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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2589


LTTE blames Sri Lankan government

Reciting its usual litany of complaints against the Sri Lankan government the LTTE issued a communiqué yesterday from Oslo blaming the Sri Lankan government for “demonstrating its lack of will and ability to enter into a just and equitable negotiated settlement.”Political analysts consider this latest communiqué as an attempt by the LTTE to prevent a backlash from the international community for refusing to participate in the planned 2-day Oslo talks with the Sri Lankan government. The LTTE pulled out at the last minute after finalizing arrangements to meet and hold talks in Oslo.

Launching "Aung San Suu Kyi Birthday Wish Campaign"

The “Aung San Suu Kyi Birthday Wish Campaign” will call for active political dissent by people living in Burma. The aim of the campaign according to Canadian Friends of Burma is to build a mass movement of people in Burma who will engage in daily acts of non-violent political dissent by writing a birthday wish to Aung San Suu Kyi on the Burmese currency. "The use of Burmese currency notes to spread messages of support of Aung San Suu Kyi is a very low-risk activity for participants and is an excellent way for people to bypass the military dictatorship’s network of media censorship and crackdowns on the free expression of opposition political perspectives."

Pak opposition blasts budget in parliament

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai –Reporting from Islamabad

The opposition parties in Pakistan blasted the government economic policies especially the new budget for the next fiscal year as debate continues on third day over the budget in the upper and lower houses of the parliament. The treasury benches in Senate suffered a setback when one of its members and a senior lawmaker, S M Zafar, severely criticized the government policies and called for opening of a debate on the defence budget in the house.

Manmohan Singh assures Koirala full support, agrees to visit Kathmandu soon

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accepting an invitation to visit Nepal, promised his counterpart Girija Prasad Koirala India's full support to the his seven-party alliance government in ushering in 'a stable, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Nepal'. He also expressed confidence that the people of Nepal have the inmate ability to overcome the challenges that lay ahead.

Sri Lanka imposes fresh security measures in Colombo

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Stringent security measures have been enforced in Colombo with immediate effect, police sources told the “Asian Tribune.” The measure comes in the wake of a breakdown in talks, scheduled to take place in Oslo between the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Government representatives, Norwegian facilitators and the five contributing nations to the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission where issues concerning the Mission was to be taken up.

Advani accepts Nepal's new secular credentials

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asiantribune from Delhi

A gain for Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala from his India visit is an endorsement from Hindu- Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) ideologue and former deputy prime minister L K Advani of his government's decision to declare Nepal as a secular country. After a 40-minute meeting with Koirala here on Friday, Advani said "It's just like India... a Hindu-majority but a secular country" when asked for his reaction to the Nepal government's decision and the protests it had invoked from the Hindu groups in India.

India announces Rs 1000 crore economic package for Nepal

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

The first visit of Girija Prasad Koirala to India as Prime Minister of a resurgent Nepal hurtling towards a constitutional monarchy ended on an upbeat note both for him and his hosts alike. He will carry home a Rs. 1000 crore economic package (about 15 billion Nepali Rupees). All issues bedeviling defence cooperation also were 'sorted out' in a one-on-one meeting with defence minister Pranab Mukherjee, who dons the mantle of Man Friday for his government and for his Sonia Congress party. New Delhi waived the dues outstanding as on date on account of defence purchases, But on the crucial question of India's direct involvement in the talks with the Maoists, Koirala doesn't appear to have carried a favorable nod from Manmohan Singh and his colleagues.

Essential items must move to North & East without restrictions

Sunil C. Perera , Reporting from Colombo

President Rajapakse has instructed government officials to ensure that daily activities of the civilians in the North and East are not to be hampered and the essential items to North & East must move without restrictions. The Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunga made this clear at a high-powered meeting held at the Reconstruction & Development Agency [ RADA ] convened by Mr. Saliya Wickramasuriya, its Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Asian Tribune backs Bangladesh Journalist Salahudin Choudhury

Dear Dr. Robert Ray Hill

We regret to note that you have failed to respond to the issues raised in our open letter to you.. Instead you tried unsuccessfully to digress from issues in a desultory manner which is of no concern to Asian Tribune. We wish to state at the outset that we do not want to get involved in your private battle with Mr. Salahudin Choudhury of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since of late we have been subscribing to the Independent News Service (INS) run by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury and we have made use of his news releases.

Sri Lankan government “dismayed” by the “distinct” LTTE bias of the truce monitors

By our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan government today contradicted a report released by the Scandinavian truce monitors and said it was dismayed by the “distinct bias” towards the Tamil Tigers displayed by the chief ceasefire monitor. "GOSL is dismayed by the attempt by the Head of the SLMM through the said report to cast aspersions on the conduct of the GOSL,” the government said in a media statement referring to the truce monitors expressed lethargy at ruling against the assassination attempt on the army commander, Gen Sarath Fonseka, at the same time blaming the government for not fulfilling its commitment made at the first round of Geneva talks."

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