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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Sri Lanka: A hierarchy of Justice? The CID investigation into Gerald Perera’s killing is dragging its feet

What is happening to Gerald Perera’s assaination case? Why the Sri Lankan police are dragging their feet? Why no arrest was so far made regarding a murder that was committed by assassins in broad daylight while the victim was riding a bus?

Sri Lanka: Trouble in the Parliament: TNA protests

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Trouble erupted again in Parliament today, when members of the Tamil National Alliance (Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi) tried to disrupt proceedings. It happened as this morning's proceedings were coming to an end. When the sergeant-at-arms Wijaya Palliyaguru was bringing the mace, the TNA members did not allow him to do so. The obstructionists included Nadarajah Raviraj, Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam and N. Sivajalingam.

Sri Lanka Navy ready to meet any threat - Defence Chief

By Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Navy is ready to confront any eventuality and is on a round-the-clock alert, Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Daya Sandagiri said today to mark the Navy's 54th anniversary . Stressing that the SLN was now sufficiently strong to deal with any combat situation, Vice Admiral Sandagiri said that the navy's role is a decisive factor in defeating the terrorist threat facing the country.

World Buddhist summit opens in Myanmar

A World Buddhist Summit solely sponsored by Myanmar was inaugurated at the Maha Pasana Cave here Thursday in an effort to promote and propagate Buddhism.

Jolt to Indian opposition, a senior leader quits BJP

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

Leadership of India’s main opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), suffered a major jolt with a party senior announcing his decision to quit. He was a prize catch for the party, when he joined the BJP fold in 1998 and his leaving now is a cause for discomfiture since the party’s fault lines have been exposed in the recent days with squabbling amongst the second line leaders.

“Towards Democracy and Peace on Sri Lanka” - Second International WAPS Conference in Colombo

The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) will hold its second international conference, “Towards Democracy and Peace on Sri Lanka”, in Colombo, on the 18th December, at the BMICH.

Sri Lanka: Anti-Neocolonialism Year

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Desha Hithaishi Jathika Vyaparaya (Patriotic National Movement) has declared 2005 `Anti-Neocolonialism Year.' The movement aims at "building national pride and defeating the foreign-oriented slavish mentality prevailing in Sri Lankan society."

Indo-Pak talks on bus service fail

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

Deadlock was reported by India and Pakistan officials who met here for the past two days to narrow differences on putting into implementation New Delhi’s proposal for a bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad and thus bridge the divide between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan Kashmir.

Sri Lanka: Violence haunts judiciary

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Judiciary and judges have faced violence on nine occasions since 2001

Nine killed, 12 injured in Pak road mishap

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

At least nine people including a woman were killed and about a dozens injured as a passenger wagon collided with an oil tanker in the eastern Punjab province.

Sri Lanka: Corrupt cops, NPC to act

Janaka Perera - Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The National Police Commission is seeking the Attorney General's Advice on acquiring necessary powers to take disciplinary action against errant police officers. At present such powers are vested in the Inspector General of Police.

Bangladesh: IGP guilty of contempt

By Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Shahudul Haque yesterday was convicted of contempt of court after the Supreme Court rejected his appeal petition against the conviction by the High Court.

Political Situation in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

What we are witnessing in Burma is the complete failure of passive resistance. If Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK)/National League for Democracy (NLD) want to play an important role in Burmese politics they must learn to use the elbow and fight to restore freedom and democracy in Burma with a viable political strategy.

Musharraf arrives in Pakistan after two-week foreign tour

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

The President, General Pervez Musharraf, has arrived in Pakistan after a successful two-week visit to three Latin American countries, the United States, Britain and France.