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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2868

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Advani raises Ram Temple issue again.

From Narendra Kaushik - Reporting from New Delhi

A day before Bharatiya Janata Party, the right wing opposition party in India, begins its silver jubilee celebrations in New Delhi party president Lal Krishan Advani has once again raised the Ram temple issue.

Stop killings – Tamil parties tell LTTE

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Bureau Chief of Asian Tribune

Tamil political parties expressed grave concern over the killings of Tamil officials by the Tamil Tigers. Condemning the murder spree unleashed by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) despite the ceasefire agreement, the leading Tamil political parties including the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Peoples Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Eelam Peoples Democratic party (EPDP) urged the Sri Lanka monitoring mission to take immediate action to stop the systematic assassinations by the LTTE.

Bush Hosts Ukraine President Yushchenko at White House

Daya Gamage – Reporting from USA to Asian Tribune

Calling Ukraine’s “Orange Revolution” a sign of “a world changing for the better,” the United States President George Bush hailed President Viktor Yushchenko as a “courageous leader of a free Ukraine” and pledged a US $ 60 million aid package to support that country.

Tension continues to mark the Kashmir bus preparations, 20-kg explosive seized from the bus route

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

There is palpable tension as the final countdown has got underway for the inauguration of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The flag off is set for April 7. Congress President Sonia Gandhi is also scheduled to attend the bus launch.

Bush To Attend Pope’s Funeral

Daya Gamage – From USA Reporting to Asian Tribune

President Bush will attend the funeral for Pope John Paul in Rome on April 8, it was announced here at a press briefing in White House.

India cancels dry run of Kashmir bus due to security

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

The authorities in Indian Kashmir Monday cancelled the second dry run of the ‘bus service’ from Srinagar to Uri on the border with Pakistan Kashmir and then on to Muzaffarabad. It was scheduled for Monday but due to security concerns, we have cancelled it, police officials were quoted as saying in media despatches from Srinagar.

Offensive onslaught on the opposition by Wimal Weerawansa

By Sassanka Samarakkody- Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

“If the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government did not take over the reigns of power one year ago, the United National Front (UNF) Government led by Ranil Wickremesinghe would have paved the way for the division of the country,” declared Wimal Weerawansa Member of Parliament and the Propaganda Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP).

Burma : A Political and Economic Analysis

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The defection of Aung Lin Htut, recently Myanmar's most senior diplomat in America, was a major diplomatic disaster for the Burmese military government. In his letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the senior Burmese diplomat described Myanmar as a "tyranny" and he said "he and his family face arrest and possible death if they return to Burma".

Distribution of Telephone Directories – a mess in Sri Lanka.

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

A large number of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) customers have still not received their 2004 telephone directories, due to mishandling of delivery by a private courier service.

Chinese Premier starts his Four Nation South Asian Tour

By Mendaka Abeysekera-From Beijing

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is scheduled to start his eight day Four Nation South Asian tour today

CBI probes Indian gutkha baron for smuggling of gutkha machines to Pakistan.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

ntral Bureau of Investigation, India’s premier central investigative agency, on Monday questioned Rasiklal Manikchand Dhariwal, owner of multi-million company Manikchand Gutka, on allegations that he helped fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees in setting up gutkha factories in Pakistan.

Adhikaris to launch "UNP Against Front," to defeat Ranil Wickramasinghe

Sunil C. Perera reporting from Sri Lanka

A powerful Sri Lankan political leader, who served as a minister for more than 17 years and a former member of the executive committee of the United National Party (UNP) , along with his politico wife, who is a councilor of the North Central Provincial Council have jointly warned the Leader of the Opposition that they would work against him to see that he is defeated in the next Presidential election.

Pope’s Funeral on Friday morning.

The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope John Paul II's funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. and he will be buried at the St. Peter's Basilica grotto after the ceremony.

Demise of Pope John Paul: Srilanka declares today as day of National mourning

Sri Lanka Government has declared today, Tuesday 5th April, a day of national mourning as a matter of respect and homage for the late Pope John Paul II.

Pamban Bridge to get new lease of life

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

Pamban railway bridge which stands as a witness as much to history and mythology as to engineering skills nearly century ago is to get a new lease of life and made fit to carry broad guage trains.

On the forensic genetic services

By Dr Athula Sumathipala and Dr Sisira Siribaddana

research into policy and practice. The Forum for Research and Development ( was founded in 2000 to work towards achieving a paradigm shift in thinking and actions of the scientific community.

Blair Ends Speculation By announcing Next Election

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

Weeks of speculation ended today when Prime Minister Tony Blair announced the date of the next British general election.