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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 821


Pakistan's Bhutto assassinated

Benazir BhuttoSuicide bomber kills opposition leader, at least 20 others at rally held in Rawalpind, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide bombing that also killed at least 20 others at a campaign rally, a party aide and a military official said. "At 6:16 p.m. she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital where she was taken after the attack. “She has been martyred,” added party official Rehman Malik. Bhutto was 54. A party security adviser said Bhutto was shot in the neck and chest as she got into her vehicle, then the gunman blew himself up.

Minister Mervyn Silva under attack

Staffs of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation made a strong protest against the Labor Minister Mervyn Silva for assaulting this morning, T.M.G.Chandrasekara, News Director of the Rupavahini Corporation. The Minister had also threatened the SLRC staff for not telecasting footage of his speech at a function held in Matara Yesterday. Subsequently Mervyn Silva, was held as a hostage by the SLRC employees. According to the SLRC sources, Minister Silva had stormed into the News Room of the state owned television station and dragged T.M.G.Chandrasekara by his neck to the chairman's office and assaulted him.

Sri Lanka President vow to crush Tamil rebels before conducting peace talks to end longest-running ethnic conflict.

Sri Lanka's president used a tsunami mourning ceremony to repeat a vow to crush Tamil rebels before conducting peace talks to end Asia's longest-running ethnic conflict. President Mahinda Rajapakse, addressing a public rally in this southern heartland of the majority Sinhalese, said the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) may not resume peace talks without first being militarily defeated. "We are for a political settlement. But there is no point in talking about a political settlement without first defeating terrorism," the president said during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the Asian tsunami.

Reputed Attorney Hired to Get LTTE Deproscribed and Erase its Dark, Repulsive Image

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Stung by repulsive world opinion arising from recent vicious terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka-at a mall in Nugegoda and at the office of Tamil Political Leader Douglas Devananda, the LTTE is trying desperately to get its banned status as a terrorist organization removed and thus get deproscribed. Reputed U S Attorney Bruce Fein is reportedly being approached to take the brief. Don’t waste your time, said a reputed diplomat when told about this futile effort to hoodwink world opinion. Irrefutable evidence recorded on tape of the ruthless nature of the LTTE attacks will nail the LTTE.

Sinhalese settled in areas emptied of Tamils

Over the last week, 25 from Sinhala villages were settled in Kadatkaraichenai, the so called High Security Zone, alleged Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam. In a statement, Peace Secretariat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam, revealed that Kadatkaraichenai in Trincomalee was a thriving Tamil village less than a year ago. The Sri Lanka military onslaught on 2006 forcefully displaced the Tamil from this and the surrounding areas, it said. The statement added that hundreds of Tamils were killed and injured by deliberate military artillery shelling in 2006, as the international community looked on.

Privacy Worries GoogleClick: One, Privacy Advocates: Nil

By Andy Greenberg

The FTC's analysis of Google's buyout plans focused primarily on whether the combined company would threaten competition in online advertising. Thursday's decision from the commission echoes Google's argument that the search giant's text-based advertising business is fundamentally different from DoubleClick's offerings of larger banner ads, making the deal a harmless vertical integration of businesses, not a horizontal monopoly. But privacy advocates have used the FTC-initiated debate as a platform to point out that the deal could mean a more powerful aggregation of private data in the hands of a single company.

A leading exporter in Central Province cries for infrastructure

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

A leading organic food manufacturer and exporter Bio Foods [PVT] Ltd complains a number of government agencies do not attend to solve entrepreneurs' grievances to smooth their manufacturing processes. At present the company maintains good growth and it is the only company which received the world's 1st Fair Trade registered processor and exporter of organic spices and wants to be the best in its field in South East Asia.

UN Hails Economic Integration of Global South

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The ongoing regional political squabbles in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America -- over issues such as territorial borders, human rights and natural resources -- are being increasingly overshadowed by intra-regional economic integration and the creation of new common markets. India and Pakistan -- two longtime military rivals -- have helped strengthen economic and cultural ties within the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and newcomer Afghanistan.

Sea Tigers lost 6 boats and 24 cadres , Sri Lanka Navy lost Dvora Fast Attack Craft and 12 sailors missing

Ruwan Weerakoon reporting from Colombo

In a sea battle that erupted in seas south west of Delft Island, today around 11.30 AM, Sri Lanka Navy destroyed six LTTE attack boats, including two suicide craft during a heavy sea battle. Sources revealed that 24 Sea Tigers were killed in the confrontation, while Sri Lanka Navy lost one Dvora Fast Attack Craft and 12 navy men on board the fast craft missing. According to Tiger sources, Sri Lanka Navy’s two more Dvora FACs sustained damage and retreated to Kaankeasanthu'rai (KKS) port, one of them damaged beyond repair. The clash that began at noon was still continuing at 2:30 p.m. The Tigers are yet to release details of the clash.

Three years after Tsunami

On this third anniversary of the Tsunami disaster, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) remembers with great sadness all those who lost their lives and their family members, who survived them. It is these individuals that showed us the way to tread a path for better Sri Lanka. At this juncture, TISL recognizes with gratitude all the public and private partners who contributed to the reconstruction process in Sri Lanka. Whilst acknowledging the positive contribution and progress, TISL would like to draw the attention of the public and the government to certain unresolved issues and lessons that the nation could learn, with special emphasis to issues within the transparency and accountability framework.

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