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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2954

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Asia achieved it's best growth

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

Asia achieved
their best growth rate in 2004, since the Asian
financial crisis of 1997-98, with the region's
aggregate real gross domestic production (GDP)
increased by a 7.3 percent.

Two LTTE militants shot and killed

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

An attack on a LTTE check point at Poonagar in Trincomalee this afternoon has killed two Tiger cadres, police reports said.

World rice production has gone up

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

World rice
production reached 605 million tons in 2004, an
increase of 3.8 percent over 2003, according to the
latest issue of the United Nation Food and Agriculture
Organization's (FAO) Rice Market Monitor.

Sri Lanka: One more Tamil Civilian in the East killed

By Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Suspected LTTE gunmen shot dead a civilian in Kattankudy in the Batticaloa area around 7 am today, police reports said.

UK Court rejects LTTE grab of Shiva Temple in London

Yesterday Mr Justice Tugendhat put an end to the attempts of the LTTE to grab the Eelapatheeswarar Aalayam (Shiva Temple) in London by ruling that the original Trustees -- two of whom were held incommunicado in the Vanni --should take control and run the affairs of this Hindu Temple as they had done for the last six years.

U.S. Torture and Detention Policies Highlighted in Geneva By American Human Rights Group

Daya Gamage – From USA Reporting to Asian Tribune

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), now the largest and most active U.S.-based civil liberties organization with special consultative status to the United Nations as a non-governmental organization, now attending the U.N. Commission on Human Rights session in Geneva, called for immediate action to address the abuse and torture of prisoners by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan and at other U.S.-controlled detention centers.

Sri Lankan economy poised to grow by 5.2% this year

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief , Asian Tribune, Colombo

Sri Lankan economy is expected to record a growth rate of 5.2 percent this year. Despite the money control measures and the positive foreign exchange outlook due to massive inflow of funds after tsunami, the inflation is projected to increase by about 2 percentage points, from an original 10% projected for 2005 to 12%.

Indian Marxists set a three-year time limit to cobble up a third alternative front

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

for the first time imparting clarity to their thinking, the Marxist Communists in India Thursday outlined their plans to cobble up an alternative to the Sonia Gandhi Congress and rightwing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which are dominating the national political scene.

People in the North and East too are Sri Lankan – Lakshman Kadirgamar.

BY Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Lakshman Kadirgamar, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister told in a media briefing that Sri Lanka government has not yet finalized details pertaining to a joint mechanism with the LTTE for distribution of tsunami aid to the North and East, "We are still at the discussion stage," he added.

Kurdish President and Shiite Prime Minister elected in Iraq

By Sally Sami – Asian Tribune

Shiite Arab, Ibrahim al-Jaafari has been posted Iraqi interim Prime Minister on Thursday 7 April 2005. This comes a day after Jalal Talabani, a Kurdish leader, was elected by the National Assembly as Interim President.

The Post Secular Age

By Frank Gaetano Morales

The last two centuries have been a conspicuously unique era in the history of the human race. For, unlike any other epoch in our history, the last 200 years have witnessed the systematic and seemingly unstoppable deconstruction of religion as an important element of Western society.

NGO’s are Crows in Search of Dollars.

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Tamil Tigers demand for a separate mechanism to handle foreign aids amounts to challenging the sovereignty and integrity of Sri Lanka, alleged Wimal Weerawansa.

Despite the fear of the militants’ gun, bus service unites divided Kashmiris and breaks barriers of suspicion

By M Rama Rao & D P Kamat in New Delhi

Despite the fear of the militants’ gun, India and Pakistan introduced their first ever bus service in Kashmir to unite divided families and to overrun barriers of suspicion.

Protest demonstrations held against the interdiction of the school principal

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Students, parents and old boys of Ananda College, Colombo held a protest demonstration in front of the school on Friday morning, demanding an explanation from the authorities for the interdiction of the school principal.

Chautala raided on teachers recruitment scam.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

In an example of what loss of power can do to a politician, Central Bureau of Investigation, the central premier investigative agency in New Delhi, on Thursday raided residences of recently deposed Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala of Haryana, a state in Northern India in connection with a five year old teachers’ recruitment scam.

Pop Pope Paul preempts progress

BY H. L. D. Mahindapala

If all the performances of Pope John Paul II are put together into one act there is no doubt that he will come out of it as the first pop pope ever produced in Rome. All his acts were pure theatre.

Sri Lanka: NGOs hire local MPs

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

The Internationally and locally funded NGOs are now changing their strategies to win the hearts of the members of the Sri Lankan Parliament.

72 Sri Lankans deported from Egypt arrived in Colombo

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Seventy two Sri Lankans, who tried to enter Egypt illegally, arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) from Cairo early today.