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The Importance of Strong Relations Between Japan and South Korea

Drafted By: Erich Marquardt

In the last month, a series of confrontations have occurred between Japan and South Korea that are threatening Japan's power and interests in East Asia. These events include Japan's expressed interest in attaining sovereignty over a series of disputed islets, its whitewashing of the historical record involving its militant past, and visits made by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to the Yasukuni Shrine. Japan's increase in its military projection capabilities has also contributed to South Korea's sense of concern.

Norway needed for peace process: Sri Lankan President

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Asian Tribune Bureau Chief, Colombo

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga criticized her coalition government ally for its demand to ‘oust Norway.’ She said that Norway was essential for the peace process to solve the ethnic problem. But she assured her critics that her government would not in any way sacrifice the country in bringing a lasting solution to the North-East conflict.

London Eelap Patheeswarar Temple’s ownership and management issues are to be finalized today

London Eelap Patheeswarar Temple case will be taken up for hearing at 10.30 AM today morning, at the High Court, in the Royal Court of Jurisdiction, in Strand, located in the Central London.

More guards for judges under threat

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, - Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

As the death threats to judges who try terrorist suspects, drug mafia members and politicians charged with criminal acts mounted, the government decided to expand the security blanket provided to selected judges.

Sethusamudram gets environmental clearance

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Indian government has accorded environmental clearance to the controversial Sethusamudram project in the Palk straits.

A compromise formula on the restructuring of state assets.

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) trade union representatives met the Minister of Finance Dr Sarath Amunugama yesterday, regarding the re-structuring of the CEB.

Militants dampen Kashmir bus spirit; attack the building where passengers are given safe shelter

By D P Kamat in New Delhi

Militants stuck a strong blow to the Indian efforts at rapprochement with Pakistan by attacking the building where the 24 passengers scheduled to travel to Muzaffarabad from Srinagar were given safe shelter.

CPI (M) to form an alternative to Congress-led UPA.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In a significant development, Communist Party of India (Marxist), a major constituent of the Left Front that props up the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government from outside said on Wednesday that it would continue to push for formation of an alternative third front in the country.

Sri Lanka: Sri Jayewardenepura University shut down

By Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

The Sri Jayewardenepura University has been indefinitely shut down and the university authorities have informed the hostellers to vacate the premises before Wednesday 12 noon, as the senior students have disregarded an earlier directive to not enter the university premises until further notice.

Chinese Premier calls for Asian peace, stability, cooperation and development

By Mendaka Abeysekera-From Beijing

Chinese Premier called all Asian nations to take up the historical
responsibility and renew the joint commitment to a new
Asia with peace, stability, cooperation, and development.

Britain’s Election Campaign takes To the Air

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor Asian Tribune

The leaders of Britain’s three main political parties literally and metaphorically took to the air yesterday to launch their official election campaign for the May 5 parliamentary polls.

Chief Minister of Sabaragamuwa abused and threatened the Director of the National Zoological Gardens.

By Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo

The Director of the Department of the National Zoological Gardens, Brigadier H .A.N. T. Perera was threatened and abused at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage by the Chief Minister Sabaragamuwa province, at a public gathering.

China and Pakistan sign historical treaty

By Mendaka Abeysekera-From Beijing

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Pakistani counterpart Shaukat Aziz signed a historical treaty for friendship,
cooperation, and good neighborly relations on Tuesday

Prakash Karat expected to be the new face of Indian Marxists

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

Prakash Karat, 56, the soft spoken hardliner is expected to be the new face of CPI (M) by the end of the party conclave which began here on Wednesday. He was spotted and groomed by EMS, the legendry communist from his student days. Karat moved into the politburo about a decade back.

Pope John Paul II: a political obituary

Amidst the media barrage depicting Pope John Paul II as a contemporary saint and uncritically presenting the pomp and mysticism of the Vatican’s funeral rites, almost nothing serious can be found about the personality of John Paul II or his real role in contemporary history. The political issues and concerns that dominated the life of Karol Joseph Wojtyla and consumed his 27-year papacy are barely discussed.

London Temple management ordered to be given to Jeyadevan and his trustees: London High Court Order a big slap to LTTE.

Justice prevailed in the injunction hearing of the London Eelap Patheeswarar Temple as the judge has ordered the temple to be handed over to the original trustees immediately. The London High Court Order was a big slap to the Tamil separatist outfit – Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.