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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2858

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Olympic Spotlight Shifts to China: Beijing Should Use Olympic Games to Improve Basic Rights

The Chinese government urgently needs to make human rights, labor rights and press freedom reforms ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, Human Rights Watch said. On Sunday,
August 29, at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, the city of
Athens officially hands over the Olympic flag to the city of Beijing, the
2008 summer host.

Indian Parliament’s Budget Session may have Premature End

BY R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Plagued by pandemonium over divisive issues that see the government and the Opposition on a collision course on the floor of Parliament, the first Budget session under the Congress-led, new coalition, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), is facing the danger of a premature end, leaving a large body of slated legislation untouched.

World Bank Aids Hydrology Information System in India

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The World Bank has approved a US$105 Million (approximately about Rs.5000 million) loan to the Government of India for the Hydrology Project Phase II.

PM defends loans for Myanmar

Thailand's Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday defended his government's policy on lending money to Myanmar for its major telecommunication projects, saying he did not see any wrong in doing so.

International Seminar, to Explore Solutions to Sri Lanka’s Ethnic Problem.

Leading Indian and Sri Lankan pro-democratic activist have resolved to hold an international seminar on the current situation in Sri Lanka and to explores the circumstances under which India has to intervene to ensure a long term democratic solution to the Sinhala-Tamil linguistic problem and which solution is in harmony with India's national interest.

AHRC Demands Probe into Attack on Rights Activists in West Bengal, India

From R C Rajamani, Political Editor, Asian Tribune

The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has urged the Indian authorities to carry out a full investigation into an attack on more than a dozen human rights campaigners, allegedly led by local leaders of the ruling Left Party Coalition in the Eastern Indian State of West Bengal over the weekend.

Norwegian pro-LTTE paper Utrop challenged and on the mat

F.Ruvik of R senter Norway , have already taken legal action against Utrop a pro-LTTE fortnightly magazine from Oslo, Norway and its editor Manoranjan Vivekanathan for the smearing campaign against him.

Manipur Government shuts down all educational institutions to pre-empt students protest

The Manipur Government ordered all educational institutions in the state to shut down on August 25 to pre-empt the students protest against Armed Forces Special Powers Act. The government had issued a notification closing all institutions in view of the programme announced by three students’ bodies.

Bangladesh: Newspaper threatened

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply concerned about the growing number of threats being made against the popular Bangla-language daily Prothom Alo by Islamic groups in the capital, Dhaka, and in the southeastern Chittagong District.

Five sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of ‘murder’

By Hemanta Kumar Rout – Reporting from Orissa

The adhoc Additional Sessions Judge (First track) of Balasore Biranchi Narayan Mishra sentenced five persons to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) for life on charges of ‘murder’ and acquitted another on Monday afternoon.

SLMM Chief conveyed to LTTE, Government’s condemnation on the Killing Spree in the East.

Major General Trond Furuhovede and his team visited Kilinochchi today to convey the strongly worded message of condemnation from the Government of Sri Lanka to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.