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

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Dr. Fred Miller

Burma: Military Offensive Displacing Thousands of Civilians

The worst Burmese military offensive in 10 years has displaced at least 27,000 people in eastern Burma's Karen State since November 2005. The displaced are civilians who have been targeted by the army and are living in exceptionally vulnerable conditions. An estimated three million people have been forced to migrate in Burma as a result of conflict, persecution, human rights abuses, and repressive government measures that prevent people from earning a livelihood. Instead of fulfilling its responsibility to protect its citizens, the Government of Burma, known as the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), is the biggest perpetrator of violations in the country.Ethnic groups, comprising one-third of Burma's 52 million people, have borne the brunt of the government's repressive policies. The pattern of the Burmese military or the Tatmadaw has been to eliminate all opposition and take full control of ethnic areas. As part of its strategy to curb the support of ethnic insurgent armies, it targets civilians it perceives as backers of the insurgent groups.

Arugambe lacks tourists due to the prevailing security situation in the Eastern Province

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Tourists Hotel owners in Arugambe say that their hotels lack full occupancy due to the prevailing security situation in the eastern province. At present some hotels which have established personnel connections with the overseas agencies could achieve 50 percent occupancy level , but said they have already reduced their workforce due to the present financial constraints. Dr.Fred Miller , owner of the Siam View Hotel , Arugambe said he has Australian contacts to increase occupancy level of his hotel. However he proposed that the government should take measures to strengthen peace to end problems in Sri Lanka.

Indian Supreme Court to monitor probe into the death of a Muslim in

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

India's Supreme Court on Thursday decided to monitor the investigations into the killing of a Muslim husband Sohrabuddin and his wife Kauserbi by Gujarat police in a fake encounter two years back. A senior woman Police officer of Gujarat has been entrusted with the probe and she has been given complete freedom to do her job. The case has attracted wide media attention and became politically 'hot' as the opposition Congress is targetting the chief minister Narendra Modi accusing him of 'engineering fake encounters as a part of his anti-Muslim pogrom. The court orders coincided with a rally taken out here in the capital by Muslim women and social activists to express outrage against the cold blooded murder of Kauserbi following the 'fake encounter murder' of her husband Sohrabuddin.

World leaders’ letter to Burma was remarkable

The signed letter of 59 former heads of states, including the 3 living ex-presidents of the United States of America, sent to Burma’s military supremo General Than Shwe and copied to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on May 14 was a remarkable international response to the political conflicts in Burma. This, exercised in one accord, may be one of the most popular and collective campaigns in modern world history and it happen on the backdrop of Burma and Russia signing an intergovernmental agreement on building a 10-megawatt nuclear reactor in Burma.

Sri Lankan Presidency; Consensus building should be to do what is right, not what is popular.

By Raj Gonsalkorale

If President Rajapaksa is to be given his due for one characteristic of his Presidency, it is his desire and ability to build consensus amongst his political friends and detractors, something that none of his predecessors were able or willing to do, or perhaps did not see as a necessity. The fact that those who have accepted his hand of friendship have all done that along with cabinet or deputy or project ministerships, and that none of the ministers within his own party have sacrificed their posts for the greater good of the country to accommodate others joining from other political parties, is another matter.

Karunanidhi engineering: Radhika Selvi, wife of a slain 'gangster' becomes minister

By M Rama Rao - reporting from New Delhi

Azhagiri,V. Radhika Selvi, wife of a 'gangster' Venkatesh Panayar and a first time lawmaker on DMK ticket takes over as junior minister for home in the Manmohan Singh cabinet. Her appointment to the high profile job is a part of social engineering DMK patriarch and Tamil Nadu chief minister Muthavel Karunanidhi has put in place after the exit of his grand nephew Dayanidhi Maran from the Central Government last week. Maran's place at the IT ministry was taken over by A Raja, who was hitherto in the Environment ministry. The vacancy for Selvi in Home ministry was created by shifting the incumbent S. Regupathy, to the post vacated by Raja. Raja and Regupathy are DMK nominees in the Manmohan Singh cabinet

Winners and Losers in Globalization Struggle

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

Globalization, widely perceived as the growing economic interdependence of countries worldwide, is a mixed blessing to the world's three billion poverty-stricken people living on less than two dollars a day. There are both winners and losers in globalization, says a new study from the Helsinki-based World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), an affiliate of the U.N. University in Tokyo.

"LTTE stole 130,000 Norwegian Passports and sold some of them to Al Qaeda" - Sri Lankan Ambassador to Washington Post Radio

By Walter Jayawardhana

Bernard GoonetilekeBernard Goonetileke, the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Washington DC interviewed by the Washington Post Radio Thursday said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) operatives have stolen 130,00 Norwegian passports and sold them to the highest bidders including the terrorists of Al Qaeda. “One of them surfaced with 700 of the stolen passports in Thailand and got caught to the police,” the Ambassador told J.J. Green, the National Security Affairs Correspondent of the Washington Post Radio. Green said due to the easy access of European Union citizens to the United States this could make a real risk for even this country.

Musharraf Losing Teeth

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

The challenge that the Pakistani dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf is currently facing is not only the biggest in his life but also his first ever. Whether he can ride it out successfully cannot be said at this juncture but it is certain that henceforth it will be only a tamed Musharraf who would be dispensing gratuitous advice to friends and foe alike on nearly everything under the sun, be it about the ‘core issue’ with India or the failure to check Islamic militancy or how to deal with terrorism. The vehemence of the onslaught on his authority in his country after he removed the chief justice of the Supreme Court must have taken him by surprise because he had got accustomed to a smooth ride. His parents were indulgent towards him when he was a naughty child. Later his superiors, by his own admission, were likewise kind to him when he escaped disciplinary action as a young officer in the Pakistan army. His alleged roving eye never got him into trouble.

Debate over Iran’s nuclear programs heats up again

Iran’s nuclear programs are once again being pushed to centre stage as a second UN deadline is due to expire next week. Under pressure from the US, the UN Security Council voted in March to strengthen sanctions on Iran and to set a 60-day deadline for Tehran to shut down its uranium enrichment and other nuclear facilities. Iran continues to reject the resolution as “illegal” and insist on its rights under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to develop all aspects of the nuclear fuel cycle. The results of a snap International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspection last Sunday of Iran’s enrichment plant at Natanz are likely to sharply polarise debate over a new UN resolution. According to information leaked in the New York Times on Monday, the IAEA inspectors “have concluded that Iran appears to have solved most of its technological problems and is now beginning to enrich uranium on a far larger scale than before”.

Vehicle permit issuing station

Scenic beauty of Arugambe



Bernard Goonetileke

Selvi Radhika