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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Rumblings in BJP against Narendra Modi, Vajpayee says no need for Modi to go

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

The latest act in the soap was no less embarrassing with a TV soap star turned BJP politician demanding the scalp of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He should go, she thundered while on a visit to the state on Sunday and threatened to go on an indefinite fast from December, if Modi refused to bow out.

Indo-Sri Lanka Naval exercises

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Two Indian Navy ships called at Colombo today to take part in the Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Naval exercises scheduled to begin off the West coast on Thursday.

25 killed, 100 injured in train collision in Punjab, India

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

At least 25 passengers were killed and 100 others injured in a collision between two trains -a local passenger and an express in North Indian state of Punjab in accident attributed as much to poor visibility due to winter as to negligence of staff on duty.

Police in the Seer case face music.

By D P Kamat - From New Delhi for Asian Tribune

There are some interesting and some not so interesting developments and twist in the Hindu Seer’s case.

Bomb blast: Target wasn't movie star

Janaka Perea – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Investigations into Saturday's bomb blast at the Bollywood musical event `Temptation 2004' in Colombo revealed that security had been lax towards the end of the show, though the police had been very vigilant at the start. It is suspected that persons who entered the festival grounds towards the last stages of the show had not been properly checked.

Delhi courts - "No," to Chandraswamy to go abroad

By D P Kamat - From New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Luck was in short supply on Monday to the controversial Tantrik and ‘God-Man’ Chandraswamy, who stands accused of financing LTTE to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

Summons on Minister's wife and doctor

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Colombo Magistrate's Court ordered the Borella Police on Monday to issue summons on Cardiologist, Dr. S. Narenthiran of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, Colombo and Advanced Technology Minister Rohitha Bogollagama's wife Deepthi Bogollagama following a complaint of stabbing and a counter complaint of attempted sexual harassment made to the police.

Chandraswami questioned by CBI in connection with a teachers' recruitment scam in Haryana.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Godman Chandraswami, it seems, is not yet out of trouble, despite having been acquitted in St. Kitts forgery case and Lakhu bhai Pathak cheating case.

Militants mistook him for Afro-American :Rajaratnam nearly executed

Janaka Perera Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Islamic militants who captured Sri Lankan truck driver Dinesh Dharmendra Rajaratnam (37), suspected him to be an Afro-American serving the U.S. in Iraq, because of his dark skin and other features. His Bangladeshi colleague Abul Kashem Faruk (44) was mistaken for an Egyptian. Rajaratnam's captives did not accept his denials and repeatedly beat him until they saw his Sri Lankan passport.

Zealots demand expulsion of two European diplomats in Bangladesh

Ahmede Hussain - Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

A citizen's group, supported by zealots in Bangladesh demanded immediate expulsion of two European diplomats from the country for their assistance in holding a 'controversial' seminar where Islam was 'criticised'.

BJP criticises UPA for failure to legislate 100 days employment guarantee.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In an attempt to expose the differences between the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government and its main support block from outside, the left front, Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party has sharply attacked the Manmohan Singh government for failing to bring a legislation within 100 days, guaranteeing employment for one member in every household below the poverty line in the country.

Contempt of justice causes legalised cruelty

Asian Human Rights Commission, a human rights organization based in Hong Kong has raised a pertinent question at the backdrop of Sri Lanka's former minister and Member of Parliament S.B.Dissanayake’s recent conviction and imprisonment for the contempt of courts, regarding the miscarriages justice.

Sri Lanka: UNP's long march

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The United National Party has organized a long march from Hanguranketha to Colombo, on behalf of the Party's Chief Organizer S.B. Dissanayajke, who is now languishing in prison.

Pak PM leaves for Beijing on five-day officials visit to China

By Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Tuesday left Islamabad for Beijing on a five-day official visit to China.