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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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U.N. Human Rights Commission’s Credibility Under Attack

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

An unlikely alliance, questioning the credibility of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, is seen these days at the Commission’s 61st session in Geneva: the head of the United States delegation castigating the composition of the Commission on the one hand, and U.N. chief Kofi Annan admitting the declining credibility of the world watch dog of human rights on the other.

Sri Lanka’s parliamentarian on a disaster management study tour to Australia

A group of Sri Lankan Parliamentarians will arrive in Melbourne, Australia on Monday on a study tour to learn about disaster management.

SL tsunami victims receive clean drinking water

From Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

The tsunami victims of Sri Lanka are now receiving clean drinking water after the joint effort of the USAID and USA based ITT Industries.

TDP sees red over BJP’s return to Hindutva.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a regional political outfit in Andhra Pradesh and ally of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition party in India, is threatening to walk out on the latter over its return to Hindutva.

200 Acres of land needed to build a biggest zoo in Sri Lanka.

Sassanka Samarakkody – Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Environmentalists have pointed out that the delay in the construction of the proposed Zoological garden on 200 acres of land, next to the world renowned Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Kandy, was due to bad planning by the authorities concerned.

Fernandez alleges two Union ministers involved in conspiracy against him.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Former Union Minister for Defence and convener of opposition conglomerate National Democratic Alliance (NDA) George Fernandes has accused Congress of hatching a conspiracy along with Tehelka, a news portal, to defame him and dared the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to release Justice Phukan commission probe report on the portal’s allegations against him.

Global economic growth will decline

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

The US Institute for
International Economics, major US think tank on the
global economy, predicts that global economic growth
will decline to 4 percent this year from rapid 5
percent growth in 2004, and further inch down in 2006.

Prime Minister Wen Jiabao called on all political parties to strengthen Lanka – China bi-lateral relations

From Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Sri Lanka

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao Saturday called on all the political parties to contribute to a strengthening of the bilateral relations between China and Sri Lanka.

Japanese loan to give facelift to Buddhist Centres in India

From R C Rajamani in New Delhi - Reporting for Asian Tribune

In a splendid show of Asian solidarity in the areas of economic and cultural cooperation, Japan has extended India a loan of Yen 1344.66 million that will, among other things, finance a project to give a facelift to neglected and poorly maintained world-famous Buddhist Centres in Uttar Pradesh (North India).

Hanoi Jane and the City of God

By John Chuckman

A while back Jane Fonda found a new ally in her battle with being a decaying cutie-pie. Injections, face lifts, dye, flaky philosophy, and many hours a day of aerobics were no longer enough to hang on to even an out-of-focus resemblance to the poochy-lipped mannequin of Roger Vadim's Barbarella.

Balasingham questioned by London Police for hours on Jeyadevan’s affair

From our London and Colombo correspondents

Sources in London reveal that Anton Balasingham, “the sole representative of the LTTE in UK”, was questioned by the Police for three hours on his role and the role of the LTTE in imprisoning Rajasingham Jeyadevan and A. K. Vivekananthan in the Vanni for 62 day and 42 days respectively.