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

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Samak Sundaravej

Bangladesh’s guilty men

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

While pursuing its ‘minus two’ policy that seeks to exclude the two eternally quarrelling ‘Begums’, Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League and Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh National Party, from the country’s politics, the army-propped interim government in Bangladesh has been arresting and prosecuting a large number of politicians of the two major parties and their businessmen supporters. But lately, the two leading parties are reported to have joined hands to demand some similar action against ‘war criminals’ also.

Bangladesi Minorities Unite to Fight for Their Rights

A 33-member executive committee of the Bbangladesh National Chapter of the Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh minorities (HRCBM-Bangladesh) was constituted on Ddecmeber 10 to campaign for the rights of the minorities who have been denied their fundamental rights. Tthis committee consists of philanthropists, ex-diplomats, journalists, retired academics, lawyers, ex-public servants, religious leaders (Buddhist,Hindu, Christian),Adivasis (indigenous people) and businessmen. At the first meeting of the executive committee on December 10, 2007 -- Human Rights Day -- Professor Ajoy Roy, President, HRCBM - Bangladesh NC, stressed that "the minorities in Bangaladesh have been the victims of persecution, physically, mentally and materially since the division of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. He added that the minorities are exposed to many discriminatory laws and constitutional amendments in which their fundamental rights have been restricted and marginalized."

Third Anniversary of Tsunami: Promised Aid Never Fully Materialized Though Nearly 100,000 Homes Built So Far

From Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Nearly 500 international agencies pledged support during the devastating Tsunami that hit Sri Lanka on Christmas day three years ago, but many of them did not kept their word according to official sources. Nearly 100,000 homes have been built all money promised has yet to come our away. Out of US$ 1.7 billion of the US$ 3.1 billion pledged by foreign donors has been received. Thus thousands are still living in temporary shelters while rehabilitation work has been delayed the staggering loss of life and property that shook Sri Lanka has come and gone but the scars remain. Eastern province rehabilitation lagged behind. Of its total commitment of US$ 150 million, the World Bank had disbursed US$ 142 million while the UNICEF had dispersed its full commitment of US$ 42. 3 million. The USAID which had committed $ 115 million had disbursed $ 68 million. NORAD which pledged $ 1.2 million had disbursed $ 607,992.

Exit polls indicates Pro-Thaksin party can form government in Thailand

Samak SundaravejIn an attempt to restore democracy, more than a year after the military ousted Premier Thaksin Shinawatra, about 45.7 million Thais, who are eligible to vote in the first post-coup election, went to polls on Sunday to elect 480 seats to the Thai Parliament. Observers confirmed that at the polls, military ousted Premier Thaksin Shinawatra’s shadow loomed large over the balloting. According to an exit poll conducted by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, the People Power Party (PPP), which explicitly supports ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was likely to capture 256 seats, compared to 162 for the rival the Democrat Party.

LTTE prevents opening up of A-9 road – Rajiv Wijesingha

In a rejoinder, Rajiv Wijesingha, Secretary General of Sri Lanka’s Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process has revealed, because in the North, and in particular at Muhumalai, the LTTE has continued with planned attacks on Government forces, regularly causing death and injury and It was precisely for that reason that the government is unable to open the A-9 road there. "This happened after a massive artillery and mortar attack launched by the LTTE on the government forces on August 11th 2006, an attack which was the gravest threat in years to the security of the Jaffna peninsula, and which also destroyed the entire infrastructure built by the government at Muhamalai to facilitate the movement of people," Rajiv Wijesingha.

Missing infant found in Paduka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The infant who was kidnapped in the Kalubovila Hospital several days ago was found from a house in Thalpathpitiya in Padukka this morning. The Police Spokesman DIG Jayantha Wickremarathne disclosed that the woman who is suspected to be the kidnapper of the baby was also arrested. The Kohuwala police raided the house on information received by the Officer in Charge of the Police station. The suspected arrested woman will be subjected to an identification parade.

UNP's Attempt to Resurrect a Branch Office in Los Angeles a flop: Missing Fifify Thousand Dollars Haunts UNP leaders

By Our Political Correspondent

The much publicized attempt to revive the UNP's sagging popularity in Los Angeles flopped as low attendance and the hitherto untold story of how fifty thousand dollars UNP had raised when Ranil Wickremesinghe visited LA the last time, surfaced on Sunday. Those present heard the saga of the vanishing fifty thousand supposed to have filtered away. Party secretary Tissa Attanayake and his assistant Dr. Jayalath Jayawardena returned home shocked at the turn of events. It was alleged that the fifty thousand dollars had vanished, apparently filtered away by someone currently somewhere in Latin America. The mystery of the missing funds was reportedly invested as hedge funds may have trebled prior to their disappearance, according to the stories coming down California's grape vine. Said one observer, hedge funds seem to be the favorite campaign specialty of right-wing politicians these days.