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India’s Supreme Court orders Pepsi & Coca-Cola to display pesticide content present in them.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In an order that may make life harder for the soft drinks makers but will bolster consumer rights in India, the supreme court of India has asked Pepsi Foods Limited and Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (Private) Limited, the leading players in the soft drink market in the country, to display on their beverage bottles the content of pesticide residues, present in them.

Hard luck for Hindu Seer. Madras high court rejects his bail plea once again

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

Luck refuses to smile on the Hindu Seer - 70-year old Jayendra Saraswati, Sankaracharya of Kanchi Mutt (monastery). The Madras High Court Wednesday rejected for the second time his plea for bail in the murder case slapped on him on November 11, 2004.

Bihar high court orders raids on jails in the state.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In a major decision that will embarrass Rabri Devi-government of Bihar state and may give a handle to opposition to beat the ruling Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) with, Patna High Court today ordered raids on various jails in the state including the offices of Prison officials.

Pardon SB, demands UNP

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanks

Parliament had to be adjourned twice today following disturbances over the prison sentence imposed on UNP Chief Organizer and MP S.B. Dissanayake. The first instance was when Opposition MPs began protesting against the punishment meted out to him.

Book the bribe givers,” demands opposition, stung by CBI FIR on Tehelka expose.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Opposition parties in India have demanded that bribe givers be named in the First Information Report (FIR), filed by Central Bureau of Investigation, a premier central investigative agency in the country, against former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Bangaru Laxman and former Samata Party chief and George Fernandes’ close aide Jaya Jaitely in a case relating to a three-year old expose by a news portal.

Politico held over parents' murders

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Police have arrested a Predeshiya Sabha (local council) member of Horana in connection with the murder of his parents in March this year.

S.B.'s conviction: UNP not convinced

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Uproar followed in the House today (Dec. 7) after former UNP Cabinet Minister S.B. Dissanayake was sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment after being convicted of contempt of court. Rajitha Senaratne expressed UNP's displeasure over the conviction as MP Mervyn Silva and other government members tried to shout him down.

Naga separatist leaders talk to Indian PM, some progress in Naga peace dialogue

From M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-I/M) leaders, chairman Isak Chishi Swu, and General Secretary T Muivah, who is also the outfit’s chief negotiator with the government, on Tuesday met the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Buddhists blast Bollywood bash

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Venerable Gangodawila Soma Commemoration Foundation has strongly urged President Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and the Indian High Commissioner to put off by two days Temptation 2004, the musical extravaganza scheduled to be held at the Colombo Race Course on December 11 - the first death anniversary of the popular Buddhist preacher, the Ven. Gangodawila Soma.

Minority rights has to be addressed in the South Asian regionalcontext"—a seminar told

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

The issue of minority rights has to be addressed in the South Asian regional context instead of looking at it in Bangladesh context alone, speakers said at a seminar at the National Press Club in Dhaka.

Pakistan arrests 41 Indian fishermen for poaching

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The Pakistani authorities have arrested 41 Indian fishermen and seized their seven boats for illegal entry and fishing in Pakistani waters.

Dr Manmohan for 'mutually acceptable' solution to Naga problem

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

The collective leadership of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN (IM), Isak Chishi Swu and Th Muivah have today met Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh here. In their first meeting, the Prime Minister told the leaders of the organization that he favored a "mutually acceptable and honorable" solution to the longstanding Naga political problem.

Dissanayake’s movement of reckoning: Supreme Court verdict for two years of hard labor imprisonment for reckless mouth.

A five bench supreme court judges panel led by Chief Justice Sarath N.Silva upheld the integrity of the judiciary by sentencing Sumanasiri Banda Dissanayake a leading member of the Sri Lanka’s opposition United National Party and a former Minister of Agriculture under former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's government for the critical comments he made about the apex court of the country on 03 November 2003.

Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear missile

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan Wednesday carried out a successful test fire of its indigenously developed medium range surface-to-surface ballistic nuclear-capable missile Hatf-IV/Shaheen-I.


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