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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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Violent End To Bhutto’s Exile

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features
It was tragic, it was dastardly and it was uncalled for. But it was not surprising—the bomb attacks obviously aimed at Benazir Bhutto, ‘the daughter of the east’, when she returned home to Karachi on October 18. The militants had announced days in advance that Bhutto, ‘the US agent’, would be given a bloody welcome upon her return from her self-imposed eight-year old exile. The government seemed to supplement the militants’ warning when the military ruler Pervez Musharraf publicly ‘advised’ the Mohatarma to put off her scheduled return to Pakistan.

Murali ready to beat Warne despite the odds stacked against him in Australia

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Muttiah Muralitharan arrived in Australia today, against the advice of his former captain, Arjuna Ranatunga, with a burning ambition and determination to break Shane Warne’s test record of 708 wickets. Murali needs only 9 wickets to beat Warne. The first test begins on November 8 in Brisbane. But the Australians have made it difficult by fixing the two tests in Brisbane and Hobart – two of the pitches that are not conducive for spin. "Look, it's not going to be easy," Mark Taylor, the former Aussie captain, told the Australian media.

Prabakaran strictured for playing with human life

Tamil United Liberation Front while unreservedly condemning Anuradhapuura airbase attack, strictured Prabakaran, the Leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, for playing with human life. V.Anandasangaree, President of the TULF in a statement sternly told Prabakaran to “Stop Playing with human life.” The TULF press release was also highly critical of the killing of 10 Air-force personnel and for unnecessarily scarifying without a just cause, 21 Tamil youths whom LTTE recruited compulsorily and brain-washed.

Department for International Development failed to increase the aid for Burma

United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has failed to accept any of the specific recommendations made by the House of Common’s International Development Committee to increase the aid for Burma, including cross-border assistance, and funding for democracy-building projects. According to a report published yesterday, DFID failed to accept any of the specific recommendations made by the House of Commons International Development Committee. In July, the International Development Committee called on DFID to quadruple British aid to Burma, provide funding for cross-border initiatives to reach Internally Displaced People, and fund exiled pro-democracy and human rights projects.

Forensic expert reviews Rajiv Gandhi assassination

By Janaka Perera

Prof. P. Chandra Sekharan, former Professor-Director Forensic Sciences Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, said on Oct. 23 that the forensic evidence he meticulously collected at the site of the bomb blast that killed Indian Prime Minister on May 21, 1991, proved decisive and critical in bringing about the conviction in the Indian Supreme Court of a number of accused of the assassination, establishing beyond doubt LTTE complicity in the crime. Four of those sentenced to death have appealed for clemency from the Indian Government seeking to have their sentences changed to life terms.

Getting into Prabhakaran Mind

By Ranjith Gunaratna

The leader of the LTTE, Velupillai Prabhakaran is an illusive figure. No outside person has ever been able to portray an accurate picture of his character and thinking pattern. He has given only a very few media interviews. Much information about his childhood is also not available. There are many mysteries surrounding him. In thinking about the elusive nature of the LTTE and uncertainty of war, it is extremely required to getting into the mind of Prabhakaran to dig for answers to many questions.

Sri Lanka ranks no.2 of the software piracy in Asia

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The software piracy rate of Sri Lanka is the second to Bangladesh which ranks 92% .At present Sri Lanka ranks 90 % , according to a recent Global software Piracy Report conducted by the IDC- a global research and forecasting firm , said Roland Chan , Director of the Business Software Alliance of Singapore [BSA]. Speaking at a press briefing held in this morning in Colombo he said due to the software piracy the software industry losses over 86 million US$ per annum.

Burmese Womens League Call for the Immediate Release of all Women Political Activists of Burma

The Women’s League of Burma urges the UN Security Council to put pressure on Burma’s regime for the immediate and unconditional release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, women political activists, ethnic leaders, and all other political prisoners and be willing to take concrete action against Burma’s regime if they fail to cooperate with UN Special Envoy Ibrahim Gambari and the UN Security Council. Women’s League of Burma revealed that according to information received by them at least 82 women protestors have been arrested during the recent crackdown on peaceful protesters, while many women activists are currently in hiding.

Current Jaffna economy is no longer a market oriented

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Income Recovery Technical Assistance Programme (IRTAP) project of the International Labor Organization says the current economy of Jaffna can no longer be characterized as a market oriented economy, but rather represents a crisis economy with very substantial subsistence characteristics supported by coping mechanisms, with barter having resurfaced in many instances. Few import and export links are maintained to other parts of the island, especially the neighboring Vanni region and the main economic hub of greater Colombo. Issuing its latest livelihood development report the IRTAP said that all 600,000 inhabitants of the Jaffna district are in one way or the other directly or indirectly affected in their livelihoods.

'Release all Prisoners of Conscience from Burma', urges Amnesty International

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"The international community must maintain pressure and vigilance to ensure that the Myanmar authorities produce concrete actions and tangible results, such as the release of all prisoners of conscience. Such releases are also absolutely crucial in gauging how serious the Myanmar authorities are in terms of cooperating with the United Nations,” says Amnesty International issuing a statement urging the release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.