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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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LTTE blames Tamil "para-militaries and Security Forces" for the killing of Sivaram

From our Colombo Correspondent

Free Media Movement is planning a protest against the abduction and killing of D. Sivaram, the editor of the pro-LTTE TamilNet. The protest is scheduled to be held opposite the Fort Railway station at 5 p.m. on 05 May 2005.

TN has lowest blindness level in India

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The blinness rate is the lowest among all States in
India, Ms. Suporiya sahu, Joint Secretary, Health,
Government of Tamilnadu said.

Japan assures Pak of resumption yen loan

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has assured Pakistan that his country will resume a yen loan program to Pakistan after a seven-year suspension.

Killing is a sport for the Sri Lankan government

Tamil Centre for Human Rights, a pro LTTE human rights organization based in Paris, has alleged that Killing is a sport for every Sri Lankan government. Victims can be journalists, lawyers, academics, teachers or others but what is important for the Sri Lankan government, is that it practices its sport.

BJP to go it alone, RJD to support AIADMK in the forthcoming by-elections

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon - Reporting from Chennai

The BJP President, L K Advani said that his party will
go it alone in next year's assembly elections in
Tamil Nadu.

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress splits in Kerala, veteran Karunakaran floats new party

By M Rama Rao & D P Kamat in New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi’s Congress party has split in Kerala, the south Indian state, where it is leading the ruling coalition, United Democratic Front (UDF). There is no danger to the government of chief minister Oommen Chandy, though, at least as yet. The state is due to go for assembly elections in May next year along with the Marxist ruled West Bengal and Jayalalithaa Jayaram’s AIADMK ruled Tamil Nadu.

Sri Lanka: Divided Workers` Day

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

More than 20 different rallies and meetings were held in Sri Lanka to commemorate the May day, but not only the workers but also the ruling alliance showed their divergent policies by marching separately. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which marched triumphantly as a united force on May 1, 2004 after the victory at April elections, today went their own ways highlighting the unbridgeable gap on major issues.

Blair Expected to Return to Power but Battered and Bruised.

Neville de Silva Diplomatic Editor, Asian Tribune

With three days to go for the UK parliamentary elections the smart money is on Tony Blair winning a third term and going into the history books.

Sivaram’s widow turns down LTTE request for body to be taken to Kilinochchi

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will send senior representatives to attend the funeral of slain journalist Dharmaretnam Sivaram after his widow turned down the LTTE request for the coffin to be taken to militants’ headquarters in Kilinochchi in the North. President Chandrika Kumaratunga agreed to the LTTE plea to allow its members to participate in the funeral in government-controlled area in Batticaloa today.