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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 73

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<font size = 2>Eviction of Sex Workers Boosts HIV Risk: </font>Dismantling of Homes in Goa Displaces HIV-Prevention Measures

The unlawful forced displacement of thousands of sex workers and others from a beach community in the Indian state of Goa will drastically harm efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in the area.

Provincial Council Polling closed - low voter turn out - no major incidents of violence reported.

Polling for the six provincial Councils ended by 4 pm today and in the beginning the voters turn out was as low as 15 percent but by the end of the day, according to some statistics voters turn out remained staggered at 40 to 45 percent.

Sri Lanka: Grama Servaga Officer shot and killed by alleged LTTE gunmen in the East.

Another extra-judicial killing reported of Kunchuthamby Sivarasa (44), Grama Servaga Officer of Iluppaiyadi Chenai, located in the Karadiyanaru region in the uncleared area controlled by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

'A global intelligence failure'

The principal claims justifying the invasion of Iraq - that Saddam Hussein had biological and chemical weapons and was developing nuclear weapons - were fundamentally wrong and the result of a "global intelligence failure", a Senate investigation concluded yesterday.

Vietnam: Writer convicted of "infringing" on state interests

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemnsthe guilty verdict handed down yesterday to writer Tran Khue. The Ho Chi MinhCity People's Court sentenced Khue, 68, to 19 months in prison on charges of"taking advantage of democratic rights to infringe upon the interests of thestate" and of violating a house arrest order, according to internationalnews reports.

Trade relations increase between Viet Nam and Myanmar

The Ministry of Trade (MoT) expects two-way trade between Viet Nam and Myanmar to increase by more than 60 percent this year thanks to growing demand.

The provincial council Polls begin but a low turnout.

The polls commenced this morning at 7.00 am for the six provincial councils of Western, Southern, Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa and the North Central.

LTTE must make specific objection s to the programs of Thamil Broadcasting Corporation and not general accusations – Laksman Kadirgamar.

By Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka has told the Norwegian facilitators to clarify from the Tamil Tigers their specific objections to the broadcasting of programmes from the London-based Tamil radio station TBC over the Sri Lankan broadcasting corporation's Tamil service.

Dr Lotha appeals to people to extend their support to DAN

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Agriculture Minister Dr TM Lotha said the recent exercise of downsizing the DAN Ministry in the State as per the 91st Constitutional Amendment Act was a "Constitutional obligation," although the DAN Ministerial team led by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio explained to Central Government leaderships to exempt Nagaland from the purview of the Act on the ground of State's tribal components and traditional peculiarities.

Sri Lanka: Polling for six provincial Councils today

All arrangements have been finalized for the conduct of the six provincial councils polling today

India: Probe Police Attacks on ‘Untouchables’

The Indian government should immediately launch a full investigation into allegations that police used excessive force against Dalits (or “untouchables”) who tried to participate in a religious ceremony in Tamil Nadu last week.

LTTE's Suicide Bomb Attack Threatens Peace and Democracy

Sri Lanka Democracy Forum rightly points out that the Liberation Tigers involvement in the attempt to kill Douglas Devananda was not only an act of aberration but also a serious and clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement the Tamil rebel outfit has entered with the of Government of Sri Lanka.

Police confirms suicide-bomber belonged to LTTE suicide squad

Investigations carried out by the CID indicate that the suicide bomb blast at the Colpetty Police station was the work of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

'India, Singapore share vision of Asian economic

India and Singapore Friday said they shared a common vision of an Asian economic community that would bring together South, Southeast and Northeast Asia to tap the potential of a "highly promising growth centre".

World Court says Israel's barrier must go

The World Court said Israel's barrier in the West Bank should be torn down and called on the United Nations on Friday to stop a project it said had illegally imposed hardship on thousands of Palestinians.

Summarily Execution of Tamil Youths by LTTE in the East - Condemned

Summarily execution of two youths in the Eastern region of the country, on last Wednesady, by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on allegations that they were members of the renegade leader Colonel Karuna Amman’s group, is highly condemnable.

The chief incumbent of a Buddhist temple in Hingurakgoda succumbs to injuries suffered in the bomb attack

The chief incumbent of a Buddhist temple in Hingurakgoda, who had been the victim of a bomb attack, succumbed to his injuries at Colombo National Hospital this morning.