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People’s protest against AFSPA in various forms

In continuing agitation demanding removal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act from the state, people held various forms of protest today to press their demands.

Dozens wounded in Israeli bus blasts

Explosions have torn through two buses in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, wounding at least 35 people, the Magen David Adom ambulance service said.

New Indian envoy calls on FM

The new Indian High Commissioner designate to Sri Lanka, Ms. Nirupama Rao, paid her first official call on Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar yesterday at his Ministry Office.

Republicans salute Bush's leadership after 9/11

John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani kicked off the Republican convention on Monday with an impassioned tribute to President George W. Bush's wartime leadership and said his response to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks proved his strength as commander in chief.

People of South Asia Share Common Destiny, Dr.Manmohan Singh

From R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that the people of South Asia are bound together by a shared destiny. He said the future belongs to the “shared management of our inevitable interdependence”.

A Buddhist prelate’s political sermon from the Yankees land.

If in case Venerable Malwatte Mahanayake Thero visits Vanni to meet with Tamilselvan and other leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam along with P. Chandrasekeran of the Up-Country People’s Front, then he will cease to be the Sangha Nayaka (Buddhist Sangha Leader) of the Sangha community of Sri Lanka.

Kumaratunga’s dilemma : Coterie around her is unlikely to guide her on the correct path.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s recent contradictory statements clearly depict her current dilemma. . She is facing an ever increasing pressure not only from the coalition partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) but also from the middle level leadership of her own Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to take a tough line against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) which is systematically annihilating its Tamil opponents and police informants with impunity.

Nothing Spectacular in 100 Days of Manmohan Government

By R C Rajamani - Political Editor, Asian Tribune

From “Lovers’ Day” to “Friends’ Day”, America, modern world’s second oldest democracy after the British, has a fad for celebrating “Days”. India, the world’s largest democracy, on the other hand, has a strange penchant for hailing landmarks, not only in history, but also in contemporary and current events in fields of activity ranging from Films to Politics.

“Norway promoting a one-party dictatorship”, POTE tells Solheim

A delegation of People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) led by S. Rajan asked the Norwegian mediator Erik Solheim, why he wanted to place the Tamil people of Sri Lanka under the thumb of the ruthless fascist dictator Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Oommen Chandy next Kerala Chief Minister; Swearing-in Today

From Mukundan C. Menon - Reporting from Kerala, India.

The Convenor of ruling United Democratic Front (UDF), Oommen Chandy (60), will be sworn in today (Aug 31) at 12.30 noon as Kerala's next Chief Minister. He succeeds A. K. Antony who submitted resignation to the State Governor R. L. Bhatia Sunday night.

SLFP General Secretary is confident in the Government’s parliamentary majority

Minister of Mahaweli, River Valleys and Rajarata Development and the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Maithripala Sirisena says they would show
a parliamentary majority for the government in the
coming days in a bid to dispel doubts in the minds of
the people.

Humayun Azad: A Truncated Life

By Mustafa Zaman and Ahmede Hussain

While lamenting his death one of Humayun Azad's illustrious classmates wrote, "His death is a reminder of the tragedy of the Greek god Icarus." On a poetic plateau, this may be one way of expressing
Humayun Azad's rise to fame and his sudden demise. However, we do not live in myths or epics, let alone be affected by their magic or
overwhelming sense of fatality.

The JVP’s Role

By Dayan Jayatilleka

The Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna is not only opposed to the Interim Self-Governing Proposal , and to talking about the ISGA, but it is opposed to a counter-proposal to the ISGA. The first is good, the second bad, and the third is ugly. Note there is no difference between the JVP and Liberation Tigers pf Tamil Eelam: both reject a Government counter-proposal.

Double bombing kills 12 aboard Israeli buses

Explosions tore through two buses on the main street of the southern Israeli city of Beersheba on Tuesday, killing at least 12 people in presumed suicide attacks, Israeli television said.