp – referred to as the common opposition united only to oust the incumbent President.

Tamil media praises govt. for speedy normalization of north

The government’s decision to open Jaffna-Kandy A9 route has come in for high appreciation in the Tamil media. It is the unanimous opinion of all Tamil newspapers that the decision to keep A9 open day and night has vastly benefited the Tamil civilians.

Discharge of disqualified Maoist combatants begins in Nepal

The discharge process of the disqualified Maoist combatants began on Thursday with little over 200 former members of the Maoist army leaving their cantonment in Sindhuli in the central part of the country.

Jathika Hela Urumaya points out a conspiracy to resurrect LTTE

Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), an allied party to the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), has pointed out that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) was still in the LTTE’s ideology even after the disastrous LTTE was defeated by this government.

Velupillai, a man of peace, dies in the Army cantonement in Sri Lanka

Thiruvekkadam Velupillai(86), father of slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran, who died on Tuesday night in military cantonement in Panagoda on the outskirts of Colombo after a brief illness, was a loyal government servant and a man of peace though with a political conviction of his own, very much unlike his son who led an armed struggle for over 25 years for an independent Eelam for the Sri Lankan Tamils, leading to the loss of over 80,000 lives.

Safe water for thousands: 1.66 Billion Rupee water project commissioned in Ampara

The Government of Sri Lanka and UNICEF officially commissioned yesterday a new water supply scheme in Ampara district.

Deeming Sri Lanka Execution Video Authentic UN Expert Calls For War Crimes Probe

An independent United Nations human rights expert said today there are strong indications that the video of alleged extrajudicial executions by Sri Lankan soldiers that aired last August on British television is authentic, and called for an inquiry into possible war crimes committed during the conflict with Tamil rebels.

A rejoinder to Jasbir Rakhra

It has become a routine for Indian writers within and outside India to build a false image of India and to pour scorn on Pakistan. As a state policy, India has always endeavored to create wedge between Pak-US, Pak-China, Pak-Afghanistan, Pak-Iran, Pak-South Asian, Central Asian and Gulf States relations to isolate Pakistan. Jasbir Rakhra (an Indian) working in Institute of Peace and conflict studies (IPCS) has written a befuddling article in the IPCS magazine dated 21 December steamed up in falsehood and half-truths.

Sri Lanka: Foreign Ministry clarifies presence of Heads of Missions/ Posts and senior Officials in Colombo

In a clarification note issued by the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry, it was revealed that "Some Sri Lanka’s Head of Missions abroad are presently in Sri Lanka are on their personal leave during the holiday season, while a few others were requested to be in Colombo for consultations on relevant issues."

"Cross fire" crosses the limit in Bangladesh

The director general of Bangladesh’s elite Rapid Action Battalion, Hassan Mahmood, in a press briefing to the media on Dec. 29, said that in 2009, sixty individuals deemed as criminals were killed in 57 different incidents of gunfight by the RAB. The RAB opened fire in self-defense after being attacked by the criminals, he said.

LTTE Leader’s Father Passes Away

Thiruvenkadam Velupillai, father of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran died last night, (January 06) after a brief illness.

UN Special Rapporteur flouted diplomatic protocol- Foreign Minister

Sri Lanka charged that the UN Special Rapporteur Phillip Alston has failed to follow normal diplomatic practice. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rohitha Bogollagama stated that the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has flouted diplomatic norms by making public the findings of a 3 member panel probing the controversial Channel 4 video even before Sri Lanka could respond to the revelations.


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