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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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United States Leads in Foreign Aid to Other Countries

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

The United States continues to lead other donor countries in providing development assistance, giving more that $ 19 billion in 2004, a 24 percent of total world official aid contributions; it was announced at the U.S. Department of State briefing by its spokesman Richard Boucher.

Sri Lanka may undertake off shore drilling on northwestern coastline

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Sri Lanka is seriously considering to start off shore drilling for oil in Mannar basin on the northwestern coastline. The need for oil exploration became all the more urgent because of the rising prices in the international market. Chairman of the Board of Investment (BOI) Saliya Wickremasooriya highlighted the importance if the country wants to maintain low oil prices parallel to economic development.

Chinese President to visit Brunei, Indonesia, the

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

Chinese President
Hu Jintao will visit Brunei,Indonesia, the Philippines
from April 20 to 28, Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesman Qin Gang announced at a regular press
conference yesterday.

Wen Jiabao ‘disappoints’ India where it matters most- UNSC membership

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

A day after Indian Foreign Office officials quoted him as saying that China supports Indian claim for Security Council membership, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao was not so explicit when he had a media interaction few hours before his departure for home at the end of a four day visit to India.

Sri Lankan govt. hints at removal fuel subsidies

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Alarmed by the skyrocketing oil prices, the Sri Lankan government warned the consumers that a major hike in fuel charges are on the cards as the state is simply unable to continue with subsidies. The Ministry of Power and Energy Susil Premajayantha said a heavy fuel price will be necessary soon due to the rising prices in the world market while suggesting changes in fuel subsidies.

UN steps in to monitor HR salutation in Nepal

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

Two months after the Palace coup by the King Gyanendra resulted in trampling of human rights and ban on political activity, the United Nations has decided to step in to keep tabs on the situation,

Another deadlock in Sri Lankan cricket control

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chirf, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The ongoing tussle between the sports minister and sacked head of the Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) deadlocked once again when the Court of Appeal issued a fresh interim order restraining the minister from making any order for dissolution of SLC and cancellation of its registration without affording a hearing to the other parties.

UK Elections: Labor striving to stay ahead by resurrecting the ailing MG Rover car manufacture alive

Neville de Silva - Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

The conventional wisdom, in the West at least, is that “Third World” governments spend public funds to win votes at election time.

United States Halts Deportation of Illegal Immigrants, from Tsunami Affected Sri Lanka and Maldives

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

Illegal immigrants from tsunami affected Sri Lanka and the Maldives, who had been ordered removed from the United States and return them to their homelands due to be in violation of their visas, have been given an extended stay until July 8, 2005 as the United States Government has given a sympathetic attitude toward those two nations attempting to cope with rebuilding.

Now VHP asks Vajpayee and Advani to retire.

From Narendra Kaushik- Reporting from New Delhi

Before Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the main opposition Hindu nationalist party in India, could recover from the drubbing its senior most leaders former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and party president L K Advani received from K Sudershan, chief of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), its parental organization, it is facing a beamer from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), its sisterly organization in the Sangh.

China, Bangladesh agreed to more parliamentary exchanges.

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

Chinese and
Bangladesh top legislators agreed to deepen their
friendly cooperation through further parliamentary

Indian Prime Minister to flag off train in J & K.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Five days after he flagged off a bus from Srinagar to Muzaffarabad connecting India and Pakistan over Line of Control (LoC) between them, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will once again visit Jammu & Kashmir state on Wednesday to flag off a train.

Burmese New Year's Message

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The removal of Khin Nyunt and the dismantling of Military Intelligence will be an important milestone in Burma's democratic transition. This is an important first step in our "Road-Map" to freedom and democracy. Our "Road-Map" requires less than the Junta's 7-Steps to democracy.

Red alert on terrorists and evangelists

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo

Deputy Defence and Buddha Sasana Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake warned that certain elements were sending `feelers’ on the possibility of resuming fighting in the North. Abducting soldiers, shooting at them and other ceasefire violations were an indication of this dangerous trend.

The Tamil Brahmin who recorded the horror of Jallianwala Bagh massacre

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

Every year as people in India, especially in the Punjab in the north, celebrate the harvest festival of Baisaki, the nation also remembers with horror the outrageous Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919.

US closes consulate in Pakistan on security grounds

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

The United States has closed its consulate in the southern Pakistan port city of Karachi on Tuesday for security reasons and staff were told to stay away.

"Post tsunami reconstruction work is moving slowly" - SL business community

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The local business community said that they have found the post-tsunami reconstruction work in Sri Lanka to be moving at a very slow pace, and has called for the setting up of co-ordination mechanisms at the provincial level to speed up the process.

Prof. Santanam who made Jallianwala Bagh massacre known to the world: An interview with Madhuri Santanam Sondhi

Not a single priest was ready to perform the funeral rites, as my father was thought not fit for such honor, having crossed the seven seas and married out of caste and community.

NCC organizes a public commission on SL judicial reforms

Sunil C. Perera reporting from Sri Lanka

The National Citizens Committee- NCC has organized a Public commission on judicial reforms to inquire public views on Sri Lanka’s judicial system and activities of the local courts.

Free Aceh Movement demand for immediate ceasefire.

The Free Aceh Movement which demanded independence since 1976, for the oil rich Aceh region located in the North of Sumatra Island, demanded for a quick cessation of military operations to protect civilians in Indonesia's Aceh province when they participated in the third round of peace talks with the Government of Indonesia.