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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2555

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Inconclusive British General Election – Kingmaker Clegg Calling Shots for Possible Deals

Just after midday on Monday, we thought the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats struck deal to form the next British Government. The negotiating team of the Conservatives were really upbeat about the final outcome.

Prime Minister pulls up Minister Ramesh for remarks in Beijing

While Congress leader Digvijay Singh has just patched-up with Home Minister P. Chidambaram on handling the Maoists issue, it was the turn of another minister, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh who criticized the MHA policy in relation to China on Sunday.

Ranil leaves to India to seek spiritual guidance in trouble times

Sri Lanka’s leader of the opposition, Ranil Wickremasinghe who is embroiled in a leadership crisis in his party today left to India on a private visit in a bid to seek spiritual guidance, Asian Tribune reliably learns.

Ruling MDP in talks with Opposition PA to garner support in Parliament – President’s Office

The MDP leadership and its parliamentarians are holding talks with People’s Alliance MPs including other members except the main Opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party, in a bid to garner more numbers to the ruling party in the House, the President’s Office said.

UNP’s committee report delayed by a week, "red letter Monday" a no-show

The much awaited UNP reform proposals will not materialize until next week, Sri Lanka’s main opposition UNP announced today (May 10). The special committee appointed to formulate proposals have ‘requested more time to finalize the report’, the party announced.

Sri Lankan CJ led delegation in Sweden to study judicial system automation

A delegation headed by Justice Asoka de Silva, the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, comprising of Jagath Balabatabendi, Judge of the Supreme Court and Sathya Hettige, President of the Court of Appeal, is on a tour in Sweden to study the judicial system in Sweden.

Protest Against Privatization Draft Bill

Some lawmakers and members of workers syndicates in various ministries have urged the MPs to take up their responsibility by rejecting the privatization draft bill or tender their resignation, affirming they will do whatever they can to prevent approval of the bill and the oil workers will be “the final nail to this proposal.”

Only chance for US to repair its damaged image is to mend its ties with Iran: Iranian President

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that the only chance for the US to repair its damaged image worldwide is to mend its ties with Iran.

Peace ensures more linkages

Peace achieved after decades long conflict in Sri Lankan would increase the potential towards linkages and new areas of co-operation, said Ms Mariam Saeed, Charge d’ Affairs, High commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka speaking as Chief Guest at the 17th Sri Lanka – Pakistan Business Council which functions under the aegis of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, held in Colombo.

Iranian Foreign Minister calls for disarmament and a world free of nuclear weapons

Iran has urged all countries to take serious steps to dismantle all nuclear weapons in the world as the main objective of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Russian envoy talks of 40 terror camps on AfPak border

Russian ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin says around 40 terror camps are still active in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border areas and Islamabad is yet to dismantle them.

Maoists boycott House session; accuse govt of suppressing their protests

The main opposition party UCPN (Maoists) boycotted Monday’s House session alleging that the government used excessive force to thwart its peaceful protests. The House session that resumed its business after a hiatus of eight days was put off following the Maoists’ boycott.

Sports brings people together: Patton

Parliamentary Secretary for Geology and Mining, Irrigation and Flood Control and Border Affairs, Y Patton has opened Kohima Town Inter-Ward Men Football and Women Volley Ball Tournaments here at Local ground on Monday amidst much fanfare.

US official holds closed-door meeting with Suu Kyi

A top U.S. official visiting Myanmar warned Monday that its military regime should abide by U.N. sanctions that prohibit buying arms from North Korea, and also said the junta's election plans lack legitimacy, media reports from Yangon said.

Lalin's Coloumn: Remembrance Day Ceremonies as a truly national event

There is to be a War Heroes week from 12 to 18 May. This is to be followed by a Victory parade on 20 May at the Galle Face grounds in the morning and a remembrance ceremony on the Parliamentary grounds in the evening.

CDB in Jaffna and Vavuniya

Citizens Development Business Finance Ltd (CDB) recently set up its Service Centres in the North in Jaffna and Vavuniya.

“Opportunity to vote is not enough. Bill on Local Council Elections should look at who vote whom for what,” EC tells parliamentarians

With the bill on Local Council Elections now set to be amended, Elections Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek spoke to the Asian Tribune on his views over the decision, urging parliamentarians to base the amendments “on more democratic norms.”