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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2347

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Top US biologists oppose biodefence boom

The US has poured billions of dollars into biodefence research since its anthrax attacks in 2001. More than half of the US scientists studying bacterial diseases have this week written to the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) - their main funding agency - charging that the largess has created "a crisis for microbiological research".

Presidential Committee inquiry into attacks on LTTE

Gamini Weerakoon reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Well informed government sources doubted whether the Special Presidential Commission appointed to probe the recent attacks on LTTE cadres in the Eastern Province could function because the evidence of the LTTE as well as cadres of the Karuna faction who are alleged to be behind the attacks will have to be examined by the commission.

Karuna group enjoys great sympathy in-Amparai— STF Commandant

Gamini Weerakoon – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Karuna Group enjoys a great deal of sympathy and support of the Tamil community in the Amparai District and is a force to reckon with, a fact which the LTTE is not prepared to accept, DIG Nimal Leuke, Commandant of the Special Task Force of the Police has said in a statement issued on the attack on three women cadres of the LTTE on Monday.

Efforts underway to form governments in Bihar, Jharkhand and Haryana states.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), ruling in New Delhi and its main opposition rival Bharatiya Janata Party-headed National Democratic Alliance on Tuesday launched efforts to cobble up a government in Bihar and Jharkhand, the two states in East India which has had an assembly election last week.

Delhi agrees to Dhaka's preconditions to gas pipeline

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

India has agreed to give Bangladesh corridor access for Nepal and
Bhutan's hydropower and trade of various commodities. Also India agreed to work on reducing its trade imbalance with
Bangladesh on the basis of an "agreed framework", said sources close
to the Bangladesh delegation to a meeting in Yangon.

US castigates India for human rights abuses

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

The US State Department has, in its report, castigated India for
numerous and severe human rights abuses.

Collective wisdom must prevail for permanent solution to Naga problem: Longon

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Fisheries, P Longon said his priority would be to bring "peace and development" in the district of Tuensang in particular and Nagaland in general.

U.S. Blasts Pak for 'poor' rights

The U.S. State Department has blasted key ally in the war on terrorism,
Pakistan, for its poor human rights record.

Indian defence budget hike ‘modest’ say experts

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Expectedly, Pakistan has criticised the hike in the outlay for defence announced by the Indian finance minister P Chidambaram while presenting his budget for 2005-06 in Parliament.

Asian HR group cautions Nepal may lose its middle class

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

In the aftermath of the royal coup, Nepal may lose its middle class, according to the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The fear of arrest has led large numbers of democrats, human rights workers and those who are involved in other social movements, such as students, to go underground, the AHRC points out.


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