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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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U.N. Chief Moves to Restructure World Body

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken the initial step towards a significant restructuring of the United Nations Secretariat by realigning the organization’s peacekeeping operations and bringing disarmament directly under his wing. The existing Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) is to be split into two: a Department of Peace Operations and a Department of Field Support, both of which will be headed by an under-secretary-general, the third highest ranking post in the organization.

Who Attacks Journalists in Palestine

By Mohammed Mar'i*

The Palestinian journalists in Gaza held a one-day strike in protest to the bomb blast on the Al Arabiya TV offices in Gaza, which occurred late Monday evening causing severe property damage, but no injuries. The assault came a day after the failure of the Damascus meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas politburo Khalid Mashaal in forming a unity government and days after Al Arabiya aired a report in which it was claimed that Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh cursed God saying "Even if God sets conditions for us, we will reject this."

Probability of Expolanka going public this year

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

As a prelude to a possible going public Expolanka Holdings Ltd has changed its logo and structured all its Strategic Business Units (SBUs) into five core sectors which includes Transportation, Aviation, International Trading, Manufacturing and Strategic Investments. Its new logo brings to life its new vision, mission, values and philosophy and this new identity represents its respect for its history and heritage and its hope for the future.

MPs table early day motion on religious persecution in Burma as new CSW report is launched

A motion tabled by the Members of the British Parliament calls for the UN Security Council "to pass a binding resolution requiring the SPDC to cease its widespread violation of human rights, including violations of religious freedom, release all political prisoners, open all parts of the country to unhindered access for international humanitarian organisations, and engage in meaningful tripartite dialogue with the National League for Democracy and the ethnic nationalities."

Former Nagaland Speaker laments on DAN Government’s inaction

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Former Nagaland Speaker and senior Congress leader Z Lohe expressed serious concern on the prevailing unwanted environment in the State. He said the factional killings and clashes in the State were on the rise and “bloodshed” more during the last four years than the past under Jamir’s (SC Jamir) Congress Ministry. Talking to NEPS here, the former Speaker recalled how present Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, who was till the fag end of Jamir’s last Congress Ministry as Home Minister used Jamir as one of his main electoral weapons against the Congress in the last election. “He (Jamir) was accused of being a main stumbling block to the peace process,” he said. “So he (Rio) managed to remove Jamir and therefore the roadblock was supposed to be removed.”

Sri Lanka Goes with Broadband Wireless Access

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Dialog Broadband Networks (DBN) today announced the provision of WiMAX (World Interoperability for Microwave Access) Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services to selected pilot customers in Hambantota, Matara, Galle, Kurunagala, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts. The company aims to roll-out coverage to other Districts of Sri Lanka over the next few months.

‘Terror war’ strengthens Taliban

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It is one war that more than five years after it was declared by the US has actually seen the enemy become stronger, span out further and find itself firmly entrenched. And one of the worst features of this debacle is that by all accounts ‘the key-ally’ of the US in this so-called war on terror, Pakistan, is the main problem. But neither Washington nor any of its Western allies who have almost equal stakes in fighting that ‘war’ are willing to hold Islamabad accountable or pull it up beyond reading a few words of caution.

The Trial of Tony Blair: What would it take to put the prime minister in the dock?

At one point in Alistair Beaton’s latest political satire, The Trial of Tony Blair, Cherie Blair (Phoebe Nicholls) rounds on husband Tony (Robert Lindsay) saying, “The world’s changed and you don’t get it.” Where Beaton falls down is in his depiction of how this change manifests itself and leads to Blair standing in the dock facing war crimes charges. It is 2010. Blair, having stayed in office longer than promised, has finally stepped down before the general election. His last days in office take place as the US and Israel target Iranian nuclear facilities.

Karuna group and Muslims agree to work together in the east

Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP - Karuna Group) and the representatives of Sri Lanka Muslim Council met in Colombo yesterday (22, January, 2006) and agreed to build goodwill measures between the Tamils and the Muslims in the east. In recent times there have been clashes between the TMVP and the Muslims in the east. At the meeting TMVP expressed "its sincere regret for the recent unfortunate incidents that took place at Kaathaankudi." TMVP also agreed to "take all possible measures to prevent recurrence of any similar incidents in the future."