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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

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Death penalty decision overturned after jurors misinterpret bible texts

A divided Supreme Court in the US has thrown out the death penalty for a convicted murderer after jurors discussed verses from from the Bible during their deliberations, and reached conclusions that many Chistians would disagree with.

ASEAN, EU and Dual-Track policy

By Sai Wansai - General Secretary of Shan Democratic Union

Generally speaking, implementation of engagement policy on Burma is only feasible and sensible when the Burmese military junta, also known as SPDC, is prepared to loosen the tense internal political atmosphere to a certain extent. This is none other than the release of NLD’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, other political prisoners and implementation of a tripartite dialogue between the military, NLD and the non-Burman nationalities.

India, China begin dialogue on vexed border dispute.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Continuing the process of normalization of their relations, India and China, the two most populous countries of the world, commenced a crucial round of negotiations to find a mutually acceptable solution to the vexed border dispute on Wednesday in Beijing, the capital of China.

If Tsunami was sent by God, then we are oblivious to His message !

By Mahinda Weerasinghe

Another tidal wave is inundating the Island of Sri Lanka. The Christian fundamentalist are notifying the natives that the destructive tsunami was the handiwork of God.The writer Mahinda Weerasinghe is in search of the truth behind such a concept spread thick and thin in Sri Lanka and all over.

Traders begin strike against Value Added Tax.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

The introduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), India’s most ambitious tax reform for years by Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in most of India from April 1 this year has put the entire country in a quandary as traders embarked on a three day strike from Wednesday against the move.

American Hindus condemn attack on Pak Hindu temple

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) has condemned the March 17 killing of eighteen Hindus and the destruction of a Hindu temple at Dera Bugti in the Pakistani province of Balochistan. Among the dead include five women and three children. Along with the temple, several homes were hit by rockets ‘exchanged’ by Pakistani paramilitary forces and armed Balochi tribal militants.

Latest tsunami hits Leader of the Opposition, Ranil

H. L. D. Mahindapala – Asian Tribune

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition and the United National Party (UNP) is struggling to recover from the backlash of the latest tsunami threat that has hit his campaign to keep communities near the shoreline. Coastal communities, however, fled into higher ground on Tuesday night when the news reached that another tsunami was likely to hit them.

London Eelap Patheewarar Temple hearing today

London Eelap Patheeswarar Temple case is expected to be taken up today afternoon at the London High Court to decide further on the exparte injunction given on 25 March on a motion filed by N.Seevaratnam of the Sivayogam Trust.

U.S. Federal Court Stops Terrorism Detainee ‘Rendition’ To Foreign Countries

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

A United States federal judge, issuing an injunction against the government on Tuesday, barred the Bush administration from transferring 13 Yemeni terrorism suspect detainees from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba to custody of foreign governments saying that such transfers are hardly the same as giving detainees “a plane ticket to anywhere they want to go.”


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