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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

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Remains of ancient Egyptian seafaring ships discovered

By Emma Young - news service

First remains of ancient Egyptian seafaring ships discovered. The artifacts were found in caves by the Red Sea, along with pottery that could put a name to a mysterious land which provided the ancient Egyptians with gold, ebony and incense.

Explosion in US Third Largest Oil Refinery in Texas Kills 14

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

A powerful explosion at an oil refinery in Texas, the third largest oil refinery in the United States which produces about 3 percent of the nation’s gasoline, killed at least 14 people when the complex turned into a raging inferno on Wednesday.

World TB Day is not a celebration – Chandrika Kumaratunga

In her message on the occasion of the TB day President Chandrika Kumaratunga said that World TB Day is not a celebration and have no cause to applaud yet, in spite of our scientific breakthroughs, TB has been the greatest killer of humans throughout history and sadly, it still is prevalent.

Norway reprimanded for partial facilitator role in Sri Lanka.

Recently formed Norwegian forum, the Sri Lanka United (SLU) has appealed to the Norwegian government to help the democratic and peaceful majority of Sri Lankans of all ethnic groups to fight terror; to build a peaceful, democratic and united Sri Lanka.

The tug-of-war over the Eelap Pathieswarar Temple drags on.

Yesterday was a hectic day for Seevaratnam and his men, though he forced opened the sealed and closed doors of Eelap Pathieswarar Temple, but subsequently, they were all chased out by 8.30 in the morning and the doors were locked once again.

Regulatory Body to check vulgar programmes on television.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in New Delhi to planning to set up a regulatory authority to check the telecast of vulgar programmes on television channels in the country.

Musharraf welcomes improvement in ties with India, urges for real Kashmir solution

By Iqbal Hussain Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf welcomed on Wednesday steps to improve ties with rival India, including a bus service across divided Kashmir, but said a real solution to their dispute had to be found.

Japan offers more funds to set up a civilian demining unit

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

Japan offers an outright grant of nearly 180 million Sri Lankan Rupees to set up a Civilian Demining Unit in Sri Lanka.

Mingling of male and female creates trouble – RSS chief K Sudershan

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Rashtriya Swyamsewak Sangh (RSS), an umbrella group of Hindus and parent body of Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), the main opposition party in India and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), a militant Hindu group fighting for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, a town in Uttar Pradesh considered birthplace of Hindu God Rama, has stirred a hornet’s nest by saying that when men mingles with women, it creates trouble.

Foreign Ministers condemnation of torture needs to be backed by action in Sri Lanka

“Sri Lankan government's declaration of a policy of “condemnation of torture without reservation” must accompany short and long term preventative mechanisms to address the underlying issues of custodial torture. This is the challenge for the Sri Lankan government and one that it must overcome if torture is to be eradicated. “

AFSPA Review Committee fails to visit Senapati due to bad weather

From Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The Committee to review the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) which planned to visit Manipur's Senapati district on Wednesday morning for public hearing has failed to make it due to inclement weather.

Sri Lanka gets more investments on cable television

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

A number of foreign-based companies have indicated their willingness to invest in Sri Lanka, to expand in the local Cable Television industry.

Burma's “Road Map”, So Near and Yet So Far

By Zin Linn

Burma's military regime is unhappy with the ILO, the International Labor Organization. It doesn’t come as a surprise. The UN agency has been accusing the junta of enforcing ‘forced labour’, violating basic laws concerning workers’ welfare and ignoring the labour standards the world has come to accept. The regime views the ILO tirade as a direct interference in the internal affairs of Burma.

New World Bank Boss Wolfowitz Compassionate Toward Developing Nations

Daya Gamage – USA Reports to Asian Tribune

Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Defense Paul Wolfowitz has been painted as a ‘hawk’ in the Bush administration because of his close and active association with the invasion of Iraq and advocating the regime change in that country.

UNP to table no confidence motion against the government

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's main opposition - the United National Party is taking steps to table a no confidence motion against the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government, after it completed a full one-year term in office.

Controversial Temple issue in the High Court of London

Seevaratnam of the Sivayoga Trust has filed a motion this morning in the High Court of London, through his solicitors seeking an injuction to keep the Eelap Patheeswarar Temple open.