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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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China's GDP grows 9.5 percent in first quarter

By Mendaka Abeysekera - Reporting from Beijing

China's gross
domestic production(GDP) grew by 9.5 percent to 379
billion US dollars in the first quarter of this year,
which was 0.3 percent lower than from last year,
according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

‘Guide us’ Sri Lanka President writes to new Pontiff

“Your Holiness has assumed duties at a significant moment of history, when there is a great yearning for peace and harmony in the world. I am confident Your Holiness will guide us with wisdom towards a better world,” wrote Sri Lanka’s President.

Scandinavian observers demand access to LTTE airstrip

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

The government of Sri Lanka told the Norwegian peace facilitators that the Tamil militants should not be allowed to get away with blatant violations of the ceasefire. They made a special mention of construction of and airstrip by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in violation of the 3-year old ceasefire.

Indian Prime Minister's statement on the visit of Chinese and Pakistani Leaders.

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

Indian Parliament has hailed the outcome from the visits of Chinese Prime Minister and Pakistan President as diplomatic successes.

HR lawyers challenge Sri Lankan Tsunami Bill

By Sugeeswara Senadhira – Bureau Chief, Asian Tribune, Colombo

Sri Lankan human rights lawyers challenged the new Tsunami (Special Provisions) Bill stating that it would adversely affect the adoption procedures and the rights of orphaned children.

Defence scam involving South African firm rocks India.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

There may be more trouble for beleaguered George Fernandes, former Federal Defence Minister and convener of opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in India, even as Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) on Wednesday agreed to the NDA’s demand to table Phukan commission report, which is believed to have exonerated Fernandes in Tehelka scam.

The Lion’s Share For The Tiger

By Dayan Jayatilleka

A joint mechanism on tsunami relief and reconstruction, involving the LTTE, is both desirable and defensible, and may indeed be regarded as indispensable. However, if the uncontradicted BBC story is to be believed, the joint mechanism that seems to be taking shape, i.e. the joint mechanism that the Sri Lankan government is ready to accede to, is indefensible in the court of public opinion, and will catalyse a political crisis both within the Government and society as a whole.

Pak opposition parties criticize Indo-Pak joint declaration

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai

Both the major opposition parties in Pakistan have severely criticized the joint declaration issued at the end of meeting between President General Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, saying the statement missed important issues like Baglihar Dam and the Kashmir issue.

Sri Lanka: S.B's back pain, a pain in the back of the UNP

From Our Colombo Correspondent

The pint-sized, tough guy of UNP politics, the jailed S. B. Dissanayaka, has been taking it easy in the luxury Merchant Ward for the last two months on the excuse of a pain in the vertebrae.

Bangladesh orders probe into border clash with India.

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

A day after New Delhi strongly protested and held out a not so veiled warning, Bangladesh has ordered an investigation into Saturday incidents on the border that resulted in the killing of what India termed as the brutal, pre-meditated and pre-planned killing of its border police officer.

Rampant Intervention of Police and politician in the illegal gem mining in Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s only gem related law enforcement agency – the National Gem and Jewellery Authority {NGJA} said that it has wide powers to arrest any kind of illegal gem miners even a law enforcement officer who involves in illegal mining .

Pak urges India to withdraw troops from Kashmir

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan has urged India to withdraw all its troops from occupied Kashmir to pave the way for the settlement of the longstanding dispute over this nuclear flashpoint .

Sangh parivaar on damage control over retirement of Advani and Vajpayee.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

A day after he refused to rally behind his party chief and former deputy Lal Krishan Advani, former Prime Minister and senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the right-wing opposition party in India, Atal Behari Vajpayee on Wednesday said Advani was doing good work as party chief.

22 dead, 70 injured in a train collision in western India

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Human error on the part of railway employees resulted in the collision between a super fast express train and a stationary train in the western Indian state of Gujarat in the wee hours of Thursday. Initial reports put the death toll at 22. More than 70 passengers are injured, ten of them seriously.