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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

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People have conscience and they used it: Dr Lotha

By Oken Jeet Sandham - Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Horticulture and Agriculture Dr TM Lotha, who played a decisive role in making BJP sweeping victorious in Wokha Town Council elections, lauded the electorates of the Wokha Town for wholeheartedly supporting the party (BJP) and electing its candidates in the just concluded Town Council elections.

TN police: probe in Kanchi seer case nearing close

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

Tamil Nadu police are continuing with more interrogations and are hunting for more accused and witnesses in the Hindu Seer Sankaracharya case.

Sri Lanka: Political plot suspected in blast

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo.

Extensive investigations are being carried into yesterday's bomb blast in Colombo during the Bollywood musical event. The incident occurred around 11.30 p.m. when the show was coming to an end.

J&K, POK leaders meet in Kathmandu

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

Leaders from both sides of the Kashmir divide, Jammu and Kashmir and POK (Azad Kashmir in Pakistan parlance) are in Nepal capital Kathmandu for a get together organised as a part of Track II diplomacy between India and Pakistan.

SB's case for International Court

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

UNP Assistant General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said today that his party would take up the issue of the two-year imprisonment imposed on the party's National Organizer S.B. Dissanayake with the International Court.

"BJP's future lies in the second generation", says Advani

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from, New Delhi

Despite having seen how the leadership issue unleashes intrigues, war for one-upmanship and dissent in the second rung of his party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Lal Krishan Advani has once again talked, albeit indirectly, of grooming his and former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's successors in the party.

Noted Carnatic Musician M S Subbulakshmi Died

By D P Kamat - From New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Magsaysay award recipient and noted musician of the carnatic style, M.S. Subbulakshmi is dead. She died after a brief illness at her native Chennai in South India. She was 88. Her husband, Sadasivam, who played a stellar role in her popularity, predeceased her in 1997.

Former Supreme Court Judge of Sri Lanka warns of anarchy

By Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has reached the climax of 57 years of politicization and abuse of power at the highest levels. This is the point of no return. Retired Supreme Court Judge K.M.M.B. Kulatunge made this observation today in an interview with the Asian Tribune.

"We’ll oppose tooth and nail if India signs defence agreement with Sri Lanka," – L.Ganesan

From Narendra Kaushik - Reporting from New Delhi

Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), a regional political party in Tamil Nadu which is propping up the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government in New Delhi, has never shied away from supporting LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam), a terrorist organization in neighbouring Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: `Bollywood' protestors tear gassed

Janaka Perera, Reporting from, Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Buddhist monks who staged a fast in Colombo protesting against the Bollywood musical event after the organizers apologized for any inconvenience caused and observed two minutes silence in memory of the late Venerable Gangodawila Soma whose first death anniversary fell on Saturday, the very day that the show commenced.

Bangladesh: Tens of thousands formed human-chain to express "No Confidence," in the Government

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Tens of thousands people in an unprecedented way locked in hands
forming a cross-country human wall today to express no confidence in
the government. The opposition parties claimed a stunning success and
nation's desire for immediate quit of the ruling coalition.

Hats in the ring for top UN post

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

When Britain’s Sunday Times last week named the Thai foreign minister as the front-runner to replace UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the candidature of Sri Lanka’s Jayantha Dhanapala had only just been officially announced.

Sri Lanka: UPFA Government's maiden budget passed

By Janaka Perea – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government's maiden budget was passed following the debate in the third reading with a majority of 105 votes on Thursday with 118 voting for and 13 against at the end of the third reading.

Opposition getting united to oust Musharraf: Ch Nisar Ali Khan

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Acting Parliamentary Leader of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the opposition parties would unite against General Pervez Musharraf in the next few weeks to "oust him from power."

Ranil jumps into SB’s cage

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

At a time when the judiciary is terrorized by drug dealers and underworld gangs, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition, has allowed his MPs to run amok in parliament challenging the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court to sentence S. B. Dissanayake (SB) to two years rigorous imprisonment.

United States Congress Ratifies Historic Intelligence Reforms

Daya Gamage - Reporting from USA to Asian Tribune

The intelligence reforms, ratified by the United States Congress Thursday in keeping with recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission), is an effort to integrate the defense establishments, covert operations, overseas diplomacy, internal law enforcement, border security and other aspect of national security power.

The Right to a Future

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

In the introduction to his autobiography Ecce Homo, Friedrich Nietzsche implies that mankind’s ‘right to a future’ (italics in the original) is dependent on the values it adopts. Perhaps a country, a community too has to prove through its words and deeds, through what it does, what it permits to be said and done in its name whether it has a right to a future.

Bomb Blast at Indian film artists’ concert in Colombo, two killed and 18 hurt

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

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan escaped unhurt as also his colleagues from the Indian Hindi film industry as a bomb exploded just after they ended a three-hour concert at an open air stadium in Colombo. At least two teenagers were killed and 18 others including the wife of Cricketer turned TV commentator Ravi Sastri injured, according to reports on the Saturday night blast.