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Babar urges to intensify war on drugs

The first-ever meeting of home ministers from the seven member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation ended in Dhaka with specific decisions to fight the alarming spread of drugs abuse in the region. ‘Narcotics are affecting every country, and Pakistan has been assigned to identify specific activities within the year on how to stop proliferation of drugs abuse in South Asia,’ the state minister for home affairs, Lutfozzaman Babar, said when addressing a news conference after the daylong meeting.

Launch of a livelihood program for the tsunami victims

A less number of government and Non-Government agencies who are interest in the tsunami rehabilitation and livelihood development process have agreed to provide their maximum support to the Divisional Secretaries of the tsunami- affected areas to implement a number of self employment projects including entrepreneurship development.These donors have pledged their support after the launching of the divisional livelihood plan [DLDP] Habaraduwa at a simple ceremony held on Thursday.

Imkong congratulates Sonia

The Leader of the Opposition and Leader of Congress Legislature Party, I Imkong on behalf of the Congress Legislature Party in Nagaland congratulated Sonia Gandhi for her thumping victory in the Rae Barelli bye election. "By winning the election with a landslide majority, you have once again shown the people the extent to which you can go in sacrificing your wisdom, time and tremendous energy for the interest of the nation and especially the weaker sections of the billion plus population. We are confident that your return to Parliament will enhance your personal image and that of the party," he said.

Khaleda for regional cooperation in combating terrorism

Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said Bangladesh remains committed not to allow her soil to be used by any terrorist group for undertaking crime and subversive activities in other states. Making the remark while formally inaugurating the first SAARC Interior/Home Ministers’ Conference at Hotel Sheraton in the morning, she informed that she categorically conveyed this assurance of Bangladesh’s stand and commitment to other SAARC leaders whenever she met with them.

Ceasefire Monitors in an emergency meeting with the Tiger leadership.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Scandinavian ceasefire monitors are holding an emergency meeting with Tiger guerillas to save the fragile ceasefire from immediate collapse after sea Tigers blew up a Sri Lankan Navy gunboat in the worst ever sea battle since the two parties signed the truce agreement. "The Head of the Mission is in Kilinochchi right now. He will meet the LTTE political chief before the launch time,” a spokesman for the truce monitors told the “Asian Tribune.”

Major General Trond Furuhovde, former truce monitor, passes away

Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Major General Trond Furuhovde, passes away. Major General Trond Furuhovde, who played an important role in the Sri Lankan peace process, died on Wednesday, 10 May . Minister of International Development Erik Solheim. Said: “He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts go to his family. Major General Furuhovde made an extremely important contribution to the Sri Lankan peace process as Head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). But above all we will miss him as a man who has enriched us with his wisdom and vision.”

Why does Sri Lanka’s Propaganda Machine against Tamil Tigers Malfunction?

Daya Gamage – News Analysis for Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 12 May (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka’s ambassador in the United States Bernard Goonetilleke, according to “The Washington Times” report on May 11, expressed his displeasure over the manner in which the global media treated his government’s targeted attacks on Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil Tiger positions in the aftermath of the rebel group’s attempt to assassinate the army commander giving rebel version of the military response.

LTTE launches its "final war" despite angry protests by Truce Monitors

H. L. D. Mahindapala

After sending Yashuhi Akashi, the special envoy of the Japanese government, empty handed from Killinochchi, and after Velupillai Prabhakaran's refusal to meet him, the Tamil Tigers yesterday opened fire on Sri Lankan naval vessels carrying troops and Truce Monitors. A flotilla of Tamil Tiger suicide boats attacked Sri Lankan Dvoras and "Pearl Cruiser", a ship ferrying 600 troops off the coast of Jaffna.

Douglas Devananda Appeals to the International Community to Save the Tamils from the Tamil Tigers

We are on the brink of a major catastrophe which will affect the Tamil-speaking people on a scale never experienced before. The majority of the Tamil-speaking people are clear in their vision that their political rights could be won over only through the democratic process of negotiations, and not by any means of violence, as we in the EPDP have always advocated and pursued consistently.

Navy-Air Force thrashes out at LTTE boats, Seventeen navy personnel missing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for the Asian Tribune

Seventeen Navy personnel continued to be missing hours after LTTE attacked several navy boats in Jaffna. One Dvora boat belonging to the Navy was destroyed while another Dvora boat was damaged due to the incident. Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe confirmed that only one vessel belonging to the Navy had sunk and not two as reported. "The other navy vessel was only damaged not destroyed or sunk as reported," he said.

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