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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Monthly archive

Huge protest rally in Hong Kong demands democratic and social reform

Despite intimidation from Beijing, the efforts of opposition leaders to play down the protest, and media predictions of a low turnout, hundreds of thousands of people took part in a march and rally in Hong Kong on July 1 to demand democratic elections and improved living standards. The demonstration was called to mark the anniversary of last year’s protest by half a million people against attempts to impose anti-democratic security legislation on the former British colony.

Hundreds of Karennis Displaced While Burma’s Junta Talk Peace

Fresh attacks have been launched against Karenni villagers even while Burma's military regime talks peace.

India: Economic Survey warns to improve infrastructure for a sustainable growth

India’s Congress-led coalition Government released the economic survey day before the budget for the year 2004 - 2005. The survey said that the economy faced major challenges in sustaining the government's target of 7.0-8.0 percent annual growth in the next five years.

Nirupama Rao – The New Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Nirupama Rao presently Additional Secretary of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has been appointed as next High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka.

Norway Foreign Minister briefed India regarding the Sri Lanka Peace Talks

Visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen and his Indian counterpart- K.Natwar Singh held discussion yesterday. In the discussion Sri Lanka was touched upon and amongst the other regional issues like Afghanistan and Iraq were also discussed.

Tamil Tigers terrorize Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo again.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had launched their first suicide attack this noon today right in the heart of the capital city of Colombo, since the ceasefire agreement signed two years ago with Tamil Tigers.

Baghdad blasts amid emergency law signing

Four mortar rounds have rocked a neighbourhood near the political party headquarters of Iraq's new interim prime minister wounding three men and a woman.

Finance minister presents Budget of Rs 30861.62 crore for the current financial year

By Hemanta Kumar Rout – Asian Tribune

Admitting yesterday the gap between revenue receipt and revenue expenditure over the years, Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadei presented a tax-free Budget of Rs 30861.62 crore for 2004-05 in the Orissa Assembly.

Kerry names ex-rival Edwards as running mate

Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry on Tuesday chose former political rival North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, a man with "guts and determination and political skills," as his vice presidential running mate.

Men who made the Taj Mahal revealed

The Indian Archaeological Survey has unearthed the names of over 670 labourers and masons who helped build the Taj Mahal.

Five policemen killed when a suspected LTTE women human bomb exploded.

Five police officers are reported to be dead at the bomb explosion occurred at noon today inside the Colpetty police station.

Prabakaran and Pottu Amman should get themselves honorably acquitted by the Supreme Court of India - Cho Ramaswamy

Cho Ramaswamy said in case the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is desirous of establishing any relationship with India then the first and foremost thing Prabakaran should do is that he and his associate Pottu Amman should come to India and face the legal action against them and get themselves honorably acquitted.

Pandey hope solution to Naga problem acceptable to all parties would emerge soon.

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

It is not easy task for anybody to work in a place where the people have witnessed conflicts for over fifty years. It is also equally difficult task for any person to part with the people after having worked with them to come out of sense of fatigue inflicted due to this prolonged conflict.

President has no responsibility regarding the police promotions

The attention of the Presidential Secretariat has been drawn to a news item carried in yesterday’s "Diwaena" newspaper claiming that police promotions have been granted to those who have been imprisoned , people who have left the country and those who were involved in thefts and murders.

Orissa Budget at a glance: More funds will be spent in tribal dominated areas

By Hemanta Kumar Rout – Asian Tribune

The state government yesterday, has presented a Budget of Rs 30861.62 crore for the current financial year. About 44 percent of Plan outlay has been allocated for agriculture, irrigation, poverty alleviation programmes, rural development and infrastructure development. While Rs 57 crore has been allotted for agriculture, irrigation will get Rs 487.04 crore. Women and child development has been given Rs 156.53 crore while Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste development has received an allocation of Rs 166.11 crore.

Whose Arms are They Anyway?

By Ahmede Hussain

While Bangladesh´s law and order has been deteriorating sharply, a
huge cache of arms has been seized in Chittagong. According to Shubid
Ali Bhuiyan, a retired Major General of Army, the retrieved arms and
ammunition are almost equivalent to the ones of Comilla Division of
the Bangladesh Army. "A regular battle can be fought with such amount
of armoury," he says.

Sri Lanka: TNA MPs went empty handed from the State Department.

Fresh after the celebrations of the Black Tigers anniversary, followed up with shooting incidents in the East of Sri Lanka, Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, Jaffna district Member of Parliament of the Tamil National Alliance met on Tuesday Christina Rocca, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, at the State department to plead for deproscription of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.