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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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Sea swim to alley fears

By Eric Fernando

It is a little over two months since the word tsunami entered the local vocabulary. In Japanese tsunami means “harbor wave,” but tsunamis have little to do with tides. They emerge from the open ocean and pack enough energy to smash towns and drown the unwary. Sri Lankans who lost nearly 31,000 people to the tsunami know all about it.

Rumsfeld Sued Over Alleged Torture in Iraq

Daya Gamage – Reporting to Asian Tribune

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights First, the most prominent civil and human rights organizations in the United States, filed a lawsuit charging Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld of being behind the torture of the men conducted by U.S. forces, violating the U.S. constitution, U.S. federal laws and international law.

Investigators raid Galib's house, office, madrasa

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Investigators from the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) along with the police seized a huge trove of evidence during a raid on the house and madrasa of militant kingpin Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib at Naodapara.

Indefinite Imprisonment Without Charges Betrays Democratic Values and Individual Liberties – Judge to U.S. Government

Daya Gamage – USA Reports to Asian Tribune

A federal judge in South Carolina ruled on February 28 that Indefinite imprisonment of a U.S. citizen, designated as an “enemy combatant”, without criminal charges is unconstitutional and ordered the Bush Administration to either charge terrorism suspect Jose Padilla with a crime or release him.

Bihar Governor looks set to favour RJD-led UPA in the State.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Bihar, the state in East India, where results of assembly elections were announced last week, looks set to follow Jharkhand, a state in its neighbourhood as the state governor there Buta Singh may appoint a minority government led by Rabri Devi of Rashtriya Janata Dal, a regional outfit which is constituent of the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in New Delhi.

Exclusive interview with Asian Tribune reveals President Kumaratunga walking on CWC/JVP egg shells

From Our Colombo Correspondent

The fragility of the UPFA government is revealed in the recurring threats posed by its coalition partners – the CWC and the JVP. These threats indicate that President Chandrika Kumaratunga is walking on egg shells.

WB offers $17 million credit to Bhutan for rural uplift

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

The World Bank has approved a US$7 million credit to improve rural access and increase agricultural output for rural communities in the Kingdom of Bhutan. The Decentralized Rural Development Project aims to reduce the time needed for rural people to reach roads and increase food and cash crop production.

President Kumaratunga stirs the “sleeping giant” – the SLFP

From our Colombo Correspondent.

Sri Lanka Freedom Party stalwarts addressed various threats faced by the party at the Youth Conference held in Maharagama yesterday.

Aziz links progress in Pak-India ties to Kashmir

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan's Prime
Minister Shaukat Aziz Wednesday said that though
relations between Pakistan and India are improving as
a result of confidence building measures, meaningful
progress can only be made if the core issue of Kashmir
is resolved.

Sri Lanka: Mahinda & Anura on SLFP at the youth meet

By our Correspondent in Colombo

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday said the SLFP does not belong to the “Bandanaranaikes and the Rajapakses” or for that matter just a handful of other politicians and it was a party of the general public of the country.

Bangladesh: Petrol bombs burn down Caritas office

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhka, Bangladesh

Office of Caritas, an international NGO, at Gobindapur of Khansamaupazila was burnt down as two petrol-bombs exploded in the early hours yesterday.

Sri Lanka: Mystery disease identified

Gamini – Weerakoon - from Colombo

An unknown heart ailment that has affected a large number of persons in the Badulla District —causing palpitations of the heart—has been identified as a mild from of myocarditis by a team of doctors appointed by the health Ministry.

Pakistan hints to release 1000 Indians as goodwill

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has
hinted to set free more about one thousand Indians,
fishermen and civilians languishing in various jails,
as a goodwill gesture to enhance the peace process
between the two countries.

Sri Lanka: Flour, bread prices up

Gamini Weerakoon, from Colombo

Prima Ltd, the main source of flour supply to the country on Tuesday increased the wholesale price of flour by Rs 6.50 a kilo.

Most distant galaxy cluster yet is revealed

The discovery of the cluster, 9 billion light years' away, could
soon be followed by others, helping to develop models of how the
universe evolved

13 killed, thousands left homeless by torrential rain and floods in Pakistan

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

At least 13 people have been killed and thousands left homeless as flash floods triggered by torrential rain wreaked havoc in southwestern Pakistan.