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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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Sri Lanka health authorities issue dengue warning

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Sri Lankan health authorities have issued a warning regarding the resurgence of dengue fever in the wake of the monsoon rains.

Controversy over Freedom of Religion Bill: Buddhists to meet UN envoy today

Janaka Perera – Reporting from Colombo

Representatives of Buddhist organizations are scheduled to meet visiting UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Freedom Asma Jahangir today (May 3) in the wake of mounting Christian evangelist pressure against the proposed Freedom of Religion Bill that is aimed at preventing unethical conversions.

Supreme Court of India wants time-bound action to remove human scavenging.

From Narendra Kaushik – Reporting from New Delhi

Having seen no progress in rehabilitation of nearly one million human scavengers in the country despite a ban on the practice since 1993, Supreme Court of India has asked the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime in New Delhi and state governments to prepare within six months time bound action plans to eliminate the "pernicious and obnoxious" practice.

Pak not to sign NPT

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan will not join the nuclear non-proliferation treaty as a non-nuclear weapons state.

Trouble Constitution Council awaits President’s nod

By Sugeeswara Senadhira - Asian Tribune’s Colombo Bureau Chief

Sri Lanka’s troubled Constitutional Council awaits President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s nod to start functioning. Although, the provision for a Constitutional Council was crated three years ago with the passing of the 17th amendment to the constitution, it had hiccups from the beginning. While it took several months for the ruling party and the opposition to agree on nominees, it ran into heavy whether because of opposing views on several members including the nominee to represent minor parties.

A Wrong Confinement

By Mukundan C Menon

A day after the 12th Judge of Calcutta Civil and Sessions Court, Basudeb Majumdar, pronounced capital punishment for all the seven accused involved in the attack on American Centre, a news report said that the main accused Aftab Ansari was led to Cell No. 3 of Alipore Central Jail. It was the same cell that Dhananjoy Chatterjee had left for the last time on August 24, 2004, before he took his last steps to the gallows. Like Ansari, all other six convicts were similarly kept in solitary confinement in Alipore and Presidency Jails.

Tamil Nadu Government asked to close case against Nedumaran

By Kenath Jayashankar Menon, reporting from Chennai

The Review Committee on POTA has directed the Tamil Nadu Government to close two separate cases booked under anti-terrorism law against Tamil National Movement leaders including its Chief P.

Indian opposition decides to continue with Parliament boycott

By DP Kamat in New Delhi

India’s main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is still in a combative mood vis-à-vis the Manmohan Singh government. It has decided to continue with its boycott of Parliament. The boycott which began last week was lifted just for a day on Monday to participate in the passage of the budget for the next fiscal, NDA leader and former Information & broadcasting Minister Sushma Swaraj said here Tuesday morning after a meeting of her alliance’s senior leaders.

Are public properties meant for birthday parties of political leaders: SC asks Jaya

By Jayashankar Menon, - Reporting from Chennai

The Supreme Court, in its order asked, 'Are public properties meant for
birthday parties of political leaders? '