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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Military-backed regime in Bangladesh postpones elections for 18 months

By Wimal Perera and Sarath Kumara

In what can only be interpreted as a step toward a military dictatorship, the caretaker government in Bangladesh announced on April 5 that national and local elections would be postponed for at least 18 months until the end of 2008. The decision, which obviously breaches the country’s constitution, puts an unelected regime and its military backers in charge for an indefinite period. President Iajuddin Ahmed installed the caretaker government on January 11 to defuse a deep political crisis provoked by weeks of mass protests by the opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies against the alleged rigging of elections due on January 22. The president stood aside as head of the previous caretaker government, installed former Central Bank chief Fakhruddin Ahmed in his place and imposed a state of emergency.

Libya Feels Cheated

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

It was a short message from a leader who at one time was almost at the door of the nuclear club, much to the discomfort of big powers. His country was perhaps in line for ‘liberation’ by US forces so that the harried masses could sniff democracy--a la Iraq. ‘We have been short changed for we have not been given all that we deserved for making a sacrifice’, said the Libyan leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, in so many words while celebrating the 30th anniversary of his system of governance called Jamahiriyya, or state of the masses. He makes a distinction in his style of governance, which is, of course, very different from the more common appellation of Jamuhriyyat (republic) favoured in the Arab world. The sacrifice in question was his decision to abrogate his nuclear programme, announced in December 2003.

State, tribal hohos heading for collision course on delimitation row

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The state government and the tribal hohos are almost heading for collision course as the latter was sticking to their gun that the state implement the present Delimitation Act in toto in the state. The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the tribal hohos formed in the wake of the state government's refusal to implement the Delimitation Act on the basis of the 2001 census met the state chief minister Neiphiu Rio and his ministerial colleagues here at his official residence on Monday and they had presented their clear position to him.

Australia’s Swinburne University offers Dual Australian and US Qualification for Sri Lankan Students

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lankan students enrolling in specific education programmes of Australia's Swinburne University of Technology will have the advantage of dual Australian & US qualification. In a agreement signed in 2006, Swinburne University of Technology based in Melbourne, Australia and Northeastern University based in Boston, USA now offer combined education programmes. The agreement brings together universities from two continents that share an entrepreneurial spirit and a focus on empowering graduates to think creatively, be original and take the lead.

Sri Lanka President off to Vatican

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse and his entourage left for Italy yesterday on a three-day official visit. He is expected to meet Pope Benedict XVI and brief him on the situation in Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa also hopes to convey the best wishes of the Sri Lankan people on His Holiness' 80th birthday and the second anniversary of his election as Pope Benedict XVI. Earlier on 08 April, on the Easter Sunday, Pope made reference to Sri Lanka and appealed in his Easter message to the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to resume peace talks immediately to end the bloody conflict that causes immense suffering to several thousand civilians in the country.

Legitimacy of Security Council Meeting Challenged

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The legitimacy of a much-ballyhooed Security Council meeting on climate change was challenged by developing nations who argued that the threat to the global environment is not a subject within the purview of the U.N.'s most powerful political body. Speaking on behalf of China and the 130-member Group of 77 (G77) developing countries, Farukh Amil of Pakistan told delegates Tuesday that the G77 has consistently maintained that the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) "is the appropriate forum" to consider risks associated with that phenomenon.

Young Americans prefer Obama and Giuliani for U.S. president, Harvard University poll reveals

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

A new national poll by Harvard University's Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Republican and U.S. Senator Barack Obama (Democrat) as 18-24 year-olds' first choices for President in 2008 among likely young voters of both parties. Regarding the mood of the country, less than one-third (31%) of Americans say they approve of the job George W. Bush is doing as President, and nearly six in ten young people (59%) believe the country is "off on the wrong track" while only thirteen percent (13%) believe the country is headed in the "right direction."