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Probe ordered into temple stampede that claimed 300 lives

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Stampede at a hill top temple in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has claimed over three lives, according to official estimates though unofficial reports put the death toll very high since over 1000 pilgrims were at the place at the time of the unfortunate tragedy. At least 200 of the victims were women.

TN police may slap one more case on Junior Seer as court rejects his bail plea

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

Thursday was a day of disappointment and heightened anxiety for the Junior Pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt though the day opened on a note of high expectations for him and his followers.

Narco-Dictatorship's National Convention (NDNC)

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

One of the largest ethnic groups attending the Narco-Dictatorship's National Convention is the United Wa State Army (UWSA). Earlier this week, eight leaders of UWSA (including their Prime Minister) were indicted by Federal Court in New York and warrants for their arrest have been delivered to Thailand and China. A constitution drafted by these Drug Warlords and unelected generals cannot legitimize an illegitimate military government.

Uncertain times in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh

DP Kamat reporting from New Delhi

India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh is heading for uncertain times. It is possible the state may experience a spell of Federal rule as the Sonia Congress, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata party and the party largely of low caste untouchables Bahujan Samaj party led by Maywati are baying for the blood of the chief minister of the state Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Indo-Iran pipeline project win win for both India, Pakistan

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that he would discuss and indeed push the issue of Indo-Iran gas pipeline with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh during their meeting on the sidelines of 13th SAARC Summit in Dhaka next month.

The bizarre case of Sri Lanka’s Judiciary: Why impeachment motions against the Chief Justice were forced to lapse?

Rajpal Abeynayaka – Asian Tribune

If the law is an ass, worse are lawyers behaving like asses. That’s exactly what’s happening in Sri Lanka, if you were to hear Desmond Fernando, a Former President of the International Bar Association (IBA), and a former President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.

More Kidnappings in Bihar State.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The woes of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Union Minister for Railway and president of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a regional group ruling Bihar state and constituent of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in New Delhi, seem to have no end as the spate of abductions of school students that began about a week back continue unabated.

Sri Lanka: Is deception raising its head in the tsunami relief efforts?

The issue of spending the tsunami relief funds has recently become the focus of the attention of the international community. They want to know whether the money given for relief and rehabilitation is spent accordingly.

Pak considering returning Afghan planes

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan is considering a request by Afghanistan to return the aircraft used by Afghan pilots when they defected from their country’s communist government in the 1980s, officials said.

New guidelines and a new mechanism are to be put in place regarding the reconstruction works in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Ministry Finance is expected to come up with new sets of guidelines regarding the diversion of resources to projects already identified in a systematic manner. All donors and NGOs would be directed to follow the proposed guidelines in the future.

India’s ultra Leftists meet to chalk out new strategies

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

It is an unprecedented gathering by all means. They all believed in the old Maoist dictum –power through the barrel of the gun but long years of struggle – three decades plus to be precise- have made them apparently to revisit the text books.

Probe ordered into temple stampede that claimed 300 lives

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Stampede at a hill top temple in the western Indian state of Maharashtra has claimed over three lives, according to official estimates though unofficial reports put the death toll very high since over 1000 pilgrims were at the place at the time of the unfortunate tragedy. At least 200 of the victims were women.

Former Bangladesh Finance Minister Kibria Killed in a Grenade Attack

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four other Awami League (AL) activists were killed in a grenade attack on an AL rally at Boidder Bazar in Habiganj on Thursday night.

TN police may slap one more case on Junior Seer as court rejects his bail plea

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

Thursday was a day of disappointment and heightened anxiety for the Junior Pontiff of the Kanchi Mutt though the day opened on a note of high expectations for him and his followers.

Narco-Dictatorship's National Convention (NDNC)

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

One of the largest ethnic groups attending the Narco-Dictatorship's National Convention is the United Wa State Army (UWSA). Earlier this week, eight leaders of UWSA (including their Prime Minister) were indicted by Federal Court in New York and warrants for their arrest have been delivered to Thailand and China. A constitution drafted by these Drug Warlords and unelected generals cannot legitimize an illegitimate military government.

Uncertain times in India’s largest state, Uttar Pradesh

DP Kamat reporting from New Delhi

India’s largest state Uttar Pradesh is heading for uncertain times. It is possible the state may experience a spell of Federal rule as the Sonia Congress, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata party and the party largely of low caste untouchables Bahujan Samaj party led by Maywati are baying for the blood of the chief minister of the state Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Indo-Iran pipeline project win win for both India, Pakistan

Iqbal Khan Yousafzai – Asian Tribune

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that he would discuss and indeed push the issue of Indo-Iran gas pipeline with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh during their meeting on the sidelines of 13th SAARC Summit in Dhaka next month.

The bizarre case of Sri Lanka’s Judiciary: Why impeachment motions against the Chief Justice were forced to lapse?

Rajpal Abeynayaka – Asian Tribune

If the law is an ass, worse are lawyers behaving like asses. That’s exactly what’s happening in Sri Lanka, if you were to hear Desmond Fernando, a Former President of the International Bar Association (IBA), and a former President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.

More Kidnappings in Bihar State.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The woes of Lalu Prasad Yadav, Union Minister for Railway and president of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a regional group ruling Bihar state and constituent of ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in New Delhi, seem to have no end as the spate of abductions of school students that began about a week back continue unabated.

Sri Lanka: Is deception raising its head in the tsunami relief efforts?

The issue of spending the tsunami relief funds has recently become the focus of the attention of the international community. They want to know whether the money given for relief and rehabilitation is spent accordingly.


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