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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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Bhutto’s home coming

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan - Syndicate Features

After eight long years of living a roller-coaster life in exile Benazir Bhutto returns home to be with her people. The Pakistani masses see in her home coming hope for a qualitative change in their lives and look forward to a change that will be harbinger of peace, tolerance and peaceful co-existence. Benazir profoundly believes in Pakistan's future viability, stability and security. And she is confident that by empowering the people and building political institutions, she can pick up the gauntlet to prove that the fundamental battle for the hearts and minds of a nation can be won only under a true democratic dispensation.

Communists Thugs Attack Anti-Islamist Activist in West Bengal

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

On October 5, Indian communists attacked an anti-Islamist activist in West Bengal. According to witnesses, Bimal Sarkar "has been brutally attacked by CPIM [Communist Party of India Marxist] criminals at Dinhata in Cooch Bihar District." Sarkar is president of the Bharatiya Refugee Front, "and the major pillar of our [anti-Islamist] activities in North Bengal." The attack is so significant, in fact Sarkar’s attackers ambushed him in broad daylight and in front of a government building. Yet, no member of West Bengal’s Communist government or police stopped the attack.

Dollar bond issue oversubscribed depicts investor confidence in Sri Lanka.

Five-year US Dollar 500 million bond offering by the Government of Sri Lanka has received more than US$ 1.25 billion orders, overshooting the target by more than 200 percent, thus indicting the investor confidence in Sri Lankan economy. Sri Lanka, fighting a worsening civil war, in its first sale of debt overseas attracted $1.25 billion of orders for a $500 million bond offering. The issue is rated B-plus by Standard & Poor’s indices and it is managed by the leading international banks, HSBC, Barclays Capital and J P Morgan.

JVP opposes any attempt to open human rights monitoring office in Sri Lanka! - Somawansa Amarasinghe

Somawansa Amarasinhe, Leader of the JVP told the visiting Ms. Louise Arbour, UN Commissioner for Human Rights that their Party opposed your visit of her to Sri Lanka e and demanded that she shouldn’t be allowed to come here as a result of a statement she had earlier mad against Sri Lanka. The JVP leader when questioned about the view of his party regarding human rights violations in Sri Lanka? Do they occur? Whether there are no human rights violations in Sri Lanka, he categorically stated, “We don’t say there aren’t any human rights violations here. We are extremely vigilant about it. We were in the forefront in the opposition when Tamils in lodging houses in Colombo were indiscriminately sent to the North and the East. This is only one example.”

Canada to confer honorary citizenship status on Aung San Suu Kyi

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper tabled a motion in the House of Commons yesterday to confer honorary citizenship status on Aung San Suu Kyi, Democracy icon of Burma and the world-renowned advocate of freedom and democracy in Burma. The Prime Minister called upon all Members of Parliament to back the motion as a demonstration of Canada’s support for the people of Burma in their struggle against the brutal military dictatorship that rules their country. “Our nation is built on our founding values: freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law,” said the Prime Minister. “We must ally ourselves with those in the world who share our values, and especially those who are denied them.”

Sri Lanka counter-terrorism conference begins today

The three-day international counter-terrorism conference (ICCT) will be inaugurated today at 5 PM, at the Committee Room of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Colombo. Though earlier it was reported that several experts and officials were invited for the three-day conference organized by the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, but according to the amended program schedule released recently, it appears that many of those foreign experts have pulled out of the three-day conference.

'Dirty Sethu’s appeal against his conviction today

The appeal made by Nadarajah Sethurupan and Anushriskumar Thamotherampillai against the guilty sentence delivered by the Harrow Magistrate court on 31 May 2007, is to be taken up today at the Harrow Crown Court.In June 08, 2006, Nadarajah Sethurupan, Anushriskumar, Thamotherampillai and Kandiah Uthayakumar were involved in a violent campaign at the Tamil Broadcasting Corporation, a London based Tamil language satellite radio station, located at Rayners Lane, Harrow, Middlesex.

Around the World, Children Make "Good Soldiers"

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the former first lady of Mozambique Gracha Machel authored a 1996 landmark report on child soldiers, she said that military commanders on the ground had told her that children were "impressionable and easy to dominate"."They were good soldiers because they obeyed orders without challenge," the commanders told Machel. Moreover, when most children lost their parents and communities, they often joined the military primarily "for food and safety", Machel pointed out in her groundbreaking study titled "Children in Armed Conflict".

Sea Tigers Chased Away in Pesalai Seas

Naval personnel manning the radar at Pasalai detected few tiger boats launching from Vedithalathivu area around 4.30 a.m. today (18) and heading towards the North of Pesalai .When closed up for investigation by the Inshore Patrol Craft of the Navy, these tiger boats mingling with other boats in the area opened fire at the naval units. When the naval units retaliated, tiger boats fled the area. Subsequently the naval units launched a search operation to track the fleeing sea tiger boats in the Pesalai sea area. During the search operation, the Navy has recovered a Fiber Glass Dinghy with four (04) unidentified bodies and another three injured persons. These injured persons were taken to the Pesalai hospital by the Navy.