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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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Canada rejects Sri Lanka Govt. High Comm. Appointment

The Canadian Govt. rejected the Sri Lankan Govt. High Commissioner appointment of Mr. Chandrananda De Silva former Secretary of Defence on the basis of Human Rights violations in Sri Lanka during his tenure in Office in
the present Govt.

Officials on a tug of war – No lands- NGOs lament

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Some leading NGOs of Sri Lanka said that the government authorities are still blocking allocation of lands to construct houses for the tsunami victims.

Management of a temple is a secular act – says Supreme Court.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from Islamabad

In an order, which may embolden the governments to take the administration of temples in their hands, Supreme Court of India on Thursday decided that the state has power to oversee administration of a temple.

Increasing links to boost Pak-Afghan trade ties: Aziz

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Handing over 35 buses and 20000 school bags to the Afghan Minister for Public Works, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said that increasing communication links will boost trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan to their mutual advantage.

French Prime Minister on a three day visit to China

By Mendaka Abeysekera-Reporting from Beijing

French Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin arrived in Bejing on Thursday, on a three day official visit to China.

Pakistan denies visa to Indian peace marchers

DP Kamat in New Delhi

Even as the two countries have resolved to move into bonhomie in their relations after Manmohan Singh- Musharraf summit, old habits refuse to die hard if one goes by the experience of some peace nicks here.

An Asian Point of View: Pope Benedict XVI – a reincarnation of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

H.L.D. Mahindapala - Asian Tribune

Should the Christians be relieved that the College of Cardinals has elected Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a youth recruit into the anti-aircraft unit in Hitler’s army, as successor to Pope John Paul II? Or should they be wringing their hands in despair?

Pakistan condemns Brussels over mishandling of its Senator

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

The National Assembly in Pakistan Thursday unanimously passed a resolution condemning the indecent treatment with the country’s Senator at Brussels airport in Belgium on Wednesday.

UPA sets CBI on arms deal with South African firm, signed during Fernandes’ tenure.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) which is ruling India at the centre, has decided to hand over all files pertaining to deal the South African state-owned arms firm Denel signed with the Indian government during the tenure of former Federal Defence Minister George Fernandes to Central Bureau of Investigation, a premier investigative agency for preliminary investigations to find out whether there was any malafide intent.

Poisoned web poses risk to security

Poisoning the Internet -Thanks to a new loophole, computer criminals are recycling an old trick - and subverting the very infrastructure of the internet. The trick uses bogus data to "poison" the domain name system (DNS) that routes all net traffic. By doing this, they redirect internet users to convincing but fake websites where they could have their credit card or bank details stolen. Companies can protect themselves by using specialised DNS software, but that may not be the end of the problem.

Republicans’ Bolt From Bolton Confirmation Stalls Bush Nominee to U.N.

Daya Gamage – Reports to Asian Tribune

Bush administration, until Tuesday, expected the controversial nomination of John Bolton to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations to have a smooth sailing through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and in the full Senate for confirmation as both bodies have Republican majorities when two Republican Senators in the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday broke ranks to reexamine the Bush nominee delaying it for another three weeks.

Burma's Past and Future

By Myint Thein - Senior Advisor to the Burmese Resistance

The Panglong Agreement clearly stated that the "citizens of the Frontier Areas shall enjoy rights and privileges which are regarded as fundamental in democratic countries". General Than Shwe's violation of this Panglong Agreement by the unlawful arrest of ten Shan leaders precipitated the Declaration of Independence by the Federated Shan States.

Union of Burma is a non-existence State – Sai Wansai, General Secretary SDU.

Union of Burma is a non-existence state. The military coup of 1962 has nullified the 1947 Constitution of the Union of Burma which was the sole link between the Shan State and Union of Burma, explained Sai wansai, General Secretary of the Shan Democratic Union.