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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister castigates ICG ‘War Crimes’ report in Washington

Visiting Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris did not bluntly say that the ‘Sri Lanka War Crimes’ report issued by the International Crisis Group last week had the sinister motive of kindling a crisis for his nation in the international arena rather than helping the nation that defused a major terrorist crisis.

Govt declares martyrs to those killed by Maoists during insurgency

Adding to an already long list of martyrs in the country, the government has declared 7,000 additional people killed by the Maoists during insurgency as martyrs.

‘No external check needed, Lankan panel of Inquiry is adequate’

Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L. Peiris while in New York on May 23 and 24, took the opportunity to discuss the issue of the recent appointment of the Commission of Inquiry in Sri Lanka, to address, among other things, the accountability aspect. He emphasized that the Commission has been given wide powers, and is constituted of extremely eminent Commissioners and has been provided adequate resources to perform its task.

Western Development Models Not Fit For Purpose

Perhaps the most important undertaking of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second term is economic development, including in the war ravaged north which had been deprived of much-needed development for several years.

President Patil’s visit to China to give fillip to ties

President Pratibha Patil leaves on her maiden visit to China on May 26. After visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Luyong, she will return on May 31.

Further delays by UNP Reforms Committee

Sri Lanka’s main opposition, the United National Party (UNP) has sunk deeper into crisis after a section of the UNP has questioned the delay of the party Reforms Committee to make amendments to the party constitution.

Ex-DGP Rathore gets enhanced sentence in girl molestation case

It was former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore’s arrogant grin that angered the media as he seemed to suggest he will be able to get away in the molestation and suicide case of Ruchika Girhotra, who was just 14, twenty years ago.

‘Global Sri Lankan Forum’ launched in Canada

The Sri Lankans living in Canada have launched a new body in Ottawa to represent their interests in the country, under the banner of Global Sri Lankan Forum. This is to counter and in response to the Global Tamil Forum (G.T.F) which is a sister organization launched by Tiger Terrorist in London, United Kingdom.

Black box of ill-fated Air India plane found at Mangalore

Investigators at the crash site of the Air India Express plane that overshot the runway in southern Mangalore killing 158 people said on Tuesday they had recovered the "black box" or digital flight data recorder.

“Maldives on our radar as a country seeing growth in violent attacks on media” - Article 19

Oliver Spencer, Programme Officer of the London based media watchdog, Article 19 said the “Maldives is on our radar as a country that is seeing growth in violent attacks on the media,” in an interview with the Asian Tribune.

Sky Trains For Holy Sites Ready For Test Run

Habeeb Al-Abideen, Deputy Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs, has said that the Sky-Trains for Holy Sites will undergo its first test run within 60 day’s time in Arafat.

Burns, Nirupama work out agenda for Krishna US visit

Ahead of the India-US strategic dialogue in Washington next week, US Undersecretary of State William Burns held discussions with Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao in New Delhi to firm up the agenda for the talks.

Maldives Afghan talks inconclusive

Rival Afghan figures have concluded their unofficial discussions in the Maldives with a closing statement saying that more talks will be held, Al Jazeera reported.

Demands getting more louder for the ban of social networking websites portraying Muhammad’s caricatures

Lok Sabha member from Assam’s Dhubri Maulana Badruddin Ajmal has sent a letter to the Prime Minister of India Dr Manmohan Singh today demanding an immediate ban on social networking web sites Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Google, Wikipedia and Flickr which carried offensive caricatures of Prophet of Islam Muhammad (saws).

Asylum seekers to go on a fast unto death

The 75 member Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers who have are presently detained in Malaysia have threatened to go on a fast unto death if their demands of seeking asylum are not met by the Malaysian Authorities.