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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Sri Lanka: Bata footwear occupation enters fourth week

More than 500 workers have been occupying the Bata Shoe factory in Sri Lanka for nearly four weeks, demanding the reinstatement of their union branch leader and cancellation of the company’s retrenchment plans. The workers occupied the plant in the Ratmalana industrial estate, 15 km from Colombo, on June 22, just after the company suspended the union leader, allegedly for “misconduct”.

Sri Lanka Government awaiting LTTE’s response to prepare agenda for talks - President Chandrika

The Sri Lanka Government is awaiting to prepare the agenda for the recommencement of the peace process. President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said that the government is looking forward the response of the LTTE in this regard.

Justice Dept.'s absurdity on terrorism

Think terrorism can't harm us out here in America's heartland? Well, cower in fear, Iowa. Federal prosecutors have built 35 so-called terrorism cases here in the Hawkeye State since 9/11. In fact, the government filed 56 "terrorism" charges in the first two months of 2004.

A bomb attack on a Buddhist temple in Uhana, Ampara.

The chief incumbent of the Sambodhirukkaramaya in Uhana, in the Ampara district, venerable Namalthalave Devananda thero was seriously injured and two female devotees were killed in a bomb attack on the Viharaya around 7.00 pm yesterday.

July ‘83 victims to be compensated before end of August

Thirty randomly selected victims or else victims’ dependents of 1983 holocaust would receive compensations, from President Chandrika Kumaratunga, on Friday 23rd July, at a ceremony at the President’s House.

Thailand to hold 'open-sky' talks with global countries

Thailand plans to hold 'open-sky' talks with countries across the world to promote the kingdom as an aviation hub in the region, according to Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit.

Democratic Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – Karuna’s new political party.

Democratic Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is the name finalized by Muralitharan Venayagamoorthy alias Colonel Karuna Amman’s group for the new political party for which they have already made necessary legal arrangements to launch shortly.

India reiterates that it will not accept the Eelam concept by any means.

The Indian government has provided a loan of 250 million dollars to Sri Lanka. 100 million out this amount will be spent for the development of rural areas and highways.

Sao Sam Htun: The peasant prince

By all accounts, he was one guy who would not have felt ashamed to introduce himself as a rustic. Described by the late Mahadevi of Yawnghwe in her memoirs, The White Umbrella , as "a kindly man who dreamed of returning to become a farmer".

Sudden hiccup in the direct broadcast of London based TBC – Is it a sabotage or subterfuge by the Tamil Service of the SLBC?

What is happening to the direct broadcast of programs transmitted by the London based Tamil Broadcasting Corporation? Usually the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation daily use to broadcast them live? Since 17th Saturday, the direct broadcast has not been relayed through the SLBC?

Malaysia: P.M’s Visit Puts Spotlight on Detainee Abuse

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi should declare an end to his country’s practice of detaining suspects without trial as he conducts his first visit to the United States and Europe as head of the Malaysian government, Human Rights Watch urged. Abdullah will meet U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington today, French President Jacques Chirac on Wednesday and British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Friday.

Tigers are always ready to face a war, if Government thrust it on us - Thamilselvan.

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam is always prepared to face a war in case the Government of Sri Lanka would disrupt the present peaceful climate in our country and thrust a war on us,” said S. Paramu Thamilchelvan head of the Political Division of the Tamil rebel outfit.

Quota for Muslims in Andhra Pradesh, protested

By Hemanta Kumar Rout – Asian Tribune

The State Government of Andhra Pradesh is likely to restrict the 5 per cent reservation benefit to Muslims to the poorest among them by specifying income limit and avoiding the "creamy layer.'' The Information and Public Relations Minister, Ali Shabbir Mohd, indicated this at a press conference here.

Bangladesh Everything Falls Apart

By Ahmede Hussain – Asian Tribune

On that fateful Friday, Dr Azad, 56 year old author and eminent linguist
was hacked by two unknown assailants. He sustained knife cut injuries on his jaw, lower part of the neck and hands, and fell on the pavement outside the Bangla Academy in Dhaka. Conscious but profusely bleeding, Dr Azad, who has authored over 70 books, was taken to the emergency unit of Dhaka Medical College
Hospital (DMCH).

Sri Lanka Prliament is debating a motion on the media.

National State Assembly, the unicameral Parliament of Sri Lanka is currently debating a motion on the media.