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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

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21 guns boomed as Karzai lands in Pakistan

Iqbal Hussain – Reporting from Islambad

Afghan President Hamid Karzai Tuesday arrived here to a warm welcome by Pakistani officials. He was received at the airport by Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and Minister for Tourism Ghazi Ghulab Jamal.

Natwar leaves for Myanmar

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

India’s External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh begins a four-day visit of Myanmar Wednesday as a part of the on-going exercise between the two countries to forge closer ties particularly in the energy sector.

"LTTE is not strong as they think they are" – Kadiragamar

From our London Correspondent

In a polished and an unruffled performance Lakshman Kadiragamar, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, told the BBC Hard Talk interviewer, Zeinab Bedawi, yesterday that the LTTE has climbed down from its extremist demands and the stage is now almost set for a joint mechanism to advance, leading possibly even to “a platform on the big scene.”

To launch a new Buddhist global relief agency

Janaka Perera - Asian Tribune

A new Buddhist International Relief Organization will come into effect, early next year, Dr. Hema Goonatilake, Coordinator, Buddhist Resource Centre, Sri Lanka, told the Asian Tribune on Tuesday. She said that a committee comprising of Sri Lankan and international representatives has been appointed to draft within three months a constitution for the new organization.

Supreme Court asks district officials to prevent child marriages on Hindu festivals.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In a judgment, which may help in curbing child marriages in the country, Supreme Court of India recently told District Collectors (DCs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) in the country to prevent mass child marriages which are solemnized every year during major Hindu festivals like Ram Navami, Basant Panchami and Akha Teej.

Tsunami victim’s aid money robbed by LTTE

A tsunami affected Tamil fisherman who was returning from Vakarai area after collecting tsunami aid has been assaulted and his money has been robbed by the LTTE at the LTTE roadblock in the general un-cleared area of Panichchankerni on 21 March 2005 around 8.20 a.m.

Pak-India exchange forms for Kashmir bus service

By Iqbal Hussain Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Application forms for Muzaffarabad-Srinagar Bus Service were exchanged between officials of Pakistan and India at Chakoti, line of control on Tuesday.

Tsunami victims encroaches private land

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

Over 67,000 tsunami victims are still in refugee camps and in temporary sheds due to the lack of proper shelters.

Religion column restored to passport

By Iqbal Hussain Yousafzai- Reporting from Islamabad

The Ministerial Committee on column of religion column in the Pakistani passport has unanimously recommended restoration of religion column to the machine readable passport.

UNP to launch signature campaign for the release of jailed

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

The United National Party, the Chief opposition political party in Sri Lanka has decided to launch a nationwide signature campaign for the release of jailed UNP parliamentarian and a leader S.B.Dissanayaka.

Oh No, Not Again!

By Dayan Jayatilleka

It’s a rare case of morality meeting the monetary. The Tigers can afford a Sri Lankan government failure to set up a joint mechanism on tsunami relief. Sri Lanka on the other hand cannot afford to be seen by the world to reject one. A refusal would damn us morally and ethically.

Political leaders condemned the JVP decision to use school children to launch their protests

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

A number of political leaders in Sri Lanka have condemned the recent move of the Marxist party to make use of school children to stage their protest campaign against the government's decision of setting up private universities.

Murali wins Indians to cheer for Sri Lanka.

From our Correspondent in Colombo

Muthiah Muralitharan (34) has done what no other Sri Lankan cricketer has achieved so far. In cricket-mad India he has managed to get Indians to barrack for Sri Lanka in future India-vs-Sri Lanka games.

DAN Chairman appeals to revamp CCP with larger participation of entire House

By Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Chairman of the ruling Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) conglomeration, Dr Hokishe Sema has emphatically drawn the attention of the members of the House on Tuesday for the necessity to revamp the "Consultative Committee for Peace (CCP)" with the larger participation of all sections of people including entire House.

A Buddhist to be Killed according to Islamic law.

This is a tale of woe by a wife of one Sri Lankan Mr. Ediris Singhe who is presently languishing in a dead row in Saudi Arabia, and is to be served with dead sentence according to Islamic law, though he is a Buddhist, within a week.

Democracy in Burma

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

A few years ago when Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir made his last State Visit to Burma, he was promised a private visit with Aung San Suu Kyi (ASSK). However, when Mahathir arrived in Rangoon General Than Shwe refused to honor his promise and cancelled Mahathir's scheduled meeting with ASSK.

Eelap Patheeswarar Temple forced opened today, after being closed and sealed

Eelap Patheeswarar Sivan Temple of London was taken over yesterday by the management of the Pavitt Hall Committee and they closed and sealed it off peacefully with the permission of the Police, but it is alleged that the temple has been forced open this morning by Murugesu Seevaratnam, and his group.