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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Sri Lanka- Complex food distribution operation for displaced people in Batticaloa

Distributing food rations to over 100,000 people displaced by conflict in eastern Sri Lanka is a logistical challenge. The World Food Programme (WFP) in early May was providing food rations to some 100,000 of the nearly 140,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) living in welfare camps and other sites in Sri Lanka's eastern Batticaloa district. About 10 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provide food rations for the remaining IDPs. The IDPs have come in waves over the last year, filling some 90 welfare sites and settling in with relatives and host families. First to arrive were nearly 40,000 IDPs fleeing conflict in Trincomalee district in 2006 and then 20,000-plus from Vaharai division in northern Batticaloa at the turn of the year. An additional 80,000 IDPs began arriving from Batticaloa West in early March when the government began a new offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) there

Abducted Tamil Journalist P. Vijayan - Let to go at Badulla

The abducted Tamil Journalist P. Vijayan (32) has been let to go by the abductors at the city of Badulla, 300 km away from where he was abducted. He promptly reported to the Badulla Police Station from where he was transferred back to Colombo by police. Mr. P. Vijayan, a popular Sri Lanka's Tamil Journalist was abducted on May 18 in broad daylight at the heart of city of Colombo (Borella) at about 3:30 pm. He was the Editor of the magazine Samadhana Nokku (Peace Monitor) published by CPA and a peace activists.

"Rajapakse in a lone journey, national government the need of the hour, I may go abroad" says Mangala Samaraweera

Mangala"President Rajapakse is distancing his closest SLFPers and on a political journey of his own. As a result, the need of the hour is a national government" warned the sacked former Minister Mangala Samaraweera in a wide ranging interview. He said that conditions of February 9, 2007 (the day he was sacked) needs to be reinstated for them to rejoin the government, speaking to 'Sunday Lankadeepa' of May 20, the Sinhala language broadsheet published in Colombo. On February 9, President Mahinda Rajapakse sacked Ports and Aviation Minister Mangala Samaraweera, National Heritage Minister Anura Bandaranaike and non-Cabinet Ports Minister Sripathi Sooriarachchi who were aligned with the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Mangala Samaraweera was sacked when he was in Singapore.

Gradual shift in US policy towards Musharraf…?

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

As the political and judicial crisis continues to rock Pakistan, analysts have begun to put question marks over President Musharraf's hold over power. There are also reports of gradual shift in the US policy towards the embittered leader. Some American experts hold the view that Musharraf has become much weaker in the recent weeks. "The US needs to make policy with an eye on Pakistan's long-term stability, not just on today's working relationships", Teresita Schaffer, director of the South Asia programme at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), said after a visit to Islamabad. She said the US needs to be ready to work with alternative scenarios in Pakistan should they come about.

Tackling the ragging menace

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Bright and excited young students just out of school can hardly wait for the start of the new session when they will enter the ‘adult’ world of college and university life as they pursue their future academic and vocational dreams. But quite a few of them encounter horror almost on the very first day of entering college in the shape of ‘ragging’ by seniors. The experience can be so bad that cases of suicide, life-long disabilities and serious psychic disorders are now regularly reported from different parts of the country. Sometimes, the young victim, unable to bear the stress and strain of ‘ragging’, decides against pursuing studies, even before the classes get underway.

Floral Tribute to Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv gandhi remembered

Gandhi Memorial

Rajiv Gandhi


Mangala & Sripathy

India remembers Rajiv Gandhi assassination by Prabakaran - LTTE Leader

By Walter Jayawardhana

Rajiv Gandhi It was 16 years ago, Independent India’s ninth Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by Thenmoli Rajaratnam alias Dhanu, a suicide bomber of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) at Siriperumbudur near Chennai by a conspiracy hatched by Velupillai Prabhakaran and his intelligence Chief Pottu Amman. The Indian nation remembered the former Prime Minister who was killed on May 21 1991 by paying rich tributes in singing "sthothras" at Vir Bhumi the memorial of the departed leader on the banks of River Yamuna.