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Heavy rains, snowfall kill 500 in Northwestern Pakistan

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Avalanches and mudslides triggered by heavy rains and snowfall have killed at least 500 people in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan while more then 10,000 houses have also been destroyed.

Safeguard the handful who expose government corruption

From our London Correspondent

Whistleblowers who expose corruption in public or private sectors should be given legal protection, says Nagananda Kodituwakku, former head of the Serious Fraud Investigations in the Customs Office, in Sri Lanka.

Bhajan angry over being left out in the cold in Haryana.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Congress, the party ruling India in New Delhi in alliance with motley regional outfits, got into another crisis on Friday over election of Bhupinder Singh Huda, its veteran leader and member of Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian Parliament, for Chief Ministership in Haryana, an agrarian state in Northern India.

U.S. Torture, Detention Before Rights Commission

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

The Center for Constitutional Rights, a widely respected and well known American organization with a 39-year history which has won many judicial decisions in recent times, was before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights of the Organization of American States (OAS) on March 3 to argue that the United States continues to violate its own treaties as well as international and domestic law in its treatment to detainees at its Cuban military base in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere.

Long march against India's river-linking plan begins

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thousands of Bangladeshis started a march towards the northern
district of Kurigram in protest against an Indian plan to inter-link
trans-boundary rivers. According to environmentalists, the
inter-linking will wreak havoc on lower riparian Bangladesh.

Initiate Comprehensive Assessment of Violations of Ceasefire Agreement – Not Piecemeal Assassinations of LTTE

In a letter addressed to the President of Sri Lanka, The Society Peace Unity and Human Rights of Sri Lanka has pointed out that there is irrefutable evidence that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, is sheltering under the ceasefire signed by the former Wickremesinghe Government, is preparing for war.”

Indian FM likely to visit Pakistan next month

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh is likely to visit
Pakistan early next month to take part in the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).

Congress on damage control to get over Jharkhand.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Acutely embarrassed over the unsavoury saga, its governor Syed Sibtey Razi enacted in Jharkhand, a state in North east of India and facing flak from its opponents as well as associates for the same, Congress, a mainline political party ruling New Delhi in alliance with motley regional groups, has taken number of decisions to control damage and deflect attention from Jharkhand.

BD government confirms arrest of 3 in Malaysia

Ahmede Hussain – Reporting from, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh government has confirmed the arrest of three Bangladeshis
in Malaysia since a crackdown on illegal foreign workers began this

Shurhozelie hopes DAN Govt not only completes full term but to continue for next 10 to 15 years

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

Nagaland Minister for School Education and Urban Development, Shurhozelie, says the DAN (Democratic Alliance of Nagaland) coalition Government in the State will not only complete its remaining tenure in office, but will be able to continue for the next 10 to 15 years.

AHRC insists on advanced forensic facilities in Sri Lanka

The need to introduce forensic services in Sri Lanka was insisted in the absence of people coming forward to be witnesses in criminal cases fearing reprisal. As witnesses were unwilling to appear 80% percent of those accused of murder were usually being discharged emphasized Deputy Solicitor General, (DSG) Palitha Fernando, speaking at a conference organized by the Sri Lankan Medical Association.

Sri Lanka Launches UN Bid

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka has officially launched its bid to succeed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan when he leaves the prestigious post at the end of his second term next year.