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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Japanese PM arrives in Islamabad

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi arrived in Islamabad on Saturday morning for two-day official visit to Pakistan. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz received him at the airport.

Sri lanka crosses US$ 1,000 per capita mark

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Sri Lanka has finally crossed the US$ 1,000 mark in per capita income. Announcing this, the Central Bank, which is the country’s reserve bank said that in 2004, the per capita income grew by $83 to reach $1,031. This is a 9 percent hike from 2003 figure of $ 948.

Koizumi meets Musharraf and Aziz in Islamabad

Koizumi meets Musharraf and Aziz in Islamabad

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi met with Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz here on Saturday. They discussed bilateral issues, anti terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and United Nations reforms.

Indian Foreign Secretary in Lanka for talks

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran who arrived in Colombo today will hold discussions with his counterpart H M S Palihakkara on bilateral issues and the peace process in Sri lanka on Monday and Tuesday.

Lalu need not quit: Karunanidhi

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Rrporting from Chennai

The DMK President, M Karunanidhi questioned the BJP,
whether its leaders came forward to resign their
posts, after the charge sheet in Babri Masjid
demolition case was filed.

The Death Cycle

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

D Sivaram used his pen in defence of one of the most violent organisations in the world. He should not have been responded to with a gun. He had a right to his opinion and to express that opinion, irrespective of the nature of that opinion. Any reaction to him should have come in the form of words – written and verbal – and not bullets.

Sujatha: A multi-faceted personality

By Jayashankar Menon – Asian Tribune

To some, he is a scientist. For few, he is a great
Tamil writer. For few others, he inspires awe, for; he
is a batch mate of President Abdul Kalam. Many adore
him for being instrumental in popularizing the Linux
PC movement.

Sri Lanka President speaks about compensation formula in her May Day Message – 2005

Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga has revealed the significant measures her Government have been put in place for the benefit of the working community, furthermore of the measures taken to put an end to political victimization and also about guaranteeing the rights and safety of expatriate workers.

Female infant dies of medical negligence

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

In a bizarre
incident, the officials of Dharmapuri Government
Hospital declared a new born live child dead a couple
of days ago. The child was left without any medical
attention for almost five hours after the fake death

Australian Tamils deny Sivakumaran’s link to LTTE

From S.Nagarajah in Sydney

Members of the Sydney Tamil community have categorically denied the Asian Tribune report that Myuran Sukumaran, the suspected drug smuggler held in detention in Denpasar in Indonesia, was acting on behalf of the Sri Lankan rebel group LTTE.

TN Govt. gifts land for new airport

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

Focusing on
overall development of Tamilnadu, the State Cabinet
had decided to gift, 'free of cost and free from
encumbrances', 1,457.5 acres of land for setting up a
new international airport in the metropolis of Tamil Nadu.

President reiterates support for joint mechanism on the eve of visit by peace envoys

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Norwegian peace envoy Erik Solheim and the Japanese special envoy Yasushi Akashi are expected to arrive in Sri lanka next week to make another attempt to get the government and the Tamil militant to agree on the proposed tsunami joint mechanism before donors meeting scheduled to be held later this month.