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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2528

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Burmese Junta Arrested Two MPS

U Kyaw Min(a) U Anwar and U Kyaw Hsan, the two MPs were picked up from their Rangoon homes by the Burmese military ruling junta on 17th March 2005, said a relative of U Kyaw Min from Rangoon on condition of anonymity.

Buddhists blast carrot-and-stick compassion

By Janaka Perera from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Buddha Sasana Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake blasted bible-toting bogus charities that were exploiting the tsunami disaster.

Sri Lanka: Tsunami housing models not realistic

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

The tsunami victims in Sri Lanka say that most of the local NGOs and companies are now offering number of house models, but they are not cost-wise realistic.

Bomb blast at shrine in southwest Pakistan kills 35

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Over 30 people were killed and scores injured when a powerful bomb went off in a shrine in southwestern Pakistan.

“Bad education system has produced leaders like Bush and Blair” – Professor Yashpal.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Professor Yashpal, eminent educationist and a former head of University Grants Commission (UGC), a central nodal authority that controls the higher education in India, is an angry man.

Federalism workable only in a democratic environment – Prof. Thomas Fleiner

Prof. Thomas Fleiner is an internationally respected authority on federalism. His latest book is the General Theory of the State, co-authored with his wife, Prof. Dr.iur. Lidija Basta Fleiner. He is the head of the Institute of Federalism of the University of Fribourg (IFF).

Indian Prime Minister admits Left is his problem

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

For the first since he came to power nine months back at the head of a coalition government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has frankly admitted that his problem in speedy implementation of economic reforms is the ideologically moored Left parties.

A tale of two commissions and other stories

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

Somawansa Amarasinghe has spoken and his message is clear: the necessarily fractious alliance between the SLFP and the JVP is not going to breakdown anytime soon. It is now apposite to stop day dreaming about the ‘might have beens’ and pay attention to other, more relevant, matters…

US may ‘roll back’ visa denial for Narendra Modi

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

Indications are that the United States may relent on letting in Narendra Modi, the controversial chief minister of India’s west coast state, Gujarat.

More Sri Lankan Tamil refugees arrested by Navy

Naval troops have arrested ten Sri Lankan refugees and one Indian dhow with three crewmembers at the 5th Sand Bank in the general sea area of Talaimannar on 18 March 2005 around 7.20 a.m.

Pakistan successfully test fires long range nuclear capable missile

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan Saturday successfully test-fired its longest-range, nuclear-capable missile, a military spokesperson said.

Overseas Tiger offices and officials: LTTE International Inc

Asian Tribun begins its series on LTTE International Inc. with a survey on Norway – the primary base for diplomatic, financial and political activities for its global network. Political analysts agree that without Norwegian backing the LTTE would have lost its clout within the international community. This is the second article in Asian Tribune’s series on Norway’s role in Sri Lanka. The first was published on 13 March, LTTE in Norway – Part 1 Please note that for reasons of security this series will be written by journalists and specialists who have opted to remain anonymous --