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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

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Have Sri Lankans gone mad?

For over 25 years Sri Lanka has had the so called ethnic problem. There now seems to be some diminnuition in the slaughter. Then the country was hit by the Tsumani. Now they are busy digging a new cess pit. That is what the new legislation euphamistically called "unethical conversion" seems to me. Congratulations Sri Lanka, now Sinhalese can hate and dispise Sinhalese.

Sri Lanka Police may detain suspects of Rajiv Gandhi and Pathmanabha killings

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Asian Tribune, Colombo Bureau Chief

Sri Lankan police may detain two Tamil militants who were in detention in India in connection with the assassinations of former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and rival militant leader K. Pathmanabha on arrival in Colombo airport. A senior police source said that it would be necessary to detain the two militants, Vasant Kumar and Lingam to ascertain their compliance in terrorist acts in Sri Lanka.

India, Bangladesh border remains tense on Tripura side

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

Border of the Indian state Tripura with Bangladesh remains tense amidst conflicting reports over troops deployment by Bangladesh.

Contemporary irrigation projects ruinous for Sri Lanka

Over the past few decades contemporary irrigation projects have abused the long-standing Sri Lankan tradition of freshwater management that once sustained robust irrigation-based civilizations. Stating this, a top Biocomplexity Research Team led by Dr. Farid Dahdouh-Guebas of the Vrije University in Belgium said that practices such as river basis diversion for irrigation projects had drastically affected the coastal zone by introducing an excess of fresh water.

Doubts over early resumption of Indian military aid to Nepal

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Nepal may have to wait a little longer to see resumption of military aid from India. Two days after a section of the media said Indian Prime Minister had assured resumption of military aid to Nepal King, Prime Minister’s office has clarified that no such promise was held out to the King and that a promise to consider his request was only made.

Sri Lanka's queries on Sethusamudram ship canal project

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Asian Tribune’s, Colombo Bureau Chief

Sri Lankan experts have raised several environmental and other issues on the proposed Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project. These queries were made at a bilateral discussion held on the proposed US$ 400 million project aimed at deepening the narrow Palk Strait separating India and Sri Lanka.

58 killed in bus-train collision in Sri Lanka

By Sugeeswara Senadhira, Asian Tribune’s, Colombo Bureau Chief

A bus driver’s rash act has caused the death of at least 58 bus passengers and serious injury to about 30 others in Sri Lanka. The bus driver, ignoring the red lights, tried to cross the rail crossing, but a speeding train rammed into the vehicle this morning Polgahawela, 80 kilometers inland from the capital Colombo.

South Tamil Nadu: A child trafficking haven

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon – Reporting from Chennai

The Southern districts of Tamil Nadu in general, Theni
and Madurai in particular have become nerve centers of
child trafficking.

Child marriages galore at Krishnagiri

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Varamanagunda village in Krishnagiri district, on the
outset is like any other inter-state border, with
people who speak different languages live in peace and harmony.

Indian Opposition in confrontation mood, begins a week long boycott of Parliament

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi

India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has decided to opt for confrontationist politics. As a first step, the alliance has decided to boycott Parliament this week. The move is a part of the strategy to target the railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is a ‘tainted’ politician since a case of corruption has been framed against him by a court of law in his native Bihar state.

JVP to launch a massive protest campaign against the proposed joint mechanism issue

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna declared on Tuesday that it would launch a massive campaign to oppose the proposed Joint Mechanism between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the United Peoples Freedom Alliance government led by President Chandri ka Kumaratunga to distribute Tsunami aid.

Soaring inflation can plague Pak economic growth

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

International financial institutions have warned that Pakistan's high rate of inflation may eat into the country's "robust" economic growth.

"Secularism" and hypocrisy: official France mourns pope and bans Muslim scarf

The response of the French government and media to the death of Pope John Paul II has, among other things, exposed the utter hypocrisy of the campaign waged by the entire political establishment against the right of Muslim girls to wear head scarves in public schools. That reactionary crusade, waged in the name of “secularism,” culminated only a year ago in the enactment of a law banning head shawls from public places such as schools.

Jaya blasts Chidambaram

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai.

Tamilnadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa on Monday, lashed out at P Chidambaram, Union Finance Minister accusing him of doing nothing for the state. In a blistering attack, the Chief Minister advised Chidambaram to do some "honest' soul-searching and added, "The people of Tamilnadu are yet to see any tangible results of the efforts of the Union Ministers from Tamil Nadu, least of all from
Chidambaram.''

FAO commends Sri Lanka Government’s agricultural progress

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

The Food and Agricultural Organization seeks assistance of the local food processors, resource personel and the scientists to increase the food security level and increase the production of the processed food.

Lalu continues to hang like an albatross around UPA’s neck.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Lalu Prasad Yadav, federal Minister for Railways, continues to be Achilles hills of the ruling Congress-led United progressive Alliance (UPA) in New Delhi with Bharatiya Janata Party-led opposition conglomerate National Democratic Alliance (NDA) now demanding his resignation over a train mishap in Gujarat and subsequent allegation that the BJP and its sister Hindu groups made a murderous attack on him during his visit to the accident spot in the state last week.

Emerging Democracies in Middle East Will Have Distinctly anti-American Taint, Says US Official

Daya Gamage – Reporting from US to Asian Tribune

The Bush administration is firmly committed to fostering democracy in the Arab Middle East, even though the emerging democracies might well have a strong anti-American tilt in the short-run, the head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Andrew Natsios told an Islamic research group here.

NSCN (K) to urge UN Chief to set up enquiry team to investigate NSCN (IM) activities

Oken Jeet Sandham – Asian Tribune

The NSCN (K) has today ridiculed the recent declaration of the outcome of the talks between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) that the two have only come to know each other even after the lapse of 8 years of meeting.

Pak to maintain minimum defence deterrence: Musharraf

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has reiterated that Pakistan will maintain the minimum defensive deterrence both in the conventional and non-conventional areas.

Fernandes to undo ‘injustice done to Netaji by Nehru family’.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Even sixty years after an alleged crash claimed him in Taipei, the controversy on death of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, India’s national hero who fought against the British Empire and formed Indian National Army (INA) with the help of Japan, continues to be shrouded in mystery and haunt Congress, a mainline political party which rules India in alliance with certain regional groups.


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